Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)
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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)

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Bières de Chimay

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.

This blonde ale is dry and floral with a slight hop bitterness. The hoppiest Chimay ale, Cinq Cents was created by famed brewmaster Father Theodore in 1966.

Added by Todd on 09-18-2001

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Matchbox in DC

Pours a medium golden color w/ an off white head. Good carbonation and lacing in the Chimay goblet. Fairly light nose for what I was expecting from this tripel. The nose is yeast, spices, malt, clove. Fairly light (again) for a tripel. Taste is the same profile, on the light side for the style, but good nonetheless. Feel is very carbonated, and very dry. This beer is good, but there two other Chimays that ar better. The Grande Reserve is a world class beer, and the Dubbel is really excellent as well. This beer is good, but not what I expect from Chimay. Cheers.

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Photo of zimm421
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a tulip. Appears a nice golden color with a thick white head. The head leaves beautiful lacing and has great staying power.

Nose is sweet with nice spices, and wonderful Belgian yeast. Smells great and very refreshing. There is a hint of alcohol in the nose, but it's not overly powerful. Taste is fruity, sweet and spicy. Tastes just like a tripel should. This is extremely refreshing and everything just works together in great ways.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, high in carbonation. Finishes dry with a little bitterness there. Overall, a great beer. If it wasn't so expensive it could be my go-to. Just love the way everything goes together and the refreshing qualities it has.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.27/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque burnished gold with ecru foamy 1-plus finger head that settles to a cap. Sediments settle out. Initial mild aroma increases with warming : earthy browned apple and peach skin plus some kind of herb (thyme) and spice (cardamom? allspice?). The taste is fleeting fruitiness then oak woodiness. Warming alcohol and dryness follow. Not really good but not bad either.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BBF 2011. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a monstrous 3 finger frothy white head with annoyingly good retention. Beer is a clear, deep goldenrod. Lacing is patchy and stringy with good stick. Reall attractive. Even for the style.

Nose is surprisingly subtle. Some tropical citrus fruit and cane sugar. Belgian yeast round out a very pedestrian aroma.

Opens sweet. Pineapple, yeast, citrus, and lemon. Brown sugar and cane sugar sweeten the backbone. Belgian yeast spiciness. Some coriander and flower petals at the end. Powdery finish that is sweet pineapple. Aftertaste is a sweet and bitter yeastiness. Pretty typical for the style.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and warm and slightly dry going down. Finish is messy with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Not amply carbonated as appropriate for the style but still really drinkable and the smoothness ties the flavors together nicely.

A very representative tripel. Great tropical fruit flavor and really solid feel. Worth aging to see if the slightly aggressive flavors mellow out a bit. Cellar this one!

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Photo of bobhits
2.59/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 1


A lovely yellow orange golden color, with a thin white head with a moderate amount of carbonation shooting up form the bottom. No effort to decant this beer leaves a nice density to the body without any issues.

Citrus and a touch of sour notes with virtually no malt aromas are all I can get from the start. The next smell brings out light sugar which turns the citrus notes to a citrus fruity aroma.

This beer takes on a summer beer’s citrus and fruity flavors with hops that give off a touch of sour but finishes dry and clean. The best triple flavor I’ve had. Just a wonderful citrus flavor.

Now the flaw of other Chimay beers only x10. This beer is virtually undrinkable with all the carbonation.

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Photo of Jerone
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a cloudy gold color with some little bubbles and a creamy offwhite head that leaves some good lacing.

The smell is of yeast, hops and some spice.

The taste is quite yeasty with a bit of floral hops and some spice notes coming through, some wheat in the middle too. A pretty dry finish. No sweetness to this beer or much detectable malt. The mouthfeel is very nice, coats your mouth and the bubbles feel really good.

A solid beer, but not my favorite type of beer. Definately something a beer fan should try.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chimay White (Cinq Cents) has a thick, off-white head and a hazy amber appearance with little lacing but lots of tiny suspended particles throughout. The aroma is of citrus (oranges?), bread, cinnamon, and some bread. Taste is of some citrus, wheat bread, cinamon, and a little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Chimay White finishes semi-dry and smooth. The aftertaste is spicy. Overall, this is excellent, and I highly recommend it.


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Photo of Idodgepucks
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on the menu at Yardhouse and gave it a try after seeing such high reviews. Poured into a goblet.

A - Really nice pour. Perfect amount of foam, about 1 finger. The color was a really nice orange and cloudy, so you couldn't see through the beer.

N - Pleasant and easy, with some hints of fruit. I rated a 4 because I didn't think it was an unpleasant smell but definitely didn't think it was anything special.

T - Compared to other Tripel's, this one was my favorite. From start to finish this beer leaves you satisfied and with a real nice taste. I'm writing up the review a day after, so I'm going to limit what I put here, but definitely loved the fruit notes on this one. They didn't overpower that malt taste, and instead brought a real nice balance.

O - Excellent beer. I definitely can't wait to drink again, but I'm not sure how it would be coming out of a bottle. There is a lot to enjoy from this beer, so I definitely suggest a goblet.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Chimay... will it be the one to topple the mighty Duvel that is currently my highest rated beer? Well it certainly looks up to task in it's stunted brown glass bottle advising me on the side that it is a Trappist beer; beer made by monks. "Who is better suited to making beer than monks?" I ask, take away sex, drugs, rock n' roll, and beer is pretty much one of the only vices left for us to enjoy.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chalice glass.

A: This beauty presents with a deep orange (bordering on brown) cloudy body and a cappuccino froth white head that compacts itself down to 0.5 cm. The carbonation bubbles look big so I'll be expecting some champagne frizzante.

S: Wheat beer characteristics define this brew; cloves, banana phenols and bread yeast aromas abound and promise a fine drop.

T: Beware: This is one strong drop (in alcohol and flavour). The taste is dense alcoholic sugars up front with sour bread and cloves ending with some of the most aggressive hops I've ever encountered (the bitterness is through the roof). Definitely not as much finesse in this as Duvel, for example Duvel has a more balanced flavour profile and a higher ABV (8.5% compared to White's 8%). Note: I did shake the bottle a little to excite the yeast at the bottom. Maybe I souldn't have done that (?).

M: Better than expected. Very smooth, quite sticky also.

D: Verdict? Buy Duvel. It's still the best Belgian beer I've had. Otherwise I still want to try Chimay Blue and Red, but this beer was a minor disappointment (the hype surrounding it didn't help). The next question is: Leffe Blonde or Chimay White? Fairly similar flavours, but it's 6.60% ABV versus 8% ABV and considering this fact Chimay White trumps Blonde.

Food match: I would match this with a dessert because the sugars in this are quite strong. Which dessert? Your choice, however my personal favourites are Tiramisu or a lemon curt tart... Cannoli as well now that I think about it.

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Photo of jimiboi
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: cloudy golden liquid. I poured a 4 finger head that wanted to stick around forever with massive chunks left behind on the glass.

S: bready, yeasty, Yum!

T: bready, plenty of yummy yeastiness.

M: creamy, with spicy tongue, with a lax alcoholic kick in the back of the throat.

O: The beer to induct an unconvinced macro serf to ultimate craft beerdom.

I want to swim naked in this beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into matching Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy dark iced-tea colored with a huge light tan head that slowly faded into a very thick film that left a complex network of lacing down the glass.
S: Rich and sweet fruits, apple juice, cardamom, and light bread. Spicier than the flavor.
T: Spicy and sweet flavors of Belgian yeast, golden fruits, peach, orange, lemon and dark bread crust. The finish is lightly sour and the aftertaste is sweet and yeasty. Rather bready overall.
M: Frothy carbonation bubbles up in my mouth over a thick mouthfeel and medium-thick body.
O: One of my old time favorites although I might like it better on tap. A very solid tripel but not the best. A trademark of the style though, and everyone should try this.

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Photo of obywan59
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather viscous-looking golden orange color into my over-sized wine glas. A two fingered thick white head tops it off. Very carbonated and very elegant.

Smell of richly sweet, toasted malt with a bit of fruity, grassy hops and some light earthy yeast. Sometimes I get a whiff that's almost sweet hazelnut coffee.

Sweet apple with more toasted malt, clearer than the scent. Spicy, earthy yeast

Illusoroy thick feel due to the heavy carbonation. Very peppery with a nice alcohol burn in the throat.

Definately a sipper. Very crisp at the start, but much more smooth in the end.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

Look - dark golden color, clear, with about two fingers of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - fairly malty, but also light at the same time. Very bubbly smelling, although it's not actually fizzy or bubbly.

Taste and Mouthfeel - malty and spicy at the same time. Malty at the very beginning, but right in the middle the spices smack you in the face. Sweet pretty much throughout, with a tinge of bitterness in the tail end. Texture is pretty well balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall - very good-tasting brew in general. It's not the best tripel that I've tasted, but it's still a good example.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1 1/4" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over cloudy honey coloured liquid.

S: Apples, pears, cloves and yeast.

T: The alcohol is present in the taste moreso than the other Chimay beers. Other flavors are floral hops and yeast.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of medium carbonation.

O: A drinkable tripel, and I have given it a high rating; but what was surprising to me was that the taste did not stand out as much as the other Chimay beers. This one also does not hide the high ABV level as well as the other Chimay beers.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours two fingers worth of foamy white head. Body is a clowdy muddied orange. A solid cap remains with good lacing.

Smells of banana and clove, bready yeast mixed with some grainy malts and a touch of alcohol.

Tastes similar to what the taste would lead you to believe. Juicy white and orange like fruits, orange, apricots some clove. A touch of alcohol and astringency in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium dry, high carbonation and a touch of hop bitterness on the finish.

Overall this is a solid brew, with it's typical Belgian flavors and smells. The finish is a bit dry for my tastes and a touch of astringency keeps this from being great.
$9 a 750ml

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Photo of AdamBear
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-cloudy orange with a big a sticky frothy white head

S-strong spices and light belgian malts strong scent

T-comes in with an extremely smooth and hot taste of belgian pale malts and spices. the flavors themselves are subtle until the after-taste which seems to be the refined part of this beer. some tastes seem to be more hot and full of alcohol then others.

M-watery soft carbonation with a soft watery finish

O-this beer seems to be a little harsh, definitely the most harsh of three colors. the taste is one thing, but the mouthfeel is just awful. its definitely a good beer overall, but there are many better other tripels out there that make me want to not waste my time on this. i'd be interested in trying this in the bottle though.

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Photo of Josiah2729
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, poured into goblet

A-Orange-Golden hazy, with 2 finger head, some nice lacing.

S-Fruity spice, smells like sweet oranges and yeast.

T-Amazing! Alcohol taste is there, but is just right. Fruity, yeasty, with just the right amount of hops. I didn't want it to end.

M-Light carbonation, smooth, easy slow drinker

O-Excellent. Great Belgian, can't wait to get more and share some with friends.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Chimay gift pack. Best before 2013.

A - Cloudy with chunks suspended. Golden in colour. Nice thick two finger, white head. Minimal to medium carbonation. Nice lacing all the way down.

S - Tons of nice zesty notes reminding me alot of oranges. Tons of yeast notes there too.

T - Nice stuff. A little booze, some orange and other fruity notes with a nice yeast kick and a dry finish. Nice finish with a little kick of something interesting I can't pinpoint.

M - Good carbonation. Full body and a slightly sweet finish.

D - I could do a few of these and would never turn one away.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really liked the Chimay Red, so I am very eager to review this one.

A- Wow! This pours a fantastic, picturesque apricot colour with a foamy, white and surprisingly large head that retains exceptionally well. This looks strikingly similar to an IPA and is very cloudy.

S- Nose is basically citrus, coriander, yeast and malt. This smells quite complex- without even a hint of alcohol.

T- On the palate, there is a subdued level of sweetness upfront which seems to toy with your tastebuds as to understand the full scope of the flavour. A grainy malt is coming through, which adds to that overall sweetness as it warms up. This almost tastes like a more robust Hefeweisen. On the back, I get a distinct and very welcome hop bitterness. Subtle and complex at the same time, this is truly excellent. I should also mention that the alcohol is completely and utterly unnoticeable at 8% ABV.

M- This beer feels perfect on the tongue. The carbonation is at a very pleasant level- less than the red but giving enough character. The body is deceptive: not thin but very manageable.

O- This is superb. Chimay white is an amazing beer. I can see now, from having the red and the white, how this beer has earned its great reputation. What a real treat this one was.

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Photo of kcbearkat
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as a gift in December 2010. At least 8 months of age in the bottle. This is the smaller bottle from the gift set poured into my Chimay glass, also from said gift set.

A: Poured a darker straw color into the glass with a thick, white head. The head lingers in the glass for quite a while, but the lacing does not stick to the side of the glass much.

S: Smells yeasty with citrus or orange notes. Has a slightly bitter smell.

T: Yeasty, lots of citrus flavor, and a sweetness.

M: Well carbonated! Almost like a champagne/sparkling wine feeling. Very light.

O: This a great beer from Chimay, second only to the blue.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am finishing up with a very pleasant interlude with Chimay Red, so perhaps a little Carly Simon is in order - "Anticipation, it's making me wait."

From the bottle: "The registered trademark 'Trappist' certifies that this ale was brewed within the walls of an existing trappist monastery under the control of the trappist community. A major part of the sales revenue is used by the monks to support charitable works. The exceptional yeast isolated by Father Theodore, combined with the purity of the highly protected water of the abbey's walls, gives Chimay its unique richness. Since 1862, Chimay's secondary fermented ales have neither been pasteurized nor filtered and only natural ingredients are used. To fully appreciate the agreeable combination of fresh hops and yeast of the Chimay Triple, serve chilled, in a wide-mouthed glass."

I am ready and so is the beer! I got two fingers of thick, eggshell-white head with excellent retention off of my pour. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity thanks to my careful decanting of the beer off of the lees. Nose had a pronounced grassy hoppiness, along with a slight tartness and a yeasty mustiness. Mouthfeel was very full with an initial heat followed by a wild combination of flavors, including white grapes, grassy hops, a slight cheesiness, must and persimmon. Oh, yes, this was tart and hot and I was loving it! Finish was layered with the heat leaving me initially breathless, followed by a a white grape vinousness and lingering with a cheddar cheesiness in the back of the throat. Holy mother ... ! I am not sure that I ever really took note of this beer. I have had Rouge et Bleu repeatedly, especially when B. United was doing their east coast sales, but Blanc seems like a new experience.

On that note, let's come full circle and cue up some more music, this time courtesy of Madonna Louise Ciccone, "Like a Virgin". Tasted for the very first time! That or the convo in "Reservoir Dogs" when they dissected the song. That might be more appropriate for yours truly. I have had so much beer that for something to capture my attention this way, it must be spectacular.

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Photo of dsprainman
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well this is my second Chimay after having the Blue multiple times. This one is much more lively right from the pour. An explosive head of bright white bubbles reached between 2 and 3 fingers. Lively bubble reach for the surface of this light golden colored body. Unfortunately I'm just slightly congested, but on the nose hints of white grape are coming through along with citrus flavors. The taste comes off as a complex mix of light fruits. pears, citrus, grapes. Mouth feel is lively, like champagne. All in all, an outstanding beer.

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Photo of KMcG
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was dispensed from the tap into a Chimay chalice. The color is a golden light orange and has a nice fine, lacey head that is about a finger thick. 

It smells like a sweet white grape juice mixed with an aroma of Champagne and earthy musk. You can clearly smell the aromas of the hops. 

Nicely hopped and dry.  There is hoppy bitterness that is balanced by the sweetness of the malt and fine yeast flavor.  I taste hints of grapes, raisins, and apple. The bitterness of the hops has a slight orange rind taste. 

The mouthfeel is amazing. This is medium bodied, finely carbonated, has a dry finish. Easy to drink and goes well with crab cakes!

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Photo of zdk9
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- This beer explodes with bubbles like the initial water poured onto dishsoap that blooms into foamy cleanness. The head leaves thick but short lived lacing on the glass. The liquid is cloudy and colored orange with a grey tint.

S- Smells spicy, a bit of bitter orange or deep lemon. Some yeastiness in a very light musk kind of way. Maybe some caramel

T- The taste is sweeter with a nice spiciness which seems to come from both the hops and the yeast. Earthy bitterness along the sides of my mouth, but not enough to reach the back.

M- Much less sweet and noticeably hot/alcoholic than I normally taste in tripels. That really improves it for me.

O- Good, I guess this is a classic example of the style and I can see why- all the flavors are present and noticeable, but nothing is overdone or forced. A very sippable beer.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked bottle poured into a Chimay brand chalice style glass.

A - Hazy golden orange is the way I'd describe it. A snow white head that held very nicely in the Chimay brand glass. Citrus aroma was all over this brew.
S - Smells of different spices that are very nice. This was the best part of the experience for me. It's a lovely smelling brew as are all Chimay Trappists brews. Somewhat of an apple smells here that is very citrusy. There were other ci
T - Loads of fine hops. It was a sweet brew, but honestly I expected it to be sweeter than it was. Fresh Belgian yeast was amazing as always. The somewhat bitterness to it reminded me of an earthy like taste. Some sort of grape notes and even a touch of raisin that all go together very well.
M - A medium bodied brew that's somewhat high on ALC% but still fairly easy to drink. Very nicely carbinated and sits well in a Chimay chalice.
O - You can't go wrong with any Trappists I've ever had. They are all great for the most part. This one is no exception. It was a lovely experience and I picked it up at my local Kroger's grocery which is nice. I prefer the Chimay Premiere Red over this, but this is worth to try. I find myself buying the Red cap when I buy Chimay. However the Cinq Cents is still another fine brew from Chimay. A lovely Tripel.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 87.8% out of 100 with 4,426 ratings
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