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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Rastacouere on 05-24-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottled April 26, 2011, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep red cherry color, with a thin layer of fluffy pink head.

S- Huge sour cherry aroma, tartness is mild, some musty yeast and oak.

T- Powerful tartness up front, layered underneath it is a lot of sour cherry pie flavors and some funky yeast with a bit of oak.

M- Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, has a crisp feel with some puckering from the sourness.

O- An excellent kriek, every bit as good as Cantillon kriek, the flavors are simple but done extremely well. It's a pricey beer but is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival In Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Brilliant cherry red body. no head or carbonation.

Smells a bit of malt but mainly of really fresh cherries.

Tastes of concentrated fresh cherry juice, with some wood and some bitterness from the cherry pits.

Body is light and with no carbonation, it has a flat mouthfeel. But the mouth just bursts delightfully with fresh cherry flavor.

Great tasting cherry lambic.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazed dark pink/rose. Almost no head or carbonation to speak of. Some tiny wisps of light pink foam. Very still.

Smell: Hyper tart. Cherry skin and citric bite. Layer of oak. Funk, must and hay. Cherry pit, but it's all about the tartness. Sour, genuine sour notes. Some cherry juice as well. Nice complexity and depth. Mild fruitiness.

Taste: Tart citric. Some building lactic tartness in the back. Leather, oak, cherry flesh, pits, and some tiny hints of cherry juice. So much tart aggression. Mild funkiness brings some grass and hay, but it's minimal.

Mouthfeel: Screamingly tart and dry. Smooth moderately light body with minimal carbonation. So tart.

Overall: One of the more tart beers I've encountered. Minimal fruit influence.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours deep ruby red with small light pink head. this bottle dated 01 march 2005 (like all other bottles reviewed with dates here), finally found this product at john's grocery in iowa city after months of trying to source it.

nose is distinctly cherry and even smells slightly sweet. normal 3F mustiness doesn't get across here.

taste is moderately tart, with a hint of sweet under the tongue, and a strong secondary taste of cherries. like the cantillon lou pepe kriek, the cherries really do dominate the typical lambic/gueuze notes. even into the aftertaste, cherries end up more prominent than a very mild mustiness

definitely worth trying, this great blender and brewer of lambics has a very limited product line but their tuff is top notch.

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Photo of illidurit
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip wine glass. Opaque cherry red with a huge head the color of strawberry ice cream.

Smell is mostly sweet, with ripe cherry and strawberry aromas.

Notes of sour cherry and unripe strawberry, brett, sour raspberry lemonade, a lactic bite. Sweet dark cherries balance out all the sourness and funkiness. Delicious.

Extreme tartness dries the mouth and the carbonation is very appropriate. If you like sour, it's very easy to finish off an entire bottle. Great lambic.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had quite a few times, finally reviewing a 2008 bottle consumed in 2010.

A: Dark, slightly pinkish red body. Good clarity. Fizzy pink head about a finger or so tall upon pouring. A few lone bunches of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S: Delicious wild cherries. Light sweetness, but huge sourness emanates from glass. Slightly musty with some wet oak. You can tell the cherries that went into this were top notch.

T: Like the nose the Schaerbeekse cherries are nice and funky. Not much sweetness, but instead a nice tark tartness and sourness. Again, more mustyness and oak.

M: Medium bodied with a good effervescent carbonation that keeps delivering flavor to tongue with each sip. Nice lingering sourness.

D: DrieFonteinen's Schaerbeekse Kriek isn't my favorite Kriek (that probably goes to the Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek), but it is probably the most unique when compared to other krieks and for that it will always have a favored place in my cellar.

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Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dated October 17, 2008.

Pours a deep murky cranberry with a short-lived fizzy pink head that recedes immediately and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is full of tart cherries and a little bit of brown sugar. There is a hefty lactic acid component alongside more subtle oak and brett notes.

The cherries are also big up front on palate but are immediately swept away by the oaky tannins and earthy funk. The sugar and cherries are still there but the tartness is a little more pronounced.

The mouthfeel is dry, almost feels like a wine on the palate with the fruity tartness and oak mixing together.

This is a fantastic beer and one that I have taken for granted as it sits on the shelf while the Cnatillon flies off next to it. Big fan.

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Photo of OldSock
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance – 750 ml caged and cored bottle dated March 1st 2005 from Julio's poured repeatedly into a flute. Beautiful hazy garnet beer with a thin pink head. The head falls after a couple of minutes, good for a lambic, and leaves only small sticky patches of lacing.

Smell – Juicy sour cherries with a hint of barnyard funk and fermentation derived acidity. The aroma is not as sour as some Krieks, but it is also not the sugary sweet type. Its a good aroma, I'd opt for some more Belgian character, but the cherries really shine.

Taste – This is the best balanced fruit lambic I have ever tasted. It starts with a sharp sour edge, thankfully it isn't mouth puckering or lingering the way many of Cantillon's products are, then the sweetness takes over and balances it perfectly. The cherries taste like they were just picked, liquefied and added fresh into my glass. The Belgian funk is restrained, but present in a hay like farm quality. Just a fantastic flavor, complex and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is on the weak side and that leads to a too syrupy body. It makes the beer less refreshing than it would be otherwise, but with flavor like this and restrained acidity I don't mind a bit fuller mouthfeel.

Drinkability & Notes – Easier to drink than just about any other lambic I have had. This beer reminds me more of American products like Belgian Red or Supplication than a traditional Belgian Kriek because the sourness is more restrained and the fruit flavor is fuller and fresher. A must try if you can find it, even at the steep price.

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Photo of Holland
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful red, translucent, decent head that keeps replenishing

S: tart cherry, some sweetness, vinous smell

T: very deliciously sour with tinges of cherry, wine-like flavors, and a huge tart aftertaste.

M: good amount of carbonation keeping it light and refreshing. Could age one and still have some great carbonation. Body is pretty dry and light.

O: beautiful beer, sour and wonderful in all ways. After tasting it, the sourness overwhelms the cherry.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

bottle on the list at DBA in Manhattan. This is a dark bloody ruby/cherry red looking brew with an off-white/pink head of foam that dies down eventually to a thin sheet. Aromas of sharp acidic funk, cherries, barnyard, horse blanket, and rolls royce. Taste is similar, super funky, tart, astringent, sour, apple cider vinegar, cherries and more. Mouthfeel is spritzy and effervescent, drinkability is great. A classic lambic, one of the best fruit lambics out there.

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Photo of glid02
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a deep and dark ruby color with a half-finger pink head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving almost no lacing.

Smells of full and tart cherries more than anything with solid amounts of grassy funk. As the beer warms the aromas skew more tart the tart side of things, even more so than it already is, and influences from the barrels come into play with slight amounts of vanilla.

Tastes very good. Tart cherry flavors tempered by earthy and musty funk. The tartness increases near the end of the sip and ends with a tart and lactic finish. As the beer warms the little bit of sweetness that was present in the front end of the sip diminishes and mild hints of vanilla come into play.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smoother than average thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is one of the crisper smelling sours I've had in a while and the way it opens up as it warms is very nice. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of emerge077
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage, pulled off a dusty forgotten shelf in central Illinois.

Glowing cherry red, perfect ruby jewel toned clarity. Hissing pink foam as it's poured, it sounds like a gentle rain. As it fades, a thick ring forms at the edge, with a floating island veil in the center. Second pour fluffs up the head into a lasting pink meringue.

Musty wet wood aroma dominates, faintly lactic, cherry pits and skins, with a mellow hint at the acidity that lies inside.

Perfect blend of even sourness, woody tannin, and succulent cherries. Long finish, induces the salivary glands into overdrive. At room temperature, it's sourness seems even more mellow, with a dominant dry oakiness.

Utterly drinkable, but one to savor for sure. The fruit may have faded slghtly, but so has the acidity, and right now this is a fine Kriek. One i'll be picking up indefinitely...

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Photo of GJ40
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle with a bottle date of 12/23/2011 and a best by date of 12/23/2021. Thanks SStein!

A - A brilliant red with a hazy finish and a healthy white head.

S - Wonderful cherry with both sweet and sour notes and incredible richness. Fantastic!

T - Wonderful sour / tart bite but not overwhelming. Wonderful cherry flavors that mix right in and hold their own.

M - A moderately thick consistency with a moderately low carbonation. Just right.

O - Outstanding!

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Photo of ricke
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage.

A: Ruby red with pink hues. A small pink head that disappears quickly. Small lacings.

S: Funky notes of aged cheese, dusty cellar and mold. Pleasant rich cherry notes balance the funk. Some acidity. A hint of wood.

T: The flavor is tart with interesting and pleasant notes of sour cherries. A salty funky note of cheese and horse blanket. Faint residual sweetness. Notes of lemon, wood and grass. The finish is dry with a mild grassy bitterness and hints of minerals and lingering cherry aromas.

M: Medium body with pleasant carbonation and a not overly dry finish.

D: A very good fruit lambik with an interesting cherry character. Impressive.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750 ml caged and corked bottle at Cooper's Seafood in Scranton, Pa. The beer poured a nice redish color with a medium thickness pink head and good retention and lacing. The aroma is of sweet cherries but also a nice kick of barnyard funk. The taste is very tart and strong cherry taste along with the funk but the funk is not overpowering. A very enjoyable taste as if the cherries were freshly picked. This ranks right up there with any Cantillon offerings.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured a cloudy bright red/pink color lambic with a medium foamy head with some good retention and lacing. Aroma of sour cherry and oak is pretty dominant and overly enjoyable. Taste is a mix between some sour cherry, tart and oaky notes are also very present. I thought the level of acidity was quite low or at least well balance that it was not getting in the way. This was definitely a notch above the regular kriek and something I wouldn’t mind having again.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Somewhere between pale ruby and solid pink, with some clarity around the edges - small white head, but I can forgive this due to the style - leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Tons of cherries and planks of oak - sour, tart cherry flesh and some cherry skin - nice oak aroma, smells oddly fresh - some funky notes in addition to the sour, with some clean barnyard and a light touch of vinegar - malts are very pale and mostly hidden

Taste: Dry, tart cherries and oak - minimal sweetness, more or less tastes like whole cherries (flesh and skin) - works remarkably well with the oak, which is also quite tasty - very dry and very tart - sour, but mostly tart - some light musty funk

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, smooth with a nice, lingering dry aftertaste

Overall: Excellent stuff

This is very dry and very tart with some nice cherry flavor. It's a solid sipper, and clearly a different approach than some more fruit-forward fruit lambics. I'm glad I had a chance to try this.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle poured into a teku.

Pour: Mostly hazy magenta with a quarter finger pink head. Leaves a little bit of lacing, and the head recedes to a faint rim.

Smell: Tart cherry, grape tannins, musk, light barnyard. Some green apple and pear. This smells awesome.

Taste: Huge tart cherry up front, followed by a nice light barnyard funk. Pear, green apple, and vinegar come through on the finish. Great acidity.

Mouthfeel: Really nice carbonation, with a super dry tartness. This beer is incredibly drinkable.

Overall: This beer was great, and had a great tart cherry taste. Would have liked a little more funk, but I'm glad I got the full frontal cherry assault out of this.

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Photo of raveskdr
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one a bit ago in St. Louis. Wine and cheese place! The last non LA sour I opened in the district. Date: 4/2010 on label. Served in FFF Teku glass.

A - A beautiful ruby red color. Very slight carbonation that fizzes Champagne style and settles.

S - Super funky up front. Slight stinky cheese/foot in the middle and lots of funky, sour cherries on the back end.

T - A huge blast to the tongue of tart, tart cherries. It finishes with plenty of funk, fruit, and especially acidity. One of the most tart krieks I've ever had.

M - This beer is incredibly bright, airy, and light. Light to medium mouthfeel with slight residual sweetness.

O - Not a bad beer at all. It's up there with Cantillon LP Kriek and Cable Car Kriek. It's way more tart than the other two, if that's your thing. But it still feels more balanced than it probably is. If it weren't for it being $32-$35 a bottle, I'd drink this quite often.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle poured at cellar temp

this beer pours a purple reddish color with thin to barely there head. the smell is huge barnyard funk with a faint cherry note and some tart notes mixed in as well. the flavor follows suit with the funkiness taking the cake cherry flavor is all but gone, and there is a tart finish. the mouthfeel was thin and slightly acidic. overall a good beer, but would like to try fresh

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Photo of Overlord
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pinkish red with a surprisingly, for the style, mildly small white foam head. Maybe an inch or so. Long lasting white foam crust.

Smells like oak, interestingly tart cherries ... almost more of what I would expect from a berry lambic versus a kriek ... and ... more oak. Also that lemon/vinous zestiness that characterizes fonteinen brews, and good sours in general.

I'm surprised by how oak/lemon/vinous forward the brew is. The cherries are there, adding a pungent tartness that avoids any hint of the medicinal awful sweetness that bad krieks possess, but I wouldn't say they are the highlight of this beer. They enhance, rather than dominate.

Interesting, very good.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at the 3 Fonteinen lambic room, served by Lydie and consumed in the sunlight on a spring day. As it happens Armand was steeping young lambic in cherries while I was there, moving lambics from the barrels to vat to truck to another nearby site for the cherries. So I got to witness parts of the process, very lucky!

This was dark red color, clearish with a pink foam. The aroma is sour cherries, barely anything sweet in there. I've had some very sweet krieks this week, Cantillon Cuvee Moeder in particular, but Schaerbeekse is another animal. Very sour and smells like cherry skins/pits.

The taste is not as sour as I'd have guessed, but it does have some lactic strength. I actually think the cherries are responsible for some of the tart character, at least it seemed that way. A very good match of fruit and lambic, this was a nice surprise on cask.

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Photo of jampics2
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split with the wife to accompany a nice pasta dinner. Served in our Cantillon wine glass looking glasses.

The beer looks good in the glass. It's a plum color with ruby, crimson, pink, and brown touches to it. This is a very nice, deep color. There are few signs of life here - the beer looks rather still with just a film of head on top. But that's par for the course with 3F beers, so I'm cool with it. There is also just a touch of noticeable carbonation which relieves me that this beer hasn't turned flat.

Wow, I could smell this beer all day long. A wonderful bouquet of all the things I love about an authentic Kriek beer. A deep sour cherry note is so juicy that I would swear it was fresh if it wasn't for the funkiness that came to join the party. There is a ton of barnyard brett that gives some skunky and dirty smells, but they really work here. A hint of asprin and plastic work with the barnyard to make this a masterpiece. Some lactic acidity blurs the lines of cherry and sour vinegar. If you like the funk, George Clinton ain't got nothing on this beer. Just short of perfection - a bit more cherry on top would make this a 5.

I'm in heaven with the taste of this beer. Seriously, this is amazing. This is so smooth and refined, yet wild and outrageous at the same time. The flavor pops and has tons of sour cherry with a hint of lemon and oak. The funk adds layers of mustiness and barnyard but lets the cherry shine through. A long, sour lactic finish finally concedes to lingering wild notes of dirtiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation but nice fizz on the tongue. Without being sparkling, this feels alive. An authentic sour I could drink all day long without suffering from heartburn or loosing the enamel on my teeth. Just amazing business here!

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Photo of rhinos00
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at a local store for $21. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on April 28, 2010.

A- Pours a murky, dark red color. Produced two fingers with of pink, champagne-like head that quickly fizzled out. No head to speak of. Reminded me a lot of fruit or vegetable beers.

S- Absolutely love it. The smell of cherries is intoxicating...and I'm not talking about that fake, sweet candy aroma. This is the real stuff. Underneath all that goodness is a layer of funk that takes on a horse blanket quality. The sourness is actually kept in check by funky barnyard aroma. Just a quality mixture of aromas.

T- Another great marriage of fruit sourness and funk. Initially there is little sourness with a dominant cherry flavor and touch of oak bitterness. As the beer sits on the palate the sourness grows and grows. Midway through there is a great blend of sweet cherries and lactic sourness. Afterwards the cherry fruit flavor fades leaving a slightly puckering feeling on the palate.

M- Well carbonated. Coated the palate nicely. Couldn't ask for much more.

D- Extremely drinkable for a lambic. Not too overpowering.

Overall, I much prefer this fresh to the older vintages. The fruit flavor is much more dominant and brings a wonderful balance to this beer. Also love the level of sourness...just enough to make the mouth pucker, but not to the point where it will put a hole in your stomach. Another awesome lambic...looking forward to the day where I can just pick up an American lambic and have it taste just as great as this beer.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottel poured into my cantillon glass ( botteld 17/10/2008 )

A - Bright ruby with à thin half à finger head that settles to a ring of foam.

S - Sour and tart with fresh cherry and spices. Earthy and musty. I can smell the beautifully balanced cherry sweet sour flavour , awesome

T - Tart and spicy with fresh tart cherries, spices and earthy oak tannins. Some vinous wine like flavors are also present. Complex for a fruitlambic very Nice , Nice combination of sweet and sour , perfect .

M - Light to medium mouthfeel and a dry finish.

D - Not as tart/sour as other lambics like cantillon but extremely drinkable , very Nice.

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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
97 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.
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