Monk Madness (JLS Release #18) | Rogue Ales

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Monk Madness (JLS Release #18)Monk Madness (JLS Release #18)

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by weeare138 on 10-02-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Myfreda
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of MmmIPA
4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Brown like molasses color with a head that went Pooofff.No lacing on the glass.The head is brown also.

S-HOPS! I think this is the only beer that wasnt a Ipa from Rogue that you can really smell the hops.This stuff smells wonderful.They dont smell like Floral hops but the hop types are on the bottle.

T-Very creamy with that "pac man" yeast there.Not a bad thing at all.The malt comes into play almost as soon as the beers goes down your throat.I can taste the Brown ale in this one.The hop smell cant really be tasted, I mean the hop smell is more potent then the taste of the hops.The malt taste awesome too.

M-Goes down very smooth and very creamy.Light carbonation.Easy on the palate.

D-Very good! Im glad I bought this, The smell is very hoppy and goes down real smooth.Ive never had a Rogue that I totally hated, just maybe one that wasnt that good.This stuff is outstanding.Cheers to Rogue for this fine brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I continue to rid myself of all bottles, old vintage beers come out of hiding. Nice to see you again, my friend!

From the bottle: "The five layers of malts create a complex, slightly sweet flavor balanced by five different hop varieties."; "12 Ingredients: Two Row Pale, Belgian Munich, Belgian Special B, [obscured], Amber Malts; Belgian Nobles, Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial, Summit Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast".

Upon opening the Oxygen Fixing Cap, I caught a whiff of dried, dark fruit (think raisins, prunes, even blueberries). There was also a good bit of alcohol evident on the nose. My initial, gentle pour, so as not to disturb any lees, still created a finger of dense, light-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep-brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose had some evidence of oxidation to accompany the other scents noted previously. Mouthfeel was big and almost creamy and it really tasted like a liquid version of the B&W Brown Bread that I ate over the course of the past week. It was prevalent with a molasses flavor, initially, followed by some heat and then a dark fruitiness. My my my. Patience is everything on some beers, this apparently being one of them. Finish was dry, thanks to the Pacman yeast having eaten everything in sight. It might have been able to age just a little longer, but I am glad that I caught it when I did.

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of baos
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drinking whilst typing

22 oz into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber with a Brobdingnagian head that sticks around for you.

S: This is a beer to learn from with the ingredients listen on the side. I smell oily citrus zests of grapefruit and orange and that beeswax-orange smell and taste i get from many of a Rouge beer.
Pine tree forest and look down and kick up some of the earth under all those pine needles that smell as well. There is an underlying candy honey smell in there too.

T: That Pine-resin-orange-beeswax-honey-clover-hop taste that I get from my friends at Rouge. Bitter then malts come to rescue, but just for a sec, then bitter again. Bitterness changes from grapefruit at the get-go to orange at the finish. Leave a dry almost alkaline-mediciney aftertaste. Very strong stuff here. If you don't like beers that believe in excess (albeit a balenced excess) don't drinkie! But you should try it no matter what take your time with it. It's the asomatous nectar.

M: Divine.

D: Very strong and bitter, but it's a very good-strong and a good-bitter. But I guess if you are divine it doesn't matter how many bottles you have, it'll just keep getting better!

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Photo of tonistruth
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pour produe a copper brew w/amber hues and a 2 finger taunt foamy tan head that was not going anywhere, leaves lace everywhere on glass

S- toasted, grassy, piney, citrus, orange, melon

T- malty w/ a crisp, hoppy edge. toasted malts, grassy and earthy, sweet citrus and melon fruit flavors from malts when brew warms. Good balance, complex

M- this is a palatte number, near medium body, smooth to coarse at times, coarse bite at finish.

D- amazingly complex and damn tasty, definetly a brew to check out, this brew caught me by surprise and what a wonderful surprise it was

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Photo of Kendo
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Into a pint glass from the bomber. The result -- a 2.5 finger bubbly tan head settles over a mahogany-brown body. A good amount of splotchy lacing on the way down the glass.

S: Nice mix between sweet malty stuff and hops. Caramel, molasses and brown sugar all weigh in on the malt side, with those grapefruity, piney hops there in strength as well. Nice on the nose if you're a fan of west coast IPAs.

T: Follows the nose pretty well -- sweet caramel malt, sugar and brown bread. Grapefruity juice and a surprisingly dry finish.

M: Medium-bodied, maybe a tad bit too carbonated, especially at first.

D: Very good.

Notes: Reminded me of a Pacific Northwest Altbier, if you can imagine such a style. I'm a big fan of Brown Ales that have a real hop presence, so this was a nice find. I will definitely get it again.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, light brown in color. Two finger rocky tan head that settles, yet maintains a consistent 1/4 inch throughout. Massive sticky lacing. The nose contains sweet malts, fresh cherries and juicy hops. The body is slick, creamy and complex--leafy Chinook hops are blended with biscuity malts, an earthy malt-based backbone. There are traces of smokey flavorings and a nutty palate. Finishes with a twinge of carbonation and oily hops. A highly drinkable hopped-up brown ale. Another unique and great offering from Rogue Ales.

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4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint. Very nice beer. This a dark Belgian style ale. Not sure if this one qualifies as an "American Brown Ale," however. Nice, rocky head, chunky lacing, and little floaties in the glass - obviously unfiltered and delicious. Good smell and taste. Ultra hoppy and malty at the same time. This is one of the most well-balanced beers I've had. This should be a regular from Rogue. A favorite!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Monk Madness Ale? Is this the latest beer named after me, I wonder?

Clear, dark crimson coloration, big, fluffy, lace-leaving head, long-lasting...

Sweetness in the nose, a malty thing, like a doppelbock, really...very grainy, a bit fruity, but really cereal rules the roost here. Resembles a barleywine for a minute, too...ripe cherries and berries, too. Delightful.

Lands on the palate sweet and fruity, big, beefy, malty...but plenty of hops swing into play the next thing you know, and a lot of my favorites, Amarillo, Centennial, Summit...and the malt bill checks some boxes, too...Special B, for one, ...toasty and caramel-y, semi-sweet cocoa, matched up with cherries and figs.
Wow, this is nice. A whisper of smoked salmon peeks in, ...another sip and I'm just enjoying the complexity of malt and hops here, and the delicious flavor. Gotta love it. Not too hoppy, just malty enough, long lasting finish, indefatigible flavor, bold and brimming over with taste...this was a well-spent bottle.
Had an import last night that cost more for less beer, and was not impressive. Thanks to the craft brewing greats like Rogue for keeping on keeping on...Rich, sweet, very rewarding and giving, this brew. I like it. I'll go back for more!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5.49 for a 22oz bomber. Brewed with 2-row pale, Belgian Munich, Belgian Special B, Weyemann Melonoidin, and amber malts. Hopped with "Belgian Nobles" (whatever that means...Saaz?), Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial, and Summit hops. Fermented with Rogues Pacman yeast.

O.G.=18 degrees plato. 68 IBU. 78 Alpha Acids. 36 degrees Lovibond.

Pours out to a cloudy dark amber, forming a small khaki-yellow head with average retention and sparse lacing. Finely beaded Rogue carbonation, moderate level. Aroma is nutty at first with that beautiful ester profile and residual sugars I love about the Pacman yeast. Swirling produces a nice head and brings out some slightly skunky MJ Amarillo. Gotta love it. Beautiful nose. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a nice hop astringency and bite. Taste begins with big amber malts and lots of darkened fruits, candy-like residual sugars, followed by a big peppery blast of green, oily hops and a moderately strong bitterness. Nuts, some sugars, and a hint of toast linger in the finish, but are quickly eeked out by the big herbal bitterness. Cleanly fermented. Alcohol is imperceptable. At first the herbal hops seem a bit out of place and somewhat harsh, but they're growing on me (as hops do). Not balanced...out of whack but in a quirky and pleasant way.

With a monk on the front, I thought this might be a dubbel. Not to be's a big hoppy brown, not far removed from a sweeter version of Arrogant Bastard. A very good brew. Rogue rekindles my faith after some bombers of their last few experiments which didn't turn out so well. Kudos...Northwest style...Boo-yah.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Semi blurry mahogany body with a light tanned top with a yellowish tint that sits over a fat finger high. The foam is compact and firmly so with a bit of frothier consistancy and keeps a solid skim always present. All sorts of lacing is plastered across the glass in a simple caked on sheeting and some broken elements displaying short stringys. Gorgeous!

Aroma is of pale and dry Belgain malt, almost sweet, yet favors semi biscuity toffeish stuff, some cinnamon, yeast, and hints well at a piney hop dusting.

Flavors are pretty big with complex dry bready malts which quickly leans in with mineral tinted piney bitteness from what I gather as alot of hops being used in this sucker. Mostly Chinnook and Centennial draw the palate to a halting dry bite of tone as does maybe some Amarillo and Simcoe? Nice light touches of caramel help sweeten up a bit of the background. The finish is all but a bittering dry ride of hop spices and left over biscuit browned edges.

Body is bold, nearly full, and fairly solid with a lightly textured carbonation that enduces the idea of an ingredient heavy brew. Balance is good, which grows expedientally as it warms to a more evenly handed tone of pale sweet malts and dry bitterness of hops and yeast. The pineyness becomes much more fluffy and dusty then heavy coating from whence it started. Due to the acceptance of said hoppyness to the now nearly tolerable palate. Quite a nice brew! Dryness does leave more of an impression on the palate though with the mineral deposited pine-sided hoppyness.

Drinkablilty is about right as it tends to get drawn out and kinda heavy for anything more then just beyond a sipper. Do not doubt, however, this is an enjoyable complex concoction and a solid brew by Rogue!

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Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, 68 IBU.

Pours dark brown into a chalice with a small white ring and good lacing. About an average Belgian pour only not as hazy and without any floaty bits.

Smells... nice but strange. Big caramel and then this kick of what can only be called pine needles. Not pine hops. Actual pine needles.

Tastes like brown ale sweet caramel backed up with an insane rush of pine needs, pac man yeast, and an insane mixture of hops that is making me want to sit down. The Amarillo I'm familiar with and can taste, same with the Belgian nobles. But the Chinook and Summit? Is that where the pine is coming from.

A fabulously insane, remarkably intense brew. It's really, really nice seeing brewers taking chances with beers than are extreme without merely bumping up the IBUs. Kudos.

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Photo of Grundle20
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is rich and mahagony in color with a slight ruby tint to it. There's a minor amount of haze. The head is a small but decently sustained and leaves some good soapy lacing.

The scent is a little weak but reminiscent of pumpernickel bread and pistachios. The alcohol is pretty well buried but as the beer warms becomes more apparent.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
As the "American" designation would suggest, the beer drinks pretty crisp and hoppy when compared to its English counter part. There's a slight alcohol astringency and some bitter nut tones but the taste is mostly built up with mellow hopping and some decent caramel malt body. The finish is a little pistachio like which carries on in to the aftertaste.

If find brown ales to be under appreciated. I think it's a good compromise between something like a pale ale and a stout. When you're looking for some good substance without getting that stout mouth the brown ale is your friend.

Bottom Line:
It's been awhile since I've had anything but a nut brown ale so this was a welcomed drink. Overall it's a good well balanced brew in what almost seems to be a dying style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coppery candied cherry with orange juicy edges. I love beer that looks like a tropical sunset after a tropical storm. The semi-tacky head is roughly equal parts pale orange, ecru and gold. Despite less glass coverage than expected, what sticks looks pretty damn good. Note: much more lace ends up on the glass in the end.

I hope the nose comes into its own with warming because right now I can't appreciate much. Monk Madness smells like an American-hopped American brown ale (which is what it is), but that's where the specifics end. Although warming doesn't help a great deal, I can eventually appreciate iced tea with a twist of lemon.

This is yet another solid brew from the boys out in Newport, OR. I was a bit taken aback (and pleased) by the hoppiness until I remember what brewery I'm dealing with. A quick glance at the silk-screened bottle informs me that 68 IBUs are present. At least.

The only things Belgian about this beer are two types of malt and one type of hops ('Belgian nobles', whatever the hell they are). Otherwise, we have four rip roarin' Americans that go by the names Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial and Summit. It doesn't take a finely tuned palate to appreciate the citrus rind underneath all the malt.

In typical Rogue fashion, the use of their neutral PacMan yeast allows the quality ingredients to shine. And shine they do. The flavor profile consists of brown bread soaked with melted caramel and spread with thick layers of lemon, orange and grapefruit marmalade. This fine ale is at least as sweet as it is bitter, with spicy not far behind. I'm becoming more and more impressed as the ounces disappear.

Only Great Lakes delivers mouthfeels that are better (beer after beer after beer) than Rogue. Most brown ales would kill to be this lightly viscous, this silky smooth, this mouthfilling. How do they get bottled beer to feel like it came fresh off the tap?

Monk Madness deserves to be a regular release. It's one of the best American brown ales that I can remember drinking (Surly Bender notwithstanding). I now wish that I had snagged a handful of bombers instead of just this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a large foamy perfect tan head at 3 fingers a on top of a deep brown body with ruby amber notes in color when held to light. Leaves a bit of lace. Nice hoppy malt balance on the nose is very attractive, dare I say doutle bastard. Soft hoppy sweetness has a distinctive even malt backbone. Refreshing and not to heavy. Nicely balanced but could be a bit more rich for the style. Bitter lengthens on the end of the palate and becomes the mouthfeel. Super enjoyable beer to drink and maybe one of my Rogue favorites.

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Photo of veech
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I spoke with Jason from Rogue during set up for the Brewer's Jam while he was waiting for his beer to arrive and he said that he brought a brand new beer with him: Mad Monk which he called a strong brown Belgian Ale. I'm not sure about ABV but I think it would qualify as strong. I'm also not sure if it will be brewed year round or as a seasonal. It was a nice smooth brown ale with nutty flavors and a little alcohol kick to finish. It was very flavorful on the nose and the palate. A nicely done ale that comes as no surprise from Rogue. Sorry about the lack of total info.

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Photo of icemonkey908
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another interesting brew from Rogue. This one, called Monk Madness, doesn't really taste like any Belgian sytle beers I have sampled. Oh well, it is still a very impressive beer.

Pours a deep amber, brown with a couple finger head that sticks to the glass. Aroma is rich carmel maltiness with some hints of roastiness. The taste is very surprising since the hops present up front without hesitation. It would be hard to gather this from the aroma. Nevertheless, a very complex beer, well worth sipping and pondering.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a very, very dark amber body with a tall, beige-colored head that provided some spectacular-looking lace.

Smell: A thichk, rich breadiness prevails in the aroma, with lesser notes of citrus and spice peaking out from behind the freshly-baked loaves.

Taste: By far, one of the most pronounced, clear cut toast-like flavors I have ever come across. Throw in some hints of brown sugar and cocoa, and it makes for one very complex malt profile. Plus, got a load of that spiciness! A crisp, citrusy hop flavor begins to creep in like an early morning fog just before you make your way to the moderately bitter finish. To credit of the brewers, this one wasn't resentfully hopped into oblivion. Reasonable! Responsible, even! Good job, Rogue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but surprisingly chewy and creamy.

Drinkability: This was nice, and certainly very interesting. Heck, I may even purchase another bomber of 'Monk Madness'. No promises, though.

I've had a few people tell me Rogue managed to push the hop meter to "WAY 2 X-TREME" in regards to this release, but for me it was rather well-balanced. Go figure.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking clear auburn tone. Creamy brown head leaves ample amounts of lace behind. The aroma is not overly exagerated, but it's there and it's nice nonetheless. Somewhat of a cross between IPA and Brown on the nose. I get the nice nuttiness and roasted malt notes of a brown plus some resiny/oily hop aromas. Similar to Surly Bender in that respect. (And a slight resemblence to Alpha Klaus, though not as forward.) Definitely seems like a Brown/IPA cross on the palate. (What would you expect from a brown that uses Centennial, Amarillo, Chinook and the supercharged Summit for its hops??) The hops give the brew an oily, piney, resinous characteristic. Even a little smokey. The backbone of "brown ale" is just that. A backbone. Though not a very strong backbone. Just enough to keep this from becoming one dimensional. The malts add a little breadiness and nuttiness. Not a lot mind you, but enough. I've heard the term "Black IPA" tossed around in homebrewing circles before. I think we're looking at a "Brown IPA" here. Good stuff, no doubt.

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Photo of atsprings
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp dark copper almost brown with a beautiful frothy head that lasts and leaves great lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of burnt caramel, chocolate and some dried fruits. The taste is a good blend of dark malts, burnt caramel and some subdued earthy hops. The beer is rather light bodied and possesses that expected Rogue smoothness. This is certainly one of the better beers that Rouge sells in anything other than a ceramic bottle.

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Photo of kdog630
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich copper color in a snifter. Decent head with plenty of lacing. Complex but balanced aroma. The bottle says 60 IBU, but the hops are not overwhelming.

Flavor is as complex as the aroma and becomes richer as the brew warms. Really fills the mouth and has an excellent finish. I would love to see how this ages. I'll have to show some will power and cellar a bottle. Would definately add warmth to a cold Midwestern winter night.

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber pours deep caramel with an orange glow, plus a 1 finger deep sand colored head. Superior head retention & a little lacing

S: Sweet malt & earthy hops

T: Sweet malt then a citric/herbal hop smack up front. Then a little chocolate & dryness. Finishes earthy, rich & slightlty fruitty

MF: Soft with medium body & low carbonation, skews too hoppy IMO

Drinks pretty easy for the abv, but the huge hops profile would preclude this as a session ale unless I was in a big jonesing for hops mood. A very interesting & aggresive take on the ABA style. This was a pleasant suprise even thought maybe a dubble from looking at the bottle???

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Photo of granger10
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish red color with a medium light tan head. Good lacing throughout. Smells malty and sweet but not sugary. Some spicy hoppiness in the aroma as well. Pine resin finishes the aroma. Taste begins with a spicy rye type character even though there's no rye in this. Some Belgian amber sweetness comes through underneath. Good amount of bitterness from the start but it never gets overwhelming. Yeasty and hoppy at the top. Finish is slightly sweet but moreso resiny and piney. Good body and mouthfeel on this which seems to be true with all Rogues. Easily drinkable even though it's higher in abv and ibu. Once you get past the fact that this is only about a quarter Belgian, maybe a third, you'll learn to really enjoy it.

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Monk Madness (JLS Release #18) from Rogue Ales
3.72 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
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