Raspberry Origins
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Wild Ale
Ranked #114
Ranked #1,143
4.31 | pDev: 5.8%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Raspberry OriginsRaspberry Origins
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.62/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at March Madness 2017. Regular origins didn't really jive with me, but if this is a dry raspberry, it might just be the antidote to a lot of why I wasn't into the OG.

Pours darker than any raspberry beer I can think of. Pours a dark brown with a light purple current through it if held up to light. The head is about 2/5" of beige with a light pink hue to it. The aroma is a mixture of tart brown malt, raspberry, oak and light cranberry feel to it. Hits the acetic and balsamic feels aroma wise.

Taste I will say I definitely enjoyed more than the OG, but still remain slightly mystified as to its high score here. Its still not up to what I would say is an average crooked stave beer. Shares a lot in common with both flanders red and oud bruin, but with a more intense sourness. The slightly brighter, drier, approach worked a lot better for me here, but there is still an earthy soil component to it. Kind of pricey stuff, glad someone else brought it.

Oct 09, 2020
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep burgundy red. Surprisingly, pours a dense head which is unfortunately short lived. Perfect aroma of fresh raspberries, oak and acetic acid. Fresh and sweet raspberry jam on the palate. Deep brown ale base mingles with the oak and balsamic vinegar seamlessly. Fairly intense acid, acetic beginning to middle then citric then lactic in the finish. Not a lot of funk. Perfect balance cold but the balsamic dominates slightly as it warms. Feel is aggressively dry and puckering. High carbonation is perfect. Raspberry seed texture coats the tongue and adds to the dryness. As I empty the glass, I can detect an interesting peach aroma which was not there before. Unreal. All the flavors are so authentic and well integrated. Crooked Stave has blown me away yet again.

Nov 10, 2017
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml bottle, bottled in December 2015. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: A dark burgundy ruby red colour with a just over one finger off pink with a dark orange hue head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin cap with some nice lacing.

Aroma: Very nice sweet and tart raspberry jammy aromas with perhaps a hint of oak.

Taste: Sour and tart raspberries and lemon to begin, followed by some light sweet jammy raspberries and a hint of oak. It finishes sour again with lemon, some citric acidity and a touch of grapes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to light carbonation and a dry-ish finish.

Overall: The aromas were stunning and while the taste didn’t quite match up to the aroma, it was still very good.

May 15, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark burgundy with glowing garnet edges and an off-pink head that settles to a thick collar but can be swirled back into existence.

Smell is an absolute abundance of fresh crushed raspberries! I also get toasted raspberry seed, sour red grape and peppery but wet oak.

Taste is mouth puckeringly sour raspberries, again in absolute abundance, with a spritz of lime juice making this quite acidic indeed. There are also touches of sesame and raspberry seeds and toasted dark bread.

This is very very sour, almost Warheads level, yet with a soft fizz and medium body, finishing semi dry.

With so much freshness coming out of a bottle dated December 2015, what better way is there to preserve the aromas and flavors of fruit than this?!

Apr 29, 2017
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 375 ml (12.7 fl oz) bottle purchased at Whole Foods Market - Columbus Circle, New York, NY
December 2015
Served in a tulip

The gorgeous, burgundy colored body was capped by a finger-tall crop of bubbly, light pink froth. Solid retention. The crown slowly dropped to a foamy cap. Patchy rings of lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was uber raspberry forward and pleasantly tart. Freshly pureed raspberries came to mind. Nice jammy sweetness too. Bretty and sour but not overwhelmingly so. Big vinous notes. Red wine for sure. Moderately oaky.

Flovorwise, the beer was much more sour and acidic. Raspberry notes appeared briefly up front but they were quickly overshadowed by the lemony tartness and vinegar-like acidity. The beer turned even more sour and acidic as it moved along the palate. Red wine vinegar came through on the back end. More lemon juice on the finish. Some oaky tannins lingered after the swallow. As the beer sat, fresh raspberry notes really came forth and balanced out the flavor profile. Hint of sweetness too.

Light, crisp, frothy mouthfeel. The liquid contained a lively, finely bubbled effervescence. Slick, creamy and smooth once settled on the palate. The beer's acidity level approached "tooth enamel stripping" but fell just shy of it.

I have found most Crooked Stave wild ales to be overwhelmingly sour and acidic, but Raspberry Origins was definitely not so one dimensional. While this beer was quite tart, the raspberry notes were sweet and bright enough to keep things nicely balanced. Hopefully one day I will see fresher bottles of this brewery's fruited wild ales in my neck of the woods, as most of these year-plus old bottles surely do not express their fruity notes as they should.

Mar 26, 2017
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moose1980 from Germany

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Minimal head that fades almost before the pour is finished. Beautiful burgundy color though. The smell...so jammy; all pureed raspberries, but with some oak and a hint of a dusty attic. Taste is puckering sour raspberries. Almost too astringent at first, but after the palate adjusts, it makes for a nice sipper. Extremely dry finish, pushing wine territory. Drank at cellar temp, but it should have been slightly cooled.

Mar 04, 2017
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750ml at home with Lisa in Apr 2020
4.66 in 2017

375ml from Dec 2015. Dark red with beige pink foam. Nice lacing, not much retention. Nose of raspberry and blackberry. Tart cherries up front, sweet raspberry in middle and more big, sweet, lush raspberry on finish. Great balance of sweetness and sharp acidity. Amazing beer.

Jan 27, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absurdity in fruit and sourness has reached a new peak. The culmination of how much fruit versus how sour, versus how dry a beer can beer has met its match with the Raspberry version of Crooked Stave's Origin series.

With an incredibly deep and hazy gaze, the rich ruby ale looks cobbler-like before a scent of earthen, rich and condensed raspberry grabs the olfactory senses and won't let go. Cooked berries lead to a radiant sweet and succulent taste that's jammy, branch ripened and puree-like.

Yet as the ale traverses the middle palate, a transition takes place; one that ushers in a brazen sourness of dry cider, dry white wine and apple cider vinegar with peps of balsamic to dissect the malt sweetness and the berry fructose to a tangy, fruity and tannic remnants of what the fruit once was. Its final taste is premierely sour as crabapple, lime, lemon and sour white grape wash the palate with lactic tartness.

Medium bodied, the beer's lingering sweetness and raspberry identity won't let go. Balancing the sourness fiercely, the malty rebuttal is redolent with raspberry pie, pastry pie crust and all. Dry tart and malty dry, the finish is peppery, earthy with a brisk after aroma of the sea.

Jan 18, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Red to pink in color with a fingernail of pink around the rim and the majority of the top. Raspberry limbic aroma is intense. I'm tasting intensely sour raspberries and tart brettanomyces. The mouth is highly carbonated and acidic.

Jan 16, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project "Raspberry Origins"
375 ml brown glass bottle, "DECEMBER 2015" and sampled on 27 DEC 2016
$13.99 @ Knightly Spirits, Orlando, FL

Look: Clear deep ruby-brown body beneath a fizzy head of pinkish-tan that dies down not too unlike a glass of cola. It drops to a thin collar around a floating island of a foam in the center. Lacing is limited to nil.

Smell: Raspberry, black currant, dried fruits like "Fruit Roll-Ups", some fig, raisin and prune.

Taste: Initially quite tart, and woody and earthy and fruity. It softens a bit as it warms and some of the carbonic acid of the CO2 is released, but it doesn't become any sweeter. In fact, it may become dryer as the woody dryness of the oak becomes more apparent. It's sour but clean, and hardly "funky" at all. For fans of "fruit beers" this is probably not your thing. For fans of sour beers, and oak-aged beers - particularly those with a fruit component - this is more for you. And as far as that goes, this is one of the most elegant examples I've ever had the pleasure to come across. It's reminiscent in many ways of a Flander's red ale, or an Old Bruin, yet it is neither, and is in fact it's own beast. It's clean and clear, and acidic and fruity - very straightforwardly sour, fruit, and oak. It finishes short and dry with quick fading fruit amidst tartness, followed by a rising dryness from the wood. The alcohol never shows (it's just 7.5% ABV); nor is it astringent beyond the norm for any oak-aged beer.

Feel: Light-medium body and sharp with acidity. The fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation gently bristles the palate before warming to become smoother, but it never actually gets to "smooth".

Overall: A stunning beer in its originality; and for those that can handle its dry sourness, splendid! It's a bit like a sour fruit beer blended with a dry European wine, and I've never had anything like it. For those who'd like to expand their concept of what a beer can be it's definitely worth seeking out.

Dec 27, 2016
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12.7 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Dark crimson, almost opaque, and minimal visible carbonation. About a half-finger of pink head fades quickly. A nice looking beer - looks almost like wine in the glass, aside from the few bubbles.

S: Tart and acetic acid, raspberries and oak. Some funk, a red wine vinous character and more dry woody tannins with a mild vanilla component. Nice nose on this.

T: Raspberries – overripe and sweet - up front. Acetic acid that's borderline vinegary but not in a bad way. Oaken dryness and mild funk. Lactic acid and tartness. Incredibly fresh juicy raspberry finish with a lot of acetic acid and less citric acid with the associated dryness.

M: A full-bodied beer – maybe a bit more heft than most AWAs. Carbonation sensation on the low side but not flat. Low alcohol presence.

O: I really liked this one. The fresh raspberry flavor of New Glarus but with an actual amount of tart and acid with some funk that the Wisconsin brew is lacking. Really enjoyable. It's probably too acidic for it to become an everyday or session drinker for me, but really enjoyable.

Nov 19, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark purple-reddish body, one finger whitish-pink head, good retention, plenty of lacing. Smells of raspberries, light caramel sweetness, lemon, leather, bits of oak. That typical Brett-forward aroma lies beneath the raspberries. Flavour is essentially Origins with a bunch of raspberries on top. It's not overly raspberry sweet, but is reasonably complex with the Brett leather and lemon profile underneath. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, probably related to the Brett; good carbonation and nice raspberry tartness on the finish. Enjoyed this one a fair bit, price is a bit hefty for a 375ml bottle but fairly accessible in the Denver market.

Oct 16, 2016
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KensWorld from Florida

4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Zwanze Day 2016, Green Bench Brewery, St Petersburg, Fla.
Looks flat, not much on the nose. taste is tart Raspberries, feels great and overall will seek out in the future if i can find it.

Oct 03, 2016
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Beejay from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Been holding onto this for a while.. been a rough weird week of ups and downs.. Bout time to crack it.

A: Pours like dark grape juice, in the glass it is a very dark red brown color, like dark blood, with a fluffy pink head.

S: Very tart, with slight notes of vinegar, and rich sugary raspberry, and a touch of wood. It's like someone condensed raspberries into a sweet puree of sour goodness.

T: Wow. The sourness on this one is really amazing. Mouth puckering sour notes with raspberries, and oak. Sharp and acidic, with a raspberry jam finish.

M: Light bodied, with effervescent carbonation, and a very acidic kick.

O: Good god, this is good. This beer treads the line between beverage and experience.

Sep 15, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at CBC 2016 - day 2. Dark ruby with a tall pink head. Raspberries, fruit and barrel sourness, very subtle oak and vanilla notes, some barnyard funk.

Aug 22, 2016
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, bottled December 2015, 7.5% ABV. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a dark reddish/purple color with about an inch light purple head with decent retention. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is fruity and tart, the brew smells like oak, fresh raspberries, raspberry jam, earthiness and tart berries. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some lemon, red wine and vinegar noticeable. Nice balance with the sweet fruity and tart flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's easy enough to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this a lot, glad I bought this when I saw a bottle. $14.99 a bottle.

Jul 04, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky dark red color with pinkish head. Aroma has some balsamic vinegar notes and intense fruit character. Taste starts quite sour up-front, really fruity, quite acidic, really dry on the finish. Light body, dry, medium carbonation. Really sour and fruity ale.

May 20, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives the color of raspberry jam with a frothy mauve head that hangs around and coats with lace

Smell: Raspberry jam with undertones of burgundy wine and oak

Taste: Raspberry jam and burgundy wine forward, with oak building; sourness builds through the middle, in a rather acetic direction; the finish is exceedingly dry with the fruit lingering

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; puckering

Overall: Tremendous depth of flavor with the wine barrel treatment

Apr 20, 2016
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auroracrisis from Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml dated December 2015 into a stemless wine glass.

Deep purple with crimson highlights. Appearance that mimics a pinot noir or cab with no transparency. A tiny bit of foam around the edges. Becomes pretty still while resting in the glass.

Raspberry jam on the nose at first, moves a bit into grape skin and a fresh vinous aroma. A touch of berry seeds and oak on the finish.

Opens with jammy raspberry flavors. Boysenberry and a bit of plum becomes apparent. Currants then a touch of leather, with some berry seeds and oak. Amazing flavors in this.

Medium bodied with a hint of carbonation. Somewhat sticky.

A decent nose of raspberry and oak, with a lot of flavor to back it up. While this beer isn't incredibly complex, it does showcase raspberry and wine flavors incredibly well.

Apr 18, 2016
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle dated December 2015 into a goblet.
A - Deep ruby colored backdrop, A skateboard punk pink cap borders on neon. Great appearance, mild carbonation keeps a ring of evidence. Laced gently, spot after spot.
S - Huge fruit nose, summer berries, and citrus with lychee, grape skin. A rise in temperature releases, young pinot noir, warm clean oak, milk chocolate. The aromatics are incredibly complex.
T - WOW, where to start, first pass, is all that fruit, raspberry, red grape character leads to a smooth barrel aged sour with subtle minerality, soft oak, lemon rine, and red wheat graininess. The offering glides between flavors, blending with the bacteria and yeast. Simply amazing
F - The tongue recoils at first impact, sour, tart, then after the introduction. A mutual accord and then friendship, adoration. The dry finish is quite a surprise based on the start. The core of the experience is fresh fruit, sour malts and a delightful roll out. The linger is epic and mouth watering.
O - What a treat, the berries start strong then with time the underlying offering reveals a barrel aged sour that stands on its own.


Apr 17, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma offers raspberry jam, crushed berry sees, along with some toasted oak notes.

The flavor follows with the flavor of raspberry seeds as similar when fresh raspberries are eaten. Tart qualities come through as the malt body and some oak lingers on the finish.

Dec 20, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My first from Crooked Stave. Which, up until about a week ago, I always misread as "Crooked Steve." So there's that. That's a neat tidbit.

Pours like a goddamn root beer. A tremendously dark red with soda pop fizz and no head of which to speak.

Smells mad tart but also one-dimensional. Huge raspberries and a tiny bit of oak. As it warms up, however, some light spiciness comes into play, as well.

Up front, the flavor is very tart, juicy, and acidic. The acidity and tartness never go away, but the juicy fruitiness gives way to a wonderfully variegated middle with nodes of jam, dark barley, and spice, finishing sweet and lactic without the intense, puckering dryness you encounter in similarly adventurous sours.

Aug 30, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

2014 vintage. Bottled 2/2014.

Pours an opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, raspberry, cocoa powder, acidic, and slight wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour raspberry, raspberry juice, acidic, wood, and slight cocoa powder flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with awesome sour raspberry and cocoa characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Apr 12, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle sealed with burgundy red wax and a pressure cap.

bottled Feb/2014

poured into CS tulip glass.

Appearance: deep red bodied beer with a brown hue. Dirty white head that has a red hue to it. Head pours 2 full fingers tall and leaves thick lacing on the side of the glass. Head is thick and creamy composed of many tiny and compact bubbles. Head has some staying power and retains a thick cap on top of the beer.

Smell: Tons of raspberry in the nose. Musty funk. Nose does not do this beer much justice.

Taste: full on sourness and very jammy raspberries collide as the opening flavors dominating this beer. Wet oak and moderate funk in the middle of the beer. The beer expresses some spiciness and a minute hint of booze as well. Finishes with even more juicy raspberry flavor and more sourness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied sour with low carbonation. Creamy and velvety mouthfeel. Semi dry finish. As sour as this beer is it interesting that it is not extremely dry. This drinks really easily considering the intense flavors. Its honestly a paradox, but works extremely well here.

Overall: What a way to take Origins to the next level. I think raspberry origins is almost as good a Raspberry Dark Origins which is one of my all time favorite Crooked Stave sours. The raspberry is very intense and the jamminess of raspberries are as big as the sourness of this beer. Superb mouthfeel displayed by this sour and it remains drinkable while having an intense flavor profile. The raspberries really push the boundaries of almost being to much fruit in this sour beer. Slightly surprised to be saying this when this beer was bottled in February/2014.

Mar 28, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

375ml poured into a teku. The brew is a reddish mahogany color with a finger of pinkish head that fades leaving spotty lace.

The smell includes minerals that to me is perceived like a handful of dirty pocket change with some earth and funk. A grassy and seedy raspberry character is present behind the not so enjoyable opening.

The taste is tart with unripe raspberry, earth and funk with some neutral woody character. Minerals and carbonics blend to make almost a meaty feel to this which I kinda dislike. As it warms up, it gets slightly bitter.

This is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. It is sour and interesting but has some unpleasant character to it as well. I would skip on having this again though I appreciated the chance to give it a try.

Mar 20, 2015
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