La Trappe Isid'or | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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La Trappe Isid'orLa Trappe Isid'or

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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after brother Isidorus, Koningshoeven Abbey’s first brewer. Brewed to mark the occasion of the Trappist brewery’s 125th anniversary in 2009, Isid’or was so well received that it earned itself a permanent place in La Trappe’s line-up. Unfiltered, slightly sweet amber ale with a hint of caramel, which continues to ferment after bottling and has a rich, slightly bitter flavour, and a fruity aftertaste.

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Photo of rinhaak
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11 oz. bottle poured into a La Trappe goblet.

Pours a clear toffee-orange with a solid one finger head. The head lingers for some time and leaves behind a nice lace.

Loads of banana in the nose with a background of citrus (grapefruit and lemon), and cloves.

A very smooth beer, there is a hint of a sour character in the back of the mouth. Again a lot of banana, though not as much as the nose suggested. There is a good hop balance, biscuit, freshly cut grass, cloves, and a slight metallic flavor round out the profile.

Overall a well made beer that is certainly worth having again. Nice balanced and nothing is overdone. Recommended.

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Photo of acevenom
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours hazy copper with a thick, biege colored head that dissipates slowly. There are some visible streaming bubbles that can be seen along the side of the glass. Some lacing is left behind on the glass as the head retreats. The beer smells pretty malty with some mild sweetness and fruit, but the aroma is not strong. The flavor is of malt, light toffee, and banana. Some flavors of clove come out as the beer warms. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry, but the drinkability is high for a high ABV beer. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of adamette
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review. I am not kidding, I had my laptop on the bar! On tap at the Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, Ohio.

A Kind of basic translucent light brown body under a creamy white head. Good lacing. 4.0

S Light citrus smell, some sweetness, light smelling. Interesting. 3.5

T Interesting. The nice light sweetness with some citrus continues right into the taste. I am finding it a bit difficult to describe this beer. There is a kind of light "white grape juice" sweetness for sure and there is very little hops. The lemony taste is there as well. The 7.5 ABV is extremely well hidden as I found the bottom of my glass before I thought that I might. Complex, interesting and entirely drinkable. All of that together is difficult to find in one place. 4.5

M As stated, the light feel helps to eclipse the ABV very well and really suits the other tastes in this beer. 4.5

D Very high, as suggested above. 4.5

Notes: A nice surprise to find on tap the Beer Engine, this place is incredible!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8 oz. pour into a tulip. ($6)

A: The color was a beautiful orangish-brown with yellow tints along the glass. The body was cloudy with a bit of sediment that fell to the bottom. 2 finger thick head that, off-white and didn't last terribly long.

S: Nice bready, caramel malt backbone and a little bit of hay upfront. Light hops...wild grass, herbs and orange & lemon citrus. The Isid'or is heavy on yeast aromas, mostly doughy, but a faint barnyard scent pokes through.

T: Great flavor and easy to disect: white grape, golden raisin, pineapple, pear, banana & bubblegum. A moderately sweet brew. Light alcohol on the nose and palette which is more and more present as the glass comes to room temp.

M: Medium to full body, creamy with good carbonation: lively & fizzy. Very easy going. Semi astringent finish and decent duration. I got a metallic mouthfeel on one or two sips.

D: I thoroughly enjoyed this Belgian Pale Ale. If you find it on draft, order up!! This one is a real treat.

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Photo of redmagik99
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the La Trappe website: "The Beer Brewery de Koningshoeven celebrates its 125 anniversary this year. For the occasion, La Trappe Isid'or has been developed. It is a jubilee beer that will only be sold during the jubilee year."

Not sure what the jubilee year is, but anyway, got this bottle from eyedrinkale (thanks mike!), who got it straight from the hands of a monk from the brewery. pretty cool eh?

When they say "jubilee beer," I think they mean amber, cuz it pours amber. Big fluffy head with an effortless pour - nice. Smells wonderful. Belgian yeast qualities dominate - very clovy, a bit buttery and peppery, candied sugar. I was expecting a sweet taste, but no, excellently balanced - starts a bit bitter, has some caramelly sweetness, and then a long dry finish. Not as complex as the nose suggested, but nice. Pretty high carbonation, but not out of the ordinary for a belgian ale. Very drinkable. This is the kind of beer that can pair well with almost any dish - it's balanced, not terribly complex, not too heavy, but not watery. I like it. I don't know when it will be released on the large scale but It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Nice copper-amber pour with one finger head that quickly dissipates with decent lacing. Fruity, malty nose with hints of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, banana, and just a touch of bubblegum and oakiness. The fruitiness shines through in the taste as well with lots of pear, apple, and a bit of banana. Really solid malt backbone with hints of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, and toffee. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but very smooth with just slightly chewy and syrupy. I tasted the oak aged version of this first and really thought I'd be let down with this version since the oaked was so amazing. But this one holds it's own and it's one of those beers that just screams to be put in a barrel. I'll definitely be picking up more of both of these incredible beers!

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Photo of psuKinger
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my La Trappe chalice. This came with a 4-pack that included the glass, and is my first experience with Isid'or.

A: Bright Orange with a lot of haze. Completely opaque. A nice layer of head on top, with large "pancake like" bubbles towards the middle of my chalice. Nice.

S: Lots and lots of sweet banana bread. Maybe a touch of Lemon, too?

T: Cloves come through in the taste that I didn't pick up in the nose. In fact, more clove than I think is typical for a BPA. Banana comes through underneath and trailing by a second. Somewhere in between the banana and at the close, a bit of lemon-zest can be found. A touch of spicy sourness lingers on the back end.

Some dry, earthy hops shine through on the back end, adding a touch of bitterness, and helping balance this beer out.

M: Light and lively on the tongue, perfectly carbonated, and it "creams up" in the mouth if you allow it to stick around. It leaves plenty of sugary-banana flavors and dry earthy hop flavors behind on the finish.

D/O: I definitely enjoyed this beer. Certainly repeatable.

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Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- Nice hazy brown color, fluffy white head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing

Smell- Nice Belgian yeast character on the nose with bready malt

Taste- More of that Belgian yeast character and bready malt. Complex flavors in there

Mouthfeel- Medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall- A very good Trappist brew

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Photo of czfreeman
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased on my first trip to the Netherlands. Super Weekend, brought this back with me to try. fresh until 5-2013.
Poured into my goblet, an immediately beautiful light head is produced. A bit darker than expected, more of a light golden-brown tone with a nice cherry red tone accenting.The lovely head slowly sinks after several minutes of frothy goodness.
Upon first smells, I immediatly detect a strong spicy note of hibiscus, spiced rum, cherry, slightly musty undertone of aged woodlike cellar quality. Some citrus, all supported by a candied sugar biscuit background.
Flavor is quite a few notches higher in complexity than expected. a spicy bhit of yeast up front followed by a tongue tingling array of plums, spiced raisin, fresh apple, hibiscus, cherry, cloves. A hit of pepper, nutmeg, and a slight warming alcoholic hit in the throat end every sip.
Its hard to sip it slowly, as the complexity continues to unfold it makes me return to the glass to pick out new flavors. The medium body and light warmness on the finish make this a wonderful beer to enjoy upon returning home on this cold night, but I could see this brew also fitting perfectly on a warm summers evening outside. It's a bit like a sherry wine, good slightly warmed or ice cold.
A great find, I've never seen this one before, and glad I got it. I look foward to the Quad tommorrow.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. From an 11.2 oz. bottle.

A - Pours a gorgeous bright orange color with some reddish hints and some light brown hints. Nice white head that is dense and frothy. Very enticing. Nice sticky ring around the glass.

S - Nice candied sugar malt smell up front with some fruity hints. Pear juice and some apple as well. Some hints of honey as well. Then some nice hop appeal and character with some mild fresh piney notes. Very nice.

T - Sweet fruit juice hints. Apple and pears. Some yeasty character as well. Some nice bitterness at the end form the hops gives the fruitiness a more balanced appeal. Very well put together beer with the flavors melding very well together.

M - Frothy and delicious. Medium body.

D - Very nice drinkable beer. The ABV isn't too high and the flvaors are just right.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this earlier tonight up at the Cloverleaf, poured out of a 11.2 oz. bottle and into a snifter. I like beers of this style because of their complex strength and potency and this beer had plenty of those to offer. As it warmed up, the notes came out beautifully and the sweetness was just right not to overpower everything else!

This had a gorgeous copper hue to it with a moderate amount of head that quickly subsided. Nice candied and caramel sweetness in the nose with both of those also coming out in the taste, along with booze, pear, sugar, and dark fruits. This was thick, dark, opaque, and a smooth sipper as everything in it came on stronger and stronger as it warmed up. The mouthfeel was full, a bit cloying, and slightly sticky as each sip went down. Lots of the booze lingered on for a while but it never felt like this was too strong or that the alcohol squashed everything else out.

This was one to savor and thankfully, I had plenty of time to do that tonight. There's something about the Trappist beers that make them seem organic and this was another example of a beer that seems naturally tapped and not brewed to be beer. This was dark and potent enough to be a Tripel but why split hairs? A beer like this showed why the trappists put the Strong in Belgian Strong Pale Ales but you'll never know that as everything quietly sneaks up on you. Just sit back and savor the subtle beauty of this!

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Amber color of moderate clarity. Once sediment reached the bottle it became fairly hazy. A finger of white head.

S: Dark fruit. Perhaps of touch of a stale aroma.

T: More dark fruit character: some fig, but predominately a cherry note. Caramelized sugars. Bready notes. Beer is balanced well. Maybe slightly oxidized but in a vinous slight sherry kind of way.

F: Good carbonation. I feel as though many North American breweries tend to overcarb anything in the belgian style; this is is well done though and how a belgian should be carbed in my mind. It's crisp and refreshing.

O: This was great I would happily buy it again.

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Photo of Dzu
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33l bottle into La Trappe glass.
L: Turbid dark amber color with weak foam head.
S: Caramel, dark fruits, plums .
T: Sweets, plums and raisin, weak boozy and bitterness in aftertase.
F: Good balanced, medium carbonation and thin body.
O: Great ale. Reminds me La Trappe's Quad.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks go out to my friend Tom, for bringing me this one.

This pours an opaque, golden, orange color. A one-finger head of creamy, off-white colored foam sits on top. It leaves a full surface covering layer. The lacing is curtain-like and very sticky.

The nose is filled with a huge yeastiness. Very good presence of white fruits. Lots of bananas, pears and apples. Good presence of candi sugars. Light hints of booziness.

The taste follows the nose, almost completely. The yeastiness is still out front, but the fruits are doing their best to try to make their presence equally obvious. A mild sweetness from the candi sugars. A very light spice presence comes right at the end. Good warmth follows, all the way down.

Full-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. It has a mild smoothness, with a touch of roughness around the edges, which keeps it interesting. It has a nice, mild, level of creaminess.

This is nicely drinkable, but watch out for that 7.50%abv, it'll sneak up on you, quickly.

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Photo of pershan
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a slightly hazy, deep copper (with a thick, creamy white head) into a chalice. There was a distinct aroma of Belgian yeast (banana/clove) and fruity esters - what you'd expect in an authentic Belgian ale. More of the bubble-gum Belgian yeast component in the flavor profile, with a nice tart (cherry?) component, and a clean bitter hop finish. A slightly fizzy mouthfeel which brought out and blended all the flavor components together nicely. Heavy Brussel's lacing down the glass. Overall, a nicely balanced and flavorful Belgian ale, true to to style, with its high ABV disguised well.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a La Trappe chalice.

A: Pours a cloudy medium caramel color. Head is slightly off white, fades quickly but leaves excellent lacing. It looks vibrant, maybe the glass is just pretty.

S: Quite a bit of noble-like hop aroma. Not very fruity, but you can detect the bitterness. Beyond that there is a big yeast presence.

T: A fairly light, yeast driven character fades away into a mild bitterness followed by lingering fruity yeast flavors. Clean and simple, very easy to drink.

M: Fairly high carbonation, otherwise nothing of note. Seems to suit it well.

D: So easy to drink, hard to believe the abv. Actually pretty refreshing.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

light brown, maple in color with a low profile white head, good carbonation
smell is of tropical fruit, typical belgian yeast smell
now heres where its different than other trappist brews ive tasted, light, light, light fresh fruit, maybe melon. the yeast profile is perfect!
mouthfeel is ultra dry, probably one of the driest beers ive ever had the pleasure of tasting
overall hard beer to find, but well worth it!

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Photo of OutFox
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, poured into a La Trappe goblet. Enjoyed on 9/8/11, taken from notes.

A - Dark creamy amber color with an off white head. Great retention and great lacing.

S - Candied sugar, oak, raisin, yeasty, very pleasing. Love the aroma.

T - Classic trappist style. This is like creamy malty candied sugar goodness. Maybe some banana? I dunno its just freakin damn good. Hints of some fruit.

M - Lighter than it looks. Good palate coating. REally lingers for a while after the sip.

O - Very good. Love everything Konigshoven brews and this is no exception. Just damn good beer.

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Photo of Wildman
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a murky copper amber color and formed a light tan foamy head the left circular lace as it slowly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, yeast and spices. The flavor was of malt, orange, spices and a hint of pepper. The body was medium light and slightly silky. The finish was sweet yet sprite.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pouring out this opaquely hazed coppery amber brew creates a huge rush of craggy head and a nasal blast of peaches, bubblegum, pears, plums, brown sugars, flowers, and a touch of spicy yeast. Flavors include all of the elements from the nose with the addition of bready elements and a harder emphasis on the yeasty spice. Long lingering finish. Lighter texture and snappy carbonation. Very well made.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a light reddish-brown with a half-inch of head.

S: Smells of belgian-style pale malts and belgian yeast. Very pleasant.

T: Very interesting, not quite one of the lighter-type belgian pale ales but not quite a dubbel-style, either. Sort of a mix of the two. Bready, tasty malts with a strong bitter backbone to it. Great.

M: Feels very good in the mouth. Sufficient carbonation but not overwhelming.

D: Drinks really good. I could drink a bunch of these. Would buy again.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up at the Kirkwood Spec's the other day. They were selling them in singles, and now I am a bit surprised to see that it is 7.5%ABV. I believe that it was in the neighborhood of $4, so that is a bit pricey for a "small" beer. Anyway, we move on to the review:

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy burnt orange color with a 1/8" head of creamy tannish bubbles. The head falls into the beer for the most part within a minute or so, but there is still a thick island of foam in the middle of the beer maintained by a bunch of bubbles rising. There really isn't any lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: I initially got some toasty malts and a dark cherry impression, but after doing the review on the appearance, I don't really get the cherry anymore. The beer is still toasty, but it is really cold so I am not getting much else except for some Belgian yeast character. As the beer warms up, the caramel sweetness is becoming a much bigger player in the aroma. The beer is also becoming much more floral...I think that I am getting Jasmine?

Taste: The beer has a significantly bolder flavor than I thought it would from the aroma. Man, this is a really nice beer! It has tons of depth of flavor with some caramel, toast, fruit, and the list goes on and on. I hope that I can pace myself enough on this one bottle to taste it as it warms up. I am getting floral notes in here as I sip on it, and even though the beer is 7.5%, I am getting some evident warming on the back of the throat after the sip. The beer has a very creamy mouthfeel, and there is plenty of carbonation to enhance the sweetness that makes up the backbone of this beer.

Opinion: Well, obviously I really liked this beer. If it truly is a "Belgian Pale", then I think that this is probably the best one that I have had to date (Is Orval REALLY a Belgian Pale?). It has a very well blended and refined flavor that makes it easy to drink, yet substantial enough to make you take your time with it. I will give it pretty high marks for my review, and that is because I am reviewing it against other examples of this style. I would not drink this beer all the time, and I would take other styles over it...but if you tell me that all you have is a cooler full of Belgian Pale Ale (Like that would happen), I would probably reach for this one first now.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a medium amber / dull orange tone with bright orange highlights; pour was somewhat aggressive but wow, what a head - foamy, billowing 3" at least, slowly fades while leaving patches of lacing. nose is nice, relatively fragrant and offering an appealing assortment of fruit (banana, apple), spice (namely clove), belgian yeast and a touch of herbal hoppiness.

more of the same comes across in the flavor. fruity with strong notes of spice, yeast, and vaguely herbal. medium bodied on the palate with some prickly carbonation.

overall, a very nice belgian pale. full of flavor and pretty nicely balanced. definitely impressed.

(originally reviewed: 11-23-2011)

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Photo of juju7
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So far my pick of the La Trappe family. Looks fantastic with a some serious carbonation, a cheesecake lookin head (if you know what I mean), solid and meaty. Nice, hazy sunburst orange. Some fruity esters mixed in with bready malt and some sticky pudding vibes. Caramel brittle, and some sweet yeastiness on the palate. This is very drinkable. Alcohol touch is only light. A great lasting finish. This is a pretty damn good beer, plus at $8 for a 750ml this is insanely cheap.

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Photo of DocSkalski
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must confess I haven’t had the original Isid’or, but the oak aged version is very good. A delicate caramel aroma matches the amber transparency which leans gold. An effervescent head lightly flows to the surface. Flavors are abundant starting with a mild hop bitterness, lingering into a smooth caramel mid with intricate notes of oak in the back, and finishes with a complex dark red fruit combination reminding me somewhat of raspberries. It might just be worth the $25 price tag, but a 4 pack of Rochefort 10 may have been more satisfying for a similar price.

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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.98 out of 5 based on 727 ratings.
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