Vuja De | Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.96%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale with Black Currants, Locally Foraged Lemon Leaves, Hibiscus, Cane Sugar and Elderberry Flowers.

Added by djmichaelk on 01-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of drabmuh
1.36/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottled opened by Starrdog, thanks Matt. Beer is kind of brown / red with a head of small off white bubbles, no lacing, moderate carbonation. Looks kind of like a Flanders beer.

Oops, this beer SUCKS. the aroma is entirely acetone, completely disgusting. I try to smell past it, maybe some chocolate or fruit. The acetone is overwhelming. Makes me fear drinking it.

Beer is thin and solventy. Drainpour, completely disgusting. I am very confused how this beer has a single good rating, I feared for my vision so I stopped. Gross, never again.

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Photo of AgentZero
1.49/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Not a particularly attractive beer, somewhat reddish brown, with a thin off-white head that didn't leave much stick on the sides. At the ABV it has, I guess that is acceptable.

S - What in God's name is this? Nail-polish remover? A massive amount of acetone hits the nose. Wow, that is just gross. There's also some smell of vinegar, and some sort of sickly fruit sweetness. I think all the hair in my nostrils just disintigrated along with my desire to put this beer in my mouth.

T - This is an abomination, the bastard child of nail-polish remover and bad apple cider. Somehow it actually manages to taste worse than it smells. Solvent heavy, bad vinegar, who knows what else at this point because I don't care enough to figure out anything more with this beer as there can't possibly be any qualities redeeming enough to keep this from going down the drain.

M - Somewhat thin, softer carbonation.

O - Shame on Cigar City for putting this in bottles.

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Photo of Overlord
1.62/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Whoa ... this is one epic misfire.

Pours an almost grape-y purplish red with a large off-white head. The smell gives warning that something is terribly, horribly amiss. There are some vague spicy notes, a bit of unidentifiable sweet fruit-i-ness, and an overpowering miasma of cleaning solvent/nail polish remover. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

It was all I could do to get through four or five oz. I like flavor bombs. I seek them out. I crave them. This beer has too much flavor. Needs to have the spices and nail polish dialed down by a factor of 90%. The sad part is the vinegar/tannin/leather notes are almost pleasant, and the fruit-y/sugar-y/lemon-y spiciness might have been good ... if not for that horrible god awful paint removal flavor that throttles everything it touches.

A truly epically awful beer.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
1.65/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Had at a friends tasting.
Thanks Drew for sharing.
I was excited to try my first Cigar City sour.
Appearance is ok.
Aroma is nail polish, acetone. very solventy.
Flavor is the same.
Drain pour.
Awful beer. Yuck!
I've never had a beer like this. Did they leave cleaner in the fermenter?

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Photo of corby112
1.76/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

750ml picked up at the Total Wine in Ft. Lauderdale.

Pours a very cloudy, dark ruby red, almost plum, colored with slight pinkish hues when held to a light and a frothy two finger light beige head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with an odd combination of dark and citrus fruit notes along with an herbal floral presence, oak and dry Brett funkiness. There also a bit of a harsh solvent, acetic character. Very unique and interestig notes with the lemon, flowers and currants but the chemical acetone presence is a bit off putting.

Medium bodied a very harsh acetic flavor that dominates the other notes and lingers into a harsh dry finish. Very dry and funky while only being slightly sweet and tart. Again, there is a very odd balance if citrus fruit, herbal flowers, candy sugar and dark fruit. Oaky with some dry brett but the acetic stomach burning chemical flavor is really abrasive and unappealing. Almost medicinal tasting and hard to drink.

Overall, this beer was a big disappointment for me. Inusually enjoy most CCB beers ecpecially the exprimental offerings. I admire the effort here but it kind of tastes like a DFH experiment went wrong and they dumped some nail polish remover into the barrel. It's a shame that his beer turned out this way considering how well the red wine barrel version is.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.89/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle shared by starrdogg. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pour yields a garnet-colored brew that is almost bordering on purple. Good tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. Nose spells trouble, as there's quite a bit of an acetic presence right from the start. The nose also carries a bit of chocolate, raspberry, and cherry. Those are nice notes, but they're too far adrift in a see of acetone. The flavor is much, much worse, as vinegar is about all I'm able to grab out of this one--it's simply too overpowering. Yuck. Really disappointing coming from CCB. Feel is too vinegary and acetic. Just can't get past it. Don't try this.

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Photo of starrdogg
2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer was a bit of an unfortunate experience. It started out positive as it was a good-looking reddish-brown, but it was all downhill from there. As soon as I smelled it, I knew that I had essentially flushed $10 directly down the drain (literally). It smelled about as close to nail polish remover as any beer I've ever had, and while there were some hints of fruit in there, the chemical flavor just overwhelmed my nose. The taste was only mildly better, but the nail polish remover was still the primary flavor - as it warmed up some of the sour/fruit flavors came through, but ugh, this was not very good. It felt a bit too overcarbonated and light on the tongue and needed some more body. After a few sips of this, I, along with the other guys I was trying this with, all decided this beer was better suited for the sink than our stomachs.

Overall this is quite a shame from such a strong brewery as Cigar City. It's the first beer I've had from them that wasn't at least above-average, and this one was well below that. Alas, I guess every brewery is entitled to a swing-and-a-miss sometimes.

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Photo of JayS2629
2.17/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Perhaps my palate isn't sophisticated or developed enough to appreciate something that others may find genius. This was an awful tasting beer. I want to judge this on its style merits and what it was supposed to taste like, but I also think if it hit the mark on that then the original idea was a horrible one.

There is entirely too many things going on in this beer that are going in too many directions at once. Its overly complicated and confusing to the palate. Its a mess.

It pours a mahogany color with a creamy tan head, nice retention and great lacing.

The smell is of balsamic vinegar, tart lemon, musky sour funk, yeasty qualities, and dark fruit. Acetone, fingernail polish remover, chemical smells burn the hairs out of my nose. Pungent, putrid, soured vinegar dominates, but ripe black currants do peek through to lend a bit of sweetness. There are some floral notes hidden in there as well.

The taste is horrible. I want to say there is a malty, caramel tone underneath but the dominating vinegar and lemon punch its lights out to the point it is unrecognizable. Woody notes and harsh red wine clash against chemical tasting acidic, tart white wine flavors. Citrus notes are burried beneath funky, yeasty, musky funk. Black currants try to push through but clash with the other flavors too. Interesting, but clashing on flavors. Overly vinegar and acetone.

The mouthfeel is puckering, medium bodied and smooth, and very dry in the finish. Overall it is a definite sipper and takes some adjustment to get used to. Even for its style its flavors clash and its a total mess.

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Photo of bierguru
2.28/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- the head is bubbly bubbly slightly creamy brown with a reddish tinge. holds nice to the glass. The body is dark again brown with a red hue- murky.

B- smell is mostly Sour with hints of sweetness caused by the cane sugar some citrus most likely from the lemon and lemon leaves there is also a yeasty texture to it

T- very complex. however the tartness blocks out a lot... the taste is dry to the back of the throat due to the lemon and curriants. Slight sweet character at the tip of the tongue form the added can sugar. there is a slight oaky taste to it as well

M- Medium Bodied. Dryiness and tart on the tongue.

D- wouldnt get again struggled through the bottle taste was just way to sour for me

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Photo of mdfb79
2.29/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

From 03/27/11 notes. Had at a local DC RB tasting.

a - Pours an amber-brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of vinegar, nailpolish remover, acedic, citrus, funk, and some sugar or sweet fruits. Way too much vinegar and not enjoyable.

t - Tastes of vinegar, sweet fruit or sugar, citrus, spices and pepper. Again, very acedic and lots of vinegar, but not in a very good way.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall not a very good beer at all from Cigar City. Smell and taste are just vinegar, and not much fruit or anything to it. Not sure if this is what they were going for or if something went wrong and they just decided to bottle it anyway. Would not want to have again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Overcarbonated. Huge creamy head. Sticks to the inside. Murky reddish brown body.

Smell - Vinegar. Red wine. Cherry. Acetone. Some must.

Taste - Ouch. Really sour. Vinegary and solvent. Nail polish remover flavor. More distinct red wine flavor. Some cherry and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Kinda heavy. Doesn't taste overcarbonated. Very sour. The off flavors are rough.

Overall - Couldn't finish this. Drainpour.

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Photo of Florida9
2.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Oh god, what have I done to offend thee?

This beer pours a brown, sort of (but not really) grape juice or red wine colored liquid. Slight translucent, but mostly opaque. Forms a thin, bubbly, off-white colored head. No lacing. Aroma is...different: Unripe fruit, tart unripe berries, grapes?, sort of like grape soda grape flavoring, but then there is a ctirus-floral-chalky aroma that I have a hard time grasping is an actual smell that I am smelling. The taste is more of same, yet different in all together other unpleasant ways. Taste starts with a rather sweet, floral-spiked vinegar flavor, before turning even more floral, with notes of berry, like fermented blueberry or maybe strawberry, but some sort of vinegary berry that has seen far far better days. Vinegar on the back end. Maybe a touch of malt. Maybe a touch of black tea. Complex, but with a an onslaught of competing flavors that just don't mesh. Medium bodied. Extremely sour, but not brutally so, though I can feel this liquid burning a hole in my stomach. No bitterness. Sweet-sour mess.
In the end, undrinkable. I was incapable of finishing a single glass.

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Photo of claspada
2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a garnet color that is almost bordering on purple with a good tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down.

Aromas begin with quite a bit of an acetic presence right from the start. The nose also carries a bit of chocolate, raspberry and cherry.

The tastes begin much, much worse, as vinegar is about all I'm able to grab out of this one, with a distinct metallic twang that is quite off-putting. The acidic flavors are simply too overpowering.

The mouthfeel is too vinegary and acetic. Just can't get past it. It lingers on the palate and if qay too dry and unpleasant throughout the finish.

Overall a disaster from a normally reputable brewer. Not sure if this is just past it's prime or was just rubbish from the start, regardless avoid going forward.

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Photo of billshmeinke
2.59/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle split with a friend. Thanks to infestaxion for the extra.

Deep dark impenetrable brown color. Big billowing off white/khaki heady. Lacing and retention is nice.

Smells lemony and tart with some acidic notes. Then chocolate and brown sugar with some chalkiness.

Tastes... Pretty damn awful. Flavors clash horribly. Lemon, vinegar, plumbs that segways into ripe berries, black currants, hints of chocolate and a touch of brown sugar.

Zesty, citrus, spritzy mouthfeel.

Pretty awful. Sorry cigar city, but this is lame.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.66/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle sent courtesy of Amie from Florida, thanks!

A - Dark ruby/mahogany, chill hazed & cloudy, off-white rocky head.

S - Quite an odd smelling beer, like something went wrong, though I'm pretty sure this is just CC attempt at this... Sweet and tart Brett funk up front, some sugary lemon zest, rose hips and a whiff of Extra Brut champagne.

T - This starts in the right direction, more of a Flanders profile than a Wild Ale, caramelized malts with tart dark fruit notes. A complete 180 degree turn makes this beer a total mess. Very harsh and brash acetic notes take over & don't leave. Something funky is left here...dry, stale, cough syrup, just...gross. Horrible finish.

M - Thin, watery, overly carbonated. Wrong, wrong, wrong!

I had high hopes, but was severely disappointed. The qualities for a good Wild Ale are missing here, or the yeast just turned this into one big mess. A really bad Flanders? Yea, you might pass it off as that, but either way - I won't be drinking this again.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Pours a murky brown mahagony color with a big 2 finger tan head that slowly recedes and leave sticky lace as it does. Vinegar, acetone, with some fruit, very different than anything I have smelled before. Medium/light mouthfeel. Hmmm, not sure about this one. Acetone start with a following unripe bitter fruit note of grape. Not sure which of the combination of lemon, hibiscus, cane sugar, or elderberry that is throwing this one off, this might be a case of just trying to be a little too off the wall and in the end it just doesn't come together. There is an odd herbal smell in the nose that reminds me of a heavily spiced Italian vinergarette.

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Photo of GallowsThief
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bomber into my tulip.

A - Pours a ruby reddish brown. About 3 fingers of head that has a tannish white color.

S - Definite sour smell. Citrus as well. Yeasty. Floral. Funky. Aggressive all together. Nail polish for sure. Acetone.

T - Like the smell the taste this is aggressive. Tart and citrusy. Sour and funky. Very dry. Has some dark fruit flavor which reminds me of concord grapes. It's just a bit sweet but that disappears rather quickly. Seems to have a vinegar mixed in as well. Odd compilations of flavor.

M - Dry. Reminds me of a champagne rather then beer. Good carbonation. Alcohol is not that noticeable.

D - Rather high ABV to have a few and the taste makes this a sipper.

I popped this open after reading the wide variety of scores and reviews. You hate this or you like it and there is not a lot of in between. Its not CCB's best but its not awful. To each his own. Like all beer decide for yourself.

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Photo of beersensei305
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Brewed in tandem with Saint Somewhere Brewer in Tarpon Springs, FL:

A- The head is different that any of have seen... bubbly slightly creamy brown with a reddish tinge. Kinda like some from Farmhouse brews but more creamy out of the bottle... holds nice to the glass. The body is dark again brown with a red hue- murky.

B- Strong pungent smell. Sour from lemon and the black curriants. Floral which comes form the lemon leaves and elderberries... Its you love or hate it scent. yeasty. Unique.

T- Very unique and complex. Tastes a lot like a farmhouse very sour and bitter... dry to the back of the throat due to the lemon and curriants. Slight sweet character at the tip of the tongue form the added can sugar. Even as it warms I can pick out much from the beer except the sour and the smell masks too much as well.

M- Medium Bodied. Dryiness and tart on the tongue.

D- I couldn't make it through the bottle...

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Photo of mbrady55
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I just want to preface this by saying that this is my first experience with a wild ale.

Appearance: nice; a dark brown or red. Nice head but did not last long

Smell: Sour fruits and lemongrass, interesting to say the least.

Taste: I was very excited to try this beer, however I was unpleasantly surprised with the taste of acetone. Aside from the offputting taste of acetone i did get some really nice lemon notes as well as sour berries, but the astringency is just too much for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel

Drinkability: it was a task to finish the whole bottle, that being said i will have to try some more beers in this style and see if i can acquire a taste.

Overall I felt as if their beer tried too hard. I feel that the components did not necessarily go together. The acetone taste is really off putting and i did not like it one bit.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out as a deep reddish brown color with a quick fading tan colored head on top. The retention is minimal and there is no real lacing. The smell of the beer is definitely sour, with some vinegar-like notes to it. The taste is a little fruity with some very subtle malt but the sourness of it all overpowers everything else. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a very acidic puckering sensation left in the finish. Overall I wasn't that impressed with it, I was happy to have tried it but it's nothing worth seeking out.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice pinkish brown with a lot of nice off white head. Smells funky and fruity. Lots of lemon on the nose. Tastes weird... Funky, tart,... Nail polish remover on the tongue. The finish is just plain awful. Mouthfeeel is interesting. Highly carbonated but weird.... The lemon zing is great but everything else about it suffers

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Photo of stakem
3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for sharing this brew at a recent tasting. Poured into a mini snifter, this brew appears a murky dark brown color with a darkly tanned cap. The head recedes leaving leggy lacework on the glass. When held to the light, this brew displays ruby and lighter brown coloration through the body.

The aroma of this brew smells strikingly similar to balsamic vinegar that is quite tangy and pungent. There is a bold punt of alcohol that comes off smelling fusel. More whiffs of this brew start to smell more and more like nail polish remover.

The taste of the brew is piercingly tangy and bitter that is similar to balsamic vinegar. Underneath the tangy is some roasty malt indications and a light aftertaste that is somewhat smokey. More sips clash together with the alcohol to form a very sharp brew that is hard to put down.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This is not a brew that you can throw back a few pints of. It's an interesting mix and original effort but I don't think it totally came together. The alcohol is a bit out of whack and could be tuned down a bit to make it more enjoyable. After trying this brew and then hearing about the different ingredients, I certainly didn't pick up on most if not all of the additives. I enjoy most of Cigar City's offerings but this one was a miss. It's worth a try though if you get a chance. Thanks again Corey.

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Photo of imonhiatus
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I have had this bottle since the release, well I guess it is now or never. ripping through a bunch of questionable bottles tonight. popped and filled a b2 tb oversized snifter. brew pours a deep crimson that settles almost black. massive frothy dark off white head that hung firever. nose is real sharp. nail polish remover ..not pleasant. taste is actually in a great spot right now. super tart cherry black currant. while a bit sharp and acetone, it has subsided into the background giving it an almost Framboos plasticiness. interesting but probably as good as it has been since it was first bottled. not bad. drink em if you got em.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a deep reddish brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, vinegar, acetone, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, vinegar, earth, sour, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The acetone on the aroma was quite off-putting as it was the first time I had smelled it in a beer. I know the smell well as I am a chemist and we use it A LOT to clean glassware. Definitely not one of my favorite chemical smells. Despite this I opted to take a sip anyways. The vinegar aspect was really dominent in this one. The earthy note was a nice touch mixed with the woody character. Worth trying this one at least once so you can be the judge for yourself.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours muddy brown, almost dark pink in light. Off white cap, retention is great - just a weird color

S: Sourness immediately, light apple vinegar, brown sugar, caramel, lots of malts. Nail polish remover kinda threw me off, but when you swirl this beer around it really hits you!

T: Puckeringly sour, but not so much as others I've tried recently. Vinegar, fruit, nail polish remover, brown sugar and very malt heavy flavor. Pretty balanced

MF/O: smooth feel, creamy finish, carbonation is spot on...not bad by any means, but unrefined - more like a Flanders than a wild ale

Lowest ever CCB score for me is a B-??

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Vuja De from Cigar City Brewing
3.5 out of 5 based on 159 ratings.
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