Pannepot Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2007

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382
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1,143
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
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Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, 2008 vintage. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a murky dark brown color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like dark fruit, brown sugar, oak, molasses and a bit of rum. The taste is sweet and malty, it tastes like dark fruit, sweet spices, booze, molasses, brown sugar and a bit of peppery spice and oak. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew, I've liked the other Pannepot versions I've tried in the past, and this one is no different. Definitely worth trying!

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Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008. Deep toffee colour with a tan cap of fine bubbles. Nice lacing, decent head retention. Great aroma. Bready and toasty malts, earthy, prunes, raisins, almost a spicy wood character, light alcohol. Nice flavour too. A little sugary but far from cloying, caramel and molasses, with more of a fresh plum fruitiness and less of a prune and fig dried fruit character. Honey, spices, and alcohol were all mild and balanced, as was a hint of oak flavour and astringency. Medium plus body with lowish, well integrated carbonation that made it feel a bit lighter. Overall this was a really well balanced beer, very tasty and quite drinkable for a quad.

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Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Found a bunch of 2008 vintages at a local store, was gonna buy a ton but probably just get a few, already tastes extremely OLD and worn down.

A- Extremely dark brown with a big, creamy light tan head that has good retention. Nice cloud and tons of fine lace.

S- Mostly stale caramel malt like an old ale. Some vanilla, dark fruit and light spice. Slight alcohol.

T- Flavorful but does not jump out and impress me like the 2006 Pannepot I had a few weeks back. Dark fruit comes in pretty big followed by some spice and vanilla. Oak not amazingly present.

MF- Light body feels kind of watery even. Low, silky carbonation. Pretty warm from alcohol.

DB- The regular Pannepot blew me away with complexity. This one just seems too old, I will have to find a newer bottle, it reminds of the 2007 Van Der Kaiser Blauw I had months back. A ton of stale caramel malt and nothing much else.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle served in my Bruery tulip. 2008 vintage, lot A4DD. Pours a dull chestnut with a slightly murky clarity. Head is half an inch, loose, off-white and embedded with tiny ringlets. Head quickly disperses into a solid skim and a frothy band around the edges of the bowl. Some spots and strands of lacing were revealed during the tasting. Nose is tannic, expresses some ethanol, dark fruit and a trace of oak, which was much more pungent off the cap pop, but is much more diffuse in the glass. Taste follows nose; however, ethanol character is not really present in the flavor profile and oak character all but disappears. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a mild, even carbonation and some very minor, residual alcohol heat at the finish. A very good Quad - great balance and a well-hidden abv contributes to its exceptional drinkability. Not sure how much aging would enhance the experience on this one, but it might be worth securing an additional bottle to sit on for a few years.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 7.22.13
2010 Vintage

A - Pours a dark mocha brown with a light brown head with good retention.

S - Caramel candy, boozy raisins.

T - Toasted malt, subtle caramel, light fruitiness.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - A touch of sweetness, but a nice easy to drink beer with lots of caramel and fruit.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 11.2 oz bottle from the De Struise web shop...The beer pours medium brown, like a quad should look but a little lighter of a brown than the pannepot. There are tons of yeasy floaties. The head is disappointing, only rising a little then gone right away...The aroma is really dark fruits, raisins, caramel with a slight hop finish...The taste is ok, doesn't quite live up to a great quad though. A little light in feel and a very alcoholic finish. The taste is in general is just kind of flat.

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Photo of drpimento
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite a beer, quite a beer. Poured at a good temperature with a small to medium sized, tan, foamy head and no lace. Color is an opaque brown in the balloon part of the glass and in the narrrower part a hazy/cloudy amber orange red with some particulates and some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is malt, yeast, roast, fruit, red wine. Flavor is like nose, very nicely balanced, with bitter, sweet, and tang all pronounced, yet harmonious. Body is full, lush, mouth filling and carbonation is perfect. Finish is like flavor, tapers slowly, and has only a little alcohol warmth. Wonderful beer!

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Photo of claspada
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi-hazy, dark brown body with a wispy, khaki colored head. As it recedes I get some decent spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with a melange of dark malts and toasted oak wrapped up in a luscious, sweet-smelling raisin/plum syrup. Medium-dark fruit and a light cola like rooty, spiciness.

The tastes begin with toasted brown bread soaked in caramel, tangy plums, golden raisins and an herbal, almost root beer spiciness. As it warms you get a little more of the Belgian esters from the Belgian yeast.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with moderate to light carbonation. Finish is dryish and semi-sweet. Finish is farily dry for such a big beer but dont get me wrong there is some candy sweetness here as well.

Overall this is a great Quad from a great brewer. I really need to sample this, the original and the Grand Reserva at the same time because I really can't recall a great difference in flavor but a horizontal tasting will hopefully alleviate that. Probably my favorite (and decently available) brewery of the Quad style.

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Photo of dgilks
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown colour with a smooth, tan head. Large head and good head retention.

Deep, dark caramel aroma with dried fig and raisin notes. Bold and complex.

Mildly sweet with the sugars being well attenuated creating a dark, rich caramel note. Plenty of fruit, herbal character and a light enteric thing that adds complexity without quite being offensive.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

I quite like this. There are some weird things going on but they all work together.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was pumped to score 3 of the 2008's on a recent trip to IL.

a - opened the 33cl bottle and filled my La Trappe chalice. poured the classic deep brown almost plum color with some thickness and a thin creamy head. the entire bottle perfectly filled the glass.

s - YUM. strong candy with grapejuice. dark fruit but perfect sweetness. get out your notebooks my friends... this, is what a quad should smell like. top of the mountain.

t - exceptional. fantastic sweetness and deep strong grape flavoring. perhaps a touch too sweet, but damn if this isn't a finely crafted brew.

m - even before i could rip into that amazing flavor, my mouth told me that this was far and away the creamiest richest most wonderful quad to pass through my lips. on the money...really feels like something you'd drink in a monestary.

o - every now and again you drink a beer that is in a space of it's own for the style. a beer that you feel ultimately exemplifies everything that you love and look for in a beer of that style. and for a style that i adore, this beer stands at the top of the mountain with few others even in the same ballpark. extremely glad to have 2 more bottles of this exact vintage. my hats off to you, de struise...my hats off to you.

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Photo of n2185
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a deep brown that is almost black with two fingers of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: Sweet candy sugar and Belgian spices up front with date and fig aromas following. The finish has a light Port and oaky aroma.

T: Candy sugar and dark fruits like dates and prunes hit first with a sweet yeasty flavor and oak coming through after. Molasses, hearty bread, and tawny Port flavors come though as well with a finish that has only a hint of alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation, this beer is dangerously drinkable for its abv.

O: An incredible beer, overall, and one of the best quads out there.

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Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 version.

Pours a hazy, rustic brown color with a big off-white head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a thin pancake of bubbles on top that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of booze and Belgian candy sugar soaked fruits - plums, raisins and pears - with hints of spices. I'm not getting a lot of woody aromas, but the spiciness seems toned down a bit from the normal version.

Tastes very good. Belgian candy sugar and fruits join a sweet malt background. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg come out every now and then.

Mouthfeel is great. This is the biggest improvement over the normal version of this beer in my opinion. It's almost velvety.

Drinkability is good. The sweetness from the Belgian candy sugar isn't overbearing, nor are the spices. This goes down easily, especially considering the 10% ABV.

Overall this is a tasty beer, but for the price I would recommend sticking with the non-Reserva, though if you're curious it's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Snagged this bottle off a shelf at Dawson’s in Severna Park, hiding behind some other brews while home for the holidays. 2009 bottle poured to a Unibroue tulip on 1/9/14. The bottle says only 3,000 bottles of this made. Not a bad find! Pours a murky dark brownish purple with a small off white or khaki colored head. Beautiful aroma of plums, super ripe pears, raisins, tobacco, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, lots of beautiful mellow oak with a nice helping of booze that makes me almost think this was bourbon barrels. Flavor of raisins, plums, brown sugar, some warming booze, light cocoa, toffee, tobacco, and much more spice than would be expected from the aroma. The oak dries out the finish a bit and keeps this a very smooth and mellow brew despite the alcohol and spice present. The mouthfeel is heavy, like huge imperial stout heavy, and yet has low to medium carbonation. This was pretty freaking awesome. (4.69)

Trying another bottle and a good bit less impressed, as it falls rather flat with both flavor and carb. (4.24)

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

4 oz. served into a tasting snifter at ChurchKey. From notes; 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is little more than a thin khaki film. Still, it's very stout-like in appearance.

S: There are some evident tones of nuts, dark fruits, oak, and spicing here, however it's not nearly as evocative as I expected. What is here, at least, is well balanced and pleasurable.

T: The opening is mildly nutty and spicy. This will progress into a middle of earthy toffee, with a light oak finish. Solid complexity, but the flavors themselves aren't blowing my mind.

M: It's medium bodied in texture. The alcohol (seemingly in typical De Struise fashion) is well concealed in spite of its (also seemingly in typical De Struise fashion) dry finish. Very drinkable, as well.

O: Decent, but pretty disappointing. The only brew from De Struise this night that didn't wow me. Mayhaps the keg isn't in fantastic shape? This would probably be better if it were bottle conditioned, in fairness.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, murky brown with a pillowy, lingering khaki head.

S: Aromas of ripe plums, red grapes, oak, spices, port, and dark chocolate are abundant on the nose. Complex and welcoming at the same time.

T: Notes of port, spiced pears, cream, pepper, plums, dark chocolate, red table grapes, and oak wash across the palate. The finish is spicy and sweet with notes of dark chocolate, oak, and port.

M: Full bodied, creamy, silky, and smooth. The alcohol is very well-hidden. Very easy to drink for an ale of this strength.

O: This is one of my favorite quads. It is also one of the best barrel-aged beers I've tried. This is one not to miss.

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Photo of Zach136
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2009 enjoyed many times, reviewed 5/31/15

Appearance: Deep brown. Solid head/carb/retention for a 5 year old, 10% ABV Barrel aged beer.

Aroma: Caramel and pencil shaving oak up front, with solid notes of dark fruit and chocolate.

Flavor: Very oaky, no spices present. Dark fruit and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but fairly boozy.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 Vintage

A-pours a hazy deep red with notes of purple and lots of sediment floating around. A tan creamy bubbly head sets on top, two full fingers. It lingers for a moment and slides down the glass slowly.

S-the nose is quite light. What is there is very solid, but it is so faint. Toasted grains set in up front, it is slightly bready behind. Dark fruits take over and hold on throughout the rest of the aroma. Cherries and plums in the back with notes of oak and vanilla.

T-the taste is much bigger than the nose and is extremely good. Bready and slightly toasted up front. Dark fruits dominate and take over quickly. Sweet malty goodness, dark cherries, plums, and raisins slighly soaked in rum. There is some light chocolaty malts lying underneath it all in the back. Notes of oak and vanilla are faint but present towards the finish.

M-medium to full body, extremely smooth and creamy. Carbonation is perfect, crisp finish but no bite or prickly feeling in the back. Very inviting and soft on the palate throughout.

D-this is extremely tasty and big, great feel on the palate, hides the alcohol extremely well. The oak aging is faint and subtle; but still present.

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Photo of warnerry
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 release into a goblet

A - Pours a beautiful deep but translucent mahogany with half a finger of splotchy tan head. Head fades to a collar pretty quickly and leaves only small amounts of lacing.

S - Caramel and toffee, a bit of candi sugar, rum-soaked plum and fig, a bit of cinnamon and pepper. Very inviting aroma.

T - Initially a bit sweet, with candi sugar and caramel, but very quickly the sweetness is balanced with some spices that bring a bit of dryness, plum and a bit of raisin, and some noticeable alcohol. Finishes mostly dry, though there is some lingering sticky sweetness.

M - Initially medium with soem sticky sweetness. Finishes with some dryness.

O - Very enjoyable quad from Struise. There is some apparent alcohol, but it is not detracting in the least. It really works well with the fruits and spices.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottles. 2008 and 2009 vintages poured side by side.

A: Both vintages pour a murky mahogany woody brown. 08 definitely has less carbonation, but a thin dark tan collar briefly stuck around. The 09 has a nice dense finger of foam that slowly faded into a fuzzy film and collar.
S: The 09 is definitely a bit brighter and sweeter smelling, and the 08 has a few hints of musty damp oxidation, but other than that the noses are pretty similar with scents of dark fruits, raisins, leather, pipe tobacco and mild spice.
T: Both are actually fairly similar but the 09 flavors are a bit brighter. Powdery chocolate and dark fruits dominate, especially candied dates, raisins, and figs. Vanilla, oak, spice, nutmeg, and slight caramel, come through as well with a surprisingly earthy hoppy finish, slight sticky booziness, and slight bitterness.
M: Fairly similar as expected on both vintages. Maybe a bit more carbonation on the 09. Thick body, chewy mouthfeel, heavy and smooth, very soft carb, mellow, well-aged, and integrated.
O: Age has done wonders. 08 is amazing but I like the brighter (yet still very mellow) flavors of the 09 better. Both are some of the best quads in the world.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle. Dark brown pour with a dark tan head and visible carbonation. Smells like apple brandy, burnt caramel, raisins, cocoa and chocolate. The taste includes all those notes, and, in addition, a bit of cola and milk coffee. Full bodied with medium carbonation and a sticky-sweet and roasty aftertaste. My favourite by quite a bit, from the Pannepot series.

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Photo of morimech
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006

Pours a very dark brown with a dense one inch of tan head that has great retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface.

The aroma is packed full of dark fruit, spice, candied surgar, and alcohol.

Complex flavors of figs, dates, prunes, raisins, not overly sweet, and some warmth from the alcohol. Spice is unusual and unidentifiable. I usually do not like alcohol flavor in my beer but it adds another flavor profile I was not able to appreciate in other beers.

Medium body with low carbonation. Semi-creamy texture to the body until the alcohol stings the tongue.

The 10% ABV is noticable but is not harsh. Not going to drink more than a bottle during a session. A bit expensive as well but I liked this Quad more than others I have drank.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle, approximately 3 years old.

A: A dark brown pour with a big fluffy very light brown head floating on top. Retention is good, takes a long time to fade away. Leaves some pretty heavy lacing on the glass.

S: Wonderful dark fruits like cherries, grapes and raisin. Maybe a little fig? Caramel malt and some molasses. Oaky vanilla. A bit of stinging esters. I get a whiff of cocoa here and there.

T: A lot going on in here. Up front, some oak and dark fruits, similar to the aroma. Sweet caramel and molasses (maybe a little toffee in the middle?). Some cocoa on the back end as the oaky vanilla finishes it off.

M: Fairly thick, not syrupy though. Smooth.

O: Pretty much you would expect, tastes like normal pannepot with some oak aspects added in. This is a little older vintage than my regular pannepot and the flavors seem to have melded a bit, making it a bit smoother. A good quad either way, very complex and intricate.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice. Poured a deep reddish brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, bread, raisins, and sweet alcohol on the followthrough. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one wasn't quite as smooth as the Old Fisherman's Ale with similar age on it, but was still quite nice. The alcohol on this one definitely made itself present on the followthrough without doubt. Hard to believe that with this one having 4 years on it already. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle consumed on March 22 2016.

Pours good and looks great, with a hefty head that lasts for a while and some lacing.

Smells like raisins, flowers, sugar and countryside. A quad, yes, but a lot more nuanced/smooth.

The taste follows the nose, with dark fruit, figs, pureed dates, sweetness and a tad of freshly-licked oak.

Unfortunately the mouthfeel is shot and gone; watery-thin, oxidated and damaging to the quality of the beer overall.

Overall this brew is nice enough and rather drinkable for the ABV, but it falls way short of the expectactions.

I would assume that drinking this fresh(er) would be advisable.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Beer is a dark chestnut brown, with a thin tan head. Surprisingly small head, actually, and it fades quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell is very full and nice. Lots of dark fruit (cherry, fig), brown sugar, malt, a bit of spice, oak and vanilla. Beautiful.

Taste totally lives up to the nose. Malt and dark fruit up in front- quite sweet. The sweetness gives the beer a bit of a caramelly flavour. The oak is noticeable but not overly strong- a nice bit of vanilla and wood that provide a nice backbone for the sweet fruit flavours. Spice notes are restrained but present. Alcohol is slightly warming. Really good.

Beer is velvety smooth. Thinner than expected, with a moderate carbonation comprised of incredibly small bubbles. A bit of heat from the booze, but very mild.

Definitely a first-rate beer. The effect of the barrels is very nice, though certainly not as pronounced as in the Grand Reserva, where they really play a starring role. A classic.

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Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
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