Redhook Treblehook | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook TreblehookRedhook Treblehook

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Treblehook is vigorously hopped and patiently aged with aromatic malt and spicy hop notes. Smooth and complex, this beer is carefully brewed by hand with sublte caramel, toffee and chocolate notes.

52 IBU

Added by Bierman9 on 11-21-2007

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Classy bottle design (different than the one currently shown). Bottled September 8, 2009, so it's got a bit of age on it, although considering the style, it should hold up. And for less than 5 bucks a bomber, I found it difficult to not buy 4 or 5 bottles.

The pour seems to indicate this beer is still vibrant, having a foamy, thick off-white head, creamy and tight, leaving tiny spots and slashes of lace. Color is a burnt sunset red/orange thing, clarity is jeweled like a piece of hard candy. Very nice.

Upon first pouring, the aroma is impressive, with vanilla, maple syrup, caramel, toffee, dark fruits and alcohol all mingled together. After it sits just a few minutes, the alcohol comes on too strong, paired with a sweet character that veers into the area of musty/damp/old. Interesting, to say the least.

Tastes pretty much like the aroma says it will. Dark fruit (grape, raisin, black cherry) comes in even further, accenting that musty/damp vibe I get in the smell. Toasty in its maltiness, the alcohol is present and somewhat spiky but never too out of whack, while it seems the hops have lessened considerably over time, being just a flash of pithy citrus in the mix. There's a sharp spiciness in the finish, which mingles with the alcohol. Strong vanilla notes, some burnt flavor in the finish, with some maple syrup behind all that.

Feels round and slick and soft, carbonated is very much on the lower side but manages to provide a mild tingle. A bit of stickiness too.

This is good, but I sure would like to have tasted it a bit fresher. It's not totally coming together for me, but is far from the kind of mess a bad barleywine can be. I guess it's just about what I'd expect from a brewery like Redhook brewing a beer like this. Glad I got a few bottles so damn cheap!

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Photo of beertunes
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a cloudy, hazy brownish amber color with just a thin cap of off-white head that low retention but decent lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical, sweet and malty with a noticeable alcohol scent. On the tongue the beer was also sticky and sweet, with an alcohol burn and a tickle of hops on the finish.

The body was average for the style, full, sticky and sweet. Drinkability was decent for a 10+% brew. Overall, worth trying but nothing special.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 28 January 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle, bottle dated 3 March 2010

Warmed to about 55-60ºF, poured softly, 1-finger head reduces to about nothing, lacing is good, color is clear amber-copper. Aroma is light, but of rich malts. Not noticing too many spices in play. I would have expected this to be much more rich in flavor and aroma at this temperature. Taste is very simple. I only taste malts (no hops), and only a bit of alcohol. The malts can be described sweet like cookies or biscuits.

Although there are not nearly as many flavors in this beer that I would expect from a barleywine, this is a very smooth drinking barleywine. Although new, the alcohol is quite silent. Good job, Redhook.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2010 series 12oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

A: Pours dark golden-red, ruby dark red when held to the light. Half inch head that dissipates quickly. Decent rings of lacing.

S: Sweet candy apple, bright citrus hop, cherries, toasted biscuits and sweet breads.

T: Very sweet caramel malt, tastes like a candied apple. I get a lot of cherries, toasted biscuits and breads, a decent amount of citrus hops, and a lot of heat. Finishes very dry and hot, sweet with a little hop bitterness. I would have liked a little less cherry and more complexity.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body. Chewy, very dry and hot.

D: Not the biggest fan of the cherry dominated flavor and the high heat, but did drink it pretty quickly without a problem, so it can't be bad. I'd say it drinks like you're average Barleywine, maybe a little harder due to the heat.

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Photo of cbutova
2.04/5  rDev -47%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

2010 version.

A- Dark red with a white cap that has decent retention. A creamy pillow and ring leaves a nice coat of lace, probably the best thing about this beer.

S- Dark alcoholic fruit and deep caramel malt up front. I get a note that reminds me of salt and vinegar chips. Some bread notes.

T- Not sure what went wrong here. This somehow tastes to me like a mixture of salt and vinegar chips and dark fruit as well as grapes/apples. Alcohol comes through and does not help. Kind of has a flavored vodka feel mixed with bread or something. It starts out actually decent but the finish drains any positive quality out of this. Soapy notes later on.

MF- Light end creamy body silky carbonation. I swear there is an acidic thing going on here. A bit of warmth. Way too thin.

DB- Each sip brings a hard grimmace on my face. I hate wasting beer but this thing might have to go down the drain. I love salt and vinegar chips but not mixed with bread, apples and grape vodka. I hate to be harsh but this was hard to drink.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sept 08 2009. 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle from my cellar. I was surprised to see that I never reviewed this beer.

Pours a crystal clear brown amber with thin quickly receding head. Nose is truly of a wine made from barley! Caramel, some leafy hops are still there and some dried fruits. Palate is still lively and has some prickle from the alcohol (10%). Lots of caramelized sugar - almost burnt sugar really - some darkly tanned leather, bitter herbal hop notes. There's quite a bit of sugar in here, but the hops are still active rounding things out.

My plan is to let these go for about 5 years and hope that it all falls together in harmony. It's a little chaotic still.

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Photo of Docer
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA stuck out some year old bottles of this out on the shelf... Sept. 08, 2009 bottled.

- Clear dark brown and copper bubbly brew... fizzy white head, about a finger and a half.. down to an even 1/4 in. layer which sticks around.

- Big caramel malt scent, brown sugar, and bitter pine and earthy hops... grassy, sweet.

- Smooth caramel cream brew... still after a year it isn't too hot but still contains some good hop backbone... bitter, drying, yet sweet and tasty. Not bad from Red Hook.

- Medium bodied, slightly syrupy and drying.

- Overall it is a very decent offering, and one that is nice with some age on it though not bottle conditioned. Not too sweet, and has a nice hop bite.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at The Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH.

Pours medium dark brown with reddish hints. Some foam tops it off, and is retained fairly well.

Lots of malt in both the smell and taste. Earthy. Not really sweet, but notes of toffee/caramel. Some kind of fruit in there too - almost rhubarb, or maybe even fig-gish. The 10% ABV is notable.

Medium carbonation - not heavy, certainly buried under the taste. A sipper thats for sure.

I'm not the biggest Barleywine fan, but thought this one was enjoyable. A good offering.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Poured a dark amber color with a light brownish hint to it. Two finger off white head shows good retention. Ringing and streaking lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big sweet malts upfront. Light toffee notes and I got a ton of plum towards the middle. Some light earthy hops in the backing but seemed faded since it is a year old. Alcohol tingles the nose and it seems hot to me.

T- Sweet malts attack the palate at first. There seems to be a sweet molasses flavor in the front as well. Darker fruits come and go with some fig coming and going along with plums and raisins. Middle of the beer is somewhat bready in flavor with some light caramel malts as well. The alcohol in this is very present and pretty hot still. There are some faded hops in the backend but only come about for a second before fading from the hot alcohol.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Light carbonation on the beer but alright for the style. Heavy sweet malts destroy the palate with some light darker fruits covered in a warming alcohol in the aftertaste. This beer is well made for the most part. Alcohol is very drying on the palate. Flavors stood out on their own but were blended well.

D- I really enjoyed this beer and didn't think I was going to. I've held onto this bottle for about a year or so before finally cracking it open. A pleasant surprise for sure which I didn't expect from Red Hook. Not my favorite style of barleywine but drinkable non the less.

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Photo of BDJake
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's another retired beer I tried a few months ago that I'm still trying to catch my reviews up on. Yet another surprise that such a well-liked beer from a company often criticized for being bland and unoriginal would be all of a sudden dropped. Here's my take:

A- pours a deep, dark, clear ruby-bronze shade topped by a small off-white head that laced and retained surprisingly well

S- malty, with hints of toffee and butterscotch, fig, oak, and earthy hops

T- notes of fig, molasses, toffee, and somewhat bready, but less hoppy than the aroma suggested- fairly boozy, but at this abv it's hard to completely hide it

M- chewy, low carbonation, with a bittersweet aftertaste

D- actually went down pretty well for the style

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Lucked out at the local Binny's when I was able to grab the last bottle o' this guy, giving me a second chance at what I remember to be a nice li'l gem. Here's hoping it's still as good as I remember it being:

It pours a pretty clear luxurious garnet-ruby (what's I say about it being a gem?) topped by a bit less than a finger of light eggshell foam. The nose comprises rich, buttery biscuits, slight hints of toffee, a fair sprinkling of coriander, and an undercurrent of eau de caramel corn. The taste leans more toward orange-dominated citrus, though the biscuits are still there in great amounts, now mostly blackened. A touch of what seems like rum-soaked oak finds its way to my 'buds as well. The body is a more-than-solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat easy-going feel. Overall, it may not be as good as I remember it (quite the pedestal I put it on, apparently), but still a damn fine barleywine. Good times.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Friend brought it back from New York. Labeled Sep 08 09. The bottle we have looks different from the one on the picture.

A- Clear chestnut amber. Light beige head seemed consistant but it died down before I could really check it out.

S- Strong kalamata olive dipped in soft honey. A bit of pleasant hot alcohol.

T- Wood barrel. Wood, citrus and slightly green/spruce hops. Sticky sweet but the other flavors make it all okay. Whisky finish.
Very enjoyable hop flavor which seems very fresh considering the age on this bottle.

M- Medium to high carbonation. Good body. Foams up in mouth. Dry finish considering how sweet it is. Sticky.

D- Very good. So tasty and not very hard to drink quickly. You'll be wasted though.

Very good beer. Not incredible for a limited release, not the baddest barleywine, but definitely a great beer.

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Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a clear copperish orange, some amber highlighting, medium sized white forms and settles down to a medium ring around the glass and a thin layer, some solid lace spots stick.

Smell is nice, sweet and malty, lots of caramel, some biscuit, brown sugar, grapefruit, pineapple, a bit of pine, alcohol, floral, decent amount of citrus hoppiness, nice balanced nose.

Taste is nice, very subtle, some caramel and malty sweetness, a bit sugary, grapefruit, some pineapple, pinesol, a bit of alcohol, apricots and dried fruits, lightly sugary, balanced and biscuity in the finish, solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, but not thin, low to medium carbonation, some warmth going down. A pretty nice barleywine. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle dated "sept 08 09". sampled aug 2/2010.

pours deep orange, nearly red, and crystal clear. a big fluffy cream coloured head forms, dropping slowly and leaving plenty of lace.

aroma is good. caramel and toffee and a whole bunch of american hops. pine, grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. touch of apricot. light alcohol. white bread. bit of biscuit. woody, maybe a hint of vanilla?

taste is good. caramel and hops up front again. grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and a bit of pine. lightly warming alcohol. whole wheat bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. just below medium bitterness level. bit of toffee. hint of woody character.

mouthfeel is nice. just under medium body. medium carbonation.

drinkability is nice. the slightly lighter body allows the alcohol to shine through a little more than i'd like, but not to the point that it becomes unpleasant. just a bit more warming than i'd expect. still, it's a tasty barleywine and one i'd definitely purchase again.

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Photo of detlefchef
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in 12/9. First from case tasted on 7/30. Bottle on date is 9/8/9

First off, I'm not 100% certain that this is the same beer as everyone else is tasting because the label looks nothing like that picture. That said, there's nothing else close in the search fields. Mine is a limited release in a frosted brown bottle. None the less, I'll approach it as if it is.

Reddish, amber caramel color with fine beige head. Candied green pineapple on the nose. Hot buttered rum on the palate with a curiously impressive hop presence, especially considering the year in the bottle. To be honest, barleywines typically aren't my thing but I really did like this. Maybe it's the age, maybe it's just a well made beer, but he alcohol seemed far more integrated than most I've tried.

Seared foie gras with carmelized green pineapple

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy/orange color with a two-finger, thick, white head of foam. It left behind sheets of lace.

S - It smelled malty and sweet with strong caramel notes. There were hints of vanilla.

T - It was malty sweet with a good deal of caramel and toffee. There was a mild bitterness from the hops.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a chewy mouthfeel A medium to full bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good barleyine. Redhook always does a good job with their "Limited Release" brews.

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Photo of Casey10
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked this I don't know if I missed something though as my bottle looked a bit different then the one on used for the display.

A - Nice not a lot of carbination orange amber red hue color.

S - Has a familar sent of pine, hops that you sometimes get with barleywines. It doesn't ruin it but doesn't help it either.

M - Again very familar as barleywines go surupy but accepatable.

M - again surupy a bit astingent not bad just not great.

D - This is really strong has a lot of medicine like behaviors about it. Not sure about having it again but might.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured deep brown in color with a nice frothy bright white quarter inch head. The head faded to a thin layer barely covering the top of the beer, but left some very good lacing in the process.

The aroma is pretty well balanced between malty and hoppy flavors. The malt comes through nicely in a toffee, caramel kind of way. The hops balance it out nicely with a citrus, pine presence. Nice appealing aroma with a nice mix of flavors.

The taste has a big caramel, toffee, malty profile like you would expect in a barleywine. it also has a pretty bold, piny, citrus, bitter hop presence that really helps balance out all of those malt flavors. It finishes a bit on the sweet side but still more balanced then most barleywines. It doesn't seem to have an incredible depth of flavors but what it does have is very nicely done.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and carbonation seems a little above average for the style. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed the balance this one had relative to other barleywines. The hop presence was very nice and definitely made it more drinkable. Alcohol was also well hidden for how high it is.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a dark amber/garnet color with a half finger of khaki colored head. The head quickly became a thin collar that left lacing in a band that slowly slid apart. The aroma was of candi sugar, caramel, fruity esters and alcohol. The flavors were similar, sweet and strong with pronounced fruity notes especially of pineapple and bananas. The alcohol heat really came through on the finish and the large, sweet-malt profile was well balanced by just enough bitterness. The mouthfeel was pretty good, the body full and the carbonation appropriate. Very tasty for a big, big beer and a good example of a heady American-style barleywine.

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Photo of Fnord
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Transcluscent ruby with a wispy cream colored head.

Smell - Maple syrup, alcohol, raisins, plums, flowery hops.

Taste - Everything from the smell, plus some sort of wood, I'm not sure the type. There's also a dash of bittering hops, just enough to keep the sweetness from being overwhelming. There's also plenty of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with low carbonation.

Notes - I'm a bit conflicted with this one. It's wonderfully complex and malty, but it's got way too much alcohol heat for my taste. It just beats you over the head with its ABV, even for a barleywine. Some would love this beer, but it's just not for me I guess.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Satchboogie for this brew.

12oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 083 10

Pours a nice cloudy golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, with some dark fruit notes, and some caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, fruity. Medium body, ABV is hidden fairly well. Again, a very tasty brew, this one surprised me from this brewery.

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Sep 08 09

Poured into a chalice a nice golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, with some dark fruit notes, and some caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, fruity. Medium body, ABV is hidden fairly well. Drinkable, this one surprised me from this brewery.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish copper color with thumb sized tan head that falls fairly quick and leaves some sparse lace.

Aroma is sweet nice sugary caramel malts blended with nice ripe fruits tangerines more light citrus then strong, hints of melons and florals also.

Taste is somewhat stronger then the smell but thats fine its a barley wine. Caramel malts stand out heading towards cloying but hops quickly rein it back in. Fall 2009 release but still pretty bitter citrus notes mainly blended in with some alcohol notes. Alcohol might be touch stronger then others at 10% but seems to go well with the flavors and does not distract.

Mouthfeel is fullish with good low level of carbonation that makes it seem smooth.

Drinkability is good my first big beer from Redhook and would be lying if I am not surprised a little. Pretty decent brew they have here.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 26 Nov 2009.

Vintage 2009. Served in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Thick medium sized khaki colored head. Moderate carbonation. Clear ruby brown color. Smells of ethanol, quite floral, orangey and syrupy. Boozy, warming and sweet to start, and really, throughout. Like beer candy says A. Seems like a sweet DIPA to me. Nice lingering bittersweet finish. Body on the lighter side. Sticky mouthfeel.

Tasty, alcohol sneaks up on you.

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Photo of TommyW
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber/brown with a thin, off-white head that is fairly sticky.

S- Nice malty aroma of toasted bread crusts, caramel malt and some hop notes.

T- Big malty backbone, toasted bread and some caramel malt jump out. A bit thin towards the middle of the tongue in terms of malt presence. Slight hop bitterness and noticeable alcohol create a dry finish but a semi-sweet malt sweetness lingers on.

M- Full feel that is slick and smooth across the tongue.

D- A nice barleywine from a brewery I haven't had much from.

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Photo of Exiled
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle - 2009 Vintage

Thanks to Mora2000 for sharing this bottle!

Pours a amber color with a small off white head. Smell is lots of citrusy hops, with a slight caramel maltiness. Taste is very hoppy, but not very bitter with some light fruits, and caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel, and very drinkable. Overall, its an ok barleywine, but there's a lot better out there.

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Redhook Treblehook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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