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NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel - Elysian Brewing Company

NIBIRU Yerba Mate TripelNIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel

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BA SCORE
83
good

58 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%


Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
"12 beers of the apocolypse" series (January).

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 01-26-2012)
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ckollias

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of the large snifter glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with huge frothy white head that lasts forever and ends in a solid persistent lace and decent trail down the side of the glass.

S: Spicy sweet Belgian yeast aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma there is a spicy sweet flavor dominated by Belgian yeast.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Excellent triple – worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:11:49 | More by ckollias
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glass, glowing a clear golden yellow coloring. No real head was noted, but spots of lacing were seen dripping down the glass as the beer disappeared. There was a transient chill haze without sediment, while carbonation appeared average. The aroma was strong of adjuncty grain, heavy metallics, light molasses, and woody dryness. To cut came apple juice sugar, red grape astringency, vanilla icing, syrupy honey, and cayenne spice with warmth. Our first impression was that there was a decent buttery quality to the flavoring, while the back was very bittered with wood and citrus. The flavoring opened with the sweetness of honey, wheaty malts, chalky adjuncts, and the sweetness of orange flesh. The middle peaked with more honey, sweetness of pale grain, and fusel alcohols to wash. Citric hops, pale and wheaty malts, mustard seed, grape juiciness, and tannins blended and marked the finish of the sip. The aftertaste breathed of big tin and yeasty metals, citric hop resins, heat of booze, and more wheaty, adjuncty grain. The body was medium, and carbonation was average. There was decent froth and coating all around the mouth, with an ultimate astringent bite to the hard palate. Each sip gave okay slurp and froth, but little cream to the lip. The abv was appropriate, and this guy is more of a sipper, but goes down smooth enough.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the bite of flavoring. While much of this came in the form of adjuncts, the blend certainly wakes the palate up. We do wish that the advertised yerba mate was more verbose in all of its organic, woody, leafy flavoring. Everything else about this beer was just simply okay, and while this is an interesting concept, the execution is underwhelming.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2013 02:16:27 | More by TheBrewo
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a clean golden orange pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head and good lacing.
smells of apples, orange peel, banana.

a very bitter orange peel flavor up front, earthy, grassy, almost tree bark like bitterness with a floral backbone to the flavor coming from the yerba mate.

a very flavorful tripel with a nice fruity twist to it. medium body with a high amount of carbonation. drink leaves a sticky resinous feeling on the lips.

glad i got to try this one... ordered it over the summer and have been storing it in the cellar since..

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 02:23:24 | More by facundoCNB
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socon67

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden pour with a high white foam head. Lacing is pretty sweet on this one.

S - Smells of tropical fruit, and a bready yeast.

T - Initial sweetness of exotic fruits make you think Del Monte brewed this. Has a slight pungency of belgian yeast strain. Finish has a slgith tartness.

M - Decent drinking tripel that is generally relaxed and an easy drinker. Minimal carbonation.

O - More of an oddball tripel but a fun one to try. This would be a good gateway to belgian styles.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2012 18:26:15 | More by socon67
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sam_bliss

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint glass

A- Light colored, not a lot of head. May have been poured poorly by the bartender. It's the golden color of hay; light gets through but pictures would not.

S- Banana candy - specifically the hand candy from those little machines. Some bread grains come through as well.

T- In the mouth the banana is more real banana than the candy that presents itself in the nose. Orange juice is very prevalent by way of citrusy hops and sweetness. A touch of bubble gum is identifiable. Caramel malt sits in the background but barely stirs.

M- This ale has similar carbonation to a glass-bottled soda. It feels great going down and and leaves just a bit of thirst for the next sip. Feels like Duvel!

D- Like many belgian 'trippels' this goes down easier than it should. Intoxication may ensue but will be well worth it.

I like these sweet, extra strong Blonde Belgian brews. I'd like to go back to Belgium. I miss hops while I'm there, but their ales are indisputably the most flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2012 08:15:04 | More by sam_bliss
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atr2605

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy golden color with a white head with pretty good retention
S-tropical fruit, bit of citrus
T-more tropical fruit, some bready flavors in the finish with an herb bitterness from the mate
M-medium-light bodied with a good amount of carbonation
O-interesting take on the style, I have had better tripels but I liked the mate added to it. I wouldn't hesitate to have it again

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 23:57:47 | More by atr2605
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beergoot

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright, fruity aroma rises from a dark, golden yellow body. The head is rich, creamy, and thick. Light malt grains also present in the smell. Soft and smooth body contains a nice malt backbone; quietly sweet taste well-balanced with a definite yet not over-powering bitterness.; not overly fruity in flavor. Soft bread.

A very nice, easy drinking tripel; perhaps more of a standard pale ale profile as I didn't get much Belgian fruit notes other than in the aroma. Slightly below the ABV spectrum per BA's style guidelines for tripels, but kind of works in this beers favor. Perhaps not a classic tripel rep, but an excellent beer experience overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 22:09:05 | More by beergoot
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Durge

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another lovely brew captured at DeCicco's in Brewster, NY this tripel shows a light cloudy amber color with a sturdy bubbly white head and lots of lace. The aroma offers a vague vanilla dough and skunky tea. Different and intriguing. The flavor features honey tea and yeasty lemon with evergreen grain. It’s a solidly medium body brew with midland carbonation and a slightly viscous feel. This was very pleasant and something I would revisit. Definitely of the Belgian pedigree but something that might still appeal to the uninitiated.

Serving type: growler

09-14-2012 17:53:22 | More by Durge
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Mora2000

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of passion fruit and other fruit notes, along with some Belgian yeast and some biscuit malt. The flavor is completely different. I get the same tropical fruit and yeast from the aroma, but I also get a big load of herb notes - which I assume is from the Yerba Mate. There is also a light amount of tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 22:05:17 | More by Mora2000
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 8.12.12.
First in the series.

A - Pours a pale, cloudy light orange with a large foamy, off-white head with good retention.

S - Sweet citrus, subtle floral notes.

T - Sweet candied fruit, malty sweetness, with some citrus.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Sweet and citrusy, a bit much on the sweet side. Better than expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 03:51:19 | More by HuskyinPDX
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mactrail

California

2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear golden color with a big foam. Very attractive. Peculiar herbal scent.

Weirdly sweet and fruity. Sharp and woody. Flowery notes and makes me think of the very rank but aromatic California bay laurel leaves. Something like lacquer thinner, but more friendly to the palate. Quite bitter, and more medicinal than any hop known to man. Heads toward the harsh. Interesting for a few sips, but I am thinking of what I could wash my mouth out with that would take away this taste.

Barely drinkable, even though the flavors are interesting and might be tolerable in another context. From the 22 oz bottle. I feel like I'm foaming at the mouth. Down the drain and where's the fizzy water?

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 05:31:24 | More by mactrail
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a swing-top Deccico's half-growler into a DFH pint glass at Durge's.

A: Muted, golden yellow color with a decidedly chilled haze beneath a two-finger head of white foam which settled nicely into an off-white cap.

S: Soothing, like herbal tea leaves, spearmint, honey and grassy hops with a little minted fruitiness as well.

T: Sweet and mellow up front, followed by a malty rush of toasted grains and gummy, banana esters. The tea-like quality is there for sure; refreshing and slightly mineral tasting with an earthy, Yerba Mate sweetness. The finish is slightly peppery with just a hint of alcohol.

M: Sweet, smooth and mellow, this medium-bodied brew glides like a nice cup of herbal tea lightly sweetened with honey.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed this unique tripel made with Yerba Mate. As a tea fan, the 7.6% ABV was practically unnoticeable between the careful selection of grains, hops and herbal additives that make this tripel unusual as well as tasty.

Serving type: growler

07-01-2012 19:49:49 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice herbal offering, the mate shines nicely over the Belgian sense.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Charles Burn's label illustration feet stepping over glass and dirt. Side narrative goes over intent of the series, collaboration intent, and main characteristics. Notes 7.6% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear pale amber pour with a good frothy head, fair retention, consistent surface memory and nice touches of lacing.

S - Nose is a bit subdued, light malty, yeasty sense, with a small grassy touch emerging...

T - …mmm. Not there at first, but as one progresses the mate emerges, never overwhelming but this is a distinct grassiness. Soft bitter/sweet notes, citric touches… Light yeast and spicy, and a nice grassy sense, mate, maybe off-putting to some but it feels pretty balanced all things considered.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, and a tiny astringency in the finish.

O - Good flow, never overwhelming and with a nice character.

Notes: Nice experiment, good if one is familiar with mate, but even if one is eager to try herbal servings this one while not extraordinary is well worth the try. Props to Elysian for brewing with yerba mate in any case, I could not resist it, and it works…

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 03:31:38 | More by Daniellobo
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Kuhnhenn tulip. Poured a golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, bubblegum, and medicinal. The flavor was of sweet malt, bubblegum, medicinal, banana, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The bubblegum aspect on this one was quite surprising and welcome. However, the medicinal quality was not so welcomed. Nothing on this one really was too memorable in my opinion. Really glad I got the chance to try this one, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so again unless the opportunity presented itself.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 11:40:28 | More by thagr81us
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hreb

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber served in pint glass. Beer pours pale golden with a thin white head and lots of carbonation. Belgian-y aroma.

Initial assessment of the flavor are that it's fairly sour, even for a tripel. I'm not a huge fan of yerba mate as tea (...tisane). This beer... bothers me less. The interesting combination of sourness and herbal bitterness works really well with the triple, and I give the team an A for ingenuity and execution, though a C+ for flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 02:00:50 | More by hreb
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Billolick

New York

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info

Pours slightly hazed medium honey amber, off white head, that stays a bit, then leaves a thicker collar and respectable low sheeting/lace.

Fruity nose, mostly tropical with lime.

More fruit on the tongue, then also herbal tea notes. Strange and differant take on the style, has sort of an after shave lotion quality. Which is never a good thing in a beer. Finishes with what tastes like hops but who the hell knows...not in love

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 03:34:31 | More by Billolick
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A very crystal clear body, bright amber orange, but filled with lots of stuck bubbles to the glass. Lots of fast rising carbonation in places too. Head is a nice white, foamy and about two fingers on a solid pour.

Bouquet has a nice pear fruit quality, but also some fusel alcohol heat. Good sense of sugars and malt, not bad.

Woah, what's going on here this is hoppy it seems! A real chewy mouth malt feel hits, bringing some dough ball action. Swallow brings a real crisp yeast blast and bitter hop. Dry pine action on the aftertaste, with a creamy tripel solid slightly sweet body. Flavors of hop and slight sugars meld in a tripel style nicely.

Overall what an interesting beer, I am enjoying this real neat take.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 00:40:37 | More by smakawhat
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flagmantho

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: lightly hazy pale-golden hue with a thick two-finger head of frothy ivory foam. Looks to be a nice lace on the glass, too.

Smell: light malt aroma with a bit of a lemony character to it. Not bad; it reminds me of a beer brewed with grains of paradise. Not bad, but I just don't feel like the lemon and malt character mesh well here.

Taste: light malt flavor with a somewhat grainy touch. Lemon character is still present but is much more subdued than in the aroma. I don't have a lot of experience with yerba mate, but I feel like it is lending an earthy character here which I rather like. It's an unusual tripel, but it works for me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK level of carbonation. Creaminess is decent but not as big as I like in a tripel.

Overall: this beer gets points for being a little bit weird. It's a good basic tripel with an interesting twist.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 18:14:16 | More by flagmantho
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grittybrews

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured honey-orange with a small finger of bright white head. Sweet aroma of banana, pear, ginger, and clove.

Low-to-moderate carbonation and a relatively light mouthfeel. Wheat and honey up front followed by banana, light Belgian spice, and a slight yerba mate tang on the tail end that becomes more bitter as it lingers.

Clean and light with a good balance of flavors -- just enough yerba mate to make things interesting without being overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 03:35:25 | More by grittybrews
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Booyakow

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was super excited to find this limited release brew at Barrel in St.Johns

Being a fan of Belgian Tripels, I was intrigued, then impressed by the interesting nuances that the Yerba Mate lent this brew. I really enjoyed the subtle smokiness and bitter finish from the herb infusion. Most Tripels are rather sweet from start to finish, but this one stands out of the crowd and is very well done.

Looking forward to the next 11 releases..I plan on buying a couple of each of the 12 Beers of the Apocalypse. One to drink now and one to save for an end of the world beer tasting with my friends.

Elysian came up with a killer concept and it will be interesting to see what beers are to follow..

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 19:09:41 | More by Booyakow
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PaulJohnson


2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer was not high on my list of "must try". However, my local beer-slinger gave me a sample to quaff.
The nose was very average...not sure I picked up the Yerba Mate, however, I am not a Yerba Mate pro.
Taste was off a little....maybe the lines. However, I would drink this beer if bought for me....but won't buy it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 19:30:41 | More by PaulJohnson
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RJLarse

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel at the Swamp Tavern. $12 a bottle, but what they hell. I figure I can get all 12 beers of the apocalypse there, and it's one of my regular stops. Poured in to a snifter.

Pours a rich gold color, with a bit of chill haze. Loose bubbly white head reduces to a few big bubbles in a minute or two.

Smell is fairly faint, a sweet fruity aroma, like honey dew melons and pears.

Taste is a soft fruit flavor, pears, with a coriander spice note, and a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, mildly carbonated, with some alcohol heat on the finish.

Overall a drinkable triple. I'm not much on the style, but this is easily as good as the New Belgium Triple.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 01:36:34 | More by RJLarse
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Docer

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice golden orange Tripel. Frothy fingers of white head settle to a medium sized spotty messy ring leaving a touch of lace about the tulip. Little bit of pancaking over the brew. Looks solid.

Smell: (3.5)
- Clove, banana, bready yeast, and a soft sweet simple grain. Little citrus, zesty herbal zing, and sweet candy. Nice.

Taste: (4.5)
- Nice blend of herbal flare, light bitter zest, sweet malt, candies, and grassy hop. This bad boy is balanced beyond belief. Not as zesty and yeasty as a common Tripel, but Elysian has certainly made it their own with this one while staying true to the style. The taste must be the best quality about this beer. Little spice, fresh herbs again hit the palate, zingy clean taste.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium to almost light body. It's certainly a drying brew. Light stickiness, touch syrupy, but more so puckering and cloying. Carbonation is nice and not overdone like so many of this style.

Overall: (4.5)
- Very solid, very balanced, and very tasty beer. I really like it, and I rarely seek out a Tripel as a regular drinker. But I will buy more of this one. It's quite good, and a very nice start to the 12 beers of the Apocalypse series. This puppy seems near perfected.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 02:54:11 | More by Docer
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mfavoino

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 2/8/12.

Appearance: Pours a totally clear, light golden color. Not even one finger of white foam dissipates quickly.

Smell: Some citrus with a yeasty backbone. Strong aroma that jumps out of the glass.

Taste: Sweet with some citrus and yeast flavors combining to make the beer interesting. Very light hop finish and the beer seemed to have more of an herbal flavor as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with average carbonation level. Alcohol isn't noticeable.

Overall: Not sure that I'd be able to call this a Tripel without it being advertised as one, but it's a delicious enjoyable beer worth trying. Good kickoff to a cool idea for a series.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 04:20:38 | More by mfavoino
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ccrida

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Elysian Nibiru is burnt gold with an off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is on the fruity side, a touch acrid. Lime.

Taste is surprisingly smokey. Not familiar with yerba mate though, even as a cascadian, other then it's some type of simulating herb...so perhaps that's the taste? Otherwise, I'm getting a nice punch of lime.

Mouthfeel is slick, a bit dry, medium-light bodied. Soft.

Drinkability is okay. It's interesting, but not exciting. Not flaws though. I think I'm digging the smokey note, but the soft mouthfeel is my favorite attribute.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:46:57 | More by ccrida
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NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
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