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Frambozen | Bullfrog Brewery

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Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CoolJosh on 06-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bmoyer0301 for sharing this with a few of us during his birthday tasting on 12/3/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a hazed ruby browning color that is quite cloudy. A cap of white head forms and quickly recedes to a thin layering of bubbles that collects around the perimeter of the glass. A leggy amount of lace clings to the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is quite sweet with a natural scent of raspberries and a light amount of funk that comes across with a bit of a cheese note to it. The funkiness like cheese increases in character towards the back of the nose as it warms.

The taste of this brew is funky and almost cheese-like along with a natural raspberry flavor that is very enjoyable. The tartness of this brew seems natural in an unsweetened raspberry sort of way and not all that influenced by the yeast. This brew gets tangy across the back of the taste and picks up a minor puckering quality. It lingers with a fruited taste that is significantly more noticeable through the finish than the front of the taste. Only once this brew warms up did I pick up on an oaky flavor that is a little drying on the tongue.

This is a light bodied brew with a very modest, lively level of carbonation that is fizzy in the mouth. It is tart and has a puckering quality with every sip. This brew has a pretty significant salivation factor, each sip made me want to dive back in for more. Once warm, this brew displays a bit of a vanilla flavoring and smoothness that made this very easy drinking.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From what I've heard and read, it seems to me that being in the right place at the right time (and with the right people) makes it easier to get a taste of this a couple of years after the release than it was if I had actually gone to the release. My gratitude goes out to Deuane for that.

Frambozen has a pinkish body and a small head that is a lighter shade of the same color.

The aroma still has a good bit of raspberry to it, coupled with tartness, lactic tartness and a little bit of both wood and vinegar.

After trying Frambozen, I'm really curious as to what it tasted like fresh; with three years on it is interesting, complex, and quite good. This isn't the variety of wild ale that is extremely puckering, and in fact all of the flavors are balanced pretty well. Up front I notice raspberries that come with yeasty tartness and what I would guess is a little bit of natural tartness. A woody oak flavor comes through next, followed by a suggestion of expensive red-wine vinegar. Score wise, Frambozen falls somewhere between a 4 and a 4.5.

Just a bit puckering with a nice light body and ample carbonation.

I never expected to try this beer, and to be honest I never really wanted to seek it out because it was hard as hell to get, and believe that accounted for why people liked it. After trying Frambozen, I would say that is not the case. Although it is fairly subtle as wild ales go (not insanely sour), I enjoyed the range of well-balanced flavors.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 rate.

Bottle from the brewery. Pours a light peachy pink. Really sharp aroma of lactic raspberries. As it warmed a bit, the aroma truly revealed itself as a beautiful raspberry cotton candy surrounded by tons of wild brett. Really awesome. Pretty full in the mouth. I keep contrasting this to 3 Fonteinen Hommage and Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus, and I realize that I just like this more. It has the dry, sour bite of some of the more well-regarded raspberry lambics, but to me it is so much more rich in the mouth, and the soft sweetness of the raspberries is just outstanding. The acidity is clean and underbearing. This is not a lambic in that it's not spontaneously fermented, but it's a wild, fruity sour ale, and a really impressive one at that. So awesome, and I'm glad I was able to score some of this.

After a decent hiatus away from this, I had a nice pour from a bottle of this at a recent raspberry/framboise tasting. Really it has not denigrated at all, has a wonderful soft dry and sour profile with some vanilla, bright seedy raspberries, and a great full wild yeast that is signature Bullfrog to me. All things considered this might be their best beer. It trumped Hommage (one of my favorite beers at about 1-2 years) and Framboise for a Cure, Lou Pepe Framboise 2007, and many others. Largely this was due to its lack of acidity, a trait which many aged and fresh framboise really suffer from I find. A beauty!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice moderate shade of pink with a white head. Some good lacing as the beer goes down. Slightly pink on the sides of the glass. Nose is intense lactic sourness with a good dose of wild raspberries and a bit of earth. The taste is mostly lactic acid and raspberries, although there is a slight acetic character in there. Nick puckering mouthfeel. Really intense and overall a very pleasurable brew.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Scott!! Pours a fairly clear dark pink with a very thin white head that dissapated quickly. Smells like fresh raspberries, but not too strong. Some oak as well. Taste is similar- real raspberry flavor with a decent amount of tartness. Not overly sour though. Thin mouthfeel with little carbonation. Very good beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks Chris! Review from notes.

This beer has a reddish brown appearance and is quite hazy. There is just a small head with little lace to follow. Very nice tartness and raspberry notes in both the taste and the aroma. This is a really solid beer, and certainly one of the best raspberry sours brewed in the U.S. The feel is puckering and acetic, though not intensely sour. I found this to be very drinkable and enjoyable. I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Immense thanks to treyrab for this one! Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler. The cork was among the most difficult to extract I've yet to encounter.

Beautifully clear carnelian body topped by a furiously active pale white head with just a touch of cherry blossom shading - that despite its inital merengue-like density and heft, recedes to a thin soapy smattering with great aplomb. Not much lacing, though the legs are viscous and thick. The last pour is opaque, and the fruit flavors are denser and come more to the front...

Incredible aromatics - positively bursting with sour earthy raspberry, in no way artificial, frozen, or commercial, just wild and pure fruit. This acidity is conjoined with a vinuous element from the oak, with a hint of sea-brine-funk from the yeast on the back-end. Delightful.

Bracing sourness on the palate - a puckering unripe acidity that overwhelms the specic fruit utilized. Hints of umeboshi, champagne vinegar, and raspberry jam come forward next, along with some lambic-like funk and low-level oaky tannins in the finish.

Light-bodied, not too much carbonation (though this along with the acidity might reduce the drinkability), perhaps a touch watery at times.

The raspberry no more takes center-stage than does the oak or yeast, making this a very well blended wild ale - one of the best I've tried, and one that clearly distinguishes the American Wild Ale from its Belgian predecessors.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An interesting blend of contrasting pink and orange, almost as if the colors are in a fight with themselves. Not really much head, and no lacing on mine. It does look bubbly and carbonated.

S - A little bit of oak influence, smells pretty nicely tart. The raspberries are in there, but quite deep, had to do a big inhale before I started being able to pick them out.

T - Raspberry is there, but somewhat muted, just a little too subtle for my liking. Nicely tart, a bit of an old wine/vinegar taste in there, but it does not detract. It's pretty solid.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with some nice carbonation. Good for the style.

D - I think the muted raspberry tastes makes this more drinkable as the sweetness does not become overpowering. This is a very good sour, would not mind having it again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike for sending me this awhile back. Opened up at the Sins tasting this past weekend.

A: The pour is an interesting blend of pink, orange, and red with very little head.

S: Lots of raspberries on the nose, as you might expect. A nice tartness from the fruit along with a seedy note. There is a mild vinegar to it, but not out of control at all.

T: The raspberry favor is not quite as intense as I would have expected, but still definitely there. There is a nice fruit sweetness along with a crisp acidity. Not terribly sour, but a good balance.

M: The body is light to medium with a mild level of carbonation. Not overly drying, and the acidity causes a bit of salivation.

D: A pretty nice beer from Bullfrog, though not quite to the level of BCB, for example. I was hoping for more tartness on the palate, but still enjoyable either way.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris. Beer poured into a tulip. Beer is red to brown and is completely hazy. Forms almost no head, tiny white bubbles that leaves no lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low. Looks fine.

Strong raspberry aroma with great lactic sour notes overall. There is a nice subtle acetic note to the whole thing as well.

Tons of lactic in the mouth. Some nice sweetness and the tart in the back corners highlights the raspberry notes overall. Its a good beer and its holding up well in the bottle. Its not the most sour beer I've ever had but its damn good.

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Photo of boothbeer
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Graduation Sour Tasting- split 4 ways

A: Pours light red, almost pink in color. Nice 2 fingers width of off white head that has good retention.

S: Lots of oak and raspberry, but nothing really stands out. Kind of had a weird raspberry smell. Lacking in the aroma department.

T: Very fruity with a good amount of acidity. Flavor is almost straight raspberry. Pick up some oak as well. Actually really enjoyed the flavor.

M: Medium carbonation. Not too much body.

D: I could drink this all day. This would be a great beer to offer to a first time sour drinker. Just enough acidity to let you know it is a sour.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Frank for this one! Split the 750 mL bottle four ways for the second part of our sour graduation tasting.

A- Pours a hazy, dull reddish-orange. Thick, creamy off-white head. Great head retention.

S- One dimensional and off-putting. The raspberry aroma started to turn for the worst...almost like canned tomatoes. I did have a pour that was more towards the bottom of the bottle, but the others weren't much of an improvement. No funk here, just straight tomatoes...erghh...I mean raspberries.

T- Little disappointing. Pretty fruit forward with slight acidity. Raspberries prevalent here. Not much funk going on here at all. There was a little vanilla detected in the finish. For the most part, one continuos raspberry note from beginning to end.

M- Light to medium bodied. Good carbonation. Leaves the palate very wet.

D- Drinkable for a sour, just not that exciting.

Overall, this reminded me of a fruit beer rather than a sour. I'd much rather have Selins Grove Framboise or NG Raspberry Tart if I am going to have this type of beer. Still, I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this from the bottle at dld. This was had during an epic sour tasting and it more than held its own. The raspberries and oak come throw for a very nice combination. A lot of times one thing or another dominates, this is a perfect combination. Sweet to start, some nice acidity then a smooth oak finish. This is really good.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting one. Reviewed from notes. There is a picture of a stinky foot, which gives you an indication of how this one was.

The appearance is really hazy, with a nice pink glow to it. It possesses a white fluffy head that turns into a ring around the glass. This thing had yeasty chunks floating around, evidence of time and the reproduction of yeast cells.

It smells like raspberries that are being consumed in a locker room after gym. There are some really harsh funk smells in the rear that distract from the berry goodness. This makes me think that it might be a little old and the potential was amazing a while back.

The taste is tart, raspberry, cherry or just plain wild berry, grainy. It has some real must, but gets better once the yeast are stirred around. The last few glasses had the most flavor, with the yeast holding the real sweet fruity flavors. Dry mouthfeel that reminded me of a sparking wine.

It was an okay beer, but nothing great.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been fortunate enough to have this a few times, the most recently was at the Captain Lawrence release, courtesy of masterchiefMD. Thanks, Chris!

The pour is hazy raspberry red with a thin white head that falls off fairly quick. The nose is fairly simple but still very enjoyable, with a blend of fruity raspberries and a moderate sourness. The raspberry character has both, fruity sweetness and tartness. The palate opens with a surprising tartness (this character has really developed in the last 6 months), causing the salivary glands to awaken and be perceptive of the big fruit character, very ripe and vibrant. There is no real funk so as to speak, no mustiness, and the sourness is rather clean with a slight acetic character. Drying on the finish with a clean sourness, this beer is light in body, carbonated quite high. I actually like it, it feels quite spritzy, enhancing the drinkability. Solid stuff, this seems to be getting better with age.

Just don't expect a world class sour when you go into this one, and you will probably enjoy it a lot more.

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Photo of illidurit
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy iceicebaby. Pours strawberry pink with a thin, fading white head. Aroma is pretty vivid with raspberry. Tart berry drupelets and even a seedy note to complete the picture. Flavor is medium-tart and acidic with a fresh raspberry note along with some sweeter grains and a touch of bretty chlorine funk. Pretty nice, needs more sour.

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Photo of slaintemhor
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got to try a bottle of this in September of 2009 thanks to a friend who got it in a beer trade. The colour was a cloudy strawberry red with a very thick head. The aroma was quite yeasty, funky and tart but with no detectable berry scent. On the palate there was quick shot of raspberry, a tart mouth feel, some phenolic/adhesive bandage like tastes and along berry/bandage finish.

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Photo of mikey711
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One beer I thought I would never try, but thanks to Beerloco it happened.

A: Mild carbonation, pinkish/redish body, and lots of sediment. The head was much like champagne and did not linger or leave any lacing

S: Tart raspberries mostly. A touch of wood, but not overly aromatic

T: More tart than it is sour. Like fruitiness that has some sweetness to it as well. Very similar to Juliet. Some oak notes that provide of touch of earthiness

M: More carbonation is present in the mouthfeel that in the appearance. Quite dry too. The body is fairly light as well

D: Very much a raspberry champagne in my opinon. Tasty yes and would go great with brunch. Half the bottle was enough but I would try it again if I had the opportunity

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Photo of tpd975
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice strange sort of amber with tones of pink showing through. The head is on the small side and shows no real retention.

S: Aroma is made up of very sour berries and oak. Rather simple to be honest.

T: Really liked the Magic Beans we had at the tasting this was just okay. Mostly tart raspberry. Nice acidity, with a good dose of oak. Once again simple.

M: Medium in body, okay carbonation.

D: Okay. If this was not a sour tasting where it was put up against other great sours this one may have faired better. It was just a bit underwhelming when compared to others we sampled.

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Photo of craytonic
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Finally gave in to the hype and picked up a bottle

Appearance: Cork is a pain to get out, had to wiggle and pry this one. Color on the pour is not bad, and some specks that might be raspberry? Head is not impressive though, no lacing. Nice bright red with some pink in it.

Smell: Raspberries, but lighter than I expected, with some light funk, must, and sweetness.

Taste: Frambozen light? The bud light of Frambozen? What was semi-present in the bouquet is non-existent on the palate. A bit musty, but not enough funk, the berries do not taste fresh and it doesn't taste like enough were added. Lacks the edge it should have. A bit simple and underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Once again, a bit light.

Drinkability: Like bud light, watery and flavorless enough that you could drink your fill, but why would you want to? Doesn't compare to Hommage, etc.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, eyebrews brings the pain at a recent tasting!

A Hazy ruby red pour with a light red head protruding. Looks like what a beer called frambozen should!

Lots of tart raspberries in the nose, with accompanying sour notes, but nowhere near as flooring as I thought. That's a definite plus for me as I tend to stay away from sours as much as possible.

There's those tart raspberries again! Some vanilla and cream to boot. I'm also getting hints of cherries here as well. It's a touch sour, but nothing I can't handle. I'm very pleased with this one, (after being completely let down by Magic Beans earlier) as Bullfrog has finally provided a terrific brew.

If anything, this is a bit over-carbonated. Still, a minor quibble in what is easily my favorite Bullfrog selection to date.

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Photo of miketd
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ygtbsm94 for this.

I didn't have big hopes for this beer - I've already been disappointed with Blue Cheer, Cherry bomb, Beekeeper, etc. The previous beers were not horrible, they just didn't live up to the top sours produced here. This one pours dark red with a nice white head. Aroma is great! Raspberry and some cheesy goodness. Flavor is nice, light fruit with the perfect carbonation. Great mouthfeel and a great beer. This one is up there with the best American wild ales.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Miketd for busting this out at a small Friday night get together.

A: Pours an interesting Ruby Red Grapefruit juice color with a small but plentiful head that remains until the last drop.

S: Beautiful raspberries paired with a great balance of funk and tart acidity aromas.

T: Mirrors the smell, raspberry, tart acidic notes, and a pleasant barn funkiness. Dry finish, but not too dry.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Great. I could do a bottle by myself without it being a chore. Probably one of the easiest drinking sours I've had the opportunity to try.

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Photo of maximum12
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerisheaven, especially for going out of his way to get this for me after being frustrated & shut out at the release. I lift my Selin's Grove Brewing glass (hey, you sent me that too!) in the general direction of the southeastern U.S.

Pours a strange, rather translucent red, assumedly from the berries interacting with the wild critters & the base beer. After wrestling the bloody tight cork out, the smell hits you like a tiny sumo wrestler in bright spandex: whole wild fruits. One of the best smelling brews I've ever experienced.

The taste of Frambozen doesn't quite measure up to the smell, but how could it? Not to say it's bad, far from it! The tartness is spot-on, funky without getting all James-Brown-goes-to-jail, & the raspberries meld in with it to produce a taste that would please a sour-head; or, probably, somebody who doesn't like beer but came across this open bottle left on a bus in Atlanta. The barrel advertised on the bottle is missing except, perhaps, in a back-end smoothing that again kicks down the funk factory a notch.

Very approachable wild ale. The only knock I have here is that it drinks a bit thin initially, although less so once is begins to warm a bit. Drinkable? Never met a wild I want to go three or four rounds with, but for the style, this one is better than average.

Excellent wild. This is only my second Bullfrog, but I might just join their mafia if things like this keep appearing on my doorstep.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A pallet-load of thanks & positive karma goes out to Avalon68, DrinknDrive, & even Mr. Doug McMinn himself for making the 3 hour drive there & back a little less hostile. It was my fault we left later then we wanted. Me & my lack of direction.

Shared twice over with the some of the local guys & gals, some that were just a little too pregnant or overburdened to take the trip down with us.

Tight cork. Each experience, slightly different. Tulip, snifter, slurping dregs directly from the bottle.

Faded strawberry & cider vinegar color. First time settled, second stirred up a bit on the express train over. Thin, rusty, filmy head, but lots of agitation below.

Smells of sour raspberries, dusty wheat, green apple, lemon, & just a little more sweat & musk then that.

I didn't dig the intense carbonation. It made me work that much harder. Tart & semisweet. Raspberry jam & apple cider vinegar. Pitty fruit bitterness & a little tangy radish bite. Drying wood. Yeasty. Sadly, I didn't get any vanilla. I like vanilla.

Thin body, harsh bubbles, very acidic. Biting. Not anywhere close enough to something like a Raspberry Tart, lambic, or any wild ale that I've had. Maybe something like a 70/30 mix of Liefman's Frambozen & champagne. Refreshing, but not what I thought I was paying $20 for.

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Frambozen from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 103 ratings
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