Golden Delicious | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Golden DeliciousGolden Delicious

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Triple Aged In Apple Brandy Barrels

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Reviews: 210 | Ratings: 600
Photo of Rutager
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another new one from a brewery I haven't tried nearly enough of. Courtesy of Msquared2, thank you!!

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow gold with almost two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell. Sweet apples and a little spice, some fruity belgian yeast and light grains.

Taste. Fruity belgian yeast and golden apples, imagine that! A little light grainy malt and some fusel alcohol.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium+ carbonation. A little astringent alcohol, but not all that hot considering the high abv.

Overall. The apple flavours go great with the style, but the alcohol taste wasn't very welcome. Glad to try it.

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Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This unique brew is a cloudy yellow tan color with a fantastic creamy white head and blanketing lacing. The aroma brings a wild apple clove and flaky pie crust nuances. Very nice and intriguing. The flavor offers a definitive sweet clove and vegetable hop with a mild corn whisky vibe and orange caramel. There's a little alcohol but it blends well. Medium light bodied with a smooth but spritzy feel with balanced carbonation. Unusual but an enjoyable blend of apple and a trippel. Bravo!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's no vintage date on the bottle that I can find, but I believe this is from 2008 Batch 2 its in a green bottle, and thanks to McAllister for the opportunity.
Opened over the sink just in case. Pours a deep clear golden color with a decent white head that dissipates almost instantly. Smells of apple, oak tannins, vanilla, ethanol, sweet fruit, and light sugars. The flavor is a little hot There's lots of sweet fruitiness up front mixed with a bit of sweet brandy then a solid shot of alcohol and oak. Then we get some non descript spices and an earthy flavor. Yeasty esters and sweet light sugary malt fight against a lingering alcohol burn in the finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet hot mouthfeel. This is kind of a hodge-podge of flavors and its a bit hot even after a few years. That being said, I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Not sure of the date, but purchased at the brewery in July '12. Poured this one into an unmarked snifter.

A: Pours out a pretty clear light orange yellow color. Head is only a slight ring of bubbled white. Some lacing bits are left when you swirl. It's a pretty looking tripel.

S: Pulling that brandy barrel. Nice oak notes giving off some light vanilla. I think I am getting some of the apple sweet notes? Some Belgian yeast notes: peppery spice, breadiness. You also get a touch of hops.

T: Up front you actually get some hop bitterness. Must be from the Amarillo dry hopping. Then you start to get the barrel character: light vanilla, some wood, etc. Sweet apple goodness in the middle. Delicious for sure. More of the traditional tripel characteristics towards the back end. Sweet, dry finish.

M: Medium leading to full.

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Photo of rdilauro
2.89/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost from the time I opened this bottle, I knew I was not going to find it that appealing. So true,the bouquet to me was masked with aot of malt. It was hard to distinguish other attributes.

The taste was someone un-easy. Almost like an apple that just isnt right.

This type is just not my type of beer. I generally love anything that they make there.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale straw yellow with a small amount of white head.

S - Belgian yeast, apple cider, brandy, oak.

T - Lots of oak up front that is complimented by Belgian yeast, candy sugar, apple (faint) and bready malts. The alcohol is slightly noticeable.

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-How could this not pour golden? Cloudy body. Head fizzles off to almost nothing. Minimal lacing.

S-Yikes the booze sets in quickly. Apple brandy. Light woodiness. Behind the unique characteristics is a Tripel. Pronounced yeast and liquor-soaked bread. Decent touch of honey as well.

T-Starts off pleasant. The apple brandy is very defined. Then the Tripel components kick in. Yeasty and spicy. Unfortunately, the booze sets in and melds with the brandy flavor to make a stinging artificial apple alcoholic finish.

M-The booze burns the tongue and leeches out all the moisture. Syrupy with a bit of carbonation. Body is not huge but its hefty enough. The apple brandy lingers for days.

O/D-The first few sips I enjoyed. The last few I really did not like very much. Too bold with the apple brandy flavor and quite boozy. Started off well then deteriorated quickly. I respect the effort to make something new and unusual.

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Photo of bnewall3
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App-Lighter than I expected from what the people at the brewery said. Golden Straw like color with a small white head, very appealing since I knew although it looked like a american light lager it wouldnt taste like one.
Aroma- Awesome, pure greatness. Apple brandy and slight yeasty bread with a hint of american hops
Mouth-Slight carb which I love and thin enough to make it easy drinking but full enough to prove its quality.
Taste-Well Rounded awesome apple taste, balanced with good malt and american hops. The base Xtra Gold is still there with a solid apple tartness. Kind of a sourness to it which makes the beer complex while still drinkable.
Overall- I just love it and everything Captain Lawrence has done thus far. There DIPA is one of the east coasts best if you ask me and this is the first apple brandy beer I've had and I cant see it being second to any other.

Side Note- Should def not be classified as a Triple, The base beer is an American Triple and this is and american sour aged beer. New category should be made lol if not switched cause ppl may get the wrong idea and not want to try this beer.

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

Bottle picked up at Captain Lawrence.

The beer is indeed golden colord with a thick whit head. The aroma offers yeast, light spice, malt, booze. Brandy emerges more in the flavor, as well as prominent apple and pears throughout. A bit hot in both the aroma and flavor. Oak character emerges more as the beer warms. Lingering alcoholic warmth with a touch of spices and yeast. Slightly sweet and fruity. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Overall, this was a fun beer to try, but not among my favorites of the style.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours...both golden and delicious. There is a half inch of a fluffy white head that leaves behind some sticky lacing and a perpetual, thin white halo. The nose is slightly tart and boozy reminiscent of apples, but certainly not screaming apple pie. Almost no yeast detectable in the beer's nose. The taste is the same with a big hit of brandy followed by a dry apple finish. The mouthfeel is slightly buttery and tart, and it's definitely boozy, but still drinkable. Guaranteed to burn with a 12%abv, which is much more prevalent as the beer warms. Overall this beer was quite taste and different, but didn't win me over.

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Photo of davey101
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip. Long time want of mine, thanks for the trade OsNJCB! No idea on the age on this beer but I assume somewhat fresh.

A - Nice and clear amber body. Lots of rising carbonation. Initial pour yields a three finger high white head. Settles down to a neat cap with thick edging. Really tiny bubbles. Decent lacing with great retention. Has some alcoholic legs after swirling.

S - Huge Calvados presence. Tart and sweet apples, a layer of spice, oak and vanilla tannins. A bit of an earthy and lemon presence from the base beer, but it seems like the barrels are taking over here. Some burning alcohol. Smells like a barrel aged sweet apple liqueur.

T - Tart apples and some earthy spice followed by a large alcohol presence. Notes of oak, vanilla, hay and Belgian yeast. Rich butterscotch and caramel in the aftertaste. Mouth feel is silky, creamy and coating with a high level of carbonation.

O - Wow. This beer is out there. The rich butterscotch flavors in the aftertaste just plays so wonderfully off of the initial tart and sweet apple flavors. The spice and yeast from the base beer just adds to the complexity. Its boozy, but in the best way possible. Major props to Captain Lawrence for making such an interesting and unique beer. Crazy delicious.

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Photo of danedelman
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-overflowed after opening. Seemed like it was an old bottle due to the dust on it and the sediment floaters and head. Laced nicely as I drank.

S-lemongrass and a bit of funk to it. Apples/pineapple/grapefruit are strong inthe smell. Great idea for this style.

T-same as the nose. zero booze for the 12%abv. Apple and pineapple are strong overpowering any signs of belgian yeast. Very tasty.

M-medium body and full of carbonation. Great beer.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a golden blonde color that's partly cloudy. The head is small and white and good lacing occurs after the pour.

A-Lots of fruit such as apples, grapes, hints of pineapple, orange and a little lemon zest. Sme malt overtones along with some wood character as well. Little brandy in there but I had to really search for it.

T-like taking a bite off a fresh fruit of eclectic flavor. Just a bodacious fruit explosion in your palate. Gapes and apples there again with some hints of malt and honey. Slight hints of brandy too but not an overwhelming alcohol taste.

M-crisp and a little dry on the finish. But the brandy really sneaks up on the aftertaste with a nice fizz.

O-this is one nice brew. Would love to have more. The apple brandy is just a great combo with this style.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to codewarrior for this one! 750ml bottle split with friends.

A: Pours a hazy bright apple juice/apricot color with a short lived white head that faded into a fuzzy scum that left spotty lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet notes of fruit juice, boozy brandy and a little bit of honey. Smells like it sounds.
T: I get flavors of the juice from sweet golden fruits, honey, white grapes, brandy, green apples and a pretty crisp and clean apple finish. Brandy is warming in the aftertaste.
M: Fizzy but soft carbonation with big bubbles. Medium thick body. Greasy and slick mouthfeel. Warming alcohol, but for 12% this is very smooth.
O: I was a bit skeptical but I thought this was really well done. Crisp tripel flavors with an interesting apple brandy complexity. Sweet but drinkable. I would drink this again.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Pours a dense, hazy golden hue with a tinge of apricot. Translucent. Head is very effervescent and recedes with the quickness. Remaining lacy is spotty at best. Nose has a nice blast of apple with the traditional Belgian yeast associated with the style. While I'm not a fan of of Belgian beers even a little, this one is palatable, as the barrel characteristics are pretty dominant. The taste has a nice green apple kind of tartness to it, while simultneously having a caramel type of sweetness to it. This works well. The mouthfeel is a bit hot, but I like it. This has a genuine beer/alchohol hybrid feel to it. It's hard to tell what it is you're drinking at times, and I guess I enjoy that. There's a lingering tartness on this that just works so well. Overall, this is a damn fine beer. Especially since I hate Belgian style beers. Very pleasant surprise indeed.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with some brighter yellow colors. A froth of bubbly white head slowly dissolves, leaving a couple patches of lacing on the glass.

Fairly boozy up front with a mix of apples and pears. Belgian yeast and a soft funk mixed with brandy sweetness and a hint of caramel. Oak and vanilla with warmth.

A kick of vanilla and booze up front, quickly softened by some fruity tones. The apple brandy is pretty prevalent, but really tasty as it combines with some lighter fruit flavor. Yeasty with some bready tones and very faint funkiness. Oak and vanilla creeps into the back end along with another dash of the apple brandy.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and coating on the tongue. I know this beer has some mixed reviews but I've always liked it, especially the somewhat aggressiveness of the apple brandy.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into sampler.
Pours a hazy light golden with a good amount of head. It doesnt look very out of the ordinary.
The smell is fantastic. You really smell the apple, but its mixed well with bready belgian malts and yeast, and some nice floral hops.
Taste is also of belgian yeast and some slight hop notes. Apple isnt as in your face in the flavor as the aroma, but it is still there.
Its a bit "light" or mild, especially for a tripel and the alcohol is hidden extremely well. You would never know it was 12%!
Overall, really nice unique brew from a great brewer.

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Photo of jsanford
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a creamy white head that settles to a thin haze.
S - Wonderful apple-forward aromas, followed by brandy, earthy grain, floral hops, oak, citrus hops, and ripe pear. Golden Delicious, indeed!
T - Loads of apples with a boozy dose of brandy, crisp grain, tropical hops, oak, vanilla, ripe pears, and Belgian-style yeast. Tastes fiery yet smooth, similar to the brandy that preceded it's time in the barrels.
M - Big and buttery, with a medium mouthfeel and sharp carbonation. Probably a bit over-carbed for my liking, probably my biggest complaint about the beer.
O - A very unique and memorable beer, I'd like to see other brews receive these unique barrel treatments!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An oddball beer that's not entirely successful for me. Pours a cloudy apple juice color with a snow white head that settles down quickly to a creamy band on top. Very good lacing.

Aroma of apples, of course, boozy fumes, yeast, spices; sweetness. Pretty nice overall.

Flavor is a bit all over the place and confusing to a degree; there is a strong apple presence followed quickly by a sharp bitterness, yeasty Belgian tripel style flavor; spices; palpably boozy. Sweetness emerges over time; apples and bitterness really linger in the finish. Feels a little hot; the 12% ABV is definitely apparent.

Medium carbonation for the style; slightly full and creamy..actually quite a nice mouthfeel, not overly prickly.

Worth a try if you like tripels and apples; don't think I'd buy this one again but glad I got a chance to share a bottle with the missus.

Edit: In retrospect this was just too over-the-top boozy; I could have used a third person to split the bottle with.

ANOTHER EDIT: Revisiting this beer a mere 2000 ticks or so later. Clearly i first tried this way too early and it went a little over my head. Terrific marriage of tripel with the barrel aging, Apple brandy is bold and in your face, becoming slightly boozy and fusel as it warms but still very tasty. 12 oz package is very nice as a 750 is a lot of something of this strength and intensity. Much less bitter than I first posited. All around brilliant concept carried off extremely well.

My earlier self is just the kind of person I tend to deride now: you buy a barrel aged 12% abv beer and say it's too boozy? Shoulda stuck to the shallow end of the pool. Revisiting early ticks and reviews is extremely illuminating - give it a try sometime!

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Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellowish-orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet apple aroma with a strong brandy barrel character along with subtle earthy hops and estery light fruit notes. Subtle earthy oak along with lots of vanilla and apple brandy. Some zesty spice and fruit notes from the yeast, notably more apple and some pear.

Medium bodied with a slight creamy texture and a very prominent barrel character. Some dry, toasted oak along with vanilla, caramel apple and brandy. Although there is a lot of brandy flavor it's very sweet and smooth with just a little heat. Only subtle warmth in the finish. The apply brandy is complimented by light fruit notes from the yeast. Some zesty spice and faint earthy hops for balance but it's still very sweet and slightly one-dimensional. I could see how some would think that it's way too sweet but I had no trouble polishing off the whole 750ml.

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Photo of DrewZ926
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- cloudy and golden streaked, not much head

S- fantastic aromas, very complex, noticeably hot, plenty of apple and cinnamon spice, dried fruits, vinous qualities

T- starts off with belgian fruity esters and then hits you over the head with sweet apple and caramel. lots of brandy notes too with dried fruits.

M- lighter than desired, needs more carbonation

O- really like what the barrel aging did here, may be sweet for some but was tasty is the quantity I had. the heat was also non existent to the taste, which was more pleasant than expected

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review input from notes.
I believe this bottle was from beandip, if not he is a good guy anyways so he'll still get the thank you.

Crisp and clean body, bright golden colored beer. Carbonation levels are a bit high right of the bat. A careful pour is needed to avoid excessive foam, even with attention this one takes a while to settle. Bone white head recedes slowly leaving a healthy sheet of lacing blanketing the glass.

Judging by aroma alone, Golden Delicious is an appropriate name for this beer. Sweet apple scent is very apparent up front. The fruit aromas dominate, I prefer this to the overly spicy Tripels. Citrus and bits of pear sit just behind. Brandy aroma blends into the nose well. Pleasant oak and vanilla throughout.

The apple flavors carry the flavor upfront but are soon met by a formidable brandy flavor. The sweet apples and warming boozey bit are an interesting flavor combination for a Tripel but it works. Brown sugar, vanilla and oak flavor meld just behind. Subtle spice and yeast flavors can be noticed but are buried for the most past.

Medium bodied tripel, carbonation sits comfortably on the higher end. Slightly warm beer. Finish is dry and pleasant.

Very enjoyable beer. Captain Lawrence picked a might fine beer to put into those Apple Brandy barrels. Flavors are very complimentary. While the beer is certainly boozy it was never off putting. This is one I will seek out again.

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .750 into a huge oversized pint glass.

Appears a hazy dark peach gold. There's a very creamy looking small head that remains despite sitting a bit.

Smells very strongly of apples. In a
sweet cider like fashion, not the burn of a brandy. I'm intrigued!

Tastes heavy duty! This is a lot more than I thought it would be. Very yeasty tropical flavors with apple balanced with some apricot.

Mouthfeel is big and buttery. Once again, I'm surprised by how filling this beer is.

Overall I'm really impressed with this. Captain Lawrence has been delivering quality products. I want more!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden Delicious has a cloudy yellow body a small off-white head. The retention is solid, and a few scraps of lacing stay behind.

The aroma is slightly off-putting. Fruity apple, a little bit of alcohol, big malt sweetness and some funky brett come together in a way I'm not thrilled about.

Whatever it is that bothers me about the aroma doesn't exist in the flavor at all, as I like it. Pale, sweet malts come through in the beginning, bringing some bread flavors with them. The apple brandy is noticeable next, with apples and booze. The brandy flavor isn't huge, but it is still unmistakeable. A little bit of pepper comes through also. The finish is great, showcasing the fact that this beer was finished with brett. Leathery, funky flavors lead to an extremely dry finish. The finish is the best part of the beer.

Super dry, medium bodied and fairly high carbonation.

This is another beer that should warm up a bit before you can really drink it. The aroma grows on me a bit also, but for some reason I like the flavor much more than the aroma.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a hazy, golden amber color with a fluffy white head filling the top third of the glass. Great head retention as I drank it.

The aroma has a sour, tart and musty flavor to it at first. I get some notes of crisp, tart apples and grapes to it along with a little bit of oak. As it warmed more of the tart crisp fruits came out with a little bit of spice as well.

The taste shows more of the apple flavors to it. I get a sweeter and crisp apples up front and more of a dry, grape, white wine flavor in the finish. A little bit of the sour, mustiness is there but it's taken a back seat to the fruitiness in the taste. It got a little more of the apple brandy, alcohol flavors in the finish as it warmed as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very good beer. It started off pretty sour and tart, but that quickly faded into the apple and grape flavors as it warmed. Great range of flavors to it and a very tasty beer overall.

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Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 600 ratings.
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