La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
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Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands
latrappe.nl

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Quadrupel is La Trappe’s heaviest ale with a stunning amber colour. Its warm and intense flavour is rich and finely balanced. Malty sweet, slightly burnt, and pleasantly bitter with a sweet aftertaste. Quadrupel continues to ferment after bottling and offers aromas of banana, almond, vanilla and others.

Added by kbub6f on 03-07-2002

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2,295
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4.11
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10.46%
 
 
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Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been looking forward to trying this for some time. Superb, lightly spicy aroma with caramel malt and hints of honey. ABV well hidden. The light spicing in the nose is much more obvious in tasting. Rich and complex flavor but, unfortunately, it is just too sweet. On the other hand, the aftertaste is great.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a murky light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, brown sugar, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and a little bit of fruit and spice. Then a hearty malt character and some Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better options in the style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, sharp, and underlaid with dark bitterness. Dark amber in the New Belgium tulip with nice lacing. Fairly coarse carbonation in the mouth, but lots of it. Alcohol is a hot hammer on the throat. More of a liqueur than a beer, but reasonably amount of hops. Hugely fruity with raisins, toasted fruit cake, and dried figs. Nice nose of roasted barley. Sweetness seems overpowering at first, but the vast range of the Belgian complexity gives it a lot of interest. I thought it was quite sippable at refrigerator temp, though it changes as it warms slightly and the darker, burnt flavors emerge more.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Armsby Abbey, Worchester, MA

I slept on this beer for a while, but when my wife--in a very quad phase--ordered one at the bar, I finally broke down and shared it.

Poured a dark brown with a small but thick head that retained throughout the session. Sugary aroma, and bready with Belgian yeast. Very strong taste, as would be expected. Sweeter and more fruity than many quads I've had; caramel and brown sugar, plums and nectarines. Definite alcohol bite. Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, and decently drinkable, but not in large quantities. The sweetness is not a bad thing, but I do prefer other quads to this.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $5.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, dark brown body with a reasonably well-sized, off-white head. Random bits of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sweetish, earthly spiced, and ripe fruity notes all come together to harmoniously provide notes of candy, caramel-covered fruits, dark loaf bread, and even alcohol. Yes, even alcohol, friends.

Taste: Sweetish, dark maltiness with very, very light tastes of chocolate and even cinnamon-flavored Breakfast Blend coffee. Touch of dark breadiness. Hearty spread of gooey dark caramel. Dash of earthy spices, mainly clove. Another pinch of table sugar. Fruity tastes of green raisins, ripe figs, and green apples marinated in spiced rum. Touch of bitterness. Sweetish, earthy, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Worth a try. The world's greatest quadrupel? Heck no! A decent, okay-inducing quad? Sure.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark amber to medium brown in color with a fair amount of sediment in suspension. The beer has a two finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet malts, dark fruits (raisin), and candi sugar. There is a very light presence of spices and some hints of alcohol.

T: There is quite a bit of complexity to the flavors of this beer but it does follow the smell fairly closely. The beer starts out with the caramel/toffee malt sweetness. After that, the more cloying sweetness of the dark fruits (raisin) comes out followed by a very light presence on spices.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly syrupy due to the heavy sweetness.

O: This beer is quite enjoyable but it much more the sipping beer than one that is easy to drink. The alcohol is not as well hidden as I expected, making this take a little more effort to drink.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2000/2001 bottling. Sparking blood orange beneath a creamy cap of gorgeous orange-ecru foam. Even though I rinsed out my crystal snifter just prior to the pour, blankets of delicate lace are still sticking to the glass. Beer with a double digit ABV isn't supposed to look like this. I'm thrilled so far.

I haven't had many quads yet, but I have to say I'm impressed by the rich complexity of a good quadrupel nose. This one is overflowing with dark malt and smells almost as much like concentrated black and red raspberries as Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock. Talk about taking after one of the best. Actually, it's the other way around given when this one was brewed.

I've had this little 11.2 oz bottle for several years now, never dreaming what deliciousness lay within. I know that La Trappe is one of the seven Trappist breweries (and the only one that is outside of Belgium), but I still never expected to like this beer quite this much.

I'm still floored by how much Quadrupel tastes like raspberries and blackberries. The flavor profile also contains spiced raisins and plums swimming in dark caramel and melted chocolate bars. As it warms, I can appreciate leather and earthy hops. It's definitely on the sweet side of things, but I wouldn't change a thing. Drinking beer out of a snifter always makes me want to sip anyway. Although alcohol is noted, it's as soft and as unthreatening as a baby chick.

The mouthfeel can only be described as liquid velvet... or maybe a highly polished gemstone... or possibly summer weight silk. The only thing that keeps it from the 'mouthfeel hall of fame' is that it favors medium over full.

La Trappe Quadrupel has surprised the hell out of me. I've always considered tripels and BSDAs to be my favorite Belgian styles, but if I continue to drink outstanding quadrupels, they'll be right up there as well. I'm ecstatic to see how well this beer ages because I plan to stock up the next time I see it on the shelves. Highly recommended.

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very effervescent caramel with 1+ finger of khaki head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Juicy fruit, rubber bands, bubblegum & breadfruit

T: Huge fruittyness, dates, figs & ghost booze up front. White grapes, juicy fruit & some phenols, plus pears, leather & some mushrooms as this warms. Finishes oaky, with some banana peels, fruitty & with a little booze kiss. almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Slick, effervescent & a bit thin for the style, more malt depth needed to really vault this into great status for quads.

Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV, a good take on the style

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the newest Giant Market & Craft beer cafe in Harrisburg on Linglestown Rd. Corked & caged bottle into a cervoise chilled.

The color is deep amber with light cream cap w/ slight chill haze and goo lace/head retention. The smell is very appealing to me with abundance of malt sweetness in the aroma with mild floral hop note and yeast phenolic with mild bready element and slightly honey like accent. The feel is very good with high carbonation level and strong full body with malt heft and drying alcohol on the palate with crisp finish that has a lingering spice texture.

The Quad tastes like some toasted malt is present with the yeast adding a clove accent with mild honeylike tinge and floral hop element adding to the complexity with subtle alcohol in the taste and the strength is not all that apparent with malt providing the majority of the flavor with a nice effervescent yeast that leads to a dry mineral tinged finish. A great Belgian and originator of the Quad style I have been enjoying this for over a decade I am happy to drink this on occasion and it is very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark amber/brown color with a fluffy khaki colored head.

S: Sweet dark fruits (such as raisins, plums, and figs) and dark candi sugar make up the bulk of the aroma. Plenty of sweet caramel maltiness, too.

T: The flavor is of the same dark fruits that were present on the nose. A hint of spice and plenty of yeast that almost seems sour at points. Sweet malts and candi sugar, too.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation, but not quite as fine as some other Belgian beers.

D: A nice beer, pretty easy to drink for such a high ABV beer, and not really any discernible alcohol on the flavor or nose, either.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured with a thick whitish/tan head. The color was a honey-like golden yellow. In fact, it had a very sweet nose that approached that of honey. There was a thick syrupy mouthfeel to it. It was also sweet in the mouth with a muted honey flavor underlying the general sweetness. I noted a taste of licorice or anise on the finish. The final pour was as thick as gelatin with suspended yeast throughout. I cannot say that it was unenjoyable, but sweetness just isn't my thing and so I would not be too quick to reach for a second one.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer appears a rusty orange color. Moderately hazy with a light tan head that leaves ample lacing on the goblet.

The aroma offers fruit, yeast, malt, citrus, berries. While the aroma is pleasant enough, I find it very uncharacteristic of a Belgian quad.

A tad sweet, with plenty of fruit and yeast. Alcohol really emerges in the flavor, a bit more than I prefer. Sweetness grows as I make my way through the beer. Lingering alcohol presence.

Medium to full bodied with relatively high carbonation.

I have had every Trappist quad multiple times, and this one is my least favorite. Still, a decent beer and worth a try.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a Kate the Great glass.

Appearance - Deep amber pour that froths more than I'd really like it to. Looks nice, but doesn't even fit in my oversize snifter. First world problems. Beautiful fluffy cream head that settles to a nice pillow atop the beer.

Smell - You can smell the bananas as it pours out of the bottle. Spicy. Cloves and cinnamon. Missing the fruitiness that I love in quads.

Taste - Much fruitier here. The spices are restrained until the finish, though. Caramel malts and brighter dark fruits, if that makes sense. Like raspberries with some depth. Maybe raspberry jam. Sharp alcohol bite in the finish. Dry but not arid.

Mouthfeel - It's medium bodied. Extremely sharp booze in the back. It's harsh on the throat. Strange, as I have never noticed it on tap before.

Overall - Good flavors. Maybe a little different from really great Belgian quads. The fruitiness is a little lacking and the alcohol is intense. Still enjoying the hell out of this, though.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Trappe chalice bought in the Christmas gift pack. Pours a deep amber color, murky amber with a light beige tan head fine even Belgian style lacing. Aroma a dish of fruit in a cornacoupia style setting, with mild spices from the Belgian yeast. Awesome amounts of dark fruit soaked in alcohol big malt layers blended wth the balance of Beligan yeast strains. Carbonation is medium bodied effervescent carbonation flows smoothly goes down so easy, excellent big Belgian style quad. Drinkability is incredible smooth easy going I can't believe my senses this is smooth big beer at it's best.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a chalice/goblet glass.

Real nice head off the pour, kind of yellow and tan colored, slightly creamy. Body color moves to a deep orange, almost red body, slightly see through. Puck settles to a nice creamy top.

Nose is a nice light cherry fruit, and classic Belgian dark candy sense. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel is sharp carbonation, hot spice clove, and a dry finish. Faint sweetness takes away from a hot and sharp carbonation on the palate. Mild cherry tasting on the finish, but also some noticeable alcohol heat.

Overall, not too bad. Faint fruit though on the finish and not exactly moving a nice malt sense. Carbonation, seems to take away from some of the nice qualities, it's a little too fizzy and there's a hint of alcohol heat a bit. Pretty solid regardless, but not a favorite.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into glass chalice:

Pours mahogony with scarlet hues. A one-finger creamy head soon becomes a lasting thin cover. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell of brown sugar and raisins/prunes soon gives way to tart (lemony/orangey?) fruits. Hints of peppery alcohol.

The taste is of candy-like sweetness balanced by fruity tartness. A mixture of sugar-coated fruits, ranging from prunes to orange and lemon, hitting a few tropical fruits along the way. Finishes with coriander and a warming, peppery alcohol. Alcohol is noticeable, but controlled and adds a nice, spicy touch.

The feel is creamy/coating and syrupy. A light medium body has a nice texture. Spiciness and fruitiness linger on the tongue. Sweetness, with a touch of tartness, hold on into the aftertaste.

This is a luxurious, rich, sipping treat from Belgium.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed, dark amber hued, nearing crimson, with a small head that leaves in a hurry.

Nose is a complex bouquet, sweetness and deliciousness of many kinds. a trifle tart and a hit of spice, then fruitspeach, apricot, melon, grapefruit, marinated in cognac. Heady, spicy, potent.

Taste: same fruit flavors arrive on the tongue, but are met in kind and in full bu the ever-large booze. Richness of malt matched with rawness of alcohol. Very vibrant, though, turning mellow as it sits in the mouth.
Feels a bit thinner in body than I'd personally prefer, but that's forgotten when you take another sip and the flavor washes over the palate and the warmth creeps up, and it's one of those beers that gets not just your average Jane and Joe saying it, but sometimes me, and myabe you, too: THIS is a beer?
Moderate carbonation, alcoholic, long, fruity finish. An outsized brew, the 10% not hiding in the least.
I remember this being darker and fuller when it was bottled as La Trappe. Is it me, or my memory. Whatever, it's still good. Damn good!

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Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle from a gift set box, which included the nice glass I'm sampling from.No freshness indication. Pours semi clear, rich dark honey amber, with a light tan head, leaving nice striated lacing. Nose here is of some spice, some sweet candi sugars and slight vanilla. Rich, tasty and complex brew, notes of honey, warming alcohol, rum soaked raisins, figs and wintery spice. World class quad, in the same ballpark as Westy and St. Bernardus. Go get some and enjoy this fine creation in brewing.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/13/07- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance- Off red, maybe a touch ruby or off brown. Hard to describe color. Corks comes out with a furious pop as well as about an ounce of foam. Head is large, 2 inches or so, but slims down to a nice 1/2 inch of pock looking head. Leaves nice chunks and patches of lace.

Smell- Not a huge nose, but nice. Grape, wild berries, honey and nutmeg to name a few.

Taste- The first flavor I get is concord grape, followed by some blackberry, and then maybe a touch of citrus? Spicy as well with cinnimon, nutmeg and clove. The only regret I have is that no one flavor really aserts itself. The flavors are soft, maybe almost a touch bland, but a nice assortment make it interesting.

Mouthfeel- Soft, lightly chewy with a lower carbonation rate.

Drinkability- Of the few quad's I've had, this one is about even par. Not really great, but could be. I'll probably pick up another and age one...got it at a steal of $7.99 at Bottle Barn.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer and glassware assist from Lunch, thanks! Beer is brown and clear with a tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, moderate to high carbonation.

Aroma is estery, almost like bubbles gum.

This is my first beer from this brewery and while I've enjoyed a lot of the Trappist ales and tend to seek them out when I get the chance, this is just an OK beer to me. It tastes good but the esters in the beer are dominant. They power through any interesting malt this beer might have had to begin with and end up as a relatively boring one note beer. I drank my bottle of it and I will try other things from this brewery but so far I'm not overly impressed.

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Photo of stevoj
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ching! Ching! Ching! (the sound of Las Vegas slot machines paying out the jackpot....) Nice quad from the only Trappist brewery in the Netherlands.... Beautiful to look at, delicious and potent. A pleasure to sip....

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a thin head that quickly disappears as expected from some high alocohol beers. The aroma is of malt and honey, with some minor candy tones. The flavor is huge as malt, honey, and caramel are most dominant and make this like a liquid candy bar. Hops are almost a complete no-show here as they can't overpower the thick malt.

Heavier bodied and little carbonation. Very smooth on the mouthfeel. The thick body of the malt seems to stick to the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. Great beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis.

While this was a great beer to have on tap, I got the impression it could really improve and develop after a couple years in a celler. It had a rich fruit flavor with plums and apples, but not much else. I could really tell this brew used sugar of some sort from the sweetness, but that's not a bad thing and actually helped drinkability quite a bit. A good, I'll have to cellar a bottle some time.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a La Trappe chalice. Pours a hazy, almost coppery medium amber with a fine two finger off white head with great retention and lacing. Complex aroma of caramel malt,plums, dark dried fruit, light cherry and banana. A hint of sour and mineral. Flavor is sweet, well integrated fruit, dominated by plums, light hints of stone fruit, dried dark fruit and cherry, sweet malt. Finishes somewhat drier, leaving pleasant residual light hops, fruit and a touch of wood. Medium, creamy bodied. A very nice Trappist quadrupel that is a joy to drink.

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Photo of aasher
3.34/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours light to medium bodied and a dark amber in color with a one finger off white head. It is very translucent for the style. I really expected something darker. It smells of sweet brandy, plums, and is very bready. You can definitely get a good amount of sweet malts from the nose but the 10% is well hidden. The flavors are much sweeter than anticipated. You get alot of sweet, fruit infused bread, a ton of yeast, plums, and candied sugar. It's definitely the sweetest quad I've had yet. I just can't get behind the flavors. There just isn't enough going on if you can get past all the sugar. It drinks fuller than it appears. It drinks medium to full in body and is a smooth drink with no alcohol left behind in the aftertaste. Perhaps I'm being picky, but I can't get behind this beer. It doesn't come anywhere near anything by St. Bernardus and it's in the same price range. I wouldn't necessarily want to try this one again.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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