Abbaye De Floreffe Triple | Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Abbaye De Floreffe TripleAbbaye De Floreffe Triple

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Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange with lots of creamy head. Marvellous fruity yeasty aroma with candi, malt, and hops. Good mouthfeel and spices, very drinkable, partcularly with reasonable ABV. Zesty and full mouthfeel, slightly above average carbonation. Somewhat drying finish.
Had this a second time a year later and is it my cellaring. Drying there, spiciness, just all together only an average Belg.
Averaged the two.

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that took a long time to die down and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with notes of fruity esters—bananas seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell, but isn't nearly as yeasty—there are more banana-like flavors and underlying notes of candi sugars. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable for a tripel as it does a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol from the taste. It's a nice choice if you like tripels that are a little fruitier and sweeter than the norm.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, at 8% ABV, another part of the '1/2 Meter of Beer' mixed pack available here in Alberta.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and eventually Dairy Queen creamy opal head, which leaves a proper array of sudsy webbed lace all around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, buttered white bread, a warm orchard fruitiness - peach, pear, and overripe apple - mixed table pepper, mildly spicy yeast, honeyed candi sugar, and a bristling, nose-twitching alcohol astringency. The taste is bready, somewhat biscuity pale malt, more booze-tinged apple, pear, and banana generic fruit bowl sweetness, sugary, floral field honey, active yeast bitterness, and a sidling, well-knowing, and sort of metallic edginess.

The bubbles are pretty well sublimated, barely a wisp of their initial splendour to be found at this mid point in the game, the body just on the lee side of a steady medium weight, and so-so smooth, the yeast and alcohol having their way right now. It finishes still on the sweet side, as things go, the caramel malt, additional sugars - alcohol and otherwise - kind of collaborating on the death knell (to me, at least) of this particular offering.

For the style, this does well enough, I suppose, providing a sweet, yeasty, and above all, boozy sort of experience. However, I am quite on the fence about such a plainly one-sided kind of deal - where be the hops, at least in the basest interest of balance? This comes off as an example of a beer that all the platitudes and pandering in the world wouldn't be able to deter those who think that it's actually all that good of an idea in the first place.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light amber/yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of fruit and ester is quite enjoyable with a light spice mix. Taste is a mix between some spices, floral malt and some wheat. Body is a bit thin and alcohol is slightly burning but nothing out of control. I would say hat this tripel is above the middle of the pack but not part of the greatest of the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-orange body topped by a thin, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Sugary aroma of sliced bananas and white grapes with lesser notes of pale malt, spice, peach juice, and yeast.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a full, sugary sweetness. Tastes of peaches, bananas, and white grapes present a nice fruitiness. Slight yeastiness. Very, very mild bitterness. Mulling spices on the crisp, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated. Smooth texture.

Drinkability: In all honestly, Floreffe Tripel was a pleasant surprise and better than expected.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly yeasty tangerine with a spunky sparkle brought about by a generous number of rapidly rising bubble streams. Most tripels aren't this dark (i.e. orange), which makes me wonder about the malt bill. The bone colored cap is large and firm, then becomes softly rocky as it melts. Small spots of suds look like Morse code lace.

The aroma is appropriately tripel-like, although it isn't a humdinger. It smells like something other than the standard five ingredients were used (candi sugar is the fifth). Good-great tripels don't need spices. Let's see how it all plays out on the palate.

Floreffe Triple-Tripel (the label covers both bases) is actually a pretty good version. That said, it's still going to come down to 3.5 versus 4.0 for the all-important flavor score. Hmmm, I wonder if it's coriander... which I usually like in otherwise well-brewed beer.

There just a hint of caramel, which isn't a deal-breaker. Any more and it would be, though. An apricot and peach fruitiness is apparent, as is a little grassy hoppiness. Malt sugars and candi sugar are nicely offset by bitterness and spiciness. What the hell, this is pretty tasty beer in the end.

Even though the mouthfeel isn't the most luxurious that I've ever encountered, it has the expansive light creaminess that all good Belgian ales possess. American brewers could learn a thing or three from that country with respect to mouthfeel and carbonation.

Floreffe Triple-Tripel and Floreffe Prima Melior (a BSDA) are both solid versions of their respective styles. Just because better Belgians are available doesn't mean these ales aren't worth a look. I consider $3.89 for 330 ml money well-spent.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Consume before Oct 21st 2017.

Burnt orange body color, almost into a red amber territory but definitely on the brown side, and a bit murky. Lots of pinhead fine white streams of carbonation on the sides, matching to a frothy white bright head. Head retention is a mix of styrofoam and weak soapy appearances, but doesn't move at all with an easy three fingers, more if you are aggressive on the pour. Head just wont budge and keeps getting lapped up with each bubble coming forward, and cling cling cling ROCKY clumps abound while drinking.

This is a real interesting nose. Mineral and floral notes, with a real honey kick but with a much less subdued sense of sweetness. There's a touch of faint phenol clove character but also some rye like spicy quality as well. Very unexpected, gotta love the variety on these Belgian tripels, and this nose is quite a unique and memorable one.

Palate makes a big surprise. Caramel malts and a big crisp carbonation not unlike a Marzen. Hints of toffee and also banana esters but then some of that classic tripel candi sugar comes in a little bit. Playful carbonation but also a real nearly doppelbock German quality in flavor. Soft mix of sweet banana, and almost vanilla cream in the mix, with a good phenolic brown spiced finish.

This almost comes off as a Marzen large doppel belgian twist, which is a real fun and memorable beer. Not what I look for in this style particularly from a Belgian producer, but this is quite a neat made brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Floreffe Tripel
Ale Brewed with Cane Sugar, 750 ml, caged & corked. 7.5% abv.
A Special Reserve Ale exclusively for the use of the abbot and his guests. A rich brown beer seasoned with can sugar, secondary fermentation in this bottle, based on the brewing tradition of Floreffe Abbey, founded in 1121.

Poured into a small Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Hazed golden/orange appearance, high and mighty head, lacey, bone white, with fierce carbonation. Never-ending streams along the glass, racing up to meet the foam.

Lemon and orange hits the nose first. then spice. light, bright, and creamy. Nice.

More citrus in the taste, spices ridge the senses, just ride along the tongue. Light bodied, sweetness defining the flavor. Not too much complexity, but an abundance of delightful sugary sweetness. If that's what you like, this'll turn your crank. I need something a little extra.
This would bring joy to many, easy-drinking, light, reminds me of a fruitier white wine, perhaps, would go great with food, makes a nice chaser.
But it's not what I want now, not tonight, doesn't tickle those places I like to have tickled...personally, that means hops or booze or big, splashy malt...not just cane sugar.

I'll finish this, soon enough...but my tongue will be aching for something else.

Don't let this report stop you from trying it. Results may vary, and, as I said, makes a great food chaser, delightul, if simple. And not a bad price. Got mine on sale for $6.50 if you can believe it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked with best before dating on rear label. Pours clear darkish, golden amber, under a super impressive light tan head. head shows loft and puffy softness, then merange, world class/excellent retention, all kinds of lacing, lots of bubbles continue to rise to the top. Very nice. Peppery, powdered sugar and yeasty nose. Tasty tripel, lots of pepper, citric fruit and warming alcohol and spice. Not as complex as other tripels, but definatly well worth a try.

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a haizy, dark maize. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. There is also suspended sediment. Smells of yeast, slight wheat, slight sour, slight citrus, hops, sweet malt, and alcohol. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hops, yeast, slight wheat, slight citrus, and hint of alcohol. Overall, better body and blend, than aroma.

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Photo of stevoj
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an absolutely towering head (Used a tulip). Fluffy and airy, yet solid like a dollop of shaving cream. Nice butterscotch flavor comes through. This is an excellent tripel!

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Photo of biegaman
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I popped the cork on Floreffe Triple I wasn't expecting something quite so dark; this dusky orange beer still allows some transparency but it's certainly not clear and, away from the light, looks downright muddied. The head, however, is true to form: creamy, rocky, long-lasting and lace supplying.

Simply smelling a Tripel often sends excited tingles through my limbs - but this one, not so much. It has a familiar mulled pear or apple note, hints of clove or nutmeg, and a subtle sweet breadiness, something like a moist sponge cake. But it's not exactly what I was looking for...

It's common practice for Belgian brewers to use 'candi sugar' in Abbey-style styles, like Tripels. What's essentially just caramelized beet sugar provides a highly fermentable food source for the yeast which helps boost alcoholic strength without leaving behind too much residual sweetness.

In this recipe, however, either too dark a variety was used and/or it didn't entirely ferment out. Both sweetness and booze are both prominent, the former not surprising given the colour but the latter a little unexpected given its alcohol content (8%) actually clocks in at the lower end of spectrum for this style.

Regardless, I'm not a professional brewer (or even a decent homebrewer for that matter), so I won't speculate on the possible technical or scientific explanations, rather just the facts: Floreffe Triple has a strong residual sweetness that's caramelly and fruit esters that stem more from ethanol than yeast.

As result, this particular example provides fewer and less focused flavours of orchard and citrus fruits, and in their place a toffee-like maltiness out of place for the style. The peppery spice notes register as harsh due to flagrant alcohol and what should be a light, creamy, well rounded body is anything but.

There are much better Belgian ales out there than Floreffe, but that doesn't mean Brasserie Lefèbvre's offerings aren't worth buying. Their Triple (or Tripel, depending on your linguistic allegiance) is middle-of-the-pack at best but shouldn't be entirely dismissed - it's a merely OK beer but can be found at relatively good value.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: dark orange hue with a very slightly hazy body with suspended floaties. Head is two fingers of pillowy ivory foam. Darker than I normally expect for a tripel, but still quite nice.

Smell: deep, rich malt aroma. Smell is good but it lacks any of the fruity complexity I like so much in tripels.

Taste: rich malt and a fair bit of alcohol, despite its somewhat low ABV for a tripel. I like the malt character, but without any complexity this beer is almost bland, I'm sorry to say.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a bit of an underwhelming tripel. I like it well enough, but it's just not complex enough to warrant seeking.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 11.2 flo oz. bottle marked: L20090111-09:27. Sampled on April 10, 2011. It pours a handsome looking deep copper-amber at first but becomes cloudy as the bottle empties. The aroma is powerful with a strong balance of sweet malts and an alcohol scent. A little yeast takes up the rear. The body is thin to medium. The overall taste is also rather sweet with an alcohol kick at the end. Mellow though.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger white head that fades slowly, leaving a little lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet almost honey nose. Flavor is almost sweet, with spicy yeast finish. $3.70 for a 11.2oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a slightly cloudy ruby-orange with a solid bone white foamy head that left a good film lacing. Visible carbonation was strong.

S: The nose was spicy, yeasty with some fresh bread, bananas, and coriander. There was some candi-sugar sweetness, cloves and alcohol phenols as well with a fresh flowery hopping.

T: starts with a nice grainy sweetness with light fruit notes (green apples). There was some coriander, cloves and fresh flowery citrus notes as well. Tart fruitiness with a slight acidity.

M: lively from the carbonation with a nice light graininess and a medium fullness.

D: A great tart and fruity drinking triple that finished dry, crisp and leaving you wanting more.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy amber/gold colour with a gigantic size frothy and rocky white head. I can see a fair amount of carbonation and there is some fantastic lacing all over the sides of the glass. The head was pretty much fully lasting.

Smell - wheat, cloves, lemons

Taste & Mouth – The beer had an average amount of carbonation and has a nice full bodied taste. I can taste wheat mixed with cloves and some lemons. There are also some fruit esters and a fairly strong yeasty taste. The beer finishes with a yeasty spicy aftertaste.

Overall – Not my favourite tripel by a long shot but it has a few different tastes going on that make it interesting. It also has a really fantastic appearance in the glass. It was pretty easy to drink and actually went down quite fast. The alcohol was hidden well and I’d say that the beer is worth trying.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a Chalice)

A- This beer has an apricot colored body with a thick creamy head of nice bit of lacing after each sip. There is a sea of tiny bubbles that glide around the body.

S- This beer has a soft candy sugar note to it with a nice green note at the finish.

T- There is a soft sweetness at the beginning that has a light fruity quality to it with a dry pear note to follow. There is a nice bitterness at the finish with a faint tangerine zest to the hop hint. There is a carbonic acid note that is part of the bitterness hint.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a faint alcohol heat that comes through as the beer warms.

D- This beer has a smooth soft flavor with some sweetness and some bitterness that balance nicely. This is a well built beer with not a lot of interests.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Soapy white head. Huge pop from the cork with tons of smoke. Golden orange, no carbonation. The most interesting part of the beer.

S - Orangest and yeast. Aside from that it's really subdued.

T - Yeasty. Not alot aside from that. Some sourness. Not terrible but nothing really comes out at you. Sorta bland.

M - Dry finish. Medium body. Sorta thin for ABV.

D - Low. Pretty boring beer for what I expected. Wouldn't keep my attention past the small glass I had.

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Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris and Kyoko for cracking this one open during a nice evening on the patio.

Pours a slightly hazy, amber/orange colour, small white head forms, very bubbly, lace spots, good retention, solid collar. Smell is caramel, alcohol, bread, banana and clove, almost weissbier like, citrus zest, sweet and malty, very nice. Taste is wheat, caramel, banana and clove, yeast, some alcohol, spicy, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, very pleasant tripel, very well done. Thanks C&K!

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tripel pours with a slightly hazy golden color and a brilliant white head. It's a great looking brew, and one that really gives you an invitation to drink it. The smell, however, is one of the only soft points in the beer. It's a little musty, with a touch of alcohol, pale malt, and gassiness. Not spectacular, for sure. The flavor is more on-target, with a solid bitterness, yeast, esters, a pepperiness, some serious warmth, and a great dryness. The flavor lingers into a long aftertaste. Medium body, with serious carbonation. Dovetails nicely with the spicy and warm components. Nice drinkability too. This is a solidly good Tripel.

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Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour an opalescent orange color, off white head that is impressive is size, foamy in it consistency, and sheets of fine lace to coat the glass. Nose is sweet, banana like, malts, quite pleasant. Front is malt sweet, the top skinny; the finish is potently acidic, passively hopped, with a dry as a bone aftertaste that lingers on. Much better than the "Blonde", more sting to this beer, more flavors to please the palate, and well worth the sample.

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Photo of stcules
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

White and rich hat of foam, compact, but not very linger. Golden colour, with orange reflexes.
The smell is spettacular: very fresh, with field flower, orange flower, honey, quite fruity too, with chewingum notes and some syrup (strawberry? tamarind?).
Taste fruity, orange peel, citron, with a lasting sensation of freshness.
Medium body, good persistence of the aftertaste, with honey, friuts and light notesd of bitter.

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Photo of ccrida
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Koningshoeven goblet, the Floreffe Triple is a clear golden orange with a modest off white head that subsides pretty quickly to a thick skim, leaving pretty heavy foam lace.

At first, the aroma is moderate, grainy with spicy yeast, phenols and a touch of honey. As it warms, it really opens up, gaining a soft, vanilla sweetness and some really enjoyable hefe like esters.

The taste is also a bit subdued, and very similar to the nose...mainly phenols and yeast spice, with a dry, acrid finish that is more boozy then it should be at 7.5%. I fiind it notable that the label states they use cane sugar, rather then the traditional candi sugar, which gains complexity through caramelization and inversion. I think this triple really suffers as a result, lacking depth, pushing towards cidery and a bit sour . Luckily, the graininess is sufficient to keep it from lacking any character. Overall, it comes off a bit harsh, and a bit metallic tasting.

The mouthfeel is sharp, but with a nice level of carbonation.

This is not that great of a triple. If I was doing a bland tasting, I'd guess it was a sub-par attempt by a US micro undereducated in the style. I don't know enough about this brewery, but assuming the label blurb referencing the abbey is indicative of their history, I'll consider it an early rung on the evolutionary ladder of triples, a recipe pre-Jean De Clerck (PJ). Well actually, I think it's the sugar more the yeast at fault here, but pre-PJ had a nice ring to it!

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Photo of n2185
2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Slight Belgian spice notes up front with candy sugar and a lot of ester and yeast aromas. It's all kind of muted, though. Definitely not the best smelling beer out there.

T: Spices here as well followed by some candy sugar and then sweet ester and yeast flavors. The finish is a little bready but with a lingering sweetness.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is a little undercarbonated, but avoids being too thick feeling.

O: Not a very good tripel, overall. Not overly offensive, but far from good. It's a bit too estery and yeasty for me and lacks depth.

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Abbaye De Floreffe Triple from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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