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Grassroots Convivial SuarézGrassroots Convivial Suaréz

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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison brewed with hibiscus and lemon.

Added by MasterSki on 01-21-2013

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Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Convivial Suarez
A-light, opaque gold that continues to bubble, creating very thick white head that lasts at least a few sips. Poured in tulip pint glass
S-very floral and fruity, lemon and hibiscus are very pronounced
T-very malty, barely any hop taste. the lemon balances the sweetness of a saison with a refreshingly crisp finish and lingering aftertaste
M-almost crisp like a champagne, but with the smoothness you would expect from a beer
O-hands down the best saison I’ve ever had

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Photo of Mini4x
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a tad pink, very tall fizzy head that hangs around a bit, the lemon come n the nose and in teh taste, the hibiscus is clearly present but a tad more subtle, a delicious summer beer.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A. Pours a cloudy ruby red grapefruit color with a foamy white head that lingers for almost 2 minutes.

S. Guava, floral, lemon, some farmhouse funk. Dried wheat

T. This beer tastes real nice. It's got nice traditional farmhouse funk elements but a nice sweet aspect along with some citrus. Very nicely balanced. Lot going on that comes together super nice.

M. A nice medium light body with some refreshing carbonation that's not prickly but lets you know it's there. Smooth.

O. I love this beer. It's so nicely balance from taste to mouthfeel. Even with all that's going on with the tart, sweet and funk its so nicely put together. I think this would actually go great with some grilled walleye. Get your hands on one.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The color of this beer is like a full fledge hot and ready porno film. The feel is absolutely amazing. The taste is perfection when it hits the tongue. The finish is like a orgy in the shire off gondor

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Photo of jjdc
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This saison has a beautiful blush courtesy of the hibiscus. The nose is lemony citrus with a hint of floral notes, not too far from a wild ale. This is light and delicate, like a spring breeze. Lemon predominates, giving convivial a fizzy pucker. Again, this beer is almost more akin to a wild ale than a saison. Some mineral notes at the end add a nice dryness. This is a superb saison, perfect to usher in spring.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours with a full head with small to medium-sized bubbles. The beer has a slighty hazy, amber/dark orange hue.

S: Bretty funk, lemon and berries.

T: Lemon and raspberry again. A balance between acidic and juicy flavors.

O: Really great. Refreshing for a hot afternoon. Hope they make this again.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into a tulip.

murky yellow color, huge head. smell has a TON of funk. barnyard for sure. absolutely awesome. taste of tart lemon at first then a good bit of funk. great taste too. but nothing could top that nose. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall absolutely world class. get me more asap

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Photo of ehammond1
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, baconsausage!

Glowing golden and orange. Persistent but not a huge near-white head of moderately-sized bubbles. A sticky saison. Slight haziness, especially on the later pours. All in all, this is quite pretty and very appropriate for the style.

Fantastic aroma. Huge amounts of white fruit and citrus components in the aroma: lemon and lime, mild orange, and good amounts of pear, and a little bit of sour apple. Mild funk, earth, and just a bit of a dried grass character, but the lemon and lime component with the citrus element is the highlight of this beer's aroma. It reminds me quite a bit of a Fantome offerings and many Crooked Stave examples, which are both very good things in my book.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma. Wonderful balance of citrus and white fruit flavors with an interesting, earthy, grassy yeast, and just a tiny bit of malt. Just a bit of biscuit. Complete, incredibly flavors.

Medium bodied with moderate to near-high carbonation.

Fantastic. I've enjoyed this more and more each time I've tried it. If anyone wants to send me more, feel free to contact me lol.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Completely clear orange with some rose accents. A nice two fingers of white head form. Not much lacing. This is probably the most crystal clear beer I've ever had.

Smell: Big floral aspects, but as you hone in on the glass, lots of funk and lemon. A bit of lactic tartness comes through. Almost a honey aspect, but only just.

Taste: Woah. A lactic bite up front, but lots of lemon tartness, and a bright floral aspect. The floral aspect carries into the finish. A touch of doughy sweetness, but rather faint. Dry, and tart.

Mouthfeel: Light, but very refreshing. Crab is smooth and this is incredibly drinkable. Tartness is light but adds to the drinkability.

Overall: Very fantastic saison. This would be perfect on a warm day.

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Photo of corby112
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with dark tangerine edges and a frothy, massive 2.5/3 finger head that very slowly fades into a thick, lasting ring.  Great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves large chunks and streaks of soapy lace behind.

Floral, slightly earthy aroma with lots of juicy topical fruit notes, farmhouse funk, flower petal, pale malt and zesty spice.   Tons of citrus, notably blood orange, mango, orange peel and lemon zest but the floral notes still stand out.  Would never guess hibiscus but there's a very prominent floral character.  Slightly musty and funky with hints of straw, farmhouse, grass, musty bugs and peppery spice.   There's some bready yeast and  lemon pith in the nose as well.  Really complex!  

Full bodied with soft carbonation and a decent balance of oak, wild funky bugs, citrus fruit, bread and pale malt.  Incredibly complex with subtle pepper and coriander flavor followed by musty brett, wild yeast.  Floral pale malt and sweet citrus toward the finish balance things really nicely.  Slight creamy texture with some biscuit, flower petal and a ton of citrus swetness.  Some lemon pith followed by strong notes of curaçao, blood orange and tangerine.  Really well balanced with no noticeable ABV making it insanely drinkable.  

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Photo of cbutova
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A long time want for me. Thanks to Kimmy for the bottle a few months back.

A- Poured from the 750ml bottle to two snifters with a dazzling pink body, red in the center of the glass with lighter hues around the edges. A foamy, creamy white head rises atop the brew to about two fingers. Good head retention but the cap eventually falls to a fluffy pillow and ring covering most of the beer. Lacing starts with some thick spots and

S- The first thing I notice is the tartness off the top, it reminds me of the other HF Saisons like Clara and Florence. Some spicy and funky yeast feel but the most compelling thing here is the citrus and distinct hibiscus floral notes. A large amount of lemony tarts that remind me of certain Lambics and Berliners. I am not sure how much of the tartness comes from the bugs and how much from added lemon.

T- As with the nose, the beer consists of a blend of lemon, floral hibiscus and yeast driven flavors. The way the lemon and hibiscus combine is especially intriguing and would make for probably the best shaved ice flavor of all time. Backing this is a cascade of spicy Saison yeast, herbal tones, musty yeast bread, lactic tartness, apple, white grapes and some barnyard funk.

MF- Light end body with a texture that is foamy, fizzy and somewhat creamy. High end carbonation provides that fizz but it helps accentuate the citrus and hibiscus flavors. Finishes with a medium tartness lingering on the palate for quite some time.

This beer is really something to appreciate with each sip. The delicate yet pungent flavors make each sip a new experience with waves of citrus, hibiscus and funky farmhouse yeast oscillating on the taste buds. I'm glad I don't see HF brews as hype beers because that would only cloud up my perception. The artistry behind creating these beers is so amazingly consistent like Tiger Woods in his prime of beermaking consistent.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours out a light burgundy with pinkish hue. Head builds nice and settles to a beautiful frothy crown that sits white with soft pink highlights. Plenty of carbonation bubbles stream from the bottom. Comparing this to the Arctic Soirée this seems darker in color or at least has a more rustic nature.

Aroma is delicate. A big floral component is obvious along with fruity apple and sweet citrus notes. Hibiscus is there but not as much so than Arctic Soirée. Overall just a soft but well rounded nose on this.

The taste screams with lemon pith, hibiscus/chamomile tea onslaught, fresh lime juice, huckleberry, cranberry essence, and a dry herbal pungency I see coming from any wild micro flora that may be present. Compared to its Anchorage sibling this beer drinks juicier and tarter. The similarities are there but the craftsmanship is more apparent in Convivial.

Mouthfeel is heavy side of light with supple carbonation really close to spritzy if not there. The tartness makes the body feel fuller and the finish lingers with lime pucker before a rustic, brett like herbal dry finale.

This is a wonderful Saison. Really evidence that small batch beer has a certain touch which is almost non existent in bigger batch brews. There is an immense sense of balance and refinement in this compared to the Arctic Soirée. Even though they were brewed differently you still expect to find that refinement in something with the Grassroots label on it, but Arctic Soirée didn't quite accomplish that in my opinion. Convivial Suarez on the other hand drinks like its worldclass. Don't get me wrong, I hope Gabe and Shaun continue the Grassroots label collaborations at Anchorage, as it makes Shaun's brewing wizardry more obtainable. Not to say Gabe doesn't brew up some awesome stuff :). How about an Anchorage/Grassroots Ephraim twin? Please...

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Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks judkinst!

A: Beautiful, hazy, deep orange-red with a seriously massive, slightly off-white head leaving behind great lacing and head retention. Wow. Truly gorgeous beer.

S: Lots of citrus and yeast. The powerful and patented Grassroots/Hill Farmstead nose is there. This yeast is something else. Bready, chalky, earthy goodness. The floral/hibiscus character is definitely there as are some fruity and sweet aromas.

T: Flavors are so strong. Deliciously fruity, floral, yeasty, tart, pungent. Just damn good.

M: Refreshing! Smooth is an understatement. Perfect carbonation as expected. Only complaint is the thin body. But I'm glad it's not too heavy. Finish is superb.

O: Breaking news! Grassroots/HF nailed another saison/farmhouse! (just was expected)

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Photo of davey101
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled January, 2013. Gushed over immediately after opening but luckily settles down after a quick pour.

A - The body is a dark amber with a faint shade of purple to it. Rather unique color which is only accented by the clarity. Plenty of soapy bone-white head which eventually settles down to a thin calm edge. Great lacing with a low level of retention.

S - Strong hibiscus flowers right off the bat. A bit of clean lemon peel and a great earthy funk. Some wheat and a certain sweetness lingers on the nose.

T - Floral elements lead way to lemons, house yeast and a bit of a sweet strawberry/honey mixture. Lightly tart but this finishes so dry and crisp that its never lasting or tiring. Lingering earthiness, faintly cheesey.

M - Light, crisp, and delicate. Carbonation is low and prickly which combined with the flavor profile and moderate level of tartness makes for an absurdly drinkable saison. The clean finish is just perfect here.

O - This was inspired by a Fantome brew day...and it shows. The flavor and aroma is such a great combination of floral, sweet, tart, and earthy. This is just an excellent saison and the hibiscus seems better integrated than any other floral beers I've tried. Very impressive.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 2/18/14

Appearance: Pours with a huge, fluffy, off-white head - burnt orange in color, with some nice orange and red tones - fades to a solid cap, leaves some great lacing, quite pretty overall

Smell: Great saison funk and an unexpected abundance of fruit - I will admit that I couldn't identify hibiscus from a line up, but I'm going to assume the awesome floral aroma here is thanks to the hibiscus - nice level of citrus with a nice level of lemon, lemon flesh, and a vague hint of orange - very floral with some nice light fruits - nice depth to the funk - some pepper, earth, and some light tartness - nicely acidic - only gets better as is warms

Taste: Charming balance between typical saison flavors and bright fruit - big floral flavors, with a lot of fruit - lemons, oranges, and some other fruity esters including apple and pear - some fruits that seem like they shouldn't even be in here, like strawberries - nice level of funk, with some pepper, clove, and general weirdness, and some tart - nicely complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely smooth, oddly refreshing, finishes dry and clean

Overall: Hooray for "hibiscuits"

This is a nice saison that benefits from the use of hibiscus in some unexpected ways. It's nicely floral, fruity, and nicely complex. It's hard not to have high expectations for any beer associated with Hill Farmstead... And this exceeded expectations.

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Photo of parris
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appealing murky red color, white lacing.

Mostly a citrus herbal nose, with some unpleasant ketchup.

Dry but sour flavor, none of unplesant aromas come through in the flavor.

Satisfyingly full mouthfeel.

Overall a super tasty beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Kyle for picking this up for me. 750ml bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Gentle pours yields a frothy, 2.5 finger white head with good retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is patchy but sparse with moderate stick. Real nice.

Nose is lemon, clove, cane sugar and other floral notes (that I'm guessing is hibiscus). Real aromatic. Very sweet, tart and appetizing.

Opens clove, coriander and other floral notes. Some lemon zest bitterness and citrus in the middle with a puckering tart lemon dryness at the finish. Funky wood and grassy notes throughout. Finishes foamy with a dry, tart aftertaste. So refreshing.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down puckering and dry. Finishes dry with a sticky, saliva-sucking aftertaste. Excellent.

This is as Hill Farmstead-y is a Saison gets. Balanced, aromatic nose with refreshing yet complex palate and an out-of-this-world drinkable feel. A really impressive beer indeed!

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Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to franklinn for this one!

This one's alive... a beautiful honey gold body is stuffed with beading and capped with a swelling dose of white head that fills the glass before leaving behind all sorts of lace.

The hibiscus addition translates perfectly on the nose. The lemon character is buried in the floral aromas but still evident. There's a bit of white pepper, lemongrass, ginger ale... smells refreshing.

I haven't encountered many saisons like this one. Thirst quenching but quite dry. It seems contradictory but it's true... it finishes with a citric tart flavor before drying out completely. Up front it leans more towards the astringent fruit flavors, but the hibiscus continues to provide a subtle sense of diversity. Simple, yet challenging.

This is delicious.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden beer with a touch of red accent. A nice small white head.
S: Smells of hibiscus. Very floral, peppery and citrus (orange/lemon) followed by the classic earthy saison yeast. Lots of citrus actually, smells a bit lactic.
T: Sweet malts and hibiscus tea flavors at first. Has a bit of lemon acidity that blends well with the sweetness. Has a sweet, almost honey-like flavor blended with some fruitiness that is imparted by the hibiscus. Bright floral flavors follow until it ends with a dry and crisp lemony tartness.
M: Light bodied with low carbonation. Very drinkable.
O: This is another excellent saison from HF/Grassroots. Very nice beer, hope they make it again soon.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip.

Appearance- Rose wine. Clear pinkish color with quick 2 finger head that left nice lacing.

Smell- Very floral (hibiscus), cherry, brett funk. Real nice and flower forward.

Taste- Cherry, apples, hibiscus, brett. Similar to Arthur, but more fruit and floral forward.

Mouthfeel- Off-dry, mild tartness, quick soft bubbles, medium carbonation.

Overall- One of the best that I've had from Sean yet.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%

This was my last beer after a pretty serious beer tasting so my review might not be as accurate had I had this..well..sober..

Poured into a tasting glass.

Hazy golden straw color with a bit of orange tint. Fluffy white head.

Smell dominated by floral notes - slight citrus. Some decent yeast scents as well.

Taste is light and refreshing - some citrus and tartness to it. Lots of floral hop tastes.

Light and bubbly mouth-feel.

Overall delicious!

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had a ton of beers from Grassroots, but this was easily the best. Beautiful color, great smell and unbelievable flavor. The hibiscus adds this nice, slight sweetness to both the smell and the taste, but the lemon pairs this tartness against it that just sings. Wouldn't have thought to pair these together, but holy crap does it work. There's nothing in here that just knocks your socks off on its own, but the combination of everything is just fantastic. Lightly tart with a gentle citrus acidity but has the great nuanced sweetness from the hibiscus. Get this if you can.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, pink hue with a one finger bubbly head. Bubbly ring around the glass. Smells tart. Citrus is abundant in the smell. The taste is tart, with a lot of lemon. Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium bodied and coats the tongue with bubbles. Really good. The tartness lingers at the end. There's also a mild sweetness that cuts into the lemon so it's not too much. Very well done.

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Photo of aleigator
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yields an orange-red color with a fizzy white head, not even leaving back a thin film of lacing.

Smells of strawberry bush, wild berries, hay and grass with a flowery lemon crispness on top. Got a dough wrapped old leather funk quality, accompanied by more hay and fresh cut wild flowers.

Has a lively carbonation to it, showcasing a light bodied, utmost refreshing and versatile beer. It turns pleasantly fruity onwards from the mid palate, while its funky farmhouse character maintains on the palate, with a softer turning mouthfeel, once an initial effervescence slowly dies down.

Tastes of juicy blood orange pulp and a dryer layer of lemon zest with its fruitiness setting the tone during the beginning. Offers a well nuanced stony mineral quality, which enhances the sourness of the lemon, soothed by white bread dough. A flowery hay aspect joins in, complimenting to the sour, intriguing fruit profile. Finishes slightly dry, sour, maintaining its thirst quenching fruit quality, slowly maturing to a more soddled state, due to noticable malts.

Another unique offering from this world class brewery, convincing on all fronts. To me this is an innovative beer which looks great, smells great, has a well balanced, lively, yet soft mouthfeel - and the beer actually tastes great. Differently from what I expected it to be, fruitier, but with such a nice depth to it.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle, thanks for delivering to my door Thorpes!

So, you know how Fantome makes a grip of beers under random labels, where it isn't always clear what the difference of one from another is? This is a good version of one of those.

Pours a glowing, hazed rust amber with a thick, fluffy off white head. Good retention, fades to a thin layer and clumps of lace. Aroma of the woodlands, tart and lemon, grassy, hibiscus petal, pine, peach, Starburst, and seriously, this smells like a Fantome. Flavor adds a little acidity to the mix and a stronger hibiscus presence (which is well balanced without being distracting like some other unnamed beers), with lemon, peach, sweet yeast, mild acidity, grassy hops and deliciousness. Effervescent carbonation, full bodied, soft and crisp with a dry refreshing finish. Boom, great saison. Don't sleep on this under the Grassroots label.

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