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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,757
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 1,344
Gots: 1,176 | FT: 83
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian-style dark ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 10-31-2008)
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -19.2%

Ruby and brown body. Thin white head. Low carb.

Nose is bitter, smoky, fruity. I can smell that it has a high ABV.

Taste is boozy, bitter, tangy, fruity and complex. Interesting and somewhat woody.

Mouthfeel is dry and tart. Slightly astringent.

Drinkability is moderate, slightly drying. The bitterness limits drinkability somewhat.

09-01-2009 08:52:40 | More by ghostwalker
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LittleDon

Texas

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%

A healthy 10 oz served in a wine glass (closer to 12 or 14 oz). Brownish red in color, with very little head. It is oily, with the existant lace sticking and sliding down the glass. Clear, mostly opaque and with medium carbonation. Berries and bananas in the aroma, it reminds me of a Belgian. None of the banana characteristics are present in the taste, however. Sour, but not over the top, with very noticeable ketone/aldehyde characteristics. Hints of bourbon in the flavor and a bite to the tounge. Light mouthfeel. Surprisingly bitter finish. As a lambic, a nice balance between the sourness and malt. Worthy of a second tasting.

09-01-2009 04:11:58 | More by LittleDon
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WCBCFrank

Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -49.2%

Russian River's Consecration Ale pours a deep, ruby red in a goblet or Chardonnay glass. Good carbonation and massive Beethoven's 5th notes of very ripe fruit and dark cherries. Lots of wine like qualities - more like Muscat-beer like qualities. Good amount of sourness and kinda like a blended cocktail of Muscat, sherry, Belgian dubbel, and a lambic. One of the few beers that is STRICLY an after-dinner thought.

For the novice: You probably won't like it.

Personally: Up front, I am not a fan of the oak barrel infused types of beer that tastes like wine or whiskeys. Consecration is in this category. Although, I can see drinking this over Temptation Blonde, that's not saying much. Not worth the price, I rather just buy a Flemish Sour.

08-31-2009 16:29:02 | More by WCBCFrank
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -2%

Pours a cloudy burgundy color with a large bubbly off white head.

Scent is cinnamon, dark sour fruit, oak and tobacco. Nice complexity and depth here.

Taste of oak, tobacco, earth, sugars, dark sour fruit, and a hint of alcohol. The alcohol is nearly unnoticeable, but it gives the flavor a little extra bite, which is nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation.

08-30-2009 23:45:47 | More by paco1029384756
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -10.9%

Thanks JMBSH for this sought after. A different sour, the sour did hit the palate, and I am feeling it 10 hours later. The Brett and other enzymes are interesting and adding to the palate message. Yet overall the taste is not that outstanding. Carbonation was above average, and this beverage did work with supper. An experience. Really good looking orangey off-white bubbly head, though a piece of black sediment rolled into the initial pour. Vinegar aroma which I am two minds about, one being the anticipation of a hard rocking palate cleanser, giving it the benefit of the doubt.
About a year later on tap at the brewpub. Just as good.

08-30-2009 02:27:56 | More by Sammy
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Tawnos

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured into Duvel Tulip glass. Batch 002x3

Pours a pleasing woody red/brown, 1 finger head quickly diminishes without lacing. Nothing out of the ordinary for a wild ale.

Smells amazing, black cherries and funky oak. It's highly reminiscent of a great Gueuze I sampled in Belgium - perfectly aged.

The taste is awesome. My girlfriend calls it a cross between sour gummy worms and red wine. I get what she means - there's a pleasant fruitiness, but it's not overly sour, more a tart sweetness, balanced with the minimal beer undertones. A wild that even the Belgians would drink proudly.

The slight bite on the mouthfeel is all that keeps this from a 5, there. It's well rounded with a puckering start that gives way to a mouthwateringly-sweet finish

I'd drink more if they weren't 20 each ;). This is a beer I cannot think of a food to pair with. It stands alone to be tasted, enjoyed on its own merits.

08-29-2009 23:15:44 | More by Tawnos
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

Huge thanks to Bring! I loved this one so much, I traded with him a second time to get my hands on more of this beer!

Poured from a 750mL into a tulip. Gusher, very highly carbonated, incredibly foamy tarnished yellow coffee stained tooth head that is wildy active, at 2.5 fingers and comes to a standstill at a thin layer. Very dark and hazy muddy blood red.

Cabernet soaked grapes and lemons, slight bit of oak. Red grapes are fantastic and really come straight out of the glass alongside some sweet cherry, gotta really get your nose in the glass to pick up some vanilla, a lot of red wine characteristics.

Holy moly. The raspberry and tart black cherry is phenomenal, mouth puckering tartness, slight oak flavors but nothing too dry, brett comes out towards the end that blows my mind out of my skull. Really overcarbonated and tons of matured and aged red grapes are all of the place. Lemon sourness is superb.

Very full bodied, yet not over the top thickness works well with the high level of bubbles in this guy. Another awesome RR.

08-28-2009 02:08:14 | More by CoolJosh
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.15/5  rDev -7.6%

Big thanks goes out to ipa247 for this one. Hell of a fine trader.

batch #1. 750ml. Cork, cage, etc.

Cork pops out with a huge dupontesque BOOF! Pours a nice clear red ruby brownish color with a nice fizzy light tan head that actually retains well, by style standards. After a couple minutes it reduces to only a skim over the surface with a pretty good size ring around the edges of the glass. Leaves little lacing, but a good amount for the style.

Nose has subtle black currant and a lot of flemishy lacto tartness and funk. Oak is also apparent in the nose as is a cherry type of sweetness, likely from the currants.

Hmmm. Not as wildly sour as I was expecting, thats for sure, but certainly a tart beer. Really this is like a beefed up flemish ale, without heavy vinegar as is often found, although it is there. The currants are actually pretty noticeable in the flavor, as the sourness is not overbearing or terribly palate raping. The finish is brutally dry, but the sweetness of the added fruit does balance it out. This really is seemingly a nice cross between flemish styles and real american wild ale. Excellent balance. The oak does definitely make its presence known, especially right before the finish as well as in the aftertaste. Aftertaste lingers with slight vinegar, currant, and lacto mouth pucker.

Mouthfeel is right where it oughta be. Hard to argue any point of this really. There could be a tiny touch more carbonation, that is really my only qualm.

Drinkability is simply outstanding, both for the style and for the abv. It could be improved upon, but not a hell of alot.

Overall a fine beer, and a really interesting (at least IMO) melding of styles. I like the flemish lick that the addition of currants and barrel aging provide, and the fact that it doesn't get too flemish on us and forgoes having too much vinegar barf flavor. An impressive and incredibly complex and educational beverage. One i will be sure to cellar, and enjoy again in the future. Excited to see how this batch 2 is...Great beer.

08-28-2009 02:03:05 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -19.8%

Thanks again to treyrab and cooljosh for breaking this out at the tasting on night number two of the beer extravaganza weekend. This one was from Batch 2.

A: Deep clear and crisp ruby color, very dark. Thin small wisps of bubbles move upwards for a long time, popping as soon as they hit the surface, leaving no sign that they were ever there.

S: Sour and funky, but to my utmost disappointment, I can't make out a single note, no matter how subtle, of the red wine or the currants. Chocolatey in the in the background, but I can't get past the lack of fruits, dark or otherwise, in the flavor.

T: The taste starts off as tart which then gives in to a bitter dark chocolate character. The two flavor sensations seem to clash a bit, the sour and the bitter just don't jive to well on my pallet. Currants finally manifest themselves in the aftertaste, but it seems like too little too late. There is also a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.

M/D: Highly carbonated, this beer tickles the tongue and presents a medium thicker texture than the lighter colored wilds. The alcohol can be felt somewhat, but the sourness is very good. I just wish there wasn't that chocolatey bitterness...it seems to take away from the funky sourness of the yeast strain. The beer is a bit too heavy for my wild taste, too.

BATCH 1: 10/2/10
4.5/4/4.5/4.5/4.5
Deep brown highlighted by mahogany and garnet. Creamy and foamy head with great retention. Lacing is impressive and full.

Very potent aroma of signature RR funk, a balanced pedio sourness, and a base of currants and dark fruits. On the palate, the funk is more pronounced, and the currants really shine. Hints of bitter dark chocolate also come through. This was much better than the mess of Batch1 that I tasted from the keg about a month ago.

Sourness puckers the tongue initially, but otherwise, it is smooth and silky, leaving a syrupy funky taste on the palate. Probably the best batch of Consecration that I have had.

08-27-2009 02:02:41 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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kimcgolf

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev -6%

On tap at RR in Santa Rosa. Poured in a short glass to a cloudy brownish-ornage with medium thick off-white head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. Nose is sour red fruit and hops, mouthfeel thick and tangy-sweet and the taste a perrfect follow to the scents in the nose, with some alcohol added in at mid-glass. Like a good Flemish Sour, the finish was long and a rush of tangy fruit, quickly followed by a warming sugar sweetness.

Not quite the Duchesse, but a damn good Sour.

08-23-2009 01:19:44 | More by kimcgolf
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fiver29

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +6.5%

Bottle shared by miketd. Thanks Mike! Pours dark brown with off white head. Has acid and tart cherry aromas. Flavor is tart cherry, dark fruit, wood, and some wine notes. Finishes with a super pucker mouth watering sourness that is great. Medium light mouthfeel. Overall a great brew and one I really liked.

08-21-2009 19:58:41 | More by fiver29
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squaremile

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -8%

On tap at Belmont Station and Bailey's Taproom in Portland. Pours a hazy ruby/plum with a small head. Aroma is red wine, cherries, and oak. The taste is more of the same but with a strong sourness that reminds me at times of some of my favorite sour candies. But it isn't that simple since the barrel creates a nice complexity and keeps me going back for more. I'm not a sour beer expert but I really liked this.

08-21-2009 06:29:38 | More by squaremile
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botham

New York

4.93/5  rDev +9.8%

liter bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a chestnut brown color with one finger of loose eggshell colored head. poor retention and no lacings.

aroma is mildly sour with dark fruits and notes of cherry, passionfruit and currants. the sour note is mildly vinous with a bit of funk mixed in. the fruit is subtle, but mixes in nicely with the overall profile. the sour character gets more pronounced as the beer warms.

taste is of a vinegar-like sourness with fruit close behind. raspberries, cherries, passionfruit and currants are all present. no alcohol shows, which is good for 10% APV. the brew is lightly effervescent, and just sour enough to sustain the fruit character.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and mildly tart in texture. the brew finishes on a tart ntote with residual berries and currants. nicely proportioned on the palate. the sourness is just strong enough to keep the palate honest.

drinkability is excellent. prefectly proportioned on the palate with a wonderful fruit bouquet and mildly vinous finish that works magic on the palate. this beer is phenomenal. it dances on the palate with a sour character that enhances the drinkability. cheers!

08-20-2009 14:22:33 | More by botham
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -3.6%

750 ml bottle, 10% ABV. Pours a very cloudy dark brown color, leaning towards mahogany. Tan, wispy head disappears after a minute, leaving no lace.

Sour cherry in the nose at first, a bit leathery, followed by some blackberry. Aroma is quite complex, and melds together very well. No heat from the alcohol noticed here.

Very tart up front, nearly puckering. Some berry flavors, and a good amount of earthy tones. Again, a bit leathery, and funky. Long lingering earthy finish.

Light body, and carbonation. Good amount of acidity. Some alcohol warmth, but not as much as you would expect for a beer of this size. Very complex, and delicious.

08-19-2009 11:40:14 | More by Bierguy5
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev -6%

Dark amber colour with large bubbles at first that could have easily fooled me for being a Belgian import. Nose has a pleasant sour cherry component, with light vinegar, and fig newton snacks. Just as I'm starting to enjoy it the brett funk kicks in and the fair reviewer side of me reminds me that barnyard is supposed to be good here. The sourness dominates on the palate, with cherry taking some background to the fig newtons and vinegar. Finish is long and vinegary, and really smacks you in the face with the flavors. Even if you like the style it is still hardly something that anyone should describe as having high drinkability.

08-19-2009 04:24:01 | More by yemenmocha
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +8.7%

Batch 002 x 3 from the Northeast Craft Beer Outlet at a rediculously good price...

A- Dark brown with red highlights. Big, whispy carbonated head that dicipates quickly. Little to no lacing.

S- Red wine, oak, tobacco. Slight red wine vinegar acidity note. Slight dark fruit note as well. Amazing.

T- Amazingly complex belnd of sour yet subtle fruit, red wine and oak, hints of vanilla. Nice earthy notes. Slight acidity on the back end. Finishes with a nice red wine taste. Perfect.

M- Medium bodied, perfect carbonation level from the yeast. Excellent smooth, silky wine like finish and aftertaste.

D- Wow, if i was never allowed to drink red wine again and wanted to still experience many of the positives, i would reach for this. The ultimate American Wild Ale experience.

08-17-2009 13:33:21 | More by rfgetz
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -22%

Thanks for the trade Christian

Pours a very dark shade of brown, looks black in low light. A solid two fingers of very lively head rises up but falls quickly, leaving a thick persistent collar around my 25 oz. snifter. Smell is very mild funkiness, tart apples, caramel, grapes, a hint of oak barrel as well.

Taste is a mouth puckering mash of grapes, apple skin, strong oak presence, vinegar, caramel, and dirt. Very complex but the oak comes through a tad too much leaving a dryness on the palate that I don't care for. Medium bodied and like I said very dry. This is a very impressive beer but not really my cup of tea quite yet (still so/so about sours).

I will revisit this again next year and see if my opinion has changed.

08-17-2009 04:13:50 | More by alcstradamus
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Westsidebuddha

California

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%

Bought at 7-11 in Highland Park, Calif. Batch 002X1.

Pop open the bottle and notice the scent of cherries. A very good smell. Poured a dark red color into a glass. Slight head on top with lots of tiny bubbles bursting on top. A very nice sour taste on the first sip. Not overwhelming with a nice sour back end.

I been hearing how good this beer is and I'm glad I tried it. Also glad the price I paid for wasn't wasted (It's a wee bit up there). Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice sour taste. The carbonation is caused by the refermenting in the bottle and it definitely shows in the glass and the way it pops in your mouth. I could drink another one easily but I'm gonna have to break my piggy bank for that. Wow, look at the fizz of that second pour and the smell. This is good!

08-16-2009 07:07:56 | More by Westsidebuddha
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.9%

I bought this dousy at the Hulmeville Inn in PA. Poured a very deep ruby red with a brown touch.Kind of hazy thick light brown heading that looks like coca cola coming in fizzy and leaving flat.A constant flow of bubbles form in my tulip that come from the bottom and raise to the surface of the glass like a fountain.

Smell is very tart at first but are taken over by fine sour wine with and old wood barrel kick.

Taste is ridiculously sour that makes my face squishy like I ate a dozen sour warheads(love those thing's) at once. A kind of gritty souriness gets up in the gums and tickles the teeth.

Mouth again ridiculously sour that sticks to the palate and does let go for the rest of the tasting. Fuller then full bodied,amazing carbonation. If this were flat this would be an amzing wine (Don't know if that's a good thing.)

Drink is mostly a sipper and a taster. I really couldn't see anyone having a session with this beer it is way too sour but definetly a good drink to try.

I would like to thank alot of the people on BA who pretty much told me it was a good deal to get this. Otherwise I might have forgotten about it. Thankyou.

08-15-2009 13:14:10 | More by TheFightfan1
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -12%

Enormous thanks to msubulldog25 for his generosity on this one. This was basically a gift, in that I didn't trade for it, and he simply offered it. Wotta guy.

Poured a fluffy, audibly crackly head. Color borders on black, but is more of a very, very dark brown.

Aroma is mostly wood and extremely young grapes. Has a generally vinous, weedy, unripe and exotic smell. You know you're in for something unique just by smelling it.

Flavor is exceedingly vinous and acidic. Lots of young dark fruit, mostly berry. Wood is present but subtle and supportive only. Tartness in both flavor and feel (makes the mouth pucker). Quite dry and spritzy, like champagne. Lightly pasty like an intense red wine, but that could just be the tartness talking. The feel is something to get used to, but if reviewing to style, it's wonderful.

I have to be in the mood for this sort of beer (which has a lot in common with an Oud Bruin), and it's generally not the sort of thing I'd reach for if given many other choices, but the quality and character is clearly on a high level. Very glad to have tried it.

08-15-2009 12:47:03 | More by Metalmonk
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juhl31

California

3.8/5  rDev -15.4%

this beer was chilled in a hotel bag of ice in a trash bin and poured into a 10 oz. plastic cup.

-dark amber color with a light brown head

-SOUR got some malts in there for sure and seems to be biscuity malts

-SOUR some cherry, some lemon. pretty warming on the way down. can feel it in the belly.

-SOUR champagnesque. bubbles on the tongue pretty good

-really gotta be in the mood to drink a sour. if i was in the mood for a beer i would never go for a sour. it is good for the style, but that i think will always be the case

08-13-2009 05:26:33 | More by juhl31
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mcallister

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%

Honestly it looks like cheap american Cabernet Sauvignon slightly oxidized. Bricking maroon with some purple hints. Really nice looking with a spritzy brown head that faded into nothing nearly instantly.

Black currant, black cherry, black raspberry galore, hints of tart funky brettanomyces. Wood shows well. Slight bit of oxidation, leather, barn yard.

Just a fabulous outrageously tart acidic wild ale. Black fruit dominates obviously driven by the black currant with full bodied berry, tart cherry, black raspberry and plum. Thickly tart with brett and a bit tannic from the oak. Mouthfeel is a blast of spritzy carbonation and acidity. Brett shows well throughout and keeps things fresh. Wish I could afford more of these.

08-12-2009 19:51:45 | More by mcallister
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FreightTrain

California

4.13/5  rDev -8%

A- Pours dark brown with a big, fizzy, tan head made up of large bubbles.

S- Delicious dark fruit, the currants are really noticeable. Tartness for sure. Grape as well, a definite wine smell.

T- Quite sour and lots of fruit at the beginning. Really delicious on the finish: the cabernet and brett meld to form a wonderful buttery tart taste.

M- Excellent soft mouthfeel with spritzy carbonation.

D- Drinkability is inhibited by the intensity of the acidity, which is really accentuated by the tartness of the currants. Of course its delicious, although not my favorite RR beer, but difficult to drink a whole bottle in one sitting.

08-11-2009 22:31:34 | More by FreightTrain
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +2%

750ml single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $23. Batch #002X2.

A: Dark purple, plum colored, with a cream fading towards pink head, about half an inch on the first pour, bubbles are loosely forming, looks more like soap bubbles than beer. Pretty fiar head retention. Fairly cloudy, and pretty sticky lacing. Nice looking beer. Not to mention loud! Holy hell the bubbles are loud in this one.

S: Sour barnyard stanky funk, horse blanket, and a little bit like feet, slight woodyness from the barrel aging and also quite fruity, definitely can tell there are currents in this beer. Smells quite tasty.

T: SOUR! Wow, lots of sour funk, quite medicinal, has a fairly pronounced hop biterness as well. Currants are strong and make this even more intensely sour. A few little woody hints come out here and there, but they can't even begin to compare with the sourness and fruitiness of the beer. Slight boozy hint, but falls in the mix nicely with the rest of the beer. The sourness really lingers in my mouth on this one, definitely a lactic acid sourness. Quite acidic, and quite delicious, I'm not disappointed at all!

M: Puckering sour, extremely dry, and hugely acidic in the mouth, makes my saliva really really thick. Did I mention this beer is dry, wow! Also a slight bit of alcohol heat in here. Excellent.

D: One of the easiest drinking sours I've ever had, this is impressive. My girlfriend was not impressed, so I won't have any difficulty drinking here share of the bottle. Excellent beer, and now I understand why the RR sours are so sought after. I can only imagine what the others taste like. Exceptional!

M:

08-07-2009 03:39:07 | More by pokesbeerdude
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.85/5  rDev +8%

Amazingly fast fading deep tan bubbles reach three fingers and then fade to nothing in just seconds. Body is a deep brown mahogany tone in color, really romantic. Nose is lovely with up front raspberries, so lush and slightly tart. Rich dark fruit tones come through with some oak and even a hint of sweet bourbon. With first sip you get some vanilla and oak then quickly comes the tannin based dark fruit sour feel that really embraces the tongue completely. Raisins, figs, blackberries and citrus rind all mark a wonderful tart fruit profile. The bold almost rich tannin feel really rounds out the taste perfectly. Superb balance and complexity make this beer a real standout. Mouthfeel is very red wine like, really making you want the next sip. Off the chart drinkability for a beer in this category.

08-07-2009 02:28:13 | More by SPLITGRIN
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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