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La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
La Fin du Monde was developed through 18 months of research on a unique strain of yeast originating from Europe. It is brewed in honor of the intrepid European explorers who believed they had reached the “end of the world” when they discovered North America ‘the new world’. This triple-style golden ale recreates the style of beer originally developed in the Middle Ages by trappist monks for special occasions and as such it was the first of its kind to be brewed in North America.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

BEER STATS
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#417
Reviews:
3,000
Ratings:
10,129
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
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Photo of jimboween
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

hello: the end of the world. poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a nalgene at the fancy gap KOA in virginia. after an 815 mile drive and before a 587 miler.

appearance: cloudyish coppery goldeny goodness. if you took all the "fun" blondes are supposed to be having and melted it down into a liquid, it would look like this.

smell: it smells like a la fin du monde. this is good because usually when i smell la fin du monde, it means i'm about to drink la fin du monde.

taste: when i first tried it, i was trying to drink it like a natty ice. back then i bought it for its abv instead of writing an english paper. it was tough then, but now...its beautiful. peppery sorta, and spicy warmth from the alcohol backs up the pepper impression, but it balances impeccably with clove and malty sweetness.

mouthfeel: this one bites back. sip it and it warms your mouth and throat. blame the 9% for that. it is very bubbly too, though not so bubbly as it's belgian role model, duvel. this bubbliness i speak of adds to the bite.

overall: i love this beer. it emulates a duvel, at a relatively more modest price point and with an infinitely broader availability. its around enough to encourage you to drink it willy nilly, but it will catch up to you, i've met weaker wines than this strong boy. perfect when you want one before bed, or something to stand up to a steak. or even a cigar. njoy!

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Photo of TheYeagermeister
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A--Pours a rich golden apricot color. Has a thick smooth head of about 1 1/2 inches, which retains well and leaves some lacing. Very appetizing from the start.

S--Heaven. The same apricot from the appearance, along with strong biscuit, yeast, and dough. I also detect some banana and clove.

T--Essence of sweet and ripe light fruits--pear, apricot, papaya--but it's not markedly sweet or cloing, by far. The biscuity, buttery yeast provides the perfect backdrop and rounds it out into a beautiful dry finish.

M--Smooth, rich, and creamy, it coats the palate and allows the complex tastes to linger for miles.

D--The alcohol is remarkedly well hidden, though the warmth is there. This could kick your butt if you're not careful.

Overall, this is one of the best belgians I've ever had. It is frickin beautiful. Stellar example of this style.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a fairly light yellow with little white head.

The smell was great. Spicy from the yeast but very balanced from malt.

The taste was on par with the smell. A nice amount of spice esters from the yeast but VERY well balanced by the malt profile. Some caramel hidden in there as well.

I was lucky enough to find a great bottle list of Belgian styled beers at a french restaurant. I had this paired with some garlic and scallion muscles and it was perfect. I couldn't have asked for more.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

ST: 12oz poured into a snifter.

A: Pale golden yellow (almost straw) with a large beautiful white head that leaves lovely lacing.

S: Fruity sour esters, pale malt, candied sugar,spice, and slight citrus hops.

T: Starts with large sweat bread malts and shifts to earthy yeast and sour fruit. Citrus pine joins sweet spice and warm alcohol in the finish that lingers.

M: Heavy body and smooth.

O: I have had this beer quite a few times (it is one of my favorites), and I was shocked to see that I had not rated it. This is an amazing beer that defines rather than represents a Tripel. It has a great color and a large head, wonderful complex aromas and flavors, nice body, and balanced use of alcohol. I really enjoy the earthy flavors that add another dimension to this brew. It is called world class, and it deserves that title.

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Photo of jcurtis55
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy gold, not much head.

Smell - malt and spice

Taste - Fruity, especially banana. The spice and malt also come through. Great first impression and it stays great to the end.

Mouthful - Creamy and full.

Overall - I'll be drinking more of these.

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Photo of FrankenBeerStein
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light gold color, slightly hazy texture, with a light head, maybe a half finger. Pretty good head retention as well. Smell is very light, some minor hint of floral hops and light malts. Taste has some light malt sweetness and finishes with a hint of hop bite. Mouthfeel has a comfortable thickness to it, slightly reminiscent of the texture of a light hefeweissen. Overall, a very refreshing beer without the overpowering "Belgian funk" that one gets with the Belgian yeasts. Also hides the higher ABV% well. Definitely a "must try", and one I would drink again, as well as getting to share with others.

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Photo of chicagobill13
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

canadian brewery making belguin beer. To me that's a little weird, however canada is putting out some really awesome beers. I could pay a few dollars more and get a truth belguin beer. This is still a great beer. This will be the first and the last i will buy this beer. Not bad. I am kind of impressed. It has no business being with all the rest of the belguin beers. If you want a true Belguin beer please make sure you are reading the bottle. Cheers!

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Photo of blackcompg
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 4pk, poured from their 12oz bottle @ 40 degrees into a 12oz beer glass - nice looking bottle, colorful label, like the silver foil. Had a Duvel last night, looking forward to this, inverted the bottle & stirred up the sediments, let it rest, here we go...

Appearance - Wow! Very audible carbonation, nearly 3 quick fingers of tiny, tight white bubbles, down to just under a finger in 2 minutes. Color is a completely opaque warm amber, yellow to orange hilites when held to the light, barely visible steady bubbles rising within. Appearance reminds me of a hefeweizen.

Smell - From the bottle: Fresh bakery banana bread, yeast, honey, citrus, smells great. From the glass: Same as from the bottle, but now also some floral and grass notes, very slite minerals. Really a wonderful smell, complex, inviting, time to sip...

Taste - Lots of flavors going on here, but the taste doesn't completely follow the smell. Pretty big banana, citrus and yeast up front, some tangerine, pears and plums at the middle, finishes to a floral meadow, then long minerals and alcohol. There are many nice flavors here, just not quite balanced in my opinion, and with no hops to hide the alcohol, booze is the longest flavor on the palate. Not especially surprising at 9% ABV.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, a little juicy, a little sweet, somewhat low carbonation, drinkability is good overall.

Overall - I wanted to like this beer more - I was very excited at the appearance and the smell, and while I liked the taste, it just didn't come together for me personally. It was like shifting 3 different gears - sweet fruits, floral meadows, then booze. Don't get me wrong, it's still a very good beer, and we all have our personal preferences. Try this and see if you like it, there are many excellent reviews on this site for this beer. This beer reminded me alot of Sam Adams Imperial White actually.

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Photo of theJollySin
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - I usually snub "appearance" as being an important factor in what makes a good beer. And perhaps it was after a few beers that I decided I loved the way this one looked, but I do. It has a wonderful dark, vibrant golden color.

S - The smell is great. It smells hoppier than it tastes, which is a bit off-putting, but generally strong with fruity undertones.

T - A wonderful combination of delicate and strong, complicated but not overly so. A hoppy yellow ale with strong notes of fruit and something I can't place. The end effect is particularly pleasing.

M - Good. Thinner than a stout, but thicker than a lager. Just a bit thicker than an October fest brew with a good amount of natural fiz.

O - Overall, great. This has been one of my favorite beers for years. While I don't think it is easy enough to be as popular to drink as Guiness, I think it has a perfectly balanced flavor, at least for my tastes.

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Photo of tripelhops
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass, color is a hazy straw color. Initiaal glass had 3 fingers worth of white head that faded quickly and left little behind. 2nd pour was less frothy. As said very little alcohol presence, until feeling it later on. Decent to high carbonation, big mouthfeel. Belgian yeast, bananas and bready malt are aromsa out of the glass. while cold, spice and bitterness is tasted immediately, but as the beer warms up, those traits fade away slightly. Excellent triple and very easy drinking.

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Photo of dtivp
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dull golden yellow with a finger and a half white head that fades slowly into a nice cap with very little lacing.

Smell of yeast, sweet malt and some spice.

Taste of yeast, bread, malt, some sweet fruits, hints of clove and a very slight touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light leaning to heavy body body, low carbonation. Very crisp and smooth drinking beer, the alcohol is well masked and eventually sneaks up and smacks you on the side of the head.

Overall this is a top notch tripel, very enjoyable and another good beer from Unibroue. Drink with caution, the 9% ABV does sneak up on you and will not care if it is "The end of the world".

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Photo of ADTaber
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz btl poured into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip

A: pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head that dissolves to a thin layer and leaves virtually no lacing

S: Sweet fruit – ripe banana and pear, honey, sweet malt, some spice

T: similar to smell, sweet ripe banana and pears, yeasty bread and malt, some peppery spice

MF: fairly light bodied, light to moderate carbonation, Crisp

O: awesome beer, very nice flavors, well hidden alcohol

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Photo of claytong
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i was thinking this was overrated a bit when i first sipped this beer (i had it five years ago when i was 18 and went up to montreal for the summer and do remember liking it for its name and taste)
so yes, the name is cool, logo lacks a bit. i know quebecoise are a proud bunch, but is quebec the end of the world cause thats what it makes it look like.
anyways enough rambling...

appearance - nice head, lacing lingers head does not, crystal clear gold with minor amber hue, now poured second half and its hazy as hell, cant see through it at all.

smell - when cold just got the yeast but now apple, and some caramel, minor pepper and hops come and go

taste - belgian yeast when cold, when it warms, get some minor spices, and some grape, surprised theres no alcohol in there at all, really complex, if i liked the style more im sure this would be a 4.5

mouthfeel - incredibly smooth, wheres the alcohol? feel it a bit when its down in my belly

overall - when i go back to quebec, which im sure i will, this can be a go to drink. i remember it being ridiculously cheap there, too (i was poor theres no way i wouldve bought it otherwise)

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Photo of GrizzlyBeer1282
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: This beer pours a beautiful golden-orange tint with a medium laced, sparkly white head that slowly fizzles as the beer settles in the glass.

Smell: This beer has dozens of subtle aromas that combine for a very unique scent. I detect some citrus in there (mainly orange peel), a spicy-peppery scent, some caramel, little bit of bread and a hint of alcohol which is well balanced with the malt. There is a very slight hint of hops but with very little bitterness. It’s truly a very interesting combination of aromas.

Taste: At 9% alc./vol. this beer may be the best I've tried at masking the taste of the alcohol. You would never know that this is a highball beer because there is virtually no alcohol presence on the palate. It is very easy to consume too much of this beer because it has such a delicate combination of flavors that come together to conceal the liquor. For the most part it tastes like it smells, but a bit more tangy. There are hints of orange citrus, spices, caramel, very malty, slightly peppery, bread and a very slight hint of hops but without any of the bitterness. The way the combination of flavors combines to cover up the alcohol taste is truly extraordinary. This is a very insidious beer and you'll find it very hard to wake up the next morning after 3 of these bad boys so be careful.

Feel: This beer has a dry, prickly feel with a spicy, warm and toasty finish to it. It is very light and smooth for a strong pale ale but also packs a little bit of bite which I find appealing in a pale ale. I find it hard to even call it a strong ale but going by the alc. content it would fall into that category. This is definitely a slow sipper, perfect beer to just relax and enjoy on a nice hot summer day.

Overall: This is an easy drinking, very complex and transcendent beer with many subtle characteristics that come together very nicely to form a smooth, clean, dry and fresh ale. This is one of my favorite styles and easily one of my favorite beers. A must try for the golden ale lovers!

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Photo of ChimRichels
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A creamy finger of head. very cloudy, slightly more amber than fresh-squeezed orange juice.

S - Coriander is strong, the smell of fresh carrots drifts gently behind wood and fresh herb aromas. Clove notes are mild and linger in the background.

T - Pine, fresh cilantro/coriander, orange zest, and white bread. Alcohol is noticeable a few seconds after the drink.

M - Smooth, just prickly enough to accentuate the bitterness of the hops.

O - Very solid Tripel. Very refreshing and just plain delicious.

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

This beer pours a hazy yellowish color with a foam white head and looks a little bit creamy. It smells of sugar, yeast, cloves, and a bit of fruit. The taste is quite sweet and easy to get down, and the 9% is pretty well hidden. I drank quite a bit of this and got fairly drunk as I didn't feel the alcohol until it was too late. An accessible beer that is a great example of the style.

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Photo of ajcobb24
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - the appearance of this beer is similar to a very light champagne. Not the most impressive appearance to the beer. Poured into a snifter glass with one half finger of head. Color is golden yellow.

S - yeast notes and faint sweetness dominate the smell of this beer. Other than that there is not much of a smell to speak of.

T - Very good. Not the best beer I have had by far, but still some pleasant notes detectable in this beer. Can definitely taste some yeast funk in here with some sweet notes. Some dried fruits are present as well, but not to a great degree. Near the end of the sip there is some definite hop bitterness that becomes present.

M - very smooth mouthfeel to this beer. Some slight carbonation notes can be detected as well.

O - Overall there is not much to set this beer apart from other beers out there. The one thing that it does have going for it is that it is very drinkable and smooth on the palate. There is some hop bite near the end of the sip that makes a little less enjoyable for me, but overall it is an above average beer.

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Photo of draheim
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best before 7/9/12, poured into a tulip.

Golden yellow beer w/ a huge bright white head that defies gravity, leaves behind a beautiful film of lace.

Nose is all Belgian yeast, clean pale malt, and slight alcohol.

Taste is just so smooth. Pale malt, sweet candi sugar, overripe banana, and a slight warming from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is luxurious, so seductively smooth and drinkable.

Overall, an outstanding version of the style. This beer would be a perfect pairing with so many foods, strong enough to stand up to anything but never dominant. Just a world-class beer that I think anyone would enjoy.

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Photo of Stretch270
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass from 750ml bottle.

Appearance - a nice cloudy, golden yellow hue with a very creamy looking and dense head, almost blanket like with some very dense bubbles.

Smell - the heavy yeast really came across first for me. After the yeast I got a nice fruitiness. Something almost like a spicy apricot.

Taste - this is a really fantastic beer as many have previously stated. For me, it comes ti down to the heavy yeast flavor that makes for a nice complement to the malt which comes a little later. The crisp fruitiness also makes for a very well balanced beer that is just a joy to sit nd relax with.

Mouthfeel- the first word that comes to mind is the texture f the beer. The creamy, dense head makes for a lucious texture that combines with a refreshingly light feeling body.

Overall - this is just a phenomenal beer that really gives a delicious yeasty and fruity flavor, but yet has some complexities that I will have to try it many more times to decipher it all. An amazing beer, a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of gskitt
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Why did I wait to try this? Pours a hazy, cloudy golden yellow, shiny white head that fades fast. Can smell the yeast in this beer from across the room. Huge. Taste: Yeast comes first, candy sugars. malt backbone is there. Balanced and drinkable. Mouthfeel was smooth, palate agreeable. Overall, best Tripel I think I've had.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Belgian style beers, and by far my favorite that I've had from this brewery. Just now getting around to reviewing it, though.

A: Cloudy, rich yellow color. Head is maybe 1/2 a finger, and falls down to a thin layer relatively quickly.

S: Belgian yeast, Candy sweetness, stone fruits. Alcohol comes through as well, lending a richness of aroma. Amazing smelling beer.

T: Sweet malts hit up front with a slight ester fruitiness. The sweetness gives way to a slight bitter taste and a punch from the alcohol that keeps the beer from being cloying. Overall impression is that of a sweet beer that is wonderful balanced with the other elements.

M: Pretty heavy on the carbonation, medium bodied and slightly sticky.

O: As I said: One of my favorite Belgian style beers. Infinitely drinkable, it balances all the flavors nicely and not only keeps the 9% alcohol from overpowering the taste of the other elements, but actually incorporates it into the balance. Really a great beer, worth going well out of your way for.

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Photo of alf212
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing what I remember from last night

Appearance: Hazy golden pale yellow with a nice offwhite head that doesnt quit. Lacings pretty darn nice. Head doesnt quit.

Smell: Pepper spice, cloves and some fruityness to go along

Taste: Right off the bad incredible. Very sweet upfront with a lot of malts that translates into a spicey clove taste. Slight hoppiness to finish

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth. Alcohol is masked pretty darn well until you finish and realize it.

Overall delicious beer. Definitely coming back for more and more of this. Highly recommended

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Photo of olmatty
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the perfect picture of a Belgian Tripel. Hazy, glowing golden yellow with a constantly effervescing, incredibly persistent and creamy white head. Aroma of light, sweet grains, esters of lemon zest and a hit of barnyard funk. Flavors of creamy, light grain with an ever increasing honey sweetness that tails off into a lemon zest, and earthy and slightly alcoholic finish. Highly carbonated, creamy and palate clinging with a persistent aftertaste. Fabulous!

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Photo of Tartarus
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A&S: Pours a murky pale yellow with a nice head that bubbled up slightly even though I was pouring conservatively. Smell is fruity and sweet without any scent of hops.

T&M: Mouthfeel is very crisp with a slightly dry aftertaste. A lot of carbonation. Taste is very fruity and a little sweet. My most recent foray into this style was very boozy in taste, so I'm impressed how the alcohol is hidden beneath the malts in this brew. A very nice taste, not too heavy, tastes great on a warm summer night like tonight.

O: I purchased this one after my last try of a tripel when I saw that this was the highest rated in it's style. It definitely is very good, I can't saw with certainty that it's better than all others in this style, but still very tasty. I would definitely be willing to shell out the money again to drink this one.

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Photo of Tford
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: It pours an opaque light yellow-brown with a creamy two finger head that hangs around for a while before subsiding.

S: It smells of fruits and malts; there is no scent of the 9% abv.

T: This starts as malty, and then gets fruitier but the malts are still present throughout; there is a quite bitter aftertaste. It is also sweet, but it is not overdone to the point of sugarcane. Alcohol is present in the taste, but it is not overpowering everything like so many other high abv beers.

M: This has a lot of carbonation causing it to have a light body. It kind of feels like a pilsner, but it’s an ale, so it’s quite unique in that sense.

O: This is a fantastic beer, the only one so far that has truly lived up to its hype. It has a high abv, but you don’t really notice it until you stand up after drinking 750 mL of it.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,129 ratings
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