Delirium Noël | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium NoëlDelirium Noël

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of beerluvr
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured into the glass with a high & tight head, just this side of off-white. Reddish-amber liquid. Nose is wonderfully fresh, malty fruity and a bit hoppy too. Taste starts with a blast of medium maltiness then the healthy amount of hops mix with alcoholic warmth. Finishes up dry and very drinkable, I would recommend this to any fan of "Big Beers" without hesitation. Delicious!

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Photo of ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

update 12/20/08 - bottle notched 4/07. To lazy to do another formal review, just wanted to reaffirm how incredible this beer is, especially with some age, so smooth, still subtle flavor compared to luscious nose. I'm actually impressed with how spot on my orignal review was, as it was one of my first ever. Two more in the cellar, it will be hard to hold on!

Served on draft in a Delirium snifter (unfortunately, not the Noel version with the little Santas). The appearance is a ruby color with a nice creamy head and fair amount of carbonation - very enticing. The aroma of this beer is absolutely fantastic, sweet, cidery and grape like, it bore a strong resemblance to Rodenbach Grand Cru, although not as intense. I couldn't get enough of the smell, and the active carbonation maintained the aroma to the last sip. The taste was incredibly smooth, slightly tart with traces of fruit and sweet malt, but much less flavor then the aroma might indicate. However, when a beer is as well executed as this, I find it difficult to pinpoint dominant flavors, but each one I tasted was more enjoyable then the last. The mouthfeel was very nice, a perfect amount of carbonation to balance the richness, although at 10%, this was not nearly as syrupy as lesser made strong ales. The complexity of taste and perfectly balanced body really hide the high alcohol content, which combined with the wonderful aroma make this winter warmer dangerously drinkable! After tasting so many other holiday beers that are overwhelmed by a particular spice or flavor, it's the balance of this one that really makes stands out.

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Photo of jenbys2001
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't particularly care for Delirium Tremens, so I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this beer. I'm so glad I tried it, it's definitely my favorite seasonal brew, and perhaps my all around favorite. It's not as heavy as the other Delirium varieties and has a really smooth taste. It's a fantastic beer to sip, I wish I'd bought more bottles during the holidays.

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Photo of StevieW
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big 750 ml bottle with cork and cage. Red foil seal over the cork and cage. This bottle is sealed up tighter than a frog's ass in water. Only minor stitches will be required to fix my hand.
The label depicts a big pink elephant with the same santa hat we all are wearing now. Santa riding along in the background with more pink elephants leading the sleigh. The big pink elephant has the distinct impression he knows something you don't. You are skeptical of this beer, but he knows better. That's cool with me.

Soft medium brown in color. Opague, and slightly cloudy. Full, creamy beige head. Stayed forever. Rich seasonal aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and roasted plums hit your nose across the room. First taste is a tremendous explosion of belgian flavors. Nice roasted plums, figs, raisans, match with a spicy nutmeg, cinnamon combination. Slight hint of oak aged port wine, and warming alocohol slide by. Subtle earthy flavors appear as the beer warms. Nutty spicy flavors, slow down, rich warming alcohol presence finishes strong. Murky sediment shows up in the glass. The elphant winks, nods, and whispers "drink it, my friend" And I do. Slightly thinner on the finish, but you are too happy to care. Nice warming feeling falls over your body, as you belly thanks you again and again for saving this one.
Perfect with the back doors open and the cool Florida Atlantic winter breeze washing over.
That damn pink elephant knows this now at the top of my Christmas beer list.
Happy Holidays

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Photo of cokes
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A flavorful and immensely complex brew here. A delight to drink, even though it is nearly crippling in it's alcohol content (in a 750ml bottle).
Throws a lightly hazy copper/amber color. White head fades quickly.
Lots of Alcohol, dark fruit and spice on the nose. Quite inviting. Seems dangerous (and rightly so)
Taste is explosive. Tropical fruit (I got alot of pineapple), yeast spiciness, carmelized sugar, and a little hint of rum. But honestly, there was very little alcohol in the taste. For a 10% ABV brew, it is outright scary. Very easy to drink, and enjoyable all the while.
Mouthfeel is a little spritzy, but with some heft..overall quite wonderful.
Another winner form Huyghe. I am quickly becoming a disciple. I love their brews (even though I know this feeling is not shared by everyone, as the reviews tend to be all over the place).
Personally, I can't recomend this brew or the Delirium Tremens hightly enough.

Oh, and VENOM, I agree...the foil top is a pain to remove.

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Photo of rmdunlap85
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a beautiful hazy orange/amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates into some lacing.
S: Cherries and malt on the nose, other fruitiness. Smells extremely inviting.
T: Some tartness up front, cherries, with a caramel maltiness. This tastes excellent, perfect balance of tartness and sweetness.
M: This is the only place where the beer disappoints, the carbonation is a little too crisp, though its provides a nice warmth.
O: This is a great beer for the winter season, warming with flavors that evoke the Christmas season. I can curl up with this by a fire while watching It's a Wonderful Life.

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Photo of Slynger
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ahh, a clear orangey bronze fills my glass with a big frothy, creamy, head the off-white color of a peeled apple. The nose is sugary sweet with sour fruits. A real caramel apple smell along with belgian yeast, clove, bubble gum, and spice. Very nice. A lush and creamily carbonated light-medium body has just a little bit of light, dry, Belgian candi sugar sweetness. Bushel's of lightly tart fruit load the palate: apples, white grapes, and apricots all come through. Belgian yeast and a mild spiciness slide over the back of the tongue but don't linger. A hint of warming alcohol is faintly detectable on the way down, but not unpleasant in the least. I am just getting in to Belgian beer and it's depth and complexity never ceases to amaze me. This one is really good.

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Photo of unseenbyyou
4.56/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a christmas-new year's treat...sipped slowly out of a pint glass on a patio in San Diego on NYD 1-1-09

Nice, full head that is not overpowering like some other beers, caramelly color that shows more hues as glass is tilted, some sendiment in glass--must be from the fruits and grains used in delivering so many flavors...a very nice balance of citrus and grain flavor,

Although it has a 10% alcohol content, it is not as strong and overpowering as other dark, belgian related fare from the monasteries of divine inebration

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown with a deep red, good head retention and full, well-carbonated body.

S: Strong alcohol presence, tart, sweet, and strong.

T: Bitter berry tart cut with hop-ale savor creates a strong and vital first impression, then the layers of traditional Belgian complexity gradually introduce themselves. Copperish, floral, fruity, sour, and warm. More assertive than other Delirium beers, but perfect for the season.

M: Excellent. The perfect blend of strong, sharp and smooth.

O: I make sure to grab as many as I can every winter. It's a great beer for the season without being too "seasonal" (i.e. fruity/fake-tasting). If you're a fan of the style at all, it's a must-buy. Absolutely delicious, warming, and in ways comforting.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What better beer to review on Christmas Day than a tall Huyghe seasonal! Painted bomber, no date, but cork has 2005 on it.

Poured into a large tulip as a caramel-colored brew with a mountainous cream head. Aroma is sweet caramel, candy sugars, some light fruity elements and mild spices with just a trace of alcohol.

Taste is light malty/bitter. Candy sugar isn't the first to hit the taste buds, but it's there. Base is a good dry light malt with sweetness only around the edges. Some spice, nothing distinct, not real sweet. Slight whiskey elements, woody, some Belgian yeast. Flavors in the Delirium family -- darker than the Tremens, lighter than Nocturnum.

Finish is dry and clean. Mouthfeel is medium, lighter than would be expected. Faint alcohol presence in the vapors as it's consumed but not really enough to characterize it as a burn. I like the Tremens better, but this one is great in its own right.

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Photo of ProfessorHops
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Amber with sedimentation I think. It's dark ion this pub.

Aroma- Apples framed with alcohol.

Pallet- Very sweet. Candy like. Toasty bitter hops

Finish- Long bitter and complex.

Guzzle- Drinks very well for a high octane beer.

Texture- Ale like

Extra: On tap this beer was very good. I bought a bottle the next day, and I believe it was skunked because it wasn't as good. But with that said it was still a very good ale.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pulled out from my cellar, aged two years from 08.

Pours like coca-cola with with a tan head that fades quickly and leave no lace. The sediment is big and floating like fruit in a jello mold. A very dark amber tone with a similar transparency like you're staring into an ancient piece of amber. A very sweet and sugary smell like a really good strong Belgian. Very smooth in taste sweet up front and fruity after with a nice wet wine aftertaste. Little to no bite or sting of alcohol, only a slight hint a minute after the swallow. A really good ale. I am glad I aged it a while.

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Photo of botham
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. pours a semi-hazy brownish amber color with a quickly dissiapting head that is reduced to a soapy rim.

aroma is of caramel malts, with fruity yeast prevalent. notes of apple, pear and grape are present, with a bit of alcohol. a bold aroma, making it true to a belgian strong dark.

taste is sweet and malty, with a notable yeasty character as well. yeast notes are the same apple, pear and grape from the aroma, only a bit more pronounced on the palate. excellent.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy texture. smooth in the mouth with a slight bite from alcohol.

drinkability is good. the high alcohol and mild CO2 levels make this one a bit less drinkable, but the exceptional balance and profile make it one to remember. cheers!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dried fruit aromas, dark pitted fruits, spice, dark sugars and a suspicion of fruitcake, traces of alcohol and some earthiness on the nose. Pours brilliant chestnut under a 1” white foam cap that slowly dissipates to a thin whisp of a head that never the less produces lace. Also has some legs. Fruit cake components start the palate with fig to dates, a hint of toffee, prune, dark cake, a little spice (coriander and anise) alcohol and an earthy hop finish. There is also some warming but the alcohol is not solventy or hot. It is surprisingly light for all it has going on and the alcohol levels – medium to medium high on the body and medium carbonation. A big beer with the presence of a port or a bourbon.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy caramel colored brew with a thick two finger tan head that sticks around for ever. This really isn't that dark in's almost copper. Big waves of sticky belgian lace coat the glass with tons of beautiful arcs.

S - Fruity and vinous are the first two words that come to mind. In that aspect, it's very much like Delirium Tremens which is also very champagne like in aroma. I smell plums, dates, and raisins. Also over-ripe fruit, and a little bit of chocolate covered cherries.

T - Nice full fruity flavor that really smacks your tongue with an initial bite of grapes and apples. Tastes very much like it smells, but with more emphasis on chocolate covered cherries. There are hints of green leaves and grass also, and a good dose of tangy fruit juice hops pull though at the end. The finish is bitter and slightly dry with an only slighty noticable alcohol taste.

M - Nice fizz from the high carbonation at first, then a huge warming alcohol surge that is perfect for the season! Moderately dry and medium in body.

D - An excellent beer for the Christmas season. I like this quite a bit better than Delerium Tremens, and I will certainly buy this again next winter. Next time I'm getting the big bomber though.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a nice Red Amber colour with a nice two fingered head that retains the whole length as a one fingered head, and laces.

S - From the bottle, stewed cherry aromas. Once poured the sweetness intensifies and a little strawberry is introduced.

T - Up front there is sweetness closely followed by stewed dark fruit that is incredbly well balanced. There is spiciness at the finish before a warming boozy sweetness finishes it off.

M - Medium body and medium to high carbonation.

O - This beer is quintessentially Belgian. It has flavours that no other country (despite trying) can produce with any authenticity. If you see it, buy it.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 that is corked and wrapped with red foil around the cage that takes a long time to remove. Cork sez 2005 and the bottle is sheathed in that faux stone plastic shit that all the Deleriums bottles come in. Poured into a chalice.

Dark, slightly hazed crimson with an interesting tornado of bubbles that shoots up through the middle and supports a tall head of light tan that has the retention of a rock and leaves thick sheets of lace. Good lookin' brew!

The nose sweet, earthy, and spicy with melons, cherries, and apples. Yeast aromas of fruitcake and chalk. Good dose of candy sugars that pair well with a touch of hot alcohol. Damn...

The taste carries a lot of the same fruits from the nose. Nice malt base that compliments the sweets and is quickly tempered by the warming alcohol. I like beers that integrate the alcohol flavor rather than cover it up, and this beer does an excellent job of using the booze to its advantage. Nice yeast influenced finish, a little clove and banana make themselves known into a warm finish that has a growing hop bitterness with each sip.

The mouth is full and smooth, exactly what I like in a BSDA. Quickly "fills my mouth" but all that's left in the finish is flavor, not oil. As drinkable as something of this caliber.

The best of the Delirium series.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into the snifter a strangely darkened yet beautiful murk of orangey brown, borderline leathery looking; moderately high creamy cap of dusted yellow foam sits atop, which slips away at an average rate. Keeps a thin collar and the lace is drippy, clinging in some glaring tones and globby spots.

Aroma is a wild tropical fruit display of sharp dark fruits fronting a grapey, raisiny, pruney thing; quite tangy for sure, a nice nose to behold. And as it sits for a bit the yeasty spices start to intertwine over the fruity tang as some banana and pear begin to push aside the other fruits and a smokey alcoholic tinge floats among the last slice of air leaving tiny bits of phenols dancing underneath.

Taste is fruitfully tanged with a fairly large supply of raisin, a crate or two of dates, a couple shelves of prunes, a basket full of ripe pears, and to finish it off in the finish along with a caramel smoothness is a bunch of bananas. A tropical salad in a glass! Smooth, rich, full, kinda sugary, with more of a brown sugar and maple syrup ascent to it that is fully enjoyable. It lasts and lasts, yet still begs to be consumed.

Feel is quite full and yeasty with a sugary coating across a sweet taming ride of tangy fruitfulness. Edged with a certain alcoholic kick with phenols that fits just right. Very well-rounded and smooth with a chewy little afterbite that sticks nicely across the palate leaving all sorts of left over fruity bits, then to the spices, then a unique subtle drying, way, way, super late. Slight burn of alcohol too, just to keep you, and it, all in check.

Nearly perfect! A very nice Holiday treat.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off tap poured into a Delirium Noel snifter. The beer poured a slightly amber golden color with one finger of head. The nose was nice and sweet and fruity, maybe some strawberry and a hint of peppery spice from the yeast. The flavor was good. Some fruity tones and caramel sweetness with a nice spicey finish. Good beer. The feel was thick and creamy and just good. This beer was nice to sit down to after finishing grading finals and collections and all that comes with beig a TA. What a nice beer. I like it better off tap than the bottle.

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Photo of stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good things do come in small packages. This 25 cl bottle packs a wallop and tastes great! Alcohol is noticeable, but not distracting from the overall experience. Nice dark copper color with oily head, aroma of prunes and alcohol, taste is also drief fruit and caramel. Palate is right on with a little alcohol warmth. A keeper...

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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty cool ceramic looking bottle with a red foil top and decorated with pink elephants pulling Santa’s sleigh. Pours a dark brownish copper color with a tall mountainous light tan head that very slowly dissipates leaving coats of sticky lace on the walls of the glass as it does so. Nose is dark caramel and honey malts blended with some tropical fruit and a bit of bubblegum. Fairly full in body with a slightly chewy texture that envelops the tongue. Taste begins with caramelized malts and a bit of candied sugar followed by some notes of molasses and butterscotch and finally by some peppery and spicy alcohol. A great winter warmer and a very drinkable brew considering the 10% ABV.

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Photo of ebby82
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey color into a goblet. There is very little head.

The aroma is a beautiful boquet of fruity smells, especially apricot, and white grape. There is also the aroma of some sort of spices, possibly coriander. If this beer tastes as good as it smells, it will be a wonderful beer.

The taste, like the aroma, is fruity, light and smooth. Again, white grape, with a hint of spices to it.

The alcohol content is very high, but barely noticeable. It is very smooth, and drinks almost like a dessert wine rather than a beer. The carbonation is limited. In fact, when the cork was popped, there was barely a sound. However, this does not detract from the taste.

I would highly recommend this beer. My wife and I drank it together on our snow day from work, and we enjoyed it immensely.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a cellared bottle with no age marking on the bottle, label, cork or cage.

Gently poured from the lees it's a clear, deep chestnut with an orange cast and brilliant ruby highlights. A full (but not huge) head of creamy, slightly yellowish foam very slowly receeds to a thin cap, holds throughout the entire goblet, and leaves splashes of lace about the glass. A slight mustiness parts readily to reveal a lively, slightly tart and juicy fruitiness (berries, cherries). Some yeastiness develops with notes of sugar candy and bubblegum spice. A delicately toasted and caramel sopped maltiness hovers beneath but never really comes to the surface itself. As it warms, notes of clove and honey become more dominant. Refreshing and enjoyable! The aroma alone is worth the trip! The body is light-medium and it's exceptionally fine, natural carbonation slides across the tongue with just enough of a caress to awaken the tastebuds before fading smoothly away. More caramelization appears in the flavor than the nose suggests, although it remains somewhat sugary and honeyish like cookie-dough. The fruitiness isn't nearly as bold as the aroma suggests, and what remains is more similar to sweetened blackberries. A clear note of alcohol becomes apparent but not distracting. Some mild spice carries through, and a very sublime bitterness helps to anchor it along with its drying alcohol. It finishes fairly short and dry with a delicate note of lingering honey-berry malt and subtle spice in the aftertaste. A most impressive holiday ale, and certainly worth a try!

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured this treat into a chalice and it had a beautiful ruby red hue to it, really unique and pretty. had a decent sized head that slowly subsides. the smell is good, apples, and yeast are the most prominent scents. the taste is awesome, completely awesome, warm alcohol on the tounge along with a cidery main flavor with yeast and malt at the end, spectacular taste. mouthfeel is full and wonderful. drinkability is good, but at 10% its kinda strong

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Photo of Gehrig
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up the 11.2 oz. bottle, but wish I had the bomber. Noel presents two fingers of off-white froth on a ruby body with orange highlights--beautiful. The nose is a little understated for me--nicely fruited, touch of spice, and moderate malt--but still good. Very impressed with the taste--orange, cherry, melon combined with ginger, cinnamon and wonderful malt. The carbonation is great, keeping the flavors bouncing together well.

For 10% ABV, this is incredibly drinkable, so beware. I'm very impressed with Noel, and will keep my eyes open for it from now on. Excellent beer.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,950 ratings.
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