De Dolle Boskeun | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle BoskeunDe Dolle Boskeun

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid De Dolle offering that I had shortly after the extra export stout. Like the EES, the head was stubborn and rambunctious as all hell. You have to wrangle this beer into the glass with an elaborate system of tilts and pans. Fun, but testing, especially if this is your first beer after a crap day at work.

The beer actually looks somewhat beautiful, with a great contrast between the cloudy orange brew and its stark white head. The aroma has a nice fruit base (lighter fruits - citrus and apple, maybe), but is still complex beyond that, slightly bready and quite yeasty. On sipping - oh my. I really enjoyed the EES mentioned above, but the extremity of its taste cost it some drinkability. BK, on the other hand, I could drink this all day. Very different from its outlandish cousin. It's consistent and creamy, and the sweet, light fruits come together wonderfully with the choice of malt. A kind of medium gravity pear/mango experience with the perfect amount of bitterness throughout. After my next long day, I'll be sure to toil through the pour for this awesome reward.

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Photo of drtth
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass from a bottle with a bottled on date of Feb 2011 and a best by date of Feb 2012. (Kudos to De Dolle for giving us both dates.) Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a burnished golden apricot color with a huge, fluffy off-white head that foams up almost out of control. By the time things have settled it’s a good 2” thick and being fed continuously by hundreds of tiny streams of carbonation. Sipping leaves some interesting patches and legs of lace that cling to the side of the glass. While the billowing head does begin to recede visibly, it does so slowly and never completely disappears.

Smell: The aromas are fresh and clean with traces of the yeast, some grassy herbal character from the hops and little or no sign of the alcohol, but some definite fruity character, mostly green orchard fruits like apple and pear.

Taste: The flavors include a good bit of sweetness that has to come from the use of candi sugar in the brew. (It just tastes like white sugar syrup.) As expected from the nose there is also a touch of grassy, herbal character from the hops and a good dollop of fruitiness, mostly light colored orchard fruits such as green apple, pear, apricot and peach.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied but soft and creamy from the fine, abundant carbonation. The finish starts in some sugary sweetness and then changes as the sweetness fades leaving a touch of musty from the yeast and a lingering gentle bitterness from the hops that slides off into dryness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: While I enjoyed drinking this one overall, I thought there was just a touch too much sweetness in the mix for the complexity to balance out. I could see having it again as a special occasion beer but I’d not want it on a regular basis. My overall impression is that it is a well made holiday beer and best consumed as a holiday treat.

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Photo of nickhiller
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: four fingers of sea foam atop a hazy strawberry blond

S: it's a dead ringer for cran-apple juice, Fig Newtons, hints of lambic vinegar in the background

T: it tastes exactly a Fig Newton with strawberry preserves and biscuity malt, for me De Dolle's signature profile. I'm from the South their beers remind me of my momma's homemade biscuits with a healthy serving of homemade strawberry preserves.

M: Silky, velvety, creamyDe Dolle is the master of mouthfeel, I've never had anything like their beers.

O: This brewery is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries anywhere in the world.

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Photo of UnDeadly
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

0.33L bottle, stein glass

Appearance - Slightly hazy goldenrod. Extreme level of carbonation maintains larger-bubble foam. Little to no lacing. Carbonation makes it difficult to pour without bringing some yeast with it.

Smell - Apple cider is the first thing that comes to mind. Also lingering smells of wet earth and grass. Quite pleasant.

Taste - Good. Apple and pear notes mixed with the phenols one would expect from a Belgian. Finishes relatively clean with light floral and earthen notes.

Mouth Feel - High level of carbonation stings the tongue, but after getting used to it not unpleasurable. No burn from the considerable ABV.

Drinkability: Tasty, though expensive and I can actually feel the carbonation fill my stomach. Would be interested in having it on tap, but otherwise it was just OK.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured very cold (42 degrees) into glass beer challis

A) Very hazy but clean with lots of fine carbonation. Color is weathered gold and a nice white fluffy head that dissipates quickly

S) Yummy - Sweet candy licorice, citrus fruit, clove

T) Very fruity with sweet orange, pear, apricot and tart grapefruit. Some mild bitter hop undertone. Delicious

M) Dense with ample bottle conditioned carbonation. Smooth but apparent high alcohol content

D) Another great beer from the folks at De Dolle. Be careful with this one -- 10% ABV

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Photo of DPFRD
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Head come out like a champ poured into an Orval goblet slowly dissipating leaving some faint foaming and lacing, which will take the ride all the way down. Murky orange/yellow... #b28328 if you want to know.

S- Great yeasty fruitiness that just stands out from the get go. Some hop presence is detectable along with a faint biscuit undertone.

T- Fruit esters and some sugar sweetness are accompanied by a medium to mild stinging hop bitterness across a nice pale malt canvas. Very good, and the estery notes become more complex as it warms. Some phenolic warmth in there as well, but it is incredibly balanced.

M- Medium, with some stinging carbonation that it is quite agreeable.

O- A very nice drinker and you wouldn't think it's 10% alcohol at all. It comes of very refreshing and seems like a pale that was hopped a little more and had some candi added, but doesn't spill the beans as to it's potency.

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Photo of morimech
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Violent carbonation led to a glass full of foam. Eventually a cloudy golden liquid fills the glass with a large head. Very little lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is slightly vinous with pale malt, mild spice, and some herbalness. The flavor is not as dry as many big pale Belgians. Hints of tropical fruit, pears, and just a faintest hint of tart apple. Other than being overcarbonated, the body is spot on. The bottle was just too overcarbonated and it was annoying to pour this beer. Otherwise a great BSPA.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured at around 50 degrees into a Bruery tulip. I poured it as gently as I could and I still had WAY too much head. It is super airy light head that created a rocky topping. Small yeasty bits float around too despite my careful pour. The body is a nice murky yellow/orange sun color. The head is toothpaste commercial white. Retention is incredible and lacing is pretty crazy. A lot to look at, kind of over the top on the appearance.

Good complexity in the aroma, pear, apple, light bready malt, candi sugar, pineapple, and herbs. Black pepper, funk and horse wrap things up into a great package.

A lot of the same components are available in the flavor profile. Full access to pear, apple, pineapple, mango, and other various indescript tropical fruits. There's a nice juicy sauvignon blanc type green grape character here too. Some underlying sweetness in the form of some sweet-pastry like bread. Slight tartness and funk follow and a yeasty, earthy, peppery, herbal kick finish off this incredibly complex beer.

The mouthfeel is also quite good. I expected the carbonation levels would be too high after the insane pour, but it just matched the rest of the beer well and wasn't too poppy in my mouth. Feels "bright" and lively. Finishes dry, but not overly so. Consistency is medium and spot on.

I can't believe how well this drinks, no negative flavors can be attributed to alcohol presence and it's actually somewhat refreshing, very hard to believe it's a 10% beer. I actually didn't expect too much out of this one for whatever reason and was very pleasantly surprised, I'm going to have to pick up more. Good work De Dolle!

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Photo of Cmack15
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The mad brewers do it again and again. The Bos Keun is listed a Belgian strong pale ale. The aroma is has a strong yeasty Belgian tinge to it, I get some dark fruit notes and breadiness. The taste is an enhanced experience of the aroma, which is quite nice. The 10 percent alcohol is well hidden in this beer. The beer looks beautiful, smells awesome, and tastes delicious. This a well crafted beer and I thoroughly appreciate it.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dragged out of the cellar. no idea on the date of this one, but i think i bought it about 2 years ago. poured into my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out a somewhat hazy golden colored body with a small yet thick eggshell colored head. the head has excellent retention and leaves behind small rings of lacing. there are some brown floaters that can be seen in here. i did my best not to pour them in.

S- the first thing i notice in the nose is sour green apples. i didnt expect this to be tart. theres also some pale malts and candi sugar. a little bit of lemon at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some pale malts and sweet candi sugar. the green apple that i could smell comes through a little, but its not at all tart. the lemon i could smell appears stronger than in the nose. a tiny bit of alcohol.

M- light bodied, bordering on medium. mild warming from the alcohol which still seems well hidden at 10% abv. the carbonation isnt as high as i would have guessed.

D- easy to drink and something that i would gladly try again. next time ill try to find a fresher bottle so i can compare. i thought that this one might have been past its prime because of the floaters and the sour aroma, but it is not. i really like de dolle.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first De Dolle beer, finally. Used a Chimay chalice glass. Pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow colour with a lot of head on the pour. Tastes of sweet candied sugars with a green apple/pear fruit finish. I thought this finished very smooth and its incredibly drinkable for 10% alc. Very impressed with this beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at State Line. Served in a snifter.

Pours a light peach color with a ridiculously long-lasting white head. Pretty bubbly with some nice streaky lacing. the nose is yeasty with a bit of spice and fruit; maybe some pear. The taste is quite yeasty with some mild spice and a bit of light fruit. There is green pear and some stone fruits. The nose is slightly buttery as it warms. Not diacetyl--it's more of a chardonnay-type butter character. The taste is pretty good but drops off from the nose. Dry spice takes over in the finish. Drinks pretty well, though isn't quite the top 50 Belgian beer I had hoped for.

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Photo of nas5755
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very hazy with a copper color and orange hues. An extremely large head due to the over-carbonation; good lacing. Nose reminds me of fresh green apples and cider, slightly yeasty. Very pleasant nose. The taste is fantastic, fresh apples, pale malt, light white pepper from the yeast and other sharp spices all from the yeast. Very creamy mouth-feel, the beer was a slight gusher and it was confirmed to be over-carbonated once in the mouth. Overall, a very pleasant beer that has some very positive notes but it just misses pulling it all together to be one of the best.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Tasted from a gusher of a bottle at Lush West Town. Pours cloudy yellow with a huge white head that leaves heavy lace. Nose is anise, something herbal, yeast, and something slightly sour. Flavor is sweet with caramel malt, chocolate, cinnamon, clove, coriander, and citrus. The body is full with light carbonation and a long warming finish.

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Photo of headbucket
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in Feb 2010.

A: hazy,straw colored. Good carbonation created a massive head,forcing me to stop pouring halfway thru the bottle so it didn't overflow. There was actually a plateua of foam that formed in the middle of the glass,very cool, big patches of foam and lacing left on side of glass.

S:light candy-like sweetness. Little grain and light fruitiness mixed in.

T: soft and sweet mixture of light fruits, some hoppiness in the middle. The alcohol is a more evident in the finish. Taste is much smoother, well integrated, and less sharp/harsh as it warms.

M: medium to thick for the style I feel, but stillbsmooth and creamy. Very nice.

D: very good for a 10% beer but the sweetness would limit it for me. I'm not sure if I would be able to have more than one at a time, but that one is going down rather well. If I drank it as warm as it was at the end of the bottle, 2 probably wouldn't be hard to have.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange with good carbonation for a two-finger head and lace patches. A citrusy smell as well as some pale and sweet malt smells. Light and prickly thanks to some spices and sharp carbonation. Has some fruit tastes like a minor tropical fruit taste as well as citrus/orange w/ that typical Belgian yeast strain. Also some sweetness like caramel and honey w/ the sweet and fruit/hoppy flavors well balanced for a very tasty and enjoyable brew. Scarier still is not only the complexity and balance but the ABV is rather well-hidden so this could be a dangerous sipper.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, no metric shit in here. Beer served in my Russian river goblet. Sweet!

Beer is amber to brown with aggressive carbonation and a huge huge head. Beer is also quite hazy. Head is small bubbles and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Beer is sweet and spicy with good yeast esters, moderate level, smells good.

Beer is light in body and really bright on the palate but finishes completely clean. It reminds me a little of Unibroue beers. Some alcohol up front with minimal sweetness, finishes not dry but wet. It's highly drinkable and I would have this again, for sure. A really nice BSPA.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Plaza Liquors in Johnson City, TN. No freshness date so no idea how old it is. 11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Pours a chunky hazy brown with some very faint off-white head that crashes immediately. Nose is thick caramel, spicy anise and herbs a-plenty. Palate is fat and slick with pale caramel malt - a lot of it - while leafy green herbs come out for the finish. Basil and salt water taffy. Long chewy finish.

Notes: I'm not sure it's a BSPA, but it's very tasty. Almost like a Belgian Barleywine or Belgian Wheat wine. Slick and sweet it hides the ABV very well. Makes a nice treat on a chilly October night.

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Photo of Voss
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is one of those beers you thank God He made Belgium. Just two weeks ago I was at Oktoberfest and drunk very good German beers. But how good is a Belgian beer!
Wonderful in appearance, orange to copper in colour with terrific head. Fruity aroma you can smell forever, slightly sweet in taste with the best amount of carbonation I've ever tried in my life, a web of goodness all over my mouth. Medium to full body and a slightly bitter after taste complete the job.
A brew with alcohol at 10.00 % ABV that does not deceive taste and mind.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

100% Belgian Strong Pale Ale DNA...

A: Pours a yellow to orange color. A bit hazy. A huge thick white head is formed. Big bubbles. Excellent retention and many lacings left
S: Complex. Sweet and very fruity, I would say. Quite malty and "bready" too. Honey, caramel malts, Belgium yeasts, cloves, vanilla, alcohol, ...
T: Complex as the nose. Sweet fruity upfront, sweet malts, honey, Belgium yeasts, cloves, vanilla are a must. Delicious "hoppy" bitter end
M: Heavy creamy body and high carbonation despite of the high ABV
D: Delicious beer! My third De Dolle. This one is just excellent as the others

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Photo of crnipeter
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml, bottled Feb. 2010, into Karmeliet glass.
Although the brewery classifies it as an Easter brew the beer is basically a golden strong ale perfectly matching the requirements of the style.
Pours clear, effervescent golden body with rocky, long lived white head producing thick, bubbly laces on the walls. The bouquet of aromas is tremendously complex: Fruity esters of citruses, pear verging on banana, spicy & peppery phenolics, candy, honey and unintrusive alcohol. The intensely flavored taste corresponds to the aromas; finish is dry and pleasantly bitter. The nearly medium bodied beer is lively carbonated, frisky like a rabbit on the label.

In short: a characterful beer that abounds with fruity flavors and spicy nature.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle for $5 from Pints O Plenty

Appearance: Nearly clear dark yellow with an unbelievably big head that settles to a thin sheet over 10 minutes. Not too much lacing-- not much at all.

Smell: Both sweet and tart apples and white grapes. A slightly musty and bready yeast smell. There's a little herbal/floral hops note too. Complex candy-sweet fruity esters and a little spice.

Taste: Again, sweet and tart fruit, though more tart than sweet. The yeasty taste is slightly musty/funky. The complexity of flavor is slightly drowned out by a somewhat sharp alcohol flavor and burn. A little hoppy flavor and bitterness does come through. Finishes sweet and yeasty with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very high carbonation. Bubbly and tingly and foams in the mouth, making for some creaminess. The body is fuller and less crisp than many BSPAs and is slightly sticky like a tripel. I like it.

Drinkability: This is a great beer. It is hurt a little by slightly too prominent alcohol, but overall its fantastic. I dont want it to end.

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Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a slightly hazy dark gold with lots of white head.
S: It smelled like orange and honey and sour yeast, with some sour cherry and red grapes and oak, with a bit of earthy cocoa.
T: It tasted like orange and honey and earthy caramel and Belgian yeast, with some powdered sugar and biscuit and a bit of alcohol. (Probably more details that I'm missing.) It had a mellow sour and bitter aftertaste with some sweetness.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate smooth carbonation.
D: This was a very tasty beer; not quite light or dark, but quite complex and enjoyable. The alcohol was noticeable but not bad, so it was fairly easy to drink. The flavors were incorporated together exceptionally well for perfect balance. Some age might further enhance this, but it was very nice fresh.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It doesn't take long to notice the overly Ester influences of this beer. From the bunny rabit to the Paasebier writing on the lable, it's obvious that this beer is intended for the March/April ideal consumption date. I can tell you that five months later, this beer could not be drinking any better than this!

A glowing deep gold-tawny copper hue gives a medium haze that has a mystic glow in the light. Impressive as hell is the head formation, retenation, and lacing. Stark white foam carries a creamy, firm and froathy structure that billows at the start but settles into a delicate creme with both masculinity and delicacy. Each swirl of the glass releases the same glory that is appreciated in the initial pour.

Fresh and vibrant aromas of fruit and spice blend with a floral and sweet scent that is only described as honeysuckle. Certain malt and herbal hop notes swirl in the glass in appetizing and seductive fashion.

Delicious fruits of peaches, pears, apples, appricots, and light raisons all give an initial flavor to the ester-forward taste. Spicy white and black pepper helps with balance and intrigue. Pilsner malt and confecitoner's sugar taste reinforces the fruity flavors and tempers the spice. The beer releases the fruit and spice while retaining the powdered sugar sweetness, honeyish richness, and herbal tea-like hop flavor. Low in bitterness, the hops are needed to add herbal/floral flavor and to balance the sweetness.

Full and creamy early on, the beer has an expansive and effervesent feel to the mouth. After the carbonation subsides, the beer's sweetness is felt momentarily at mid-palate before the alcohol, spice, and hops dry the beer into an evaporative feel that seems to whisp away on the palate and allow of supreme ease of drinking.

The epidome of this style seems to be Duvel with Leffe Blonde comming in later. Bos Keun reminds me much more of the Leffe but with bolder Belgian-y notes, higher dryness, and deeper over all complexity. If you like Leffe, you'll wecome this beer very very very well.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge amount of creamy, very long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A zesty aroma of yeast, malt, spices, and a bit of fruit.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, pepper, light fruit, and malt. A well-balanced flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely well made, drinkable beer.

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