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WoodVille #21 | WoodVille Brewing Co.

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WoodVille #21WoodVille #21

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WoodVille Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 10-14-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by OliasOfSunhillow:
Photo of OliasOfSunhillow
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

High drinkability score for this one -- and that's part of the problem. For a so-called "quad," this is way too easy drinking. It lacks even the complexity exhibited by much less expensive (and heralded) beers like New Belguim Dubbel. It's not bad, certainly, but there's nothing remarkable here -- no complex spiciness, no delectable richness, not even much oak character.

I don't mean to be overly negative about this beer -- if it were sold in more mainstream packaging at a much lower price (I paid $7.99 for 375ml) it would be desirable. But I just expect so much more from a beer at this price level that so obviously wants to compete with the best imports and American knockoffs of the style.

I eagerly await future brews from the legendary Brian Lutz, and I fully expect WoodVille to churn out increasingly complex and interesting beer as their yeast reaches later generations and their oak acquires a more interesting funk.

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Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one for a year and a half now. Picked it up on a whim in Colorado.

Goes into my new tulip. Comes on with a slightly fizzy light tan head. Pours a mahogany red color, perfectly clear. Head finished with a thin layer of bubbles and a ring around the edge.

Nice aroma, grape skins and raisins, a little toasted notes and some slight chocolaty hints. Overall, slightly sweet aroma, but smells a bit of alcohol with hints of oak tannins.

Taste is quite good as well. I have a hard time describing dark Belgians, but this has some dark vinuous flavor aspects, the hints of chocolate come through again, very similar to the aroma. Dry oak tannins again.

Mouthfeel is interesting, comes across initially as having a nice semi-full body but then finishes up a little dry. Low carbonation, a nice sipper.

Good drinkability, the oak works in quite well and doesn't seem out of place, it just adds a nice complexity. Quite smooth for the alcohol content. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle corked and caged. Pours a murky ruby light brown with a fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates.

The aroma is vinous alcohol, wood, tart fruits and some floral notes.

The flavor is sweet breadiness, oak and some tart fruits. The finish is sweet with some dark fruits (figs). The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth with some slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this. It's a nice Belgian Ale (a little on the sweet side) with a good use of wood aging.

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Photo of Jason
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged brown bottle with no freshness date to be found.

A- Thin tan lace drops a ring or two on the glass, semi-murky rusty brown color draw little from the light.

S- Fruit cake, fusel alcohol, spice, white vanilla with an orangey fruitiness ... a complex and flamboyant aroma to say the least.

T&M- Brown bread maltiness ... ripe bing cherry like fruitiness. Hint of wood with vanilla overtones. More dark berry fruitiness middle to end. Full bodied with a slick and smooth mouth feel. Warming alcohol flares out a bit with a mild solvent character.

D- Sip this one against a strong blue cheese and compliment it with some preserves as well. Just an other poster beer for New American Beer ... and I am loving it.

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Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This sucker was caged so tight I had to take a leatherman to the caging to get at the cork!

Pours ruby red/mahogany with 1 finger of sand colored head. No lacing or head

S: Cakey & plumy with hints of booze as this warms.

T: Chocolate, raisins, & breadyness up front. Boozy warming, fruityness, alcohol & dates follow. Finishes with dryness, fruitty & hints of chocolate, toffee& bakers chocolate & just a bit of licorice

MF: Chewy with pretty good carbonation, not the heft I really look for in a quad

Drinks okay, an alright example of the style, worth a shot.

This beer had one of the densest bottles I've ever held in my hand

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Photo of Franchise
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a black bottle with a small description of #21 with a wood barrel. It pours a creamy brown with some yeast floating around that leaves a small tan head that disappates quickly. The aroma is strong upfront with caramel, plum, peaches, grapes, cherry, and a alcohal buttery sweetness. The taste is smooth very sweet, malty with a slight vinos feel. A very fruity up front feel on the palate followed by honey, wheat, and a balancing hop essence. And finishes bready, sticky, with a syrupy feel on throat.

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Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark amber toned brown with a small white film as a cap that floats atop the brew. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and raisins.
Taste is of the same aromas with a sweet toasted nut with caramel and brown sugar sprinkled atop.
Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth with a semi-dry, bready finish.
This one was supposed to be aged with French oak chips...didn't get any of that in there. Perhaps the tannins got eaten up amongst the other complexities? The great enigma with this beer, huh?

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Photo of Phatz
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Courtlyn for sharing this beer. A true treat I wouldn't have traveled to Colorado for so the opportunity is much appreciated.

Appearance: Pours a bronzeish brown color the shows little light through the body. Small head little lace but from a 10.2% beer that is common.

Smell: whoa that is sweet. A very rich and alcoholic nose. Boozy and loaded with dark fruits raisins and brown sugar come to mind.

Taste: Sweet apple pie. Boozy. Cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla and molasses a hint of wood may be detectable but it is largely covered with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Oddly the body seems a bit thin and yet sticky sweet and smooth.

Drinkability: This is a big beer, best shared.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presents little froth. Clear amber colored, and oily. Not showy.
Smells like dried figs, and dark red wine, a sour belgian yeast weighs in but isn't amazing.

This is delightfully dry. The mouthfeel isn't crisp, but it's a far cry from some cloying big beers out there. This just feels lovely with nice sour twang from the yeast and wood. Dry and fresh figs. I like the presence of the alcohol and wood. It's not "hidden," or "disguised," or any of the usual cliches we use to say "I can't detect the alcohol for the mountains of malt sugars/hops present." The alcohol and wood aren't overbearing here, but they are a good, healthy part of the equation. There's also pan-caramel and bosc pears. This is delicious and very drinkable. An interesting beer with character that I could buy by the case if it wasn't so expensive. It's not the most expressive for the style but I'm happy with it.

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

While on a recent beer run I saw this at the last second and thought why not? A corked oak aged belgian from Colorado - gotta try that.

A - Reddish brown pour, very thick looking. Had to tip the bottle quite a bit on the pour to get a head. Head dissapeared very quickly.

S - Heavy malty smell dominated by raisin and molasses.

T - Similar to smell - raisin, molasses, just a slight undertone of oak.

M - Not flat, but definitely very lightly carbonated. Has the feel of being in oak at the edges of the sip. Mostly it comes accross as a full bodied malty brew.

D - A nice drink. Different in character than some quad's I've had as of late. That's good in my book.

Worth trying!

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a lovely cherry red clear ale with a half finger head that died away first to a thin layer, then dissipated completely.

Aroma was of dark malt and raisins, slightly sweet, maybe a hint of oak if you look for it. Even a touch of roasted character.

Taste was slightly sweet malt, quite strong, with a little musty character. There was a bit of vanilla and dark fruits, and a trifle woody.

Mouthfeel was creamy, but thin. Somewhat smooth.

Drinkability is pretty good. Not the best quad I have ever had, but a good one.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the translucent bright burgundy brew. Head fades pretty quick down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with average lacing, par for the style. Aroma is malty sweetness with highlights of fruit and oak. Taste has the raspberry upfront, coupled with the almost syrupy malt sweetness, again finding light vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good as well, although the mouthfeel does get thinner as the brew warms. Doesn't get cloying like some in the style do, and even with the fruit component, this remains a brew I would revisit.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep dark brown with a thin light tan head.
it's got a complex fruity nose, but is actually sort of subdued. i get cherry, plum, fig, walnut, molasses, a little bit of oak and vanilla, the fruity aspect are actually very good and used to nice effect. the wood and some chocolate comes out more with warmth. it also has a subtle almost rose like floral quality. the more earthy non-fruity qualities become far more pronounced when it warms.
the taste has a lot more wood than the smell with it playing a reasonably large roll here. the fruits are all present, more so towards the middle and end. vanilla flavors come in in the middle. brown sugary toffee molasses is present thoughout.
the body is a little thin for the style, with relatively mild carbonation.
drinkability isn't bad. strange this is a pretty damn tasty beer but it is very subdued and seems like it's almost watered down.
final word: it needs a kick in the pants, but it's pretty tasty. i'm looking forward to seeing what else this brewery puts out.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle on a recent trip to MA. I am sampling at room temp in a snifter. The beer pours a hazy mahogany color with some suspended yeast sediment gradually settling to the bottom. A small off white creamy head fades quickly to a surface layer.
The aroma si big but not boozy with dark fruit (raisins, red grape) and some molasses, and merlot scents. First sip reveals a silky smooth texture and fairly lite body for the nose and style. Mild spacious carbonation. Flavor is brown sugar and caramel, red grapes and molasses. I get vanilla and maple syrup in there too. Quite a big beer with no real hot characteristics, just lots of maltiness and complexity. A very nice beer that I would definitely try again.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger, light brown head that slowly fades to a ring leaving a no lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Starts sweet, raisin/plum complex flavor really, hints of sweet alcohol, smooth finish. Pricey - $6.95 for a 375ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Estarrio
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Sudsdog for the bottle

Pours dark, murky, mud brown with very little head. Minimal, watery lacings line the sides of the glass before dissipating.

The nose is sweet raisin, fig, caramel and cherry with big, malt notes. There is a strong, doughy yeast aroma, along with some wood tones.

Surprisingly sweet and shockingly smooth flavor. The alcohol content is barely detectable beyond the slight spicy warming. Chewy malt body backed by complex, fruity esters. Raisin and cherry couple with distinct wood, vanilla, caramel and molasses. The aftertaste is bittersweet, dark chocolate.

Lightly viscous palate with subtle carbonation produce a somewhat lighter bodied quad.

Between the sweet, complex flavors and the extremely well hidden alcohol, this is one dangerously drinkable brew.

This is a complex, unique desert quad and perhaps the best tasting U.S. quad that I've enjoyed. Drink at cellar or room temp.

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Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely cloudy, light brown color. Mild head with only a smattering of lace.

Sweet candy sugar aroma. Some caramel, no discernable hop. The alcohol (10.2% abv) is evident in the smell.

Surprisingly flat. Not as sweet as the smell would lead me to believe. There's a small touch of bitterness. The carbonation shows up mid-taste (lightly) and quickly dissipates. A fairly thin quad in terms of body.

Flavorful and potent, but not that interesting, kind of a two-dimensional beer. Worthy of a taste from a kind friend, but I doubt if I'll be running out to purchase another soon (at $10 for less than 13 oz, it's a bit steep for me).

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/4" offwhite/tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is excellent. It has a warm malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. The oak chips are well received and add a mellowing element to the bold malt aroma. The yeast esters are in check, yet there to provide a mild fruitiness. The taste is great. It has such a smooth and highly complex flavor that boasts of warm malts, yeast esters, and French oak. It goes down really easy for a 10.2% beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with perfect carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It's loaded with flavor, yet light enough so it doesn't fill you up. I could go for another one of these.

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Photo of bruachan
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

this is quite a classy bottle

does this brewery really suvive with a single offering? good for them. let's see how it is

the head dies, but i'll forgive for a beer of this strength. the color is a deep garnet

hoppy, belgian aroma. fruit. the flavoring is fruity as well...and not just the super dark kind usually associated with strong, dark belgians. oaky with vanilla, this seems almost a bridge between one of the trendy oaked barleywines and a quad. it's an easy-drinker considering what it is, though i think that's due in part to its subpar body. it's very thin

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Photo of xhuskr
2.25/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bought while on vacation in '05 and cracked a few weeks ago. Big disappointment. Flavor was lacking, aroma was missing.. drinkability was worth a 2oz pour (bottle shared) perhaps a bad bottle, but would not be in a hurry to get again :( Had to be a downer...just babied it hoping for much more.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Ruby brown body with a thin head.

s: Perhaps some chocolate notes, oaky tannins, vanilla, and alcohol. I can't come up with words that appropriately convey what I smell from this beer. I will say that it reminds me of the smell of SA Triple bock. Perhaps the aroma reminds me of solvent?

t: Ripe cherries, some vanilla, maple, alcohol and a solvent character.

m: Smooth with a soft carbonation.

d: A nice beer. Didn't know what to expect, but it is a unique and interesting brew.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Surprised/confused to see this on the shelves up in MA. For one, I'd never heard of it, and two, it looks like one of those small little gems from a tiny brewery you only seem to find within a 20 mile radius of the brewery. Classy, minimal packaging with a screenprint labeled, corked 12oz bottle simply stating the beer with little fanfare or bright colors to grab your attention. With all the colorfully labeled brews around it, this one stuck out like a sore thumb. Usually packing like this means the beer is great, and i hope this is no disappointment.
Pours a dirty, brownish caramel, capped by a distracted, hard to rouse head. Despite this, a respectable collar of bubbles manages to stick around for the whole show. Very belgian and strong looking, what with the brown, cloudy nature and lack of head. The aroma is somewhat lacking, in that very little jumps out of my snifter. An unusual and distinctive nutty peachiness comes through immediately, kinda like these little hors d'oeuvres I had at an art gallery opening once, which were a piece of dried apricot with a dollop of cream cheese and a walnut on top. I ate those like gangbusters, so I'm enjoying this. Sweet and malty, big on the fruit and spicy yeastiness in that belgian way. The barrel aging comes across as creamy and vanilla like. The flavor opens with an amazingly thick mouthfeel. It really feels like whole milk. I'm not kidding. I don't think I've ever had a beer this full bodied. If you like thick, chewy beers, this is it. Sweet and caramel laden, with a nutty, creamy fruitiness, reminding me again of those art show hors d'oeuvres. A big heap of cherry, fig and plum to boot. Incredibly smooth, with a creamy, tongue coating feel and gentle, fine bubbled carbonation. Barely there up front, with a mellow shimmer in the end. Absolutely not one bit of alcohol, making this even more drinkable for me. Until it grows warm, the finish is somewhat spacious, like a piece is missing. Growing warmer in my hand, a bit of herbal hop flavor and dirty malt fills in the gaps between candi sugar, woody vanilla and clovey spice. Phenols grow as well, mostly clove with a trace of smoke. Real spicy with the belgian yeast. A little peppery. Very authentic, in the gentle, subtler way that actual belgian brewers make their beer. Boldly flavored without throwing the heavy metal horns in your face and sticking out its tongue. Balanced and delicious.
I'm not so sure how this one would age, as it really relies on the estery/phenolic character to bring it up from "good" to "damn tasty". Those tend to drop out first, so I hardly ever age belgians. That's my favorite part.
I really like this. Perhaps not as challenging as some other begian styled beers, but interesting and delicious. The sheer mass of the beer is something to respect, and the oak chips provide a wonderful compliment to the existing, brewed flavors. I will get this again. Decently priced to boot. I didn't review this as any particular style, since the only indicator of what it's supposed to be, according to the bottle, is a Colorado artisanal ale. Works for me.

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

Poured into Delirium tulip.

A - Robust and nearly opaque chocolate ruby brown with a 1 inch tan head. Lacing coats well but isn't thick and head ain't rocky.

S - Raisiny sweet malt with nice sour Belgian yeast vibe. Alcohol spice is evident, but descretely disguised.

T - Malty sweetness with nice dark fruit overtones (raisins). Slight alco bit and nice complexity. Perhaps overly sweet without enough spice to override and enhance.

M - Mouth coating with a slight alcoholic bite.

D - One of the better US quads I've had, but quite lacking compared to the best Belgians. Doesn't take the quad to new and exciting US brewing levels. (Unfortunately my friend was enjoying a St. Bernardus Abt 12 at the same time, and this brew just couldn't compare).

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Photo of OldSock
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This 375 ml caged and corked bottle was purchased on a whim from Julio's, I had heard of neither the brewery nor the beer at the time. The cage was really ratcheted on tightly. Upon pouring into my Duvel Tulip the beer sounds like soda with bubbles constantly popping. The head sticks around for only a few minutes before falling to a thin covering. The beer itself is dark brown and rather cloudy.

Smell – Wood, chocolate, hints of alcohol and spicy yeast are the first aromas I get off of the beer. As time goes on the aroma melds, but no new complexities arise.

Taste – Good balance, I was expecting it too be much sweeter, but the oak helps to balance out the huge amount of malt. The flavor just doesn't have that much complexity though. The toasted oak is a bit strong for my taste.

Mouthfeel – Full, with carbonation that starts out too strong but fades nicely over the course of drinking.

Drinkability & Notes – This is a solid beer with good drinkability for the strength, but it doesn't have the powerful flavor that a big Belgian Style barrel aged beer should have. A good first beer from Woodville, I'd certainly give another beer from them a try.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours russet brown, with a lively tan head.
Frothy, rocky foam recedes to some thinnish coverage of fine and medium bubbles, leaving dotted lacework.
Alcohol right up front in the aromatics, followed by dark fruits, brown sugar, and vanilla.
The nose continues with some pungent warming, proofing dough, and cocoa nubs.
Warming and swirling on the tulip glass bring out some finishing dark rum notes, pepper studded orange zest, and a hint of smoke.
Thickish mouthfeel, sticky and a bit syrupy.
Starts out sweetish on the pallet, followed by heated caramel, rum- steeped figs, and toffee.
The flavor profile is muted by an intense warmth and a rather forward bitterness.
Finishes long, with a caramel sweetness, spice, vanilla, and lingering heat.
A bit young and edgy, but #21 has great laying down potential.

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WoodVille #21 from WoodVille Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 37 ratings
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