Mosaic Saison
Anchorage Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #145
Ranked #2,881
4.15 | pDev: 6.51%
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
Mosaic SaisonMosaic Saison
Notes: Ale with brettanomyces aged and fermented in oak barrels.
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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium: Cork + tulip glass. (Batch #2 Aug/2015!?!)
Opacity: Slightly veiled to hazy.
Color: Dark straw with decent activity.
Head: Extra foamy 4 finger.
Legs: Okay with strong swirl reaction.
Smell: Brett yeast/Straw/Oak.
Taste: Wheat/Lemon/Mint/Floral.
Feel: Barnyard/Peppery/Brett/Citrusy.
Body: Medium slick and fluffy.
Carbonation: Highly crispy.
Overall: Excellent quality Brett Saison. Aging went alright for 5 years, the hops probably dulled quite a bit so for me it feels more similar to dry hopped and more yeasty while less tropical.

Visual 8/10 - Flavors 8/10 - Sensations 8.5/10 - Balance 8/10 -
Freshness 7/10 - Intensity 6/10 - Complexity 8.5/10 - Appreciation 8.5/10

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TheBierdimpfe from Quebec (Canada), Jan 11, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Tavour. Hazy yellow / golden poor with an airy, fluffy head. Aroma is the normal Belgian yeast notes, some of the Brett funk, nice sourdough smells as well. Taste add some Citrus notes to it and some tropical, grapefruit, pineapple along with a little bit of a tart bite / funk from the yeast. Pretty solid Saison.

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stevoj from Idaho, Feb 12, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Hazy orange. Big white head. Smells of strong brett, oak, a touch of oxidation, and some doughy malts. Maybe a shade of hops. Tastes of a tiny amount of hoppiness up front, then brett takes over. Earthy without being acidic. Doughy malts. Oak and slight oxidation in the back end. Medium body. I didn't notice the age when I picked this up. Oops. It's actually still very good, but probably not what it was.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Semi-hazy golden color. Aroma has brett funk, floral notes, pineapple, pollen and hay. Taste is a bit astringent, mostly fruity and dry. Medium body, quite effervescent.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, May 09, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a burnt yellow to copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some trickling lace ran here and there.
The aroma had some sweet grassy hops playing with some lemongrass, coriander, peppercorn, tangerine, orange, rustic Brett sour features and some floral tones.
The flavor was a fantastic blend of sweet vinous lemongrassy tones to the sour and a light funk underscored by a light earthy to peppercorn-like spice. This seemed to bleed on into the aftertaste in the same way.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Light vinous to funky grip along my tongue in a nice way and playing with a respectful carbonation. ABV seemed on par as projected by the brewer.
Overall, what an absolutely wonderful saison that I would love to come back to.

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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color. The head is three fingers high and eggshell in shade. Retention is frustratingly good, and extreme amounts of lacing stick to the glass.

Even at nearly two years old, the Mosaic hops give the aroma a wonderful citrus tone. Additional qualities of pineapple, tangerine, and blueberry also appear. Saison yeast offers some grass, black pepper, and flowers, while the brett is nice and funky (though not quite as nuanced as the best brett beers). Apart from the slight lack of brett nuance, I can't think of a single thing wrong with the aroma. It's hoppy yet appropriately rustic.

Flavor profile follows suit, but seems drier all around. It starts off with plenty of grass and black pepper, before funky brett notes cluster around the middle. It finishes with a wisp of Mosaic hops (tangerine, grapefruit, even blueberry!) and a moderate yet careful touch of bitterness. As a brett showcase, it's great though not quite perfect - it needs just a bit more nuance. But still, it's quite clear how much care went into making this.

Dry, dry, dry. This isn't the fizziest or most effervescent saison ever (carbonation is noticeable yet not heavy), but it still manages to virtually evaporate off the palate. It also allows the mouthfeel to be surprisingly soft, lacking in firm, angular edges.

Sure, it's expensive. But it's a wonderfully rustic, hoppy, and just plain delicious saison that drinks every bit as well as I expected it to. Great work, Anchorage - now, let's see if we can't package this in tallboy cans, huh?

4.13/5: Simple name, awesome beer

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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (corked and caged, 2015 vintage) into a Duvel tulip. Light gold in color with a fluffy cap of bubbles. The nose is pineapple and mandarin orange with bretty notes. Lots of brett in the flavor, fruit (oranges, pineapple) is still present with a touch of straw on the finish. Very dry. Interesting mouth, there is a ton of carbonation (like I put pop rocks on my tongue) and its dry enough that it feels more like the beer is evaporating rather than being swallowed. This beer was not what I thought it was going to be, and I mean that in a good way. If you like a dry saison with good mosaic flavor this is the beer for you.

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SiepJones from Pennsylvania, Mar 04, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage. This beer pours a cloudy hazy light gold with an ample white fluffy head. The head breaks after a bit of time, but there is some nice lacing the entire time this beer was being enjoyed. The smell comes up fast, and it predominantly brett. I mean really brett. But then other elements seep in such as the hops and some spices. The taste is great, the brett again is very strong, and then there are the mosaic hops which are clearly there. There is full carbonation and the feel is heavily influenced by the brett, in that is added astringency and made the finish quite dry.

I was quite pleasantly surprised by this beer, and it was a real pleasure to drink. In many ways it reminded me of a nice Orval.

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polloenfuego from Ontario (Canada), Feb 26, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a murky beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of funky Brett notes with some tropical notes form the Mosaic hops. Taste is a good mix of Tropical floral notes with some light dry hoppy notes with some very flavorful funky Brett notes. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation. This is one tasty saison and something I wouldn’t mind having on a more regular basis.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Nov 12, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a light yellow topped by a dense and rocky three finger white head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of funk, spice, light citrus, and some lemony tartness
T: Taste is some funk and oak up front with some nice brett barnyard notes, good amount of peppery spice as well, slight citrus and some hints of tartness and a little band aid. The swallow on this one is more funk with some doughy malts, hints of tartness and lingering funk. OIly citrusy hops come in here at times as well as a little orchard fruit.
M: This beer is fairly light in body but it isn't watery with carbonation that is just below prickly with an oily but slightly drying finish
O: Overall this is a really solid beer. It has good flavors and some nice complexity. I probably should have gotten around to it sooner to enjoy the hop notes more but they were still there and the beer evolved into something very enjoyable. If you like beers with brett this is a good one to get your hands on.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, Oct 21, 2016
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4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Zwanze Day 2016, Green Bench Brewery, St Petersburg, Fla.
What the hell am i drinking here? looks, smells and tastes like an IPA, but i love it! maybe with all the open fermented beers around here today, my pallet need a hop fix. This delivers, not to bitter but perfectly hopped. This is got to be the hoppiest Saison out there or the funkiest IPA.

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KensWorld from Florida, Oct 03, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from the 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Light gold and hazy. A foamy one-finger white head with good retention. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Musty Brettanomyces and an earthy farmhouse funk. Citrus and tropical fruity hops, light cracker malts. Lightly tart, lightly funky. Nice, albeit not a huge aroma.

T: Brett and dry funk. Citrus hops, tropical fruit hops, and light cracker malts. A fairly light funk. Saison yeast with a very mild pepperiness in the background. It finishes dry with the barnyard/farmhouse dry Brett funk and light hop bitterness.

M: A light crackly body – lots of carbonation sensation. Low alcohol presence.

O: Good. Not as enjoyable (for me) as the Brett-ed IPAs like Hop Savant. But good. I wish it was hoppier, or more tart, or funkier. But the bits of each don’t mesh quite as well as I’d hoped. I would be glad to have another one on tap somewhere, but I’m not sure that I’d go out of my way for another bottle.

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle. Batch #2, August 2015.

A: pours a little hazy, very pale straw blonde hue. Head is fluffy and bright white.

S: nose is a ton of Brett character. A little funky, but very fruity, which is also probably coming from the Mosaic hops.

T: similar to the nose, starts off with some horseblanket funk and then gets resinous. Lots of MO used here and I like it. Finish is bone dry and makes it easy to revisit.

M: effervescent carb on a medium-light body.

D: another hit from these guys that have funky fermentations down.

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Jimmys from Pennsylvania, Jul 05, 2016
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4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and corked bottle. Yeah, I've been bitching and moaning about Brett a lot lately, but, hey - Mosaic!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a few swaths of chunky lace around the glass as it very lazily sinks away. Bit of swirling effervescence, as well.

It smells of bready and crackery pale malt, a lesser sweet wheatiness, very peppy tropical fruit notes (pineapple, kiwi, and blood orange), gently funky Brett, further edgy yeast, white and black peppercorn spice, and a faint hint of gritty woodsiness. The taste is more big tropical and domestic fruitiness (apple, grape, orange, passion fruit, and generic melon stand out), evenhanded pale and wheat malt, a surprisingly gentle musty and funky farmyard bacterial infection thing, some white pepper and clove spiciness, and an almost ethereal wet woody character.

The carbonation is quite thorough in its palate-surrounding frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and pretty smooth, actually, just a wee yeast/Brett acerbity keeping things honest here. It finishes off-dry, the varied fruitiness still up for anything, and looking for a place to happen.

Overall, a pleasantly balanced tart, funky, and hoppy Saison, which, I gotta say, is fairly easy to drink, the extra tick and half of ABV not manifesting in the least. I suppose when there's lots of other tastebud-tickling flavours abounding, M. Brett is not as much of a pain in the ass as usual. Worth checking out, especially if you're a fan of the Mosaic varietal.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), May 20, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into NB chalice, yields nice 3 finger soapy head, recedes rather quickly. Looks pale cloudy yellow, there are floaties in there. Smells distinctly of barnyard, old blanket, with the remnants of saison yeast slipping thru. Taste is very unlike smell, I think my batch was from August 2015 so not too much age on the brett. I get the mosaic trying to come thru, some lemon there and a bitter, peppery, dry finish, not saying that is a bad thing, but kinda different than anything I have had before. There is something lingering on my palate, earthy undertones, and I can't quite pick it out, but for another day. I like this beer, unfortunately they don't distribute to Texas, but I was in a Liquor Store in Louisiana last month and saw this on the shelf. I should be back there this summer and I will buy all of this they have left. Damned good beer with Sushi

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4.98/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Has a great golden color, and a fantastic indescribable funky taste from the brettanomyces. Follows with a nice dry finish. Would not say it is a everyday beer, but definitely a frequent one to enjoy.

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mpgrif2 from Illinois, May 09, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a two finger plus, slowly dissipating head. Some lacing. Smell brings lots of mosaic hops, Belgian yeast, some funk, some black pepper. Kind of a fruity aroma. Taste has the Belgian yeast a little more in the lead, still a good amount of hops, light malt, less funk than the nose, again a general, if subtle, fruitiness. Light hop bitterness throughout. Smooth, well carbonated, solid body, refreshing.

This is a keeper. Well balanced between the mosaic hops and the yeast, lots of flavor. Well worth a purchase.

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stortore from Illinois, Apr 27, 2016
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rare Beer Club Selection.
750 mL corked bottle poured into a stemmed glass.
Golden color, and white, lacey carbonated head on the beer.
Brett on the nose, great tropical notes from the Mosaic, with a dry finish.
Unique and very interesting beer!

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4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale yellow with white head
S: Tropical, guava, apricot, white pepper, earthy
T: White pepper, earthy, tropical, mango, guava, light pineapple
M: Fluffy carbonation
O: Very tasty saison with earthy and fruity balance

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Rimbimhoot from Illinois, Mar 17, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention that sticks throughout as a cap. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: A wonderful mix of passion fruit, that becomes slightly sour/tart. There is an earthy barnyard funk and light wood aromas. Everything melds together perfectly.
T: The hop character is up front, with a mix of funk, sour and tart flavors. Passion fruit, barnyard, oak. This is all over the place, in such a wonderful way.
M/O: A medium body with effervescent carbonation. Crisp, but at the same time smooth and beautifully dry. So easy to drink. I would love to just sip on an entire bottle all day.

One of the better hopped saison's that Achorage has produced. The passion fruit, mixed with a great funk and dry tart note is amazing. Really well done, and highly recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting. Never had a saison before, much less with Brettanomyeces.

Poured a liquid gold color,,very cloudy with 1/2 finger of head that lingered a long time.

The Brett certainly brought the funk. Tastes as if it's brewed with fruit, oranges, apricots, or something. But I guess not.

Goes down smooth, and kept me wanting to take another swig. However, towards the end, I really didn't want to finish it, the barnyard smell was keeping me a away. Guess I'm not man enough for it.

Not a beer for everyday drinking, but for something different was an experience.

Would I have it again? no.

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4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Light golden color nice finger of head turned into a layer of foam that stuck around.

S: Wow! Super tropical fruity hops.. Dusty musty Brett funk some stone fruit and hay.

T: Mango apricot passion fruit ...stone fruit and it all blends so well with the musty Brett funk.

F: Lighty crispy carbonation. Maybe a bit too light?

O: Fantastic saison didn't have the highest hopes as most saisons have been letting me down lately but this is everything I want.

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Invinciblejets from South Carolina, Feb 28, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a slightly hazed green lemon hue with 3-4 inch billowy white head. A bit much...excellent retention. Mild lacing.
S: Soft citrus and tropical notes (from the mosaic), farmhouse funk (a la brett), spicy white pepper, lime and herbal notes, and a dry earthy mineral note. Very nice on the nose.
T: the progression along the palate. Grapefruit and farmhouse funk (a la brett) hits first, quickly followed by the tropical fruit, grass, and lime notes (mosaic), then it settles down into the saison notes of spicy white pepper as well as some dry cracker malt, and towards the end and in the finish deeper notes from the oak-barrel aging emerge (soft vanilla and almond). Excellent.
M: Light-medium body. Soft fruity sweetness with strong bitter and dry notes. Very nice lingering and maturing on the palate...exceptional for style.
D: This was a very nice surprise and quite the treat. A nicely complex, interesting, and well constructed brew to be sure (and a very approachable ABV to boot). Wish I had more of this with spring approaching... Well done, ABC!

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mwilbur from Minnesota, Feb 28, 2016
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3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a moderately turbid bright gold with a massive white head, lively carbonation and excellent foam retention.
April 2015 bottling, Batch #1

S: Rustic peppery saison and barnyardy brett yeast notes dominate the aroma. Some cardboard, dry cedar, rust and leather. Some grain, mild stone fruit.

T: Brett has really taken over the flavor, and any nuanced hop notes that may have once been present have long since faded. Some grassy hop bitterness, white pepper, muted stone fruit, earthiness, grain and toasted oak. Very, very dry with a short-lived dry grainy finish.

F: Lively carbonation, just under medium body, and a slick mouthfeel.

Thoughts: Quite a letdown – I was expecting brighter, more nuanced flavors, particularly given how blown away I was by Love Buzz. Very little Mosaic hops, very little oak in this one. While it may seem like a suitable candidate for some aging it has simply been overcome by a dry brett character.

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thepenguin from Massachusetts, Feb 26, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml split 3 ways last night, Aug. 2015 bottling. Have had this one a few times now, reviewed from some phone notes.

A - Pours to a vintage Grimace glass a nice golden-yellow color with lots of haze and an ample white head which sticks around quite excellently at a half-finger for most of the duration. Some pretty good lace left behind as well.

S - The scent is quite brett-forward with lots of funkified tropical fruit and wine grape coming through, blends quite nicely with some solid Mosaic melon-ness. Wheat and slightly spicy yeasts.

T - Really opens up here, quite a nice marriage of brett+Mosaic hops. Plethora of fruits with melon, lemon lime, kiwi and pineapple coming to mind with some earthy funk, bubblegum, light pepper spice and a green grape/white wine feel throughout. Some oaky vanilla joins the complexity party with warmth.

M - Kinda highish foamy carbonation to start that seems to flatten itself out with time. Ample body, doesn't go overboard with brett-funk while still delivering a ton of flavors. Quite dry on the whole.

O - A minor complaint I have is the farmhouse base is a bit buried in brett and hops, but it's so well put together and complex otherwise it's hardly an issue. Really just loads of slightly funky fruits rolling out of this thing, quite tasty and impressive, and probably one of the better balanced beers I've had from Anchorage.

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Chico1985 from Massachusetts, Feb 21, 2016
Mosaic Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
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