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Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Strong brown ale inspired by the beer brewed by Belgian Trappist monks. Very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel. It presents complex red fruit and spice flavours due to the type of yeast that is used during the brewing process. This beer is at its best only after it has aged for six months. The Rigor Mortis are complex beers designed and brewed with patience and care in the tradition of the great Belgian Abbey beers.

Added by Rastacouere on 02-06-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
362
Ratings:
746
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
15.82%
 
 
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71
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96
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Reviews: 362 | Ratings: 746
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is murky brown with a reddish tone. The head is a rather dissapointing experience - small and light.

S: Yeast and dark dried fruits. Floral hops together with sweet light roasted malt. Spicy - cinnamon.

T: Lots of dark dried fruits. The yeast is a little weaker in the taste compared with the smell. Some bitter hops and more floral ones. The sweet malt has a light roast.

D: The semi-long after-taste holds some bitterness and lot of sweetness. The body is full and the carbonation is a bit stronger than in Belgian Quads. A warm feeling in the chest from the alcohol.

T: The Quad is one of the most complex beer-styles and the masters of it are from Belgium (especially Trappist-monks). This is a nice try from another country. I will buy this one again, but I prefer the Belgian ones.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly murky dark brown color with a very thin light brown head.

S: Brown sugar, belgian yeast, banana, plum, chocolate and raisin. Pretty great smell.

T: Belgian yeast, brown sugar, toffee, a hint of cocoa powder and a hint of hop bite on the finish alongside some roasted malt. Great take on the style.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: very clear, mahogany in color, and respectable lacing are present, but where is the pillow of head? This brew could definitelyuse a bigger head.

S: bouquet is less than what I expect from an Abbey quad! But what is there is nice. Malty sweet, raisins and caramel work well together.

T: all of the minor flaws can be made up for in flavor. This brew is spot on with the Trappist flavor. Spicy phenols Balance out a sweet body, trademarked by honey, caramel, black pepper, and many other minor flavors.

M: almost, but not quite as creamy as I would like to see. Very creamy body with a touch of carbonation.

D: overall, a very respectable attempt at the Trappist style. This is really an enjoyable brew, and at a severely discounted price compared to the Belgian offerings. this is another great from Dieu Du Ciel!

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. I bought this at Beer Run for $5.99 a year or so ago. I guess its about a year and half old.

Appearance: Hazy reddish brown. Looks like apple cider sort of. The head on the thin side to start, but does stick around a while. Spotty lacing. If it clears with warming, it will look better.

Smell: Loads of sweet dark fruits and spice. Bready, cakey malt. Kiss of booze. Pretty damn good.

Taste: Although still a bit cold, this is big and complex. Sugar coated raisins and dates, fruitcake spices, bready yeast, a little chocolate. Alcohol is clearly there, but is not at all hot and the slight bitterness balances the sweetness well.

Mouthfeel: Slick and soft with a slight creaminess. Just a touch too little carbonation.

Overall: I'm really impressed by this beer. However, for the price, you can easily get a St. B Abt 12.

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Photo of Letrom
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a big beer from Dieu du Ciel. I think the 10.5 % abv is hidden well. Though, it is intense and very sweet, not much bitterness. I thought it would get cloying but it was good until the last drop. I will pick up a bottle again if I see it.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really fantastic beer from Dieu du Ciel. I would say a apple/caramel notes are the dominant, but they're not too heavy that you can't enjoy more than one of these at a time. Definitely a little syrupy, but served cold, I could drink this all night. Looking forward to finding this on tap.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a dark brown with a small head that goes away quickly.
S - The aroma is not strong but what I get is caramel.
T - Malty and sweet and soooooooooooo drinkable.
M - Medium mouth feel, lower than average carbonation.
O - Very good beer. Does remind me more of brown ale (which is on the bottle) than a quad as listed on BA. So good I drank it quickly and did not take good notes. Buy this beer!

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance: amber/light brown, coppery, cloudy, good amount of off white head which resolves with mild amount of carbonation

Smell: plenty of esters, raisin/prune, bubble gum/banana notes, caramel

Taste: Malt forward, raisin/prune/leathery with hint of nuts/hazelnut hinting at its brown ale heritage with a Canadian/Belgian flare

Mouthfeel: smooth and mildly syrupy without being cloying, fair amount of light carbonation to add body and cleanse the palate

Drinkability: Easily the best brown Ale I’ve had, more akin to a great quadruple. Definitely one to stock up on in preparation for the winter! Delicious!

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Photo of Catracho5
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with a tan colored head, good amount of bubbles streaming up the side, some light comes through around the edges, some slight lacing.

A: Figs, raisins, burnt brown sugar, toffee, caramel, Belgian yeast, smells really sweet and malty, smells good.

T: Like the nose, some sweet dark fruits, burnt brown sugar, toffee, Belgian yeast, incredibly smooth, finish is semi-dry with hints of dry, dark fruits, very tasty.

M: Carbonation really adds to the mouthfeel, semi-dry, alcohol does come through.

O: A very tasty beer, definitely going back to pick up a few more bottles for the cellar, at $6 a bottle I think this is a good value, very nice quad.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A clear brick red that shines with a ruby red glint. A thin ring of sand beige bubble rims the glass in the glass. It does form a thin cap of foam when swirled but again settles out to a thin ring.

S: Big juicy red dry fruits with plums, raspberries,tart cherries, cassis, some warmth of the alcohol followed by sweet spices and slight yeasts buffer the end.

T: Caramel malts with notes of fried bananas & sweet spices and raisins, belgian yeast finished with warm alcohol esters.

M: Medium bodied with a tight hug to the tongue. Low carbonation supports the sweet malts and allows the flavours to shine.

O: Wonderful drinking beer that stands well on it's on and is suggestive of a low hopped barley wine. Would be terrific with a rich chocolate torte and a warm fireplace enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I began this latest quest on Monday, which was Canadian Thanksgiving Day, by scouring my backlog to see what Canadian beers might lay in wait. Unfortunately for my plans, two of the first three were a**kicking AMLs from Labatt & then I was on a planned expedition yesterday. This is less hair of the dog and more like the horse that I rode in on. This bottle was procured at Hunger 'n' Thirst here in Lancaster, PA and seems to indicate a January 2014 bottling date. Mmm.

From the bottle: " Rigor Mortis Abt is a full-bodied brown ale inspired by the Quadrupel beer style brewed by Belgian monks. Offering very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel coming from the malt. It presents complex red fruits and spice flavours due to the Belgian-type yeast we use to ferment it. This beer is at its best after it has aged for at least six months."

No problem as to that last. My problem stems from the fact that they put such a marvelous beer into a screwed-up screw-top bottle! I will buy the idea of oxygen-fixing crown caps, but not when a thread exists that may lead to oxygen being leeched into the bottle & its contents. Smyert botylok! Deprived of the Pop! & not wanting to rouse any lees, I went with a gentle pour. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head that quickly fell back to wisps. Color was a slightly hazy Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22). Nose had a rich chocolate & caramel scent, along with a leatheriness and a slight alcohol burn. I am sure that it is very hot when young, hence their urge to allow it to age, even for just six months. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was candy-sweet! It put me in mind of a 100 Grand bar with its caramel and chocolate flavors, but this also had a fruitiness, not necessarily of "red fruits", but more like dried, dark fruits, like prunes, figs, raisins & dates. Following my initial swallow, I also caught a light alcohol burn, especially on the tongue, but creeping into my sinuses. Also of interest & note was the fact that it was beginning to clarify as it warmed. It was also throwing more fusel alcohol heat than it had been cold, so the two may be interrelated somehow. The warmth intensified the chocolate flavor, making it very sweet. Finish was sweet, very chocolaty, but with caramel and fruit flavors underlying the chocolate. I fully agree with putting some age on this one & I would recommend it more as a dessert beer, or in lieu of dessert, with coffee & perhaps a cigar.

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Photo of dsartwell72
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light to medium brown color with a very small amount of head.

S - Bread, raisins, caramel, sweet fruity esters.

T - Sweet, Malty, some chocolate and burnt caramel, raisins, and a slight alcohol presence, but very well hidden for 10.5%.

M - Full bodied, not too thin, but not syrupy either. Great carbonation level. A bit sticky on the sides of your mouth.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy deep brown color with very little mocha colored head

smell - picking up rum, raisins, plums, a bit of booziness

taste - this is robust - rum, raisins, plums, currants, nutmeg, cinnamon, flavors expand on the palate

mouthfeel - this is a hearty wintertime beverage, medium to full bodied, full carbonation, slightly sweet, a little bit boozy upfront as well as a bit of a burn on the way down, but this is a nice beverage

drinkability - a sipper for sure, a good quad that I am enjoying at the moment while I check out this NFC Championship game, good example of the style IMO

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Photo of MadScientist
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The label has a batch number of 1 0 punched out on the left for whatever year that means.

A medium copper colored ale with good clarity and a few floaters.

A vinous, dark fruit aroma with some moderately rich malt notes. There is a medium amount of caramel sweet aroma.

It tastes like it smells just with the addition of some Belgian yeast character of spice and fruit. The malt dominates back by some dark fruit but neither are to the extent of a Dark Strong. A wine like note again with a low hop bitterness and nothing for flavor hops. There is a moderate amount of crystal malt sweetness making for a balance that is moderately sweet. It has a medium finish and a quick pepper and raisin aftertaste.

A medium-light bodied beer with a medium strong level of carbonation.

Definitely worth picking up. It's a rich malty beer with a wine-like character along with some fruit and spice character.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are very few examples of a non-Belgian brewery making authentic Belgian Dark Strong Ales to perfection... this is one of those.

The beer pours a deep brownish, rubyish, purple-black color with a creamy barley stained head. Retaining and lacing well, the beer has a both a masculine and delicate appearance.

Deeply fruity to the nose with plumbs, raisons, and red grapes. Spicy tartness, orange peel, and peppery notes balance the sweetness. Softly malty with a simple sweet scent.

Sweetly malty with confection sugars and fruit cake blend with sweeter rum-like alcohol. Again, plumbs, raisons, and grapes give a dark and dehydrated stone fruit flavor. Just enough yeasty spice and alcohol power to round out the beer, shying just a bit from balance and giving a malt forward tilt.

Medium full early due to the carbonation, but a fleeting malty texture allows for the cotton candy-like evaporation to ease into high levels of drinkability. Warming alcohols stop shy of hot or fusal textures to the mouth and throat.

This Belgian Dark Strong Ale favors the dark fruit and sugar sweetness. But the beer is beautifully crafted and delicious enough that the spicy/hoppy balance doesn't matter. A softer, more powdery malt character would allow it to compete with the Rochefort 10 and such.

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Photo of chase2634
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle poured into a chalice. 10.5% abv

The color is a dark brown with a finger of head that settled down to leave a thin lace.

There are wondrous smells of brown malts and a nice slight scent of toasted notes. Slight raisin/brandy in the nose as well, but fairly tame.

The taste is almost like raisin bread, chocolate with a hint of black cherry. The hops are barely noticable but add a nice spice kick. It is pretty sweet but finishes fairly dry. A delicious blend of chocolate and all those dried fruits - plum, raisin and black cherry. It has a spicy/yeasty kick. Very nice surprise.

It was soft, smooth and a little creamy. A full-bodied beer that is a slow sipper.

This brew reminds me why i love a good quad so much. It's a great style and they nailed it. Quite a surpise considering it came with little fanfare. Quite the Quad and i think i'll have another!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz. bottle poured into a tulip. #'s are there to be notched, but they arent :/

(A)- Pours a murky dark mahogany color that produced a foamy tan head that dissipated after a minute or two. Left some clumps of lacing behind.

(S)- A heavily roasted caramel & banana/clove thing going on. Tiny bits of lemon & raisins.

(T)- Same as the smell, only with an awesome creamy chocolate flavor in there. Almost tastes like a banana split minus the vanilla ice cream. Rather nutty; pecan or walnuts with a raisin-like sweetness.

(M)- Great carbonation level & balance. Very smooth going down with a great maltiness & crispness that I am enjoying very much. Rich & satisfying that is even almost crisp.

(D)- A very interesting quad that is really great with that chocolatey nut kick. Fits the style & has a few twists from the traditional. My only complaint is that $5.68 for this is a little steep just for 11.5 oz. Its good, but for the $, I would probably gravitate elsewhere for the style.

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Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a small creamy beige head that sticks around as a cap and leaves some delicate lacing.

The aroma is very sweet, with dark fruits, caramel and overarching Belgian yeast presence that offers a bit of spiciness in the nose.

The taste is extremely sweet with candi sugar and dark fruits dominating. There is some chocolate noticeable in the taste that I could detect in the nose and the finish has an alcohol burn that takes a while to notice. The spiciness of the yeast really comes out as well.

This is a fairly full-bodied beer, very smooth and complete coats the palate with sweetness which lingers for a long time.

I'm highly impressed with this beer and think it is a great representation of the style, leaning heavily to the sweeter side of things. Big fan.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Deep Ellum, Allston. Tonight's offering was a "2007 vintage". Served in a Belgian goblet. Very dark brown color to the body. No head or carbonation. Smell was quite a pleasing combination of dried cherries and caramelized sugar. There was also a distinct smell of barrel aging that I noticed. Taste was the highlight of the night. Strong but smooth. The smell led me to believe that his beer was going to be quite potent in flavor. But it turned out to be quite easy to drink. A nice example of a quad. Huge bursts of fruit flavor, with a sugary sweetness to balance the alcohol. I think the aging certainly helped mellow out this beer a bit and bring some of the core flavors to the forefront. Went great with a hearty plate of Belgian style sausages. Definitely would order one again.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 ounce bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A- thin khaki-colored head that dissipates quickly leaving scattered lace above the body. Body is thick-looking and caramel-colored.

S- heavy plum and Belgian candy syrup. Caramel and burnt sugar.

T- Continued plum, huge really, with a finish that is cherry-like. There's a slight estery yeast flavor and hints of the candy syrup.

M- incredibly easy-drinking and smooth. No alcohol presence.

A great representation with big flavors but still mellow and enjoyable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Indiscernible date coding a 1 & 5 marked for what ever that is worth

Pours a murky but effervescent brown with a sliver of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Figs, raisins cakeyness, some leather once warm

T: Figs, leafy hops & a slight booze burn up front. A little vanilla, plum & brandy sneaks in as this warms, along with raisin & fig and tangerine peel & leather. Finishes fruity, complex, dry & with lush oaky notes and just a kiss of Brandy

MF: Slight body, slightly over carbonated, smoothes out as it warms

ABV is well hidden, pretty good take on the style. This will age well I'm sure. I would buy this again. I like as much as Westy 12 taste-wise!

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Photo of dstc
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky brown color with a nice off-white head. Head falls to a small one. Decent lace.

The nose is of deep fruits soaked in sweet malts and candied sugars. Smells like it should be good.

Very sweet candied malt taste in the traditional Belgian Quad style. No noticeable hops and a mild chocolate taste. Nice.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth with a bit of booziness on the tongue.

Very nice version of a Belgian quad. Well done.

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Photo of slimspady
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Rochefort chalice.

Dark, reddish brown color with a quickly reducing white head.

Smells of sweet, malty goodness.

The malts and yeast hit first then the sweetness finishes strong. Some plums in the aftertaste.

Very smooth. Doesn't feel like 10.5.

Excellent beer. Very complex flavors. I've liked everything from Dieu du Ciel so far, and this does nothing to change that.

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Photo of Wildman
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark murky dark amber almost black color and formed a light tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, raisins, chocolate and Belgian yeasts. The flavor was of malt, chocolate, cocoa, coffee and bread yeast. The body was medium light and the finish was a touch sprite, yet sweet. A nice beer. but not sure what style to place it under.

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Photo of ludachris
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently joined Drinkvine and man is it great. I found this along with every edition of Ola Dubh at an LCBO I don't usually frequent. I wish I signed up for this earlier!

An extremely murky burnt caramel body is topped by less than a finger of quickly receeding white head, but what can be expected with such a high ABV? Its higher score comes from its attractive hue.

Sweet and complex in the nose. Semi-tart cherries are a great addition to the sweet and syrupy alcohol soaked figs, bits of caramel apple, Belgian yeast, and candi sugar. The latter two mesh wonderfully with the sweet rum-like alcohol character that is present. As the beer warms I also get dry and subtle notes of cocoa powder and cinnamon.

Boozy and sweet are the first things that come to mind. The Belgian yeast and candi sugar quickly move towards the back of the palate as alcohol soaked dark fruits and candied cherries spread themselves across the tongue. A caramel sweetness meshes with the rum-like alcohol character in the finish. I really like what they did with the alcohol here. At 10.5% ABV, it's pretty hard to mask, but its presence is more than welcomed, complimenting the rest of the beer.

Full bodied and creamy with a great balance. A touch more carbonation would have been great but what is there is plenty sufficient. High alcohol usually takes away from the drinkability of a beer for me, but this one masks it enough to be quaffable and puts whats left perfectly into the rest of the beer. I realized I finished the beer before I finished the review and that alone attests to its drinkability.

Although Unibroue is my favorite French-Canadian brewery, DDC is close behind with a long line of quality offerings, this one included. St. Bernardus ABT 12 is coming soon to the LCBO, but for now, this is the only quad available and a fine one at that. I'm interested in comparing the two. Another great seasonal from the LCBO and one well worth picking up.

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