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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale

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1,570 Ratings
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Ratings: 1570
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.51%


Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Developed from Petrus Oud Bruin; a paler version of a traditional local style.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-27-2001)
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dogger6253

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured out a thin, golden-yellow color. There wasn't much head, nor was there much lacing left behind. Attractive to look at, but not exceptionally inviting.

Lots of sour fruits going on in the aroma; oranges and lemons are what hit me first. I was able to pull out grapes and grapefruit shortly after, and hints of cherries and vinegar as the beer settled.

I think the oranges I smelled turned out to be tangerines, big difference huh? However, the tangerine taste was very tart and subdued; hidden behind the other flavors. Lemon takes the foreground alongside lime. There are also notes of grapefruit, wood, and a penetrating white grape taste near the finish.

Highly carbonated and light-bodied, sort of like a champagne in a way. I liked the taste of this beer a lot, but due to the high acidity and sourness, I wouldn't be able to drink another in succession. I would try it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 16:11:51 | More by dogger6253
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2001 Vintage served up for just a couple bucks at Delilah’s in Chicago in March of 2007.

I love Delilah’s. Every time I go there I find new beers to try that have been aged at least 5 years. Always fun.

This one was exceptional.

Poured into my chalice a bright clear gold with small amounts of yeast present in the body and a thin white head on top.

Nose is loaded with oak tannins. Underneath them is a zest of lemon and grapefruit. These light fruit aromas are rotten and inviting, hinting at a geuze like sensation that is to follow. Vanilla, cherry, and earth play roles too.

Taste is highly acidic and funky. The yeast play a prominent role providing sour and tart fruit flavors while the oak rounds everything out. Feel is light, crisp, and very tart, mouth puckering tart. Semi candied and woody.

Very drinkable. Highly interesting mouthfeel does the trick. Lambic/geuze lovers should find this very appealing. I have to imagine that the age played a large roll in the development of this deeply crafted and almost intimidating level of character.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 20:12:13 | More by DaPeculierDane
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Petrus aged Pale Ale pours out a creamy white head
over a cloudy deep yellow brew. A steady stream of
bubbles rise from the middle of my glass and the nose
is malt, yeast, and a vinous sourness. Pretty much what
you might expect from something that lived in an oak
barrel for 20 months. The flavor is tannic, with light malts,
citrus sourness, and salt. This is the most unusual thing
I have drank so far. The mouthfeel is very crisp, and there's
something really appetizing about this that I just cannot pin
down. All this complexity really does a good job balancing
out the 7.3% alcohol by volume, which only makes itself felt
by a warming effect. Very strange and interesting- a beer you
really need to try at least once or for very special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 18:34:47 | More by shadow1961
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potownbill

New York

1.83/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This is my first review and I have sampled dozens of beers trying to develope a consistant feel for the taste, appearance, smell, and mouthfeel. Not having a sufficient number of tastes under my belt, I have not written any reviews, but I am compelled to review this beer.
Appearance: Nice golden yellow, slightly cloudy with a good off white head. Great first impression
Smell: Nail polish remover. Strong acidic smell.
Taste: Very tart. Is this lemonaid or beer?
Mouthfeel. Who cares. The taste killed the moment.
Summary: First beer I've dumped down the drain. This is the first of a 6 beer Petrus sampler box. I hope the rest are better, aka drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 00:09:03 | More by potownbill
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

2.4/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - this belgian pale ale is most definitely pale. it pours a BMC golden color, that kegstand pale yellow color, with a thin white head with rather good retention and plenty of carbonation

S - this beer smells very champagnesque, liek white muscat grapes, a bit like Midas Touch's grapes, then again, a deeper whiffs reveal lemon and ... vinegar

T - yup vinegar... way to sour, sure slightly champagnesque with some white grape hints, but it tastes more like apple cider vinegar, again, too sour for me, but i didnt pour it

M&D - lively and light on the tongue, but again, too sour to be even moderately drinkable, not a fan

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 05:16:06 | More by sinstaineddemon
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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rare find at Delilah's...2003 is printed on the back label.

Pours a honey orange, some foam and large bubbles form in the tulip glass. A sticky ring of lace is left behind. Smell is of sharp citrusy lemon juice, clover honey, and white grape. Mild stable funk swirls around, with a wet stone quality. Very unique and Gueuze-like.

Taste follows the aroma, minus the funkiness. It's got a focused sharpness, sour lemon, apricot, and mellow honey all appear in the profile. White wine comes to mind. Aftertaste is slightly earthy with a vegetal hint. Sour/acidity level is moderate, almost puckering at first. It has a clean, bright sourness and is a little thin, crisp but not as and dry as Gueuze. It's a little like a Belgian Pale/Gueuze hybrid...refrfeshing in small doses. Returning to it a few times, it feels like it lacks a bit of depth that other Flanders ales have.

I've got another '03 bottle cellared indefinitely, i'm curious to try one that has more of age on it. Edit: it doesn't seem to change much over time, wondering if it's pasteurized.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 01:53:38 | More by emerge077
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades to a ring leaving a good lace. Pale, cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sour apple nose. Flavor is sour apples from start to finish, hops and malts stay hidden. True to Flemish sour ale style, drinkable but not my favorite. $4.90 for a 330ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 23:24:44 | More by jdhilt
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 Edition (year is lasered on the back label) served at just over fridge temperature in an oversize snifter. 330ml bottle.

Appearance- Pours a clear, medium gold with a barely centimeter-thick white head. After just a moment in the glass, the bubbles disperse and line the outside edge.

Smell- Wild, fermenting fruit is featured here, with a pungent sourness that brings Belgium's raw, natural farmhouse aromas to mind. There's a nice depth here, and the malts are actually noticable within the funky nose.

Taste- As sour and tart as this beer is, there's great balance as well. Almost like lemonade, the initial citric blast defers to a sweetness that finishes very smoothly and leaves behind a lip-smacking tartness on the lips and teeth. Towards the end of this tasting, a bready, yeasty finish becomes more noticable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The constantly responsive effervescence in the mouth is very nice here... it keeps the flavors alive and moving, with perfect weight and rolling quality. More drinkable than many of the better gueuzes and BSPAs that fit this profile, and certainly more approachable for the beginner. A great aperitif that could easily substatute for champagne before the first course is served.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 00:55:42 | More by yelterdow
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours a slightly clouded apricot, a spritzy soda-like head hangs around briefly before settling to an incomplete cover. Some residual bubbles but no real lace.

Aroma - sour, musty, and a touch of cantaloup style fruitiness. The Brett rules the nose here, but there's some goodies in there I like.

Taste - a very tart and wild thing. Classic Belgian Brett influence. It takes a while but I eventually get to some of the veiled florals waiting behind all the tartness. I'm more in tune with this beer than with prior sour Belgians I've had. Still a challenging style for me to fully appreciate, but this one earns some marks.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly, lighter but not necessarily thin. A citric, dry and tart residue.

Drinkability - a great example of the style I bet, but not to my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 18:22:35 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"2003"

Slightly hazed dark golden. Small beaded carbonation rises at a moderate pace to the thin ivory white coating on top. The bubbly collar leaves sporadic patches of lace. Strong nose of rich, sweet cherries, oaky tannins, lactic sourness and brown sugar. Boy this baby is bone dry. Don't know if it's from the aging or what, but it reminds me of a lambic that way. It's refreshing in a way. There's just a little "lambic-like" sourness, but not a lot. Slight bits of sweet malt. A little tart cherry aspect. But the lip smacking dryness dominates. Light bodied and an effervescent feel in the mouth. And enjoyable and unique beverage.

A review long overdue, right Darren ;>) Thanks for the brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 20:50:21 | More by Bighuge
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger frothy white head over a golden-copper body. Decent head retention. Aromas of tart citrus fruit, Belgian yeast, and a tinge of malt in the background. The flavor is quite tart and sour up front, but quickly gives way to a strong oaky, almost tequila like character. Crisp bitterness. Fairly low carbonation for a Belgian ale. Low sweetness too—quite dry.

This is a crazy fellow with some serious funk. I found the oak character to be a bit overpowering out of the starting gate, but things tend to meld a bit better as it warmed. I don't usually mind a tart and funky brew, but I guess I just couldn’t get over the lingering tequila character (I’m not a fan of the spirit). Definitely worth a try--- at least once.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 23:43:47 | More by Shovelbum
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to generous trader melbatoast93 on this one!

"2003" stamped on the back, so I guess this is about 3 years old, give or take.

Small head dissolves to a skim and then just about nothing in less than two minutes, but the color is a beautiful shimmering gold with lots of bubble action.

Aroma is like sticking your head in a yeast-soaked barrel of sour cherries, sour apples and lemons. I like how the pungent yeastiness carries all that sourness...clearly a love or hate type thing.

As with the aroma, the flavor is largely sour. A tart, puckery mutha. Not for everybody, but definitely one for lambic/gueuze conoisseurs. Further nuance is given via the woody, earthy elements riding along with the more dominant tartness, likely due to the barrel-aging this beer goes through. Makes the insides of the mouth pucker and wrinkle like really powerful lemonade.

Most definitely drinkable, but if your tastes don't usually sit on the sour end of things, this will be more of an occasional indulgence. But there's no doubting its quality and depth. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 21:11:15 | More by Metalmonk
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light gold color with a head that builds and dissipates quickly. Has a sour smell that is a surprise upon tasting. I wasn't prepared for this, taste is almost wine-like. Has nice carbonation and it sort of grows on you. Yet I don't think this will be the one beer to have when I'm having more than one.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 17:31:31 | More by techdiver
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DogFood11

California

1.65/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a tulip. My last offering in the gift style package from petrus. It has really aggressive carbonation and so you have to be gentle with this one. Golden body that is somewhat hazed up.

This is one tart son of a bitch. Pucker up for this one. First drink is a shock to the palate. After some thought trying to piece this together the predominant theme is green cherries. Very young cherries mixed with an ever fading kendling just slightly in the backdrop. Alot of similarities to a dry white wine. A fairly one dimensional beer from my vantage point.

Notes: I enjoy a tart brew. This is just overbearing and one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 04:53:55 | More by DogFood11
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Wasatch

Utah

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, small head quickly disapates, some lacing afterwards. Scents of yeast, grapefruit, citrus, and spices. The taste is tangy and slightly bitter, very citrusy, and slightly spicy, the finish is pretty dry. Medium body, very carbonated mouth feel. Alcohol hidden very well. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but most likely will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 00:55:51 | More by Wasatch
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a light golden color with a slight haze and a substantial white head. The head leaves a pretty lace. The aroma is interesting and somewhat complex…there’s a little fruit and a vinous character, brettanomyces is notable, there’s some grain and grass smells as well. Yeast and just a touch of alcohol round out the smell. The taste is a dry and a little tart, but backed with a lot of ripe fruit and yeast. The brew is quite carbonated, and leaves a spicy, prickly sensation on the tongue. This is an interesting brew, but not one that I’d have all the time.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 01:44:45 | More by Suds
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Iguana

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a recent fan of sour beers I decided to pick this up for tonight. As soon as I opened it I could smell the brett funk which had me salivating. Pour was a pale golden color with a 1 inch head that laced up nicely. Smell is almost entirely brett funk with a hint of yeast and spice on the end. Taste is once again, fairly sour due to the Brett and a bit peppery, really nice once it warmed up a bit. Mouthfeel is tart and acidic. Drinkability is pretty good, i love sour beers so it was a real treat to get again for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 09:53:46 | More by Iguana
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nriech

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with about 2 inches of head. Nice light amber color, lots of carbonation. Heavy on the lacing.

Smells just like a hard cider, nothing too complex about it.

Taste however is alot more complex, and I think I have found another favorite being a flemish sour fan. Very tart at first. Almost makes your lips burn for some reason. This was very easy to drink as the alcohol didnt seem present at all. The aftertaste was mild and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 17:24:39 | More by nriech
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, pale gold with a lush, 2 finger, fluffy white head. Lots of scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is sugary, oaky, tart apples, aged with lactobacillus, brett, sweet tarts, mild cherries, cakey yeast, aged funk, and perhaps some over-ripened banana peel.
Taste is of the aromas...sweet tart, funky, bacteria laden, infected oak aged, Belgian brew. I think you'll either love it, or not. Personally, I really enjoyed it.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front, tart along the tongue, light bodied, mildly acidic, spritzy, and dry.
A nice experience of a tart, Oak barrel brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 02:27:03 | More by weeare138
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OStrungT

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light golden yellow color with a small white head. The head fades slow, leaving many laces.

This beer has a sour aroma. It also smells slightly citrusy. It also has a slight fruity aroma. Some cherrys are present. Not much else as far as aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Sour up front. Behind that, some cherry flavor, and a slight citrus tint to it.

This beer leaves a tart, sour aftertaste. It is highly carbonated.

I doubt this beer would make a great session beer. It is very aggressive. I think after one or two, it would become hard to drink.

Overall: This beer is pretty good. I think I like most sour beers. I will buy it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 23:18:51 | More by OStrungT
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malcontent

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Little to no head although a thick ring of bubbles forms on the surface perimeter. The body is a hazy, pale gold. Not the most appealing beer I’ve seen but it has its nice points.

Yikes! A strong vinegar scent, balsamic in nature, attacks the nose with a definite sour cherry presence tagging along.

That’s what I was expecting; absolutely a sour ale, not a Belgian Pale, as the bottle seems to indicate. Strong vinegar flavor with a surprising malt taste on the finish. For a sour, it actually finishes fairly clean, with only a moderate lingering taste.

Only moderately carbonated with a rather thin texture. This isn’t all that great a drinking experience, probably would stop at one.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 22:19:45 | More by malcontent
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33 cL Belgian bottle with 2003 on the back label and it looks like there might be some oxidation where the cap met the bottle. It pours a mildly-hazed deep gold, almost amber, with fairly active carbonation and a 1 finger, bone-white, almost frothy head that leaves some nice Belgian lacing. It vinous, musty, and tart with some lactic acidity, dung/barnyard notes, grapes?, wild/funky yeast aromas, and hints of wood. The first sip is unexpectedly tart, with lemony acidic flavors that pinch my salivary glands. In addition, there are vinous malts, very faint hops, a low bitterness, dung, and a lactic acidity. The body is light with medium carbonation and a tannin-like dryness in its medium finish. The beer isn't as tart as the first sip indicated - it's actually pretty mild compared to the Rene Cuvee I had the other day - but there isn't too much going on besides the sour flavors. This is definitely an interesting beer, bordering on gueuze, but I have a hard time drinking sour/acidic beers if there aren't more flavors there to back them up.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 19:32:26 | More by mmmbeer
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amoebalink

California

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle served at cellar to room temperature. Used wine glasses for tasting.

Appearance: medium yellow color with a large head consisting of small bubbles. slowly goes away

Smell: lemony smell with fizzle that reminds me or champaine. sour candy smell to it.

Taste: very acidic with sourness that melds into sweetness with some time. aftertaste still of sourbet.

interesting beer to taste. was not really expecting the tartness to be there, so was a surprise to everyone. I can appreciate the beer, but a lot of people in the tasting felt the beer is too sour and don't like the style at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 17:46:11 | More by amoebalink
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright spot light yellow with a smoothly foamed top of white froth sitting about a finger high. Keeps an immense amount hanging around and the lace is in inky strings.

Aroma is fairly funky with a semi charming, paled down thwapp of soured grapeyness and oaky tangyness. Acidic funk to say the least.

Taste is a leveled sour tang of old lemon, oak, sour apple, grapefruit, and acidic yeastyness. Floating dryness of tarting parchness is interactive within a woody tone mixed with some white grape and grapefruit sourness. I like the finish more then anything as it tends to mellow off nicely. The front and the swallow is quite grabbing to the palate. It realy smacks it around some and lets you know you're drinkin' something.

Feel is active and full with alot of souring tartness. Drying and oaky with a long lasting effect of white grape and oak.

A bit slow to get through. A sipper of a sour Belgain Pale if there ever was one. Hold on to your taste buds with this one is Lambic-like.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 02:04:24 | More by tavernjef
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was only my second Flemish sour, and I was not nearly as impressed with this as my first--Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne. Poured to a golden pale vcolor wityh medium fluffy, head, decent lacing and lots of carbonation. But whereas the Duchesse was a nice mix of sour early, and sweet later on, this was strictly sour, from start to finish. Aroma of sour green apples and vinegar, carried over into the taste and finally the finish. I actually like Flemish Sours, but this one is not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 17:28:00 | More by kimcgolf
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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