Blackberry | Upland Brewing Company

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Blackberry Blackberry

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blackberry is fermented by wild yeast and aged in oak casks for nearly a year. We then add whole blackberries grown in Indiana. The beer is bottle conditioned. Style is Sour Ale, ABV 6%.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass.

Pours a datk copper color with a nice hazy amber hues.

Aroma of tart fruits start things off with some nice vinegar undertones as well. Slightly sweet berries are present. There is some nice yeasty esters in the nose as well. Slightly chalky.

Flavor starts off with some nice tartness. Slightly vinegary and acidic but equally balanced by some nice fruit tartness. Berries and fruit sweetness is slightly perceived as well. The tartness is nice and dry and there is a nice oaky note to it. The tartness is tempered slightly by some nice fruity yeast esters that give it a slight phenolic flavor as well as some nice chalky notes. Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Light and refreshing with good crisp and sharp carbonation.

Finally got to try one of the highly regarded Upland lambics. Definitely worth seeking out. This was an older vintage (2006) and there was still so much more development that could occur. Great lambic.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: bottle, courtesy of totoropanda. Thanks!

Decanted into a #properglassware Upland goblet/tulip. Bubbles rose to the mouth of the bottle and some of the beer started to seep out, but I'd hardly call this a gusher. Poured a dark purplish-brown color, lively carbonation, with about an inch of rocky off-white head, loaded with chunky bits of blackberry. All right! Sour fruits in the nose, blackberry, apple, a little acetic and lactic. The first thing that jumped out at me was the carbonation. It seemed way too high, and almost made this more soda-like than beer-like. Blackberry was the main player in the flavor department, as would be guessed, tart and tangy, though not overly puckering, lactic, drying. One-dimensional, but what else would you expect from this particular beer? Not a complaint, just an observation. Mouthfeel was light and spritzy, and I feel it lost a bit by being too carbonated, but overall that was just a minor setback. It was a nice beer, and quite enjoyable overall.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Highly carbonated, Ruby/purple in the glass. Pink while pouring.

S-Blackberries, oak, funk, vinegar, grass.

T-Fruity blackberries, mild tartness, tad bit of oak. Nicely balanced. Not overly sweet like some fruited lambics.

M-Light very bubbly, dry in the finish.

O-More tart than sour, the blackberries are perfect; they provide great flavor without making the beer too sweet.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/11/2010. Sampled alongside the other seven fruit lambics.

Gusher bottle bomb.
A: Pours a murky dark purple color with a fair amount of chunks with a thin light pink film of a head.
S: Tart smelling with light hints of blackberry and citrus.
T: Citrus rind, lemon, and blackberry. Fresh blackberry fruit in the aftertaste with citrus rind and orange zest up front. Lemon comes back in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-full body, chewy mouthfeel, fuzzy carbonation, low acid bite, clean and delicious.
O: A tough flavor to impart but this was delicious. Probably best not to age this one as long as I think it would have been much better when the fruit was brighter.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The lambic was sampled at Winterfest 2013 in Indianapolis on 1/26/2013. Props to Upland for bringing several lambics.

Poured into the sampler glass from the bottle, the beer was a ruby reddish hue with a nice tinted white head. The aroma smelled of sour fruits with a variety of berry notes observable. In the initial taste, one notes this is incredibly sour. While I was able to enjoy it, I almost thought it was too sour. As it moves to the aftertaste, it becomes progressively more tart and acidic. I had difficulty appreciating blackberries, since I believe them to be sweeter than they are here. The aftertaste further displays quite a bit of natural seedy blackberry flavor. It is easy to tell his is made with real berries.

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Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kegatron for supplying this brew during a recent tasting. The first couple of pours are clear ruby almost orange but very light in color. As you get closer to the bottom things start getting dicy and more clouded. Visusally it displays very mild carbonation with a few bubbles collecting atop.

The aroma is cheesy funk with citrus and fruity berry inclusion. A bit footy almost like what is found in pilsner grain but more bacterial. Not a bad smelling brew, if anything maybe just a little muted.

The flavor starts off fruity and tart and moves to more acidic character fairly quickly. Notes of sour cherry come forth more so than the expected blackberry. Funky stinky cheese and earth come out with more sips. The aftertaste displays quite a bit of natural seedy berry flavor.

This is a light bodied brew with a mild level of carbonation that visually seems missing but is felt tingly enough in the mouth to keep it lively feeling. This is a fairly easy drinking brew with seemingly no alcohol impact. However, the acidic nature started to get to me and I could not see myself drinking a significant amount of this by myself. This is one to be shared, much appreciation for the share Heath, glad to get to try it.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark purple with some reddish hue with a small layer of pink foam and some lacing.

Tart berry and vinegar are the predominant smells. Maybe a bit of bretty funk too. Smells more sour than most Upland lambics.

Taste is also a little more sour than I'm used to from the fruit lambics. Very tart blackberries that tastes almost jammy along with some vinegar and bretty funk. Very tart and puckering.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. This one didn't gush on me at all. Very dry tart finish.

Definitely one of the better fruited lambics. I put it only behind Kiwi. Slightly better when fresh. Although a lot of that jammy goodness was still here, vinegar has started to take over a bit more now. I loved the sourness in the flavor although drinkability is a bit low. I was reaching for the tums after splitting a bottle as my stomach was not agreeing with my taste buds about the deliciousness of this.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upland Blackberry Lambic, bottled 03/18/12. Batch #71-09. Serving this beer in Duchesse goblets.

Pours a hazed mulberry color with a cusp of white sparkling foam. It became a ring almost instantly. The color is pretty.

Smells of real blackberries and blackberry skins. Has a semi-soft cheese-like funk to it, like a berry-laden Stilon. It's woody, but the oak is rather mild compared to other fruit lambics' barrel presence. Sourness is present, but subdued, in the nose. Great vinous character, to note.

Blackberry, black currant, funky cheese, light pepper, horse blanket, and a hint of lime. Great opening salvo of fruit tartness followed by a funky and cheesy middle that carries into the finish with an amplification of spicy sourness. Not bursting with complexity, just... good.

The burn from the sourness is light on the throat, and picks up in the stomach. Mouthfeel, however, is good. Light and refreshing with a great knock-on-the-door of sourness. Spritzy carbonation is almost spicy. With this appealing feel, this is becoming a rather rounded-out great beer.

Even though it's not as flavorfully complex as many of the standard Belgian examples, Upland still does better than a stand-up job with this beer. Excellent representation of the fruit and the funk, and with a commanding tartness that never goes over-the-top. Cheers!

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Photo of jeonseh
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a GI tulip. Part of NWI tasting group New Years Day.

A - Total gusher that gushed for a good 90 seconds. It was the color of a blackberry and it was hazy. It actually had the consistency and look of orange juice with the color of a blackberry. Small layer of foam on the side of the glass

S - Tart blackberries, oak, balsamic vinegar, lemon peel and a slight Brett funk make up the nose

T - Tart white and balsamic vinegar, lemon and slight oak. The finish is very dry and tart to the point that makes you almost want to pucker up and get a drink of water. Overall, the blackberries don't really stand out much or make much of a presence as the vinegar takes over.

MF - Light and effervescent with lots of carbonation. Finish is dry from the lemon tartness and a light oak presence remains on the tongue

O - Solid lambic that is more tart and vinegary than fruity. This is a good one but nothing great. However, definitely worth a try if you can get ahold of one. I do wish it was a bit fruiter instead of so much overpowering vinegar since it's a fruit lambic

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Photo of russwbeck
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color. Pink red with a pink bubbly head. No head retention. Aggressively bubbly, the bottle opened with a big pop. 4.5

Blackberry aroma. Musty. Tart. Sweet and fruit dominated 4.5

On the taste the blackberry steps back, and the sour kicks up. The blackberries are still noted, but the beer is not as fruity as I thought or wanted it to be. The tartness, however, plays well with the tastes. 4

Above average carbonation. Deliciously drinkable. Medium body. Mouth wateringly dry finish.4.5

Not my favorite Upland Lambic, but certainly a beer I loved. They knock it out of the park each time, but I'd take peach or raspberry over this. 4.5

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750mL bottle into CCB snifter.

A: Deep red to dark purple with a small white head and a bit of visible carbonation. This is pretty to look at.

S: Sour, lactic bite, some vinegar, tannin/leather, and of course blackberry aroma - maybe with a bit of rotten undertone.

T: Immediate hit of tart, pucker-your-mouth blackberry (like the fruit tastes when it's just a bit underripe), lactic tang, sourness. This is sour, with an almost stomach-turning acidity; however, this does change for the better when it warms a little. The finish is a dry blackberry flavor.

M: Light but sticky mouthfeel, with decent carbonation. Whatever alcohol present is well-hidden.

O: I like this, but this is definitely a sipper and not a beginner's sour beer. As it warms, the acidity diminishes somewhat which allows the sweetness to come through. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of claspada
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 10/11/2010. Slight gusher, glad I had a glass ready.

Pours a hazy dark pinkish-purple color with a white, pink tinted spritzy, fizzy head.

Aromas of rustic blackberries mixed with some, acidic and funky, musty notes that emerge more and more as it warms.

The tastes begin with sweet/fruity, yet earthy dark blackberry with ever-growing amounts of sour tart flavors. Oak, earthy funk and acidic flavors also join the party and continue to grow and begin to overpower the dark fruity berry sweetness.

The mouthfeel has a medium-thin body with medium to high champagne-esque carbonation. Finish is slightly tart and acidic.

Overall a very good lambic but by no means the best from Upland or anywhere close to the best Berry fruited one. Upland seems to do a much better job with their lighter fruited lambics than the darker berried ones from my experience.

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Photo of fvernon
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the spring 2012 release, poured into a chalice. Took some effort to get out the cork; the carbonation was quite nice though - no worries here for the gushers of Upland's lambics of yore.

Poured a light and clear purple with a lavender head that is replenished by a constant fizz for a couple of minutes. Aromas of, of course, blackberries - but also tart lemon, tangerine, cherry, unripe blueberry, leather, and dry grass. I had to just sit there for a few minutes and admire the color and aroma. The initial sips brought on more blackberry, cherry, sugar, some barn funk, oak, and hay in both flavor and as my nose opened.

This batch is light, effervescent, and all-around excellent. Very glad I have a second bottle stashed away. Well worth the cost and I can't wait for Upland to have the devoted sour space up and running soon.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark blue color lambic with a large off-blue color head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of strong blackberry notes with some light funky notes and some tart notes also discernable. Taste is a mix between some tart blackberry notes with some notes funky barnyard notes and a sour finish. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation. This one is well balance with great notes of blackberry. This is one brewery that I never know what to expect but in this particular case it is a real winner. Easy to drink with huge amount of complexity.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the latest release.

Dark purple with a decent amount of lavender head. Full on black berries. Good amount of tart lactic sour. Flavor is delicious. Sweet and sour black berries. Just a touch of funk. Lively carbonation. I absolutely loved this beer. It was a turning point for the Upland lambic series in my eyes. One of there best efforts.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle and it was a gusher.

Pours a dark purple with lots of chunks of blackberry in it, a small white and purple head. Nose is super bland and tame.

Taste is all berries and tart but its well balanced and very drinkable. Mouhfewl is really creamy and mellow. With a crisp fruity finish.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: purple to light blue colored beer with a whitish colored head. You can see small chunks of the fruit in this beer. That makes me happy.

Smell: lots of funk, vinegar, and some berry notes.

Taste: Very funky and acidic upfront, but as you sip it the funky taste blends in with all the other flavors. Then the beer starts to get a fruity taste to it. The blackberries are there, no doubt. Its a tasty sour beer for sure.

Mouthfeel: Thin and lively beer. Light bodied beer with moderate levels of carbonation. Vinegar and acidic notes all over the place.

Overall: Trying more and more sours lately. Upland is really awesome! I enjoy this sour beer because its a great blend of sour funkiness and fruity flavors. I have tried this beer on 2 seperate occasions and continue to enjoy it. Upland does a top notch job on this beer style for sure!

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Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- slight blue hued head on a brown beer. Good head retention and lacing.

S- vinegar but not overpowering, slight fruit.

T- Blackberry first, extreme tartness (partly sour) next and finishes sweet.

M- thin mouthfeel but a swish of the mouth gives way to expanding carbonation.

D/O- very nice. Great introduction to Upland Lambics. Would loveto try the other variations to compare. Thanks Brian!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Thanks again to my Upland guy Rempo. Bottled 10/11/2010, Batch 42-09.

2.5 A: Uplands lambics usually aren't that visually appealing, but this one is easily the worst. Opaque plum color. This was a category one gusher, so little was lost (and fortunately little was gained with regard to my clothes). Anyway, the initial three fingers of frothy head quickly fell to half a finger. Blackberry particules were abundant on the glass and in this last half finger of head. To be more descriptive, it looks like blackberry puree is hovering over the beer itself.

4.0 S: Ahh, blackberry. Unsurprisingly, this is full of it. Tart, but little in terms of real sourness. Only a touch of tangy lactic acid and nearly no acetic. The funk is a bit more apparent though. Hay and horsey, with a touch of wild apple. Pleasant, but a little less robust than I'd like.

4.0 T: Taste is much of what I would expect based on the nose. Lots of blackberry - moderately tart, but not acetic. Mild lactic fruitiness. Horse blanket and wild apple are abundant. Oak finally appears and just a touch of vanilla. Mild tannic astringency on finish.

3.5 M: Medium body. The carbonation level is fine, but I'd prefer a bit more spritz to it. Reasonably creamy and quite smooth for what it is.

4.0 D: Another solid addition to the lambic lineup. Good overall, but it doesn't stand out in any area. Interesting note: I change some of the scores after my second glass. For whatever reason, the second glass was much better.

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Photo of biga7346
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into wine glass at sour tasting

A - Deep, shimmering purplish, lots of sediment even when poured through a sifter, purple hue to ruby red. Looks unattenuated, grainy.

N - Aromatic funk, spoiled milk, blue cheese, grape bunches, muscat grapes blanketed with tropical, sugary fruits like pineapple, blackberries and maybe rotten bannana. Some phenol, mediciny, astringent hangs faintfully in the background.

T/M - Very wine like, big notes of grape skin, grape juice, nice and spritzy, more bright tropical fruits, tart blackberries and raspberries. Mouthfeel is carbonated but oily and compliments a long, puckering finish.

D - I always enjoy winey, spritzy lambics and saisons, this was great but I doubt I could drink a lot of it.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

678th Review on BA
Bottle to Flute
750 ML

App- I've seen a pink beer, a green beer, a yellow beer. Now it's purples turn. A nice darker purple with some highlights throughout. A nice small cap of foam on top. Little cling, little lace.

Smell- Its spritzy, bright, lactic and fruit forward. A nice smelling beer. A change of pace with the blackberries.

Taste- Taste follows the nose and its very vibrant, subdued, balanced and nicely tart. Not over the top like having a lambic be sweet tarts in beer. Nice change of pace as mentioned above to try something new with a fruit I havent had.

Mouth- Medium bodied and almost thin bodied. A bit of a high carb with lots of dancing bubbles.

Drink- Another beer I was very glad to try at CF#6. This was nice new taste and well balanced between sweet and tart. I would love to try more of the varieties.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Bottled 10/4/10. Batch 42-90.

(A)- Pours a deep and rich colored plum purple color. Produced a nice cap of pink foam that dissipated quickly.

(S)- An awesome combination of funky lactic oak and juicy acidic blackberry fruit.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice burst of acidic ripe blackberry fruit. Bits of a funky lactic aspect. Finishes dry and oaky.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. A great balance too; not overly acidic or sour, yet showcases the blackberry fruit very well at the same time. Mildly funky and oaky.

(D)- Easily my favorite of the Uplands I have had thus far. Sour, yet a nice fruit profile too. This bottle did not last long at all!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Claaark (Sean) for this one. Shared with capra12 and schen9303 at an Upland tasting. Poured from a corked and caged bottle (batch 42-09, bottled 10/11/10) into a Darkness snifter. Paired with the fruit.

Beer pours a .5 finger, powdery pink-purple hard with moderate retention. Color is a cloudy, deep purple. Patchy lace with good cling. Stunning color pushes this one above average.

Nose is sweet blackberry with a slightly plastic and rubber background. Brett and wet hay funk mildly present. Appetizing and appropriate but not overly aromatic.

Opens sweet blackberry, tart middle. Puckering fruit. Brett, band-aid, and hay towards the end. Dry finish with a tart aftertaste. Fruit prominent throughout. Very simple but robust.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth. Dry going down with a tart finish and a slightly lingering aftertaste. Pretty standard.

The fruit is very prominent in this Upland offering and although simple, it packs a big, flavorful punch. A solid and very unique take on the lambic style.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! A gusher! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured ruby red with a half finger pinkish head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, blackberry, slight sour, and slight tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, blackberry, bitter blackberry seeds, and slight sour. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma on this one was quite good to say the least. The flavor really only had one flaw in that the blackberry seed flavor was very apparent throughout and left a bitter taste on your palate after each sip. While it wasn't bad, it was still not pleasurable. Definitely worth trying given the chance.

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Photo of Damico
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma of berry funk with a hint of crust that smells delicious. The appearance is rich pinot wine color with a white head and tons of berry sediment floating on top. Flavors of sour funk berry lambic on a bubbly smooth body with tart smoothness to end.

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Blackberry from Upland Brewing Company
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