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The Ogden | Goose Island Beer Co.

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The OgdenThe Ogden

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Style Tripel brewed with Citra, Brewers Gold and Saaz hops.

35 IBU

Added by dwagner003 on 01-10-2014

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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm opting to serve this into a goblet, not Goose Island's recommended nonic pint, because - hey - it's a Belgian tripel.

9% ABV. "Dry hopped...Belgian Style Tripel." 35 IBU.

BOTTLE: 355 ml. Brown glass. Classy label design. Branded black pry-off pressure cap. Bottled: 11APR2014. Acquired from Duff27 in a trade. Thanks!

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Soft-looking, with a mellow complexion and an even consistency. Retains nicely, leaving a nice ring of lacing on the sides of the glass before receding fully after about 4 minutes.

BODY: Murky hazy gold with copper hues. Nontransparent. Translucent. Has no visible yeast. Seems unfiltered.

Looks nice for a tripel. It's not mind-blowing, but it hits the fundamentals.

AROMA: Has a lovely doughy yeast profile, with hints of biscuit and clove. The hop profile is surprisingly fruity, with New World hop notes of faint mango, tangerine, and citrus. Has a honeyed malt backbone filled out by Belgian pale malts and touches of a raw wort-like sweetness. Its 9% ABV is nowhere to be found, but the yeast doesn't seem all that highly attenuated; if anything it evokes more of an Abbey ale yeast profile than a high gravity Trappist.

No, it's not quite a traditional aroma for a Tripel - its hop emphasis, hop character, and yeast profile are atypical - but I find it appealing and interesting. Mild in terms of aromatic intensity.

I find no off-notes or overt booze.

TASTE: The raw ripe fruity hop notes dominate to its detriment, and fail to cover up the obvious alcohol presence. Ripe notes of mango, melon, rindy citrus, and tangerine come off warm in their tropical booziness; even off-putting pineapple is suggested. The honeyed malt backbone amplifies the booziness with its unwelcome sweetness. Why isn't Belgian pale malt the main malt flavour? Where is the Trappist yeast to eat all this sugar? This lacks a basic Belgian/Trappist feel, coming off anything but traditional. Overhopped, imbalanced, and a bit of a boozy mess, The Ogden falls apart upon tasting in a way I could never have predicted merely from experiencing its aroma.

Average duration and intensity of flavour. Shallow depth of flavour. Lacks subtlety in its execution. A subpar build for a Tripel.

There's no subtle spiciness to it, nor is there any intricate layering of flavour. This can't hold a candle to the best traditional Belgian paragons of the style.

TEXTURE: A biteen syrupy. Definitely too thick/viscous. Overly full-bodied, with an off-kilter overbearing heavy presence on the palate. The opposite of the delicate fragile texture you'd find in a great Tripel. Definitely boozy and warm. Has a raw feel on the palate somewhat redolent of unfermented wort. Problematically overcarbonated. Suffice it to say overall presence on the palate is subpar.

This mouthfeel doesn't feel well-tailored to the taste, nor does it elevate the beer as a whole. Fails fundamentally at fitting the style.

OVERALL: Its booziness and overly sweet taste really hold it back in terms of drinkability, and its strange hop emphasis - while charming aromatically - just plain doesn't work in the taste. The fundamental lack of a guiding Trappist yeast puts the final nail in the coffin. I'm not sure what they were after with this one, but the result is a beer I'd never want to buy again, and I think it's telling that this is still quite warm even after a having year of aging to mellow. Far from Goose Island's strongest work. I wouldn't recommend this to friends or trade partners.

C- (2.63)

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Photo of deebo
2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Have had quite a few of these. Mostly because got a good deal on some older ones but at 9% not worried about having some age on it. A lot of white sediment in this light golden brew with a thin finger of quickly dissipating white foam. Yeasty sweet in the nose with just a hint of distinct citra. Taste has plenty of alcohol go with a nice malt taste and some yeasty orange like sweetness with a kiss of citra. Unfortunately the booziness and sticky aftertaste ruins this one for me. Has some good qualities but it's not much else than a quick buzz.

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Photo of 71CrazyOtto
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Born on date was within 90 days when consumed.
Poured into a tulip (Unibroue) and it finished with very thin head and massive hop bubbles.

The smell was nice if you think you bought a decent IPA.

The taste was like your average IPA by anyone and btw where is the "sweetness'?
I thought this was supposed to be a "Tripel" but didn't notice any balance in this beer to even remotely signal the word Belgian nor Tripel to be on their bottle.

Overall I am not happy with this Budweiser buddy brewers deception.
I've had a lot of Belgian Tripel's and many a hoppy version but most at least were complex enough to not shame the legendary style.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: No real head, just thin lacing. Hazy darker yellow
S: Floral and fruit notes were much stronger than expected
T: Somewhat spicy, a bit sweet and definitely boozy. They aren't harmonious, though.
F: Pretty strong alcohol heat right up front
O: Was kind of weird and unbalanced. I thought this beer may have needed some time, but the bottled on date was 17 months prior. The flavors did not meld together at all

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Photo of bmeehan
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The Ogden is dry. It's a good beer, but it doesn't shake you by the shoulders and it's easily forgettable. I don't think I could go back weeks later and describe what it tastes like.

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Photo of avalon07
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a golden color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy head. Good lacing.

S: A somewhat underplayed aroma of yeast, fruit, and malt.

T: Tasted of light fruit (lots of citrus), yeast, malt, and a grassy quality. It's this last ingredient that kind of throws the flavor out of whack. There's a thinness at some points in this beer. Could have been better.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very uneven beer that feels halfway done. Not the worst tripel ever, but not high up in the pantheon.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: medium-gold hue with a moderate haze and a light effervescence. Not much head was poured, a half a finger of frothy white foam. Not too bad, but not my favorite tripel in the looks department.

Smell: light malt with a little bit of over-sweet cloying aroma; the hops are a bit on the strong side, with a mostly citrusy character. It also smells a bit like it has been spice with some grains of paradise or something. I prefer my tripels unadulterated.

Taste: lots of bitterness in this, way overpowering the sweetness of the style. Some of it, I think, is due to spicing, and some to regular hop bitterness. It's not a terrible beer, but as a tripel it has limited appeal for me.

Mouthfeel: texture is an area where this beer does relatively well. Moderate body and a good carbonation yield a nice creaminess.

Overall: there is a lot of subjectivity in beer judging, and this beer, while not objectively bad, is simply not for me.

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Photo of itsscience
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear yellow with a fluffy white finger of head that leaves thick lacing as it settles. The nose is significantly spicy with clove and pepper aromas. Not a lot of fruit aroma here; maybe some banana though. It tastes similarly one-sided with those same spice flavors of clove and pepper, along with a pale malt taste, Belgian yeast, some orange, and a weird note of green olive brine. The body is light with a medium level of carbonation, and the 9% alcohol is hidden extremely well. When it comes to flavor, though, this is a rather forgettable Tripel.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- clear pale yellow color with a 2 finger head that is frothy and foamy. spiderweb lacin gon my pint as well.

S- lemongrass with peppery spice. some citrus notes come through as well and the malts are hidden but there.

F- pepper spice with that lemongrass flavor. some earthy grass tones as well.

M- carbonated and medium bodied. the spices linger in the mouth fairly long as well.

O- not a bad Belgian and above average. I would have another.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of grainy malts and a little citrus.

Tastes of the pale malt character with some American hop notes. Pale malts lead off with grainy sweetness and some bread along with a bit of syrup. Hops come through next and add some bitterness along with notes of grapefruit and a touch of tropical fruits. Some earthy spice notes come on the end. Finishes fairly hot.

Mouthfeel is medium with slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty good, but I don't quite like the graininess.

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Photo of seethefields
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

I bought this 4 pack expecting a Belgian style tripel. It's not a tripel, but calling this beer nice is a compliment. No, really. Nice is a good thing. It's a multi-use beer. The kind of beer you want to drink on a summer day. The kind of beer you can offer to a non beer snob without hesitation because you didn't plan on saving it for a special occasion. It's good. But...It's not really an American take on a Belgian tripel so much as it is an interesting and refreshing ipa. I want to get pass that. I liked the crispness, the citrus, spice and ipa notes without any alcohol burn, and the hint of sweetness. It's just part of the experience felt like a brewery known for ipas collaborated with a monastery and neither wanted to offend the other. The hope is good + good = awesome but the end result is nice

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Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass, just as instructed, no tulip for our hero! Tripel be damned, you shall be slayed again!

Now why for you go do this. In a nonic you have a classic apricot light orange and yellow body, somewhat hazy, and minimal carbonation. A creamy to fluffy bright white head with three fingers easily tops it. Looks ok, but would look better in a tulip, come on...

Mild sense of tropical and American style hops. A little bit of spice. Not much sense of classic tripel yeast fruit esters, or even Belgian sucrose candied action and malts. A bit of sticky yeast sourness as well.

First sip on the palate brings some juicy character. A bit tropical and good thick malt bodied but comes off with little Belgian character. Not much creamy, or malt distinction, it seems a little focused more so on the hop angle.

Tastes like a tripel with American style hops, and doesn't really feel that much Belgian. It's not what I look for in this style but it's a decent brew. The experiment just doesn't really work for me.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Harpoon 100 barrel series glass.

A: Golden in color with a mild haze. Fine bubbled white head retains at about an inch in height. Lacing is wispy.

S: Strong citra presence. Pulpy, mashed mango. Wet leaves. Pineapple and bubblegum esters. Chalky yeast with faint traces of white pepper. Doughy,lightly honeyed malt base.

T: Oily hop bitterness. Herbal and spicy. Bitter phenols and spicy alcohol too. Pineapple esters. Chalky yeast. Honeyed malt. Citra hops bring wet leaves and herbal spice and tropical notes of mango and tangerine. Alcohol and phenols on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy with some malt firmness. Carbonation is stiff but gentle with a lot of lifting and scrubbing action.

O: It's a bit rough around the edges and even sharp at times. The alcohol and phenols aren't really over the top or completely off-putting, but they distract a little. The hopping is ample and notable, but doesn't really fit in and complement as it should. Not a bad brew, just lacks some cohesion and plays a little roughly.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle picked up locally the other day, bottled march 24th (just under my 3 month turn to a pumpkin time frame) and enjoyed from a GI flag brew pub snifter. brew pours a semi transparent yellow orange with a thin creamy bubbly head. nose is banana and bubble gum fairly sweet...some vanilla, even cotton candy. taste is similar, not too sweet, but very american tripel...a hint of booziness, but mostly bubble gum. there is some bitterness on the finish, but short of that, seems that the dry hopping has either faded or didn't really do much in the way of adding a hop presence. not a bad beer, but glad i nabbed a single of this instead of a 4 pack. if i want a tripel i'd probably look to la fin du monde or one of the classics....and pretty sure the price point is in line with those.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; medium gold in color; 1+ finger white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice, thick, lacing;

S: clove is pretty pervasive; hints of citrus and dough in the background;

T: a combination of clove and dull citrus; the citrus intensiifies through mid-palate and begins to fade again toward the lightly bitter finish;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; light dryness in the aftertaste; ABV is well hidden;

O: the combination of styles - tripel and American IPA - didn't mesh well for me in this instance; I do like the concept;

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Photo of SGerrard
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Always a fan of the Tripel and this is a fairly representative one. The only off note here was the finish, which was strangely bitter. Other than that, satisfying, and a beer I'd drink again.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 3/24/14 so this is over a year old. We shall see...

I ignored the glassware suggestionn on the bottle (hey, I don't HAVE a Nonic pint glass), but that's a clever marketing ploy AND helpful to those with glassware choices. I used a pint glass. Seemed to work OK.

Pours a murky straw/gold color with a solid eggshell-white head. Lightly carbonated, full-bodied, and quite drinkable. Huge citrus sweetness morphs into spiciness, then a little hops bite at the end. Alcohol is present but not overwhelmingly so.

Overall, it was OK but not something I'd seek out again. (It's retired, so I guess that's kind of a moot point.) I guess I'm just not a big fan of the Belgian style.

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Photo of Vixie
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice gold color with an inch or so of white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving some nice lacing not only on top of the beer, but leave a lot on the sides of the glass as well.

Smell starts out a bit malty, there's spice, citrus, hay, and pine from the hops.

Bit fruity up front, mainly citrus notes. Has a bit of a pepper spice to it, and a decent amount of hops, adding some pine notes. Can just taste a hint of the alcohol at the finish, and also leaves a bit of warming.

Feel is ok, quite a bit of carbonation that leaves some tingling.

A pretty good an interesting take on the style. There's a lot of flavor here, and a high abv, so treat this with respect. The good is that is is flavorful, and has a definite Belgian character to it. The bad is, a bit heavy on the hops for the style. Still, this is one of the better US made triples I have tried, very much worth trying.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/22/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some hops and some alcohol.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, caramel and honey. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is significant for the style but a bit subdued and comes through in the finish. There is also a touch of alcohol and a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer but there are better choices in the style.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Belgian style triple, dry hopped with citra hop.
A: pours a golden straw color with some haze, two finger fine white bubble foam head, spider webbing lacing, carbonation
S:pilsner malt, sweet orange, citrus
M: medium light body, slight burning on the tongue
T: grapefruit rind, pilsner malt, green hay, white pepper, soft sweetness towards the finish, and some vegetal flavor I'm picking up
O: interesting brew and some funky complex here.

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Photo of danlwaggoner
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Actually, a very nice Tripel. Using Westmalle as a baseline as my favorite tripel, I was pleasantly surprised. Belgian styles offer such a surprises (both good and bad). This one was pretty straightforward - not too many wild yeasts. Looked gorgeous when poured, nice maltiness scent, with some mild bitterness and slightly sweet flavors from the esters, distinct crisp carbonation and not too much of an alcohol burn - I probably like my tripels slightly colder to ease the alcoholic burn at the sake of appreciating some of the more subtle flavors. Good one!

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Photo of ARoman
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a mellow, tropical and grassy note with a dark spice to it. Some undertones include a light floral note, and some cookie dough comes in late. It pours a brilliant orange yellow and is topped by a dense, white foam retaining a wispy surface, moderate ring, and a moderate-light lace. The taste is a combination of medium high sweet with a medium level of bitter. The sweetness gets stronger and bitterness wanes as it warms. The beer is thick and oily with a soft fizz carbonation and a medium full body that's tropical and spicy with additional notes of banana and cookie dough late. It finishes zippy with a spice kick followed by sweet citrus and light bread. The aftertaste is a clean, fresh spice.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date April 16, 2014 printed on the back label. A new tripel style beer from Goose Island. Acquired a single bottle of this from the local beer store.

Poured into a Coca-Cola goblet.

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange colored body with about two fingers of fluffy creamy off-white head with pretty nice staying power for the high abv. Not terribly unique, but it looks very nice.

S - Nose is pretty nice for the style - banana, clove, white pepper, earthy yeast, and some herbal fruity hop content - pine, grapefruit, orange, pineapple.

T - The nose is predominantly fruity, with a dry earthy yeasty finish. Pineapple, oranges / clementines, grapefruit, pine, clove spice, banana, citrus peels, lemongrass. Nicely flavored with a good hop bite.

M - The feel is super smooth, crisp, and creamy. Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. Dry, herbal, and hoppy on the finish.

Overall, a nice take on the style by Goose Island. Not exactly the most traditional, but very nice for what it is. The high 9.00% abv is well-masked, and the beer is super smooth and drinkable.

Goose Island The Ogden ---3.5/5

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Photo of MaximalC
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, golden amber color with a finger's worth of luscious white froth. Thin wisps and spots of lacing leave a trail as the beer recedes. Zesty aroma smells of pine, grapefruit, clove, bubblegum, and lemon.

The taste follows the nose fairly closely, with a big kick of pine up front, along with some grapefruit. The prominent bitterness segues to bubblegum and peppery yeast before finishing with a healthy dose of fresh-baked bread with warming alcohol. A little warming reveals some passion fruit and amplified bubblegum notes. This is far more hop-forward than what I expect from a tripel; it's more like a hybrid between a tripel and pale ale.The medium body accompanies a prickly mouthfeel by virtue of the carbonation and yeast.

Overall, I found this to be a little hop-centric for the style, but it's not bad for what it is. It certainly is flavorful, even if those flavors never fully synergize. A creative offering from Goose Island, but not in the same class as their finer Belgian-style beers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, yeast, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid aromas and flavors.

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The Ogden from Goose Island Beer Co.
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