Voodoo Love Child | Voodoo Brewing Company

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Voodoo Love ChildVoodoo Love Child

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is our Belgian Style Trippel aged on intimate fruits of Passion Fruit, Raspberry and Cherry. Lightly spiced with corriander and curqua orange peel and other spices of passion. Light Reddish hue and with a alcohol strength of 10.5% and nicely carbonated in the bottle.

Enjoy a couple and have your own Voodoo Love Child!!!

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Photo of EMV
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy medium to dark golden pour. Thin off-white head. Very modest lacing. Lots of sediment.

S: Fruit and spice. Yeasty.

T/F: Lots of fruit character. Pear and cherry. A bit of spice from the corriander melded with some Belgian yeast. Caramel and candy sugars. Medium in body Well carbonated... modest phenols. Finish is fruity and sweet. Warming.

O: A very nice fruity Belgian style Tripel. Not traditional, but very yummy. Something of a dessert in a glass.

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Photo of hopflyer
2.22/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Unknown bottled date, but I have it for over two years.

Nose is very yeasty. Champagne like

First taste feels more like a champagne than a beer. But it is less carbonated. None of the cherry comes thru but there is a hint of raspberry. The heavy lifter though is the yeast and it dominates. Throw in a little spice.

Feel is thin and watery and low carbonation, especially for a tripel.

Overall, not very good. Lacks any real characteristic other than yeast.

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Photo of threeviews
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no freshness date) into a Charente glass...

A - Pours a quintessentially hazy golden orange for the style. A relatively strong pour yielded nothing more than a 1-finger white head with low retention. The lack of true bottle conditioning prevents its appearance to match those classics brewed in Belgium. (3.5)

S - The familiar yeast esters a la Gran Met are very prominent. The adjuncts (passionfruit, cherries and raspberries) are very hard to discern. I ostensibly get a generic 'berry' note and a hint of passionfruit but ultimately cannot figure it is a contribution from the yeast or the fruit. (4.0)

T - The fruit is not at all prominent, but arguably adds a bit of complexity to the standard Gran Met. However, the flavor is so close to the original, that I would have to call them equals...both are great examples of the style (sans bottle conditioning). (4.5)

M - Medium-plus body with a delicate, creamy carbonation. The bitterness is perfect for the style with it starting out slightly sweet and finishing slightly dry. Voodoo achieves a really pleasant balance between sweet and bitter. (4.5)

O - Without a date on the bottle, it is impossible to know its age. However, a full pour did not illicit appreciable yeast which would suggest an aged bottle, so I don't feel that this is particularly old. However, the lack of presence from the adjuncts makes this identical to the base beer, Gran Met. Both are great, but I wanted the fruits from this variant more pronounced. If this is a good example of Voodoo Love Child, I will stick to the base beer: Gran Met (4.25)

Postscript - After reviewing the label, it reads "ALE WITH NATURAL FLAVORS." Therefore, it appears that Voodoo is using extracts/purees instead of real fruit. Extracts produce much more concentrated flavors, but they may fade equally as fast. I will try to search out a fresh batch and will report back.
Review of the second bottle from the same 4Pack...much better experience than the first, so I decided to share my notes (and adjust my ratings):

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no freshness date) into a Charente glass...

A - Pours a quintessentially hazy golden orange for the style. A relatively strong pour yielded nothing more than a 1-finger white head with low retention. The lack of true bottle conditioning prevents its appearance to match those classics brewed in Belgium. (3.5)

S - Initial aroma comprises of the stone fruit esters from the yeast accompanied by a mild, yet noticeable sweet cherry. As it warms, the cherry subsides and is superceded by passionfruit and (to a much lesser degree) raspberry. Any more fruit would be overkill, any less and it would not have an impact...exquisite balance between fruit adjuncts and fruity esters. (4.5)

T - Like the nose, the balance between adjunct and esters produced by the yeast strain is in perfect balance with the passionfruit winning out overall. After it warms considerably, however, cherry and raspberry make a march for dominance...the quid pro quo from all of the flavors makes this a really fun beer. (4.5)

M - Medium-plus body with a delicate, creamy carbonation. The bitterness is perfect for the style with it starting out slightly sweet and finishing slightly dry. Voodoo achieves a really pleasant balance between sweet and bitter. (4.5)

O - Without a date on the bottle, it is impossible to know its age. However, a full pour did not illicit appreciable yeast which would suggest an aged bottle, so I don't feel that this is particularly old. However, the contribution from the adjuncts increasing the base beer's complexity along with the balance attained with the esters generated by the yeast makes for a wonderful experience. Both variants are great and will forever be undecided as to which I prefer more. I hope to sample more from Voodoo Brewing. (4.5)

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass

Translucent reddish amber with active carbonation, one finger white foam cap, quickly settles to a layer of white foam , scant lacings

Aroma of passion fruit, cherries, spices, coriander, earthy

Taste of cherry and raspberries , spices, yeasty

Low sudsing

Alcohol well hidden

Good beer

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice: color is an opaque copper, head is feint and dissipates quickly, somewhat anticipated for an ale aged as long as this.

Smell is a moderate strength blend of raspberries/general berry like flavor and the phenolic/estery compounds of the gran met base.

The taste has a more pronounced fruity/berry character, definitely get the raspberry and cherry. Yeasty quality from fermentation are subdued compared to the aroma.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, flavors are not harsh or cloying; a bit of bit on the sides of the tongue.

Overall, a solid fruit aged belgian; hard to pick favorites between this and the gran met.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 30/12 pack ($ 0.208/oz) at Franklin Beer Co, Franklin, PA
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter; the 12 pack is hand labeled BB 5/6/16
Aroma weak, slightly fruity
Head none
Lacing none
Body medium orange, cloudy (Sediment in bottle)
Flavor – not much, slightly sweet; no hops, no malt, no yeast phenolics or esters, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, fizzy

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3. A very average brew, not particularly like a tripel, no reason to buy it.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Lacks a head or lacing. Cloudy pale auburn. Smells like a can of cherry syrup. Tastes better. More fruit than chemical. Not really any bubbles to the feel. A little too flat. Luckily not syrupy though. Masked the booze very well. Overall did very well in accomplishing what it intended. I can respect that, despite my personal taste verymuch disliking it. Touché.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of berries, dark fruits, yeast. Taste is cherries, berries, touch of spice, very little alcohol considering the abv. Feels medium/full in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My beer guy suggested i try this couple months ago the 22 oz bomber. I enjoyed that. This is from the new, cheaper 4 paks $11.00 making the bomber equivalent $5.50. Nice. Of course it was so tasty I had three, probably only needed two.

Pretty color, nice fruity aroma and taste. I do think the fruity taste comes more from the Belgian yeast while the aroma comes more from the fruit aging if that makes sense? Either way it's good, strong and not expensive which makes it a winner in my book.

Consider that I do not like Belgians in general, only the Americanized versions such as Weyerbacher Blasphemy, Victory Helios, and now this.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Second of two bottles I had of this beer, thanks again to @tommyguz for sending me these. Can't find a bottling date.

Color is a dark orange, and it is incredibly cloudy -- reminiscent of fruit juice with the pulp included, basically. I can even see a few chunks of what I'm guessing is yeast sediment from the bottom in there, floating toward the mid/lower range of the glass. A bit of a whitish foam head on top, which had shrunk away to just a little bit on the surface and a ring around the inside of the glass. The color is nice and the cloudiness is interesting, but the presence of visible floating bits just seems a little icky to me.

Smell is primarily yeasty funkiness. A bit of a fruitiness, too. Maybe the faintest presence of alcohol at the very end of a sniff, but only sometimes. Overall the smell is fainter than I was expecting; not bad at all, but nothing really stands out either.

Taste is definitely an improvement over the smell! Yeasty is still the dominant aspect for sure, and it's difficult to describe exactly what that tastes like; sometimes I get a bit of an almost-nutty-but-not-quite thing sometimes, which tends to be more noticeable in the aftertaste than when drinking, and other times there's a sort of woody/faintly smoky thing blending into fruitiness. There's also fruitiness (some of which I'm guessing is from the yeast or alcohol -- there's a bit of an apple/pear thing like I noticed in Azrael from Devil's Backbone also, and sometimes the faintest little bit of something banana-like blending in with the woody/smoky thing -- and some of which must be coming from the actual fruit the beer was aged on.) The fruit presence isn't especially strong, but it definitely becomes more noticeable when the beer is served warmer than "fridge temperature." Just a bit of a sweet-tart fruity sort of thing that sometimes comes across as a bit raspberryish and other times is harder to place. Sometimes I get a definite bit of raspberry in the aftertaste, too. I don't know what a passionfruit tastes like, but I suppose that could be the origin of the "this is a fruit flavor, but I can't quite place it" taste I'm picking up.

Feel is very nice. Smooth, substantial, a bit slippery or almost sticky in a good way, but at the same time seems dry... not entirely sure how that works but it's a really nice combination of traits that works really well. Goes down very easily despite the high alcohol (though my bottle says 9.2% ABV rather than the 10.5% listed here, it's still the highest ABV of any beer I've tried by over half a point), and there's only a bit of a warming sensation in the mouth to clue you in that the alcohol is high to begin with. And even in that area it doesn't give itself away as being quite so high in alcohol -- it's most noticeable in the first couple sips, and I've felt a similar degree of warming from beers that were only in the 7% ABV range.

Overall, it's difficult for me to really put a single number on this one -- I *really* like the mouthfeel of it and am a bit stunned at how such a high-ABV beer can go down with so little noticeable alcohol features (as mentioned above -- some 7% beers seem just as "warm," if not more so, to me), and I'm liking the taste a good bit more now than the first time I had one (I think either the slightly warmer temperature or swirling the bottle just a bit before pouring -- or both -- may have brought out the fruit a bit more), but it is a bit weird-looking (though again, swirling the bottle before pouring probably contributed to the yeasty bits floating about!) and the smell is a bit underwhelming. Of course, looks are by far the least-important attribute... so I think I'll go with a 4 overall. Though as always, I may fiddle with my scores if I end up having this one again at some point in the future.

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Photo of classixIII
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't know what to expect, but pleasantly surprised. Great color, opaque with swirls of solids, leans toward pink. This one was lacking carbonation, In fact it was barely detectable and I would have liked to have some. Cherry and passion fruit are out front, malt and yeast right behind. Just sweet enough. This edition was 9.5 ABV, and if it didn't say so on the bottle, you would never know it. Be careful wit this one, you could easily have a few too many if there is such a thing.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting fruited Tripel with ample support from a 10.5% backbone. I like how the Belgian yeast character plays off the fruit. I can pick out the passion fruit and raspberry, the cherry is a little harder to discern. Underrated- I wish I shared this one with others. It has complexity but alas, the yeast character may scare some away.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from JNForsyth. 22 ounce bottle into chalice; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lightly tart raspberry, cherry, passion fruit, peach, pear, apple, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, fruits, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart raspberry, cherry, passion fruit, peach, pear, apple, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, cherry, passion fruit, peach, pear, apple, pepper, clove, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, fruits, and pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast/fruit balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome fruited tripel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, fruits, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 batch, 9.2% abv

Pours a hazy light golden almost pinkish color.

Smells like raspberries.

Taste is subtle malt that cascades into a pleasant berry sweetness.

The carbonation is appropriate.

Overall this is a tasty beer that hides the alcohol content, anyone who enjoys fruit beers will most likely enjoy this.

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Photo of Pablo41
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers on the market. Coming in at a monster 10% ABV it's very smooth and the fruit really pops and comes through on this beer. Matt Allyn hit the mark with this one.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is interesting. Not picking up a lot of fruit. Basically a standard tripel with a slight raspberry flavoring.............................................

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%

Reviewed from notes. Twenty-two ounce bottle shared by one of the crew - thanks.

A: Pours a hazed orange with a 1/4" white head which fades quickly to the rim and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Fruity, slight funk and tartness, coriander spice and orange zest.

T: Fruity dark cherries, raspberries, hard to pick out the passion fruit for me. Mildly sweet and yeasty.

M: Semi-moderate body and semi-medium carbonation. ABV carries some heat on the finish.

O: A fruity and slightly funky tripel, well for whatever it is, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on draft at Denny's Beer Barrel pub in Clearfield PA. Good looking beer that offered little to the nose. Very tasty, smooth, light feel and very easy to drink for 10.5 ABV which earns bonus points overall. Very food beer I hope to revisit.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.
Red-amber color; slightly hazy with a fine head.

A tad too sweet despite some tartness.
Nice mix of fruity flavors with no one fruit dominating: A berry-cherry mix.
Medium-light body with fairly high carbonation.
Some hops show up in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice from the bomber.

A: slightly tight one finger head and a hazy deep gold ale color with a tinge of deep copper.

S: For some reason It is straight lavender hand soap with udder cream. Other people report yeast strains and cherries. I fail to get that. It is weird.

T: Lavender, coriander and fruitcake, with spicy yeast notes, and fresh baked bread.

M: Smooth and puckery at edges. Tip of tongue is prickly. Slightly chalky on finish. That ephemeral lavender in the nose is like a punch on the back end out breath.

O: Interesting. Not my cup of tea. Glad I got a chance to try it. Not terribly faithful to the style, but interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A quite dark almost copper red, but hints at a brown and dark red like color. Off white and faint tain and barely one finger head, with some good staying power though from some solid slow rising noticeable tan carbonation.

Smells like a typical fruit beer. Small sensing fruit, a hint of weak sourness. Not much sweetness but also no hitting large booze either. Slightly cherry and candied red fruits, but hardly resembles a hint of Belgian tripel quality.

Taste is heavily on the fruit. Large amounts of raspberry and cherry senses, but is quite dry and fleeting. Finishes is quite tonic and minerally dry with virtually no aftertaste. There is a high abv listed, but is incredibly well masked and hidden. Some real tannic seed fruit quality with a large dryness in the mid palate.

It's a well put together brew, but definitely hints at fruit more than anything, which takes away from my classic Belgian tripel sensing enjoyment.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look - nice peachy/orangey color, hazy, no head at all even after a vigorous pour

smell - strong fruity aromas, tangerines? and cherries? Very musty

taste - amazing. citrusy with raspberry tartness, also sweet. tastes a lot more like a lambic than a tripel.

feel - smooth, savory

overall - i tried this beer for the first time at a brew expo. it blew me away. it still does, it is one of my favorites.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The label is a little disturbing I gotta say.Pours into a large tulip glass a deeply ripe tangerine color with a sticky light pinkish hued white head that left good lacing.Aromas are on the lighter side with stone fruit and mild lactic notes,some sweet alcohol plays a role as it warms more.The feel is almost creamy and it helps the beer glide down easy.Dry on the palate for the most part save some sweet sugary alcohol in the finish,stone fruit and lightly tart fresh picked raspberries stand out most with just a tinge of iron.Not bad,it's not funky or barnyard-like and the fruit is subtle but it adds nicely to the beer,it doesn't seem quite as big as it is.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Blood orange coloured with a relatively thin and wispy head even with vigorous pour.

(4.0) S: Lots of cherry, a lot of raspberry and/or strawberry, orchard apple, and soft grains. Bold fruit centered aroma that’s very sweet in general but not in an artificial way. Cherries and berries.

(3.5) T: Similar to aroma with those raspberries but the cherry taste emits a more unnatural syrupy flavour. A sweeter tropical element is present but more of a banana taste for me. A fairly hefty and noticeable alcohol taste at first that dissipates gradually. Belgian cloves and spices.

(3.5) M: Medium bodied with lower carbonation. Slick with a semi-grainy texture.

(3.75) D: Had high hopes for this considering my fondness for the fruits involved but the taste emits a cherry cough syrup quality that I can't get over. The lower carbonation also affected my overall impression.

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Photo of blackie
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

bomber from Denny's, Clearfield PA

a: fucking gushers - anyway, served in a short chalice, full off-white head, average retention, the beer itself a honey amber in color

s: heavy, sweet tripel aroma of pils and pale malts, sugar syrup, generally quite fruity - some cherries and passionfruit, neither stands out too much at first but grow as the beer warms, a mild twang from the raspberries perhaps, deep yeasty aromas of bubblegum and coriander, fruity sugars, nice enough

m: carbonation on the low end of the moderate range, body medium with a sugar slickness

t: a big dosing of pils and pale malts form a sweet, sometimes honeylike body, strong with a warming alcohol presence, yeasty spice, the raspberry does come through firmly on the palate - especially in the aftertaste, with some sweet cherry and tropical passionfruit behind, starts sweet but dries with a grassy metallic hop note to finish, lingering acidity and alcohol fumes

o: a little heavy-handed for my preference of the style, and the fruiting seems gratuitous, but it has some good moments, not bad

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