La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde

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Quebec, Canada

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine"


Yeast-laden, effervescent, brilliant gold with an expansive, billowy cap of rich, aged ivory. Plenty of BSPAs have this basic appearance, but something about this one strikes me as near perfect as I let bright morning sunlight stream through the window and catch fire in the glass. The head is in too much of a hurry to depart and almost no lace is visible, so I'm forced to curb my enthusiasm a bit.

Definitely a good nose for the style, but I'm not gobsmacked. There's a smidgen less power than anticipated and less complexity as a result. I can appreciate spicy pear and apple fruit with intimations of clove spice. It's hard to say if an actual Belgian yeast strain is in use. If so, it's one of the tamer varieties. The aroma opens up a bit more with warming and becomes more white peppery as well.

Most of the usual style elements are present: orchard fruit, spice and well-integrated alcohol. The beer is sweeter than some with a more subdued spiciness. The word elegant comes to mind. La Fin Du Monde is unquestionably a civilized, mannered version of the style. The thing is, I tend to prefer rabble rousers. I enjoy the flavor, but I find myself wishing that there was more of it and that it would hang around a while longer.

Adding the yeast from the bottom of the bottle helps a little, but not enough. This is good beer that could be great beer with a tweak or two. The finish is tackysweet and is the capper to a wonderfully lush mouthfeel that is the highlight of this entire experience for me.

La Fin Du Monde is a wonderful effort and is an admirable example of its style. However, it lacks a certain 'je ne sais quoi' and therefore doesn't quite equal the best BSPAs. That said, I'm savoring the final few ounces and I'm definitely feeling fine.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours lightly hazy, golden-orange body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Fruit juice aroma smelling of pears, peaches, and pineapple -- really any fruit starting with 'p' will do. Nicely spicy, hint of orange peel, too.

Taste: Pale malts and a large portion of candi sugar quickly followed by a flavorful medley of fruit juices from the nose, plus a greater portion of banana. A counterbalance of spices, bitterish orange peel, and hops try to match the sugars present. Slight yeastiness throughout, maybe a bit of bagel dough. Finishes crisp and quite fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: So fruity! A delicate, delightful tripel.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a hazy pale yellow color with large foamy white head that leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Heavy yeast aroma with a touch of alcohol.

T: The same bready, yeasty character, from the smell, comes out strongly in the flavor and dominates throughout. There are touches of honey, malt and just a bit of alcohol (but not even close to 9.00% worth).

M: Light-to-medium body, crisp and very smooth, medium carbonation and a very clean finish.

D: The yeast character masterfully disguises the alcohol content, which, along with the smoothness, makes this beer very drinkable. This was the first beer that I’ve had from Unibroue. It has left me with the impression that this brewery doesn’t mess around.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Washington House, Sellersville, PA

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a small white head that disappeared almost instantly. Yeasty aroma with lots of fruits, and a bit of spice. Bready taste, malty, light sugars, a touch of spice, fruit salad: banana, peach, pear, and a lot of sour orange and grapefruit zest, giving an instant drying effect. Medium mouthfeel, a bit syrupy, with a crisp, dry finish. Pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was fantastic. Poured a deep hazy and very light amber with a big white frothy head. Quick fade left behind a nice quarter inch layer of head on top and nice lace down the glass. Smell was very alive, lots of figs and pears with hints of raisin and plum. Lots of carbonation gave this a great feel and only served to punctuate the great flacors. Lots of light fruitness here, again peachs, pears, figs, hints at nutmeg and some grape. Extrodinarily drinkable, with no hint whatsoever of the big alchol in this. Quite possibly one of my all time favorite belgian style ales. This was fantastic. Nothing over the top, just crafter perfectly. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cool into a La fin Du Monde glass from a brown 12oz. bottle.
A - A beautiful amber the shade of honey w/ a fluffy 3 finger white head.

S - Like fresh bread w/ a dash of sweetness, full of Belgian character w/ spice and herbal notes. A nice dry wheat aroma enhances the smell.

M - A medium full body w/ gentle sweetness, toasted texture w/ hints of spice and a dry finish.

T - A very pleasant and balanced Belgian style ale. Somewhere between a wit and a tripel - strong and complex like an abbey, yet spiced and refreshing like a wit. There is a bit of wheat in the flavor w/ a honey-like malt taste. The malt really makes the ale special. Smooth and refined it keeps you wanting more.

D - This is a really world class beer even if the name implies drinking on at "the end of the world". It is just drinkable in almost every sense w/ sweetness, Belgian character and spice. The 9% abv makes it more of a sipper, but pure pleasure in each sip.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bottle poured into my Koningshoven chalice to reveal a clear golden beer with a thin but sturdy layer of white foam on top.

S: The smell of sweet apples, clove, yeast, and a bit of white grapes. There is also a touch of alcohol.

T: The spice comes out much more in the flavor than it does in the aroma. A lot of clove and nutmeg are complimented nicely by some fruity esters and a hint of yeast. There is a very well balanced sweetness to bitterness ratio that I've found to be lacking in other Tripels.

M: Very nice body on this beer; medium to full, in fact. The carbonation appears very lively in the glass but is a bit muted on the tongue itself. A bit of alcohol heat hits the back of the throat as well.

D: This is one of the first Tripels I've really enjoyed. Good solid Belgian yeast character and a fruitiness and sweetness that is well balanced. The only knock on the drinkability of this beer comes from the alcohol, but still easy to drink.

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Photo of russpowell
3.51/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml BBD 07-18-09

Pours an effervescent strawberry peach color with finger of white head. Superior head retention & good lacing

S: Fruitty with staw notes. Some phenolic notes as this warms

T: Pears, apple skins & dryness up front. Warming booze & citric hops (lemons& grapefruit) follow, along with jammy notes. As this warms I get phenolic, earthy & mushroomy (?) notes along with hints of shorbread. Finishes with warming to almost hot alcohol, appleskins, pears, & lemony hops

MF: Medium-bodied, pretty active carbonation fits the style

Drinks a bit slow, I'm sure this is better more matured. I fear this bottle has been opened at least a year too early.

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Photo of Jason
4.97/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle with a foiled top, a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Foamy off white head that takes a long while to subside to a sticky lace. Cloudy yet radiant yellowish golden colour shows that this is a pale brew.

Smell: Ripe sugary nectarines, a powdery yeast and a light phenolic clove and medicinal mix in the aroma. Alcoholic esters with a touch of solvent linger in the back of the nose.

Taste: Peppery clove spiciness with a warming alcohol right behind it. Estery with a hint of solvent-like character in the high level of alcohol. Malt lays down some sweetness with a thick drying pale graininess, fruity flavours of mango and pear flash on the taste buds. Bitterness from the hops melds with the thick powdery yeast and bring the mouth to a slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a medium to high carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes: One of my favourite Belgian style pale strong ales, a bit over the top for some people and one that I respect by sipping through the night.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall bright whit head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of light fruits, Belgian yeast, peppery spices, and lighter notes of floral hops.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of pale malts with some light fruit sweetness balanced with peppery spices and Belgian yeast. Additionally there is some candi sugar sweetness and just a hint of floral hops contributing a touch of bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth (almost creamy) with lots of dryness in the finish.

O: Probably my favorite beer in the style (Tripel) and a great example of it... The alcohol is extremely well hidden making the beer quite easy to drink but I know it needs to be sipped or it really sneaks up on you. Definitely one to have again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Not really sure what something like this is doing at a Cinco de Mayo tasting, but I'm not gonna argue with good beers being served to me. It pours a lightly cloudy straw topped by a tall tor of stark white foam. The nose comprises black pepper, clove, banana, orange peel, wheat, and cardamom. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light candi sugar and light caramel. This added bit of sweetness and minor complexity boost really makes everything come together nicely on my tongue. The body is a hefty light (or a really light medium), with a moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a great beer, one of the best tripels currently on the market. Get some!

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Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a NB globe.

A - Pours hazy golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving thin streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of clove, apples, pepper, and bready yeast. Sweetness builds as it sits in the glass with some booze creeping in at the end of each glass.

T - Starts off with a candied sugar kick quickly giving way to a mix of peppery spice, clove, apples, and bready yeast. Alcohol is well hidden, only coming to light after it warms up. Finish is a mix of chewiness and light sweetness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, crisp feel with some booze creeping in as it warms up. The flavors, while tasty, begin to wear on the pallet over the course of the bottle.

O - A solid Triple for sure. This style really isn't my preferred cup of tea but I still have great respect for it. This particular one has lots of tasty flavors going on and the booze is well hidden. One of the best I have had.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. 12oz bottle. Have had this beer a few times, but never took the time to write a review for it.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a very large, foamy head on top, just off-white in color. Really nice head retention, remains rather thick for a while. Leaves behind some sticky lacing.

S: Great aroma of banana, apples, Belgian yeast, cloves, and a bit of pepper as well. It is a bit sugary, but extremely pleasant.

T: The banana comes through very strong, as do the spices. There is a good bit of both clove and nutmeg, and to a lesser extent some pepper and the typical Belgian yeast characteristic. There is a little bit of bruised apple and white grape. It has a nice sweet flavor as well. Very balanced with a bit of graham cracker like malt.

M: Medium bodied, but drinks so easy and smooth. Nice carbonation with very little heat at all.

O: A fantastic beer, and a classic in the style for sure. Dangerously drinkable for being 9%, but probably not a beer I want to have multiple of in a night. A nice sipping beer or one to pair with a meal.

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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a mighty head that dies a little too quickly. No real lace. Cloudy and light amber in color

Aromas of orange rind, all spice and alcohol.

The flavors change rapidly from sip to swallow. It starts smoothly, even innocently, but quickly transforms to a nearly mulled taste of spices. Still, this is not a sweet beer. Very high carbonation, perhaps too much so given the body which is not nearly as full as some of this style. The aftertaste is strong alcohol with a lactose sourness.

Honestly, I prefer the Maudite from Unibroue, but that's like saying I prefer lobster to cavier. This is delicious beer that begs to be savoured.

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Photo of billab914
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a thick fluffy white head. The foam settles out quickly and didn't leave much lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by the Belgian yeast, both fruity and spicy with hints of cloves and grapes. Taste is sweet with a big Belgian yeast presence as expected. The yeast adds a very good fruit and spice characteristic. The sweetness helps balance it out making it very delicious and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, especially considering it is 9%.

Overall probably the best tasting Triple I have had, this isn't my favorite style but I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a goblet.

a - Pours a orangish-golden color with 2+ fingers of white head. Moderate carbonation evident.

s - Lots of banana, yeast, and some spice. Masybe some other fruits as well.

t - Banana, yeast, cloves, and pears. Very nice and the alcohol is very well hidden.

m - Medium body and moderate carbontion.

d - A very nice tripel. Great fruity smell and taste and the high ABV doesn't affect the drinkability at all. A great beer by Unibroue that I've had many times and will surely have again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice 750ml corked bottle that pours a deep golden orange sunshine tone with a gleaming white head leaving a fair amount of lace around my tulip glass. High carbonation that tickles me nose hair and contains a deep syrupy sweetness with traces of honey and spice in the aroma along with the complement of the yeast strain scents. Tastes a very full complex sweetness with shots of bitter and dry sensations that run down the palate. Within the sweetness of the flavor lies a spiced up fruit like, thick mouthfeel of straight up refreshing goodness. Unibroue is amazing they are definitely capable of bringing the magic of Belgium beer to the North Americas, and for that I raise my glass to them. For making a beer with nine percent alchol that contains this level of drinkability and at the same time is staying within the guidelines of the style of any classic triple. Very good!!!!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful pale orange, with effervescence utterly filling the area of the glass. Bubbles rise to the surface in rapid unison like diving beetles gasping for...more La Fin Du Monde? I've read some other reviews on this brew, and a few folks mention a lack of head and/or lacing. I am having the opposite experience. My glass is coated in lace, and there is still 1/4 inch head left after 15 minutes.

S: The first whiff made my mouth water. That's always a good sign. Belgian yeast, clove, oranges, banana, spices, citrus. There's a lot going on here, for sure.

T: Absolutely delicious. Incredibly complex, this is one of my my go to beers. Spices and citrus blended beautifully, followed by warming alcohol. There is a yeasty, bread-like quality that I enjoy very much.

M: So smooth. Great carbonation level. Alcohol blended in perfectly.

D: So tasty and easy to drink, I could drink this all night...and the next...and the next. The 9% alcohol, while not overwhelming, will sneak up on you in a hurry.

Notes: This beer is world class and very accessible. One of my all time favorites.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange touched brown with a pillowy thick creme head. Nose is citrus, dough, and a minor funk. Flavor is an excellent mix of citrus, yeasty funk, sweetness, earth tones. It's all here. And in perfect harmony IMO. Feel has a full carbonation and the liquid is well bodied. This is an excellent beer. To have access to something so good at such a reasonable price is something that should be routinely taken advantage of.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma has the typical belgian yeast esters with flowers, hay, green meadow and other rustic notes. Taste starts with banana and bubblegum, also floral notes, hay and other yeast esters. Leans a bit on the sweet side but the finish is really balanced. Body is quite heavy and smooth with medium carbonation. Really classic and well made. The only downside for me is the slight alcohol presence.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a cervoise. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow with 2 fingers worth of creamy off-white head. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain more than a finger of froth atop the solution. As the cap fades, some patches of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is spicy with yeast that comes across with some mild fruity notes like pear and apple that blend with some clove and pepper. The alcohol is evident with a fruity ester that accents the previously mentioned apple and pear and draws out more of a brighter citrus quality that is zesty.

The taste is yeasty with a spice of clove that blends into a bit of pepper before the onset of fruity notes of apple, pear and some melons. There is a solid grain inclusion that is light and almost bready that eases the transition between yeasty spice and fruity alcohol. For 9% the brew finishes surprisingly crisp but quite warming.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For 9% it is easily approachable and enjoyable but carries with it a warmth that is to be respected. It has a good rounded character about it that makes it dangerously light and refreshing. I could see myself getting in trouble with several bottles of this despite the warming impact it has. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Hazy golden straw colored body with a nice, but fleeting, white head. A bit of lacing, but not much to speak of.

Smell - Yeasty and citrusy aroma. Exactly what I like to smell. Not much sweetness at all, but a strong orange kick.

Taste - What I like about this tripel is how spicy it is. It has very little malt sweetness and a nice spicy finish. Wheat flavors in the middle lend to a nice citrus flavor with a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Very highly carbonated. It makes it taste lighter, but it masks some of the initial flavors. Dry finish, so the flavor is there and gone quickly.

Overall - Great tripel. I would love to see a bit more complexity and less carbonation, but a great go-to tripel.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Really thick lovely white head. Smells like a pretty average tripel, heavy on the yeast but normal range of spices and cloves and light malt. Flavor is similar, again very yeasty, very good but not spectacular. Mouthfeel is awesome, milky smooth and super well carbonated, extremely drinkable. Overall a really nice triple, the mouthfeel makes this beer or it would be no more than an above average example of the style.


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Photo of jwc215
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip glass:

Pours clouded golden with a large white head that soon fizzles away.

The smell is of orange peel, frangrant spices, floral, bready notes in the back. Alcohol adds a touch of pepper.

Incredibly delicious! Sweet malt mixes with perfumy spiciness - orange peel, clove...touch of peppery alcohol gives it a warming finish but is so well-balanced that it is not raw, harsh or interfering.

Smooth and creamy, the taste lingers after a long, dry finish.

Very drinkable despite the high abv. One of the world's great beers, IMO.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden/straw color with a rather large fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Lots of carbonation here, I almost overflowed my glass. Aromas of bubble gum, fruity esters, spicy yeast, oh my this smells great! Taste is spicy, peppery but not over the top. A bit of alcohol lingers in the finish. Full body, prickly carbonation, almost creamy mouthfeel. Great brew! This was one of the first Belgian inspired beers that I tried oh so many years ago, I can't believe I'm just getting around to reviewing it now.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 9,902 ratings.
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