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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oude Tart is our take on a Flanders Style red ale. It has won back to back gold medals in that category at the World Beer Cup (2010 & 2012) as well as a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2010. This sour red ale ages in oak barrels for anywhere from 6 to 18 months before being carefully blended to taste. The resulting beer is pleasantly sour with hints of leather, dark fruit and toasty oak.

Added by Overlord on 12-20-2009

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4.23
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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark reddish-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades at a normal pace.

S - Sweet caramel malts, oak, vanilla, sour cherries, funky brett and other yeasts, lactic acid, brown sugar.

T - Sweet caramel malts, sour cherries, tart lactic acid and lemon zest, oak, vanilla, funky Brett and other yeasts, brown sugar.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funky, tart, and sour finish.

D - Great sourness and tartness. Very well balanced and complex.

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Photo of photomike
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown with spotty pieces of floating bubbles like broken ice chunks (which made me think of dying polar bears, which was sad). Quite hazy and no notable head retention or lacing. This is where the beer lacks the most.

The scent is full of wet wood and cherries, with a slightly tannic vinousness backing up a strong lactic tartness.

The flavor is more tart than when I've had this beer on draft, and I like it. Oaky with a lot of red wine and cherry flavor. Well balanced between sweet and tart. A nice package.

More full-bodied than many similar beers, with some chewiness. Well carbonated enough to keep this from being heavy.

Very highly drinkable; the only thing keeping this from going down like water is the mouthfeel, and I see it as a good thing. The somewhat thicker mouthfeel helps the flavors linger.

A really delicious beer.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a deep red mahogany with half a finger or darker tan head, renltention is decent, lacong is ok

S - tons of sour slight vinegar notes, black cherries and sweet sugary dates.

T - vinegar, black cherries, minimal oak semi astringent

M - lighter bodied, decent carb. Quite drinkable and refreshing

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Photo of thecheapies
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muddy dark red-brown. No head to mention.

Ripe vinegary tartness, big oak presence, leathery notes, tart cherry, pomegranate seed, and musty old chair. Awesome nose on this one.

Cidery vinegar, notes of tart cherry, oak, green apple tannins, old leather must, sour grape, and a hint of currant. So well-balanced between sour and gentle sweet and lightly malty. No hops, and I wouldnt ask for them, but the barrel-aging is primo.

Easy sipping for a Flanders Red. More than tart, but supple in the body. Masked carbonation levels that do more than you might first think.

Superb ale that I can finally knock off the bucket list.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single finger off white head on a clear red brown and amber body with excellent lacing. Aroma of cola, oak, brown sugar, candied orange, dark fruit including fig raisins and cherry. Flavor is less complex but still very good with mostly sour cherries, some brown sugar and oak notes throughout. Fairly thick and oily body and light carbonation. Simple but good. Seemed a little watery but its hard to critize this one too much.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mikey711 for the great trade! Poured from a 750ml. wine bottle into a Portsmouth snifter. Shared with schen9303.

A: Heavy pour yields a slightly greyish tan 3 finger semi-fine head with outstanding legs. As I swirl the glass, the foamy monstrosity sitting atop my beer is barely disturbed. Great retention also. Beer itself is a near opaque brownish purple. Lacing is stringy and spotty, almost not deserving of the head.

S: Woody funk, oak, vinegary funk, and sour fruit. This is your prototypical sour fragrance and it doesn't dissapoint. Emanates rather profoundly from the massive head.

T: Great balance here. Vinegary at the start with an almost puckeringly pleasant tartness. Woody funk is noticeably present. Fresh, under-ripe plums add their touch as well as a slightly sour strawberry sweetness. This flavor takes over towards the end and dissipates in a dry, saliva-sucking finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, highly coarse, and carbonated. Mouth is watery but its so sour that this almost seems strangely viscous because of saliva build-up. Finish is exceedingly dry and clean.

D: A surprise for me to be sure. I really wanted to try this from the start but wasn't quite expecting the exceptional brew that I got. Excellently balanced with a nice complexity that is easy to appreciate due to its not being overwhelming. Very tasty and I hope I'll get the chance to revisit this one again.

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Photo of IKR
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark reddish brown color with a moderate light beige head.

Smell: Tart cherry and mild acetic notes.

Taste: Tart cherry fruity notes and some faint leather notes presented with a balanced sour and tart presentation

Mouth-feel: Body is on the lighter Medium side with a fair level of carbonation.

Overall: This is the crazy thing. The first bottle of Oude Tart I opened from my allocation I thought it was low on carbonation and the flavors muted compared to the previous batches. Not so with the bottle I reviewed. It was flavorful, had good carbonation for the style (I found the 2nd bottle had more carbonation than any of the Marron Acidifie bottles I've had) and compared favorably to the Oude Tart's I've had on draft and bottle in the past. Was my mind playing tricks on me when I opened the first bottle? I can't call it, but the bottle I reviewed rocked!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage. Poured in to tulip.

A -Very dark amber, almost brown in colour, with a ruby glow around the edges. A thin layer of tan coloured head formed on the pour and quickly disappeared.

S - Tart vinegar up front. Some dark fruit and oak aromas are also present along with some barnyard funk and a touch of leather (only picked this out because of the label).

T -Big tartness up front without being over the top or sour or puckering. Balsamic vinegar, oak, funk, leather and lighter cherry and plum flavours.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

O - This was the first sour beer that I truly enjoyed. Maybe it was the unique style, which I don't think have had before. Either way, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Holland
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head that has decent retention, turning to nice lacing.

S: earthy, like grass, with lots of sour smells and kind of like some sour fruit like apple, cherry, and berries.

T: not super sour, but enough to be dominate the taste. Still it leaves room for the fruity flavors and finishes with sour and grassy flavor.

M: well carbonated, medium to light body, great crisp but not brutal feel.

O: excellent beer, great sourness, and lots more earthy flavor than I figured it would have. Will do again if I get the chance.

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Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nick for being my proxy for this. Much appreciated.

Clear mahogany colour with lots of luscious red hues to it. Small, light tan head with a fine structure. Decent head retention for style.

Sour cherry and plum notes with some moderate acetic and lactic tartness. There is a touch of sweetness on the nose as well. Mild funk but this is mostly about a restrained, balanced tartness with the fruit. I also get a hint of spice in the background.

Thin acidity with some earthiness which is interesting. Moderate tartness that suits the style. Some fruit but it isn't as forward as in the aroma. Mild sour plum notes come out again along with berry notes and some vinous notes. I don't get the spice from the aroma but that's okay as well. Improves markedly as it warms.q

Medium-light body with moderately-low carbonation. It seems fine.

I quite like this but it is a very different take on the style from either of Rodenbach Grand Cru or Duchesse de Bourgogne. The fruitiness is unique and it opens up really nicely in the glass as it warms. A very good take on the style.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle - 2014 edition:

Poured into a tulip glass...this is an outstanding beer. A deep color color, while it produced an off-white head, which was not well retained, it did leave a nice ring throughout the drink. Gave off a nice tart aroma...cherry, perhaps, which was followed up by the taste...I thoughts of Monk's Flemish Red, but a bit more woody. The beer had the right feel, lower carbonation, but extremely easy to drink and very refreshing and satisfying. I would by the beer over and over again, only if it weren't for the price.

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Photo of Tony_D
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark amber color with some red hues. Initial cream colored head that quickly dissipated leaving zero lacing.

Fruity smell with a bit of funk to it. Almost has a hint of mustiness to it.

Very tart. Caused my mouth to pucker as soon as I drank even the slightest amount. Get some fruit taste but can't nail down exactly what. Extremely sour.

Good amount of carbonation.Seems a little thin on the mouthfeel but still a very drinkable beer. No trace of malt or hops, just fruit and funky sourness

Overall, this is a very solid beer. At the $17 price range it is a little hard to justify purchasing this beer regularly, but I will every now and again. A good example of the style but I still feel like there are better examples out there to be had.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish-brown. Thick cream colored head. Minimal lacing left when the head recedes.

Wonderful sour aromas. Tart cherry, sour grape, funky oak. Good amount of sour citrus. Lemon and lime mix with a bit of cranberry and raspberry.

Taste follows the smell perfectly. Big tart cherries. Oaky tannins. Tart lemon and cranberry. Mild vinegar underneath everything else. Hints of plum, red grape and vanilla.

Sourness induces a mild pucker. Medium body with a crisp mouth feel. Mild carbonation. Dry aftertaste.

This a nice well balanced sour. Complex blend of sour fruit with good barrel notes. Sourness is prominent but not extreme.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky and opaque reddish-brown hue with some floaters. I'll admit I wasn't paying much attention when I poured it and the floaters probably could have been avoided. Minimal head with no lacing.

Smells of sour cherries, earthy, and wood.

The flavors are vivid and tart. Dark sour cherries, light vanilla, and a leathery finish. Oh yeah, it's perfectly tart.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with prickly carbonation. It's mouth-puckering.

It's a fantastic Flanders Red that's worth every bit of the accolades it gets.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery

A: The pour is a murky brown-red color with a thin layer of off-white foam with nice retention.

S: The usual Flanders red/brown ale nose on this. Slight vinegar with a nice balance of sweet malt. There is also a fair amount of cherry aroma with a touch of oak.

T: The flavors follow the nose, for the most part. A nice tart cherry and mild acetic flavor to provide the trademark sourness. The sweet malt and oak offer a nice counterpoint to the beer.

M: The body is medium with a very effervescent feel on the tongue.

D: A very nice example of a Flanders red/brown ale. Some people compared it to Rodenbach Grand Cru, but I found it to be a little less oaky and vinous, and a bit more drinkable. I plan to drink these bottles fairly soon as they taste wonderful now.

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Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle received as a great extra in a trade with barrydotcom. Thanks for this big want of mine Barry! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Bottle opens with a huge rush of carbonation, but thankfully no gusher here. Pours a sorta muddy reddish brown color with 2 fingers of tan, loose soda like head the fizzes away and falls to the surface. A strong, effervescent carbonation keeps this from ever truly disappearing constantly replenishing the bubbles as they fizz out. No lacing left on the glass.

S - Interesting mix of aromas. I'm getting cherries up front, some acetic/vinegary sour notes, red wine and a bit of oak.

T - Flavor follows the aroma quite closely. Nice medium intensity acetic tartness. Cherries and red wine-like flavors really take center stage though. Just a hint of lingering sweetness on the swallow to smooth things out. Woody oak flavors appear at the end and into the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied (if anything tending just toward the lighter side) with ample carbonation. Carbonation is fluffy and creamy feeling, maybe a bit foamy. The high level is noticeable, but it feels right here. Tartness fills the mouth nicely but barely causes any puckering sensation. Wood flavors linger well into the aftertaste.

D - This is another fine effort from the Bruery. Alcohol is a bit high at 7.5% to be an easy drinking session beer, but it is a bit scary with its smoothness. Don't notice the alcohol and the flavors here just entice you to take sip after sip. A very nice Oud Bruin...really enjoying this beer on a nice crisp early summer evening. Really glad to be able to try this one. Thanks again Barry!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this from the bottle in a goblet chilled.

The color is dark ruby almost crimson with thick haze and light tan head with fine bead and spots of lace. The smell is great with a mostly tangy fruity not quite citrus with slight tangy cranberry/stone fruit type smell with slight woody accent. The feel is very intense with tangy acidity with light bitter and sour mixture of textures with some astringency and moderate carbonation level with tart quality and mild juicy quality wtih semi-dry finish.

The Taste is great with a tangy juicy almost tart cherry type flavor with oaky tannic element in the mild and some light acidity with a flavor that brings ruby red grapefruit to mind somewhat sour mixed with a slight sweet and mild taste of malt as a minor attribute. The flavor and instensity make for a very unique and high quality take on the style that to me leaves nothing out of place.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a nice dark ruby brown with 3/4 of a finger of tan looking head that dissapates into a very light trim around the edges... Nice looking beer.

S: nice dark cherry skin aroma with a light hint of re wine vingar, nice oaky notes in the nose, a very nice rounded aroma, smells lightly tart mingling with the dark cherry like notes.

T: nice tart juicy citrus sour apple and sour cherry skin notes right up front, with a lemony sourness as well. Reminds me of sour patch kids. a bit more sour then I thought from the nose, which is a nice suprise to me, I had the opportunity to drink a bottle of the previous vintage last night , the 2011, and now the 12 tonight, this years seems a bit more tart and juicy right off the bat, where last years was a touch more mellow and rounded, I loved both bottles.... Equally awesome IMO. Nice tart cherry skin tannins mixed with a nice light toasted oakyness that rounds everything very nicley. An awesome brew.

M: nice medium body with a lush juicy feel, dry on this finish leaving the mouth with a slight pucker, I deffinatly feel like the 2012 was more sour then the 2011, which I like excellent mouthfeel.

O: awesome, one of my favorite sours, I can only imagine how awesome this is when it is actually uses cherries, I can't say enough about this beer.

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Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A clear deep rudy color with a small tan head.

S- Sour, some cherries, dark fruits, vinegar, oak, touch of leather.

T- Sour, cherries, vinegar, dark fruits, oak, touch of leather. Very tasty!

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A great sour worth the price tag. Definitely will pick this up again!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Overlord. Served in a Hopleaf tulip glass.

A - Two fingers of tan carbonation that dissipates quickly to a thin ring and then to nothing. A Hazy reddish blood-orange color body.

S - Woody and oaky vanilla, acetic acid, sour cherries, a bit of leather, some unconcealed booze.

T - I like the taste better - there's some nice pale malt backbone that helps balance the lactic sourness, acetic acid, tart cherries, and tannic elements. Sweeter than the Red Poppy that I had side-by-side.

M - Tingly, medium body, that is sufficiently big for the 7.5% ABV. Starts sticky but finishes dry. Style appropriate.

D - Very enjoyable. It gets a touch acetic and vinegary by the end of a glass, but I could probably have the bottle on my own. Looking forward to more sour brews from the Bruery.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was shared at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks Darrell!

I've been wanting to try this beer for a while. I was pretty excited that it showed up at this tasting. Oude Tart appears a brown shade with an average sized head and adequate lacing. The beer has a very pleasant aroma with scents of brettanomyces and a hint of sweetness. This is a very tasty beer, no doubt. There is a slight vinegar edge to the finish that I find to be a tad harsh, though not totally distracting by any means. This is a solid beer and I really look forward to having it again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dirty, murky reddish color with a light dirty white cap, some bubbles and lacing

S: Tart notes of dry oak, red and black cherries, and sweet fruit juice

T: Tart red, unripe red cherries with dry oak, and raspberries. Sweet in the finish with a tart and drying, puckering and lingerining finish.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated and dry

O: Very good, no major flaws and a treat to drink

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Photo of nickfl
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of a black body with clear amber highlights.

S - An aroma of cherries, vanilla, toasted oak, and subtle roast.

T - Tart cherry and caramel up front with more dark sugar in the middle. Finishes with funk, stone fruit, and a touch of smoky vanilla.

M - Moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - The aroma is excellent and the flavor profile isn't far behind.

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Photo of mjohnson17
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep deep ruby redish/brown, nearly opaque, with a 2 finger head on my aggressive pour

S: sour, tartness, slight sweet undertone with a bit of woody-vanilla

T: Two words tart and delicious. This is mouth-puckering tart and I love it. There is a sweet undertone that follows the nose and a really nice tart/sweet/faint vanilla finish. Definately picking up small hints of oak barrel but mostly sour.

M: Nice light mouthfeel. Well balanced.

Overall: this beer is delicious. The taste and mouthfeel really stood out. The appearance was lacking, and the smell was somewhere in the middle. This is one of my favorite Bruery beers. If you like mouth puckering sour like I do then you'll really enjoy this.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of bankhead, shared at the C'ville Beer Throwdown #3 on 06/13/2010 - many thanks! Poured in to a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ruddy amber, transparent right around the edges, but hiding a nice, deep yeasty cloud, foggy. Barely any head of which to speak, though some nice lightly tanned lacing dances around the edges and around the lip of the surface, with a few stray bits and pieces catching ahold of the glass to leave a tad of lace. A little still and undynamic, but nothing that's stylistically unexpected.

Aroma: A little sweeter than I would have imagined, which is nice. Bready caramel, intermingling with a handful of good fruity notes - sour black cherry, slight tropical fruitiness, bubblegum, pineapple, and a lot of great funk. Doesn't come across as too medicinal, too bandaidy, or too acidic - it's about equal parts of each.

Taste: Wonderfully acidic, coming across as far more acidic in the tongue than it did in the nose. A solid amount of bready roasted undertone - very traditional and well-done for an oude tart - with great fruity acidity, sour cherry, apple, tropical fruit, berry, as well as a little bit of fresh hay and grassiness. Funk is mild, a little hidden under the acidity, though the latter does become less of an issue as time goes on.

Mouthfeel: Very soft, with great fine embedded carbonation in a moderately thick body that's slightly sticky in spots, but with any amount of clot in there being well cut through by the carbonation. Incredibly even, with very fine, small bubbles, which works well with the amount of acidity here - it's not too intrusive or rough.

Drinkability: A marvelously refreshing beer, and a very good one. At only 7.5%, this one's not too much of a sipper, and I re-filled my glass from the communal bottle thrice to get the entirety of this review - a great beer to start this tasting on, with lots of interesting notes, a nice cleansing acidity, but nothing too powerful, too intense, or too overpowering. Recommended.

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