Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre)Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre)

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of jcarper
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first time trying this on the first sip, you might be put off, the second sip you will begin to understand it a bit better. By the time I finished my first bottle of this I knew I would be buying it again because it was unique. Rye beer with two types of peppercorns, it leaves a spicy pepper finish (but not too overpowering) and is a great change up!

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Photo of abriggs1
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers in the world. I have to admit when I heard about a beer brewed with peppercorns I was not expecting good things. They do it so tastefully that the rye flavors give way to the tingly aftertaste in a way that is sublime and near perfect. I paid just over $4 for an 11.5 oz bottle and I think it is worth the premium price. This is my favorite beer from Du De Ciel and I think it blows Peche Mortel out of the water. Have this beer with a good steak and you will be in heaven.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark reddish brown with a rather small off-white head. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Green pepper galore! Rye and some caramell malt. A bit sweet. But the spices are truely great!

T: Again, green pepper and heavy spicyness. Rye and some semi-sweet caramell malt. Some bitterness. But also here the pepper are powerful!

M: Heat! Pepper and spices stay in your mouth forever - probably the longest aftertaste I've had in a couple of years. Body is medium and carbonation the same. Kind of smooth. Did I mention the heat?

O: The only thing that comes to mind when I'm concluding this review; COOL! This beer is one of the coolest beer experiences I've ever had. The heat from the pepper really knocked me off my feet...

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Photo of Mitchster
4.72/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$4.49 for a 11.5 bottle at Merchants. Pours out to a slightly hazy dark chestnut, forming a modest light tan head with poor retention and decent lacing. Moderate to mild carbonation. Brewed with black and green peppercorns. 5% ABV. The aroma is really nice...there is definitely the smell of rye bread and pepper, and when swirled, a ting of sweet grain husk, dates and vanilla. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and pillowy soft with a medium body. The taste is exceptional. I love the peppercorns which sit perfectly balanced with some darker malts, the spiciness and earthy character of the rye, and a nice lingering sweetness. Bitterness is mild, but is perfectly balanced. The big rich aftertaste has notes of tobacco and rye bread, and the pepper produces some pleasant heat as it goes down.

I love this beer. Exceptional. I would love to drink this all night long, but it's exceptionally rich considering it's ABV. My frist beer from Dieu du Ciel and I couldn't be more impressed. Looking forward to the other two.

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Photo of taez555
4.64/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a mahogany, dark ruby colored body. Very clear, almost like a brownish cranberry juice.

Nose is hands down the most unique beer I've ever smelled. Peppercorns, wood and spice. It's a potpourri of spices. Like walking into a Pensey's store. It's a mix of every spice imaginable. Simply amazing, but unless you've walked into a spice store, you'd have no idea what this smells like.
It's a mixture of peppers, black, green, red with a west indies trade route of coriander and other freshly crushed spices. Simply amazing.

Taste is medium bodied with an immediate hit of a sharp rye and spice flavor. It's like drinking super spicy rye bread. There's some heat to this beer, not in alcohol terms, but actually scoville unit spice flavor. The peppercorns are adding heat much like hot pepper beers, crazy. There's a strong potpourri, coriander flavor as well. The malt base is very nicely placed, but very non distinct. It ends with spicy note and s slight tingle on the tongue. Damn this beer is cool.

The bottle is right, the spice flavor leaves a tingle on the tongue. I've had beers that have pepper in them before, but this takes the cake. Rye and peppercorns work amazingly well together. Not everyone's cup of tea, or the perfect beer for every occasion, but I totally dig this beer.

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Photo of dirkchivers
4.59/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle into fluted glass.

had this beer on draft sometime ago at Julian's in Providence, RI, and fell in love. Let's see how it holds up in the bottle...

A. deep bronze, a bit hazy. white head fades to lace.
S. rich caramel and roasted grain notes. gives the impression of an old ale because of the fruit/raison, maybe this is the rye?
T. mmmm, soul melt, its so good. barleywine flavors, cut through by the ambient heat from the peppercorns. Its like fresh ground pepper without the bite. the finish is a great balance of sweet residuals and heat from the pepper
M. full bodied, but carbonation sneaks though.
D. Its a perfect beer for food, so drink many and often. the spice cleanses other flavors and the carbonation cleans up the spice, leaving just the perception of heat.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a goblet

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark brown/amber color with a finger of dense white head. Retention is solid.

S: Spicy rye mixed with peppercorns are dominant in the aroma of this beer. Slight fruity hops and bready malts are in the background. A get a bit of malt sweetness. Very nice.

T: Spicy rye and peppercorns absolutely dominate the front of this beer. I get slight hoppy bitterness after that with a bit of caramel sweetness, but not much. The end is all peppercorn. It stops just short of being extreme, but that is coming from someone who loves peppercorns.

M: Medium to full bodied with slightly higher than average carbonation. Great for the style.

O: I'm very impressed by this beer and a bit dumbfounded by the low scores. Yes, peppercorns are strong so maybe the beer is a bit polarizing. However, I find it complex and full bodied, yet easy to drink. I really love how the rye and peppercorn flavors work together - so tasty. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap an opaque chocolaty brown with a fine-bubbled pale beige, almost off-white, head. Spicy aroma is like freshly-baked rye or pumpernickel bread. Lively, spicy flavor has malty and fruity undertones and leaves a spicy finish that hangs around for a while. Texture is smooth yet edgy and quite tingly.

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Photo of jakon
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.5oz bottle purchased $4.49 on 7-23-8 at Whole Foods Portland.

This beer pours a brownish/garnet color with an ample tan colored head.

The aroma brings spiced marshmallow, rye, and just a hint of pepper.

Upon tasting, I still don't get much pepper until the finish. And wow is it most definitely there. I knew there was peppercorns in this beer, but I didn't expect it to come through so cleanly and meld so beautifully with the other ingredients. Rye was the perfect choice to complement the pepper.

The mouthfeel is very nice. Above average carbonation mixes with the peppery feel to create a very light pop-rocks type effect on the tongue.

There's a "sweet spot" temperature-wise that I'd estimate was between 50-55 degrees. If consumed too cold, you'll miss out on a great beer. As it got toward room temperature, the overall flavor declined.

If this beer weren't so expensive, I'd buy as much as I could find. Truly unique, great stuff.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky mahogany with a medium head that poofs. nose; dark bread crust, hops, & dark fruit (fig?). taste; rye spiciness, caramel malt, toffee, raisin/grape, earthy hops, sugar, black peppercorn, & light ethanol. the rye & pepper sting lightly & nicely on the end. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. very interesting beer that drinks a little like a belgian strong ale with rye & peppercorn running the show. the spices here are very well done, and the overall profile is a touch vinous. delicious!

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Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ooh, a rye beer!

Pours a nice reddish-brown color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of spicy rye and a bit of hops in the nose. Just a bit of sweetness as well.

Taste is smooth and spicy with a nice hint of sweetness that's reminiscent of caramel. Of course, all focus here is on the rye and it isn't shy either in making its' presence known.

Mouthfeel is fully of lingering spiciness from the rye. It's literally like drinking liquid rye bread. It's also a bit chewy as well.

If you happen to like rye beers or beers that have rye added to them, you will like this beer. It's flavorful, tasty and low in alcohol. It's pretty much the type of beer I'd drink all the time if I could brew something close enough to it. Pick up a bottle today or check out their brewpub in Montreal.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rude ruby colour, with great beige head, visible bubbles, but nicely fluffy on top. Body is clear, showing steady thin bead, while head sinks slowly, leaving some nice - but thin - trails of lace around. Pretty damned nice.

Pleasant nose. Quite sour with that definitely-tart-but-beer character. Not sour like a lambic but that tart gristy grain character. The peppercorns definitely hit you on there, green and mildly spicy with a nice piquancy, a slight briney note to the spice, also kind of chilli-esque. Very intriguing, but also very pleasant.

Taste begins largely malty with a fair caramel and barley grain flavour on the front-to-mid, just a slight acidity from the rye that becomes more prominent towards the back. Some slight cocoa notes and vanilla sweetness takes us through to the finish. Now the main event - the pepper. Starts late-mid and complements the slight gherkiny tartness wonderfully, then gives a noticeable peppery bite right at the end that remains as a slight heat, just pleasantly spicy. This is my kind of beer; I love that spice sensation, and the rye gives it a great bite that really develops the palate well toward that end. Great and interesting flavours, used well, balanced, very enjoyable beer.

The mouthfeel is moderate, and sadly a little flat. Most of the sensations are that spice at the end - which I enjoy, but it could use a little more body and a little bit more sparkle from carbonation.

A bold flavour like this I can imagine putting people off, but I am a spicehead and it's just a hugely enjoyable, unusual sensation to me. I just love this beer to bits and could drink it all night.

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Photo of 2Cents
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer deserves a better rating then an 83. If you warm it up a little, you get a variety of tastes. A malt profile that has a scotch ale thing, only. with rye. There's a nice caramel taste that fuses with a mild hop bitterness and a peppery rye taste. The pepper corns add a lot of heat that coats the roof of you mouth. For me, this is a delightful treat!

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours bright, crystal clear amber with a thin tan head.

S - Sweet malt mixing with rye, maybe just a really faint hint of spices.

T - The frontend consists of sweet, almost biscuity malt blended with rye, then the distinct piquant spice of peppercorns sinks in. This is capped off by a really nice, lingering, warm white pepper finish.

M - Medium bodied, average carbonation.

Notes - I really wasn't sure whether to give the taste a 5 or a 4.5, but end the end it really is exceptional. The peppercorns are an integral part of the beer, yet not overpowering. Nor do they distract from the malty rye base. Additionally the pepper is complex and takes on different characteristics throughout the tasting.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mahogany/red amber colour, with a light tan thick head, which partially diminishes within minutes. The carbonation is quite high and visible in the beginning.

S: Moderately sweet, malty scent, with hints of peppercorn, subtle at first, then more apparent. Also hints of apple and pear and a touch of citrus.

T: Biscuity malts, caramel, and, of course, pepper. Starts out smooth and sweet, moderately spritzy. The pepper flavour does not really leave out any room for bitterness in the finish.

M: Overall light-bodied, but quite smooth. A nice tingling sensation is achieved due to the pepper. Becomes moderately spicy after; that spiciness lingers. Very drinkable.

D: A very distinctive brew, like most other DDC beers. Definitely worth checking out if you like spicy beers. Could be well fitting with less zesty food.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy burnt orange, thumb of head left pretty consistent lacing
S - a woody and nutty aroma, grassy hops and grainy malt, with a peppery note
T - raw spicy pepper throughout, woody, light caramel sweetness, grassy hops, with a lingering pepper finish
M - well carbonated, smooth and getting more peppery with each taste
D - i love spicy food, and beer, so a spicy beer is a real treat, the rye beer characteristics are well represented and the, and pepper taste and feel is just like you would find on a pepper crusted steak, so tasty

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear and dark cherry wood red and topped with a bubbly one inch off white head. Head fades into a thin white cap and leaves little lacing.

S: Strong rye notes as to be expected, nice hints of oak and mild bourbon and vanilla mixed in with an even milder bit of rum and chocolate covered cherries. Becomes almost minty as you start to drink more and more.

T/MF: Very very peppery, fresh ground black and white pepper mixed in with a mild citurs fruit and rye all balanced by a strong but not too sweet malt profile. This beer, though, is all about the spice, I mean it almost tastes like someone ground up pepper and threw it on top of this beer, my tongue is still tingling. Pepper is even more evident in the protracted finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp carbonation and spicy lingering aftertaste.

D: This beer is something else, it really really took me by suprise. If you like a spicy beer this is right up your alley. Yet for as spicy as this beer is, it also demonstrates an excellent balance, every complexity of the beer is able to be detected even though the peppery spice is laid on thick. I rate the drinkablity good only because the spiciness is something I am not all that used to. Very interesting, not to mention tasty. I would argue that this could be called an extreme beer.

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Photo of bashiba
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber color with a touch of haze. An almost perfect nitro like 2 inch head with great retention.

The smell was great with the peppercorn very noticeable along with a deep bread quality.

The flavor is pretty good with a nice fresh ground pepper flavor complementing the fresh bready rye base very nicely. Some slightly bitter lemony hops in the finish give it a nice balance. I really like the aggressiveness of the pepper in this.

The mouthfeel is light and spicy with a bit of heat from the pepper and a touch of oil from the hops makes the flavors linger nicely.

Overall a pretty solid rye, Dieu Du Ciel is doing a great job of making beers that are different from most everyone else, yet are still very good.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Found on tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly

A-dark murky brown with a thick light tan head with a decent amount of lacing

S-aged rye, pepper, and cedar. decent strength. very unique

T-comes in with a subtle but quality taste of peppercorn flavors and rye. it transforms in to a great and complex taste of cedar, rye, and peppers. the peppers are actually very spicy and good. it has a very long lasting after-taste. there's a touch of chocolate to it. the flavors are all complex and balanced. this is a high quality beer.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a spicy finish.

O-now THIS is how a rye beer should be. I've had so many different rye beers, but this is finally one I can distinguish from an IPA. The only other rye beer I've had that compares is The Bruery Rogbrod. for being as complex and balanced as it was, the tastes and flavors all held up extremely well throughout the experience. it seemed to get spicier and spicier as well. i really enjoyed this one, and I felt lucky to try it. maybe not something i'll be wanting again and again though.

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Photo of Long813
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Pint Glass

A: Semi opaque dark red-brown body with minimal head and minimal lacing.

S: Strong peppercorn upfront with some sweet malts. Hints of rye and other spices.

T: Caramel, rye bread, strong peppers.

M: Medium-light body and carbonation. Leaves a strong peppery finish all the way down the throat along with sweet malts.

D: It's surprising what a beer can taste like. The peppers open up the senses to taste ans smell everything else. This would be great with a food pairing.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich chestnut color with a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of rye and sweet roasted caramel malts with peppercorns and other spices mixing in.

T - The beer starts off with a mix of rye and some lightly roasted sweet caramel malts. The peppercorn flavor starts off mild and grows gradually on the tongue. Through the middle, the peppercorn and other spices grow quite a bit alongside the rye and a touch of brown sugar. The finish is a mix of rye and spices with a bit of caramel that lingers forever.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth, with the spices and peppercorn really ticking the tongue.

D - Very drinkable. The peppercorn is a great addition that really works well in this beer. The spices are quite bold, but I really like that.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great provocative brew. Pepper over a nicely crafted rye backbone. Unusual and stimulating.

Presentation: 11.5 oz bottle. Another retro fantasy design and illustration, here around the image of sailboats and a character withe the boat as a hat. Short front description and brief side narrative generally noting main ingredients and intent. Does not show a clear date of bottling (there seems to be a side numbered calendar with the faintest of scratches on 1 and 4 but it is not clear), and shows Alc. by Vol. (5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber color with a generous if weak foamy head, that leaves generous lacing.

S - Extraordinary ranges of aromas. The initial whiff is of subtle caramel, dark fruit maltiness with the faintest of pepper notes. As soon as the beer settles the pepper takes the driving seat and the aroma is predominantly of fresh grounded peppercorns with distant memories of other subtleties.

T - While peppers are more predominant early on than on the aroma the rhythm is similar. First the malty backbone, and a bit of sweetness with the finishing pepper hint arrives. As the beer goes down the pepper takes an assertive first line without being overwhelming. Rye notes are more noticeable early on but remain as a subtle note later in the tasting.

M - Medium body with a great mouthfeel and good carbonation. It holds a great sense of freshness around the pepper and the rye texture, while the latter is not too predominant.

D - If you don´t have an aversion to pepper or beers that break the mold this one will feel rather drinkable. It feels fresh, assertive and well made, and while maybe having many could be an excess it calls to having a second one very easily.

Notes: Beers willing to dare and provoke like this have to be cherished and advocated for. Surely they are not for everybody or anytime but are a great addition to craft beer diversity. This one in particular offers a notable punch in a rather drinkable brew with an admirable balance for such a loud beer.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was picked up in a 330 ml. bottle, and was poured into a pint glass. The pou looked amber to orange-brown in color and the head was two finger thick. The smell was quite malty with sweet maple syrup aromas. The taste was malty up front with the spicy sweet rye grains quite apparent, some honey showed up in the middle, while the finish was pure peppercorns. I love all of these flavors so it worked for me wonderfully. The aftertaste lingered on for eternity. The body seemed sticky and creamy. This was a rare find, a beer that pushes the envelope, but still remains very drinkable.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a dark caramel/amber. A finger plus of light mocha, hangs on nicely and lays down lots of fine lacing.

Aroma - a lot of caramel and orange presence; a light backdrop of pepper, probably would not have picked up on it without being tipped off by the label. It does come out better with a little set up time.

Taste - caramel, twangy grains make the rye statement. Seems innocuous enough, but wait for the swallow. The peppercorns start out slowly but continually build. Wow, the aftertaste has continued pepper, this baby is really heating up! Some great spiciness that is tasty as well as *warm*. Ends all peppery and dry. Easily the spiciest rye beer I've had. Delicious!

Mouthfeel - smooth, a touch thick. Good crispness.

Drinkability - pretty much a sipper for a 5% brew due to the unusual heat. Gotta let the palate cool down a bit at times. Great spin on a rye beer.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is extreme beer! Pours a cooper color with a good head, no lacing. Aroma is clean, nothing predomimant, mostly a light rye and a delice malt aroma. Also, a faint aroma of spice.

Taste is where everything is happening, man alive. Pepper! Pepper in the first sip then a solid malt profile and then more pepper in the finish... it lingers around and makes you want to drink another sip to calm you senses down.

I love it! A steak would go great with this one!

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