Brewer's Art Beazly Golden Ale | The Brewer's Art

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Maryland, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our answer to the Belgian «devil» beers (i.e. Lucifer, Duvel, etc.). Both rich and dry, this beer is all too easy to consume in large quantities. Hopped with Styrian Goldings.

Formerly Ozzy Ale

Added by Todd on 06-17-2003

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Photo of philbe311
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A mountainous lush juicy tightly packed slightly off-white colored head with a slightly rocky top that is active and shows a bit of visible fizziness... A pure golden color with a faint orange hue... A small cyclone of rapid paced carbonation rises in the center of the glass...

S - Lemon zest... Orange zest... Muted Belgian yeast... Some subtle notes of wheat and spice... Tart apples... Freshly popped unbuttered unsalted popcorn...

T - Apple... Peaches.... Apricots... Some faint candied sugar notes... Touches of lemon and citrus zest... Wheat... A simple understated spice component...

M - Creamy lushiness to start as the foam touches the lips... Turns crisp, clean, and very freshing... Sturdy brisk carbonation... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Smooth and consistent sip after sip...

D - If didn't already know this one was from Baltimore, MD, I would have truly mistaken this for an authentic Belgian brewed pale ale... Worthy for all BAs to seek out, this one comes highly recommend... Next trip to MD, I'll be stocking up on a couple of these bottles... This one goes down easy gulp after gulp...

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great selection sent to me by smokeypeat.

750 mL corked and caged. Date code was 536 by 11/10/12.

Great looking brew. Mostly clear with some chill haze and tons of rising bubbles, monster head that lasted forever, and great lacing.

Smell is very good. Easy going spicy yeast comes out first, followed by earthy citrus and some mellow hops.

Tastes very good too. Much like the smell, earthy citrus is accented beautifully with tasty, spicy yeast and a smooth, mellow, floral hop profile.

It's kind of sweet but finishes dry. Great medium body with lots of carbonation.

This beer flat out kicks ass. I'm putting it on my wants.

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Photo of corby112
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml received in a recent trade with starrdogg. Thanks again man! Best by date 11/18/12.

Pours a clear dark golden yellow color with a massive three finger frothy, pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing. Lots of visible carbonation bubbling up.

Earthy, slightly funky aroma with lots of crisp, light fruit, zesty spice and sweet alcohol. Subtle barnyard presence with a prominent earthy grass and straw character balanced out by spicy pepper and clove as well a champagne yeast like effervescence. Some sweet alcohol with estery light fruit, especially apple, pear and grape. They are going for a Duvel clone and they nailed the aroma.

Medium bodied and fuller than I expected with lots of tight carbonation and earthy, bitter hops up front that linger throughout into a dry finish. Well balanced with a good bit of earthy, tart flavor countered by zesty spice, light fruit, sweet alcohol and dry champagne yeast effervescence. Hints of pepper and clove as well as some apple, pear, grass, straw and alcohol. Similar to Duvel but not quite as good with a fuller body, stronger hop presence and less alcohol bite. It has more of a spicy and herbal presence than I prefer and all of the flavors are a bit much. Pretty good and easy to drink but it could be a bit more balanced.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer that sounds like it was named after Ozzy Osborne? Metal beer! Sign me up! m/ but seriously heard alot of good things about it.

Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle. Cork gave way instantly with HUGE white rock hard foam head that will not go away. So you can look at that as either beautiful, or functionally frustrating. Don't even bother measuring it, it went into the glass and TOOK OVER no matter how much I tilted. Gorgeous eighteen carat like gold color and clear. Bubbles are super tiny in many places, it looks like bubblebath foam.

Bouquet is a somewhat malt macro like smell and faint bread on the end. But there is also a dominant barnyard smell also like manure. It's not unpleasant though, just this earthy manure like thing you could find on wine. Also spice of cardamom and white pepper is also prominent.

As for taste, carbonation with lemon front with some heat but not too much. This wonderful simple biscuit bread chew in the middle also, and tongue coating. This is a very big different beer on taste from when you first smell it, this is pleasantly unexpected and it's really good.

All these factors make for very high drinkability. Excellent beer glad I bought it. Will buy/have again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Brewer's Art in Baltimore, MD, served in a goblet.

The appearance is golden and transparent which fits the style w/ slight white cap with tight beading. The carbonation is visible in the brew. A sweet malt scent is quickly overwhelmed by a citrus hop hint and slight white grape aroma. There is a mild sweet hop nose w/ subtle citrus rind and slight fruity yeast note w/ modest alcohol in the aroma.

Ozzy has a feel that is sweet up front w/ a semi-bitter middle with hop acidity playing well off the malt and a crisp semi-dry finish. The flavor is unique with slight fruity taste and blend of citrus notes w/ mild sugary tinge and subtle dry malt flavor. The yeast gives a hint of pepper which goes well with the citrus and herbal elements from the hops w/ a mild spice in the finish.

The BSPA was a joy to savor, I found this to be the most intriguing ales of the night at Brewer's Art, the hop flavor works so well with the yeast with the dry finsish and moderately strong alcohol -a very quenching beer w/ lots of hops much like a Belgian IPA. This is a class act.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Nice, a Devil Beer! No need to tempt us--we won't be looking for a job at Piggly Wiggly either.

Stunningly clear, pale golden color, massive crown of head, which is a trademark for most devil beers. Seriously, the head retention is out of this world. Lovely aroma of dusty yeast, oily hops; dry, doughy, biscuity malt, lilac and other wildflowers, ripe apricots and a faint peppercorn from the alcohol. Super smooth with a lush, crisp backend, medium bodied. A beautiful hop character is thrown at the palate, bitter and oily and melding well with the medicinal phenols that bring a little roughness to the table. Slight fruitiness of pear and apricot, more orchard roundness rather than just sweetness. Alcohol is mild yet still has a slight sting to let you know its strength. Finishes dry with a lingering doughy malt and a spicy hop, phenol and alcohol trio.

Uh, is there any way to sublet our souls to be able to drink this beer on a regular basis? Sure, it ranks very well within the "Devil Beer" realm, but it comes across more like a Belgian IPA / Devil Beer hybrid, which makes us salivate that much more. Dangerously drinkable. Another glass, please.

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Photo of Beerislife652854
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint at the Brewer's Art Pub in Mount Vernon, Baltimore.

A - Crystal clear golden color with a small thin head that fades, but does not fade away.

S - Crisp, pleasant hops with notes of fresh bread.

T - Tastes like a premium quality German Pilsner. Crisp, slightly sweet with a mild finish.

M - More like a lager than an ale. Very carbonated, light.

D - Light and easy to drink.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another interesting Belgian from Brewer's Art thanks to beandip.

A: A huge 4+ finger head rises up and fades slowly with a pillowy fluffy fading head. The beer has a slight particulate and billions of tiny bubbles floating from all over the sides of the glass. The head leaves a messy but light lacing all over the place as it fades.

N: A nice Belgian golden ale nose, a slight tripel with some sweet Belgian malts, a very light saison spices, a light fruit with touch of citrus, some wheat, and some juicy fruit aromas. A slight hop aroma comes through as well, light almost noble hops. Topped off with a slight Belgian yeast.

T: Starts with more Belgian malts, light golden malts with some light saison spicy and dry flavors. Then more wheat and sweet malts that give it almost a tripel taste. Some fruit as well, a little apple, light peach and tangerine. Juicy but dry. A light bitterness, stems from a light hop flavor. A light spicy feel from touch of warming booze and bit of acidity I think.

M: Medium to lighter body with a metric buttload of carbonation.

F: Finishes very dry again, with a touch of bitterness from more hops and some of the spices. Some lingering Belgian golden malts and light fruit. A light lingering off bitterness though that isn't as pleasant as the rest of the beer, but it's not too bad. It drinks very well too, especially for 7.25% abv, and pretty dry.

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Photo of esv
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A) Like so many Belgian-Styled blondes, dubels, tripples, etc., the head is no good. It barely had 1/8" head when it was handed to me. There are so few breweries that can hit it.

Straw color.

S) Spicy noble hops. Light grain/maltiness.

T) A high sweetness and alcohol that was a little nauseating. The bitterness was too medicinal. Not as clean as other belgian strong pale ales.

M) Medium body. Medium carbonation.

I loved the place and look forward to trying other offerings.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at brewer's art. golden yellow color, pours clear with slight white head. this ale was crisp and dry, it has the essence of most belgian ales without the deep fruit flavored hearty body. the more i have it, the more it becomes my favorite BA beer. the distinct hops come through clean and finishes well.

-notes from 02/06

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Photo of CaptFrothy
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden liquid bread, nice golden glow in the glass, smells like fresh bread with something spicey on top, good lacing with perfect carbonation. Improved as it warmed to room temp. Just a little sense of the alchohol, not objectionable tho. Will be buying this again most definatly.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought a couple bottles from Brewers over to share with the family. This was the first one one cracked open. Served chilled and poured into several snifters, this was consumed on 06/30/2010.

The pour was huge and needed to calm down for a few moments to be honest. Lots of fluffy white foam on a very carbonated golden yellow body. Even settling for ten minutes left behind a ton on lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was light, pears, apples, hints of light lemon an citrus pops in it. Nice. Warming brings hints of the yeast and nice touches of the bready touches of. Light, well balanced flavor. Hints of citrus and pears nicely balanced against light bready notes, hints of grain and a nice well balanced feel. Very, very drinkable and just a very well rounded light belgian ale.

Overall just solid as could be. Love the style and it was super drinkable. Nothing at all to complain about here.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 5/22/10 notes. Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of yeast, spices, and malts.

t - Tastes of citrus fruit, spices, and yeast.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good Belgian. I enjoyed the citrus fruit in the taste and thought the spices and yeast made for a typical Belgian style beer. Would try again.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from Lunch.

Consumed 4/19/2010 - reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale golden color, nice and clear, lots of bubbles, bubbles rising up through the beer from the pour to the last sip. Nice looking. The final pour yields a little haze (I split this one into a couple pours). A nice looking beer. The smell is great. Powdery milled grains, a little spice and grassiness. Lemongrass and herbs are strong, very leafy. But also the pale grains are nice, crackery, a little bready. The taste is good. A very nice malty sweetness hits the tongue first, along with a pleasant fruity flavor and some peppery yeast. Then you start to get this spicy, herbal leafiness. As it warms, the herbal flavors start to come alive more, and mix in well with the dry crackery flavors. The yeast character is also very nice, provides excellent dryness, almost a little chalky/powdery, with a nice spice. The body is a nice medium thin, with a good bite of carbonation - it bites as you swallow a bit. The alcohol sort of slowly gets to you (I'm glad I shared a bit with my roomate), but I really really enjoyed this. A very nice take on a belgian style beer brewed stateside and a nice beer that I would've never tried otherwise. Thanks Paul.

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Photo of nukem5
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice carmel color with a nice fluffy cloud of thick heady foam.

S: All the wonderful spices and herbs come up from the tulip glassware and flood to nose with every inhalation.

T: Nice blends of spices and slightly yeasty we got 4 glasses 2 rounds the second having more flavors than the first.

M: Medium body with creamy smooth finish.

D: Nice drink and could would will hope to again.

Thanks Chad for the trade was a great way to kick off the trip to WBF Raleigh 2010

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub. I saw bottles too, with the cool Ozzy Osbourne logo. The beer looks, smells, and tastes similar to Duvel, as a good first order approximation. Going to the second order, you can see more esters and flavors in OZZY, but still subtle stuff with relatively high ABV.

The beer looks really good, clear golden pilsner appearance but with a large rocky dry-looking foam. The taste is sweeter than Duvel, otherwise it tends to mimic the profile. The finish is somewhat dry, and it's hard to notice the alcohol.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the brewer, "Our answer to the Belgian «devil» beers (i.e. Lucifer, Duvel, etc.). Both rich and dry, this beer is all too easy to consume in large quantities. Hopped with Styrian Goldings. 7.25% abv"

Beer is served on draft in a goblet with the Brewer's art logo on it. Beer is yellow and clear. Forms a thin broken white head of almost no bubbles and leaves no lacing on the glass at all. Carbonation is low. So far not much like Duvel....

Aroma is spot on though, bready, yeasty, spicy. Really nice, a tinge of alcohol maybe...

There is a slight aftertaste with this beer that grows. Its cereal and not pleasant unfortunately. There is some sweetness and good yeast character coming through. Some estery components. It finishes a little dry. Overall its OK. Its not Duvel.

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Photo of tpd975
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale yellow hue with a big white head. Lots of fizz rising to the top as tiny bubbles.

S: Nice blend of spice, apple, pale malt and sweet fruit.

T: Fruity with a nice spice blend. Hints of hay and a bit of bitter hops in the finish.

M: On the lighter side. Nice snappy carbonation.

D: An okay version of the style.

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Photo of Lunch
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Brewer's Art in Baltimore, MD into a Brewer's Art goblet at the appropriate temperature (01/15/10).

A: Pours a nice golden yellow with a slight orange hue, capped with a 1.5 finger head with decent retention that eventually dissolves into a collar leaving some patchy lace.

S: Bouquet of spice and grains with some herbal citrus tones.

T: Well balanced flavor of grains and Belgian spice with some nice layers of citrus, pale fruits, bread, and candied sugar.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation that is slightly creamy.

D: Quite drinkable for the style, but the 7.25% will catch up to you.

Overall this is quite an enjoyable Belgian Strong Pale Ale that can give its Belgian brethren a run for their money. Recommended.

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Photo of ccrida
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (thx to johnmichaelsen) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, even with care, it was 95% foamy white head. After allowing it to settle and working a few, I had a glass of beer. Ozzy Ale is clear, spritzy gold, the white head fluffy, long lasting, leaving rocky chunks of foamy laces.

Smell is great, pear and a bit of bubblegum, with some minty hops.

Taste is very nice - soft, fruity sweetness, herbal hop snap, very clean and balanced. I'm not a fan of Duvel and other clones, as they're normally to bland and dry for my taste. This one has a nice estery flavor that provides depth without compromising the lightness, and is probably my favorite example of the style.

Mouthfeel is on the dry, crisp side, but there a bit of softness to it that I enjoy.

Drinkability is quite good, a very nice blonde. The went great with burritos, and stood strongly on it own as well.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at the Frisco Grill in Maryland.

Glass came topped with a small fizzy head that had rather nice retention. Decent lacing. Slightly hazy gold color with a touch of visible carbonation.

Aroma was pretty fresh with a great deal of fruity esters and some nice spice. A slight touch of yeast and sweetness

Flavor was very good. Bready, spicy, fruity. Juicy fruit flavors along with some candied sugar.

Medium/light body, prickly carbonation.

Really nice and wonderfully drinkable. I've really enjoyed all the beers I've had rom Brewers Art.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml into a Duvel glass.

A: pours straw colored, orange-gold. clear. half the glass fills with foam and retains, very slowly reducing to a nice rocky head.

S: orange and orange peel, along with continental hop in the aroma; hop is earthy and floral. aroma is very crisp - characters are vivid and easy to make out.

T: a base of malt and alcohol sweetness, combined with an orange/orange peel flavor, clove-like spice, and finishing with a snappy floral hop bitterness. Balance is toward the sweet flavors in beginning but finishes dry and hoppy. Probably more sweet than the classic in this style, but a nice drinker.

M: medium body, not bad but would expect slightly more dryness throughout. Excellent head although not as effervescent as might be expected.

D: dangerously drinkable, excellent flavor and aroma. while alcohol character is fairly muted, its effects are not felt until standing up.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a 750ml bottle of this brew From mday for winning week 5 of the SNF Squares BIF game. Thanks Mike!

Served in a Duvel tulip this brew is a hazy golden color with a huge white head that eventually settled leaving globs of sticky lacing on the glass.
Yeasty aroma with a dose of spices.
Good balance of flavors, yeast, spices, sweetness, and light bitterness with a dry finish.
Medium bodied with a pleasant amount/feel of carbonation.
Good beer, good drinking.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from Dyan in my first trade, thanks! Shared with a couple friends this evening over some dinner.

Appearance- Pours with a massive white head over a golden, slightly hazy body. Off of a very mild pour, I have to stop half way through to let it settle. Really quite an impressive amount of carbonation going on, but not quite a gusher. Nice looking though with the pillowy white head.

Smell- Hmm, lots of spice, candy sugar, yeast, and grain in the nose. Most prominently, I get a lot of bready yeastiness and slightly musty (though not in a bad way if that makes sense) grains. Spices follow in the back of the nose notching up the complexity just a tad.

Taste- First thing that I notice is that this is very sweet in my opinion for the style. Lots of the sugar up front, followed thereafter by the yeastiness I got in the nose, along with lively spices. Grains are still present, but not nearly as much as I was expecting. Not a bad flavor overall, but much sweeter than I was expecting and a touch too much for what I like in the style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is quite nice on this brew. Not overly aggressive carbonation despite the initial pour and goes down quite smooth, though not quite as dry as I'm used to. Drinkability suffers again a bit from the sugary sweetness given that I found it to be at a higher level than most Belgian pale ales I'm used to however and I couldn't do much more than one glass of this.

Overall, a pretty solid shot at the style on the part of the Brewer's Art and I'm happy I got to try an offering from a brewery I've never tried before. That being said, it was a bit overly sweet for the style in my opinion and there are other examples I'd turn to first when seeking out a belgian pale ale.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml corked bottle shared with psycohops. Poured into matching shaker glasses. The ale appears a hazy light amber color with around an inch of creamy off white foam. Aroma and flavor consist of spicy yeast, fresh black pepper, lemon zest, caramelized pears and apples, with not a whole lot of alcohol to speak of. Medium to full bodied with lively carbonation. This was a great warm weather ale. My glass was empty rather quickly.

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Brewer's Art Beazly Golden Ale from The Brewer's Art
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