Guava Grove | Cigar City Brewing

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Guava GroveGuava Grove

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
One of Tampa's nicknames in addition to the Cigar City is the Big Guava. It earned the moniker from local newspaper columnist Steve Otto in the 1970's. The nickname eventually gave rise to one of Ybor City's most popular annual events, Guavaween. We brew Guava Grove in tribute to Tampa's fruity nickname. Guava Grove is brewed with a French strain of Saison yeast and sees a secondary fermentation on pink guava puree. Slightly tart with a dry finish this is a refined beer that is perfect for sharing.

18 IBU

Added by cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle courtesy of Amie straight from Florida - thanks for the opportunity to try this! Poured into two tulips.

A: Gusher! Huge, obnoxious amount of billowy slightly off-white head, even with the gentlest of pours. Dark orange, way darker than I was expecting for this beer. Not bad but the gusher-status of this beer is a detractor from it's appearance.

S: Sweet notes of passion fruit, grape and peach. Lactic tart notes come through as well, something I wasn't expecting but it's very nice and welcomed in this instance.

T: Tart lemon, funky and sour brett notes, oak, white grape juice. I don't really get any guava as it seems to be masked by the overall funk character this beer has. It's not done right, either - a rather flimsy example.

M: Bubbly, crisp and clean, this medium-bodied mouth feel is quite nice for the style.

This seems to be another "miss" in Cigar City's attempts to make a funky, brett-esque beer. Why on earth they are taking a would be nice, guava infused Saison and putting it through their rather awful wild fermenting process is beyond me. STOP doing this - and if you're going to - refine and master the process.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers dense eggshell-colored head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the head billowed nicely as well. the body was a dark amber color.
s - sour fruits, mainly citrus, but some underlying sweetness started to poke through.
t - citrus, bananas, with some yeastiness. the finish is fruity and spicy.
m - slick and medium, very creamy.
o - intense and complex on the palate. a great beer and one meant to be shared.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Thanks to beerwolf77 for sharing!

(A)- Gusher! Pours a cloudy golden orange color that produced a giant foamy tan to off-white colored head. Good retention with some lace left behind.

(S)- A big burst of sour oak and guava fruit. Even some lemon, lime, and a mild Brett funk in there too.

(T)- Sour! A big sour burst of guava and citrus notes with dry oak and white grape. A nice acidity on the backend with even more bursts of oak.

(M)- A huge carbonation level hence the gushing opening. Very crisp and very effervescent on the tongue with a good sour and fruity acidity level.

(D)- A Saison? More like a solid wild ale to me! A great burst of sour and acidic characters with a bigger carbonation level and a nice fruit profile. If the carbonation level was just toned down a bit, this would be very fantastic. The big surprise of our evening.

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Photo of pburland23
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25.4 ounce bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Beer pours a hazy burnt orange color with about half a finger of white head which quickly receded to a thin, wispy layering. Nice looking pour.

Aroma. Wow. Incredibly strong, tropical fruit scents. As soon as you open the bottle, the guava jumps right out at you. Further inhales bring even more tropical fruit, some yeastiness and unfortunately a little astringency around the edges which effectively ruined much of the preceding aroma.

Taste. This is a complex brew. Each sip starts out incredibly tart. It reminds me of eating sweet tarts as a kid. Then tropical fruit becomes the main attraction. In addition to the guava, I'm get a hint of banana as well. Finally, there's touch of Belgian yeasty funk and some sweet malts. Many different layers of flavoring in this one. It's not my favorite tasting beer of all time, but I can certainly appreciate the sophistication of this beer.

Beer is medium bodied and fairly lightly carbonated.

Overall, as I said, the taste just isn't doing it for me. The idea is great and the execution in terms of layering and balance is top notch. Just not hitting it off with my palette.

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Photo of sliverX
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the tasting room in a snifter.
A nice hazed light Orange copper brew with a nice thick ring around the walls.
Smell is saison yeast with a very tart guava backing.
Taste follows the nose but is much bigger, both are such great compliments to each other
Mouthfeel comes off light yet chewy
Overall this is a great summer sipper, may have to get a few bottles.

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Photo of claspada
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma begins with a sour tropical fruit flavor going on, reminds me of a Sour Patch Kid beverage if one existed. I get a lot of sweeter, pineapple and mango flavors to it as well as a prevalent tartness as well as earthiness. Some Belgian yeasty, spice comes through more as it warmed.
The taste starts out with sharp, tart flavors. The same reminiscent pineapple and mango flavors as well are right behind (this must be what guava tastes like, never had one...) As it warms you get more of the Saison yeast flavors. In the finish I get some banana a clove like spice to it.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being medium to high, the higher ABV helps to balance this from being too carbonated or the other way around the Belgian Yeast prevents it from being to sweet/cloying, but I digress. Overall this is a fairly drinkable beer, and one that I will add to my warm weather arsenal; would have no desire for this in the colder months but perfect for right now.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with onix1agr.

A- a slow pour yields a big three fingers of light tan head that billows above the glass and holds there for a good bit before slowly settling but not without leaving a ton of thick foam all around the glass. Hazy copper orange on color with some floaties kicking around.

S- sour peaches and tart tropical fruits galore on top of a good bit of honey sweetness. There's some funk going on in there and reminds me of a flanders at times.

T- nice sweet tart open with lots of fruits and clover honey. There's some dry funk and earthy spice happening with a mild peppery yeast hit. Long tart finish.

M- on the fuller side of medium with a bit syrupy slickness. Light champagne like carb that I absolutely love in this beer. Good pucker.

O- well this is a very tasty brew and I'm totally digging it, that being said its rather far from what I would have expected from a saison. I'm not knocking it I'm just saying.

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Photo of Brabander
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a beertasting yesterday evening with my cousin Bert and his son Michael. After a while Mrs. Brabander joined the tasting. I used small Westvleteren and La Trappe tastinglasses.

I got this beer in a trade last monday with Cheesemoose (Eddie) when we met in Antwerpen. Thanks for this beer Eddie!!

This is good beer with a very special taste. Sourness with little head. Cloudy fluid. When you drink this beer you feel the carbonation explode in your mouth and that is a quit good feeling.

We all tasted some apple in it.

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Photo of Naugros
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells sour which makes it more like a Flemish sour than a saison with strong Brettanomyces barnyard odors and a guava aroma replacing where one would expect Morellos or raspberries. So in that sense it's more like a fruit lambic.

It creates a massive frothy head that falls down, sustains at about an inch and then reduces to a ring and a thin film . The beer itself is a really nice amber with a honey glow to it.

It tastes more like a fruited lambic as well with acidity from the guava and I suspect there's an infection working here. A little woodsy/earthy in character underneath the sour tropical fruit. There is some black pepper to it and that is one of the few aspects that put this into the saison range. I'm not sure how well that works with the fruits. You'd think it would be a counterpoint to the fruit, but it works with the acid to create a solvent-like sense on the back of the throat. They clash a bit, but this does reduce as it warms.

Very tingly from both acid and carbonation. It's got good body to it, but the astringent solvent at the back of the throat is distracting to the rest of the beer.

My second Cigar City and I have yet to see why they're so lauded. If people reviewed this as a saison I don't think it would have as high an average score as it's too sour for a true saison. However, an American brewery attempting a sour is reason for kudos, especially one as bold as this effort. I'm not entirely resolved to ignore this brewery though as I think I may not have tried their best yet. I can't wait for the stouts to be released later this year.

I raised my original overall score since I feel that this will age well with time. The acid level paired with the 8% ABV should allow this to be able to be lain down for a few years. The acrid flavors should mellow nicely.

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Photo of GrandCruDrew
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle on 4/21/11

Appearance- murky caramel orange in color with a nice 2 finger head. Good lacing, but fell quickly.

Smell- funky guava, barnyard orange blossom, smells great. Smell a little of the acidity, sweet tangerine, and citrus love.

Taste- OMG, reminds me of my childhood, kudos to FLA. Tastes of Guava, bubblegum(funstripes), limeade, Orange Blossom, tangerine, candied kumquat, tart caramel, yumminess!

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is good. I wish it lingered more. I very special tartness and sharpness.

Overall- I really loved this beer. I can't believe I have waited this long to try it. I will be ISO'ing!!!

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Photo of tbrown4
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml -> Duvel tulip. Split with my wife after coming home from vacation. She's a huge saison fan so I stocked up on hard-to-find-here brews on a recent trip to the Philly area. Split a bottle with three friends last weekend as well.

A - Murky bright copper, light orange, big fluffy off-white head, thin sticky lacing, moderate carb stream.

S - Smells sour yeasty and fruit tangy, a slight hint of bitterness

T - Big sour and tangy fruit flavors up front, I'd assume it was guava. Creamy fruity sweet middle with a tart finish.

M - Gets the glands pumping saliva, otherwise feel thin to medium bodied, good crisp carb fizz

O - Very enjoyable to sip on in the afternoon or evening after a long day. Despite its tartness it's fairly easy on the palate. Splitting this into three servings would also yield reasonable sized servings. I'd buy again if I could find it. Would like to try different dry-hopped versions.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
2.42/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Look: hazy orange with a thick, ivory head that has excellent retention and leaves behind layers of lacing in abundance. Good looking saison.

Smell: really not digging this. Hints of guava but not much, and really its quite acidic. Not very inviting in the least.

Taste: am I drinking battery acid? I think so. There's a little bit of guava, for just a fraction of a second, before its washed out with a heavy dose of acid. I'm sorry, but acid at this level is not acceptable in a saison and it isn't pleasant even if it was a different style of beer. The finish is incredibly dry to where I feel I'm drinking an incredibly dry, acidic wine or maybe even vinegar. I can't detect any of the familiar saison tastes that I was hoping to find in here. One of the few beers that I truly have found to be repulsive.

Feel: not really sour so much as it is harshly acidic, lightly carbonated and the alcohol is a bit too apparent.

Drinkability: I really forced myself to get to the bottom of the glass and I definitely wouldnt want another and looking back, I'm surprised I didn't drain pour.

Overall, this beer was not good by any stretch of the imagination. I'm surprised it has been so well received. This is only the second beer I've had from Cigar City and well, I might have a hard time going back if Hunaphu wasn't so incredibly good. I was expecting a saison with a bit of guava added in and well, maybe they overdid the guava. I've already said what there is to say about this one. Very disappointed. I would avoid this. Cheers.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan.

The beer is a hazy orange with a thick, white head that leaves ample lacing on the chalice. The aroma is simply wonderful. A bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits. The flavor is fruity and fantastic. Well balanced with a subtle yeasty quality. Feels great on the palate. Overall, a terrific beer and something I would really enjoy having again.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a healthy, tight 3F of off-white (creamsickle) head over a cloudy orange body with plenty of carbonation flowing up the sides.

Aromas are outstanding. From a foot away, it's sweet guava fruits, and as you get closer it's more of your typical saison - plenty of yeasty and sour-funky qualities with a juicy sweetness in the finish.

Another "whoa" moment on the first sip. Thick guava vapors cut nicely by the tight carbonation. Light sour pucker, but overall this one is 50% sweet, 25% sour and 25% barnyard. Delicious fruity finish. Mouthfeel is clean, but a little thicker than some traditional Belgian saisons.

Overall, this is a real winner. Really hope they keep producing it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cyrusthepup for this brew.


Pours a very nice cloudy orange/yellow color, very nice carbonation, very nice foamy two-finger plus white head, with some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, slight pepper note, guava, bananna's, coriander. The taste is very nice, malty, yeasty, a very nice complex brew. Medium Body, this one is not that hot at all, very nice. This is one fine Saison, good job CC.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this bottle on the suggestion of Greg at Pizzaria Paradiso in Dupont Circle (DC). Honestly I rated this as an American Wild with some Saison character instead of being a Saison/Farmhouse Ale as noted above, personally I think the beer is great either way.

A: Dark Orange with chunks of guava floating! This may turn some off but I think it's cool. Bubbly nice head and good lacing.

S: Farmhouse sour citrus and tropical fruits with peach, bright fruits, and a little bit of hay dry grain/malt. Very elegant and balanced, and a wood like overtone to it thats quite nice.

T: Wow, just as expected a guava tinged farmhouse wheat sour. Awesome taste a la Cantillon in it's complexity and balance, love the guava fruit bitter sweet end to the taste. Tropical fruit abounds again with a tinge of oak and vanilla overtone. Great.

M: Great carbonation and light spritzy feel that works great with this beer.

O: Awesome beer the exceeded my expectations. Really digging Cigar City.

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Photo of uustal
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with a two-finger pearl white head. Very tart aroma. Sour green apples, guava, also some wheat and yeast. Flavor follows. Quick tart in your face burst of green apple. Kicking tartness. Guava and tropical fruits follow to a lesser extent which add some sweetness to counter the tart start. Some wheat and spice are up next, to a much lesser extent than your average saison. Finishes mellow with a combination of tartness and guava.

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Photo of BennyL1
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in my last trade, thanks Rich! Poured from a 750ml into a NB globe. Also my first try at a Saison.

A - A nice gentle pour produced a booming three fingers worth of foamy white head. The beer itself is a nice orange color with a bit of haze. Not a ton of lace, but a nice overall look.

S - A lot of fruits in the nose. I'm getting mostly some green apple and apricot. A nice yeast profile in the aroma as well as a bit of clove.

T - A nice balance of tart and sweetness makes for a really pleasing taste. The guava makes for a very unique flavor. The yeast does a nice job pulling everything together as well.

M - Medium bodied with medium/high carbonation.

O - A good first Saison for me, very interesting and unique flavor that I will aboslutely be revisiting in the future.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty brew indeed. This beer kind of reminded me of my great uncles homemade hard cider. The aroma was super tart smelling and acidic. The flavor was a little tart but mostly sweet, very surprising to say the least. The afterteaste is is fruity kinda like a soft peach flavor. The appearance is rather nice too, it's this orange color that looks appealing with a nice lacy head. An interesting brew without a doubt.

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Photo of MufflnMan
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a light, lacy head. Smells of tart fruit and tastes just the same... guava, bananas, little bit of flowery hops. Slightly tart but nicely balanced by a bit of malt in the background. Great example of a saison with some fruitiness to balance it out.

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Flat hazed out orange in color. Forms a small, fizzy head that reduces to just a whiff of white streaks across the top of the beer. No lacing.

S: Delicious and pungent. Tropical fruits and a blend of yeastiness and tartness.

T: Sweet blend of malt and tropical fruits: guava, apple, soursop, whatever. A bit spicy on the finish.

M: Light and crisp; quite refreshing and slightly spicy.

D: Maybe not an entirely traditional version of a Saison, but a interesting and thoroughly enjoyable take on the style.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sleepydave for bringing this bottle over! Turned into an excellent night of Cigar City brews.

Pours a cloudy, muted-orange. Nice, foamy white head with good lacing.

Sweet, fruity guava and earthiness on the nose. Seems like a little bit of sour lacto is coming through. I'm not sure if this is intentional, but it fits well with the rest of the nose. Light, grassy hops.

Sweet, rustic guava on the tongue. Earthy notes with a touch of lacto sourness. Fruit acidity. Sweet and fruity. Quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but somewhat grainy. Good carbonation with slight acidity throughout.

Overall, this is one tasty saison. The guava plays well with the base beer and it goes down easy. I would definitely recommend this if you like some sweetness or fruit presence in your saisons. Hopefully I can get a taste of the Jolly Guava sometime in the near future.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought the last one at TRT. Poured into a tulip. Very hazy amber color.Thick off white colored heading that tiny bubbles all throughout. Tremendous lacing.

I am glad I didn't read to much into this one as I was very surprised. Extremely tart. Notes of sour apples,guava,peach just makes you think of tropical Florida fruits.

Taste starts off with a quick hit of juiciness.Then followed up with a somewhat grainy funkiness. Always dancing in the background is the sourness with a nice hot booziness just smacking the palate.Leaves a crisp sting on the palate and leaves a slight acidic and spicey note on the tongue.

Mouth is medium bodied,fantastic carbonation,crisp,clean and leaves a nice linger of spicey pepper.

Tremendous sour beer. I just hope they can produce more of this to make it a flagship beer.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with quite a booming head. The beer resembles apple cider in color and opacity. Looking very unfiltered here. Almost a glowing copper color.

S: Aroma is very tart and resembles a Russian River sour. Huge smell of lemon, cherries, mango and of course the guava. Nice notes from the yeast as well, banana comes through with some funk. Nice pairing of must and citrus. Very unexpected.

T: Begins sweet and ends very tart. Definitely a mouthful of citrus. Pineapple and grapefruit. Sweet and sour fruits. Great notes from the yeast again of banana and some spice. Really was not expecting this level of astringency in this one. Definitely not a bad thing to say the least.

M: Feels full bodied and ends very dry and tart. Very interesting beer. Almost a curveball in a glass.

D: For how tart this beer is, the underlying sweetness makes it easily drinkable. The crisp and dry finish is quite enjoyable and the carbonation seems to be at an appropriate level. Very nice.

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Photo of Brez07
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. Traded with Jefe73 for this one. 750ml bottle split into two wine glasses

A: Peach colored, opaque. Lots of active carbonation. Leaves a 1 finger bubbly white head. Very minimal lacing

S: Inviting peach/guava/mango aroma greets me initially. Good amount of tartness coming through. Seems like this is lambic-lite

T: As noted in the smell, good amount of tartness is present, which I guess I wasn't expecting. Definitely a good thing though. Tropical fruit medley, grapefruit juice and strawberry yougart are all brought to mind. Some barnyard and I swear I tasted a subtle amount of vanilla too

M: Medium bodied. Crisp, refreshing. Good carbonation. Tart, dry finish

D: This one caught me off guard. Very delicious beer. Unexpected tartness combined with a good, but not overdone fruit flavor. Seek this out

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Guava Grove from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 889 ratings
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