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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in white wine barrels.

Added by Parrotshake on 05-16-2010

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a frosty, murky amber-orange with a off-white foamy head. The medium-thin head retains well, with a good bit of lacing left behind. Effervescent champagne aroma, with light fruit notes mixed in as well. The taste is very much shimmering champagne, with fruit notes mixed. Extremely strange mixture between the two, and yet it still works. Feel is bubbly, effervescent, with a medium consistency. Overall, it's a great beer, but not something I would pick up again. It's a pricer bottle, and quite honestly was purchased to commemorate an achievement and try a new beer style. It'll most likely be relegated to that role in the future. Definitely a unique beer drinking experience. It would be at home on New Year's Eve, shared with a few friends.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

20cl on-tap at Mikkeller & Friends, Nørrebro, Copenhagen (55 Danish Krone):
This one was a very nice beer from start to finish, I really enjoyed sipping away at it despite the fact it definitely did not seem like a 9% beer when I tried it; I guess a good balance will do that to beers. There was some light bitterness & a few floral hops alongside touches of grapefruit & plenty of grapes that made it a very easy beer to drink & one that seemed quite lively & fresh; definitely one that I'd recommend you try if you get the chance.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a not completely clear amber with a thumb of tan head. Stellar lacing, nice head retention & dropped bright

S: Grassyness, grapefruit rind

T: Follows the nose, some tartness/sourness out on the edges as well up front. More grapefruit, sourness, & grassiness as this warms, a little orange peel as well. Finishes a little dry, crisp & a little tartness & plenty of grapefruit

MF: Medium body with lively carbonation

Drinks very easy, a well put together example of the style, the price however, makes it a one & done

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Curran last night, thanks man.

This one pours a dark copper reddish color, completely clear, with a very small head.

This one is tough to unpack here. Definitely some wine barrel notes, with white grape and orange hop flavor. The use of Nelson in a style like this is pretty genius, with Nelson's trademark wine-like notes.

This is absolutely delicious, and fairly unique- unlike any other beer I've ever had. The wine barrel adds some real nice layers to this, but doesn't overwhelm- there's a bit of oak, apricot, and white wine, with some orangey citrus, white wine, and a bit of grassiness from the Nelson hops. It kind of feels weird to say this, because it's basically an oxymoron, but this feels like a Belgian pale ale without an overabundance of Belgian yeast. The Brett is nicely folded in there, too- with some leathery and slightly musty funk going on, a bit of green apple. There's a bit of a hard chalky mineral flavor here, too, that's not overwhelming.

The carbonation on this one is pretty high, with a crisp and spritzy mouthfeel, with just a small amount of tartness.

This is really unique, and I wish I could describe it better. I really enjoyed it and it's far and away one of Mikkeller's best beers.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear dark copper color and a micro thin lacing ring.

S - Tropical fruit with some resin and Belgian yeast.

T - Tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, some tartness, white grape, tart green apples. Gets a little sweet on the back end.

M - Medium body with gentle pricklies, semi-dry.

O - Not bad, wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is very complex tropical fruit and Belgian yeast. The flavor is complex tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, malts, Brett/earthiness and a mix of slight sweetness and funky bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large shared 2009 bottle.
Mellowed and blended aging effects but likely past prime.
Murky light brown body with a thin bubbly head. Moderately strong and very complex aroma.
Rich and complex flavor with hints of chocolate, dark fruits, apple cider, and faint spices.

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Photo of petmoo23
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great stuff. Smells funky, tastes funky, got the hops, grapey sweetness, awesome beer.

Only negative is the white grape juice appearance and almost no foam. Not a pretty pour.

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Photo of Myotus
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A huge thanks to nollie77 for this trade!
Poured gently from a 750ml bottle (2014 vintage) into a beer flute.
LOOK: Pours with three finger's worth of dense, off-white foam that dissipates into a finger's worth after a minute and a half. A moderate amount of very thick, rocky lacing is left from the head shrinkage. Honey orange in color with a slight cloudiness. There is an abundance of small rising bubbles. Lacing is very thick and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of Gala and Fiji apples, pears, and white grapes deliciously entangle with mild aromas of hay, chardonnay, oak, sour yeast, earthy yeast, and subtle aromas of spicy, earthy, and bitter hops.
TASTE: Mild sour and earthy yeast flavor first strike the palate. Strong flavors of Gala and Fiji apples, pears, and white grapes immediately follow. Mild oak and hay and subtle chardonnay flavors continue this incredible and unique symphony. Finally, subtle spicy, bitter, and earthy hops make their debut as all previous flavors persist, except for the fruit flavors, which all grow stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and finishes crisp. The sourness from the beer is not too strong and gently teases the tongue.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

on tap in Mikkeller and Friends
Beautiful looking beer with great foam and lacing. Great carbination, near perfect mouth feel and just a wonderful dry mouthfeel. Really everything I like about Champagne I felt in this beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance – Pours a semi translucent dark color with a mix of brown, copper, ruby, and amber. Has a massive head and huge lacing.

Smell – Brett, grape, white wine, and bitter lime.

Taste – Brett, grape juice, and somewhat bitter white wine.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and dry. I’m surprised that this is 9%abv. Feels like 5% tops. Although it had a massive head with great lacing, it felt somewhat flat.

Drinkability – This wasn’t as good as I expected for one of the top rated Bière Bruts.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage poured into Barrelworks Teku. Cellared at 50 degrees for two years on it's side.

Pours a burnt orange with two finger cream head that settles to a nice 3 ml layer. Carbonation seems to have actually lightened compared to when fresh.

Aroma is deep bread, candied orange, blood orange flesh, yellow raisin, fresh fig pulp, lemon peel, and light red wine. The nose has morphed into an earthier, breadier character than the brighter fruit and white wine notes of the young beer.

The flavor has also seen the same changes that were present on the nose. The hops have faded leaving behind a maltier based flavor with a touch more elevated yeast presence. Orange pulp, light tamarind, bread dough, sweet floral tea, and pink wine overtones dominate the palate. Has really aged nice and considering that fresh it was phenomenal, this is still very much at the same level it was before.

Mouthfeel is heavier side of light with slightly spritzy carbonation a couple of notches down than it once was. Still a good 70 percent on the carbonation scale. Drinks crisp and not quite dry with some residual sugars on the finish.

This has aged gracefully and though I think I preferred it fresh this has it's own intriguing set of nuances that makes it special. Much like champagne picks up truffle, earth, mineral qualities as it cellars this seems to go the same route thanks to a substantial malt base and Brett yeast presence.

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Photo of Tele
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: 4.5 Clear reddish copper with a one inch off white head.

S: 4.25 Lots is citrusy hops and a bit of dank. Fruity and floral with a little bit of funk.

T: 4.5 Slightly tart. Juicy and a bit sweet up front with lots of citrus and a good hop presence. Tropical fruit accompanies the dry oak flavors from the wine barrels. Finishes with slight bitterness.

M: 4.25 Slightly under carbonated but overall a nice feel. A little viscous with a pleasant dryness.

O: 4.5 Very flavorful and easy drinking. Not particularly sour or funky, but those characteristics go well with the barrel and hops.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy orange-tinged amber with a tight, creamy off-white head.

S: Aromas of bitter orange, kumquat, lemon, lime, grapefruit, papaya, mango, and tangerine are supported by subtle scents of biscuit and caramel.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, minerals, lemon, lime, grapefruit, bitter orange, kumquat, mango, and tangerine are underscored by delicate flavors of lychee, white pepper, white tea, and herbs. The finish is dry and is quite herbal with herb and grass flavors mingling with pronounced notes of lemon, lime, kumquat, and bitter orange.

M: Medium in body and very dry. Carbonation is incredibly firm and crisp. Alcohol is subdued. Dangerously easy to drink.

O: Another awesome Belgian-style ale from Mikkeller. I cannot recommend this one highly enough.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy light amber color with a large off-white head and good lacing

S-citrus, white wine, yeasty funk, bread dough, little pepper

T-bready malt, white wine, slight yeast funk, mild tartness of sour grapes, lemon, slightly grassy

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and and smooth, alcohol well-integrated

O-great balance and easy drinking, unique combination of flavors

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy orange in color with big amount of sediment. Fizzy white head is about 1 finger and retains nicely.

Smell is good, some dry white wine aromas along with a big Belgian yeast aroma. Little bit of funk.

Taste follows te nose. Slight white wine tartness and a little but of funk. Dry finish with a very light malt sweetness.

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Photo of Damian
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a flute

Gorgeous appearance. The beer poured a slightly hazed, medium amber color and was topped by a four-finger, light tan, meringue-like crown that nearly spilled out of the glass. The light, airy mass faded to a lasting cap and deposited chunks of bubbly, frothy lacing all down the glass.

The aroma was amazingly dynamic and one of the most complex I have ever come across in a beer. Belgian yeast notes were immediately recognizable. Good amount of white wine flavor. Quite funky and oaky. Lots of fruity sweetness and brett-like tartness. Notes of grapefruit zest were apparent as well. There was also a grassy hop presence that became stronger as the beer warmed.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was incredibly interesting. The white wine and barrel character came through strong right off the bat. Lots of fruity, Belgian yeast notes. The beer was anchored by semi-sweet, bready/caramel malt base. Good dose of bretty tartness and crisp lemon notes. Smooth, grassy, Saaz-style hops were quite apparent, particularly on the crisp, dry finish. Really nice overall balance and very easy drinking for 9%.

The mouthfeel was creamy, smooth and supple. Pillowy soft on the palate. The liquid contained a super fine, frothy effervescence.

The use of wild yeasts, Nelson Sauvin hops and Sauvignon Blanc barrel aging really turned this Belgian ale into a spectacularly complex and enjoyable beer. This was one of the most interesting offerings I have had in a long time, and one of the best beers ever from Mikkeller. I would recommend drinking this one as fresh as possible in order to enjoy all that hoppy goodness.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.

S- Big Brett-filled aroma brings the usual green olive notes and...tomato?

T- More Brett in the flavor and the white wine comes through but mainly in the aftertaste. A little bit of barrel presence and some mild acidity. Alcohol is very well hidden but, unfortunately, the hops are very subdued almost to the point of being undetectable...oh well.

M- Semi-spritzy and tangy. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Another Brett-tastic beer from Mikkel. Not as amazing as I was expecting but certainly enjoyable to the point of seeking out again.

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Photo of Dope
3.37/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No date, hit the shelves around 2 months ago though so fairly fresh.

A: Pours a clear light orange. Enormous effervescent and frothy light tan head. Head fades at a moderate pace, with decent retention. Tiniest little specks of lacing.

S: Huh, very interesting. Some sweet citrus, very orangey. Some tartness to it too, like orange/lemon peel. A little bit of white wine adds an extra fruity touch. Get some toasted sugar too and maybe some oak? Interesting and unique variety of aromas.

T: Whoa, loaded to the gills with sauvignon blanc. Dry white wine from start to finish. Tastes totally different than it smells. Tart wine and citrus peel up front. Turns almost sour in the middle for a brief instant with some lactic sour notes. Finish is all drying oak and white wine.

M: Somewhat heavy but very dry at the same time.

O: Well, it lives up to the name. If you like sauvignon blanc wine you will like this. I'm not a fan of dry white wines so this was a bit much for me. Not much to discern from the base beer as the barrel dominates here both from a wine and from a drying oak perspective.

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Photo of Jonada
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with no freshness date. Served in a Teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange color with 2 fingers of an off white creamy head with good retention and lacing. Body is lightly hazy with lots of carbonation streaming throughout the glass. Looks amazing.

Smell: Tropical fruit, pineapple, bready malt, white grape, brett and melon.

Taste: Tart white grape, lots of funky tropical brett character, more malt sweetness than I was expecting (though not highly sweet by any means), oak, low medium hop bitterness and even a bit of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Tart, dry bitter finish with a light alcohol warmth.

Overall: Really interesting, complex and tasty beer. It's one drawback is that at times the flavors seem to clash rather than compliment one another.

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Photo of mynie
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

How many times will I end up paying a dollar an ounce for stale, middling Denmarkian beer before I “get the picture” and start spending my money on something useful, like that Kickstarter that’s trying to raise enough money to get Mike O’Malley to shoot a reboot pilot for Get the Picture? This time I had an excuse, though. This time, Mr. Mikkeller was wearing a fancy new paper scarf, and he looked as handsome as man from the talkies, he did, all done up with black paper and a face and a moustache. Looked like a regular Skeeter Valantino… I—I couldn’t’ say no. Not to that paper.

Uhh… fuck. Sours tend to hold up. And this one was somehow, for some reason, not priced as exorbitantly as the rest of them (is it poisoned? A gimmick beer brewed with ground-up human teeth?). And—heeey, lookie here, there’s some words coming out of the sketch of the man on the bottle: “Nelson Sauvin Brut.” I’ve heard of that. It’s a beer de Chamaple, one of those things that, like the hybrid dog-turkeys of old, refuse to be pigeonholed and demand to act as emissary from two terrifyingly incongruous kingdoms.

Only unlike the grotesquely delicious and uncannily loyal dog-turkey, this is champ-ale’s good parts don’t offset one another like some kind of abomination of god. They instead accentuate one another, and the result is like one of the most intense and refreshing saisons you’ve ever drank.

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4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which seems to have some retention. Scant amount of lacing left behind. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a medium amber which glows orange when held up to the light.

Nose- Smells a lot like a lambic which is to say it's quite enticing. Tart apples, peaches, cherry, and other fruits. What differentiates it from most lambics is the palpable white grape. Some acetic acid on the nose as well. Very nice.

Taste- Very representative of the nose with a little more subtlety. Apples, peaches, cherry, and white grape with a slight yeast finish. Some melon as well. The yeast, while subtle, adds a much needed bitterness to balance the sublime fruits that appear. Somewhat of a dry finish. Some cinnamon notes on the finish. The yeast is very well hidden and seems to suggest grapefruit. Citrus and stone fruits start to appear. This beer is quite complex and I can easily see why it is so highly rated. It's like a mix between a saison and a lambic. There is some funk to it as well. It isn't very strong but there is some straw, horse blank, and stinky cheese. Very well put together. Solid beer that should show more aspects as I continue drinking it.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with lots of carbonation. Perfect for this style of beer.

Drinkability- Yes, yes, and yes. Very easygoing. Crisp and refreshing with a complexity matched with subtlety that keeps you going. What doesn't keep you going is the price.

Overall- Really good beer. It may have been a mistake to get the highest rated beer in the style for my first try of said style, but I don't care. This is definitely worth a try. However, I do not think I would repurchase (maybe on a special occasion)- the 22 bucks is just too much. However, it is pretty much a world class beer.

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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this one thanks to TauroE. Clear and deep amber with a white/brown head with nice lacing
Smell has some citrus (grapefruit) funk, barnyard, grass clippings
Tastes of initial sweetness that has a brett and tart grapefruit backing
Mouthfeel very bubbly and fairly dry finish
Overall very good and would buy it again

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3.16/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one sounded very interesting so against my better judgment I dropped $24 on a bottle. Dumb. Appearance is dark orange with a filmy head and lacing up the sides of the wine glass (seemed appropriate). Aroma is brett, wine, grapes, alcohol, slight bit of rubber, medicine, vicks vapo rub, robitussin, Flavor is brett, wine, alcohol and sort of this abrasiveness that I can't place. This feels like a ghetto version of Russian River Temptation, nowhere near as good and just sort of harsh. This may be my last Mikkeller beer, they aren't very good and the prices are ridiculous.

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4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Incredible fruit presence backed by powdery Brett character and a high phenol presence- this wine barrel aged ale is one in which to be reckoned.

Pouring deep amber, the look of winter honey comes to mind. Copper and tawny- the beer is lightly hazed as it releases an ivory white head that caps the beer confidently and recedes with broken lacing patterns- It has a very charming look!

Strong phenol and earth presence exudes from the beer's aroma: horse blanket, pepper, spice, peat, and medicinal notes all come alive in a strong melange of soil, caramel, and honey. Surprisingly, the challenged scents come together in a very rich tobacco-like sweet herbal-ness.

To taste, the beer's sweetish upstart gives way to a breath of earthen tobacco, tea, bruised peach, pear, and apple matrix at its apex of rich taste. Following, the taste of spicy peppercorn, peat, weathered wood, leather, tobacco and light band-aid all ensue to capture the supreme balance to the sweet and fruity upstart. But as the beer concludes, it leaves the palate rewarded with deep earthen wood tones with wine-like influences.

Medium throughout, the beer's tendency is to be dry as a bone. But its caramel and fruit beginnings provide the unresolved sweetness that prevents the ale from dryness that it sorely needs. Its close of powdery wood and earth accompanies the expected medium warmth to give a lasing memory of spice, cedar and wine astringency- its a miraculously sculpted mouthfeel even if it favors early earthen sweetness.

I love the wine influence, the Brettanomyces, and the tobacco notes that the ale generates. Surprisingly, the medicinal notes that ensue don't detract from the taste as much as I would have expected- the ale is quite masterful even in its flaws.

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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
93 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.
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