Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude KriekDrie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek

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Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made from 40% cherries.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Julio's. Bottled 13 Nov 2012, making this almost two and a half years old.

A Deep red, intensely so, with a pink head that falls off rapidly leaving nothing, this looks solid. The nose has a deep fruity, leathery sour cherry character, both bright and brooding, a beautiful funk with earth, mushrooms and barnyard, a little bit of a cherry pit vanillin character, a faint acetic note, a moderate lemony lambic base. This is deep and complex. A fleshy fruitiness of ripe Bing cherries is present along with the sourness of the Schaerbeekse cherries. Awesome.

The palate opens quite pronouncedly sour, lactic and lemony with a leathery sour cherry character being most noticeable up front. This then yields to a fruity mid-palate with plenty of cherry flavor ranging from the bright tartness of sour cherries to the floral and fruity complexities of the sweeter varietals. Funk in the form of earth and barnyard are present. Drying, faintly sweet and very tart on the finish, this is very enjoyable. A faint oiliness is present, a heft from the cherries that isn't present in a regular kriek (including the Lou Pepe) adds a unique dimension to this beer. It does, however, get in the way of the lemony base lambic and the tannins from firming up on the finish , leaving it just a little watery instead. All said, though, this is a marvelous beer, though maybe not worth the $24 or so it goes for retail.

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Photo of M_chav
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really like a lot about this beer, awesome sourness, huge cherry nose. But I can't get over the fact that it reminds me exactly of all the terrible cough medicine I used to drink as a kid.

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Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After learning there is a fresh new release of this, I figured im overdue on popping and reviewing a 2012 bottling. Poured into a matching 3F tumbler, the brew appears deep, dark red with pink highlights around the edges. Less than a finger of pink cap fades to a ring around the edge leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma is mostly comprised of cherries. Very earthen and almost herbal and juicy. A mild medicinal feel, grass and cherry pits/skin fill out the nose. The taste is all natural cherry flavor with all the sugars removed- pits and skin of cherry is all that remains. Somewhat herbal to medicinal with a mild bitterness. The typical 3F funk and sourness is very subdued with the cherry character being the star of the show.

This is medium bodied, moderately carbonated and overall very enjoyable. Calling it intense red is very fitting. The cherry character is the star of the show...almost to a fault as it hides what I love about 3F. Still worth trying and something I would buy again if the price was right.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into shaker. Clear red to purple with no head or lacing. Aroma is tart cherries, cherry cough syrup, sour cherry, breadcrumb malt, and some oak. Taste is moderately sour with lactic acidity under cherry skin flavors, lightly sweet cherry juice, and if you focus there’s a little wood and leather bitterness; the medicinal flavor is prominent, which I find unfortunate. Light to medium body, sticky texture, low carbonation, and a lip-puckering dry finish.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ll admit I am generally NOT a big fan of sour beer, especially intensely sour beer.

Appearance – Pours a nice dark purple ruby color, with a moderate head, and very good lacing.

Smell – Ooh, an intense sour cherry scent with lots of wood. Smells nice, but I’m afraid it will be too sour for my liking.

Taste – Sour cherries with oak. Although sour, it isn’t ‘over the top’ sour, and I’m actually surprised how much I like it.

Mouthfeel – Nicely carbonated, with just a short sour aftertaste that is rather pleasant.

Drinkability – A surprisingly good sour beer to me. I hope they make more!

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Photo of sjccmd
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2012

Pours deep red/purple. I don't believe I've seen a beer pour quite this deep of a hue. Little carbonation, just hints of a ring forms around the beer.

Intense rich cherries in the aroma. Almonds and vanilla and oak. While many krieks have this almond character, I haven't had a beer with this much of it. Extremely fruity despite the age. Hints of citrus and earthy funk, but this is mostly about the intense complex cherry character. As it warms the brett comes out more clearly.

Quite sour, but not over the top. Tart cherries upfront followed by more that rich almondy cherry character. Almost plum-like dark cherry character. Lactic acid and oak linger on the palate. Earthy brett mingles in as well. The complex cherry character keeps delivering. As I become accustomed to the sourness, more sweet and meaty cherries come out. Not actually sweet on the palate though, as the beer is bone dry.

Acidic and tannic on the palate but very low, almost no carbonation. Initially this was a drawback as I felt carbonation might deliver the flavors better, but as I sit with it, the lack of carbonation allows the darker mellower flavors to come out.

One of the most complex krieks I've had. Even with age the fruit keeps on delivering.

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Photo of DavidSomers
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Hill farmstead tasting room - nicely poured into a main tulip and a small dregs glass. This is a prime example of a beer that you need to let warm up and drinking temperature will probably have a big effect on your enjoyment. Visually, this beer is absolutely stunning - such a deep, dark merlot-ish red that several people in the tasting room asked me if was wine. Much deeper red than any other Oude Kriek. The smell is rich cherry skins with modest funk - right on point. The taste when cold was definitely more cherry pit bitter than fruit sweet, with mild sweetness and less funk. But as it warmed, and perhaps as I adapted to the bitterness, a lovely complexity came through. Great, chewy mouthfeel with moderate acidic punch. Truly a memorable beer - not all lactic in your face like most american sours, not all sweet.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a beer! Thanks to clay station for acquiring and sharing this rare beauty. A ruby red color like a fire truck, true to its name, an intensity and vibrancy not seen since atrial. Not much head on it, but it doesn't need one. Aromas of exploding pie cherries and cherry jam, funky as anything I've had from these guys, and quite heavy in the lacto. It's mature and my mouth is watering hard. The cherry flavor is so robust and sour, like candy almost, brilliantly alluring, sexy, oh man. It's even more cherry forward than their other krieks, although I don't know by how much. Sour too, I thought it might be cloying, but it's just perfect. Oak mellows it's feel a lot, it's really dry too for what it is. I wouldn't change a thing here, but it would be so sick to line all these krieks up for one tasting. You can taste it for miles, more depth with every sip, and a pungency uncommon even in the wild ale world here on the yeast. Up there with any I've ever had, I'm in love!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hey why is this beer so sour? Aren't all beers supposed to be hoppy or something?

Pours an extremely dark garnet hue (which is what Helltown's Kriek should have looked like instead of pink lemonade). Wads and wads of cherries on a sour tone. Kind of a punch in the mouth with not as much nuance on the character as I would have hoped for. But it's still good. Just as a sour should be in all aspects. Definitely glad to have a chance to try a new version of the real deal.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Amazingly deep red color, stunning. Not a huge head or carbonation, but very light bubbles are suitable for some texture.

This beer lived up to its name "Intense." The flavor was deeply sour and cherry-forward. The cherry flavor was jolly rancher-like. Funk and barnyard was kept to a minimum but still present.

I enjoyed the heck out of this beer. In terms of pure fruit beers it is one of the best I have ever had, but judged against other lambics it lacked a bit of the complexity to put it in the upper echelon. 4.25 is a harsh rating honestly, that is more of a comparison to other lambics. Compared to other fruit abominations I have tried, this is a 4.5 easily.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured into a tulip. Not sure of the vintage.

3.50 A: Pours a clear deep amber color. Didn't get much of a head going.

4.00 S: Big fruity cherry, then some more cherry. Funky lactic acid. Woody earthiness, grassy.

4.25 T: Again lots of cherry. Big woodiness. Lots of tangy lactic acid with much less acetic. The flavors mesh together quite well.

4.00 M: Lighter medium body. Light, but spritzy carbonation. Super smooth.

4.25 D: Great beer. Always love 3F.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

Pour is transparent blood red with almost no head, a touch of dark purple foam on top. Nose has lots of cherry up front with a moderate amount of funk. It's gets a bit leathery after the traditional earthy mushroomy funk with a bit of rubber band. Taste is stronger cherry, pitted ripe dark red cherry. The funk is lighter, a touch earthy and some rubber band through the back. Fairly sour finish with a light body and strong carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep purple ish red color with a pink head. Free of sediment. Smell of fresh cherries, musty oak, sourness. In the taste, tart fresh cherries, lambic sourness, hay. The cherries really exhibit fine flavor and the sourness rounds things out perfectly. Nearly puckering but still quite balanced. Medium bodied, medium carbonation and finishes with cherry, tartness and a semi dry oak. Overall, it's an easy to drink, balanced sour and very tasty.

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Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Notes taken the other day while moving out of my apartment.

A- Poured from the 375ml to a 3F tumbler. Deep intense red body with acreamy fizzy pink head to one finger. Decent head retention leaving a small foamy ring that deposits legs and some sheets of lace.

S- Cherry domination more than any other Kriek I have had, perhaps even with Lou Pepe are a bit more. Semi sweet black and red cherry, funky sweaty horse and musty basement with medium tart lactic.

T- Oak opens up nicely with what is found above. Tart cherries and lactic lemon sourness, funk comes in pretty big with horsey musty barnyard, vinous fruit flavors of grapes and apple a bit, cherry pits and all and a very tiny hint of balsamic.

Mf- Light dried body with a fizzy high carbonation. Sourness is medium high towards the end and the body's texture is silky and foamy.

Cherry bomb with the same 3F classic sourness and funk. I was expecting something sweet after what friends said but this is sour and funky to me with a boost in cherry presence.

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Photo of kindacold
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2 year old bottle. Pours beautiful red, no head, but beautiful. Smells of vinegar and cherry. VERY dry, unexpectedly so. Tastes of vinegar, cherry, and a bit of salt. Oak and wine notes throughout but more present at the finish. Finished dry and sour, but with a linger that I also didn't expect. Great beer.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottled in 2012 dated bottle into a 3F Tumbler. Cooled in the fridge for a couple hours.

Appearance- Gorgeous ruby/purple with 2 finger pink foamy head that left a nice ring.

Smell- Cherry, lemon, vinager, 3F lambic funk, mild oak. Fruity and funky.

Taste- Cherries, plums, grapes, oak, vanilla, funky earth, lemons. Fruit forward obviously, but even beyond fruit forward. Fruit in your face.

Mouthfeel-Lightly carbonated, juice-like viscosity, mild tartness, light dryness at the finish.

Overall- Awesome lambic. More carbonated than I remember from having it at The Festival before it was available in this country. So goddamn good. Juice.

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Photo of Pahn
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml poured into--for no particular reason--a snifter.

As all good frequenters of the Union Square farmer's market know, we're just about coming up to sour cherry season. Seems a good time to finally try 3F Intense Red.

Appearance: Dark red-black color, with a purplish pink head. Looks nice enough.

Smell: Sort of like cherry cough syrup with hints of almond. Suggestion of acetic aroma but way in the background. Weird how something in the brewing/blending/whatever process seems to have brought out some nutmeg and almond aromas. No idea where those came from, but they're interesting and good. Brett comes out with time.

All told it's a pretty good aroma, but nothing amazing. Could stand to smell the sour cherry. The points I give it go up as the beer warms. Some trademark elegant 3F funk and complexity emerge to save the day.

Taste: Big hit of straight up sour cherry. Not as sour as I expected, which is fine by me. Nice lactic transition to the puckering finish, which has more of a blackberry and dark fruit character to it with occasional sour cherry notes.

As implied by the name, this beer makes sour cherry the star. It pervades the flavor up front, with highlights of funky, leathery brettanomyces, and some intriguing but not extreme flavors from the bacteria bobbing in and out. The puckering finish is not unlike eating sour cherries outright. This is *very* fine by me.

I can see really serious lambic enthusiasts being put off by this beer. Some of those superb depths attainable only by 3F seem to be masked by all the fruit. At the same time, I can see some sour cherry enthusiasts who also happen to enjoy lambic (read: me) loving this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Tart and puckering, but not blow your mouth off sour like the harshest Russian River or aged Cantillon. Good vessel.

Overall: I have pretty simple requirements for a beer like this: don't let the sour cherry get lost, and give me some interesting wild ale notes (preferably with noticeable lactic sourness, and if you can throw in discernible oak influence, that's also a plus).

Intense Red hits all those notes quite nicely. Sour cherry isn't just "not lost," it's dominating the flavor, almost as if you spiked some 100% sour cherry juice with lambic at a ratio of 4 to 1. However, it has a grace and cohesion that you don't get from sour cherry juice (usually too abrasive and one note if you ask me). Also, those beautiful brett and bacteria grocery-list flavors that 3F is so good at coaxing out are just as good in a support role as they are as soloists (like that mixed metaphor?). I spared the reader most of the nitty gritty "here are all the crazy things I taste in here," run down, but the depth is there (ie it admits of grocery list reviewing), and it's good.

In short, this beer was just what I wanted it to be. Showcases the fruit, delivers some reminders that Armand is a genius. No complaints.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excited to finally pop the cork on this expensive little bottle. Cheers!

A: Magnificent magenta body, so dark that it looks shining black until you hold it up and a warm ruby light shines through. Pink bubbles appear with a quick twist of the glass, but once it gets settled again there’s nothing left. Looks quite still.

S: Wild, funky brett topped with cherry cobbler – ripe black cherry, green olive, barnyard, new leather, stewed blueberries, graham cracker. The funk, strong yet inviting, is nothing short of intoxicating.

T: This is, without a doubt, the sourest beer I have ever had. Good lord. Tastes, for the most part, like sour cherry candy with notes of tart green apple and raspberry. Between the puckering there are faint glimpses of oak barrel, baguette crust, extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, flint…in fact, it ends on a fairly metallic note, much the same as a tinny sauvignon blanc would.

M: Feels just as still as it looks, making for a watery, juice-like texture. The sourness is sticky enough to leave a lasting sensation on the back of the tongue, though, and the thinness of the body seems to add to this beer’s natural, wild character.

O: Sour to the extreme: don’t drink unless you’re alright with having the enamel stripped off your teeth. But damn is it good (if not addictive). Cheers.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a colorful, beautiful ruby red with a pinkish bubbly (thin) head. Not really carbonated (bottled in November 2012). Love the smell of sour cherries. The taste is of the same. Tart and sour cherries. This is mouth puckering, love the feeling on back end of my cheeks. Light to medium body, slight carbonation, tart too. Overall, a delicious sour brew.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The body is a dark dark ruby red almost purple color. There is a slight lacing on the top of the glass that is a white/pink hue.

S: You can smell the sour in this from across the room. Intense cherry and acidic sour aromas come off this beer.

T: Really really sour. A little too sour for such a low abv beer. If you are going to go that sour have a bigger body to back it up. I recognize that Krieks are not normally high abv, Armand should have gone a little lighter on the sour flavors. There are also some very sour cherry flavors that make this beer delicious.

M: Good body for a Kriek and great carbonation.

O: Great beer but not worth too much hassle to get. I would not buy this one again due to the price but it is a great beer.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a nice tall stemmed tulip from a375ml bottle.

Pours a nice deep dark garnet and ruby red with a nice dense but thin 0.25 pinkish head that recedes very quickly.

Aroma starts off with some nice sweet cherry notes followed by some more cherry tartness. Some chalky and yeasty esters bring sweet tarts to mind. These notes are followed by some nice dry woody notes in the nose followed by some more intense cherry notes. Mild grain and pie crust notes round the nose out.

The flavors follows the nose but with more intense acetic notes. Starts off with dry cherry tartness mixed in with some slight cherry pie sugary sweetness try to creep up. Mostly there are chalky notes of sweet tarts, incredible cherry notes. Cherry pie notes with some nice surprising grainy and bready cherry pie crust notes. Dry finish with good lower carbonation that is just enough to keep the acidic vinegar tartness from overwhelming.

Overall this is a delicious lambic with great cherry notes. Intense cherry notes. Some nice dryness and sweetness that slightly balances the acetic tones.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle in wine glass

A: Deep red with no head

S: Strong cherry pie / artificial cherry / lactic sour

T: Cherry dominates along with a pleasant lactic sourness. The cherry tastes only a little more natural than it smells but not much else. This beer is aptly named. Finish is clean with very little funk.

M: Very pleasant mouthfeel with good carbonation and nice finish.

O: Drinkable but a dominated by an intense cherry flavor. I like cherry but it has an artificial and medicinal quality to it. Somewhat enjoyable and I'm glad I tried it, but I will not purchase again.

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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another split with rudzud.

Pink rosy head attempts to form but immediately disappears, dark hazy maroon purple rosy color.

Nose is interesting, first a big sour cherry and big sweet cherry kool aid, it cherry freeze pop, nice sour funk with tart fruity cherry and juicy fruit and little sour malt, mild cherry cough syrup and biscuit as it warms, soury.

Taste brings tons of cherry, tart sour cherry, sour mash malt, little malt vinegar, sour cherry allover, very mild cherry candy and cough syrup, nice juicy cherry fruit juice. Sticky and little syrupy, mild flemmy finish, long tart cherry fruit and sour cherry, little funk.

Mouth is med bod and light carb, flemmy and sticky.

Overall good but not great, it's a decent beer with nice cherry but a little too much in some ways and not enough in others. This doesn't seem like a 3F beer, more like a cheaper Belgian kriek than the awesome stuff they usually put out.

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Photo of rudzud
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice ruby clear hue with a thin pink head that leaves a light halo.

S - Aromas of cherry powder notes, along with nice Belgian funk. Sour tart notes.

T - Taste is quite tart, nice cherry nuts and light funk. Quite floral and rather drinkable, nice almost fruit punch notes.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style, quite drinkable.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer, carbonation is lacking but the cherry isn't too fake.

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Photo of nataku00
3.49/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a very dark red/purple, with little to no head. Not much of a pop when I pulled the cork and it matches the minimum carbonation seen in glass. Still it's a beautiful color.

Nose is big on sour cherry, similar to cherry pie filling. Some light damp animal hair funk, almond and oak as well. The fruit really overshadows any nuance the base beer might have.

Taste is a bit disappointing. The big cherry nose isn't in the flavor, instead leading with a stale cherry fruit flavor with a metallic tinge. Some cherry skin and oak lingers on the tongue.

Light body with minimal soft carbonation. The big fruit aroma didn't translate in taste, unfortunately.

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Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
4.14 out of 5 based on 643 ratings.
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