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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
8 IBU
"This deep, dark double red was aged over a year in Pinot and Whiskey barrels, then blended with a barrel of Bing cherries."

Added by ccrida on 02-20-2010

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, 5 years old at consumption. Refrigerated for the majority of that time.

Deep vinous red color, with purple and brown hues. Nose has a strong fruit bouquet with soft oaky back notes. Dark fruits abound. Blackberry, black currant, plenty of sour cherries. No booziness left at all. Oak has softened into a slight undercurrent, adding a bit of complexity and just a hair of tannic dryness. Red wine vinegar. Fat malt body is substantial and chewy. A real wonder with age.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a pint glass. Huge thanks to Tony for sharing this one with me and others at NEBCO; as of right now, my 75th Top 100 tick.

A: Hazy orange-brown body with a 1/2" cap of fine, frothy tan head. Spotty lace. Ok.

S: Pure acidity. Lactic + acetic acids are prominent, with the cherry fruitiness playing a nice supporting role. Sharp, tart, and awesome.

T: Sweet and sour, with the bourbon showing up right away along with cherry skin. Solid sourness follows close behind. Long, tart, delicious finish. Luscious, long-lasting aftertaste that was still pleasing 15 minutes later. Terrific.

M: Creamy, frothy, smooth. Outstanding.

O: Yet another incredible sour from Cascade. I love how aggressive their beers are without sacrificing too much complexity.

Cheers!

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml to a snifter, 2011 vintage. Got this for xmas from my sister in pdx last year, been staring at it in my fridge for 365 days, let's open this guy

Cork pops off very easily. Pours a dark ruby with two fingers of slightly burgundy foam. pretty high carbonation, ridiculous retention rate with great lacing. A little fizzy, but this is a really good looking beer

Smells of vinegar, tart cherries, sour apples and grape, wine, oak, leather, a tiny bit of bourbon and a ouch of alcohol. Really fun to smell

Taste is right with the nose, sour cherries and an assortment of other fruits- apple, peach, and grape with strong vinegar, oak, bourbon, wine, and alcohol. The taste sort of evolves as it goes over the palate

Feel is initial face puckering sour that neutralizes and turns a little sweet on the finish. Medium sticky body. Really easy to sip on

Overall one of the better Cascades I've had. Really great beer, glad I got another of last years vintage

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Photo of 1Adam12
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium brown, with a hint of red. Gorgeous. Smells of different fruits, however cherry jumps out and is the most potent. Tastes like a cherry blowpop, with the dry back end of a cherry blowpop as well. Very tart and sour and well put together. Fantastic taste. My only knock, is the carbonation. To me, this is over carbonated and would've been much nicer with a less carbonated, creamier mouthfeel. Still nice, but not what it could be. That being said, this is fantastic. Kind of one sided as far as the cherry goes, but I think that was the point. I'd trade for this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of KDawg
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this was the 2011 version. Poured from tap into a tulip. Pours a dark red color with a small head.

Very tart aromas strike right off the bat backed up by notes of sour cherries, funk, dark red fruits and a touch of leather. Very aromatic and sour at the same time.

Wonderful medium bodied feel that is extremely tart and sour. This is mouth puckering with flavors of sour cherries, leather and loads of dark red fruits.

This is one of the best flemish styled reds that I've had. A wonderful beer that encapsulates what a sour is all about.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 28.99. 2014 vintage. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a muddy cherrywood tinged dull brown. Opaque other than some rosey highlights at the edges when viewed under the light. The finger and a half frothy, khaki head gradually fades to a milky haze and full collar that leaves a couple huge clouds of lace. Muddy as hell but strangely attractive.

Vibrant, robustly sour aroma. Sour cherry, barrel funk, wine, strong vinegar, earthy, caramel, wood shavings and some vague tart fruit. I can tell this will be quite a ride.

Flavors are an intense mixture of sweet and sour. Tart cherries, barrel funk, wine, raisin bread, soft bourbon, lemonade, near puckering lacto, earthy, funky, caramel and brown sugar. I think there's a bit of alcohol but the sour is so potent that it is difficult to tell. This is a boldly tasty flavor trip with tart cherries and funky barrel notes in the drivers seat.

Full, creamy feel with pleasingly faint carbonation. Funky notes of wine barrel and sour cherries linger in the long aftertaste.

Welcome to Georgia, Cascade! Sang Noir is a rather beastly sour and I dig it. It is so much fuller than most wild ales I've had and has a sweetness that may not balance the sourness but sure gives it a nice counterpoint. Arguably a bit pricey but I enjoyed the experience and will be trying more from Cascade.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, now that I live in VA, I was finally able to have some Cascade bottles delivered to my new apartment! I have been waiting some time to try this one. 750 ml bottle from the 2011 project poured into a red wine glass...

A - Pours a dark reddish-brown, ruby color that is more deep than a burgundy color. A very slight head forms about half of a finger thick and slightly off white in color. Slightly muddled in color but is clear around the edges of the glass.

S - Tart cherries and lactic acid come out first. There are some nice vinous qualities coming forth as well. A nice funk and some wet oak come through as well. The bourbon is hard to detect, but the pinot barrels come through strongly.

T - Tart, sweet cherries and other fruits come first. There's some slight vinegar and balsamic qualities, but the cherry and vinous flavors slightly overpower it. Brett, dry oak and some lactic funk come next. The warmer the beer gets, the more the bourbon flavors come out and give a subtle warmth to the flavor profile. The sour and sweet are very well balanced here and make for a really first class wild ale.

M - Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Puckers the mouth and is a bit prickly on the tongue. Slight dryness on the finish.

O - I really enjoyed this one. It easily is one of the better Wild Ales I have had. The sweetnees and the sourness balance very well given everything that is going on in the beer. Can't wait to have some more!

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Photo of dbc5
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Southern Tier Pumking Tulip.

A: Somewhat "dirty" looking browish/ruby red with a pillowy 2 finger head from a moderately vigorous pour. Head recedes but leaves a nice frothy ring around the glass that sticks around.

S: Smells tart and slightly sweet. Definitely picking up the cherries in the nose, as well as some apple and vinegar aromas. It is very subtle, but I'm picking up light hints of bourbon as well.

T: Sweet up front with a great cherry presence. The initial cherry sweetness gives way to a tart, dry finish. Slight vinegar. This one leans more to the tart and acidic side as opposed to the funky side, although some minor funk is present. Again, picking up some slight bourbon character in the form of toffee/caramel mid swallow.

M: Moderate carbonation. Given the sweetness and overall "size" of this beer, it is unsurprising that it feels a bit thicker in the mouth than some other sours.

O: Great sour. Certainly among the better I've had the pleasure of enjoying. There are some interesting complexities to it that aren't found in many other wilds.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice and interestingly colored head that dissipates quickly. The head seems to have a tan with purple hue, which is pretty interesting and unique. The beer itself is beautiful and strongly resembles a nice pinot with its brown and purple hues. The beer is obviously hard to see through because of the coloring but the texture is pretty nice.

The smell and taste are both fantastic. The smell and taste both contain a nice dose of dark cherry tart, pinot noir berry fruitiness, and a bit of whiskey. The pinot noir note seems to come out more in the smell while sacrificing the whiskey; unlike the taste, where the whiskey is a bit stronger but still gets lost in the dark cherry notes. The dark cherry notes dominate the taste along with the tartness and is supplemented by the barrel aging.

The feel is pretty good. It's a lighter bodied beer but it has a bit of heft to it that gives it a nice smooth body and keeps it from being watery. The strong tingling carbonation is nice and actually makes the tartness easier to tolerate.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer worth getting even if it is a little pricey. While the tart notes are a bit stronger than the other beers from this brewery, it is still an easy to drink beer. Go for it.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from a Sat., 12/20/2014 Better Beer Authority Bottle Share (thanks, Richard H..), 2012 vintage, poured into a BBA snifter glass, drank over 15 minutes

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Photo of rand
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked bottle to tulip glass

Rich mahogany in color, almost cola like, this Sang Noir gives off a rich, complex and unique aroma, given the style. The typical lactic punch in the nose is toned down, replaced by notes of ripe berries and grapes. Red wine-like nose.

The flavors are even more complex with deep notes of oak and cherries and an almost chocolaty/carob-y aspect. A little more sour than the nose, this is still more complex and oaky than puckering-ly sour. Booze is noted, but not overwhelming given the 10% ABV. Medium finish that closes a lot like red wine, with tannins and oaky residuals lingering between sips.

Probably the best beer from Cascade. I had this a year ago or so, and did a quick rating - relaxing with my own bottle seems to be an even more satisfying experience.

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Photo of grover37
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 project. Slight gusher into oversized tulips. Real dark with light brown thick ring. Amazing nose with layers of complexity. Bright tart cherry, berries, red grape, oak, and strong sherry notes. Strong acidity up front with tart cherry and sweet figs then strong maltiness with dark caramel malts shining. Finishes with a drying tannic note. Medium bodied and medium high carb. Sharp acidity and tannins are the only drawback in the mouthful. Really nice to split a bottle of this and really enjoy the nuances.

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Photo of brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a ruby color verging on brown with a frothy head that leaves some streaky lacing

Smell: Red wine, lactic tones and cherry; oak and Bourbon tones underneath

Taste: Lactic cherry and red wine tones, at the outset, with the Bourbon, oak and vanilla building through the middle; nice blend of vinous and whiskey tones through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Complexity in spades here; among the best beers brewed by Cascade if not the best

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

my brother is a deadset champion for sharing this bottle with me. its one of those beers ive been after for years, but my travels or trades havent gotten me there. what a rare treat it is, wine and bourbon sharing the barrel influence of this burgundy sour beer accentuated with tart cherries. i would put this one on par with any of the russian river dark sours, and i think it needs to be mentioned in that breath. its almost purple in color, darkened to a rich ruby wine shade and showing about an inch of really light lace head. cherry is evident from first sip, tart pie style cherries in there mixing with the bacteria cultures and the wine tannins, its a really mouth watering nose. the whiskey part comes more towards the finish in this beer, more hot oak than vanilla, with just enough char to slow it down to be savored. the body isnt real big, but it doesnt need to be, the flavor complexities ride and appear one by one on the sour waves, which are dominated by lacto, but not entirely. some brett in here too i have to imagine, there is some funk in there with the acid. it warms up to show even more wine properties, pinot for sure. its usually tough for me to identify a grape varietal in a beer, especially from a barrel, but i think its unmistakable here. cherries never get sweet, even exacerbating the already extremely sour feel to this. carbonation is mellow, but more isnt wanted for. the process and the execution of this beer are both something to behold, it never shows its alcohol strength, and at room temperature sips like a fine glass of port or something. cant say enough about this one, a crown jewel in the increasingly crowded fruited sour world.

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Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling

A - Pours deep garnet with one and a half fingers of creamy looking tan head. More head than I expect from the style, with pretty good retention before fading to a collar. Some decent lacing.

S - Big tart cherry aroma with a pretty substantial bourbon presence as well. Vanilla and oak, with some balsamic vinegar. Works surprisingly well. A bit of funk, but much more tartness.

T - Whoa, puckeringly sour initially, with a huge tart cherry presence and some balsamic vinegar. Bourbon notes come in after the initial sour punch fades a bit. The vanilla and oaky bourbon notes are somewhat subtle, but I think that is a good thing here. Some more oak on the finish, but not overly dry.

M - Medium mouthfeel, a little heavier than usual for the style but the flavor profile goes well with a bit of heft. Dry, but not overly so.

O - This is really tasty. The bourbon notes are very subtle, more apparent in the aroma than the taste, and the huge tart cherry aspect is great. Not much funk, but still quite complex.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Tjohn241 at our local tasting last night from a 500ml swing-top growler. Served slightly chilled in my Darkness snifter. The growler gave a nice carbonation "pop" when we opened it.

A: Deep crimson red. Like the skin of a fresh cherry. Little to no head.

S: Wonderful sour cherry smell.

T: Cascade does not disappoint. Wondeful mix of cherry, sour and sweet flavors all in one.

M: Light bodied and refreshing.

O: I have only been let down by Cascade once, and this is not it. Another homerun.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this tonite! Thanks elliot!

reviewed from notes taken on 7/4/12.

vintage 2011 poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: brownish red bodied beer with small whitish cap. Spotty lace.

Smell: Big granny smith apples and tart cherries with mild vinegar. Oaky and earthy.

Taste: White grapes, green apples, tart cherries. The beer is on the high end of moderately tart with a hint of funk. Nice oaky barrel notes in this brew. Maybe even some mild vanilla sweetness from the oak and cherries flavors blending together in this beer. Big tart cherry finish. Nice complex brew!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Carbonation is spot on and drinks super easy for almost 10%! Super Tart!

Overall: Tried four Cascades(Sang Nior, Sang Royal, The Vine & Kriek) at our tasting last night and this was the clear winner by a landslide! Its up there with one of the best sours that I have drank!

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with a friend of mine by a campfire on a cold summer night.

A: An interesting mixture of dark ruby red and brown. Decent head with considerable lacing.

S: Woah. Lots of sour lactic aromas going on here with a nice malty, fruity background. Just by the smell you can tell this is going to be a sipper.

T: At first you're hit with a puckering sourness that tickles the back of your tongue. The first two or three sips all I really got was lactic sour. After my palette got accustomed to the sourness, I was welcomed by gushing sour cherry flavors with an interesting malty background. Very nice.

M: Sour?!

O: A little pricey, but well worth it. I'm just getting into sours, and this one gave a nice interesting twist on how I perceive them. I've basically only had fruit lambics from Cantillon before this, and it was nice to see an almost brown ale aspect built into the sourness. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on it. I look forward to trying other stuff from Cascade.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2011 Project
Mini snifter

A: Dirty burnt amber red color. Faint layer of head. No lacing. Looks fairly still in the glass, but that might also have to do with the tiny glass.

S: Big dark sour cherry. Some of that red ale character. Hints of vanilla. Some of that dry oak. Tannic notes. Love that lactic sour coming through.

T: This is probably my favorite Cascade ever. Big tart Cherry sourness on the tip if the tongue. Mouth puckering for sure. Then you get some of that tannic oak dryness. Some of the red ale character: nuttiness and vanilla. Prickly carbonation. Dry finish with lingering sour.

M: medium bodied high carb

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, dark red with a fingers worth of head that sticks around for a while

S: Lots of cherry and oak up front, with hints of the bourbon and vinous wine notes. Some lighter tart notes. Very lightly sweet as well, most likely from the vanilla notes from the bourbon barrels

T: Starts off with some moderate tart notes that are held in check by the firm oaky notes and sweet cherries. Some bourbon, vanilla, and grape notes pop up shortly after the tartness. Tannins and vinous notes show up next, followed by moderate alcoholic esters. Finishes with lingering tartness and oak notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: An extremely complex and intricate beer that really touches on all aspects. Cherries, bourbon, vinous wine notes, and oak really all stand out and show off in their own ways. This is a beer you need to check out, even with the price tag, especially if you're into sours

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Photo of wellsnb
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cherry bourbon sour deliciousness.this tastes like a sour old fashioned. This is the 2014 vintage. I would like to see what some more time (maybe a year or two) would do to it. Good work cascade.

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Photo of liamt07
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle form Rutager, 750ml into a tulip.

Deep blood red, light tan head with good lace and nice retention. Nose is bourbon cherry pie, sharp acidity, oak and cherry pits. Harsh acidity, but the bourbon smooths things out. Taste has light bourbon, oak, an intense sour cherry blast, tart, acidic, and more cherry pits. Finishes sweetish, but tartness prevails. Rich, intense cherry character, and a lovely malt profile. Medium full feel, lasting finish. Awesome.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red brown and pink pour. Thin off white head. Aroma was dark cherry, red wine, less bourbon than a comparable beer of theirs, vlad the impaler.

Taste leans more towards their fruitier beers. More sour and fruit than bourbon and oak. Its still there, its a complex beer even though Cascade's sours have all had that similar lacto clean sour profile. This is a real good beer and one of the best in the Cascade profile, if you liked vlad but want it less boozy and more fruity and sour, this is your jam.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

A - Dark red, amber, medium head, excellent retention

S - Huge sour cherry presence with vinous notes of dark grape and plum. Oak is evident and light whisky notes.

T - Tastes of dark fruits, cherry and red wine are the major players here. The bourbon notes offer the perfect accompaniment. The bourbon and pinot barrels really tie this one together.

M - Medium body and high carbonation to it. Acedic body.

O - One of the best Sours I've ever had. Right there with Brute and Supplication. I was bummed at the price but it's definitely worth it if you like Sours.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank while camping at Lake Naciemiento the night before the FW Invitational, a few beeradvocates and our girlfriends. Poured out with a lot more pink than I thought, small formation of head on it. Aroma, nice, cherry, wine, less barrel aroma than I was expecting originally.

Same with the taste, this had more in common with sang royal than it did vlad the impaler or bourbonic plague. A lot more red fruit and tangy sourness than barrel character. Would never even know that it had anywhere near 9% alcohol, thankfully they print it.

Found it to be much fruitier, lighter, more vibrant than Consecration. Consecration seems like so much darker, darker fruit. Currants v. cherries you know? Carbonation seemed perfect on this beer to deliver all its high points.

This is a pretty easy beer for me to really get into. Cherries, sourness, mild barrel character that is way in the background.

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Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.41 out of 5 based on 1,565 ratings.
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