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Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This NW style sour blond ale was barrel aged for up to nine months, then aged on fresh apricot for an additional six months. Aromas of sweet apricot blossoms and tart fruit are present as you draw the glass near. Deep, rich apricot flesh, then tart apricot notes dance on the palate and lead to a sweet apricot flesh finish with a lingering fruit tartness.

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Photo of nataku00
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, 2012 project. Beer pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of loose off white foamy head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving some light lacing and a thin collar. A few tiny bubbles streaming up from a few spots in the bottom of the glass.

Nose is apricot, sweet with some light skin astringency, lactic acid with lemon sourness, light woody note, white grape/wine.

Nice apricot flavor, lactic acid, oak, white grape.

Light body with some nice soft carbonation.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third bottle of the Apricot. This time is the 2009 bottling

Pour is a bright orange copper with a healthy sized white head for a sour ale.

Aroma of fresh apricot fruit mixed with lemon, a bit of funk , sweet malts and flanders yeast.

Taste is a truly refreshing bretty funky apricot ale. There is a nice complex body to it with sweet fruit flavors mixing with sour ale and a healthy dosing of pale malt flavors. Caramelized sugars also chime in in the background. For a Sour lambic, this is a really nice tasting high octane sour. I have a hard time letting the glass sit on the table as it is nice and refreshing on a hot summer night.

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Photo of Pahn
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. 2009 bottling.

Appearance: Bottle gushes an ounce or two into the sink after being refrigerated for an hour or so. Careful pour yields a 2 inch fizzy and rocky white head that dissipates slowly. Pours a not quite translucent gold and leaves some thick lacing walls.

Smell: Soft peach and strawberry aromas, some apricot as well. Mildly acetic at first. Smarties.

Smells good on the whole, but a bit too much Smarties.

Taste: Sour up front, then lots of tart fruit (apricot, peach, ambiguous berry) in the middle, finishing hot with some lingering lactic sourness and delicate french oak. Grapefruit pith-like bitterness is slightly too much.

With time, the apricot comes out a bit more and the bitterness recedes into perfect balance. The taste develops not in complexity so much as in balance, plateauing in a sort of attention-clinching tartness with soft fruit flavors, lactic sourness, and almost-vanilla oak. The flavor is lively but delicate, sour but not overly acidic.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Juicy up front, then creamy. Mild carbonation (along with the body) gives a very smooth impression. Tart throughout, finishing semi-dry and puckering.

Overall: Really satisfying wild ale. It's a touch too hot, and could be a bit more complex, but it's expertly crafted regardless. Leaps and bounds better than the equally easy to find Cascade Kriek. Will definitely buy more bottles of Apricot.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottling date. 750ml brown glass champagne bottle with cork and cage. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

Pop! Clear orange amber body with very thin white head. Nose is packed with citrus fruit notes. Lemon, lime zest, blood orange, a hit of funk and maybe a hint of red wine vinegar. As it warms there's fruit leathers too, like apricot of course and also something like Kool-aid mix. Palate is tart right off the bat. There's enough sweetness there to keep it from being straight up sour. Apricot dominates for sure with tangerine juice and orange pulp. A hint of wood smoke appears and then vanishes. Lemon meringue and key lime pies. Yum. Tart and delicious.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as part of the Cascade flight at Provisions. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a 9oz tulip glass. While I eagerly await the chance to try Fou Foune, this will have to do for now.

Amber orange in color, with some mildly persevering cloudiness and sediment at the edges. Head retention is decent (especially given the ABV), showcasing a frothy bone white head that eventually dissipates (almost as quickly as the kriek, although not quite as fast).

Another victorious fruit infusion at the aroma, as indicated by the bright showcasing of tart stone fruit, dusty, lightly sweet oak, and a rustic caramel and hop backbone that brings forward the properties that remind me that I am, indeed, drinking a beer here. Slightly under-ripe apricots come at full force here, along with notes of peaches and melon. Earthy, but also filled with nicely floral notes of white orchids, to say the very least. This may also be in part from the sweetness enhanced by the oak, imparting light vanilla and baking soda. Not very complex in terms of showcasing a variety of different flavors, but extremely satisfying.

One sip and I'm instantly enamored - I've always talked about notes of apricots in beers before, but from now on I'm going to be hesitant about using such a fruit description. As found here, it is *extremely* distinct in the realm of stone fruit. Tart, dried, and also green, to an extent, notes of soured apricots explode at the front of the palate, in the same vein that the extremely addicting dried apricot fruit treats do. Juicy, acidic, and filled with a good amount of fruit must. Follows with dried green melons, white peaches, and tons of well balanced floral notes. The oak comes in slightly more subtle but displays the same baking spices and light vanilla as before, alongside a light tobacco toasted element. Super mouth puckering, nevertheless, with a sensation of perhaps biting into a highly under-ripened apricot. Still, very well carbonated, and never loses its gas. I'm honestly impressed that this is so high in alcohol. It has to be one of the most dangerous sours on the market, as a result (and so flavorful!).

This is delicious stuff yet again from Cascade, with a great take on a type of sour that more of the big guys that make these kinds of beers right should experiment with. There's something really appropriate about using apricots for sour beers - its naturally acidic, dry, and tart character melds so naturally at hand. I'm happy to have another bottle on hand that I've held onto since July. I should consider cracking it open soon before the highlighted fruit character fades away!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2009 vintage, from forgetfu I believe - thanks man.

Pours a robust apricot orange with a bit of haze, finger of foamy head which has some nice retention and leaves spots of lacing down the glass.

Really a unique, well designed beer. Funk and fruit in the nose, also hints of oak and a hint of acidic twang. Taste reveals a real juicy apricot character that couples with a sour candy character, a robust malt presence that gives it a hefty, round body and a real effervescent carbonation that just dances in the mouth. Hints of vinegar and oak, light lactic character. Could be a little drier but it hides the ABV well and is an easy drinker.

Great beer, in line with the others I've had from Cascade - need to seek out more!

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Relatively quiet pop of the composite cork that was a pliers-size bitch to get out of the corked & caged 750 bottle. Hell, the cage was wicked tight, too - wire handle a little too small. Either way, it's going into a Duvel tulip.

There's not a lot of head here - just a few light bubbly wisps above a...well...apricot-colored...body (at least slightly). Slight honey and bourbon tones, too. A few extremely slow wisps of carbonation. The wisps stay for a while and leave a little decent lace.

Nice beastie smell layered and well-blended with huge apricot essence, with a little bit of added muscat notes. Huge yeast electricity and raw grains make this an enjoyable scent.

It's dry...of course it is...but not as dry as, say, something like Fou Fonne, which is Dust Bowl dry. A smidge of residual apricot sweetness melds with a dry balsa wood/oak complement, and the light Belgian malts provide the appropriate backbone.

Palate feel provides great acidity along with the oak/lacto combination. Apricot ripeness preclude the supreme pucker we would otherwise expect; hops? Not really part of the equation - perhaps a mild addition of Styrian Goldings but that's about it. Good Belgian pale malt character along with an extra dry sweet & sour notion.

This one works. It works slowly, but it works. Just what I was in the mood for...something less dry than Brute yet less beefy than the bottle of Consecration I have downstairs.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Rattle N Hum West in New York, NY.

Deep gold color and hazy with a small but persistent white head. Fantastic, complex aroma filled with apricot, oak, and funk. Flavor is fruity with a strong tart/sour presence. Carbonation is high, which keeps the beer lively and refreshing. Medium-light bodied with a dry finish.

What a treat to have on-tap. Very tasty with all aspects of the beer on point. Not sure I'd pay big bucks for a bottle, but this is a fine sour from Cascade.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden and clear in color with a thin fizzy white head. Aromas of fresh juicy apricot, lemon rind, lacto sour notes, hints of oak and vanilla. taste is super apricot forward and incredibly juicy. Lemon lacto sweet tart sweetness, with hints of white wine, sweet malt, vanilla and oak. Light bodied, refreshing, tart and juicy, perfect for a hot muggy day.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had at the Bros Brunch (not those Bros...)

Poured the perfect apricot orange with a finger of bright white fizzy head.

Aroma is full of ripe apricots, vinegar and acidity. Amazing nose on this beer! Smells tart and sweet....

Taste follows the nose win the perfect vinegar /tart add on. Amazing how well it follows the nose! Tastes amazing!

light in body and ample in carbonation. Great dry tart finish.

Overall, cascade can't do wrong, period. An amazing wild with all the trimmings.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle (2008 vintage cork and caged, tasted on 11/25/09). Served at 48 deg. Pours a light clear orange/golden. Huge bubbly white head that fades quickly. Aroma of peach and citrus, touch of some floral hops and vanilla bread. Incredibly dry taste, with very little residual sugar. Just a touch of sweetness with a belgian yeast flavor, then a pleasant mild sourness, but not as tart as expected. Drinks incredibly well and I cannot believe this is 9% (as labeled on bottle) for such a nice light bodied brew. Yet another fantastic beer from Cascade.

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Photo of Myotus
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle (2012 project) into a tulip and let warm up to 40°F until reviewing.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter's worth of white foam that shrivels into a line within 15 seconds. Pale orange in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are medium in size and low in quantity. Lacing is hardly existent.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of sour yeast that combine with mild aromas of oak, hay, and apricot.
TASTE: Very strong sour yeast flavors are up front. Mild oak and subtle hay flavors enter immediately after along with hints of apricot.
FEEL: Somewhere between light-bodied and medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Very tart. Goes down somewhat rough and finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: Where were the apricots? Was it because this bottle was aged too long?

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Photo of gcamparone
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip glass. Purchased in north providence ri.

Pours a super hazy orange juice like body with a good amount of sediment and a lacy white head.

Aromas are really nice and fruity, apricots definitely shine through along with the lactic tartness, ripe peaches, funky yeast. On the tongue it's pretty dark sour but balanced by a light stone fruit/ peachy/ ripe apricot flavor with a little oak, drying fruit skins, and a crisp tart refreshing finish. Medium high carbonation.

Another killer from cascade. Seriously, if you're not into ticking "whale" fruited sours, just drink cascade forever. Don't mistake availability/rareness with world class taste.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle poured into a Cigar City tulip. 2009 vintage. I popped this open at cellar temperature, instead of chilling it, so it gushed a little bit after the cork came off. I only lost an ounce or two and got the rest in the glass.

Appearance: Darker orange to medium brown in color with a large, sticky head. The lacing adheres pretty strongly to the glass.

Aroma: Oak notes from the barrels and fresh apricots give off a nice aroma upfront. Definitely a touch of sour lacto notes in there and an almost minty note. Very interesting and complex.

Taste: Fresh sweet apricot notes really lend a great fruit note upfront. They is also a touch of sour apricots, but it isn't overpowering. Oak notes from the barrels and the fresh mint notes from the aroma balance out the fruit nicely. I really like the fruit forward aspect of this and the balance of sweet and tart. A really clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied in flavor with some nice carbonation.

Overall, a really nice and inventive sour ale. The barrel notes are really strongly integrated and work well with the heavy fruit. The apricot is definitely the star here, and showcases great sweet and tart notes. I was really surprised the fruit was so present this long after bottling. I would definitely have this again although the price tag is a bit heavy at $20 a bottle.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So happy Cascade is now distributing in Florida. Bottle shared by urwithdave, poured into a CCB snifter.

A: Hazy, light orange color. The pour drops an impressive quarter of white head that leaves behind tons of spidery lace.

A: Apricots, oranges, and tangerines. Really, just a bunch of fruity awesomeness. Small bbready malts, and a nice citrus hop scent round out the nose.

T: Big notes of apricot, orange, and grapefruit. There is a distinct lacto, woody taste with a hint of bread. It finishes pretty tart and dry.

M: Agressive carbonation, light body. Crisp and tingely, really very nice.

D and overall impression: The only thing limiting the drinkability is the tartness, which dosen't bring the score down much. Overall, this is a great brew and one that I will be picking up often. Skal.

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Photo of Jonada
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Project 7.76% ABV. 750ml bottle served in a Russian River stemmed glass. Cork removed with a loud pop.

Appearance: Golden honey in color. Slightly hazy. A ton of visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass. Poured with about 1 finger of a slightly off white head (nice retention and lacing too)

Smell: Lots of lactic sourness, white grape, apricot, peach, slight oak and funk.

Taste: Big sour punch right at the front of the tongue that sticks around through the finish. More flavors of white grape, oak, apricot, vinegar. Acidic but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light bodied. Medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel. Sour dry finish. Very slight alcohol warmth.

Overall: Another great sour from Cascade. The apricot was a bit more toned down than I was hoping for, but this is still an excellent beer. I'd probably put this one slightly below some their others I've had though.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Whoa - lip puckering sour. Pours a hazy orange with thin white head, aroma is sour, salty and lemony, citrusy and tart - I lost any Chance at finding the apricot with too big of a first sip. Great carbonation lends to the feel.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into 250ml Jenlain flute glass. 2009 Bottling.

Appearance: Pours a deep strawberry blonde color with a large, fluffy white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves thick foam around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very sour vinegar and grape smells along with notes of apricot and a musty hint.

Taste: Begins with a lot of fruity sourness (obviously, with mostly apricot notes, and some grape) finishing with a vinegary note and touches of alcohol and earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Light body with well-rounded, natural carbonation and a dry finish that leaves a bit of a burn in the throat.

Drinkability: For an American interpretation of a Belgian style, this is absolutely fantastic. I have a feeling mine was a bit infected as, upon opening, it kept foaming over almost incessantly- the glass my girlfriend poured had no head while mine was thick. Still, being a sour style, this can stand up to that pretty well and still remains a very good brew.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Looks like what it used to be; a blonde ale.

S - Wild flowers and apricot.

T - Not much funk due to using soley lactobacillus. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Apricot is fairly subtle. A little more sweetness and fruitiness would enhance this beer.

M - Fizziness is refreshing and beer is suitably substantial to carry its abv.

O - I was a little disappointed with this beer as it's so highly rated. The apricot character did not come through to the extent I'd have liked.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bendurgin for this generous present. Poured into a tulip. Nice medium gold orange color with just a tiny bit of haze and a good one inch head on top.

Nice tart aroma with candied fruit. Very enjoyable aroma; it starts sour nicely blends into a sweet aroma as well.

The taste is a nicely balanced sour flavor. I get a bit of spiciness from the yeast as well. orange zest is also evident. Very nice.

The carbonation is lively and enjoyable. The drinkability is relatively high for this style. The sourness is in the forefront, but well balanced with a sweet finish and other flavors to make this a really nice beverage.

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Photo of amano_h
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tart apricots, sour lemons, and super sour warheads dominate the aroma early. I was surprised to find that the smoky oak character ubiquitous in almost all Cascade brews was missing from the back of the tongue at first, but it popped up after the brew was given some more time to warm up. Milder nuances of fruit skins and hay also join the fray along side the oak.

This is impossibly sour. I'm pretty sure I've had beers that were probably more sour than this in my lifetime, but for some reason I couldn't get around how sour this beer was when I first sipped it.

The lemon vinegar like astringent sourness is somewhat balanced by a soothingly mild apricot backdrop, which after a while rounds out the acidity and becomes a more pleasant fruity tartness. Not too sure on the usual oaky Cascade notes as my palates were too busy recovering from the hellfire of sour, but there was a hint of funk and hay toward the end of the glass.

Medium-light body with a decent amount of prickly carbonation; crisp and I would say refreshing had it not been for the unstomachable level of sourness that I experienced at the onset. This could probably benefit with a heftier malt bill, or at least something to neutralize the sour-gut inflicting acidity this brew seems to have taken on, but I can definitely see this satisfying many a twisted fantasies of sour freaks around the globe

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Photo of Lunch
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750ml bottle generously shared by ygtbsm94 at the Sexual Chocolate release in North Carolina (Thanks man!) into my Great Divide snifter (02/06/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with some orange hues capped with a faint off-white head.

S: Potent and intense tart and sour aroma of sweet apricot.

T: The apricot theme continues and the palate is met with some sweet and sour apricot with some real bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is quite nice and medium-bodied. Well carbonated, quite bitter and some puckering from the sourness.

D: As I am new to the style, drinkability is not as high as I'm use to, but still fairly easy to drink.

This was certainly a flavorful beverage that stayed true to its name. This will surely please any fan of the style. Thanks again Brad!

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Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Orange with a clean slightly syrupy body. Nice white head

S - Sweet apricot with light tartness to it

T - Tart lactic acid up front. Sweet apricot comes through in the middle. The lactic acid comes more in the finish.

M - Light carbonation with good tartness. Dry finish

O - Solid apricot sour that balances the tartness and fruit flavor well

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a sour-ass'd wild ale. Extremely tart...like sour patch kid salt ripping the film off you tongue tart. If that's your thing this is a must have. Awesome beer. 2014 project. Cheers!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 -- Draft, Oct. 2015

A: Slightly under-ripe apricot fruit aroma up front with some tartness in the background.

A: light golden color, slightly hazy with light ring of head.

T: Complex and slightly under-ripe apricot flesh flavors, very clean and enjoyable. Strong lingering fruit tartness.

M: Light bodied with light carbonation.

O: One of my all-time favorites from Cascade, very enjoyable and refreshing. A year of aging has mellowed the slight sour sharpness.

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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,701 ratings.
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