Vicardin | Brouwerij Dilewyns

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Brouwerij Dilewyns

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tripel / Gueuze Hybrid

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's
Hazy light golden color with a smallish white head. Slightly tart with a solid honey and light sugary malt base. This blend is interesting and it works quite well for my tastes.

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Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep, mildly hazed but pretty bright golden-copper color, this beer grows a fluffy white head on top. While it doesn't quite reach one finger, it's pretty well supported and takes time to fall. The foam that's left drops down a mix of patches and splotches.
Earth is first on the nose, a bit of musty hay, though it's quickly joined by a honey-like sweetness. Malts are bready and support it well. Some wood comes out into the middle. The blend of Tripel and Gueze makes for a very interesting beer, as the gentle tartness and funk is balanced by pale fruits sweetness, soft spiciness, and a bit of something like candi sugar.
It ends up more sweet than funky, tartness at a median and fairly heavy on the malts. Some floral hops do add a bit. Lots of fruits and a sugary sort of sweetness ride through strong, almost overcoming the flavors accompanying. It's musty and earthy, dusty really, and the wood comes in dry and even more so as it gets a bit vinous. The herbal note coming in, probably from hops, serves to make the point more assertively. It's an interesting dichotomy that seems to clash at times, and there's a weird tinge to the funk from time to time as well.
The body is medium, soft at times before asserting a not-quite-grainy sort of dryness on the palate. It gets pretty creamy into the middle before an alcoholic edge cuts it. It finishes dry and lingers with tangy and leafy textures.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/01/12 notes. On tap at Spuyten Dyvil during Zwanze day; 6 oz. pour into a mini-snifter, believe this is blended with a Girardin gueuze.

a - Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, cheese, bready malts, earthy notes, dirt, lightly floral. Nice nose; no fruit or sourness but the funk is good.

t - Tastes of light funk, earthy notes, hay, dirt, caramel malts, and some lightly sweet fruit. Taste is not as funky as the nose; a step down for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent beer but compared to the other gueuzes on tap, this one didn't stack up. Some nice funk in the nose but the taste is sweeter and milder. Would have it again but not my favorite gueuze.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labeled Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze. Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. I love tripels and I love gueuzes, so my hopes are high for this one!

Appearance: light gold hue with a bit of a haze and a huge, active effervescence. Head pours three fingers of frothy white foam with decent retention and a nice lace. Attractive!

Smell: sour, funky component from the gueuze and sweet, malty aroma with a little bit of pear and chalk from the tripel. My favorite components of each style, coming together beautifully. I love it.

Taste: a little tartness right up front quickly subsides into a lightly sweet, lightly funky brew. After a few sips, the sourness stays with you while the sweet malt keeps you coming back for more. I am really, really enjoying this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and a very nice creaminess. Good!

Overall: this beer has some mixed reviews on this website, but I personally love it. If it were a little bit easier to find -- not to mention not so expensive -- I would love to have this on a regular basis. Kudos!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


An amber body, fairly clear, with a good amount of visible carbonation. A bubbly white cap rises and falls pretty quick, but leaves behind some good lacing.

The aroma is a mix of sweet and tart, bordering on cider. Some apple skins, tartness, musty, and a bit of a cracker like malt backbone.

The flavor profile is exactly what you think when you try to imagine a gueuze/tripel blend. It has some salt and tartness from the gueuze and prickly, lightly hopped tripel. Some apple skins, dry wood, vinegar, orange peel, and herbs.

Dry and astringent mouthfeel. Medium body.

This was more of an average tripel with a unique twist. Nothing overly special, just a unique combination.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2012, so officially past it's best. However, as it's some sort of gueuze/tripel blend, I imagine it can stand a bit of aging. The rear label says that it was bottled 3 years prior to the BB date (I think - my Dutch isn't great). Purchased randomly from a Belgian webshop. Sounds bizarre; time to find out....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A hazy orange-amber hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of complex fruitiness with a musty sour hint. Notes of fermented grapes, orange peel, cloves, cinnamon, fruity yeast esters, slight leather and a whiff of booze in the background. Rather dry and earthy, with a hint of vinegar. Plenty going on and more beery than a regular gueuze. More than anything it reminds me of mulled wine - fruit and spice. Weird.

Tastes of tart, indistinct fruitiness with a dry, acidic finish. Notes of sour grapes, tart apples, vinegar, lactic acid, wood, earthy yeast esters, faint orange peel and hints of spice. Dry and astringent, with a warm alcoholic twang upon swallowing. In short, it's a strange, vinous mess. Mouthfeel is dry and sour, with tingly carbonation and decent body. Strips the palate. Aftertaste of tart cidery notes and yeast.

If there were awards for oddball beers, this would certainly be a contender. The aroma has a fruity, spicy complexity that bodes well, but is let down by the messy flavour. It has a wine-like quality that is much more fruity than a typical gueuze (which I would expect to be dry and lemony). From the taste it's hard to pinpoint what this is supposed to be: a 'beery' lambic? A sour tripel? It seems to shoot for too many targets and misses them all. An interesting effort, certainly, but it lacks purpose. I'm glad I had the chance to try it but this is probably a first and last time for me.

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Photo of Sammy
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at ebenezer's Pub, another rare find. Strong taste and surprisingly boozy. Very lacey. A good integration of geuze and yeast, but it is a stinky one. Why the menu put the stinky label on
a Berliner weiss, I do not know. Smooth mouthfeel and decent drinkability.

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Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle labeled as Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze, described as a blend of Bicaris Tripel and Boon lambic on RB.

This beer pours a light bodied and crystal clear polished bright gold in color with a frothy two finger bright white head. The nose is light and yeasty with a definitive Tripel backbone. It does have some slight Brett but definitely is short in the lambic department. It is slightly lemony however. The flavors are very light and feature typical Belgian yeast with a slight lemon zest aspect, perhaps lemongrass, and a very light tartness. It's ok, just isn't really dominant in one phase or another. The lemon grass does increase as it warms. This one is alright, not worth $18.99 but it's drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some fruity, acidic, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with an emphasis on the gueuze flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink but the gueuze overpowers the tripel in both the aroma and flavor in my opinion.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden orange with a white head. A very musty aroma to this, damp oak, funk, and barnyard. A touch of sweet banana and bubblegum, sweet sugar, straw, and yeast. All over the place. The flavor is just as disjointed. Musty funk, barnyard, straw, and some oak to go with the sweetness of the tripel. Banana, bubblegum, and a hint of cotton candy. Light citrus and some mild tartness.

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Photo of KDawg
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a medium gold color with a nice foamy head.

Very good aromas that lead more towards the funky with aromas of green and red apples, spice tones, bits of funk and some tart citrus.

Full bodied, but lacking some depth. Smooth with a dry finish and notes of red and green apples, spices and some creams.

Would be interesting to see how this is with some more time in the bottle. The sourness didn't really stick out on the taste, but the finish was on the dry side. Wasn't fully sure what to make of the hybrid, but it was a good beer.

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Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard for a confirmed sour hater to do this beer justice, but here goes anyway.

On tap at max's tonight.

The bveer pours a solid gold color with light lacing and fairly decent head retention. The nose is about what I would expect, but honestly, it's not nearly as over the top as I was expecting. In any event, I get some light sour funk, something of a soap aroma, and some wood. This smells as if it will be a fairly dry gueuze. On the palate... is this really a gueuze? I'm not disgusted at all by this beer, and find it to be pretty tasty actually. There's some light sour in the beer, but I also get some honey, light vanilla and a hint of clove. Damn, but this is easy to drink. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with some drying bitterness on the moderately long finish. Alcohol is barely an afterthought in this easy to enjoy beer.

Not bad at all...

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a hazed golden peach, deep amber core, tight white head. Nose seems to have a hint of bretty leather, strong yeast notes with a faint spice, light candied sugar blends into lemon zest and a tinge of alcohol. The taste is similar, a touch sweeter. Nice light spice and yeast but are overshadowed by lemon juice, candied sugar, and juicy citrus. Light body, airy, soft feel, and nice carb.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.72/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle from '09, poured into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Big thanks to JAHMUR for sharing this truly obscure "Gueuze" tick.

A: Clear pale amber body with a solid finger of fine white head. Ok retention, great lace. Very nice.

S: Old Tripel. Very malt, rather cidery, and a bit musty. Not good.

T: Follows the nose, with a little bit of herbalness on the finish that tries to distract from the overly sweet malt. No trace of the Girardin component, sadly.

M: Soft, effervescent, and medium-bodied. Ok.

O: As this is listed as a Gueuze, I considered marking it down even further. It tasted nothing like a Lambic, everything like a mediocre Tripel. Not really worth seeking out for its own sake, although as I'm a bit of a Gueuze completist I was thrilled to get to tick it.


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Photo of falloutsnow
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Etre Gourmet
Best by 26/03/12
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

An interesting blend of gueuze and tripel that seems to tone down the sourness by orders of magnitude, play up some dried orange rind, and have a perpetual battle between mild sweetness and tartness going on. Somewhat candy-like in result, Vicardin is an interesting blend of two styles, but not something I think I'd seek out again. Glad I had an opportunity to try this, but I didn't find the flavor combination to be particularly appealing. Definitely not a bad beer, but it just felt like it was going in too many directions, and had too little of the purported gueuze influence. As another reviewer said, it's neither "a very good gueuze or a very good tripel" and the combination doesn't seem to bring out anything exciting from either of those genres.

Pours a huge, ultra-fluffy, meringue-like head made up of very small bubbles, which has excellent retention, lasting for minutes after the pour. The head gradually fades to a thin cap atop the body, leaving vast amounts of complex lacing. Body is a golden orange color out of the light, a bright yellow-orange in it. Carbonation is streaming and visible. Sediment makes the beer opaque and darkens the respective colors.

Aroma begins sweet and tart, somewhat like smarties candy with a yeasty edge. As the head descends, aroma becomes more complex and quite different from what it was initially. This secondary (and longer-lasting) aroma features a malty, sweet, crackery base (that I'd attribute to the Girardin) with notable old orange rind, a bit of caramel/toffee, phenolic(?) sharpness, and a bit of mustiness.

Tip of the tongue picks up mild sweetness, with a slight tartness, again somewhat mimicking sweet tarts candy. Front of the palate notes continued sweetness, but also some very mild Brettanomyces characters (ie, "funk" and mustiness). Mid-palate, the flavor develops some grainy flavor with some sweetness tied to mild tartness, dried orange rind, and a bit of belgian yeast and fruit ester character. Closes out with orange rind, mustiness, and balanced sweetness with tartness. Lingering aftertaste of orange rind, soil, and modest sweetness with tartness.

Beer is medium bodied, with ample carbonation to support itself. Resultant mouthfeel is smooth, never prickly, but perhaps could use a bit more carbonation to move this along the palate at a faster rate (has a tendency to sit on mine). Ethanol is noticeable in the back of the palate, wafting into the nostrils and felt a bit on the throat. Closes quite dry, with a bit of stickiness around the lips.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at the Brick Store. Pours a lovely golden orange with a hazy clarity and a dense, 2.5 inch cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a bullseye dollop with some froth around the edges. Concentric bands of textured lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is fairly subdued - citrus rind, belgian yeast, a hint of caramel, vinegar and an orangey/mimosa-esque character. The flavors on this beer are definitely interesting - light pit fruits (peach/apricot), yeast, subtle toasted malts and wheat. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation and some acidity/astringency. BA classifies this beer as a gueuze. In that regard, this beer falls short; however, the description on the menu was of a gueuze/tripel blend, which I found to be spot on. This beer is an interesting montage of malty, tart and fruity and is worth trying, but don't expect a gueuze. Well worth your time if you have the opportunity to try this beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Thorpe, thanks.

Beer is yellow with a haze, low head, no retention or lacing.

Beer smells like lactic with a mild acetic / funk note at the end, mild barrel character

beer is light in body and easy drinking, the sourness is light though and this is not a very good gueuze or a very good tripel. Oops. Not a repeat for me.

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Photo of Agold
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice big white fluffy head. Mildly hazy golden color. Leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is a bit subdued. Some spicy character, some nice funk, but really not special. Flavor is nicer, more funk, citrus rind, not enough tartness. There is almost a saison like character to this beer which adds a nice spice. Mouthfeel has good carbonation, but could be a bit lighter and more lively.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.56/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from an overseas shop. This is currently #35 on the top gueuze list. Served in a Grote Dorst mini gueuze tumbler.

Pours a fairly-cloudy yellow color with a thick white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Good retention, as a nice cap sits throughout. Far too hazy, however.

The nose carries some banana-like esters with some clovey phenolics. Some light pilsner malt in the background. Nothing really coming from the gueuze portion of this beer.

The flavor has a bit of bitter dryness and a fair amount of peppery spice. Light fruity notes are there as well. Some alcohol in the background. I'm really still struggling to see the gueuze component of this brew; it tastes like an average tripel.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a bitterness to the finish that is a bit off. Moderate alcohol presence.

Overall, not a huge fan of this one. I would not revisit this beer.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a twelve ounce pour of this at the Rattle N Hum bar in Manhattan's Midtown area. I'm not sure why this is called a Gueuze. It was called a tripel at the bar and certainly was much more like a Tripel. In either case it was very good.

Color was a very light straw with a very active head and lots of good lacing left behind.

Aroma was quite esthery with a good malty back. Malt aroma was a little drier, more crackery than dark fruit.

Flavor was very interesting balance among the yeast and malt with a little bit of sourness, but certainly not gueuze-sour.

Whatever you call this beer, it was very good and I would highly recommend it if you can find it.

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Photo of Phenom
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: nice lighter color, cloudy, decent lacing

S: fruitiness and esters of the tripel come through much more than the gueuze on the nose. A Hint of grass and sourness but not as much as I was hoping for.

T: tripel dominates up front but about halfway through a sip the sourness and bretty barnyard flavors kick in. An interesting combo but not one that is very palate pleasing or delicious.

M: somewhere between the fuller mouthfeel of a luscious tripel and the effervescent lightness of a good gueuze. The result is a muddle that will probably not please fans of either style

O: an interesting experiment, but not one I will be seeking out again. Stick to examples of the individual styles.

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Photo of impending
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Trappist. Served in a flute, fairly clear amber yellow, white head, ok lacing.

Aroma has a unique complexity, the yeasty sweetness of a classic fruity tripel and funky brett, earth and hay.

Taste too carries the complexity forward. The Dilewyns tripel is the lion share of the flavor, apricots. The Girardin gueuze adds a tartness, just a minor sour but a clear old dirt brett contribution. Finishes fairly dry, aftertaste is of the gueuze. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Hopleaf in a tulip.

Appearance: The appearance is a hazy dark tangerine color with a more orange hue in the center. A frothy off-white head is moderate in size and lightly laces the glass.

Smell: The aroma is rather mild, lacking much of a strong sweet tripel or tart gueuze aroma. Instead, I get a fair amount of grassy and hay notes, some soft biscuity malt, and and a hint of lemon. A soft pungent note rests in the background.

Taste: The flavor seems to lack a direction, with the two blended styles more canceling each other out than complementing each other well. There is a soft honey sweetness, some grassy and hay notes going along with a moderate malty front. Some green apple and lemon zest coalesce with the tart middle, and the finish has a dry, lightly funky, grassy bitter, champagne like finish.

Mouthfeel: This is the area that I like least about this beer. The light, crisp tart flavors of a gueuze work well with the lighter body. Tripels work well with a fuller body and creamy carbonation. By making the body have a light to medium body with a carbonation that gets lost between creamy and crisp, it is just too hard to figure out what it wants to be. The sweetness and tartness create an oddly dry body that I don't care for that much.

Overall: This is kind of an unfortunate amalgamation of two of my favorite styles. Instead of forming some brilliant combination of sweet, Belgian spice, and tart, it fruitlessly pulls equally hard in too many directions, resulting in a beer that doesn't have much of anything interesting going on.

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Photo of philosobeer
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got on tap at Chicago's Hop Leaf.

Consider the two styles it was a blend of (Tripel, Gueuze) it's not surprising this is fairly cloudy. White head, orangeish-yellow.

Their is a really nice funkiness in the smell. It's estery side shows through, too, but I think the funkiness dominates. It's a sour at heart this one.

A nice tartness opens up this beer, and it will complement food well. The funk is heavily balanced by a sweetness, and a little bit of banana flavors, as well as maybe a bit of spiciness? The taste does indeed show both the tripel and gueuze sides. Just because the two can be blended though, does not mean they should have been. It has one major flaw, and that's that I get solventy tastes in here also.

I ended up enjoying this by the end of the glass, and I'm glad I ordered it. It's more "interesting" than "fantastic" which perhaps means it did not succeed. I'll have it again, but it's not going to be a favorite of mine.

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Photo of socon67
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pour is a light orange color. Minimal lacing, and a thin white foam that is not retained.

S - Smells like honey and quite sweet. Notes of belgian yeast are evident. Has a slight musty smell.

T - Has a slight tartness that is offset by the taste of fresh bread. I find the toning down on the sourness is really nice.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, and doesn't dominate with the sour flavor.

O - Kinda like this one. A really good gateway to the world of belgian sours. The blend might take a bit from both styles but I find it very enjoyable.

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