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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 09-06-2001

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Photo of matjack85
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried a bottle of this stuff at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago on the advice of the bartender. 330ml brown bottle with a drawing of "the mad bitch" on the label.

The pour resulted in a huge pillow of white foam that took forever to go down. After the foam receded, the beer showed itself to be a mostly clear dark gold/copper color with not as much lace as I expected from the amount of head it had.

Really nice smell of Belgian yeast and floral hops.

A hard candy-like sweetness is the first noticeable flavor. After that, a white wine grapiness and lots of fruits come into play. A mild bitterness from the hops is a welcome balancer as is some warming alcohol. Add to all this some funky yeast flavor and some peppery spices and you have a really complex and well made beer. It's delicious.

Medium bodied with some really high, spritzy carbonation.

At $8 a bottle it's on the expensive side, but I don't mind paying those prices for something this good.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus Trappist chalice. Took the bartender a bit of time to perfect and tame the pillowey head on this beautiful ale. Complexity at every turn, no one flavor stands out as the balance of fruit and spices in this tripel are masterful. Complexity actually increases even further as this beer warms toward optimal temperature. Had to drink this one to figure out where the name is derived...your date will be a "mad bitch" if you only buy her one of these delicious treats.

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Photo of weeare138
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance...looking in the bottle, there are tons of yeast particles held in suspension with a small yeast bed stuck on the bottom. The pour gives way to a hazy, pale, orange toned gold with a gigantic, fluffy white head that slowly fades out. Beautiful smounts of fluff stick to the sides of the glass.
Smell is of honey, apricot, lemon, tangerine, sugary, florally, poached pear, mild banana & coriander, along with a touch of funk that is welcomed and enticing.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a very nice dose of yeast that makes me want to culture the strain out of the bottle and go nuts come my next homebrew session.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, mildly sweet, and addictive. Tiny carbonation bubbles are aggressive at first. but turn to a smoothness that delivers nicely.

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Photo of bosco7
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark orange (almost dubble like color) with a big ass head that leaves a plentiful bounty of lace.

Lots of banana bread in the nose; nutty, bready, banana, and some cinnamon.

So big upfront. Lots of banana and pear. Some bread, spicy phenols and wood flavors follow the esters. Some wild earthy twang toward the finish. Smoked meat in the finish?! Weird. Never had anything like this beer. Very interesting.

Explosive carbonation leaves quite a tingle on the tongue. Tremendously light ,airy, and well attenuated. Alcohol not noticeable at all combine this with dry body leaves you with a brew that can sneak up you. Highly recommended.

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Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The bitch pours a golden peach color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The nose on this beer is fantastic... I get orange citrus, kumquat, light licorise, some dank green tobaacco and a boatload of spice. Flavors replicate the nose, but this is easily one of the most complex beers I've ever tasted. The beer has an incredible array of honey and tropical fruit flavors, but the finish is almost completely dry, with some significant bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a protracted, drawn out bitter finish. For all the spice and tropical fruit, this beer is incredibly drinkable. Mmmm.... so good.

There are better Belgian trippels out there I suppose.... but they are very few and far between.

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Photo of horndecker
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's the color of copper, with a slight tinge of salmon. The profound billowy head also has a vague pinkish cast to it. The carbonation is a mixture of very fine and coarse bubbles. It turns rocky and clumpified right quick, and the head endures for the life of the beer.

Smell: Aromas are floral and sweet smelling candy - bazooka bubblegum, tangerine and grapefruit, and macintosh apples.

Taste: Large fruit, with a heftier sweetness than the average tripel. Earthy malt and honey swirls with oranges and apples and a slight nuttiness. The apologetic hops bring up the rear, giving it a slightly herbal bitter finish.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Superbly creamy and delicious. Fine carbonation which fills the mouth and tickles the tonsils. De Dolle can do no wrong. Long Live De Dolle!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this beer for the first time at "En Öl & Whiskeymässa i Göteborg 2014" and I fell in love in it.
To bad I didn't remember this when it was released at Systembolaget, Sweden in November 2015. I only bought two bottles...

Anyway, there are so many great beers out there and so little time... Here is my review:

The liquid is orange, hazy and the beer pours with a huge, four finger high, white, fluffy head. After several minutes the head shrink to a one finger "whipped cream" type of head and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Belgian yeast, orange, citrus, honey, banana, peach, caramel, bread, spices and floral hops.
Taste: Caramel malt, pine, yeast, banana, orange, Belgian spice, apricot and honey.
Mouth: Full body with a round, sweet mouthfeel. Complex texture. Medium to high carbonation. Spicy, boozy, sweet - Just right!

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Photo of Tomas77
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light to dark golden color that is cloudy from yeast that helped re-ferment this beer. A large fluffy dense white head. Nice looking pillow of foam. If I could I would lay my head on it. Very fruity reminisant of lemon merangue pie with a cookie crumb crust. Also a light yeast or alcohol spiciness is present. Has a slight sweet but light malt flavor of light fruits and a little toast. Alcohol is there and so is the spice. Light-medium body with a dry finish. Alcohol is smooth but warming.
Great beer in the tripel style.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at CT Bev Mart on sale for $3.29. 11.2 ounce bottle, typical belgian slim style. The appearance is much like a Duvel. Darkish tan with a huge white, foamy head. Steady stream of champagne like bubbles are constantly on the move. It just keeps going and going.

Smell is citrus, apples and some yeast notes mixed in. The first thing I take away from the taste is the balance. Perfect mix of sweet and dry. The fruit notes from the smell are apparent in the beginning and gives way to a slightly malt dryness. The aftertaste stays and stays. I love it.

A very good tripel in my opinion. I am enjoying this beer with stuffed shells which is just an ok match. It brings out more of the sweetness in this beer. Unfortunately the dryness in triples are what I love. Get this beer.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL glass bottle that I got half-price because the guy said it might be "too far gone"

A- Huge rising active head that takes forever to settle out. This is the kind of head that you can have billowing from the top of the glass more than an inch but it doesn't spill over the edge, it just piles up instead. Dark gold/amber color with very active carbonation.

S- Sweet and spicy. Touch of alcohol. Citrus, simple sugars, piney, herbal.

T- Still waiting for it to settle. If it's anything like the other de dolle beers I've had this is gonna be an odd, but great experience.
5 minutes later... Great depth and complexity. Starts off rather bitter but then slowly flops completely over into a sugary-sweet caramel. The alcohol is apparent, but it's so smooth that its nothing more than a smell, no taste really. Slightly medicinal taste towards the end, maybe the alcohol peaking through a bit. I'm so glad I got this at half price, I really got a deal. It gets warming after the first few sips.

M- Very peppery and raw. It challenges the tongue, and I like it. Very similar to the other de dolle beers I've had. So bold and strong that it may seem a bit overwhelming to the faint of heart. The carbonation is wild.

D- Well, it is really strong, but if I could get more at this price I would buy it by the sixer.

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Photo of Lostcarkeys
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was bottled in sept 2011, marked by the cap

A- A thick brown orange hue. Fingers don't show on the reverse of the glass, indicating a strong appearance.

S- Not the strong suit of this beer, tangerine, malty, bitter, alcohol notes all come into play.

T- Davine! Matches the upfront indications of the smell, but with a hardy afterglow that follows through with the flavor. Strong citrous bitterness that is completely original to this beer.

MF- Strong carbonation upfront, that linger as it slopes down the throat, but strong bite lasts through the aftertaste on the tongue.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. I would drink many more if I weren't already drunk and had any extras. For a 10% beer I am completely sold. I was sceptically to spend $7 on this one, but I understand the price tag given the robust flavor and extremely satiating flavors...

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Photo of ken3c
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I like a good beer with a monster head and this one didn't disappoint. A huge rocky head stayed till the end. I poured into a huge glass but it still wasn't enough. Dark Orange in color. Quite opaque, even after cellaring for a few months. Lacing and sediment all over the glass.

White grape juice and canteloupe with a little spice in the aroma. Some earthiness in there as well.

The taste is quite spicy and not as fruity as I expected. Still, it's very good and interesting. Sweet at the beginning but dry at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium light. Quite tingly from the spice and carbonation. Again, somewhat drying at the end.

Very interesting. Not at all what I expected but I very much wanted another one.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus wide mouth glass, the only way to go with a De Dolle beer IMO, These things are tricky to pour.

A- A slow pry from the cap resulted in a loud hiss. Some foam creeped it's way up but no beer was wasted, Some sediment in the pour though, you really cant get around that, I've had better luck in the past. The liquid is a honey like bright amber color that's hard to see through, also golden in appearence. A dense, frothy, rocky mountain foam sat on top forever, excellent lacing.

S- The smell on this is bananas. I get alot of sweet candi sweetness initially, but alot of fruit comes forth. Apples, pears and pineapples oh my. A good amount of malt giving off more sweetness. Some banana and clove mixed with other Belgian yeast and spice makes this wonderful.

T- Very similar to the smell, I think my favorite part of this is the mix of fruits thrown in the mix, banana is very large in taste. Other fruity esters. Im sure hops were used in this but they dont really show up. Good malty sweetness. A slight lemon twinge in the middle. A spicy finish with some cloves mixed with more fruit. I dont pick up any alcohol. I quite like this.

M- Not the smoothest beer when cold with all the active carbonation, this one is alive. Best to let it warm and settle down for a bit. This is quite approachable and while the carb is high and felt the flavor more than makes up for it. As this warms it just gets better and smoother. A nice slightly below medium body with a big aftertaste.

D- I splurge on a bottle of this from time to time as a treat and it always impresses me. The drinkability on this is high but I take my time and savor it. Crisp and refreshing year round. The alcohol is not noticable at all. I just wish they came in bigger bottles. Not intended for aging as De Dolle's website states.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear yellow with a soapy white head that hangs on for ages and leaves very good lacing.

The aroma is very light with lots of light fruit, apples and pears maybe, with some sweetish pale malts. Some lemons hang around the nose as well, though not too intrusive or tart.

The taste is a slight step up from the aroma as the sweetness kicks up a notch with light fruits still playing the major role but with some candi sugar thrown in for good measure. The citrus comes out a bit more than the aroma and balances the sweetness of the fruits and yeast very well.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and actually pretty sticky with the fruity and sugary sweetness on the palate.

This is a fantastic beer. It's been a while since I had one and I really forgot how good it is. one of the better tripels out there.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled February, 2004; Hop Leaf, Chicago
With a name like the mad bitch this beer had certainly better produce some results. The beer pours a hazy orange-gold color, and produces a prodigious white head. There is a lightly dusty, herbal, floral, and grassy aroma to this beer. It is sharp and herbal in taste, and is very well carbonated. It is lightly sweet with notes of honey and spices. It is almost spicy hot in character, quite interesting actually. This beer is definitely musty in character, it is like it has been lightly dusted with some pollen from a slightly astringent, yet floral flower. It is slightly lemony in character, with a hint of apple to it as well. The beer gets a bit sweeter as the copious amounts of carbonation starts to dissappear. There is also a nuttiness here in the middle of the beer, which adds to the complexity. I really like the interplay between the spiciness and the fruity sweetness, a very good balance that melds into an incredible beer.

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Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. No freshness date, purchased August 2009 at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.49.

A: Major gusher. What makes it into the glass is a murky peach with tall, 2-3 finger, off-white big-bubbled head with good retention and craggy lacing.

S: An interesting mix of pears, melons, and apple fruit flavors coated with brown sugar and finished with fruity yeast and alcohol esters

T: The flavor is exceptional with apple and pear followed by pepper and coriander and washed over with brown sugar and melon. The spicy yeast provides another element and the alcoholic finish really wraps up this very nice tripel.

M: Smooth and delicate, light-medium body, with active but appropriate carbonation and a nutty, yeasty, alcoholic aftertaste.

D: A very nice beer to review for #900. A wonderful blitz of interesting sweet malt and light fruit flavors coupled with spice and a warming alcohol presence. I will be revisiting this one again if I can find it in 750s.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with 4 fingers of white head. Excellent head retention and some craters forming in it. The beer is a hazy golden color with some yeast floating in suspension. Quite a bit of visible carbonation as well.

S: The nose is quite nice. Tons of earthy esters. A little bit of orange peel. I do not get an overt sweetness which to me is the mark of a poorly made tripel. A little bit of white pepper. Pears and apples as it warmed up. Great nose.

T: Very nice mix of esters thrown in with just a touch of faded hops in the finish. Lots of over ripe fruit thrown in. Just the slightest hint of the alcohol. More warming no presence of fusel alcohols. The more it warmed up the more the fruit came to the forefront.

M: Light bodied for the style and well carbonated. Very much a champagne like carbonation.

D: On the pricey side but I think I did better than most. I really liked this one quite a bit. If it were cheaper this is something I would buy more often. Great example of the style.

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Photo of Act25
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This mad bitch of a beer is in the upper reaches of all triple beers.

A) Open carefully as it's sure to over spill the precious brew. When poured forms a rocky lasting, seemingly alive head of off white meringue, over a clod-filled sediment shrouded golden orange body. Sticks & laces.

S): Orchard side apple peels, and cider press with lemon grass and wet earthiness. Floral hops, sweeter hop oil, and flower store atmosphere. (humid and perfumed but attenuated, not cloying)

T) Follows the complex flower store aroma. Fruit flavors of melon, overripe tangerines with their perfume balanced by the sweet spicy alcohol that warms. Spice in play: cinnamon, anise, black pepper and bitter greens. Keeps a good acute see saw from sweet to dry.

BIG! Rare. Worth the $7 price.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a light golden orange, mostly clear, with a towering 3 inch head, and lots of lacing.

It smells pretty classically De Dolle, with their signature yeast strain, apples, lemon, sweet syrup, honey, and some grassiness.

I don't traditionally love tripels, but it's fitting that De Dolle would make one that I actually like. It's got a wonderful honey and apple sweetness to it, with a slight grassy hop bitterness, and a bready malt background. It doesn't feel like a lot of tripels that I've had- it feels more unique, and certainly more tasty.

This is medium bodied, rich, and a tiny bit syrupy, with a higher level of carbonation.

This is another amazing beer from De Dolle- they consistently knock it out of the park.

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Photo of animal69
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- opens with quite a pop, pours a cloudy, kinda chunky med. gold color with an immense white head which not filled the remainder of my 16oz snifter but expanded about 1&1/2 inches above the rim before cascading onto my comp. desk, lacing is excellent as i expected

S- smell is of spiced caramel apple cider, some fresh baked bready aromas come out more as it warms varying from white to whole grain nut to a sweet honey raison danish made with clove, just a trace of estery alcohol

T- taste is also fruity w/ a crisp sour green apple initial flavor being followed closely by a big cereal grain malt that has been kilned a bit longer, a def. clovey spice, caramel, nut and raisony dark fruit w/ very subtle anise in the mix at different times, just a hint of bittering hops and bozzy hotness linger in the back of the mouth in the finish

M- a full body that appears lighter thanks to ample carbonation and a fairly dry body

D- a very drinkable beer given the 10% ABV, so complex you have to have more than 11.2 oz, i suggest a bomber... split in two however

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding triple from an outstanding brewery.

Pretty dark for a triple - a deep copper - murky, with an Alpine rise of everlasting foam. Absolutely beauteous. The smell introduces strange spice cake and sweet shortening/icing aromas that also stand out bold in the taste. Notable hop or fruity aromas don't stand out but may in fact be delicately woven into or underlying the complex bouquet.

So, yes, the sweetish cake/cookie factor in the smell comes through on the tongue - doesn't take center stage, though - there's also a funky, fruity champagne flavor and big alcohol presence, finishing with light phenol in the back in its also complex taste. This booze level provides some warming and real sting and thins out the mouthfeel, yet it also maintains a notable smoothness and mellow roll, not ending particularly dry.

A lot to appreciate here - grand presentation, an attractive scent, and a confectionery taste. Tone down the degree of ethyl madness and you've got a damn-near perfect triple.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super heady and foamy light cloudy amber color. Aromas are very estery, some bubblegum, citrus, and hints of coriander. Fermentation temps must have been through the roof! Flavor is huge, lots of body, spice, sugary sweetness and bready yeast. Warming alcohol hits you in the end. This is a pretty amazing tripel, perhaps in my top 5. Would improve had I let it warm up a bit more, but this is a special treat and I'm glad I finally tried it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow, straw hues, slightly hazy, gargantuan whipped meringue head, great retention and lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, spices, fruits, slight pleasant sourness.

T: A wonderful beer. I try and always keep a few of these in the cellar, though that's not easy because I like them so much and I can always go buy more. Dulle Teve has a fantastic Belgian yeast character with notes of spices and a light fruity character.

M: Good feel with a slight alcohol note in the finish.

D: If you're in the mood for a tripel, you won't be disappointed. Great beer.

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Photo of Saviour
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dave750
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy blond in color with a steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to form a huge, thick, rocky white head that lasts for the entire glass. The aroma was a little disappointing. Citrus and straw with a hint of malt coming in late, but it was very weak.
A bold chocolate, caramel and roasted malt initial taste contiues to the end. Sharp, slightly bitter hops and grain join in at mid-taste and remain to finish. Mint and a nice alcohol warmth emerge as the flavor fades. Tastes of orange, coffee, and cedar blend in and out from mid-taste on. Medium thickness with excellent carbonation and balance.
A complex and ever-changing flavor. Incredibly smooth and easy drinking. Agreat beer.

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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 851 ratings
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