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Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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This is a recreation of a Norwegian style naturally soured ale, aged in oak wine barrels for 18 months for the authentic sour flavour. The first wild yeast-fermented beer brewed in Norway for over 100 years.

15 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2008

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh. Flanders Oud Bruin. This may eventually become my new favorite style.

This one is on the level with the sour and tart woody funk permeating the experience. Those mature cherries are in the mix as well. This is the style at its best. You could certainly do a lot worse, but it'd be pretty difficult to do a lot better. The price is high, but the experience merits it. Nice job. Worth the coin.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 10

Pours dark and with almost no head. A thin ring around the glass and a thin film around the middle that dissipates quickly. When held to the light there are lots of deep reds and browns.

The smell is interesting. It hits hard with vinegar making me think this is going to be one sour mamajama. Vinous red wine notes and barrel character also abound. Brown sugar and some cherry fruitiness.

The nose on this wasn’t lying. It is fairly tart and sour. Big notes of vinegar and tartness hit and then settle into red wine, oak, cherry and rhubarb. There is also this stout like quality about it.

The body is thin-medium and almost void of carbonation. It’s almost like drinking water.

Kind of disapointed in this.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I already know that Scandanavia can do justice for American styled beers, but I don't think I've tasted a sour from that region. Let's see how they pull this off. On to the beer:

This beer is black colored, almost no head forming on the pour, let alone a chance of hea retention. But it smells great. That sweet and tart cherry aroma is great, and there's also a few touches of smoke.

It tastes almost like a sour smoked porter. But at first that isn't obvious. It starts sweet like black cherries. From out of nowhere come little flavors of dark chocolate and smoked malt, which turn out to be very complimentary to the style. The beer is medium-full bodied, with exteremly low carbonation. However, low carbonation alone isn't going to stop this masterpiece. This is just great beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a rusty brown color with garnet highlights; the modest head fades to a film with bubbles around the circumference and leaves dots of lace behind

Smell: Oaky tartness dominates, with cherry, tarmarind and currant elements

Taste: Fruit forward, with the sour cherry, currant and tamarind adding both sweet and tart aspects; by mid-palate, the acetic sourness builds, with the oak becoming dominant and remaining so, into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; prickly on the tongue from the acetic quality

Overall: A really fine beer that is a great example of the brewer's skill

Thanks, mrmiles, for the opportunity

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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. My bottle is 8.00%, not 8.50% as is currently listed on the site.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage 10.

A: Pours no head whatsoever. Colour is an extremely dark ruby. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Raisin, heavy oak, vinegar, dark malts, and red wine. A mild strength aroma.

T: Red wine, heavy oak, some sourness and vinegar, wild yeast, and dark malts. Raisiney. A bit too woody. Complex but not horribly subtle. Strange for the style. Pretty aggressive. No real notable hopping. Bold and experimental, but not particularly enjoyable. Balanced, but strange.

Mf: Thick, smooth, wet, and somewhat syrupy on the palate. Suits the flavours decently.

Dr: Drinkable but off-beat. I like it but I wouldn't get it again - at least not without some age. Too raisiney and viscous for the style. I like the sour aspects but the build is too weird.


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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite sure what this beer is, other than it is Norweigan wild ale and has been aged in wine barrels. Apart from that, I’m not quite sure what I’ll be getting – and I like that. Cheers!

Vintage 10 bottle, brewed two years or so before the date of this tasting.

A: A remarkable appearance: an earth-brown body so dark you can’t really see through it, and an oily head that’s so slow to form that you can see every bubble rise up from beneath. The thick nature is augmented by retention that’s very light and lacing that’s more slick than anything.

S: Aromas of sugary fruits abound, with dried banana chips coming up as the most prevalent scents. Cherry and citrus – mango and pineapple, mostly – are not far behind, but not in a tart way; they augment the sugary profile of the nose. A touch of oak and Sauvignon Blanc come through, with a clean alcohol that can only be picked up for a fleeting moment. Much sweeter-smelling than any Flanders Oud Bruin I’ve ever encountered, though a lactic acid tinge is still evident toward the finish.

T: This has to be one of the oakiest sours I’ve ever tasted – holy hell, do those barrels come through spectacularly. That wooden sensation is interspersed throughout, coupled perfectly with big roasts and banana, supported by whipped cream, toffee, and a chocolate maltiness; imagine Bananas Foster in a glass, and that’s what you get at first. And, of course, the sours have their time in the sun, too: a naturally-pleasant citric and lactic acid tartness come through as soon as the sugars mellow out. I’d characterize this beer as fruity and organic in its sour tendencies, all with hints of vinous grape from a sweet red wine. Well done. Finishes with toasted malt, bubblegum, and a lingering effect of dark, sugary alcohol, like spiced rum.

M: Not unnecessarily thin, but thin nonetheless; it’s good, since a beer too heavy would sink this palate into cloying sweetness, I expect. Not a ton of carb, though, so it’s definitely a sipper (not surprising for this style).

O: A brewery that I’d never heard of, a name I can’t pronounce, a beer that I didn’t expect, and yet a palate that I absolutely adored: that’s Haandbakk. The natural tastes that are found in this bottle would leave any Flanders fan deeply satisfied; what a superb beer.

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Photo of nataku00
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, beer pours a dark cola like color, mostly blacks with some dark browns and scarlet reds at the edges. No head formation on the pour, though a few scattered bubbles remain around the inner edge. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is fruit vinegar, sour cherries and raspberries, brown sugar, molasses, light tannins and oak. Pretty intense smelling sourness to the aroma.

Taking a sip, sourness is much more balanced than the nose, sour cherry and raspberry, plum, brown sugar, a touch of balsamic vinegar. Middle of the tongue, a little sweeter, some caramelized malt and spiced cookie flavors. Finishes dry with lingering sour berry and brown sugar flavors.

Medium body with ample carbonation, spritzy and soft on the tongue.

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Photo of aasher
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer sounds amazing on paper. This bottle is the 2010 vintage.

Haandbakk pours a light bodied dark cherry wood brown in color with no or lacing even in a somewhat still pour. The smells is of sour cherries, oak, soured dark fruits, plum, and red wine barrel. The flavors are nice too. You get plenty of red wine barrel, oak, tart cherry, and sweet grape. It is as interesting as can be for the style and has a nice, although moderate, level of sourness. The least impressive part of this beer are the body and mouthfeel. It poured almost flat and drinks flat, almost like a still lambic. Tis definitely takes away from the drinkability and desirability of this beer, good flavor or not. I like this beer a lot, for what it is, but it could be remarkable if it had the proper body.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle date: May 10th 2010 (2009 vintage)

Smells of darker malts, wood barrel, and bright pungent yeast. Yeast comes off as fruity, like raspberries or cherries. Wasn't expecting the Brettanomyces aroma. Its really nice.

Pours a very murky burgundy color. Cream colored head that has no retention. Very light carbonation.

Wild yeast and bacteria lend a acidity and tartness. Similar flavors to aroma: wood barrel, fruity tart yeast, darker malts that have been thoroughly fermented out. The wine character comes through more as my palate adjusts. Malty caramel flavors towards the end of the sip.

Thin-medium mouthfeel. Sour character is quite present but not overbearing. Acidic from fermentation not carbonation. Not scorching to the palate. Good stuff. Super unique.

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Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb 11 2011.

Pours a thick, murky red that drops like lead into the bottom of my chalice. A nice, rocky brown head settles on top.

Smells more traditionally malty than what I expect from an Oud Bruin, but that is by no means a bad thing. The rounded, biscuity nodes are complicated nicely by a harsh zip of red berries and applesauce. The oakiness cast a recognizable shadow upon the roasty barley, but the lactic zipiness is as sharp as can be.

Tastes fantastic! A wonderful, two-stage sock to the face that is equally complex and variegated on each end. Up front, roasted, oak-aged barley that's nutty and biscuity, like a traditional English brown. In the back, intensely sweet and tart lactic acid cherries and apples. The stages are remarkably distinct, which mandates slow sipping, and the overall effect is one of the most interesting and well balanced beers I've had in ages.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jstilwell for sending this one my way.

A: pours a deep maroon with purplish hue, small amount of white head, poor retention, a bit cloudy

S: candied fruit on nose, notes of cranberry and red grapes, considerable amount of oak, balsamic vinegar, a bit of oak to round things out

T: starts out with some tart fruits, primarily dry red grapes and cranberry, a touch of cherry, this gives way to a significant wave of tartness, some red wine character on the finish

MF: moderate carbonation, medium body with some viscosity to it

O: nicely balanced oude bruin, worth a try

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Photo of busternuggz
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a snifter. Marked as bottled March 2008, with a best before date of March 2011 (it was awesome today though, nearly a year after that).

Pours a ruddy brown, nearly opaque, with a frothy khaki colored 1" head that slowly recedes to a thin layer. Leaves some clingy lacing.

Big, rich smell that flows out of the bottle as soon as you open it. Vinous with balsamic vinegar and tobacco, a hint of baking chocolate, tart cherry, strawberry, and a liquory oak note, probably from the sherry barrels. Complex and inviting.

Perfect interplay between big sweet and tart on the palate, rich and balanced. Balsamic vinegar, cherries, rhubarb, cranberry, leather, and oak come on in that order, with a great snap of slightly spicy lactic acid on the end giving it a clean, dry finish. A little more sweetness and red fruit come out as it warms. Little aftertaste, but leaves a slight tingling on the tongue kind of like after you smoke a pipe.

Perfect texture, comes on lush and medium bodied, well carbonated, and ends light and dry along with the acidic finish.

I can't recommend this beer enough, if you have access get it. For the price it is amazing, and for being a year past it's stated best before date I think it was even better than the last time I had it.

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Photo of ixodus
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Vintage 2009 Bottled on 10 may 2010 Total Bottles 3240

A: Dark murky brown with dark ruby hues and a small off white that dissipates into a few pillows around the rim of the glass. Leaves some nice rings of lacing as it's sipped down.

S: Sour cherries, vinegar, raspberries, sour grapes, charred oak, dark chocolate with a bit of funky wet hay in the background.

T: Taste is sweet berries at first cherries/raspberries, mid palate is when the tartness comes in with a vinous grapes and finished with oak, chocolate, and a bit of musty barnyard funk.

M: Rolls over the palate quite smoothly. It's medium bodied but lacking carbonation.

O: Overall this a great beer and one of my favorites in the style. If you like Oud Bruins or just sours in general I wouldn't pass this up.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark murky brown with a touch of red, just a thin bubbly head with no retention, no lace.

S - Vinegary, musty and sour. Tart berries, grass and some boozy heat.

T - Sour fruit, particularly raspberries and tart apples. Some coffee bitterness breaks through at the back end.

M - Thin body, moderately carbonated, sour finish.

O - This is a complex and unusual beer. A nice blend of sour and bitter, which I would like to have seen balanced with some more sweetness but it is certainly worth a try for true beer advocates.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Drank at last tasting. Thanks to my good buddy Finewinemike for bringing this bottle.

A- Pours a murky muddy brown with 1 finger of white head.

S- Tons of funk and sourness with cherries, vinous grapes, vinegar, and musty oak.

T Just like the aroma. Barnyard funk up front with a nice cherry presence, slight vinegar, and vinous grapes.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a nice tart sour finish.


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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer.

Pours a deep dark mahogany colour, heavy in the body, with a decent heft to it. Flashes of ruby come out when held to the light, rather pleasantly. Head is lacklustre, as you often get with wild ales. This one forms a layer of large quarter-centimetre bubbles across the top that sit looking dormant and oily. There's some very fine carbonation visible at the corners. Overall, a good looking, if slightly mysterious brew.

Nose is sharp and old, giving slightly astringent acetone characters, along with dry flaky chocolate and ancient woody depth. Everything about it suggests that it's old and aged, giving a weird but compelling complexity.

Taste is gorgeous, and in some senses makes sense of the mystery on the nose and in the appearance. Here, a tight acidity strikes through the centre, lending an odd counterpoint against some of the sweet dark characters and the almost spiritous oak notes. Characters of dark cherries, carob, tannic wine and white pepper come through, along with a lengthy exhalation of booze. It's complex and challenging, but oddly moreish as well, setting your palate up for the next sip.

Wonderful brew from Haand. This is a complex, delightful and exciting beer, that gives something unique to the drinker.

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Photo of adsomers
2.88/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Given the mostly positive response to this beer I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle. I'm a big fan of flanders style beers, lambic, and wild ales in general, and I had high hopes for this beer.

It poured with very little carbonation had had no head whatsoever. It had a very nice dark reddish brown color.

The smell was malty with some wood and fruits, but very mild on all accounts. Nothing particularly offensive about the smell, but nothing exceptional, either.

The taste is what started to throw me off. For the style, gravity, and aging process I expected something to stand out. All I got though was a sickly sweetness and a medicinal aftertaste. A slight tartness was overcome by a sticky mouthfeel.

The mouthfeel was heavy and coating, and a slight acid burn on the throat.

Overall, my experience with this beer was a downward spiral starting with a pretty nice color and nose and tumbling to unpleasant tastes and feelings. given the rave reviews by others, I'd be willing to try this again but not for $12. I had a similar experience with "Wild Thing".

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains sour fruit, vinegar, light malts and some Belgian yeast.

T: The taste starts out with sour and acidic flavors of cherries and grapes. Then there is some wild Belgian yeast that comes in along with a thin malt character. Even with such a strong sour flavor, this beer has a pretty nice balance as all of the flavors seem to work well together. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to finewinemike for hosting the tasting and providing this bottle.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Initially I'm picking up fruity vinegar. There is a sweetness along with come cherry and funk.

Taste: Very smooth but still so tart. Acidic fruity flavors remind me of cherries and raspberries. There is an herbal note in here too. The finish is a bit sweet along with the sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation. The finish is a bit dry.

Overall: Very good and smooth. I was super impressed with this one, especially because I didn't know anything about it ahead of time. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of rarbring
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is brown clouded with hints of red, has a modest off-white head, little lacing and some curtains.

The smell is intriguing, oak and wet wood, vinegar and old stable.

A slightly sweet start, red fruits, much red vinegar acidity.

Medium carbonation, soft bubbles, a very sour dry finish.

A nice well balanced Flemish old brown, imaging a fat ripe hard cheese would be excellent with it.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage '09, bottled 2/2011

Pours a dark cola color, some deep ruby highlights. head is small and white...dissipates quickly.

Fruity with some vinegar on the aroma. Dark cherries, plum. Some smoke. Wood and faint caramel.

This beer for me borders between sour and tart. The fruit flavors really persuade it to the tart side, but there's enough laco-stuff to give it some pucker. Dark cherry, leather, wood, fermented red plum are front and center. Tannin as well. Some earth tones come and go, but they are quick.

overall a nice sour beer. It has enough flavor to counter-act the strength of the sour.

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Photo of monitorpop
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dirty ruby, light ring and sediment.

S: Smokey with sweet cherry and earthy peat.

T: Smokey wood with slightly sweet cherry up front that fades nicely to tart finish.

M: Smooth medium body and carbonation.

O: Surprisingly smoky. Really unique enjoyable sour beer.

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Photo of BeerMandS
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A revelation in beer. I believe this was my moment with the Heavens...

A - Brown with a hazy red color. It foams up beautifully but dissipates quickly.
S - Explosion of sour bretty berries mixed with macerating cherries in a oak barrel
T - Cherries and berries with funky woodyness; the oak is present but not overwhelming. A bit of a cola feel with the sweetness of the fruit on the finish.
M - It's not a heavy beer and has medium carbonation and is supported by great acidity.
O - A very solid beer, that I would recommend to anyone who wants to try a Oud Bruin/sour beer.


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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a teku)
bottled lo Feb 2011
A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a red glow at the base with a thick ring of light tan big bubbles that soon dissipates. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a fruity cherry brett note with a soft wet wood finish.

T- The dry wood and tart flavor has some berry and cola notes coming through as the beer warms and a wood and brown malt note to follow. There is more brett funk and a cherry hint near the finish that fades in to a slight fruity aspirin and a touch of astringency lingers.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a slick texture and no real alcohol heat but a touch of astringency.

O- The bright fruity notes blend with some nice funk hints and a dry finish with hints of wood really add some nice depth to this beer. The beer takes on more vinous qualities and the body thins as it opens up. The bitter aspirin quality fades into more of a tartness as the beer opens aswell.

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

Pours an almost cola colored, thought maybe a sprig lighter. Head was minimal, an of a musky yellow/tan.

Aroma was tart and acidic, with notes of alcohol and red wine. Plenty oaky characters in there as well.

Taste is very tart and almost puckering. There's a sour apple quality, a dry vinous character, and solid wood notes. Not vinegary at all, which would have been off-putting. Vinegar is for salads.

Slightly crisp feeling, but carbonation is low. Body is medium.

Definitely one of the most complex Flanders I've had. Not into sours, but I can get down with the complexity here and appreciate it.

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Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
4.17 out of 5 based on 484 ratings.
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