Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale) | Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale)Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale)

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Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Exported only to USA. Eisenbahn's South American Pale Ale is well-balanced, with sweet wholesome malt, and earthy complexity, and a uniquely spicy aroma that results from a special, and secret, blend of Old and New World hops.

Added by Todd on 11-24-2006

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Photo of vurt
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint tumbler. The label tells me this is from "Batch 20."

This perfectly clear brew has a deep gold color which has a brassy hint of green. Seems a bit yellow for a pale ale to me. The white head of foam looks creamy and rich, and shrinks down to a thin film. A gentle swirl of the glass restores a half-finger layer of foam.

Not much to hang onto here. I get some grainy malt; saltine crackers; a lager-ish, earthy mustiness; and a light fruit smell that reminds me of canned pears. There is also some faint hop spiciness.

Starts off bready and mildly sweet, like a few drops of honey on wheat toast. I'm also getting a light peat flavor (unexpected and tasty!), along with some apple juice and pear notes. There's also a spicy phenolic character which seems rather out of place, both for the style and for the overall character of this beer. Finishes with a lingering spicy sweetness.

Light body with rather prickly carbonation. A beer in the style of an English pale ale ought to have softer carbonation.

Moderately drinkable, with surprises which are both good (peat flavor) and not so good (phenolic notes).

Not a bad beer by any stretch, but easily the lowest scoring of the 3 I've sampled from this brewery so far. Also, it does not seem terribly close to an English pale ale in style. The malty sweetness is there, but the fruit and hop characters are uncharacteristic, and the phenolic spiciness is way off. I would not avoid this beer, but there are dozens of other pale ales I would reach for first.

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Photo of malcontent
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent auburn-gold body with a steady layer of head that just keeps going.

Loads of softly sweet, biscuity malt with a healthy dose of earthy hops on the back end. Sweetness builds to the point of mirroring a Munich Helles instead of a PA.

Once again, a bit too sweet on the malt end. However, an English PA (which this is supposed to be) should be maltier with only a touch of hops for bittering purposes. That would seem to be the case here although there's a vaguely Belgian, phenolic characteristic that seems out of place.

Appropriate mouthfeel in terms of thickness(perhaps a tad thin) and carbonation with little to no oiliness or astringency. It's also cool to see a non-English brewer making a very authentic stab at the style. However, I think I'd still buy a PA from the UK before getting this again.

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Photo of rallison
2.38/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Batch 20. I love Eisenbahn, so I had to give this one a try.

The first thing I notice is the pour. There is just a slight, slight tint of green. This ultimately gives what should be a decent amber colored beer and odd overall hue. Bummer. Head is decent, but leaves no lacing.

The smell? This has definitely got some DMS going - cooked corn right here. Huge disappointment. On top of that, I think there may be some diacetyl as well.

The taste? I sure hope this is better than the look and aroma! Well....no, it is definitely not. A basic pale ale with some off flavors similar to the DMS smelled in the nose. This is one-dimensional and too flawed to drink much of. A slight odd astringency - possibly from the hops - also brings this beer down. Just a bad beer from start to finish. In fact, I think this may very well taste worse than it smells. Ugh. Thumbs down. Edit: Taste score lowered to 2.0 from 2.5.

I could go on about the mouthfeel and drinkability...but what's the point. This beer is not good, so I could care less about those two.

Not recommended. That smoked lager they do? Put your money there.

Edit: Oh, that note about exported only to the USA? I'm thinking they just couldn't stand to drink it themselves.

Edit 2: I notice a few other reviews of Batch 20 hit some pretty low scores. I'm guessing they really messed up this batch, as Batch 38 is getting higher scores. If I see a newer batch of this, I may give it another go. Until then, Batch 20 is a bad, heavily flawed beer. Pass on it if you see it.

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Photo of albern
2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a bit disappointing. It's rare to have anything except really bland pilsners and American style macros coming from South America, so the expectation of something better was there. You will find a copper color beer with little carbonation, not much head, zero lacing. The smell is caramelly malts, some dextrin sweetness, some Belgianesque aromas as well. Just okay. The taste is a poor imitation of Belgian style, if that is what they were aiming for. You'll get lots of dextrin malty sweetness, some odd fruity notes, maybe some pineapple but mostly bubblegum, and a touch of crispness in the finish. This beer just isn't all that good. It's a one and done for me.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear gold with a moderate white head.

S - Smell is belgian spiciness/yeast and some chalkiness.

T - Sweet, decent hopping, and a deep malt body. Again a very belgian flavour mixed with some sharp hops. Reminds me of a cross between a belgian blond and a pils.

M - Solid body, slick, rich and a bit of carbonated zing.

D - Very drinkable, and more than a notch above the latin american imports we're used to getting.

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Photo of cokes
2.49/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 20.
Pours golden with a faint copper sheen. Rapid jets of CO2 feed a large and durable off-white head.
The nose is primarily doughy, with a lemony wheat impression. Hopping is distant, and begins peppery, then gains some glimmers of florals and metallics after it sits a while, it also sweetens a tad with a dilute notion of toffee and creamed corn even though it claims to be all malt.
Taste...um...is "wet" a taste? Okay, then, soggy white bread. Then a watered down apple juice (we're talking 80% water, 20% juice). A touch of grain (again, washed out) and caramel appears near the swallow, right before a wet cabbagey DMS creeps up. Hopping is peppery, grassy, and coppery, and ephemeral...if not an non-entity altogether.
It's light bodied, but given feel and texture by a uppity and perky CO2. The tiny gaseous bead almost gives this a nitrogen texture, and is definitely its strong suit.
And here it starts to suggest a Southern Hemisphere Boddingtons. Hardly high praise.
It's aspirations as a Pale Ale seem overly high-minded. This is a blonde ale, and still, it's flawed and boring even then.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very clean and clear and rather light looking amber with a one inch creamy white head the bubbles down to a cap in a minute. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Bit off, the malt is there and that is okay but this smell more like an American Pale Wheat Ale than an English Pale Ale.

T/MF: A bit better than the nose, the hop bitterness and malt sweetness interact nicely and the malt bitterness tickles the roof of the mouth at the same intensity as the hops stick to the center of the tongue. There is a mild nutty and herbal spice taste like nutmeg and clove, it is pretty interesting and tastes pretty nice but how well does it fit within the style remains to be seen.

D: Not a bad drinker at all, good mouthfeel well balanced taste, a bit weak in the nose and appearance and not sure how well it fits within the style but still not bad.

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Photo of smcolw
2.49/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold in color, crystal clear. Decent head but little lace on the glass

Slightly skunky; light hop. There is an off smell beyond the skunk; I would describe it as

This is a sour beer with a taste that is similar to those with lots of adjuncts. It seems like there is raw wheat in the mix, too. There's a maple syrup flavor. The hop only shows up at the swallow. This beer is relatively thin with an above average carbonation.

Better than a macro, but not in the same league as the micros.

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Photo of sloejams
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After trying and enjoying Eisenbahn Vigorosa, I decided to give this one a try.

Seems to run the gamut in reviews here. I found it enjoyable. I gave a lil chuckle when I read "South American Pale Ale".

It pours an amber color with a pronounced head. The aroma is interesting - citrus and malt. The hops are there but there's something quite different from the American or English versions. There's a bit of Belgian yeast flavor in there and that certainly comes through in the taste. Interesting beer, certainly worth a taste.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer poured a yellow color with a small white head that receeded very quickly but left hella lacing. i also noticed a high amount of carbonation in this beer. the taste is of malt and cereal and slight slight hops. there is a slight aftertaste that i can't get my head around. it's not bad, it's just different. this is a real easy drinking beer that i could drink a few of, but wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow clear pour with a tight thin white head - bubbles continued to flow well into the drinking of this beer. The aroma is cereal and a bit hoppy. The taste is malty and cereal with spice notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this is an easy drinking smooth beer. I'd recommend it for a light session brew.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.7/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

12oz brown bottle. First time I've seen this on the shelves and was surprised that a pale ale from brazil made it to my local haunt. Its got a lively appearance with racing carbonation supporting a pillowy white head. Bright golden body.

Very spritzy and punchy on the palate. A good layer of hops and malt collide in a rough way. Slightly metallic and clashes with with the already troubled meat of this beer. Tastes a bit hot and lagerish. Some cooked vegetables and raw grain lingers.

Notes: A unique beer that stands out. I will not forget this flavor and I'm pretty sure I could pick this one out of a blind tasting. Pass on this one.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.29/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

South American Pale Ale? Is this a new style sweeping the continent below?

Pours a clear amber gold. Really interesting nose that makes me feel like it is a cross between an IPA, a hefe, and some Belgian yeast mixed in there for good measure. Flavor is meaty with woody character to it. Firm tones of sap and syrup. This one is all about the trees and earthy qualities. Feel is smooth on liquid and there is a real strong carbonation that attacks the tongue. I am going to say this is very drinkable. The sweet tone is a touch too much, but overall this is a very good craft brew, and from Brazil of all places. Oh the times they are a-changingÂ’.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.43/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Batch No. 20)

Appearance: Pours a pale amber body with a small, fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Surprising aroma of pale malts, bubblegum and banana esters, and coriander.

Taste: Faint pale maltiness with a subdued sweetness. Tastes like they added a splash or two of herbal tea. Notes of coriander, bubblegum, and banana throughout. A displeasing solventy taste creeps in the finish. Mineral water aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Good gracious, me. This is just one of those beers that I didn't care for one bit.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This "S.A.P.A" pours an off amber color with thin head.

Aroma is somewhat faint but still has a fresh citrusy component.

On the palate there is a fairly ordinary pale ale quality mixed with a unique gum-like flavor (but no, not bubble gum as in a bad bottle of beer).

Finish is medium long. Easy drinking. Good with spicy food.

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Photo of Gusler
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a crystalline gold color with the head small and white, fades in the blink of an eye, lacing a patchy sheet at best. Sweet malt at the start, with a floral tone also noticed, citrus like in its crispness, one of the better South of The border beers I have smelled in years. Front has a cordial malt sweetness, touch of spicy bitterness, top is moderate in feel. The finish carries the sweetness to the dry aftertaste that also has a touch of hop spiciness, not bad, not bad at all.

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Photo of Gavage
2.51/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color. Short 1/4" head falls apart immediately. Spotty lacing develops. Decent carbonation levels as bubbles rise nicely to the surface.

Smell: sickly sweet malt aroma is unpleasant.

Taste: grainy malt is weak and thin. Little caramel, barely any bitterness, and orange citrus is too sweet. Some metallic flavors arrive late in the taste.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start. Smooth at the finish. Definite metallic aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: this is a poor pale ale. Little flavor, off balanced, and is unenjoyable. In my opinion this is the worst choice from this brewery.

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Photo of livingregret
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle beer

Appearance: Light amber, w/ no real head. No real carbonation but very clear

Smell: Very malty, light fruit(pineapple? peach?), very crisp smell

Taste: Malty taste w/ a touch of apples/peach/pineapple. Crisp feeling. Toward the end of a taste you get a odd hickory/smoked taste that I don't recall from before.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, goes down easy

Drinkability: Very enjoyable on a hot day but when the weather cools down the odd taste at the end throws you off a touch.

Edit: Changing comments and points based upon having a few more of these

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, shimmering gold with a splash of orange juice. Backlighting reveals a sparse cloud of fine particles in suspended animation. The pale ecru cap is a looker. It displays an impressive amount of character as it melts, and is sticky enough to grace the pint glass with more than a token amount of lace.

For some reason, I thought S.A.P.A. was a Belgian pale ale rather than an English pale ale prior to popping the top. Given the warm cloviness that greets my nose, I might have been right. Almost nothing else contributes to the aroma, however. Certainly not hops.

And the taste buds say... Belgian pale all the way. I've never had an American or an English ale that had this amount of clove and pepper-like spiciness, nor this amount of banana flavor. Come to think of it, this offering tastes as much like a hefe weizen as it does a BPA. There's something else too... a mild phenolic vibe just beneath the surface that should be subtle enough to be dealt with by anyone who likes what else is happening on the palate.

The malt backbone is as sturdy as it needs to be. It provides a golden grain-like flavor with just a touch of sweetness. Spicy-herbal hops make me think of Deutschland. Their bitterness matches the malt sugars step for step, leading to a supremely balanced, nicely drinkable pale ale.

Although the mouthfeel isn't a standout, it gets the job done. It's closer to light than to medium and is on the active (read: slightly prickly) side in terms of carbonation. A hint of expansive creaminess would have easily earned it the next highest score.

I like Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda beer. Escura (Dunkel) was pretty good, while Durada (Kolsch), Defumada (Rauchbier) and this offering are the cat's pajamas. I'm sure the U.S. only receives a miniscule fraction of all South America beer, but I can't believe there are many breweries that are more consistently excellent than this one.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
Batch #3
A- This beer has a thin snow-white head of big bubbles that fades quickly. The body is crystal clear and a light golden-brown hue. There is a slow carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The smell of green sulfury hops has a light raw grain note to it. Pretty clean smell overall.

T- This beer has a dry bitter hops bite and a dry Munich malt flavor to go with it. The finish is a sweet sulfur note mixed with a dry bitter hops flavor. As the beer warms there are notes of wet malt in the drying room and honey malts.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel and a crisp finish.

D- This beer has all the qualities of a good Kolsch and that typical flavor which I can’t put into words. This IPA is bare enough to fit into any Brazilian beach, it is clean with little ale qualities. Nice twist on a N.A.P.A.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a BIF, and to be honest had never even heard of it before. I was looking through the fridge for a good first timer tonight and stumbled upon this one...

A - Poured a very clear light amber, no real head nor was there any real lace to it. Some, but not much visible carbonation

S - Very malty, lots of grain and a touch of yeast, Almost a light belgianesque aroma, light fruit, peach perhaps, very intresting to say the least

T - Now this was odd, first sip started off as your normal run of the mill, grain fueled English ale, however as it kept going it started to morph into more of a Belgian Pale. Lots of fruit flavors, albeit light and not all that impressive were there. Very nice, but too muted to really get hight marks. Seems as if the intent was there.

M - A bit slick and syrupy for me. Not enough carboantion and this maybe hurting the flavor as well, nothing to give it that pop.

D - not bad, I wouldnt go out and purchase alot of it, however there is really nothing wrong with it.

Overall a rather intresting, though forgettable ale. It had the intent and wanted to go somewhere different, just never really made it there. Maybe next time

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Photo of acrawf6
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No. 38

Pours out a clear rich orange amber with a quarter inch head that fizzles out.

Smell. Smells light and refreshing with fruit esters. I get lots of freshly cut red apples, and just a tiny bit of bubble gum. Not all too complex, but still very nice.

Taste. The fruity apples come through in the flavor. Has a nice dryness, but not much of a bitterness. There are a few spices, cinnoman is faint, but there. Aftertaste is fruity as well and yeasty.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium, but fills my mouth nicely with ample carbonation.

Overall, like others say, reminds me a lot of a belgian ale. A very nice and flavorful beer that is still quite easy to drink. I was quite surprised with this beer, very nice.

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off I would say to me this fits the bill more of a Belgian style pale than an English...just my opinion.Poured a light to medium dull golden with thinner but well retained white head,Belgian yeasty phenolic aromas jumped out at me up front with a bit of tropical fruitiness and honey with a light herb smack.Flavors start out a bit yeasty with some clove-like spiciness a overripe melon quality comes thru with a decent smack of herbal hop in the finish.Solid and a nice different take than most brewers pale portfolio this is for sure a Belgian styled ale.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.41/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty typical look to this beer, but it becomes super-good in other categories. Thin-ish head, not much lace, well-filtered, lots of bubbles, burnt yellow color. Sort of looks like your everyday lager.

Aroma brings biscuit, wildflowers, honey, even something reminding of a Belgian yeast strain. Definitely closer to a Belgian pale ale more than an English one, aroma-wise.

Taste: Thick bready malts tug at the more refined, lighter elements noted in the aroma, giving a well-rounded flavor with lots of depth. Earthy hop notes lay bitter on the tongue in the finish, and the mouthfeel is vibrant and active, with a good bit of weight.

Definitely one of the best pale ales ever, Brazilian, English, Belgian or otherwise. I hate that the ho-hum look of the beer will bring down my score, because otherwise this is fantastic. Where'd this crazy Brazilian brewery come from all of a sudden? The three beers I've had so far are winners, and I've got a couple more to go (all thanks to Portland madman msubulldog25...thanks Brian!).

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.27/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Batch #38. Information I found on this beer is: 5.1% ABV & 35 IBU.

A: Crystal clear golden ale topped with 1/2-finger of white frothiness. Short-lived head, fades to a trace of gauzy film. Some visible carbonation rising randomly to the top, minimal lace. Superb clarity, but otherwise a fairly mundane pint.

S: Lovely sweet/malty aroma. Excellent spiciness, clove, ripe banana, bubblegum, herbal tea. Using what I assume to be German malts and hops, the result is a fantastic smelling sweet & spicy brew - almost 'Belgian'.

T: Some of the same spicy and fruity flavors meld with a harder dose of hops. Not really that bitter, as the flavors are balanced and complement one another. Tastes of many a yeasty a sweet/zesty Bavarian hefeweizen mixed with a dry/ malty pilsner.

M: Crisp, mostly clean & refreshing. Good carbonation in the mouth, despite a lack of it visually. Dry, slightly bitter finish.

D: Excellent beer that's easy to drink and quite sessionable. By itself or paired with food (grilled meat and veggies), I have a feeling this will be present in our fridge throughout the summer. A really nice beer I'm glad to have found and one I definitely recommend.

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Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale) from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
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