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Rogue Farms Honey KolschRogue Farms Honey Kolsch
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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We grow bees. Taste the difference.

Ingredients: Rogue Farms Dare™ and Risk™ Malts; Wheat, DextraPils & Aciduated Malts; Rogue Hopyard Honey & Wild Flower Honey; Alluvial Hops; Free Range Coastal Water and Kolsch #2 Yeast.

Added by smakawhat on 07-06-2013

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58
Ratings:
343
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
13.4%
 
 
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Photo of schoolboy
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Adding almost anything besides honey to a kolsch is blasphemous but honey is ok!

It looks like the somewhat flat beer it is, but it deserves the odd presentation as the taste is out there too. It shows signs of the honey somewhere but it has this big balanced beer taste under that. It is a very pleasant beer, but I am afraid it might not be travelling well in the bottles. Cans would be nice for this.

Recommended for when you are tired of ales.

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Photo of JBDE16
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this beer, not being a fan of most Rogue Beers, This one is just so light and nice.
It comes with nice art on the front too.

Pours a gorgeous amber yellow, really nice to look at.
Head was minimal, and thin for me

Nose is mostly light, sweet malts..wheat... soft and not much, but pleasant.

On the palate, it is really light and very drinkable.
Just how a refreshing Kolsch beer should be.

But then the fun starts, and half way through and all the way to the finish, you get this huge clean shift into pure blissful honey.

Really enjoyable beer. Especially when had on a hot day, ice cold.
I only picked up one, might have to go back and get a 6 though!

Fun Note:
..any excess gas that comes back up, naturally, tastes of honey. Like you just ate a bunch of honey.
Its an awesome effect.
...if you like honey

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden yellow with decent haze, thick foam and sticky lacing. Smell is very light, honey, wheat, floral and hops. Taste is very good, sweet honey with maltiness, light hops notes, some floral tones. The feel is very light and clean, this is a real nice hot weather beer, totally refreshing but still good on flavors.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

Hazy golden yellow color, it tops with a finger of foamy white head with decent retention. The head gradually sinks to some bubble sheet atop and leaves some patchy and spotty lace.

It is mainly malty dominated in the aroma, bread, dough, and some grain. Some grass too while honey follows at the tail with its modest sweetness.

Malt kicks off through the palate sensation with its bread, dough, and grassy grain while honey follows thereafter with moderate sweetness. The end and aftertaste is quite lasting with soft honey and bready malt yet very ghost-like hop bitterness in the background.

Light to medium body with good crisp and lively carbonation through the palate, quite smooth mouthfeel, refreshing, finish is dry.

Honey acts as a nice complement here but it is not that overwhelming being led and driven by rich malt bill.

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Photo of SWOhio-aquifer
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good brew. the honey comes in a bit early for me giving it a mix signal of out of date malt or a beer that has been sitting for a while. but you realize this is a refreshing light lager tasting ale.
I could see this being my back up for light keep the palate clean kind of thing. I like this over budwesier. I know you frown at the mass produced but it is my go to here in the sticks before I start opening the hoppier stuff. makes the good beer last longer kind of thing.
A touch more hops on the end and this would be amazing. But then again it might take away from it and make another dry beer. Seek this out if you like light and balanced.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Rouge Ales Rouge Farms Honey Kolsch a couple weeks ago for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. It's been a little while since I've tired a new Kolsch and this one caught my attention even though I',m not a big fan of Rouge, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle int a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice look to it that goes well with the name and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a hazy golden color that took on more of a brighter golden color when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking Kolsch, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the honey being the first to show up and it imparts a light honey like aroma and it's followed by a little bit of doughy yeast which leads into lead into the malts which impart a grainy, pale malt, biscuit and cracker like aromas with a slight bit of a herbal aroma towards the end. This beer has a nice aroma, it's pretty standard for the style, the honey doesn't add lots to it, but it is noticeable.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the honey still being the first to show up and it imparts a lighter honey flavor with that signature honey sweetness coming through enough to be noticeable. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast that goes into a slight fruit flavor. Up next comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that it did in the aroma with no single aspects sticking out the most. On the finish there's a light amount of bitterness with a little bit of herbal hops coming through and it has a sweet, honey and grainy like aftertaste. This nice tasting beer, it's pretty standard for the style and nothing really sets it apart.

M- Smooth, slightly cloying, a little creamy, not too crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied with a lowering amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it had more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a solid example of the style, it wasn't bad at all and it was pretty true to style, but it didn't have anything that really set it apart so I felt like it was pretty standard for the style. This beer had ok drinkability, I think one would be enough for me since the sweetness might start to wear one me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and the balance, those are the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the lighter carbonation, I wish it had some more. I don't think i would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down, it's not a must try, but if you want a standard Kolsch with a little bit of a honey aspect to it then I think it's worth trying. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think with a little more work this could be a pretty good beer. It's not a favorite Rouge beer and it's a little above average for style. Nice job guys, this is a solid Honey Kolsch.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a slight haze and creamy head of white foam. Pillowy and fell lovely and slowly like a summer day. First nose shows me some honey but that seems to fade. Soft sweet hop. Woody earth. Faint cool herbal. And the lightest dry scent of honey that seems to have fled to the top. A faint fruity ester apple. The bread on the nose is lightly golden. The taste is powerful with honey. It has a substantial breadiness and finishes malty and breaddy. The honey is pretty dominant in the flavor though. It still does not add too much sweetness and the malt is crisp . Not so much bitterness but balanced well. I would say that in this beer the honey has given a little contrast to the light tang that should finish the beer. Your mouth still waters but it is a little heavy. Some residual sweetness in the finish but it held together very well. If you have it you will know what I mean and then notice the hop bitterness offsets the honey aftertaste. If you are drinking a beer where you can taste the restrained fruit quality of the bittering hop then the hops were used well. In this one it's citrus or if I had to name a fruit, orange peel. So in this one yes. The hops are alluvial hops and they demonstrate terroir because they are specially grown on rogue farm and only in their beer. The little of bit of wheat they put int he beer meshed well with the honey too . They preserved the mouthfeel and finish of the kolsch by using acidulated malt to accent that in the finish and that imo also allowed the authentic taste of the honey to come through. It puts a bit of sour in the beer via a small proportion of lactic acid and that gave your mouth to water at the finish but did not make the beer truly sour. carbonation is bubbly. A small bubble with a small bite which also puts a little something into the finish and lightens the sugar so medium dry. I really enjoyed this beer.

An American kolsch style beer made with the addition of honey. Now if my scores look low let me explain. Its too bubbly for kolsch, it has a strong flavor in it and the finish is different but good enough for me. The honey is brought out well . And like a rogue it used the allowable amount of wheat. The hops are exquisite and so the honey flavor did change the style in the finish. The score I gave is actually high. This brewer used clever innovations to bring you this beer .

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Photo of atr2605
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear straw yellow with a white sudsy head with good retention
S-lots of honey, wheat, unbuttered popcorn
T-more honey and wheat, some dry biscuit flavors
M-light-medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, clean and crisp
O-interesting take on a kolsch, very refreshing

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Photo of BB1313
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy light golden with a fluffy white head that falls leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas have some pilsener malt notes along with some lager yeast. Some cracker and bread notes. Hints of pear and green apple as well with a touch of honey. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. Slightly floral and earthy. Some honey flavor, but it's not sweet at all. More pear and green apple notes. Subtle hints of caramel. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the heavier side of light with active carbonation. It's very sharp, but creamy and fluffy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a great kölsch. It's very refreshing and fun to drink. Well crafted and very enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of tlema1
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: yellow/gold, lots of carbonation, leading up to a tight white head
S: definitely get honey sweetness against a biscuity background
T: follows the nose, very tasty
F: light bodied, easy drinking
O: very refreshing on a hot day

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Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a touch more than a finger of head. The nose has a very mild honey note. The flavor is rather standard for the style with the exception of a underlying mild sweetness that does not really get in the way of the dry finish.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A moderate pour from a longneck into an "Olympia" pilsener glass produces a short, but creamy and sticky head. The beer is a pale golden with effervescent carbonation.

The nose is very fruity and pungent, with notes of mild citrus, suggestions of honeydew melon, and mead. The flavor is semi-sweet with a touch of tartness and an herbal bitterness that lingers into the finish. The mouthfeel is light but frothy from the high carbonation. A very refreshing quaff on a warm day.

I'm glad to see American craft brewers continuing to explore traditional styles (albeit with their own twist). This own seems true to the style with a unique interpretation. I paid $7.99 for a six pack at Front Street Market in Butte, America.

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Photo of TequilaTom
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light gold with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. Light floral honey aroma. Taste is refreshing and light, with honey notes towards the end. Pleasantly carbonated with a light body and mouthfeel. Very nice!

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Photo of q33jeff
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
10/18/13
Light nose. Some floral notes, but not strong. Appearance was gold, bubbly. Very smooth drinking. Nice sweetness with some honey flavor late but not overly sweet. Was excellent match with my chicken curry Dinner. Refreshing. Rogue once again pleases

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Photo of akolb
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearence: Golden with minimal head retention
Aroma: Honey, yeast, sourdough, flowers
Taste: Smooth and sweet, soft, pleasant
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and light carbonation
Overall: A tasty beer. The honey is definitely present here.

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Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow with a fine-grained head in the Delirium Tremens tulip. The honey aroma is really great, and even better upon sipping the stuff. This is about the most smooth and subtle honey brews I've had. The flowery aroma goes on and on in the nose. Interestingly, the hop notes are different from the classic perfumey Kölsch.

Just a twinge of bitterness and a hint of the standard Rogue leafy hops. Quite a pleasant maltier sort of Kölsch. One of the better beers from Rogue, which I hope is a good sign for the future. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

750mL bomber poured to tulip

Pours a pale gold, lightly hazed... 1 finger of white head disappears quickly, leaving just a film of bubbles

Aroma is faint: yeast notes, some malt, some honey

Flavor follows the aroma. Sweet malt and honey, some graininess and yeast tang on the backend.

Mouthfeel seems a little thick for the style, and a bit under carbonated

Overall: interesting take on the kolsch style, coloring outside the lines a bit. The honey is well done, and the standout factor in this brew. Good hot weather refresher, but nothing apart from the use of honey strikes me as outstanding

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pure, mostly clear, watery golden amber, capped with white, half-bubbly, half fine fluff of medium retention. Very minute and very sparse flecks in suspension. Hazier with each successive pour. Bread, honey, perhaps a little booze, faint lemon aromas. Honey and alcohol together smell almost medicinal, unless that is a yeast quality I'm detecting. In the mouth, grains, grass, and especially lemon, but not too tart. Honey not as present in taste as in smell, just a tad sweet. If bubbles are allowed to flatten, it's easier to notice, especially around the tip of the tongue. Pasta or cracker notes also to be found as it lingers. Mildly rindy and nearly herbal hops, especially in finish. Lighter in body, extremely watery, mostly sudsy but slightly prickly carbonation all the way down the hatch. Refreshment epitomized, time for another glass. And another! Oh yeah, and glad I have yet another 750ml bottle for some later date.

Update: More than half a year later I had this again, from a bottle purchased around the same time as the one I reviewed, properly stored. Here are my observations: More estery, more creamy/syrupy (one might even say honey-like) mouthfeel, arguably medium-bodied, sudsy rather than prickly, no undesirable effervescence yet. More than 6 months later. Still quite good. If I were to rate it based on this, rather than a fresh bottle, I'd give it 3.75, 3.5, 3.75, 3.75, 3.75.

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Photo of Cuakaz
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Can they just gray out "feel" when it comes to kolschs? I mean, it's a kolsch.

Anywho, this deserves a much higher rating than 84. I understand that it's not true to form, but what from Rogue is? Frankly, it's a great pour for a late summer day sitting on the back porch. I speak from experience.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml into a solo cup.

A: Clear straw/honey with about 1/2" of white head that recedes quickly. Retention & lacing are pretty poor.

S: Mild, bready Kolsch-like notes. There is a saccharine component that I suppose reads a bit like honey.

T: Cereal maltiness makes up most of the palate. The mid-palate features a minimal but detectable hop note. The honey is subtle but well-defined through the finish.

M: Carb is moderate, body is relatively light. Just a hint of sugary/syrupiness. Altogether pretty refreshing.

O: I like that Rogue put 'Kolsch' before 'honey' here. This brew drinks like a quality Kolsch with a touch of honey, as promised.

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Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in nonic. Poured a lightly hazy medium yellow with about 1/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma had a low grain profile, with a notable sweet aspect taking the front. Pretty similar on the tongue, low-to-medium graininess, very soft hops, and more sweetness than is typical for the style.

The body was fuller than I prefer for the style, and was a bit sticky. It was very smooth and even though. Drinkability was decent, although I couldn't see drinking 2 in a row. Overall, a nice enough brew, nothing particularly outstanding, but solid enough to try if you see it.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch brewed by Rogue Ales, with an ABV of 5.90% This brew pours out a nice light amber color with a small white head. The smell is rich with sweetness. You also pick up on some grains and malts, in the smell. The taste is sweet like honey, with some nice grains and malts. The taste is light. The mouthfeel is smooth and full of flavor, but light. Rogue Ales did a nice job with this one. Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch, has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering in this brew. This brew is real nice and crisp . You really don't pick up on the 5.9% ABV. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. Overall I'm giving Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of TheCraftBrewReview
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As part of the recent self-sustain/”grow your own” movement throughout the United States, Rogue Ales has recently released a cropping of beers called “Rogue Farms” , centered around selections that they created from scratch – literally. Perhaps the most decorated of the group so far has been their “7 Hop IPA” with the “Honey Kolsch” coming in a close second. The most striking thing about this beer is the bottle which (as I’m sure you can notice in the picture above) is bright yellow and certainly a stark contrast to the usual brown or green fare. So how did it rate? What kind of “buzz” did I get from it?

Appearance – 87: Upon first pour a half-inch thick foam head was created which slowly bubbled off, leaving behind a ring of foam around the glass with constant carbonation. A hazy pale golden color, when held to the light it accentuates the sugary texture.

Aroma – 94: This. Smells. Delicious. Obviously I was expecting a sweeter scent as the beer is infused with Rogue Hopyard and Wild Flower honey, but I wasn’t expecting quite that level of barley and hops. Most accurately described as sweet and crisp, and exceptionally clean.

Body & Texture – 86: Akin to most beers put forth by Rogue, “Honey Kolsch” has a mere 10 ingredients, but the pairing of them provides a complexity that is surprising to the tongue. The brewery’s “Farm Dare” and “Risk” malts were used to create this concoction, which sits quite light and playfully on the palate. The honey is the flavor that remains with you the most from the onset.

Taste – 87: Concentrating purely upon first impressions, initial sips provide a subtle balance between the honey and malts packed into the beer. The wheat is merely an afterthought so it seems, but the most noticeable takeaway that I had was how extremely light the Kolsch was. Sure, the ABV is a mere 5.9%, but how easy it was to sip on was striking. This would have received a slightly higher grade if the remaining ingredients other than honey and malts had made an appearance, but very smooth and delightful.

Overall – 88.6 (Great): Something has to be said for breweries that pay attention to every little detail going into their beer – in this genre, quality is everything. To that end, the Honey Kolsch was impressive – the honey complimented the malts and yeast to create an extremely easy to drink beer that would find a home in my fridge in the spring and summer. There was little to no “sting” in terms of taste, but an additional strong ingredient would have really pushed this over the top.

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Photo of beerguy45
2/5  rDev -46.4%

I want to like this beer. Attractive bottle, but the beer is just lacking in taste.
With such packaging I was really expecting to taste something special. I read the narrative of the process and ingredients, but sorry boys, you better take a trip to Germany to learn how it's done. This is no better than my own attempt at home brew. Drinkable but just.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap last night at T Brendan O'Reilly's served chilled in a pint.

The color is a hazed golden with thin pale cap with fine bead. The smell has a fruity smell with yeast ester in the aroma and almost vinous scent with honey apparent in the smell with slight herbal scent of hops. The feel is good with gentle sweetness and subtle creamy and tanginess in the yeast texture with medium low carbonation with slight bitterness mid palate and mostly dry finish.

The taste begins with a nice malt flavor and mild yeast with gentle honey sweetness and slightly creamy taste with toast elements from the malt which supports the honey flavor and there is a light hop taste that hints at green tea with a herbal quality in the finish. Overall I could not find any thing to complain about this is a solid kolsch with a honey addition. I found this enjoyable with some lager qualities and it does not seem as strong as 5.9%, but the honey could be smoothing out the feel a bit.

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Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch from Rogue Ales
3.73 out of 5 based on 343 ratings.
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