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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale - Brouwerij Roman N.V.

Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold AleAdriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Roman N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: eric5bellies on 03-06-2010)
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown with a gigantic foamy khaki head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Thick streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, and grape juice. Taste is much the same with grape juice and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink but there seems to be a bit too much carbonation in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 02:39:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a tall khaki head. Pleasant fruitiness on the nose of banana, plum, and pear. Some hints of apple and a nice spice aroma of nutmeg and clove. Some sweet toffee and toasted bread in there as well. The flavor is a hint metallic, but otherwise good. Nice sweet maltiness, some banana fruit notes, and a subtle spiciness. Undertones of nutmeg and clove, light alcohol warmth to it as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 20:52:09 | More by womencantsail
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caught somewhere between Belgian Strong Dark Ales (or Quads) and a stiff Dubbel, this beer is anything but 'gold' as the label suggests.

Adriaen pours with a rich ruby color that hedges on brown hues to accompany the rusty brown. Mild haze masks clarity but the deep garnet-like gaze allows for a clean appearance. A mild eggshell foam amounts to a 1" head that eventually reduces to a creamy sheet across the surface but holding firm after which.

A malty, sugrary mix gives a soft grain scent with sweet plumb, grape, blackberry, and apple aromas. Light spicy and acidic notes gives a reprieve from the sweetness and fruitiness. Lightly winey and vinous.

Rich flavors of cotton candy sweetness, thin maltiness, and fruity richness form the framework for the layers of flavors that reveal themselves. Plumbs, grapes, dark berries, currants, dates, and figs all come to life in the estery display. Mild cocoa (maybe cola nut) flavor play with a butter, cinamon toast character for a rich and spicy effect. Very delicious but the beer could use some melding- seems a bit immature.

Rich and effervescent up front, the beer seems to have an early creaminess only to transition quickly to a lightened (not thin) body that dries out wonderfully with a fruity/spicy finish with moderate warth and a medium sweet linger.

Whether the beer is a strong Dubbel or a Quad, it has a lot of the halmarks that make Chimay Blue and Westmalle Dubel great. With less burn and deeper malty/confectioner's sugar balance we may end up with a Malheur 12 or De Dolle Oerbier quality. But not far off the mark.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 04:15:48 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured cloudy dark brown in color with a two finger high off-white head that died down but consistently left a thick layer of bubbles floating on the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of malty sweetness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and has notes of apples, candi sugar and caramel. The flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the alcohol is well masked, but the alcohol quickly catches up to you.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 03:15:04 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body, ruby-hued at the edges, and with an initially large, beige head.

Smell: Lightly toasted dark bread, given some sweetish sugary accents and a little sprinkling of ground nuts blended with a variety of fruit notes, a sliver of alcohol, and a lightly earthy yeastiness.

Taste: Fruity, nutty dark sugar crystals, with further fruit-based tastes of ripe plum, hawthorn berries, apple, and grapeskins. Slow-moving maltiness of dark bread given a thin veneer of chocolate powder and sweet dark brown sugar. Slight yeastiness. Pinch of peppercorns. Fairly light touch of alcohol. Lively, fruity, semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation, nicely effervescent.

Overall: The Dark Gold Ale has a pleasant sweetness to it, ample carbonation, the alcohol is fairly well concealed, and delivers a nice mix of flavors. I enjoyed it. One for all, all for one, Musketeer-lookin' guy!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 04:21:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Another random treat from the beer of the month club. It pours a translucent garnet-brown topped by over a finger of light beige foam. The nose comprises rye bread, figs, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, dark wheat, and honey-drizzled biscuits. The taste holds all of these elements, adding some red apple skin, black grapes, and a dash of black pepper. It's all a nice melange of fruit and spice, nearing the depth and complexity of a quad, but falling short in a couple areas. Very tasty stuff. The body is a stoic medium, with a moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a cottony finish. Overall, a very nice BSDA, another pleasant surprise from the club.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 22:49:14 | More by TMoney2591
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a red-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is toffee with a little bit of tartness. I am not sure if the tartness is supposed to be in the beer or not, since I drank a sour beer prior to this. The flavor is toffee, dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 01:36:12 | More by Mora2000
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer required a bit of wrestling to get the cork out, but lead to a dense hazy deep brown body with a thin wisp of head that is soon gone. There is a hint of a few microbubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The hint of wet clay and wet stones finishes with some decaying leaves and wet old wood notes in the finish.

T- The wet wood flavor is followed by some caramel sweetness that has instant coffee flavors in it without any bitterness. There are some hints of funky in the finish but it never really grows.

M- The medium light mouthfeel has a slippery texture and no real fizz or alcohol noticed.

O- This beer is interesting but odd. There is kind of a jelly sandwich on dark whole wheat bread quality to the flavor. I’m not sure if it was the beer or just the large bottle of 9.5% ABV beer that grew on me but it was really not too bad in the end.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 22:35:38 | More by rhoadsrage
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DoubleJ

California

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As one of the many beers featured on Tournée Générale, I was immediately interested to try this Belgian which I hadn't had before. There's 750 ml of "dark gold" inside, which I plan to indulge myself into. On to the beer:

Poured into a Leffe chalice, its color is toasted amber with hues ranging from berry red to chocolate brown. The head is a finger's thick, somewhat creamy looking, and holding up well on top. It has an appealing nose; some fruity yeast provide an immedate spark to my nose. Lighter tones of pear and a "dry hoppiness" too, which provides citrus peel.

It's not often you find a Belgian dark that has a reasonable snap of hops. The pear syrup and esters are good starts, and when you expect another wave of those same flvors, you get a blast of hops, bringing some herbal and lemon. It also gives the beer a drying finish. Paired with the 8.5% ABV being inserted well, it makes for a beer that is reasonably appetizing.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 06:32:57 | More by DoubleJ
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Adriaen Brouwer was a classical Flemish painter and so it's suiting that this beer (as well as its label which adorns his self-portrait) have such a timeless appearance: very dark in colour, it has deep purple plum edging and a café au lait coloured head that inflates like a balloon.

The appearance isn't the only classic feature about the beer; its aroma has the familiar and distinguished spicy, savory yeast and sweet, dark malty characteristics typical of so many Belgian ales. It has a bakery-fresh smell of raisin tarts and cinnamon buns also.

On the palate, these flavours of yeasty breads and dried fruits collide with a pantry-worth of baking spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove - you name it, there's at least a trace of it. The malts also reveal a sweeter, more scrumptious side that tastes toffee-ish or caramelly.

The baking spices and a strong set of bubbles are nearly enough to distract from an oddly metallic, coppery note that is especially prominent in the finish. Though not exactly unusual (I've tasted this plenty of times) it's still curious how it got there. It's a big contrast to the beer's otherwise warm, soft, brown sugar-like disposition. In all, it drinks quite pleasantly.

As I said from the onset, Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold has a classically designed, time-honoured profile that is representative of so many Belgian ales. As such, it provides a safe and dependable level of quality and quaffability. On the same hand, however, it's rather prosaic and largely forgettable amongst the profusion of other similar Belgian offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 17:32:11 | More by biegaman
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a tannish head. In the aroma, sweet caramel mixed with some candy sugar. In the taste, dark fruit, caramel, and a nice small bitterness. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry caramel in the aftertaste. Kind of like a quad, and it is quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 13:57:44 | More by OWSLEY069
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, slightly hazy, dark mahogany with a fairly thick, if not persistent, pale tan head. Aroma is fairly strong and mainly fruity, like a brandy or cider, with some grassy and malty hints. Flavor is fruity - mainly apple - and malty with hints of caramel, grass and brown sugar. Texture is milk-smooth and quite fizzy, leaving behind a nice tingle that lingers for a little while.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 20:57:41 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was an absolutely massive, creamy, off white, extremely long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A good aroma of fruit, yeast, and some malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, malt, a little caramel, apples, and dark fruit. Doesn't quite live up to the expectations of the appearance and smell, but it is a solid flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A bit shaky in spots, but on the whole, a well done, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 12:14:38 | More by avalon07
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark reddish mahogany amber with a massive three finger tan head the dissipates slowly to a thick pillow, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of dark, sweet malt and dark fruit. Pleasant flavor of dark fresh and dried fruit, pear and apple, Belgian yeast, sweet malt. Finishes with surprisingly sharp hops, intensified by active, peppery carbonation. Flavor is in the moderate intensity range and is somewhat sweet. Light bodied with sparkling carbonation. Not an intensly flavored Belgian, but well made and pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 04:47:45 | More by LiquidAmber
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This from a bottle of about 9 months ago. Served at about 50 degrees F. Poured with a very fizzy, light brown head that quickly subsided to almost zero and no lace. Color is a cloudy amber brown. Aroma is malt, caramel, dark ripe fruits, yeast, a bit of toffee. Flavor's exactly the same. Body is ok and carbonation is just sufficient to counter the background sweetness. Finish is like flavor but painted on a canvas of sweetness which impressions are of medium length. Not bad, not great. I suspect I didn't store this optimaly.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 23:37:36 | More by drpimento
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brownish body with massive head and lace patches on top of classic Belgian aroma of yeast, some citric orange notes, some dark fruits like raisins/figs and touch of sugary sweetness. I like this beer and it's a good representation of the style with simple hints of dark fruits, a softness in the light to medium body thanks to yeast, actually a little sweeter than usual (minor chocolate notes?) and finishes crisp with a touch of hops. That being said, I would consider this a "beginner" beer for those who haven't had this style before b/c it's not complex and hence not a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 14:03:41 | More by clayrock81
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is one of those Belgians that seemed to come out of nowhere...but I guess all beers do that at some point, so I guess I'm being redundant, and I guess I'll never get back the 30 seconds of my life that it took to type this paragraph.

After tussling with the rubbery cork that was all but impossible to remove, this pours a color that certainly lives up to its name: a burnt, burnished dark gold, having some very deep burgundy-red tones. Head is creamy and bubbly, a beautiful thing with plenty of staying power.

I don't much like the mineral overload in the aroma. Smells like a metal pail full of creek stones. Yeast and malt attempt to pull through, and they succeed to some degree, as does some dusty dessert spice. But generally the aroma seems a bit off.

Tasting hints of dark herbal tea, toffee, sweet/savory spices, hazelnut and raisin/grape; a welcoming, reasonable alcohol glow mingles within. Honey-like sweetness pervades, but is never cloying. It sticks around in the finish too, where that steely metallic business tries to work its way back in.

Maybe a little too carbonated, but that seems to diminish with sitting/warming. Slick, buoyant, not a bad feel if it weren't for the bubble-attack at the beginning.

This is an okay Belgian, but certainly not one for the ages.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 22:06:39 | More by Metalmonk
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cjgator3

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a an Ommegang chalice. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that quickly fades away.

S- The aroma is dark fruits (plum and raisin), spices and some Belgian yeast. Pretty solid aroma.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt and dark fruits and spices with the yeast coming through in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a decent beer but is nothing I would purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:39:08 | More by cjgator3
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thierrynantes

France

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), purchased from "comptoir du Poulpe", and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : red brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : caramel and malt aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malt flavors with dried fruity notes.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 19:15:41 | More by thierrynantes
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Dark? Yes. Gold? No. This was an amber/brown color and it poured with a thick, fizzy cap.

s: Warm banana esters and toffe-like candi sugar.

t: Mirrors the smell with a long, dry, floral finish that hadhints of cococa.

m: Full bodied with very active, fizzy carbonation.

o: Not all that deep or complex, but very satisfying overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 21:21:00 | More by DIM
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Bung

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Very dark brown pour, nearly no light gets through. Billowing light ran head.

Aroma, malt, wood, yeast, spice. Some molasses, raisin.

Taste, a nice blend of malt, yeasty spice, some molasses and candi sugar. A little clove and tropical fruit. Finish is mostly brown sugar and raisin.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation helps with the sweet. Also makes it drink pretty well, just a little warming.
I enjoyed this, price was not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 02:07:22 | More by Bung
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crossovert

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle says "Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale". Purchased at Binny's Beverage Depot.

Pours a dark brown/black with almost no light permeability, when held to the light, not even the edges turn much of a color though the entire beer turns a dark black/purple carrot color. The head is large, off-white, semi quickly dissipating and leaves nice lacing.

It has alot of typical Belgian Strong Dark Ale/Quadrupel scents. Dark sugar, yest twang, dark fruits, and subtle alcohol comprise the scent. There is a hint of spice from the yeast with a heavy whiff.

The taste is sweet but not overly cloying, the high level of carbonation helps cut the sweetness. It is abundant with dark, rich flavors. It has hints of raisins, dark fruits, dried cherries (lots of fruit), caramel, toffee, yeasty twang and spice, and a subtle hint of chocolate/coffee. The alcohol is present but not overbearing.

It is highly quaffable, though dangerous at 8.5% alcohol.

Overall it was a surprising brew. It is decently expensive but worth it as an alternative to say a St. B 12 or a Gulden Draak.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 01:14:52 | More by crossovert
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark brown in color with lots of holding head. Was a thing of beauty in my glass. the way a properly made Belgian should be.

smell: sweet, sweet sugary caramel, dark fruits

taste: sublte sweetness with some nice dark fruits notes. plus, raisin... huge caramel but not too sweet. nicely balanced with all flavors, no off flavors. nice dark Belgian.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: Super impressed. I shall drink more and age a few bottles long term to experiment.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 01:55:34 | More by CampusCrew
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown/crimson hue, 2 finger big tan head,
fine lacing

S: light malt, spices, fig/raisin

T: cherry/fig/raisin, solid malt, light spicy smooth finish

M: med body, smooth, solid carbonation

O: Wanted to love, but just enjoyed it.
ABV is well hidden. Would recommend,
probably not buy again.

NICE, NOT MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 19:10:33 | More by BeerLover99
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark brown color with some light shining through when held up to the lamp. Has a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains for a while and slumps down to a 1/4 inch ring with plenty of surface foam and very nice lacing.

S- Similar to the aroma of a red wine in that there are notes of red grapes and has very noticeable alcohol fumes. Also hints of raisin.

T- My, boozy indeed. Especially for a beer that's a mere 8.5% ABV. After that subsides, there's a substantial malt base with some dark, fruity esters. More raisin notes. Not very complex. What you taste is what you get.

M- Medium-high carbonation. Moist considering how comparable it is to a red wine in both flavor and body.

O- Not bad, but not great. Pretty standard fare for a Belgian. Would be better perhaps aged for a bit so the alcohol has time to calm down.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 04:25:32 | More by Immortale25
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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale from Brouwerij Roman N.V.
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