Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn)Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn)

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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by LambicKing on 09-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 330
Photo of ArkyVaughan
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I never thought I would have the chance to try this, but there was one bottle left when I went to Himmeriget in Copenhagen. Of all of the great lambics and gueuze that I got to try at Himmeriget, this one and Armand & Tommy take the top honors. Herfst is pretty difficult to describe - it is just perfect. It also had a nice ruby tint that I wasn't expecting.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served side by side with the other three Armand'4 variants on this New Year's Eve. Served in a Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Pours a clear ultra light copper color with a foamy white head and great lacing on the way down. The nose carries loads of funk. Some light citric character in the background as well. Flavor has loads of earthy funk as well. Incredibly complex. Light citrus and good acidity. Light body with spritzy carbonation and a very dry finish. Light acidity. Awesome. Boom.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a stemmed 3F glass.

pours a dirty hazy dark golden orange with huge thick sticky lacing and great retention. mine did not gush, it was served at 46 degrees.

old musty basements, wet leaves, mild funk. very crisp, some old cheese.

very musty and old. this represents old and dry perfectly. lots of old leaves and cold rain. this is very tart and sour. the most sour of the series thus far. hints of mineral and old dank basement. lighter funk. old rotten oak. slight citrus fruit in the aftertaste.

moderate carbonation, lots of dryness. sticky.

this is easily my favorite of the series so far, really shines and has a perfect depth.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep copper/gold with an enormous fluffy head that requires careful pouring.

The aroma is dirty earth, lemon zest, dust...beautiful, classic gueuze aroma. Can't barely take my nose out of the glass.

The flavor is a complete departure from the first two in the series. Almost in an indescribable way, especially considering the base lambics are the same. Incredibly juicy and fruity with a dull earthiness and pucker that screams drinkability.

The body is heavier for the style and carbonation is high.

Overall, from memory I like this better than Zomer and better than my most recent bottle of Lente. But the first two bottles of Lente were better. This is top shelf beer. A side by side will eventually crown the victor.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Everything about Herfst was perfect. So well balanced. It's a bit darker in flavor than the first two Seasons if that makes any sense, it's not as bright. I really love bright gueuze, but this was very impressive. I've heard it's drinking well right now, this definitely confirms it.

Edit: Fantastic and was my favorite that day of the set, but A&T exists.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared all 3 Armand bottles with UrbanCaver, forgetfu, eyeenjoybeer and Caleb at Upland while picking up the Sour Reserve.

This one is a definite gusher. Luckily our glasses were there to receive the benefits. Pours a bright gold with obvious tons of bubbly head. Look is similar to others.

Armand does a great job representing the seasons. Immediately you can tell this is fall. Citrus/lemon flavors present in the others is muted here and an intense dank earthiness prevails. It smells like the start of a new football season.

Taste is again similar to nose. Subtle hints of lemon and apple in the flavor, but dank earth, grass and spice flavors dominate. Finishes with a crisp clean sour flavor.

Mouthfeel is good and creamy with high carbonation.

Another outstanding beer in this series. I prefer the Lente to this, but only slightly. He really hit the nail on the head trying to create fall flavors on this.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

400th Review!

Thanks to joefuzz for bringing this to our stout/sour tasting last night. Ridiculous line-up!

Been looking for any of these 4 beers for a while and finally was able to snag a pour.

Appearance is great. Head forms really fast and quickly settles into thin wisps on the surface of the beer. Now, for the aroma, this beer smells like heaven. I am in the process of drinking more sours, and this just set the bar so high. Lots of that classic Belgian funk I am always reading about with a nice stone fruit presence in the form of flesh and skin. Bright and potent citrus really wakes your noes up.

Our group shrunk by about 4 people, so everyone got bigger pours and even though I wish those guys could have been there, the fact I got to drink more of this beer was amazing. Each sips really gets you in the fillings, but is amazingly smoothed out with a little apricot/tangerine sweetness. Finish leaves a slightly buttery coating on the tongue. Pretty fuckin amazing if I do say so myself.

While we had some pretty awesome sours, this was definitely my favorite of all of them. I am now gonna try and see if I can secure another of the 3 remaining to try and compare them.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (in a Lambic basket, which is always a nice thing to see stateside) into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to the generous sharer at CdC!

A: Cloudy orange body under a lovely finger of creamy tan head. Great retention, solid lace. Lovely looking Lambic.

S: Spicy, earthy, cheesy funk. Almost leafy, like autumn itself. Terrific.

T: Classic 3F: dry, earthy, dirty funk up front, with some fruity green apple sourness backing it up. Absolutely fantastic, clean finish. Dry, delicious, amazing.

M: Almost full, creamy body with plenty of lively, similarly creamy froth. Great, but actually a little creamier than they style calls for. That's how good this beer is: I'm complaining about it being TOO luxurious.

O: The only reason I'm not giving it a perfect score hear is that it's still not as good as Lente. It's a damn close second, though, and certainly better than Zomer IMO. I can't wait to try the Winter. This series is proving again and again to be the absolute pinnacle of Geuze perfection.


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Photo of Gasc0igne
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Review #250

Bottled 2nd April 2010 & consumed 14th April 2015. Just over 5 years old.

A yeasty buildup surrounded the top of the bottle around the cork and had me worried; luckily nothing seems astray. Hazy copper/burnished orange colour, darker than expected. A massive pillowy off-white head rose quickly and lingered.

Lactic (vinegary) nose with sharp hints of lemon. Big burnt rubber. Wet hay/cork. Heavy barrel presence and notably tannic.

Sucking on an unripe peach pit. Solidly acidic, lemon mostly with some grape skin tannic-ness throughout. Super cheese-rubbed barrel funk finish with great backing vinegar. Intense.

Medium bodied. Heavily carbonated. Super dry and puckery and yet...smooth. Beautiful to move around in the mouth.

Remarkably difficult to put down. Hands down the best sour I've ever had.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in my 3F gueze tumbler.

The beer is mostly clear, exhibiting only a slight haze. The head is two inches thick, settling in at about a half inch, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

The aroma is funk, musty, basement, barn, well water. It smells old, which is amazing, considering it's not.

Great flavor. Classic 3F aroma and taste. Perhaps a bit funkier than the other three Armand '4 variants. Well water, rain, citrus. Delicious.

Light to medium in body with perfect carbonation. Lingering funky citrus.

Overall, what can I say? Another world class gueze from Armand.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Etre Gourmet
Bottled 02/04/2010
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

Herfst: my first tasting of the Armand season series. While I can't compare it to others at this point, this gueuze was about 1.5-times as expressive in aroma and taste as the typical Drie Fonteinen gueuze I'm able to find somewhat regularly. The difference in taste is great, and this is definitely one of the major current pinnacles of the style, but is it worth the extreme price, and difficulty to obtain, relative to other gueuzes? Probably not, but if the patronage of the Armand series helps him resurrect his brewery plans and leads to more of these self-brewed lambics/guezes at a lower price and greater availability, then this would be a worthwhile cause.

Pours a tall, fluffy, off-white head composed of small and medium-sized bubbles. The head retention is amazing, with a tall pillar of foam remaining minutes after the initial pour. Lacing is largely of splotches and stripes, not too much or too little. The body's color is a rich orange-gold, with orange-yellow highlights when held to a light. Carbonation is strong and easily visible through the semi-cloudy beer (which becomes completely cloudy if you add the sediment).

Aroma is sharp, of lemon zest meets old armpit sweat, nicely present oak barrels, wet leaves/mulch, and mild musty basement.

Taste is tongue-buckling sour (I had a Lindeman's Cuvee Rene after this, and found it tasted boringly sweet and flat, which it never has before). These beers are something like the DIPAs of gueuzes, palate wreckers for the rest of the night. Flavor profile suggests wheat malt, tart lemons to the point of being mildly grapefruit-like, oak barrel, and a bit of damp basement mustiness. I really can't think of a better tasting gueuze (though, admittedly, I have not tried all), and consider this as one variation on what would be a recipe that needs no improvement in taste.

Beer is medium-bodied, with very light and effervescent carbonation, making this foam up very quickly on the palate. The resulting mouthfeel is smooth and lightly bubbly. Close is expectedly dry, with a bit of stickiness on the lips.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle dated 4/2/2010. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Not quite a gusher. Bigger head than the others. Darker hazy orange. Great retention.

Smell - Back to the citrus aromas. Bright lemongrass with equal amounts of horseblanket funk. Awesome. Perfect blend of flavors.

Taste - Like an extra citrusy Oude Geuze. Brighter than the nose. Hay and horseblanket. Lemon. Lower sourness. Just a little bit of grassiness with some herbal notes in the end. Awesome.

Mouthfeel - Good sourness, without being puckering. Medium for a gueuze. Good carbonation. Well balanced.

Overall - One of the most complex gueuzes I've ever had. Maybe needs more sour. That's my only complaint.

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Photo of oline73
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try this beer at the bottle share during the Jackie O's release event. Awesome! Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a half finger of foamy white head that fades to a good size ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Quite sour and super funky. Some herbal notes, quite light and crisp.

Taste: This is a very sour and funky beer. The best description I can give is that hay like flavor that you find in a good gueuze. Herbal notes join the sourness, very light and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: The body is light with very smooth, delicate carbonation. The finish is extremely dry.

Overall: This is an awesome gueuze. It is so sour yet so easy to drink. I wouldn't change a thing.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smell is hay-forward, kinda like old chamomile tea. Abit of fruity alcohol estery goodness as it hits the palate -- almost banana-like. Lemon, raspberry skin, lingering citrus flavor. Delicious.

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Photo of LambicKing
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased today at Drie Fonteinen's shop in Beersel. (another American with his family just ahead of me purchased 12 bottles of Herfst!...and I thought my beer budget was rough) Poured into my 3F gueuze glass.


A: This bad boy erupted when I popped the careful. I'm not sure if it was because I just transported/handled this beer for the last hour, soon as I untwisted the cage, the cork was trying to push its way past my fingers. A beautiful, deep orange color w/brown hues...fluffy rootbeer float-type head that persists. Chunky lacing.

S: Balanced gueuze. Horse blanket...already smelling the sour. Everything we like about a high quality gueuze.

T: A really strong tart bite fires on all cylinders and comes to rest on the back of the tongue. It definitely brings the funk too. Green apple, grassy notes. I'm getting a touch of grapefruit and lemon zest as well. Very VERY tart.

M: Despite the overflow, the carb level is right where it needs to be...sparkly, but not prickly. Tartness coats the back of the tongue, leaving a nice dry finish.

O: Another great beer from 3F. I do, however, still prefer the Lente (seems a bit more balanced) over the Zomer and now the Herfst. The Zomer and Herfst, to me, are very similar. In the end, if you can get a bottle, do so.

Interesting note - when I was last at the 3F shop (Sept 3rd), I was told that was the last day Lente would be sold there. But today, they had a bunch on the floor for sale...and of course I picked up another. ???

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Photo of callmemickey
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened 1/16/2012

A: Pale copper body. Slightly hazy. Massive bubbly head. Amazing, dense lacing coats nearly every inch of the glass.

S: Earthy, mineral qualities dominate the initial aroma. Lemon, hay, and a bit of funk rounds out the back end. Zesty. Mild must.

T: Juicy citric notes are the first to leave their impression. Lemon, oranges, a bit of green apple. Must and funk is mild and is pushed to the background. Restrained acidity. Some wet oak. The nose was deceptive here. Very nice, but I was expecting an earthier blend.

M: Assertive carbonation, mild acidity. Dry and crisp up until the very last second when a pinch of tartness kicks in.

O: Herfst is interesting. For me Lente has that huge earthy/mineral/funky character in both the nose and the flavor. Zomer has that cleaner citric character in the flavor department. Herfst is a somewhere between the two... earthy in smell, juicy in taste. Another winner.

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Photo of ZX6girl
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ZX6Chris for letting me open this up.

I taste grapefuite, smells more like a horse then baby diarrhea, its leaving a tingle on my palate and tongue, its stays there for awhile.. not as acidic as the Lente we had last nite.. and it did gush but not when i popped the cork, only once i started to pour.

This beer gave some GREAT head!

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Photo of biga7346
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes

A - Copper to straw colored, very firm, lots of lacing

N - Very unripe cherries, grape vine, very funky, white peppercorn, leather strap, mustiness like an barn attic; carbonation, seltzer, woody and vinous, grape skin, a nice citrus backbone, lemon zest, lemon pith.

T/M - Silky carbonation like Champagne, fresh apricots, lemon zest, cellar-like funk, very tart cherries, acidic.

D - Amazing.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Dan and Mike. 750ml bottle into 3 Fonteinen stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a massive, 3.5 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear light orange-bronze. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little sticky but slick, oily legs. Solid.

Nose is dried hay, cheese, light spritzy tartness mixed with lemon, rotting wood, slight sulfur and cobwebs. Like a dry, sun-beaten musty attic. Exactly what I want this style to smell like. Aromatic too!

Opens with a slight tart hop bitterness. Dried wood, hay and an accented tartness in the middle. Lemon rind with hints of cobwebs and oak mixed with apricot and citrus. Ends dry with hay, oak and more lemon on the end. Tart, puckering, dry aftertaste. Excellent.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down aggressive, dry and puckering. Dry finish with a bone dry, filmy aftertaste. Awesome.

This is an outstanding beer and certainly one of the best in its style... which is saying a lot. It'll age like a dream too. Seek 'em out and sit on 'em!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tasting glass. Bottle shared among six of us, so about 4 oz. for me. Consumed third of our four seasons tasting.

4.0 A: Moderately hazed yellow orange. A little darker than Zomer, which was a little darker than Lente. The most orange. Two and a half fingers of foamy white head. Worst retention of the four, but the stickiest and left lots of lacing behind.

4.5 S: Dankest funk. Huge amounts of bleu cheese and sweat socks. Definitely the most tangiest without being too fruity. The feature and sole fruit is lemon. Otherwise, damp earth, damp forest, damp grass.

5.0 T: Follows the nose and I'm loving it. Huge cheesy funk featuring bleu cheese. Sweat socks just as strong. No astringency at all. Just pure dank funk. Some earthiness. Probably the most aceticly sour.

4.0 M: Lighter body. Least carbonated of the four, but still easily in the gueuze range. Spritzy carbonation nonetheless. Otherwise, this is similar to the others, but has the least creaminess.

4.5 D: This was my favorite season. Love the bleu cheesiness. Still probably not worth the price, but close.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden amber with small white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing. The aroma super musty with mushroom, lemon, light apple, apricot, a hint of grapefruit, earthy funkiness, and oak. Quite awesome. The taste has a light sweetness. There is mushroom, apricot, lemon, a funky earthiness, forest floor. Tart, but not really sour. The finish is funky with more mushroom and apricot. Relatively light bodied with a slightly fluffy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Another amazing blend from Armand. This isn't quite as good as lente and was slightly more enjoyable than winter. It is probably between lente and winter in sweetness. The mouthfeel was good, but not quite as nice and fluffy as lente. If lente didn't exist I probably would have rated this higher.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for sharing, JealousChalice!

Faint haze throughout the gold and amber body. Quickly forming, tall, and persistent white head. Thin sheets and spots of lacing mess the glass.

Tart and sour aroma, though rich, deep, layered, and complex: tart citrus, grass, earth and rock, body funk, and of course stinging, explosive sourness throughout. Not quite as good as the Lente or Zomer versions.

Taste follows the aroma very similarly: huge sour and tart character, lots of lemon, earth and rock, grass, musty body and funk, and the oak shines through more and more as the beer warms. Wonderful! I still would choose the Lente and Zomer over this.

Light to medium bodied, though incredibly well carbonated. Spritzy and light yet coating and full all at the same time. A joy.

A near perfect gueuze.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this bottle

Look: Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a 1/2 inch foamy head and great retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Funk upfront with some citrus fruits and straw notes

Taste: The taste of this is excellent. Lots of citrus flavor upfront including lots of lemon zest. Slight sour notes throughout the beer with some nice grassy notes cleaning the palate. Finishes with just a touch of oak

Mouthfeel: Thin body and ample carbonation

Overall: To date this is the best gueuze I have had

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Photo of swanfungus
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma on this guy was just outstanding. The very definition of "funk" and one of the most perfect examples for the style I can cite. Taste is oaky, a bit tart, and grassy. Medium bodied and very dry. Fantastic.

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Photo of Jonada
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark golden orange color with 4 fingers of an eggshell colored head. Body is lightly hazy, with insane bubble show streaming throughout the glass. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sour barnyard funk, musty basement, hay, horse blanket, acidic lemon, and white grape. Aroma is strong and hugely funky.

Taste: Mostly follows the aroma. Strong funk presence, but perhaps not as strong in the aroma. Medium/high acidic sourness, green apple, rain water, slight herbal notes as well as a hint of oak.

Mouthfeel: Higher end of light bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is high but soft. Finishes dry.

Overall: Just a fantastic gueuze, most especially if you like them funky. I've not had any of the other seasons (yet), but if they're anything like this, I can't wait to try them. World class stuff.

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Armand'4 Oude Geuze Herfst (Autumn) from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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