Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A California-style IPA with a Belgian twist
AKA Stone Cali-Belgiƫ IPA
First Release:
September 2008

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA features a complex and surprising combination of flavors, but behind the fancy title is the simply delicious Stone IPA. The addition of a carefully selected strain of Belgian yeast adds banana and spice notes to the hoppy brightness of our flagship IPA. Think of it as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally.

Added by gpogo on 07-23-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,110
Ratings:
3,434
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,110 | Ratings: 3,434
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle carefully carried back to Australia from San Francisco.

Nice bright golden colour, almost tinged with organge. Head is a pillowy, marshmallow head of white foam. Lacing is great. Slight haze in the body. Looks great.

Nose is phenomenal. A wonderful bouquet of pineapple mixed with Belgian yeast, the sweet semi-savoury character of a good Belgian pale. Not a huge amount of the sharper more peppery hops, but the tropical fruit characters are nice.

Wow, the hops are certainly there on the palate, a robust bitterness all through, a full bodied sharpness, with an underlying hint of salt. There's something very odd lingering in the back of everything though; the sweet richness of a Belgian. Mouthfeel is quite light, but still slick. Nice.

This beer certainly lived up to my expectations for the style. A very interesting hybrid, and one that I'll enjoy again for sure.

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Photo of PEIhop
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful golden straw color with a bubbly, frothy head that quickly left leaving intricate lacings.

S - Aromas of pineapple, apple and lemon are couple with a nice hop presence.

T - The fruit nuances wash over the palate first, immediately followed by the spiciness of the Belgian yeast creating a surprising, but greatly appreciated tartness. The finish is balanced with a lemony, piney bite.

M - Nice carbonation, light to medium-bodied.

D - With the light-medium body, "low" ABV, and the Belgian funk Stone's Cail-Belgique is very easy to consume, especially on those hot summer days.

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Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a clean golden orange color with a thin white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Crisp citrus and floral hop aroma with light golden fruit, pale malt and bubblegum.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of crisp light fruit and bitter/sweet citrus hops. Hints of pale malt and a weird bubblegum flavor make this taste like a hoppy Belgian golden ale. Very weird. Hints of apple, grape and pear blended with sweet citrus peel, pale malt and subtle alcohol sweetness. A bit too bitter to be a Belgian ale and to sweet to be an IPA. Dry finish.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear gold color with an orange sparkle. Pired a 2 finger stark white head with fair retention to an even skim. Rings of lace slipped down the inside of the glass. Lazily decanted.

S: Big yeast esters up front. Sweet caramel malt follows along with citrusy hops (grapefruit, lemon and pine) and tropical fruits.

T: Just like the aroma only hops exert more character over the malt. Sharp bitter to balance all thats going on.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Smooth and coating ahead of the finish with all the complex flavors.

D: Very enjoyable, complex and balanced; there's a lot going on this beer that sems to work pretty well - moderate abv too. Just get a little full (and taste-bud-shock).

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bomber to nonic pint glass

A: Pale golden sunset in color. Massive 3+ finger head on a reasonable pour. Sticky lacing consumed the top of my glass as the head fell.

S: The highlight of this beer. Melted butter and caramel - the moment I pop the cap it hits my nose like a sack full of half dollars.

T: Not your Daddy's IPA. Pork belly and liquid smoke on the forepalate. The malt makes an appearance too, though apparently the hops didn't get invited. It is quite apparent that this is a Belgian style brew, as the yeast used changes the profile of this one completely (the bottle states this is the Stone IPA, brewed with a special Belgian strain).

M: Like most of Stone's brews, it's the perfect level of carbonation for the style. It's creamy and luxurious, yet not so heavy as to be offputting.

O: I like that Stone has done something different here. I can say with sincereity that I prefer their standard IPA, though I'm certainly glad I picked this up. I don't know if I'll return to this one.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Daily Pint
Poured a very bright orange color with a white head. Smells like citrus and yeast. The taste is a bit more balanced, but still very yeasty with a citrus kick. I thought it was a little tart at the end. Drinkability is low. Just strange but good.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking beer, great appearance, yellow/gold, clarity impressive, especially for a Belgian yeast and hoppy beer. Aroma hit the hops and yeast notes, very nice fresh. Very nice they put these in 12oz bottles too.

Taste hit more hops than anything I've had labeled Belgian ipa. The yeast (traditional) phenols are there in a Belgian way, but the hops are above it, and the yeast is complimentary instead of domineering over other aspects like most Belgian ipas. Some good grassiness and honey parts from the toasted malts.

This beer vastly exceeded my expectations every time I've had it fresh.

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Photo of beertunes
2.27/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very clear, urine yellow color. A foamy, bright white head dissipated at a moderate pace leaving a lot of sticky lacing.

A nice, spicy yeast aroma greets the nose. Sadly, for me anyway, this the rare beer that smells better than it tastes. The dominate flavor is an overly sticky, sweet clove flavor.

The body is thinner than even a regular IPA and if it wasn't for that clove taste would be non-existent. I did not find this to be a very drinkable, or enjoyable, beer. I think this kind of a bastard style to begin with, with that said there are better examples of the style, go find them. Stone IPA is among my favorite IPAs and I love Belgian beers so this was a big disappointment for me.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Poured in to a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a clear orange hue body with an antique white head with slight yellow hue. The head is thick and bubbly sticking to the glass with each sip. This beer has a tiny gentle carbonation.
S- This beer has fresh full hops right off the bine aroma. There are floral green citrus hops aroma with a soft natural bubble gum note underneath.
T- This beer has a soft pale malt flavor with a hint of brie/cream quality. There is some grapefruit and floral taste with a big dandelion green bite at the finish. There is a light sweetness to the finish that grows as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol.
D- This beer has an amazing aroma like when I'm harvesting hops, the flavor however does not follow through. There isn't much yeasty characteristics or malt support in the flavor. The text on the bottle is impossible to read in the color scheme but I suspect it wasn't improtant to the beer inside.

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Photo of akorsak
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tai4ji2x for this bomber.

A: The ale is brilliantly clear, unimpeded by sediment, with a foamy head that laces all around the mouth of the glass. The ale has a brilliant orange glow.

S: The combination of a tripel's sweetness and an IPA's bitterness is amazing. Sweet fortified candi sugar mixes with sharp citrus hops. Belgian yeast adds a berry fruit presence. Quite nice.

T: The first sip reveals more Belgian yeast intricacies. Berries and pepper manage to make their way through the dryness. The hop profile is intense, a mango and peach bitter sweetness that has strong floral undertones. The interaction of the two flavors is bitter, a dirty combination that works.

M: Like most Belgian IPAs, this beer runs the gamut from sweet to bitter and back again. The dull bitterness that is left on the palate is a vivid reminder of the wild ride.

D: I like this much more than the Stone Collaboration Ale. The abv is lower and less boozy and the flavor profile is very intriguing.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 11/10/12 thanks liamt07 for sending me the bottle

A not quite clear golden yellow with various sized bubbles throughout, tight two finger off white head sits long enough to leave 4 thin rings of lace followed by lots of random patches, sexy looking stuff

S lemon hits me first with some soapy pine and toffee, faint spices with some more citrus fruits and candied pineapple, the yeast profiles Belgian but the hops are American and there's a little something I can't quite place but its fruity and good

T some bitter greens and lime rind, sprite perhaps with very faint banana, earthy weedy notes and there's still fruit I can't place

M a nice bitter bite with a little grit, well concealed booze and a big citrus finish, good carbonation and slick after the fact for a short time

O this ones going to bug me because there's a fruity aspect I can't quite place but its positive. If anything it could use more Belgian yeast to get it more on line with the style but I liked it no matter how its labeled

I feel like I'm being hard on this one even though it gets a high score, not quite 4.25 in many areas maybe I should start complaining that we need a .10 increment on the site

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Photo of Stevedore
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Stone World Bistro in Escondido, CA. Served in a stemmed glass 12/14/14.

A- Clear yellow body, two finger white head with long retention time, very nice lacing and longevity. Nice film. Looks like a clear, filtered version of Stone IPA.

S- Unlike Stone IPA though, this is dominated by the Belgian yeast. Esters, minerals, cloves, caramel. Smells very weird and not what I would expect from any kind of IPA.

F- This doesn't work for me. Bitter pine mixed in with banana and cloves from the yeast. Dry, caramel pale malt sweetness. I don't know, it could certainly work for some people but it isn't something that I find to be an effective combination.

M- Medium bodied, similar to Stone IPA, nice crisp mouthfeel that is both dry and refreshing. Finish is that odd mineral-forward Belgian flavour mixed in with pine bitterness.

O- The Belgian yeast just doesn't work for me here. Much rather have the regular Stone IPA than the Belgian counterpart. It's still cool to see as the effects of the particular yeast you use in a beer, because the rest of the beer is identical to Stone IPA. The yeast can really change things up, and in a way it's a cool accident that Stone accidentally pitched in Belgian yeast into a batch of Stone IPA and are now making this year-round.

Final score: 3.23

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Photo of Immortale25
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that has great retention before becoming an 1/8 inch head leaving a fluffy crown of lacing on the edge of the glass behind it.

S- Tropical fruit pours out of the bouquet while melding with the Belgian yeast to create a wonderful aroma.

T- Heavy notes of pineapple, papaya and guava with a sharp yeast bite to funk things up a bit. Hops play their part as well making things just bitter enough. Juicy and vaporous.

M- Tight and prickly with a lightish body and medium carbonation.

O- One of my favorite Belgian IPAs. Unique and perfectly balanced.

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellowish color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of creamy/foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sharp, fruit, hoppy aroma, with some traces of malt and yeast.

T: Tasted of hops, Belgian yeast, citrus, and a good amount of malt. A nicely balanced, vibrant, flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An eminently drinkable Belgian IPA.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with almost an inch white head. Head retention is good, and there is a lot of lacing. The aroma is citrusy hops (grapefruit), orange, ginger, Belgian yeast and a bit of piney hops. It tastes like bready malt, pine and citrusy hops (grapefruit and orange peel), Belgian yeast, peppery spice and ginger. There's good balance in this beer, it's not too sweet and not too bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. With the relatively low ABV it wouldn't be hard to drink a couple bombers of this at all. It reminds me a little of the Vertical Epic 08/08/08 I just drank, but I think this is a bit better. If you get the chance to try this beer, you should.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one at my local place for 8 bucks (kind of steep) with no noticeable "best by" date

A - Carbonation seems a bit lacking since I only got a layer of foam and some moderate bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Head does seem sticky.

S - Smells of fruity yeast and a nice bit of hops that blends into a sort of lemon hop smell.

T - Hops are kind of subdued but I do get a bit of bitterness in the finish and a nice bit of bubble gum fruit flavor from the yeast. I bet fresh this would be amazing.

M - Light to medium it's very balanced and tasty.

Overall if I ever get a chance to try this with no yeast on the bottom (or with a best by date) I will re-review it. It still was a very solid offering and surprisingly hoppy and balanced.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a semi-hazy golden orange, full frothy white head, sticky and lacing down the sides

S - a very nice blend of hops (grapefruit, faint pine) and belgian yeast... each whiff leads one to stand out over the other ever so slightly.

T - follows the smell with a nice blend of hops (grapefruit, faint pine) and belgian yeast... a little spice and bread in there

M - medium bodied, sticky, drying, ample carbonation and refreshing

D - very good well rounded Belgian IPA... would love another

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear burnished golden brew. Head lingers nicely, with average to good lasting lace. Aroma is sweet, with a lightly spicy hoppiness. Taste is also sweet with spices, and the lightest touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Everything comes together nicely, and while its not in your face, I don't believe that was the intention.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A friend brought this back from Florida and had it home for quite a time. Enjoy by 5/16/14 so about a month past.

A - Nice hazy golden pour. Two finger pillowy white head. Good carbonation. Wicked lace rings and a finger of retention. Good looking stuff.

S - Bubblegum, fruit, lot's of hops, grass. Belgian yeast is obviously there with pale malt base and a hop note that clearly has faded but is still there.

T - Strong Belgian yeast, grass, honey, pale malt, some spice.. Quite delicious actually.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, yeasty finish with bubblegum and spice.

O/D - Quite complex and drinkable. I imagine this would be much better fresh, but it's still quite tasty and has a nice mix of the Belgian influence and IPA character. This is one I've been waiting to try for a while and it was the wait. Well done.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as an extra from seaoflament. Thanks for knocking off a want, Carlos! Chilled and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Crystal clear orange capped with a solid almost pure white head that's frothy and dense with decent retention with some lacework

S: Wonderful citrus hops up front with sharp tangerine fruitiness and bitterness. There's a good deal of hop character but as the beer warms up, there's some classic Belgian spiciness that comes with some pepper and clove with a yeasty sweetness. Not very strong with the Belgian character and that's the reason I like it. As it warms up over an hour, this definitely get spicier with white pepper, mace and a hint of cinnamon.

T/M: Opens up with a ton of hops with citrus, tangerine and floral characters dominating the palate. Again, the Belgian yeast character is over-powered by the hops (which, according to my tastebuds, is a good thing) and appear towards the end of the sip with some spice and sweetness. Like the IPA, this beer is pretty light in body (a plus) with a long, bitter and dry finish. It is here that the spices become a little more prominent with a white pepper and clove blend becoming noticeable. As with the regular IPA, the carbonation is excellent and this beer is a pleasure on the palate.

D: This is one easy drinking BIPA, probably my favorite of the bunch so far. Well done, Stone!

Notes: This is not a style I dig because I don't like the conflicting use of hops and yeasty characteristics. This beer subdues the yeast and lets the hops do the talking - if this doesn't sound appealing to you, don't try this.

As this warms up over an hour, it's quite remarkable how the balance shifts in this beer from being hop-driven to yeast-driven. All told, it's still delicious,

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served in a duvel tulip

Appears a clear, light amber when held up to the sunlight. The color of the two+ finger cap is somewhere between off-white and light tan. Sticky, spider-web lacing is littering the insides of the tulip.

Bold herbal, medicinal hop aroma. Not overly enticing. Fresh clipped pine needles make the medicinal scent a little more palatable, but still overly astringent. I think the astringency enhances the spiciness in the aroma, because it is quite noticeable. Melon, oranges and undercooked biscuits make up the rest of the nose.

Faint biscuits hit me initially and then herbal, piney and citrus hops take over. The finish is rather dry and spicy. The astringency is definitely enhanced by the spices (clove?) in the flavor. The flavors didn't seem congruent or balanced in any way until the very end. It took me a few sips before I could really wrap my head around what was going on.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated with a dry finish. A bit prickly.

As I stated above, it took me a few sips to try and figure out what they were trying to do here. Once that happened, I liked it. It's not great, but a decent offering and a style that is growing on me.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy copper and bronze hue with an awesome two to three finger head that leaves craggy foam on the glass after each sip.

Great citric and floral mix in the aroma. Orange zest with a little fresh picked wild flowers. All on top of a light biscuit.

Starts with lots of carbonation and bitter orange marmalade. The middle turns into sweet oarnge candy with a little caramel. The finish goes from citric bitterness to floral bitterness on the linger.

This beer is well carbonated on the toongue upfront, then finishes a little resiny. Nicely done.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served from the tap in a snifter glass

appears a pale yellow color with bright white head. aroma is very spicy and yeasty smelling. hops are herbal and citrusy. taste follows with more of the same. minor malt profile. Medium body, high carbonation, a bit fizzy.

overall - alright, but a bit too much of the Belgian yeast flavors for me.

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Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark gold with a thin whitish cap of fine bubbles. Quite a bit of streaky lacing, good head retention for what's present. Big citrus hop presence in the nose, grapefruit and pine, a bit powdery, but with some pineapple/tropical character, bubblegum, and faint spice as well. Same in the flavour, coming together in a sweettart-like fruitiness, but with a solid bitterness. Mild sweetness was mostly fruity, with a hint of strawberry, rather than malty. Closer to light than medium bodied and fairly dry, moderate carbonation, a bit on the rough side. I liked it. The difference in yeast added more complexity than I expected, but a slightly modified malt bill would probably improve the texture and create something truly impressive.

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Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark-golden color with a two finger head into my glass. Looks about right.

Aroma is full of grassy hops and spice in the nose. A hint of grapefruit peeks out. Very decent for the hops part.

Taste is full of floral hops with a pronounced spice bite upfront. Elements of a west coast IPA and belgian IPA are abound but the hops dominate as with most of the Stone lineup that I've had. The malt shows through only a bit.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hops and spice and malt. Not bad. Alcohol is well hidden, though it's not that high anyway.

Not bad at all. I like this example of the style. It has a definite Stone feel to it. My only problem is that Belgian part of this beer seems lost. Regardless, you cannot go wrong with giving this a shot.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,434 ratings.
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