Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus HopsinjoorGouden Carolus Hopsinjoor

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750 ml bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Pillowey white head, one inch above a golden/straw body. Aroma is of some lemony citrus, a bit of funk, and some wispy tartness. Taste to me personally is a bit more towards the saison side of the spectrum than an IPA, I'm sure the yeast has everything to do with that. No matter, the beer is delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of digr
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz bottle. Allowed to warm slightly for full flavors to develop before opening the bottle. Poured into a Snifter style glass.

A- Pours a huge billowy duvel-esque slightly golden head that fills the snifter to the brim. SLightly hazy golden liquid sits undeneath and has many bubble sites.

S- Smell is a classic Pilsner malt aroma and slight yeasty bread tones with a touch of hop aroma in Strong golden style.

T - Yep, Hops. Starts like Strong golden, but a lighter touch than some, then the hops hit you. Hops are mostly bittering, not that much aroma. The finish is a blend of the malty bread subdued by the aftertaste of the bitterness on the tongue. It is good. Hop lovers will like this more than some, as this is not like many Belgian styles. But the blend is nice of the full Pilsner flavor and the back-end hop bitterness, which lends itself to going well with certain foods (strong stews, etc.)

M - Great mouthfeel - lots going on. Full, but no heavy. Not a wimpy beer in anyway. The feel is robust, and the hops also seem to dry out the full body of the Strong ale.

D - This is quite drinkable, however there is so much going on that it will depend on the drinkers inclination and preferences.
Served cold and it will be very drinkable but many flavor nuances will be missed. It is busy enough that this may limit the enjoyment. This is a beer to be tasted slowly IMHO.

Overall very good. Hop loves will like this beer. However the hops are not aromatic, so it is not like a DIPA in anyway. But it is a good example of a classic Belgian style with the hops turned up a bit. A great food beer to go with some robust end of winter meals!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like Gouden Carlous. And now I have a feeling that I will like its Hopsinjoor...is that Dutch for Hopsickle? On to the beer:

It's heady, has a darkish, faded orangish straw color with brown splatches, and there's a lot of tiny particles floating in the body. Not terribly ugly like full chunks of sediment. Musty aroma. Dry. A little bit of funk and lemon is present, but it's not impressing me. It gets a little better as warms, and a little sweeter. Honey notes.

Dry and funny. It a "weird" sweetness, but it has some appeal to me. Apples, "funk", and a little fusel alcohol are present. There is a tiny bit of bitterness towards the end. Notes of aspirin comes from the beer. Good feeling in the mouth, nice and dry, carbonation doesn't get in the way.

I was expecting a little hoppiness, and instead I got a Belgian pale ale. Not that this is a bad beer, but you won't be getting that little extra sumpthin' in the way of those little green flowers.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Hazy golden orange color. Decent sized white foamy head, that went down fairly quick. Nice lacing.

S - Some malt but a good amount of spicy/herbal/earthy hop smell. Also Belgian yeast is mixed in there.

T - First there is some pale malt, which leads into the herbal/earthy flavors as well as some fruity flavors (apple, pear, lemon). Then it finishes with a spiced bitterness. This reminds me of a well hoped BSPA. Hops not as present in the taste as in the smell, but they certainly are there.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. Slight stickiness to it as well as a slightly drying finish.

D - Really easy to drink, as it is light and goes down easy. The flavors go from malty to juicy to spiced bitter and this makes you want to keep drinking more, in order to repeat the cylce.

Notes: European hops used are apparent as it doesn't have the same fruitiness from hops as American IPAs and DIPAs, so if you are expecting something similar to one of these, you may be disappointed. I enjoyed it though, as it was was like a BSPA with the added complexity of the multiple hops.

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Photo of Sixofsigmas
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was forced into my hands from a guy who said "You've gotta try this!"

Appearance is not bad although the head came up like an explosion. Appeared to be a thin head, but did actually take some time to recede. Not impressed with the lacing. Cloudy deep yellow-orange.

Smell is the best part. There's the nice belgian yeast/malt smell, some faint hop floral, and a fruitiness almost like wine(mostly a grape-ish smell).

Taste is disappointing. I think the carbonation destroys half the taste to start. Couldn't detect the same flavors that I did in the smell. Taste was more bready malt, a little boozey, and a complete lack of hops.

Mouthfeel is disturbing. Feels like champagne carbonation, and the aftertaste makes my tongue feel like the beer left sediment deposits on my taste buds.

Drinkability... well if you like those previously mentioned attributes then this beer could be amazingly drinkable. I don't believe in drain pours.... and this beer is very lucky I don't.

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Photo of theopholis
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Despite a careful pour, I got a failry hazy, light golden color. The body looks like unfiltered apricot juice. The head is a slightly off-white, fluffy head with good staying power and decent lacing.

Smell- Nice aroma that strikes an excellent balance between malt and aroma hops. A nice sweet citrus aroma along with a very nice malt sweetness comes through the nose as well.

Taste- Taste is not as nice as the smell, but it is still quite nice. It has a nice maltiness with a powerful jolt of bittering and flavoring hops...for a Belgian pale ale. Don't expect this to be an American IPA tho. There is a slight fruitiness to it as well, and hints of some kind of pine or juniper to it in the after-taste.

Mouthfeel- This is the downfall of this beer. It is way over-carbonated. The body is a medium body. And it's not a lively carbonation that makes the beer dance over your tongue like a lot of Belgian ales. Lots of CO2 burn to it.

Drinkability- It's quite nice, especially if you swirl the beer around after you've poured it and let some of the carbonation escape. (Don't do it in the bottle, since this beer is bottle-conditions).

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

Beer poured from a corked caged bottle into a tulip. Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a thick aggressive white head that slowly falls away leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is estery and yeasty without a significant hop presence unfortunately. I wish I knew when this was bottled.

Lots of carbonation in the mouth. Almost a tripel feel to this beer with a spicy biting alcoholic note to it. The overall feel of the beer is medium bodied, drinkability is fine. Bitterness grows as you drink. I'm not sure I'd classify it as an IPA but its a good beer.

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Photo of berley31
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an average-sized, long-lasting, thick white head. Body is a very nice golden color, slightly hazy.

S: Nice aroma that strikes an excellent balance between malt and hops... obviously, being a Belgian IPA the hops aren't as in-your-face as so many IPAs in the U.S., but what they've done here works really well.

T: And this balance continues with the taste... I love the flavor of this beer. The malt and slight fruitiness is present at first, and then a nice, hoppy finish balances it perfectly. Great-tasting beer.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Oh yeah, I'd have this beer again. I couldn't even really tell that it was 8% ABV... which is why I'd have to be careful about controlling my intake.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a tulip glass. The beer has an interesting yellow color; it is cloudy and translucent. There is a thick head of white foam. It leaves impressive lacing. There is carbonation rising in the glass, as well as a number of small bubbles attached to the side of the glass. It has a warm hoppy aroma and some earthy yeast. The beer tastes a bit sweet at first. There is a gentle hop bitterness and a slight peppery bite in the finish. The menu description claims there is a citrus flavor as well, and I think I can taste it, but it may be entirely through the power of suggestion [as I type this up the day after taking the notes, I can still clearly recall the pepper aspects; that doesn't usually happen to me]. It has a light body with a bit of mouthcoating. There's plenty of carbonation and a bit of a peppery burn, but nothing like the feeling of a chili beer. I find this beer to be fairly drinkable. To me, it should be enjoyed at a moderate pace; not too fast, but it doesn't need to be sipped over an hour either. It's a quality beer, but I don't think I'd order more than one in an evening.

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Photo of adamette
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 750 ML corked and caged dark brown bottle that I bought for $7.49 at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood, Ohio a few months ago into my Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style gold rimmed goblet. No observed "best by" date but the words "Belgian Blond Ale" printed clearly on the right side of the label.

A 2 inch meringue like white head over a slightly opaque (mostly translucent) golden yellow (indeed, blonde) body. Fair look for the stated style with a bump in score for me due to the nice patchy lacing left on the inside of the glass after sipping. 3.5

S Minimal smell really. Only trace hops, some sweet malt but not a pungeant smell at all. 2.5

T Wow, what this beer seemed to lack in look and smell it really makes up for in the taste. A nice, flavorful Belgian yeast over top of a nice "blond" or light roast malt sweetness and the expected hops gives a nice "punch" of taste that is very welcomed. Most american IPA fans will not believe that it has enough hops but a Belgian IPA is never overly bitter. The hops (which often times are covered completely by sweet malt in many Belgian styles) takes on a featured role in Belgian IPAs as is the case in this beer. 4.0

M A blond ale would normally have a thin feel but this beer's mouthfeel is beefed up quite a bit by the hops presence as well as a rather pungeant and obvious grain bite of the Belgian yeast. I really like the feel of this beer. It is not a pushover, weak one. 4.5

D At 8% ABV I would have been smart to share this with someone so that drives down the drinkability but there is plenty of interest there for me to keep sippin'. 3.5

Notes: My third Gouden Carolus beer (Had the Noel and the Tripel prior to this) and I have been happy with every one of them. Next up is the Carolus d'Or (Grand Cru of the Emperor).

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Photo of Freethyhops
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle appropriately poured into a Gouden Carolus chalice

A- pours slightly cloudy pale gold color. 2 fingers of fluffy white head. fairly heavy lacing for the style. looks spot on for a Belgian pale

S- the aroma is spicy with hints of floral hops and belgian yeast. really not a ton going on but that's typical of Belians IMO. i expected a little more pungent aroma from the "ipa", though.

T- the bitterness comes out a lot more in the flavor. it's not really that bitter but it really stands out in this beer. most of the other flavors, Belgian yeast, earthy and floral tones, and a hint of sweetness are rather tame and help the hops stand out.

M- tons of carbonation, dry, and crisp. nothing standout here. kind of, bleh.

D- I could certainly drink a 750 of this with ease. but at the price, I might reach for a more affordable American version next time.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 330mL two ways, poured into Russian River globes. Reviewed 12/4/2009. Botle says 18/6/11 (presumably a best by date)

Ar: Strong pear, tripel-like fruit, apple, light herbal hop, light floral, light alc

Ap: fine haze straw, dense off white head, great retention, smooth lace

F: Strong pear, fruity, crisp hop bitterness, doughy, toasty malt with nutty hints, very plesaant yeast character, herbal/floral hop, light spicy resin, balanced towards dry, light initial candy sweetness, very floral with doughy malt and pear, light alcohol, slightly rougher as it warms, malt presence is stronger than the hop presence

M: Med/light mouthfeel, creamy, high carbonation, perfumy alcohol with warmth, herbal hop in aftertaste

O: great more subdued hop presence than belgian IPA's using american oriented hop, alc rougher with warmth, lots of pear/candy, very nice belgian hop presence

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Photo of PartyBear
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body is a hazy dark straw colour with a big creamy white head and lots of carbonation. The nose is very fruity, there is lots of citrus, alongside a subtle toffee and a clear yeastiness. The taste is fresh and crisp with more fruity citrus but with a slight dry edge. There is more Belgian yeast in the taste with a slight biscuity taste towards the end alongside a floral bitterness. The flavours are very dry and crisp, which makes this a brilliant summer beer. The Belgian IPA style is growing on me and this is one of the better ones.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a VERY thick white head. Aroma is crisp, strong and malty with a fruity hint, more like a high-grade lager. Flavor is hoppy and sharp, only a little bitter, with a fruity undertone and a bit of a tinny taste. Texture is fizzy and smooth, leaving a hoppy and fruity finish.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Belgian beer with 4 different hops, once served in my goblet "Gouden Carolus":

A: Very cloudy yellow color, the foamy head is creamy with a thick finger, good lacing;

S: COmplex, perfumed with different hops, citrus scents, floral and spicy notes, in addition sweets notes of mango;

T: Predominates the essences of citrus and spicy hops, the little sweetness dissapears, the end is woody, the foam tastes like hop ice cream;

M: Dry, very bitter, woody, spicy, medium body, and the ABV goes undetected;

D: Like all beers with Charles V on a horse, excellent, i liked the way that hides the abv in the smell, taste and feel.

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Photo of libertygrails
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Get an oversized goblet because the head bursts out like Jethro Tull live in 1978. Patience is a virtue with this one as it takes a good 20 minutes for the head to quarter into a cratery meringue. What a start!

Smell: Fresh cut apple, complex Euro hops, tangerine, heady yeast, malts. Exceptional.

Taste: Finally! Silky/toasty malts, bready yeasts, subtle hops and citrus/lemon meringue blend into an absolute delight. Wow.

Mouthfeel: Like a mouthful of liquid cotton candy or candy floss for UK readers, but never cloying. Very big and satisfying. Refreshing. Can't wait to have another sup!

Drinkability: You've heard of "Pie Heaven" right? This is "Belgian Blonde Ale Heaven." I could live very happily drinking this and only this for the rest of my days.

This has toppled McChouffe/Houblon Chouffe as my fave Belgian Blonde. This is the capstone of the Pyramid imho.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Chimay goblet... hazy golden color with a massive white head. Great retention and lacing on this one.

Smells of hops, for sure... sweet delicious hops. Also hints of citrus on the nose. Very nice.

The taste is bitter citrus up front, fading to the hops on the end. Good carbonation, hoppy aftertaste, a little like grapefruit at the end.

A little bitter for my taste, but still a very good beer.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hurricane glass, and a wide-mouthed, bowl-shaped glass too. The appearance is quite pale and very heady. As the nearly-white head dissipates from the sloppy pour (the waist of a hurricane glass fouls me up more times than not) it leaves large deposits of foam on the glass, not lacing so much as polyester-stuffing.

The nose is strikingly banana with citrus notes. Belgian yeast also comes through with a slightly bready smell.

The carbonation is delicate and not over present though not lacking. The taste is not alcoholic, even though it is an eight percent beer. it is slightly sweet and the citrus comes through nicely as does the banana. The beer is on the light side and the aftertaste is slightly grainy and on the dry side.

It is not as complex as many of the Belgians I have tried but it is very fine beer. It is drinkable and could be paired with cheese and fish or chicken dishes or enjoyed alone, or with friends or with a nice salad... or maybe tuna or linguine, or tuna AND linguine, or some type of quiche, maybe a tuna and linguine quiche. No not that. Stick with the chicken, some kind of white sauce and Parmesan or the like.

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Photo of Offa
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden with a huge off-white head that shrinks slowly to a thin, rocky-foamy top. It leaves some good, foamy lace.

Aroma is fruit candy, dry bread, leaves - faintly herbal (mint and basil), some more bread, apples and grass hint.

Taste is lightly winey throughout, with light sweet fruitiness, some bread throughout. It has definite hoppiness that builds to a hoppy, lightly bitter finish with leaves, hay, grassy-peppery spiciness, all lingering in the aftertaste. It is a bit too winey, though, and a bit too thin in feel and body.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I'd see this Gouden Carolus at the Wine Specialist and I haven't gone wrong with them yet. This one is delicious - pours a lightish yellow with a huge fluffy head on top that never dies down. Nose and flavor are huge yeast, fruity hops, lemon and grass. Feel is fine, a little thin. Overall, absolutely excellent, would definitely pick it up again.

Wine Specialist/$8.99/750 ml

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Photo of BarrelO
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brasserie Beck. Served in a Gouden Carolus chalice.

Orange body with a big fluffy head. Smell is primarily of oranges with a generous dose of hops. Taste is orangey and slightly sweet. Not cloying or oppressively phenolic like some Belgians, though. Maybe it's because the hop bitterness balances it out. Mouthfeel is a bit diappointing, rather thin. Overall, though, Het Anker knocked this one out of the park.

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=golden yellow with some haziness extremely large white head, dissipates gradually, leaves beautiful lacing

S=faint citrus aromas of lemon, grassiness, and the definite Belgian yeastiness, as it warms the strong aroma changes from the yeastiness to the citrus

T=again lemony with a cakey aftertaste

M=sharp and crisp, tight, ample carbonation

D=definitely enjoyable and drinkable, watch the ABV, though not extreme.

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Photo of philbe311
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/23/09 - Retrieved via Google Cache after system crash.

My 400th review...

A - Mammoth white head fluffy white head comprised of varying sized bubbles... Stellar retention... A golden yellow color with a slight glow... Hazy... Loads and loads of foam cling to the sides of the glass....

S - Loaded with Belgian yeast... A musky earthiness... Faint hop aroma... A distinct funkiness... Subdued citrus... A faint spiciness with coriander and pepper notes...

T - Undeniable taste of European hops... Yeast... Hints of lemon and citrus... Banana... Leathery... An intriguing peppery note assets itself towards the end and remains as part of the aftertaste...

M - Delicate carbonation bite on the tongue... There's a creaminess from the unrelenting head... Crisp... Light and delicate to start turning dry and sturdy to finish... Overall very smooth...

D - This is a really really good beer... Undeniable Belgian... Insanely drinkable... The 8% ABV is well hidden... I would gladly welcome the chance to revisit in the future...

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Photo of weazal
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Earthy lemon and orange citrus with loads of spices. Some dark fruit as well...raisin sweetness and savory dates. Rich and complex

T: Big, in your face, instant onslaught of lemony citrus and a hit of carbonation that rides a thick mouth feel making the whole experience wonderfully over the top. There's a noticable sweetness that becomes thick halfway through, transitioning creatively into the dry, very hoppy finish which goes for ever, still playing with the early citrus notes from the beginning.

One of the most intense, complex tastings that doesn't loose its deft balance of flavors. Truly impressive!

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Photo of kegger22
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I appear to be in a minority on this one. Poured a cloudy yellow with a huge head that displayed pretty good retention. The aroma was kind of a euro lager skunky. I couldn't taste much of the hops bitter, the carbonation tended to disguise everything. I'm not a fan of the Belgian IPA idea, just way too much carbonation. As it warmed, I did get some bitter aftertaste. The feel was light bodied with tons of carbonation. Drinkability was OK. Not terrible, just not my cup of tea, or stein of beer, or goblet of beer...whatever.

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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.05 out of 5 based on 606 ratings.
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