Kiwi Lambic | Upland Brewing Company

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Kiwi LambicKiwi Lambic

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of nickd717
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

RATING #1100 on BA! The tick train rolls on, taking no prisoners. Bottle shared at a tasting thanks to jhenry04 I believe.

Pours a hazy medium golden color with a decently-formed white head with average retention.

The aroma is tart and funky, pretty nice, with light fruits (apple and kiwi) and wild yeast.

The flavor has medium sourness. Pretty standard but well-done wild ale with a little pale malt sweetness poking through the bretty, lactic sour funkiness. Kiwi presence is definitely there, if not too assertive. Tasty, with a considerable rarity presence that doesn't seem quite as strong as that which others picked up in the original (60 bottle?) batch.

Medium-bodied with medium acidity and nice lively carbonation.

A good wild ale overall. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Beejay
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to RocPorterFanatic for this brew!!

A: A light hazy pear color, with very little white head.

S: Strong vinegar and very acidic. So much that is makes your face flush a little when you take a deep smell. This one is going to be pucker..

T: WOW! That is a lot of sour! Tart and acidic, burningly so.. There are some earthy notes beneath the sour. The finish is Kiwi-tastic!

M: Light and bone dry. Effervescent carbonation.

O: A very interesting brew. Blisteringly sour. Intense, strong, and complex. Although small amounts would probably be best. A great beer to share with friends.

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Photo of jegross2
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Kiwi Lambic from Upland Brewing Company out of Bloomington, Indiana.

Score: 93

Batch "02-09", bottled 06/12/13. Served in a Fantome tulip and enjoyed on 03/25/14.

Appearance: Pours a nice orange color that's relatively clean in appearance until you get to the later bottle pours. Minimal lacing or retention. 4/5

Smell: Huge kiwi, plus lacto and vinegar. The nose radiates sourness and kiwis. 4.25/5

Taste: Hugely tart kiwi flavor, plus lacto and vinegar. Not complex, but tasty in small doses. Big acidity and sourness here. Tasty, but the acidity/tartness layers heavily. The dregs of the bottle just might be the most sour thing I have ever drank. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, nicely carbonation. Very tart, with a little sweetness. Very dry finish. 4.25/5

Overall: This is a really tasty beer, but it is so tart and acidic that it can only be reasonably handled in small doses unless you are inclined to consume an unreasonable amount of Tums with the beer. This is the Chocolate Rain of sours; share it with a group of friends and be forewarned about consuming solo.

Cost: $25 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 6/24/16

Note: May 2014 bottle

A: Honey with some orange highlights - hazy - pours with a fizzy white head - fades fairly fast to virtually nothing except a faint collar, leaves a few specs of temporary lacing

S: Sharp cheese - seriously, this smells reminiscent of a block of sharp cheddar - loads of funk, sharp sourness, and some tart - highly lactic, with some damp, musty cellar and hints of yogurt - super sharp acidity as well, with some straight-up lemon - loads of wood, sharp oak - fruit, with some straight-up kiwi fruit flesh - malt base is mostly hidden by the cheesy fruit funk blast

T: Cheese and kiwi - super sharp acidity - loads of straight-up acid and lemon - sharp cheddar cheese - some lactic sour, with some musty cellar - like a Gueuze with loads of sour complexity - lingering sharp sour, like a Warhead - more cheese - fruity, with some super-tart kiwi - lots of wood, with sharp oak - light sweetness

M: Medium body, borderline nonexistent carbonation, stupidly sharp if I haven't mentioned that enough already - actually becomes punishing after a while, forces you to sip

O: Hard cheese soft fruit!

Upland's Kiwi Lambic is so stupidly sour I might need a new mouth after this. There's so much sour, tart, wood, and cheese in here. It burns in a good way, bur... This may be one of the only beers I've had, ever, that may be too sour.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Delirium tulip on 2/6/12

Bottled 12/6/
Batch 134-8

Split with MbpBugeye

A) Hazy, golden apricot is fairly pretty. One finger of soda pop type foam is gone in no time. No lace.

S) Clean aroma over all. Nice and juicy with an air of tartness. Kiwi notes are backed with damp oak and soft musty yeast tones. Tangy and dry. It smells pleasant and lively.

T) Very tart with more than moderate sourness. There's some nippy kiwi but the overall flavor is a tart, light fruit presence. Oak adds a subtle dry wood note. It doesn't taste too musty though - just a little funk on the back end. Very dry.

M) The body is on the light side. Very crisp with steep carbonation. Bone dry finish.

O) Nice little sipper here. Nothing amazing, just really good. The price of admission is really high, though.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at a recent tasting...thanks once again for busting this out Luke! Review from notes. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle.

A- Pours a hazy yellow-orange color. The yeast just doesn't settle down in the glass and I don't mind it. One finger white head that shows good retention. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Stronger Brett funk right off the bat. Kiwi doesn't standout very much and to be honest you need to bury your nose in there to even find it. Green apples and light almost citrusy aroma in there. Oak comes through but the Brett is a nice undertone through everything. Light bready notes buried in the back of everything else.

T- Flavor profile is pretty much like the aroma but I found the Kiwi more in the aftertaste than when I drinking the beer. This one was puckering more than anything else. Interesting as I thought more citrus notes shined more than the Kiwi. Woody oak flavors came through in more of a undertone through the middle to last half of the beer. Brett funk shined with this beer from start to finish.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is big with this beer and I think it fits it perfect. Brett funk from start to finish with this beer. Very well blended lambic with a light drying from the alcohol. Flavor profile is great and some individual flavors shine overall.

D- This beer is fantastic. This years was better than when I have had it before. I am glad I really got to try this one out and wish I had a bottle for the cellar. Do yourself a favor and seek this one out. It just shows you that even a good lambic can be brewed in the midwest. Upland..your beers may be a little balnd at times but your lambic shine through and through.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far my favorite beer from the Upland sour series.

I should preface, however, by saying that most of Upland's offering are quite polarizing. While I quite enjoy the flavor of Upland's sour series, many of those with whom I trade describe their beers as "one dimensional lacto bombs" that they almost always "drain pour."

Now, onto the beer.

Imagine opening a special bag of kiwi flavored Warheads that dissolved rapidly and mixed cohesively with a bottle of pretty basic and straightforward lambic. That is what you get with this beer.

It is overly sour and very, very acidic. It even begins to hurt your tongue after a few pours, the way eating too many kiwis can when self restraint has boldly walked out the door.

It is uniquely good in a nostalgic way. Definitely one of my favorite sours, regardless of its simplicity and lack of balance.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a medium amount of head fading pretty well.

Kiwi is somewhat subdued with lots of barnyard yeasty funk.

Holy sour Batman. As with all other Upland lambics, this one is very sour. Intense sourness hits off the bat with some kiwi flavor, but sour and barnyard funk dominate.

Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy with high carb levels.

One of the better sour offerings from Upland. Caleb's got this program dialed in.

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Photo of brystmar
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/6/2010, Batch 134-08. Thanks to funkyaudio for the bottle!

Pours a murky (and honestly ugly) gold-orange hue with a surprising amount of fruity pulp in the mix. We're talking Homestyle levels of pulp here, not Grovestand craziness.

Pungent aroma of freshly squeezed fruit and funky yeast lets you know this one's gonna be tart. Slightly oaky. More citrus here than I initially detected.

Fresh tropical fruits lead the way, puckering sourness spurs up as the funky yeast makes itself known. Huge salvo of fruit and acidity assault my palate. If you don't love your sours with extra sourness, turn back now! Flavors get delivered courtesy of a full, creamy body. Pulpy kiwi solids mingle around my mouth. Finish is a touch watery, though, which is true to its kiwi roots but remains ever so slightly disappointing.

The fleshy kiwi particles really surprised me here, as I strongly dislike pulp in my orange juice, though they weren't prevalent enough to invoke displeasure. Instantly reminded me of Cable Car Kriek, which is the only other sour I've tasted that still had fruit solids milling around in the finished product.

Steer clear if you dislike enamel-melting sourness. Otherwise, Kiwi is the strongest offering from Upland yet.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the most recent batch. Orange gold, huge white head. Great sweet and sour aroma. Lactic sour bites the nose but the sweetness of the fruit is just as potent. Flavors are wonderful. The sour is eye crossing at first but the sweetness of the fruit cuts it like a knife. Great balance. Tons of carbonation. Yet another great lambic from Upland.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This... Is a special treat. Thanks Ben for bringing this!

Pours a highly carbonated hazy yellow. A good amount of head that dissipates quickly. Smells lightly fruity. Not so much kiwi but something light and fruity. A nice sour funk but this is a beautiful beer. Tastes very unusual. Kiwi i suppose but not what i expected. Almost a butter hint. The funkiness is great and melds well with the base beer. Overall very tasty. Something I'm very happy to have tried

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sample at Crown #19.

Poured a cloudy yellow color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing.

Moderate to heavy tart citrus, herbs and yeasty aroma.

Medium body with a sticky texture.

Medium to heavy fruity sour flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a standout lambic.

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Photo of Etan
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle into a snifter.

A. Pours darkish straw with a small white head. I was hoping for green!

S. Acetic and lactic, a little cheesy, lots of acid. This one's going to be sour.

T. Very sour, lactic, moderate vinegar. Kiwi comes out subtly around the edges with some rindy tart fruity notes.

M. Light-bodied, very light carbonation. Dry and very tart on the tongue.

O: This is probably the most sour of the Upland "lambics." A toned-down acidity and more kiwi character would have been nice.

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Photo of parris
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smelled a tiny bit of sulphur, not unpleasant. Super sour, a gold standard of enamel killing, puckery goodness. Worth sharing since it's so powerful.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was golden yellow in color with apparent carbonation.

Smell - The beer smell like a fairly run of the mill sour.

Taste - This is a very potent sour. The sour masks most of the kiwi notes with an almost syrupy texture. The sourness never really fades until a dry aftertaste becomes apparent.

Mouthfeel - For a sour, this seems unusually thick.

Overall - This sour is more sour than average, but is very enjoyable.

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Photo of younger35
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from TheodorHerzl from the recent release. I'm really pumped to try this kiwi one as obviously it escaped my grasp the first time around. Drank from my The Lost Abbey goblet. We got a gusher here...

Bottled: 2/5/10
Batch: 77-08

Appearance- Pours a hazy yeast filled yellow with a fairly nice half finger white head that has some nice staying power. A nice collar remains along with a spotty cap and a bit of random lacing.
Smell- Nice and fresh smelling with a definite bit of fruitiness, but nothing that says kiwi. A bit of fruity tartness with a fair amount of an acidic vinegar character. Not sure the Brett has done much yet as the acidic sharpness dominates and I get little to no funk. The wood is always particularly strong in these Upland brews and this is no different.
Taste- Starts with a nice bit of fruitiness that like the nose isn't necessarily kiwi. Honestly I have nothing that I can really compare it to, flavor wise. The tartness isn't that bad as it's fairly fruity and the vinegar aspect is subdued. A teeny tiny bit of bitterness sneaks in from someplace unknown. The oak is strong and has a large vanilla aspect. Maybe ever so slightly tannic on the finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a nice aggressive bite of carbonation and a bit of chunk from the kiwi floating around.
Drinkability- Really tasty brew that pretty much fits the mold for the Upland Lambic family. Really fruity, really woody and ultra drinkable. The carbonation was much better in this one than the previous years but it was a bit much this time around. Split the difference and we have a winner. Thank much Matt!!

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Photo of craytonic
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5-18-2012 review:
New batch, much improved! Old rating is below
Appearance: Still not much to look at, murky with some floaters
Smell: lots of kiwi here! Other fruits like melons and a nice acidity and funk
Taste: Kiwi, limes, melons, nice sourness and a touch of funk
Overall: This one has really improved, much more kiwi. I'm adjusting my score upwards

9-26-2010 review:
Many thanks to kkipple for sharing this bottle, I didn't realize how rare it was till I went in for the tick

Appearance: This was one nasty pour, murky orange-peach mississippi gumbo of yeast and some other particulate matter.

Smell: Not much kiwi, mostly yeast with a light funky sourness with some vinegar and oak.

Taste: Slightly sweet, not much kiwi. I wish it were more sour. THere are some other fruits present, I think pineapple and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Well done, smooth with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinks fairly easily. I don't think that I could pick out any kiwi on a blind taste. I have been much more impessed by their other lambics.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Sean for this guy. Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden straw colow with a bit of an orange hue to it. No head here, just a little bit of white bubbles.

Tart fruit in the aroma. Oranges and tropical fruit comes to mind. Nice and tart with a little bit of must funk in the background. Holy sour beer! This one is sour start to finish; nice and clean all through out the pallet. Sour tropical fruit like pineapples and mago here.

The body is nice and light with moderate carbonation. Again, very clean on the finish. Overall this is pretty impressive. Nice and sour with good fruit flavors. Best of the Uplands I've had so far.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a deep golden in color with a fairly hazy body. A very small amount of head forms but is gone almost as fast as it appears. There is no lacing to be had. Really good looking in the glass aside from the lack of a head.

S- The scent of this one starts off with a huge sour attack on the nostrils. Just maybe the slightest hint of kiwi mixes in with the sour smell. The tartness is almost entirely lambic-like in quality with just a touch of dry barrel scents.

T- This beer starts off just like its scent; with a giant sour attack upon the senses. A small amount of kiwi is barely detectable right up front and is very sour, but the following lambic tartness is even more sour. Towards the middle-end of the drink the barrel kicks in with some dryness that increases the intensity of the tartness. Lingering kiwi flavor at the end that is accompanied by, of course, intense lambic tartness.

M- This beer is rather sticky across the palate. The overall feel is heavier than one might expect for the style, and that is intensified up by the level of acidic tartness. The tartness also slows the drink considerably.

Overall, this may be the most sour beer I've ever had, and I think that is the combo of a sour fruit with the lambic base. It does display some kiwi flavor, but no copious amounts. This is really a beer for those that like to pucker.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to seeswo poured into a tulip.

A - Thick muddied dark yellow with hints of orange. Extremely bubbly soda pop head that disappeared without a trace.

S - Lots of funk and lemon. Some nice earthy tones and the kiwi is there is you strain for it.

T - Much sweeter than expected, followed by some slight lactic flavor and a nice funky finish. Don't get much fruit, but solid.

M - Quite thick, low carbonation and an extremely buttery mouthfeel. i definitely want the beer to feel drier in my mouth.

O - A solid beer, especially if I wasn't expecting a fruit lambic. There's some nice flavors from the fermentation and I think the Upland lambic program has potential, but this beer isn't quite world class. Still tasty, though.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a transparent straw color with a small white cap.

S/T: Honestly I could not detect kiwi in the nose or flavor. Mostly super tart stone fruits and citrus- lemon and lime mainly, along with a touch of funk. At first sip this is pretty damn tart, it will make your face scrunch. The flavor really emerges as this decants, so give it time.

MF/O: Fizzly carbonation and it's dry flavor only intensifies the sourness of this beer- it's like the end of a box of sour patch kids. No kiwi that I could find (kind of disappointing in that way), but overall really good

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing this nice tick! Poured into a tulip. The color is slightly hazy orange color and is poured with a nice spritzy one inch head.

The aroma has a nice blend of wheaty malt followed by lots of sour tart flavor. The more I get to smell, the more I can faintly detect the kiwi fruit aroma, which gives a bit of sweetness to balance it out.

The taste is harshly sour with a bittersweet aftertaste. This appropriately resembles the taste of kiwi, though it doesn't give much kiwi flavor.

This is very light in body with some nice sharp carbonation.

I like this one; it's super carbonated and super duper sour. I'm starting to like these Upland Lambics.

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Photo of rallison
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Sea O'Floydster epic tasting, post PP Belgian Fest. Thanks Carlos for bringing this bottle.

Unfortunately, one of the bigger letdowns of the night.

The flavor, quite simply, falls down way too quickly. Sweet. Minimal sourness and tartness. Fruity notes, but you'd be hard pressed to peg it as being kiwi. Some funk in the nose. Watery finish. Basically no mid or back palate. Slightly creamy/smooth in the mouthfeel aside from the watery character.

Easy to drink though, with a few pleasant qualities. An interesting idea that held potential..but was a definite letdown. Too bad.

That said, pretty cool to try one of only 48 bottles in existence.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden color with a few floaters on it with a small white head

S - Sweettarts and white vinegar. Slight kiwi fruit presence. Slightly reminds me of sauerkraut 4

T - Lemon, white vinegar and sweettarts up front. Slight kiwi presence in there that shows up but doesn't cut the tartness.

M -Not that much carbonation but slightly prickly from the tartness. Lingering dryness in the finish

O - Really tart lambic from upland that reminds me of Sour Reserve with a hint of kiwi to it

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Photo of seaoflament
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Jay23 for hooking me up with the Upland Lambics, including this rarity that I didn't think I would be able to get after the tragic news came out about the bottling accident. I took this beer to the SeaofFloydster Tasting on March 28th.

Poured a hazy apricot color, zero head...seemed flat.

I was afraid this one would blow after the last lambic I had from these guys (blueberry) which wasn't good enough for a lambic. I was pleased that this one had some funk and cheesy aromas, fruits, lemon, sweet toast and caramel in the background. Not sure if I can say the fruit I smell is kiwi but there is a sweet and tart lemony aroma. Decent aroma and along the lines of the Blackberry which is my favorite.

Fruity upfront with a light brett leathery taste and tartness in the finish. Acidity in the back. Toast and crackers in the end. Not bad tasting but nothing outstanding.

No carbonation and kind of watery in the finish...the lack of carbonation wouldn't be too much of a problem if there beer had a drier finish, still it's pretty easy to drink and more brett character to keep it from tasting just like juice (like the blueberry).

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Kiwi Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 499 ratings.
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