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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of beveritt
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750 ml Belgian-style bottle into a Duvel tulip. Label depicts a black horse, flying above several old buildings. Best by date of 01-15-11.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of tan, dense head. This settles slowly, leaving behind a small amount of lacing and a thin coating of foam. The beer itself is opaque when full, but you can see the true reddish brown hints around the edges.

Smell: Smell of copper, dark candy sugar, figs, dark cherries and yeast.

Taste: Bready malt with a tart cherries and a long lingering sweetness. Slightly acidic bite.

Mouthfeel: Average to higher than average carbonation level, as expected for the style. Very creamy mouthfeel backed by excellent body.

Drinkability: I think I initially poured this one a little too cold, as the flavor and mouthfeel both improved significantly as the drink warmed. All in all, a very flavorful and full bodied example of the style.

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Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Year old bottle stored in the cellar.
Appears a dark brown plum with copper edges when held to the light. A 2 finger, fluffy head slowly mellows into a mild cap and hearty collar. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of dark Belgian candi sugar, plums, prunes, spices, black pepper, caramel, figs, tropical fruit, and raisins.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a spicy, peppery, prune, lekvar-like, fresh dough, caramel, and brown sugar.
Mouthfeel full bodied, peppery, yeasty, spritzy up front, with creamy, sugary, alcohol finish.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A-Dark, like a dark cola, opaque and brown. Dark vanilla-colored head, big and thick, creamy, with moderate retention.

S-Ripe fruits, I think I pulled some pear out of it. Some cloves with a slight banana hint.

T-Clovey phenols with ripening fruits. Bready, both from the malts and the yeast. Some wine-like flavors. Bitterness is not present. Finishes with bread and alcoholic warmth, with a slight fruity tartness.

M-High carbonation with a medium-heavy body. A noticeable alcoholic warmth in my belly.

D-Well, this is a tasty beer. It's a bit different than many of the Belgian brews that I've encountered, but I did enjoy it. The flavor profile was complex, making it very nice.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-review: December 30, 2008
A - Gentle pour yielded a dark mahogany brown beer with a piling of off white head that retained beautifully in an Ommegang goblet. 4.5
S - Hints of mellow citrus with port, figs, and ripe plums. Some spiciness of coriander too. Excellent. 4.5
T - Initial sweetness of caramel malts metamorphs into a winelike taste of dark fruits. Toffee and a light roastedness becomes uncovered but is quickly finished with a bittersweet ending with grapefruit citrusiness. Aftertaste is abundant in alcoholic tones, port wine, and carob. 5
M - Full bodied and well carbonated. Quite smooth, sits well on the palate. 5
D - An extremely drinkable beer despite ABV. I can definitely do a few in an evening. 5
Overall - A most exquisite beer by a most exquisite brewery. This is an excellent beer to accompany sharp cheddar cheese or as an after-dinner dessert. Truly amazing. One of the finest Belgian Dark Ales I have ever had the pleasure to drink.
Original March 19, 2008
A - poured dark brownish with garnet red hues in the light. Small bubbles make a 1" head with excellent retention and decent lace. 4
S - Sweet fruits of figs, and raisins, caramel malts, some spiciness as well. 4.5
T - Caramel, raisins, plums, and spices. Balanced with a malty, portlike finish. I feel like I am doing this beer an injustice by trying to analyze it! 5
M - dark, heavier beer that sits well on the palate. Alcohol is well hidden and carbonation is very light. 5
D - a very good beer to enjoy over a conversation or with some currant cakes. 4.5
Overall - I don't even know what to say. This is such an immensely good beer that I just want to sit back and enjoy it. Great after dinner! Well worth the money. I have a few of these aging right now :)

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Photo of theghost3
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After drinking this several times, I decided to finally review it. I poured it into a goblet. Appearance is dark brown with a thick, off-white head. Good amount of lacing that sort of sparkles.

The smell is strong of dried fruits--dates, prunes, raisins--along with caramel & yeast. The taste is heavy on raisins, figs, dates, bread as well as yeast, sweet malts & apple. Slightly sour. The mouthfeel is crisp and acidic. Not as heavy as I anticipated.

This is a drinkable beer. Very sweet, very rich, and goes well with bleu cheese.

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Photo of bmwats
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into my Duvel half snifter/half tulip. . . seemed appropriate.

A: Copper with an almost greenish tint. Medium carbonation pours into a 2 finger, foamy, off-white head. Settles fairly quickly into a full covering of carbonation on the surface. Very light carbonation continues to rise. Leaves spotty lacing as you drink.

S: Roasted malt, raisin, and spice. Banana and a hint of apple.

T: Dark malt, yeast, and peat. Touch of sweet.

M: Robust. But does have a slightly diluted feel as well. Pungent malt starts and finishes. Dry finish.

D: It's a sipper for sure.

Robust and complex in flavor and nose. Strong alcohol taste and dry finish. This is not for everybody, but definitely something to sit and sip. The nose plays a big part in this experience. If you like a strong Belgian (there's a joke there somewhere), this is definitely worth a try. Overall, solid quaff.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark walnut, nearly black beer, with a decent off-white head that rises much higher than anticipated for this style leaving a film and legs on my Bornem chalice.

Cherry cognac, with molasses, cedar, some leather and hint of sweet merlot wafts through the air.

The flavors closely follow the aroma, adding raisins, plums, followed by a sweet, slightly tart finish.

Trois Pistoles is a velvety smooth, medium-bodied and creamy beer with a touch of warming alcohol.

This is an outstanding sipper for reading or contemplation or a romantic dinner. Should go well with ice cream.

Date consumed: 22 September 2008

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark, translucent garnet-brown with a big, fluffy, creamy tan head. Retention is very good, with below average lacing.

S: Some sweet caramel/toffee malt aroma, with definite fruity notes, mostly of cherries. Some phenolic/spiced scents lurking in the background. Alcohol and perhaps some chocolate also.

T: Big chocolate malts up front, with some ripe cherry notes. A spicy, somewhat peppery and medicinal character throughout. Overall, rather sweet in a sugary sense. Some grassy/herbal hops provide a bit of finishing bitterness. Alcohol is present throughout, although never cloying.

M: Chewy and on the dry side. Body is moderate. Carbonation is quite light.

D: This one drinks pretty easily despite the complexity, and has some delicious flavors at work. My first from Unibroue, and I'll definitely be checking some of their other offerings out in the near future.

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Photo of bheilman
3.18/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not really sure if the bottle was labeled correctly. Some of the other reviews could be similar to mine, but I would have areally hard time describing this beer as a strong dark ale. It was much more light and fruity. The beer had a strong yeast flavor and some hoppy fruitness that was very sour and citrusy in nature. I don't really like those flavors in my beer, so that's why I gave the beer a generally poor review. It wasn't awful, and I should say it had a really unique flavor. I will give it another try, but this time it wasn't that favorable in my mouth.

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Photo of southernmagnus
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this originally as a build your own sixer.

I drink this when I want a St. Bernie's Quad, but I don't want it to be as sweet.

Which is 98% of the time.

Amazing beer, worth the price, All That.

If you have the means- I highly reccomend it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red with creamy, soft light tan head composed of tiny micro-bubbles that were lively on the surface from the strong carbonation. Left a clean lacing while the head settled to a nice ½ finger layering that lasted for the remainder of the drink.

S: hints of raisins against a nice strong caramel backing along with some fruitiness (apples).

T: sweet caramel apples, fresh raisins with light pear juice. There was a touch of yeastiness of cloves and bananas as well some berries. The beer finished with a very good spicy and warm caramel and alcohol fade.

M: light, smooth with a sour fruitiness and caramel gracing the tongue as well a fizziness from the carbonation.

D: Smooth, very well refined, with a great drinkability.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a nice deep ruby-brown. Initially dark, but then the outside of the glass radiates a subtle ruby hue. Unfortunately, this reminds me of a Romanian I know who would pour coke into his red-wine. Nice full bubbly head, that disappears after a little while, but the effervescence of the beer means there is always a small head lingering around.

Smells like a mixture of malt, port barrells, and Orange rind! The port/plum nasal quality really lingers nicely.

A taste of wheat, plum, and yeast, followed up by a warm port-like finish.

Medium body, with a good amount of effervescence.

Drinks nicely, and disguises the powerful ABV well


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a medium off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, chocolate, Belgian yeast, some caramelized malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts with strong flavors of cherries, licorice and bourbon up front with some background flavors of chocolate, caramel and Belgian yeast. An alcohol sting seems to keep trying to poke its way through but gets blocked by the hearty malt character. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, pretty clean finish for a style that tends to be sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are certain things that I've come to expect from Unibroue and at the same time I've come to know that they can throw a curve-ball once in a while. This beer has the Unibroue qualities I expected and also has the curve-ball with its fruity and candy-like taste. Overall, it's a well-made beer that is worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for this type of beer, but it's not one that I would want to drink consistently.

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Photo of strangemusic
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, very dark ruby/brown colour with an enormous, airy tan head into a wide snifter, the head settles down in time, but not until it lets you get a good look at this gorgeously-pouring beer.

The smell is not anything to rave about but not bad either: cherries and sugar mostly with a sort of toasty hint to it. This beer gets fantastic, however, once you take your first sip.

The taste is incredible and complex: a big hit of dark cherry in line with the aroma, with brown sugar and licorice tones moving on to that Unibroue signature alcoholic tang, mellowing and lasting long after each sip. I am fond of that particular element, as it certainly helps with savouring the beer. I tasted a bit of nut-like bitterness at the finish but it was very subtle.

In terms of mouthfeel, it's rich and carbonated but feels soft in the mouth. It's not too thick but still feels nice due to the carbonation.

The drinakbility is good for 9 percent ABV. Definitely a slow drinker. I wanted to keep sipping it over and over to experience the mouthfeel and big palette of flavours, but the potent alcohol lingering behind the fruit and sweetness served as a warning to take care.

Overall I would drink this whenever I could! Another Unibroue beer that stands out as a real winner.

I have to edit this review with one remark after the fact, as I tried Trois Pistoles from the smaller (regular-size, not 750ml) bottles a couple of days ago and it seemed to not be as good... I don't know why. Something about it tasted harsher. I would suggest being wary of this!

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Photo of usmcphillips
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is certainly not some sipping beer for an everyday Joe, but of course you could say that about most of the beers in this category. The alcohol is a bit of a kick compared to many conventional beers and it tends to turn off the "I drink daddies beer" types. I wouldn't suggest it to many of my friends though I truly enjoy it because the complexity is likely over their heads.
I have yet to run into a beer from Unibroue that I haven't deeply enjoyed. This one has been added to a list that could be entitled, "I like it a lot, but not enough to search for it and pay the arm and a leg being asked".

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

Been waiting a while to try this but couldn't justify purchasing a 4 pack just incase I didn't care for it. However, over the holiday weenend, I found this in a make you own 6 pack for 8.99 and I couldn't pass it up. Here goes....

A - Cloudy tan to brown color with 1/2 inch head that slowly disappears. Appears somewhat thin. After sitting for several minutes, still cloudy with a little sediment forming at the bottom of my glass. Nice looking.

S - Wine. Grapes. Rasins. Prunes. Strong applesauce from Grandma's kitchen. Apples that have been laying under a apple tree. Fermenting. Fruit is very evident. Strong but pleasant. Reminds me of an apple orchard in late autumn with many different apples ripening on the ground. Earthy smell. Not my typical drinking beer but heard so many great things, I just had to.

T - Alcohol hits the nose and then disappears immediately. Very nice. Strong sense of apples and pears - like dark applebutter instead of regular applesauce. Some carbonination which is very nice. Besides the first sip, no alcohol present. Warms as it goes down. Crisp fall day. I really need to get out to the farm. Great around a fall campfire. Overall, very very good.

M - Thin but refreshing. Doesn't stick to anything. Light. Makes the cheeks and lips pucker somewhat. Can feel the beer all the way into the back part of the mouth.

D - Highly. I will now pick up more of this. Very high in my books. Reminds me of a fantastic apple, pear beer with hints of raisins and prunes. Exceptional.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml.

The appearance was a pretty wood brown, cloudy with a brownish tinted head that dissipated slowly.

Smelled good, hints of a few different things like malts, dark fruits and caramel.

The taste wasn't as detailed as the smell would have you believe bit was still good. Not too sweet considering the type. Caramel, dark fruits, maybe a hint of chocolate, and the alcohol shows up at the end but not in an overpowering way.

The mouthfeel was fine. Appropriately smooth but not flat.

Overall the drinkabaility is fine. It came off as a bargain version of true Belgian dark ales but it was priced as such as well so I can't complain too much. It still beats your generic macros by a mile.

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Photo of echdk3
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a New Belgium snifter

A_Opaque black ranging to dark brown at bottom cusp of snifter. Thick bubbly light brown head

S_Woody, alcohol, ripe fruits

T_Earthy ripe fruits, very warming tasty alcohol. Black toasted bread

M_Heavy body, medium chewy, taste lingers. High carbonation... amazing

D_High alcohol is masked, goes down very smoothly, high repeatability

Note: Pairs well with blue and gargonzola cheeses and crackers

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Photo of SingleCell
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Warmed out of the fridge for 5 minutes before being poured into a chalice.

A: Fluffy yet slightly chunky 1/2 inch head that settles rather slowly down to a thin lace which remains for the duration of the beers enjoyment. The colour is deep dark amber.

S: Sweet dark over ripened fruits (plums, grapes and even a little bit of apple). The 9% alcohol can be detected but is masked quite well by the mouth watering scent of the ripe fruit.

T: Again with the dark over ripened fruits; however, I believe the taste of plums dominates. Alcohol is present but well masked. You can definitely feel the impression of the malt up front then as the finish approaches it is balanced out with subtle hops. The finish is long and involves caramel and port wine, very tasty.

M: Smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation that tickles the tongue but it still allows you to enjoy the full flavour of the beer.

D: Not in any way a session beer. Good for when you want to have just one full flavoured beer.

This is one of my first craft beers which I am revisiting and will do so again. A very enjoyable beer for after a large meal consisting of red meat.

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Photo of theBubba
2.92/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Before we start, this C review is, of course, relative to this category (we're not talking Coors here).
Poured from a 750 ML into a bell glass.
Appearance--a cloudy deep amber with a tall head that quickly sunk to nothing. Moderate lace.
Smell--soy and vegetable, with a touch of prune.
Mouthfeel-- nice, an initial carbonate bite followed by a foamy smoothness.
Taste-- soy sauce, with a bit of toasted malt and a salty aftertaste.
At the price, I'd leave this one alone. There's better stuff from Omegang.
As I finish this review, I'm finishing my 3 Pistols, and I feel like I've just finished a bowl of Sukiaki. and beware of reviews with jargon like:
"taste is deep dark fruit, raisins, plums, figs, grapes, apple, cherry, candi sugar?, molasses, pepper/spice."
I mean, give me a friggin' break. Pick 5 out of 11, and maybe we'll have a clue.

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Photo of charlesw
3.24/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Dark, good head height - no head retention (bigger, darker bubbles and - oops! - gone!). Smells sweet and earthy - a bit of the mold from a dry blue cheese, you know? Bitter, dry chocolate (no sweetness to that). Some brown sugar taste without the sweetness. Fizzy in the mouth. I won't be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of noeldundas
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour is a very dark reddish brown. opaque mostly, with some dark ruby colour. a thin head that lasts throughout (enormous head initially, when poured in a Duvel glass). nose of cherries, raisins and some alcohol. like christmas pudding! mouthfeel is medium light and crisp with a maltiness that is balanced by acidity more than bitterness. there is a finish like orange juice with spice and chocolate notes.

overall very very good, but best shared. the opposite of a session beer. although i've had this beer many times, it always surprises and delights.

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Photo of drxandy
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best before 09 - 18 - 10
12oz bottle to fluted wine glass, Excellent bubble streams!! nice high carbonation, deep hazy brown with a hint of peach/red, creamy tan head with amazing bubble lacing - WOW this is a fine looking beer!

smells of delicious dry funky yeast, dark fruit, grassy hops, sweet

taste is deep dark fruit, raisins, plums, figs, grapes, apple, cherry, candi sugar?, molasses, pepper/spice, yeast backbone is fantastic, dry, bitter, alcohol is definitely present and slightly hot, excellent balance

mouthfeel is bitter, sweet, fruity, dry yeastly/residual alcohol/ almost tannic lingering aftertaste, great carbonation, a great sipper, can't believe this was one of the first craft beers i'd tried a few years ago and haven't revisited since!

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Photo of harley101
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a very dark beer, smells of dates and figs and raisins and all kinds of sweet things.

just dances on my palate, tastes weet with a tapioka like texture.

sooo good cant explain the taste though, mixture of a divine alchemy.

it is definately a sipper, after taste of pork and egg dish,

very citrousy

love it


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Photo of cwps48
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I took the 25 oz bottle out of the fridge for about 10 minutes before drinking. Obviously, the yeast was left in the bottom.

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Dark. Couldn't see through it, even with a light behind. I'm not a big fan of the head, so I try not to pour a significant one, but one was present regardless. It dissipated quickly.

S: Sweet. Very obvious fruity smell to it. Smelled of... figs and plums? It had a certain wine-y smell behind it.

T: Nothing really going on at the middle part of my tongue - only tingling from the carbonation. At the back of my tongue, that's when the magic happened. Very fruity. Sweetness from the fruits balanced nicely by a slight presence of the hops. Aftertaste similar to that of a wine - fermented grapes.

M: Very carbonated. At first at least. I had the whole bottle to myself, so it started to lose that carbonation. At which time the beer was much smoother.

D: I would definitely have this again. The food I was eating it with (something quite creamy) was probably not the best choice, but something tells me this beer would go very well with some kind of food...

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 4,990 ratings
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