Terrapin Monk's Revenge | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Monk's RevengeTerrapin Monk's Revenge

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally Side Project #5, now a Spring release.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009

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Photo of jgurley
2.46/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours somewhere between gold and amber. Very thin head, minimal lacing. Smell is odd to me for an IPA. I get a grapey, kinda cheap champagne smell above everything else on the nose. Same thing on the taste. Kinda sour. Hops are not on top to my taste. Sweet/sour with an alcohol bite. I'll avoid this one in the future.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.51/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another generous bottle from Grant. Appreciate it! Poured into a tulip. This pours a hazy golden straw color. Small white head on this one that dwindles to a thin layer of foam quickly.

Yeast, toast, bananas and bubblegum dominate the aroma. Way to sweet in the aroma, with a very subtle grassy hop aroma in the background. Seems to be a lot like the aroma. Bananas and bubblegum come to the forefront in sweetness and it is kind of yeasty. Seriouly though, where are the hops? Really weak for an IPA.

Nice light body on this one. The carbonation seems to be a little bit low, I wouldn't mind it to be a bit more lively. Beh, a little dissapointed with this one. Seems to lack IPA qualities. Such as a hop presence in the flavor. Not a bad tasting beer, but it didn't deliver what I hoped it would.

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Photo of lnashsig
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to BPreston for the chance to taste this one. Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a dark orange/red color, just a little head that quickly recedes, very little retention. Smell- a little acetone, some wine-ish (maybe sauvignon blanc grapes) flavors, a little bit of banana. This smells pretty harsh, it doesn't work that well. Taste- definite hop bitterness, but more acetone. Harsh Harsh Harsh. no real malt sweetness to speak of. This is a mess. Mouthfeel- avg. Drinkability- I'll have to choke this one down, but its pretty close to a drainpour.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.57/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a light, honeyed orange color; a small shade lighter than an SAC Amber. No hop haze to speak of, no Belgian yest haze to speak of; this is one translucent beer. No carbonation stream either. Combine the lack of perceptible carbonation with the small, half-finger sized head and you have a beer that doesn't appear to have the correct mouthfeel and attenuation of a Belgian style beer.

Lightly tropical hop aromas peek out of the glass first: some tangerine, some orange. Some crabapple, too. There's a strong aroma of candi sugar and banana Dum Dum Pops -- that's the Belgian yeast showing through. Some light pale malt smells. This smells like an American take on the Tripel style more than anything. Pretty decent.

Like an unfortunately high number of beers labeled as "Belgian IPAs," Terrapin Monk's Revenge is not actually a Belgian IPA. It isn't hoppy enough to be a part of the IPA family. Crabapple hop flavors come right up front, but quickly fade to a simple bitterness. The malt flavors are actually unpleasant to me. It tastes like a poor Tripel: sugary and plasticky and without nuance. The finish is mostly sugar and appleskin. This is a disappointing effort.

Monk's Revenge has a medium body, but the attenuation is all off (as I suspected from the appearance). No lush mouthfeel. It's not quite flat, but it approaches flat. Overall, this is not a good example of the style at all. It's a melange of American and Belgian flavors that doesn't develop into anything cohesive or even tasty.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. poured into long stemmed tulip. 2012 vintage.

A: bright orange hue. slightly hazed. head is very slightly off-white. retention isnt that great. some lacing.

S: a syrupy sweetness. this nose has a touch of hops, but it leaves almost as soon as the pour is over. this thing is a sweetness bomb.

T: a little bit of alkalinity in the finish. well even in the start. the syrupy sweetness makes up the bulk and almost the entirety of the palate. a little bitterness, but this one is all tripel over ipa.

M: mild carbonation on a big sweet body.

D: needs a lot of refinement. just a big sweet mess with a touch of metal. hardly any hoppiness in my opinion. pass from a brewery that has a lot of other solid offerings.

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Photo of gdrydenc
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a medium orange amber with maybe a finger of off white head. There's a bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle that I pour into the glass.

S - Smells like a spicy Belgian beer. I like the smell, but I don't pick up any hops in it. Mostly it's the Belgian yeast, so some bananas are present.

T - Man, I just don't like the taste of this beer. The Belgian yeasty flavors dominate, with no hop character. The taste also has a weird tang to it, which I don't like at all. The alcohol is very present. If I were any less stingy, this would be a drainpour.

M - Pretty standard for a Belgian, slightly undercarbonated for what I expected, but the bubbles are the right size and feel.

Overall, I can't stand the taste of this beer. Everything but the taste is good, but I suppose that's why you buy beer...

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Photo of tekn0ph1sh
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle to pilsner.

A: About the color of iced tea maybe a little more golden. Crystal Clear moderate white head. Nice and lacy.

S: Banannas, citrus, slightly floral, alcohol when it starts to warm up.

T: It tastes like Banana Bread and you used unshelled black walnuts in it. The transition from sweet to bitter is very harsh and drastic. Its like I am drink 2 different beers one that is sweet and the other a bitter IPA. The two do not mix well at all.

O: Meh. Definitely not a favorite in either style or combined styles. Good attempt I guess. I won't be looking to try another anytime soon even though I have one in the fridge.

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Photo of JayAre46
2.94/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 12oz bottle with the blue ninja turtle dressed like a french robin hood playing a banjo on a tequila drinking jackass. ITS WHAT IM TALKIN ABOUT, it pours a copper color with some orange edges, 1 finger of off white head, falls to a thin ring around the edges no lacing

A - very subtle hops up front, caramel malt and artificial banana syrup which is abundant throughout the aroma is rather intimidating, concerning the sweetness and alcohol, i prefer something different then what this style is representing. where is the belgian yeasty greatness???

T - subtle caramel malt, upfront then transitions into what the nose suggested with more hops, banana syrup again and it is everywhere, hops come in for a quick battle and show their face then retreat like the french would to be dominated by the dominating banana imposters and its alcohol sidekick. this beer is not bad...

M - medium to light, no carbonaiton, which is not necessarily a negative...does not coat a Gah damn thing flows over the edge and leaves its bananas behind.

O - i feel like adding banana flavored flintstone gummiebears to an ipa does not make it a "belgian" ipa and for that terrapin you fail, the yeasty characters are absoulutely wondering the halls on drugs without a hall pass, only to find a gah damn sno-cone stand serving nothing but banana. don't buy it more than once.

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Photo of shivtim
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Couldn't wait to try this one. Bought at Mac's in midtown. Very disappointing.
Poured into a pint glass. Clear copper/gold. Small white head. Nose is sweet grass, ethanol, slight bananas. Mildly cloying.
Taste is a confusion of yeast, turpentine, ethanol, flowery hops, and metal. Way too much going on. Doesn't feel like a Belgian IPA.
Mouthfeel is fuller than expected, and probably the best part of the beer. Overall not very drinkable. I'll have to try this one on tap if I see it, but for now I'm basing it off this one bottle and it is my least favorite of the series.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-very transparent dark gold with a sticky cream colored head. lots of bubbles and good lacing

S-good spicy pale belgian malts with a sweet hoppiness to them.fairly malty. medium strength

T-ooo this is quite a bitter beer. the bitterness sticks to your tongue through out the experience. it comes in with low quality pale belgian malts that transform in to a short burst of bubble gum sweetness that a blast of sweet bitterness. it really has quite a strong bite to it. the flavors seem to all be off. this is very unbalanced. definitely can taste the ABV.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish, very bitter

O-for me, its another miss from Terrapin, but i'll keep giving them chances. as far as belgian IPAs go, this is just way too unbalanced. the belgian malts seems to be fake. its not easy drinking either. really nothing too great going on here.

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Photo of Gmann
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden brown color with a light reddish hue. The off white head is short and quickly settles into a light ring.

The aroma is sweet with candied tropical fruit notes. Almost has a fruit punch aroma to it. There is some band-aid phenols and pepper from the yeast. Some fusel alcohol vapors. It has that typical American made Belgian style aroma; way too sweet and boozy. Not much in the way of hops.

The taste is of a cracker-like palt malt. There is a good amount of tropical fruit sweetness. Again some fruit punch. The sweetness is quickly cut by a chalky earthy bitterness from the hops. The band-aid phenols come through in the flavor as well and it also brings the fusel alcohol. Kind of a mess of flavors.

The feel is light to moderate with tingly carbonation. Both sweet and bitter on the palate. Not very clean on the palate and the ABV is noticable.

Meh, typical american made belgian style brew. Not sure why most American brewers can't figure these styles out. The flavors are too heavy handed, not delicate. Boozy.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: hazy golden bodiy with almost no head from a vigorous pour.

Smell: yeast spicyness and faint hops. hops are more on the grassy and herbal smelling hops.

Taste: bready malts that are starting to become sweet. Pepper and spice imparted from the yeast. Not much hops flavor comming out of this beer. Strong booze taste that does work here at all.

Mouthfeel: medium to almost full bodied beer. No carbonation here. Its flat.

Overall: I think that this beer passed it prime along time ago. Or I must have gotten a bad beer. Terrapin is a great brewery and this is not the true representation of the quality beer that Terrapin makes. Will have to try this fresh and update the review in spring.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 -- what a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours a deep orange/amber, hazy, with one finger of tight beige head. Lacing is just okay.

Smell -- Pine sap, cut grass, and fresh flowers join with clove, banana, earthy yeast and bready malt.

Taste -- Belgian yeast notes are quite pronounced, mostly clove and a general yeasty earthiness. More malt sweetness than the nose would suggest, with cane juice, honey, plum flesh, and bread and biscuit malts rounding out the grain overtones. The hops weren't very pronounced, but they brought some mild resin bitterness along with more herbal/spicy notes. Finish is sweet and spicy. Lingering flavor of yeast.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body, with ample prickly carbonation. It suits the style well. Additionally, the alcohol content was very well-hidden.

Drinkability -- I don't know if I would say that this is one of my favorites of the style, but it was certainly a pleasant experience. If you can come by it, there's really no reason not to give this a try. Your mileage may vary.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"This new age beer style is a fusion of two great brewing traditions that are worlds apart- a hoppy American Double IPA and a classic Belgian Tripel. We hope you enjoy Terrapin's version of a Belgian IPA.

SPike's Brewing Words of Wisdom: "Beware the Gnome in the funny green hat!""

Numero cinco of the "Side Project". Pours from a 22oz bottle into a Chimay chalice dark golden with a very small white head. No lacing, no retention. The head leaves quickly and not even a film is left on top.

Aroma is okay. Certainly get that belgian candi aroma with a touch of yeast. I also get the earthy and piney hops. Not sure of the correct terminology, but smells kind of "green" and new. The two aromas, Belgian and IPA, dont meld well and are each seperate.

I first get the sweet belgian flavor, followed by some sweet fruitiness, followed by the green hop flavor, followed by the hop bitterness. Again, the flavors dont really work together or in unison. The hop bitterness sticks out; kind of tastes like raw hop pellets.

The mouthfeel is decent. A little thin. I think this beer has some real potential. Perhaps six months from now it will have come together a bit more and jelled. Currently, this beer is definitely young and needs to grow up.

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Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to moose3285 who dropped this into a recent box as an extra.

Pours IPA, a little milky. Smell isn't anything like I was expecting, very sweet.

Taste is more like a dubbel? Light, strapping fruits that come on with a serious zestiness, & a touch of ever-so-slight funk at the end. And then a touch of hops dusted with earth from the orchard. What a weird combination of tastes. I'm not sure if this is cutting-edge wild or just a fusty mishmash of unrelated stuff tossed into a pretty bottle?

Beer is pretty flat with almost no carbonation, but it...well, not sure what style this is, so hard to tell if it's appropriate. Drinkability isn't good, too sweet, and disjointed.

Decent enough beer. Like the friend you really like but he just talks too damn much, or has that distracting third eye on his cheek. Eventually it kills the relationship.

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Photo of thetomG
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one as an extra in a trade (thanks!)

Pours an amber color with a small amount of white bubbly head that dissipates rapidly. The aroma has a strong resiny/skunky scent with a small amount of citurs coming through. Flavor matches up initially with some bitter aspects coming through and taking over in the end.

All in all this is OK, but I feel like the various elements are fighting with one another and its finishes with a strange unsettling aftertaste... not really a huge fan.

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Photo of Wisconsuds
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this bad boy up on a trip to the ATL this month. From bottle to a brandy snifter. Why? Cuz I felt like it.

Appears a vibrant orange color - looks more like an amber than an IPA though. An abstract painting of lily pad-ish head sits in the middle of glass.

Smells of grass, orange and lemon rind. Thought I would get some sort of Belgian yeast aroma...but it's unfound. There's only a slight bit of funk involved.

Tastes more of a an American IPA than a Belgian, albeit a boring IPA, if that makes any sense. Sweet taste up front gives way to a bitter, dry lingering finish. Rather unimpressive for this 2011 vintage. A hint of sugar in the taste to round it all out.

Medium carbonation in this brew. Yup, that's all.

Overall, nothing spectacular in this beer. Wouldn't reach for it again, as there's plenty of better options out there.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. 2010 Vintage. Thanks to beerwolf77 yet again!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color that produced a light gray level of bubbles.

(S)- A big burst of orange citrus up front. Some subtle hints of a sweetness with a touch of banana.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A burst of tart orange and hints of damp wood. A subtle sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Crisp and lightly tart with a present bitterness.

(D)- An interesting combo. An IPA, yet a tripel at the same time. It tries to be both at the same time, but it just does not quite mesh together completely somehow.

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Photo of wryepicures
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- light copper, gold and red tones. clear and effervescent. Large off-white head with good retention- slight Belgian lace.

Aroma- from the fridge, the initial aromas are hop heavy. Flowery, perfumey hops, citrus esters (grapefruit). As the beer warms the malts and yeasts become more prevalent- biscuity yeast.

Flavor- floral hops up front, low hop bitterness. alcohol warmth but not hot, slightly sweet malts balance the hops. Biscuits and sweet bread. Citrus notes and spices (herbal, coriander- not pepper/clove). Tart finish. Not cloying.

Mouthfeel- light med-medium body, very carbonated and refreshing. some alcohol warmth, some tart/bitter finish. not hot or astringent.

Overall its an interesting mix of US hoppy IPA with Belgian Tripel, the hops are balanced with the sweet malts and yeasts. A little less complex and interesting than I had hoped but its a really nice warm weather refreshing beer but with a wallop.

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Photo of SiepJones
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Chimay Chalice

A: Very small layer of head which quickly disappears. This beer is orange in color, with lots of carbonation flowing through it.
S: Not a big nose on this beer, you can smell traces of sweet yeast and then some must on it.
T: Nice light yeasty flavor up front with a little bit of citrus into some earthy flavors, a pinch of cherry on the finish. Pretty well balanced beer, not too much IPA not too much Belgian mustiness. Note: the alcohol is hiding behind the mustiness.
M: Upfront this beer has a very slippery mouthfeel to me but it dries out on the backend due to its carbonation and alcohol.
D: As far as flavor goes this is a tasty beer, although I am sure after 2 or 3 you will lose the taste of it (or anything for that matter) due to its high ABV. This beer is best drank in moderation.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on 2010-06-08 at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, VA (from tasting notes)

A - Hazy copper with a short, white head.

S - Belgian mustiness from the yeast, corn muffin, alcohol. Not all that interesting.

T - Tastes like a combo of a Triple and a DIPA. Interesting experiment but it doesn't work for me. I'm not a fan of belgian yeast and West Coast style hoping. Initial roasted grain, belgian yeast followed by the hop bitterness but without pine or much citrus. Then a sour taste and a fairly dry, clean finish with some lingering bitterness. The alcohol is pretty apparent. It seems to me this beer doesn't know what it wants to be.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Mildly creamy.

D - No thanks but I applaud the effort.

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Photo of haddon
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a translucent amber with decent white frothy head. lots of carbonation bubbles being released throughout glass.

interesting smell. starts very yeasty and then the hop aroma backs it up well. belgian yeast with citrus is unusual smell to say the least. reminds me of sticking my nose in the fermenting bucket of a hombrew.

belgian yeast brings the malty sweetness of a tripple: bananas, yeast & munich malts. nice hoppy flavors as well: orange peel, pine and a bitter aftertaste. the more it warms, the more the 9.5% abv leaves a hint of booze.

medium body with a nice oily feel. good amount of carbonation. nice.

I believe Terrapin achieved exactly what they were aiming for: sweet, malty notes of a tripple with a nice hop balance of an IPA. which brings me to my dilemma: they achieved desired results but I don't really care for the mix. oh well, glad i tried it.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint; vintage 2011 sprawled across the side

Pours a bright orange with amazing clarity. A large amount of bubbles shooting north. A two finger cap rises and falls quickly. Little to no lacing.

Aroma is spicy. A hearty dose of ethanol too. Tangerines and tropical fruit with an astringent/medicinal quality.

Astringent, spicy hops, oranges and tropical fruit with a hot alcohol finish. Very similar to the aroma. Bright flavors, but a bit messy.

Medium body with even carbonation but astringent and spicy. Definitely not a smooth drinker.

Overall, this has some good qualities but I feel this is a miss. This guy satisfies a hop craving but lacks some overall depth and cleanliness.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up this bottle in Greenville SC a few weeks ago. The beer is dark yellow orange color, a little hazy, with a thin head. This has more of a spicy tripel aroma than IPA. I've had several beers of this tripel/IPA blend variety and haven't really been taken by any of them. This is turning out to be much of the same, with less IPA and more tripel in the smell and taste. Well done for what it is I guess, but not something I'd search for again.

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Photo of Aenema
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear honey with a 2-finger, frothy white head and splotchy lacing.
Smell - Citrus and brown sugar.
Taste - Citrus/lemon transition into a slight sweetness before a mildly bitter finish. The sweet, bitter finish seems out of balance and the components just don't click.
The flavors are not bad, they just fail to complement each other and end up detracting from the beer.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fine bubbles and an overall moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - The combination is out of sync, but smooths out and becomes less jarring the more one drinks.
Overall - A disappointing beer, there are better Belgian IPAs out there IMO. Try Green Flash's Le Freak.

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