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Terrapin Reunion Beer 2010Terrapin Reunion Beer 2010

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mondegreen on 06-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of nickfl
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a small head of off-white foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves virtually no lace.

S - A very strong yeast aroma with notes of clove and bubble gum. Some molasses and dark caramel malt characteristics in the background.

T - Lots of spicy yeast flavor up front with notes of clove and bubble gum as well as some fruity caramel malt. Notes of molasses and plum clash in the middle with a bit of spicy hop flavor. The beer finishes with increasingly phenolic yeast character and molasses and cola malt notes that are not quite balanced by the light bitterness.

M - Thick, syrupy body, moderately low carbonation, and a sticky sweet finish.

D - Wow, what a mess. The malt is overbearing and one dimensional with a sweet caramel/molasses character that turns to a cloying cola flavor in the finish. The malt is unpleasant enough by itself, but it is completely overshadowed by the yeast. There is a huge note of bubble gum in the nose and it expresses as a very spicy, phenolic flavor. Though it is never quite medicinal, the spicy yeast notes really clash with the dark malt and are lacking in the dark fruit characteristics that one might have hoped for from a Belgian yeast in this sort of beer. The final nail in the coffin is the lack of carbonation. The beer is nearly flat, which I can see from the perspective of a scotch ale, but it leaves the beer seeming overly sweet and flabby in the finish when a more Belgian level of carbonation might have been able to lift some of the flavors and made the beer more drinkable. Terrapin has brewed some really nice beers lately (particularly Hopzilla) but this is certainly not one of them. Not something that I would drink again.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass a deep mahogany brown with a tinge of amber,not any head to speak of really,seemed to be almost uncarbonated .Aromas are great,dark fruit,candied sugar,light Belgian yeast,even a hint of smoky peat.Flavors have a gummy,fruity sweetness with light phenols,its quite alcoholic as it warms.I have had Belgian/Scotch dark ales before and this doesnt measure up for me,I like the cause and the strory on the label,the beer..eh.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm... Belgian Style Scotch Ale... kind of like Scotch Silly? Belgian brewers were influenced by foreign soldiers during the war, and later on the "Scotch" style just stuck. Curiously enough, it's not that common anymore. Good choice Terrapin!

Poured into an Imperial pint Nonick glass it forms an inch and a half thick head of pillowy tan foam atop a hazy russet and copper colored body. The head retention is quite good, and although it slowly dwindles down to a thin cap - and then creamy collar and whispy surface covering - it leaves solid rings of lacing about the glass.

I could smell the sugary sweet malt as it rose in the glass, and it's certainly there. It's more than just the malt though, it's the Belgian yeast as well. It's caramelish with a burnt sugar edge, and candy sweet as well with notes of strong clove and vanilla. But there's also the sweet and gently tart note of sugary, dried dark fruit (plum/prune, raisin, cherry) that comes from the yeast to kind of balance it.

In the mouth it's full bodied and creamy smooth with a moderate carbonation. It certainly seems as if it could have been bottle-conditioned, but I don't know, at least I can say it's that nice. I can't recall, however, whether or not this would be appropriate for a Belgian Scotch ale... it certainly fits the bill for a standard Wee Heavy.

The flavor is everything that the nose suggests and a little more. There's a mild spiciness from the yeast, and some nice leafy hop notes. As it warms some of the alcohol makes itself known. The bitterness is restrained, but still present, and when combined with the alcohol and the spiciness of the yeast and its dark-fruit component, it's enough to tame the sweetness and leave it seemingly dry in the finish. There is a lot of residual sugar left there, but this is not a beer you race through. You want to savor that rich, semi-sweet finish. You enjoy it sip by sip, slowly, and it works.

As to drinkability, it is perhaps a touch over the top. The fermentation temperature might have been held in check better, reigning in some of the yeast character (or perhaps another yeast could have been chosen), but it is what it is. A single serving is more than pleasant enough, and the complexity will surely maintain your interest. A second serving, on the other hand, simply becomes more of the first. So, hedonistically, I have to look at the first glass as my measure - and I really enjoyed it! Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel dark fruit, bourbon and vanilla. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent variation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink if you want something slightly different.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, medium-to-dark brown body with a modestly-sized, ivory-hued head.

Smell: This year's Reunion release smells predominately of tooth-rotting sugar and spice and a melange of alcohol-infused fruits, with any deeper maltiness barely coming to the surface.

Taste: Toasty, lightly nutty malts with sweet tastes of caramelized sugars as well as a dose of firmly-packed brown sugar. Maybe even a teensy pinch of chocolate powder in there as well. Exceedingly fruity, you've got plenty of plums, figs, bananas, and alcohol-spritzed, tart-ish black cherries. Also, some fruit-flavored bubble gum. Then, a bit of clove and coriander spiciness. Minimal hop character and bitterness. Even some cutting alcohol joins the fray, but it still remains a bit sugary, leaving it a very slow sipper for me. Smooth, sweetish, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Reunion '10 schlepps between the characteristics of the scotch ale and Belgian yeast strain, all while handing out a good dose of booziness. It's a good cause and an attractive-looking label, though!

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Photo of billab914
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured dark brown in color with a thin white ring clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of caramel malts to it with a candied fruit like sweetness coming through. It has a little bit of a banana bread and spice flavor to it as well.

The taste has a big caramel profile to it as well. Some dark fruit like flavors are present in the finish along with more of that candied like sweetness. Just a hint of the banana bread flavor that was in the nose came through.

The mouthfeel is slightly above medium bodied with carbonation being below average. Drinkability wasn't bad, it had some decent malty flavors to it. It wasn't anything outstanding but it was enjoyable for me this evening.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another one i am finally getting around to typing up.

Poured a hazel brown with a nice 1 inch head that slowly faded lacing up the sides. Much visible carbonation and a noticeable hissing sound. Smell was very nutty, and I mean that literally. Smell was of nuts and caramel with a hint of hops and just a touch of alcohol, smells like its gonna warm you up. The taste was very very sweet, syrupy and lots of dark fruit flavors. Very sugary sweet, no real taste of alcohol, which at 8%abv is a nice touch.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 09/05/10 notes. Bought at Norm's in Vienna, VA.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with one finger of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of metal, toasted malts, bready malts, caramel malts.

t - Tastes of sugar, dark fruits, booze, metal, bready malts, and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Not a big fan of this one. Thought it has a weird metallic smell and taste. Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Out of the bottle the body forms an apparent dark brown chestnut/caramel like body, but when shone to light it becomes a gorgeous ruby red. Head doesn't stick around much of it's foamy nature, kind of light in appearance and a simple light tan.

Bouquet is a good strong thick malt typical of a Scotch Ale but, mixes an airy whisp of Belgian like yeast. At first it's seems kind of odd, but after sometime I seem to enjoy it more. There's a little hint of banana and fruity esters too.

On taste though it comes off as a cross between several different styles. Malty banana palate like a Marzen/Doppelbock, spicy yeast like a Hefeweizen, and then finishes like a Scotch Ale with steely like caramel. Body though is incredibly wet and finish doesn't last. Tongue gets numb after awhile

Overall I am kind of not thrilled with this, it tastes like a complete mess. The cause is great though.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a hazy, opaque, deeply dark ruby-brown coloring with no head. Heavy sweet malt aromas, with some dark fruit characteristics of dates and figs. Almost has a port wine scent at times. The beer is surprisingly crisp and sharp in mouth...I was absolutely expecting a slick, heavier feel to it. The flavors are heavy and dark, with a prune and fig sweetness that is centered in the palate, and some slight peppery bitter characteristics around the edges. Smokey notes towards the end of the flavors helps to tie everything up, and a hint of booze that every Scotch should have, in my opinion. The finish is sharp and crisp, with a slight drying. The aftertaste is almost syrupy with the bevy of dark sweet flavors and overall heaviness to the body. Decent brew, and for a good cause!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Imperial pint lgass. Beer is brown and hazy with a pathetic head and almost no lacing.

Beer smells like malt and mild caramel with some oddness.

Beer is really light in body and mildly sweet with a hint of caramel. Mild roast at the back, its really thin though. Its too thin for the style and I'm not really feeling this one. Too bad this is the last beer of the night for me.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark bronze color with a 1/2" head. No lace develops.

Smell: caramel and belgian yeast are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, dark fruti sweetness, molasses, belgian yeast, brown sugar, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Long aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer is definitely a slow sipping beer. Worth a try as it has a nice flavor profile.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, I remember years ago first having Belgian style Scotch Ales in Atlanta, usually in bottles, and usually at the very first Taco Macs. This beer, to me, captures the essence of those days. Pours a very dark, slightly murky brown with a fairly slight head- not the most attractive beer in the world. Quite a few Belgian yeast notes in the nose, with an especially pronounced bubblegum aroma, some spice notes, and the firm malt characteristic of Scotch Ales. The taste is a beautiful balance between the caramel and spice notes of a Scotch Ale and the bubblegum and clove of the Belgian yeast, with some fruity components from both the malt and the yeast. Very smooth, with a bit of spice on the finish. I think they did a very good job capturing a pretty unique style.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with minimal head on top of an aroma that is a mix of roasted malts along with some bready sweet malts as well asa a yeasty, sour fruit hop aroma. A decent scotch ale taste as the malts have a noticeable presence of roasted and some caramel and dark chocolate. Unfortunately, doesn't mix too well with belgian yeast strain and some fruity hops like orange and grape - sweet fruits. Slightly smooth and creamy beer but the beer is not well mixed so the finish is funky. Not a bad beer to try but just can't decide which way to go and suffers for it.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is enticingly malty. A lot of sweet malts and caramel with hints of dark fruits and yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma has a delicious dose of sweet malts up front with caramel and a hint of sweet chocolate. Very nice.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It is a very solid scotch ale that I wouldn't mind purchasing a couple more bottles. Recommended!

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of fairly long-lasting, foamy head. OK lacing.

S: Smelled of Belgian yeast, malt, and a little hops.

T: Tasted of malt and caramel up front and then you get a big burst Belgian yeast and hops in the finish. This is a very unusual flavor combination to say the least.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is one of those beers I'm still undecided on. Worth a shot if you're looking for something unusual.

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Photo of claspada
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are dominated by the Belgian half of this beer equation. Scotch ale half adds the caramels and burnt sugars and maltiness.

The tastes start of Scotch with the caramelized sugars and hints of vanilla. The traditional malty caramel and roasted malt flavors is undoubtedly present here. The Belgian yeast allows it to finish much drier than any Scotch ale I have every had. Interesting, I enjoyed this different characteristic.

Drinkability is quite high for the Abv. Its is mighty tasty, a great exploration of typical malt style vs yeast. A good combo though making for an interesting and tasty brew. Shares some qualities of a Quad, but not at the same time, interesting and good though to say the least. Appreciate the effort.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Reddish brown color with a nonexistent head.
Caramel malt aroma, sweet fruit, floral hops.
Caramel taste, raisins, herbal hop finish.
A bit on the thin side.
Decent beer. Would drink it again if someone bought it for me.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not sure where i got this...pretty sure i picked it up in NC a while back...but when my personal glass whale showed up today...i needed a terrapin beer stat and "a beer for hope" sounded perfect. enjoyed from a 22 oz terrapin oversized snifter.

a - brew filled the massive glass and poured a ruby purple with a finger of bubbly cream colored head that bubbled away leaving a thin patchy skin of bubbles on the surface. spotty and streaky lacing clung to the glass.

s - fairly malty with some nuttiness and grape. subtle but to style.

t - as the nose suggested, classic scotch ale flavorings of nuts and grapes. malt dominated with no sign of any hops. there is definitely a glazing of oxidation and the flavor carries a bit of a tin vibe, but i quickly became adjusted to it. big caramel.

m - medium bodied, but chewy. almost winter warmer feeling.

o - overall, nice scotch ale. nothing mind blowing, but very true to style and enjoyable. the bottle i have is beginning to show some age (though i never had this fresh), it feels like it is still holding well and should be fine for a while.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Leon's Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with hints of toastiness. Also present are good amounts of spicy hops and hints of dark fruit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy caramel malt flavors with moderate amounts of toastiness kick things off. Midway through the sip hints of hop spiciness make an appearance before fading out a bit and letting the malt flavors sweeten. Very light hints of toffee flavors make a brief appearance before fading out into a fairly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and while I got a lot of scotch ale out of it I didn't get a whole lot of Belgian. Still, a solid beer that's worth a shot and a good cause to support.

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Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear dark mahogany with some quickly dissipating tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy caramel and wild yeast, with some raisin and bready malt.
T: It tasted like raisin and prune and caramel, with bready malt and wild yeast and some copper hops in the finish. It had a bittersweet aftertaste with some alcohol noticeable.
M: It was watery with a good amount of carbonation - lighter and fizzier than expected.
D: This was a nice blend of styles, but neither half was super rich or tasty. The result was surprisingly not complex, but it was still enjoyable. The body wasn't great, and the finish was somewhat harsh, so it wasn't super easy to drink either. Good beer, but certainly not great, with some real missed potential.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Smokin Joe's for the Big Pour Event.

A-pours a hazy coppr brown color with a thin off white head.

S-the nose brings lots of burnt candied fruit with some slightly burnt caramel and toffee with a grainy yeasty component lieing underneath.

T-messy malts, burnt sugars, caramel, and candied fruits. it is very sweet and sugary sticking to the teeth. the finish is grainy, bitter, dirty and the grain seems to linger.

M-the feel is soft but the body is thin and falls off further in the back. sharply carbonated bite in the finish.

D-messy malts and sugars with an overcarbonated finish and thin body make for a rather unpleasant brew.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.85/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Comes out of the tap a dark, rich, warm, barely transparent mahogany with a decent pale tan head - very appetizing. Lively, spicy aroma has hints of caramel and wood. Strong flavor is spicy, malty and nutty with tones of cloves and caramel and a woody hint. Smooth, fizzy texture leaves behind a nice tingle, while spicy and nutty flavors linger.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter.

A: Pours a very dark cedar red with a thin, greasy tan head that faded into a thick collar that left a ton of tiny spotty of lacing down the glass.
S: Strong notes of sweet malt and dark fruits with a good dose of alcohol vapor.
T: Lightly roasted and sweet flavors of toffee, caramel, molasses, raisin, marshmallow-esque vanilla, and honey. There is also a touch of earthy hops, flavors of plums and other dark fruits, as well as a mild spiciness. The Belgian yeast is noticeable and gives a distinct bready spicy character. Finish is lightly bitter/sour, and the aftertaste is drying.
M: Slick oily mouthfeel with a touch of warming alcohol. Body has a medium thickness to it and the carbonation is tingly and even.
O: Interesting flavor, sweet and a spicy. It became a bit tedious half way through the bottle, but overall it was pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing and tasty take on a Belgian Scoth Ale.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle with a foiled top. Label with quite the tacky illustration of a bright red bird picking up hops over a saturated blue sky and a rural landscape. Side narrative explains the charity memorial effort celebrated by the brew, and offers a brief description. Notes vintage as Reunion '10. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Brown pour with a fair head, moderate retention, fair surface memory with minimal touches of lacing.

S - Malty nose, caramel with a fruity hint in the backbone.

T - Taste flows expanding the nose with a long malt ride, plenty of caramel, and a sense of dark fruits in the back with a faint hint of hops as they are woven with a soft Belgian yeasty sense.

M - Medium/ body and carbonation, with a rounded boozy touch in the finish that is well integrated.

D - Rather well rounded and direct. Nice drink.

Notes: Not sure how it compares to any standards for the style, but next to other Belgian Scoth Ales I've tried this sits comfortably at the top tier. Not that it is a favorite style of mine but this is rather pleasing. Nice charity collaboration from Terrapin, and while I'd love to have some of their brews nearby on a regular basis, this was a welcome sighting in my region.

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