Fantasia | Upright Brewing Company

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Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A barrel fermented beer using fresh peaches from Baird Family Orchards. The Fantasia is firmly tart and hugely aromatic with a character not unlike Belgian fruit lambics. Minimum one year on oak before an extended bottle conditioning prior to release.

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Released in 750ml bottles (96 cases) - January 2012
Released in 750ml bottles (85 cases) - January 2013

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, white head with a bit of lacing.

S- Huge peach aroma, the fruity, juicy aromas are huge and delicious. Also has some lactic funkiness and fruity yeast.

T- Similar to the aroma, loads of fresh peaches, has a nice lactic sourness that balances the fruit, mild oak and some yeasty funk.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel with a dry, tannic finish.

O- A really tasty peach beer, the peach flavors are really awesome, while the tartness is moderate but also very nice. Definitely a beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ron for bringing this one along. Fantasia pours a cloudy, golden-yellow color topped off with a foamy white head that fizzles almost like the foam on a soda as it settles down to nothing but a ring. Lots of carbonation on this one, it seems, as a swirl of the glass produces a loud fizzling noise.

The aroma is a nice mixture of lightly sweet fruits with some funk in the under-body. As far as the fruit goes, I'm picking up some green apples, lemon zest, and peach. The peach starts of small, but becomes the most prominent fruit as the beer starts to warm up just a bit. Some light funk aromas from the yeast join with a faint oak and wet wood combination. There's a bit of acidic tartness on the nose, but not much, and certainly not enough to make me believe this one will be puckering - I guess we'll see.

Fantasia has a very light tartness and sour quality to it - just enough to kind of tingle the senses, but not enough to alienate someone who's easing their way into the world of sours (something Beatification might do). It's very "smooth" on the palate and easy to vibe with, but still provides a reasonably nice sour character for the long-time sour fanatics.

The peach and green apple flavors seem to "pop" the most - especially the peach. The slight tartness turns into a lasting sweetness; ripe peaches, juicy green apples, and pears. The finish combines with a bit of funky yeast and that same wet wood and oak presence that was picked up in the aroma. Medium bodied, smooth and soft, highly carbonated with an almost dry finish.

Very tasty beer, although it may be slightly overrated. Though having this almost back to back with a Beat Batch 05 probably wasn't fair to Fantasia. Nevertheless, still a great beer and a very good one to introduce people to the world of wild ales and sours, though it's not necessarily an easy one to get, especially in the Midwest.

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Photo of Doodler
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with Bill (forgetfu) along with my Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic.for contrast. Poured a hazy golden color and had a small fluffy head. Nose is like peach yogurt with a slight amount of funk. Taste is sweeter than expected, with loads of peaches, vanilla and some woodiness, This is a nice brew with a medium finish and good carbonation. Great tart flavors...try's good stuff

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Photo of cfrances33
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle thanks to Tom, poured into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Pour: Semi hazy bright orange, with a finger of head that quickly dissipates to bubbles around the edge. Some lacing.

Smell: Incredible. Huge lactic funk up from, lots of pears, lemons, citrus, and peaches. Lots of oak and a white wine presence.

Taste: Equally awesome. A really nice lactic sourness up front, that quickly gives way to bright citrus, pear, lemons, and peaches. Lots of funk. A definite oak at the finish, with some white wine, lactic tartness, and funk.

Mouthfeel: Ridiculously drinkable. Tartness is just right for me. Great smooth carbonation.

Overall: One of the best fruited wilds I've had. Better than Peche N Brett if you ask me.

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Photo of draheim
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a saison glass. Thanks again Bambinos for this unexpected, undeserved surprise. You rock!

Pours a slightly hazy golden color w/ a 1-finger white head that settles to a thin film. Lazy carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is bretty, tart and funky, a little vinous. Not picking up much specific peach on the nose but there is a vaguely fruity sweetness here.

Taste is super dry, tart but not vinegary or even especially sour. White wine and oak, again a nice fruitiness that I'd be hard-pressed to identify as peach if I didn't know what it was. It's not sweet like I'd expect from peach.

Mouthfeel is so dry, crisp and clean. So refreshing and light. Just a little prickly on the finish, but carbonation is a little less than I expected.

Overall a really unique beer, unlike any I've had. Seems to blur the line between beer, wine, and fruit juice. I would drink this regularly if I could.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Paul for sharing this one at the mini Peach sour tasting.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange (probably because my pour was from closer to the bottom of the bottle), with a bubbly white head on top, about 1 finger in height. Quick reduction to a ring around the top.

S: Light peaches and apricot upfront with a touch of tartness. Plenty of funk mixed in on the aroma, light vanilla and faint oak. Not as tart as I was hoping.

T: Similar to the aroma, nice peachy flavor mixed with funk. Slightly acidic with a bit of lemon. Slightly floral as well. The oak comes through a little bit with more barnyard funk.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Quite good, but compared to PnB, just wasn't as good as I was hoping. I think a bit more sour/tartness would really do it wonders.

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Photo of dbc5
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into Meantime tulip.

A: A pale, clear beer with orange highlights. A moderate pour yields about a 1.5 finger, off-white head which slowly recedes but leaves a frothy covering atop the beer. Lacing all the way down the glass.

S: A good amount of lambic funk up front, followed with a definite peach presence. A nice sour tartness is perceptible as well and hints at this one being crisp and dry.

T: Peaches! Juicy and sweet. Not overwhelmingly sour or funky (for my tastes, I could use a bit more in that department). Finishes dry with a lemony sourness and leaves the tongue with lingering funkiness.

M: Effervescent and light bodied. What I would expect from a sour.

O: The peach presence in this one is the real standout and makes for a memorable drinking experience. However, I could stand for the funk and sour qualities to be a bit more pronounced. If I were to acquire another bottle of this, I would lay it down for awhile to see if time brings those out a bit more.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of 2011 First release
Opened 1.2.13

A - Pours a clear, bright orange with a small light tan, fizzy head that fades to the edges quickly.

S - Strong peaches. Very nice. Some nice tartness follows as well.

T - Tart peaches, slight funk and wood. So delicious and addicting.

D - Low carbonation with a light body.

O - Very nice peach flavors with a legite mild funk. So tasty!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to Chris for sharing this, one of my biggest American wants.

A: Clear pale amber body with a thin white head. It takes a very rough pour to get any head at all. Pretty flat.

S: Sour and fruity, with terrific peach, lemon, cherry, and cucumber. Amazing.

T: Lactic sourness, peach, and some lemony tartness. Soft, juicy sweet + sour finish. Easy-drinking and wonderful.

M: Lively, light-bodied. Ok.

O: Fantastic.


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Photo of Rutager
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1, into a Cascade globe.

Appearance. pours a nice glowing peach-gold with a little haze and a thin white head.

Smell. Plenty of that nice classic lambic funk, fresh sweet peaches, some nice old oak and even a bit of vanilla. Yum!

Taste. Wow! Just a ton of bright peaches. More peach skin than flesh probably due to the accompanying light tannic woodiness, but enough sweetness to give it a really fresh fruit taste. Very light and soft funkiness goes very well with the fruit. Medium-low level of sourness. Really awesome tasting.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light bodied with low+ carbonation.

Overall. Really digging this one. The big fruit flavour along with the incredibly nice levels of funk, wood, light sweetness and lower acidity make this delicious and easy drinking.

On a side note, I'm absolutely thrilled of the fact that my two year old decided to fill his diaper in a diabolical way as I was half way through this review. Glad to have had a few sips before that filled the room. Ahh, the joy of having kids...

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a bright orangish yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and a thin bubbly head that left very little wisps of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: WOW... peaches were very noticeable upfront in the aroma with a bit of brett barnyard funk, lemony citrus acidic character with good oakiness and a little vinegar coming through as well.

T: peaches greatness was more dominant on the palate alongside sour acidic lemony twang, nice oaky wood accents, bretty barnyard funk that added good dimension to it with a touch of vanilla and subtle vinegar notes.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a fruity, funky, oaky, lemony citrus,sour and mild dry finish.

O: definitely exceptional all the way around, glad I got to try it and from what I hear is the peach fruit was more potent fresh. Hmmmm

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.49/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle decanted and served in a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a filmy white head with poor retention. Beer is slightly cloudy orange goldenrod. Oily legs with very sparse, spotty lace with little stick. Not the greatest for the style.

Nose is tart white peach with some band-aid must and cobwebs. Only mildly aromatic. Fruity but funkiness is pretty muted.

Opens white peach tartness. Spicy sour through the middle with hints of lemon rind and peppercorn. Hay and cobwebs. More sour peach pulp and skin towards the end. Mildly tart finish. Fruity aftertaste. Decent but nothing that really stands out. Fruit characteristics very muted.

Light bodied with moderate retention. Oily, thin and crisp in the mouth and goes down accented. Finishes filmy with a lingering aftertaste. Solid.

Perhaps this was different months ago but at this points, its fading rather fast. Fruit characteristics are still present... but just barely. Still a decent beer but not worth the asking price. Pretty run-of-the-mill in appearance, nose, flavor and body.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for send this beer my way! Hollis you are crazy and thanks for this awesome bottle of beer!

reviewed from notes taken 11/16/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: yellow / orange bodied beer with a finger of head that drops to a ring. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Fresh peach, wheat, lemons, and oak.

Taste: Sweet and juicy peaches. Wheat malt, oak barrels, a hint of earthiness. Little bit of lemon tartness on the back end mixing with more peaches into the aftertaste. Yeah the beer is simple, but the balance of the beer is near flawless. The peaches translated over into the beers flavor profile very well.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. delicate and eppiverscent. easy drinking. semi dry finish.

Overall: This is a fantastic fruit forward sour! I prefer Fantasia over Cantillion Fou Foune because I am not a huge fan of super funky sours. I rather have a fruit forward or really tart sour. This beer is really tasty! I am not a huge fan of peaches, but this beer could get me to like them if they tasted like this beer!

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.64/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from brewery last year.

A: Cloudy dark yellow. No head. No legs.

N: Peach, acetone, and a little wood. A fair amount of vinegar. Lemon sourness.

T: Fading peach, lemon, and a touch of vinegar. Fairly tart. This is about average. Might be on the downslope, too.

M: Light and well carbonated.

O: Pretty good, but it’s not nearly as good as something like Peche N Brett. Never tasted a lot of peach in this, though it’s less sour than I remember.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cavemanlaywer!

A hazed dark peach color without a lot of visible carbonation. Only a thin off-white ring of small bubbles crowns the top of the beer, leaving the glass nearly clean on the way down, with just a touch of a shiny sheen.

Lovely aroma: huge amounts of authentic, juicy, summertime peaches, along with a mild sour character, and a hint of a grassy funk. This is genuinely fruit-forward, and the fruit smells superb. It's not exactly complex, but the fruit is such an absolute star there's nothing to complain about.

This is fairly close to drinking peach juice, which is in fact, delicious. Again, the authentic, juicy, ripe flavors of peach storm the palate, along with an incredible peach finish that lasts and lasts. There isn't a lot of other complexities going on, with only a very mild earthy funk character and a low to moderate level of sourness. Good, easy drinking, perfect for hot weather, but not overly interesting.

Medium bodied with very low carbonation. I think this is the one aspect where the beer could be markedly improved. Juice-like. Below average.

Very good, but this one left me just a touch disappointed. I think more carbonation could have really aided this otherwise stupendous beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Hazy golden orange. Small white head and very slight retention.

Smell - Lemon sour. Wheat malts. Not such an intense sour. A lot of acidic byproducts. Bretty and the peach is faint.

Taste - Peaches are much more prominent here. The sourness is light, but citrusy. Bready malts and a hint of acetic acid. Like other Uprights, the sourness is as prominent as the malts.

Mouthfeel - Tingly sourness. Maybe a little thick and heavy, but well carbonated.

Overall - Really good. Upright doesn't make the cleanest sours, but the flavors come out complex and nice.

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Photo of Treebs
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Khumbard for the share. 750 ml waxed bottle served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to an airy ring that leaves some splotches of lace.

S: Sweet fruit with peach flesh coming through and then some soft pear. Mild red berry with some tartness and light pale malt. Not much in the form of sourness going on in the nose.

T: The taste wasn't as substantial as the nose for me. Some light peach flesh and red apple skins, a mild tartness and the slightest hint of lacto sourness. Definitely some sweet malts in the finish, but there really wasn't anything for it to cut through.

M: Light bodied with a clean and sweet finish. Nice prickly carbonation as well.

O: Definitely missed a lot of the lacto qualities in this one. It lost a lot of points as it didn't quite fit the bill I was hoping for. The nose gave it promise, but the taste fell a little flat. It was still an easy drinking beer that tastes good, though. Recommend.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.49/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks to ramnuts for this one. Much appreciated, Frank!

From notes -- consumed late July.

A: Pours a cloudy, yellow body with burnt orange highlights, off-white head.

S: This probably had more peach when it was younger, but it seems to be fading a bit now. Vinegar is most prominent, with lesser presence of lactic sourness and nail polish.

T: The flavor holds more peach than the nose promised. Its fruity vibrancy plays well off lactic sourness. But there is a noticeable acetic acid character that I don't like. Modest funk. Thankfully, the nail polish character of the nose is not found at all here.

M: As noted above, the acetic acid character takes the beer down a notch, but I don't think it ruined the beer. It was pretty tasty on the whole. I feel it would have been hidden better by the fruit if I hadn't sat on it for a while.

O: The nose and taste don't seem in harmony. I liked the beer, but it only reaffirmed my long-standing experience: drink fruited wild ales fresh.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 7/28 as a break from the BA DarkLords during the NYC Voltron tasting!!! thanks to josh for providing this gem.

a - gorgeous yellow orange with spotty lacing. think to no head.

s - fruit medley. some sour eggs with some orange peel. sweet tarts in the background. some barnyard and soft hints of peach.

t - tropicl fruit medley. peach. kiwi. sweet. lacto. really nice blend.

m - easy drinker. smooth. crisp.

o - overall, really impressive. easy drinker with nice peach flavor. this is a beer i could drink all day long.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big want of mine, thanks Tom.

The label is exceptionally simple setting the stage for this beer's excellent appearance. The hazy golden body of this beer gently bubbles a thin white head that fades quickly. The nose is sweet and tart, but nothing over the top. Slightly tart peaches defines the beer's flavor profile and the beer sits on the palate leaving a light, dry finish. This is a very tasty bottle with excellent fruit character and well mannered sourness...I wonder how it will age.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours a bright golden orange color with visible carbonation and a half finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, funky aroma with lots of barnyard bug character balanced by strong tropical and light fruit notes.  Some toasted oak and a very prominent peach skin character.  I'm even picking up the pit of the fruit.  

Medium bodied with a nice tart funkiness that isn't harsh or acetic. Lots of oak and funky bugs along with a strong peach presence.  Nicely balanced and easy to drink with the juicy peach flavor countering the barrel and funk.  Again, the skin of the fruit, and even the pit, are noticeable to the palate.  Very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of brystmar
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Ethan!

Cloudy and golden, white ring of head Ceasar-style. Aroma is quite intense with peaches, yeast, sour fruit. Good amount of cheese too, and that reminds me of Fou'Foune.

Plenty of fruit, well-balanced sourness, and just delicious. Refined flavor profile. Strong, concentrated flavors transform Fantasia into one of the best American fruit sours I've tasted. Need more of this ASAP!

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Photo of davey
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange in color with some hazy gold. No lacing or head. Just a tad bit of carbonation. Still for the most part.
Light vinegar smell and unripe peach and orange.
Lots of delicious peach. Some sour and funk, but not over the top. Sits nicely on your tongue and lingers with a dryness. Seems to be very balanced with everything kicking in at the right time. Very nice.
I had this at Dark Lord, and had to have it again. Did not disappoint. Im just getting into lambics, and this is up there with cable car. Get it if you can.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bill for popping this one open. Upright never comes my way, so I was stoked to see this. Poured into a Whole Foods Wine Glass.

Fantasia look very orange, the color is a deep orange color with some trace yellowish spots towards the light. By the time it got to me, there was no cap or foam to be seen. Smell is outright peach scent bursting through. Some funk lingers throughout, brett notes, lacto, and vinegar, the only downfall to this beer. The vinegar, acetone is there it's apparent and cant be missed. If you look past that, a great fresh peach flavor with some saison yeast characteristics, earth with some brett tones, the lacto is felt on the tounge. This is medium bodied, probably lighter. A nice sour tone with funk backing. The acetone really kills it though, whatever. Don't think I could do a whole bottle to the dome, this one is meant for sharing.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed golden orange color with a white head. An amazing fruit aroma. Tons of peaches on the nose which give a nice sweetness along with the tartness of the beer. Oak, grass, and lemon provide a nice funk and sourness. The peaches are just as vibrant on the palate. Intense fruit flavor with background notes of oak, lemon, lemon peel, and grass. A hint of vanilla from the oak as the beer warms. Really outstanding stuff.

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Fantasia from Upright Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 496 ratings.
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