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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of 6 ales aged in 73% rye whiskey and 27% bourbon barrels. The blend consists of He'Brew Jewbelation 15, Vintage Jewbelation, Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA, He'Brew Origin, Reunion Ale '11, & He'Brew Messiah.

Added by Pahn on 03-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 489
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola pour, thin off beige cola head, aroma of dark fruit, cola and alcohol.

Taste was a sweet blend of beers, a little bit of everything, pomegranite, oak, cinnamon, bitter hops, alcohol, citrus, figs, plums, dates.

Not bad stuff at all.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark cola like pour, good head formation, not the greatest in terms of retention or lacing though. The aroma was interesting, reminiscient of Firestone XV, but with some cinnamon and more dark fruit going for it.

Taste, similar again to Firestone XV, had a nice sweetness going for it, a body and consistency that was more barleywine or old ale than it was imperial stout, despite the color. I thought more pomegranite and cinammon (I keep mentioning cinnamon, its not like it was oppressive, or even large, just the right amount). The barrel addition to the flavor profile is mild, but enjoyable. Definitely not getting any charre barrel remnants on this one, leans more towards the sweeter non charred whiskey barrels I would think. Alcohol relatively well disguised. More often than not, dark fruit notes don't sit well with me in a beer like this, they make it all 'quad' like, but thankfully, there's no yeast like quad notes, nor does the beer come off as dark fruit bitter, it just truly lends a small pomegranite like sweetness to the beer. Brown, black, even a little chocolate malt in short order. Some mild citrus notes, similar to the inclusion of double jack or wookie jack in a FFW blend, probably from the Rye IPA they use, here, blended in just the right amount.

I was pretty impressed with this. Sampled with greenkrusty101, who bought this for me about 6 months ago, finally put it down after a growler of Ephraim while watching Season 1 of Trailer Park Boys at the new house.

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Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Dark cola brown. Thin layer of off white. Pretty thick looking.

Aroma, pruny brown sugar, some earthy hops and woodiness. Light booze.

Taste, it is sweet. Brown sugar and molasses. There is some earthy wood, plum, sherry. Some nice chocolate later.
Didn't get much barrel, but I thought it was tasty.

Sticky, borderline cloyingly sweet medium body.
Definetely not as good as the others. Worth trying though and not terribly expensive.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep deep deep brown, pretty much black, with only slight lighter hues around the edges. There is very little foam, and what does exist is a frothy mix of bubbles (large and small) along the edges of the glass. No lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is vinegar and cherries. There are subtle note hidden in there (chocolate and fig), but the main scents are the two main ones mentioned above.

T: Hmm. It's a mix of sweet and sour right from the get-go. Big sweet malt and soy right off the bat, the vinegar and cherries shine through next, and then back to sweet syrupy fig. The barrel treatments on this are a detriment. It's too funky, and too weird. Not a fan.

M: Full bodied beer. It's syrupy to start and lingers forever. I wish it didn't.

O: Not a fan of this beer at all. The sour funk and sweet barrel aging make this beer a wacky mis-match that I just can't accept. Usually I can choke down a bomber of something that I don't particularly like, but this is rough. I've never been let down by Shmaltz before... so this is a first.

No thanks!

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Photo of maximum12
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently since the big Shmaltz beers have been very good to us. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife after realizing, for the 935th time, that people are generally assholes. I'm not sure why this is, but it's true. Yeesh.

Pour is...well, mine's a lot shorter than my wife's, if I ever committed that sin I'd get an earful! Dark brown enough to kiss up to light black. Surprisingly frothy for a big strong ale. Bourbon is hearty on the nose, buttressed with a sigh of underlying funk. Simple but nice.

Funky Jewbelation is one odd character. Up front there's bourbon, but it short-circuits in a hurry. Big, tart fruits, slight souring cherry, offset strangely by a big helping of sweetness that strays into cloying. The barrel vanishes & those fruits have serious staying power in the aftertaste. Kind of like herpes. Heavy beer.

Well, this is uncomfortable. Not a bad effort, but the tart makes the barrel almost disappear, yet at the same time manages to balance the jazz with sweetness that goes a bit over the top. This might balance out more with age. As is, pretty good beer that feeds into the Shmaltz shtick & is, at least, unique.

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Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark black, nearly opaque with a large tan head the rises to over two fingers. The tightly packed head gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout.
S: Dark fruits of tart cherries and plums. Very sweet in the nose with sweet milk chocolate.
T: Dark fruits again with that slightly tart cherries covered in chocolate. Which I enjoy, but then the over barring sweetness just takes over. Seems over attenuated.
M/D: A full and sticky body. Low on the carbonation. A slow sipper for sure. The alcohol packs a punch, and the sweetness is a bit much.

Like I said, just overly sweet. Other than that, very enjoyable. I am thinking some age will mellow this out.

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Photo of Rutager
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance. Pours deep brown, pretty much black with 1.5 fingers of tan head.

Smell. Sour cherries, bourbon and sweet chocolate with some tart dark berries and old wood. Interesting.

Taste. Dark berries and fruit, very light sourness, bourbon and caramel, with a little chocolate and barrel and a bit of woody funk. Really sugary sweet.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied with medium, smooth carbonation. A little sticky.

Overall. I like the intention of making something interesing, but this just isn't doing it for me. Way too sweet for this guy and a strange blend of flavours that didn't really go together well with that sweetness.

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Photo of Pencible
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black cherry with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like funky oak and tart apple, with rye bread and sweet caramel and toasted coconut.
T: It tasted like sweet sugary caramel and tart apple and funky oak, with toasted coconut and sour cherry and bitter dark chocolate. It had a clean sweet and tart aftertaste.
M: It was thick and chewy with moderate smooth carbonation. Great full body.
D: This was a great complex beer most similar to an Oud Bruin. The smell and taste were fantastic, and the body was perfect. The alcohol was well hidden, and the finish was smooth, so it was amazingly easy to drink. This beer will probably age for a long time, but it was still delicious fresh. Recommended.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 2/18/2013. Batch No. 2. Bottle neck label says "L’chaim sucka" so you know you are in for some fun. Pours deep dark brown with a dark kahki brown head. Smell is crazy. A combination of sour beer and chocolate, with something that reminds me if wine. Smells sweet with some citrus. Bit if the rye whiskey and oak on the nose, too. flavor is sweet up front with chocolate and lots of molasses. Fades into sweet black cherries and sour vinegar. Rye whiskey is present but it is not too boozy. Sweet lingering aftertaste on the palate. Like a slightly sour cherry cordial. Pretty heavy beer, with low-to-medium carbonation. Had no clue what to expect with this, but it actually turned out rather nicely. No single word to describe this. It is certainly funky. Share the bomber, just too much sweet for one.

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Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a tan head. Sweet hoppy molasses nose. He taste is extremely sweet with raisin, prune, fig, molasses, herbal, floral, hoppy and malty. Hints of barrel notes. Smooth and full bodied. So much going on and such a unique taste, but overall a great trip.

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Photo of Brenden
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A thick dark brown that's not quite motor oil thick or dark, this beer grows a brown head up to about a finger high. Retention is good, as the head doesn't fade much. Lacing is left in patches to the middle of the glass and a little beyond.
There's lots of complexity in the aroma. A little bit balsamic with caramel sweetness, some rye spiciness and mildly earthy notes, and some dark fruits, it foretells the complexity and depth that will be found in the flavor. Alcohol is well masked.
The flavor opens up even more, and it's such a good mix of a little tart, a little sour, a little sweet, and full of flavor with a great display of skill being shown in the masking of overly alcoholic notes between the high ABV and the whiskey and bourbon barrels. The earthiness and gentle spicy note are just enough underneath, as I imagine it's just what's pulled from those rye whiskey barrels. Delicious.
This is a big-bodied, robust, and smooth beer. A strong ale it is, but it doesn't overwhelm anymore in the feel than in the smell or taste. Even a little crisp, it brings a nice bit of dryness into the finish.
This beer and its overall reviews make me wish more BAs would rather have depth in their beer than just being overpowered by it.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Nick. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a very dark raisin brown with a thick light brown head that faded into a thin collar leaving wispy lace.
S: Tart cherries, dark fruits, lightly tart and dry tannins and a bit of roasted malt.
T: I get a hint of boozy alcohol, a light sourness, caramel, toffee, fruity cough syrup, prunes, bit of chocolate, woody and a leathery finish. Not as much barrel as I was expecting.
M: Greasy feeling, low carbonation, full body, with a few gritty tannins.
O: Kinda underwhelming. Good flavor but lacking.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, a small sweet to sour fruitiness and a licorice. In the taste, sweet alcohol, fruity white grape, plum, green apple, and licorice. A small bite, but mainly smooth, with a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry note of licorice and a small fruitiness in the aftertaste. A bit boozy, nice fruit, licorice, that lingers nicely.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A thin tan head on a black body.
The aroma is wood, molasses, alcohol and chocolate.
Well, the taste is outstanding. It's amazing that this is a blend of six barrel aged ales and that it tastes this good. Where to begin? There are bits of every one of the six beers in this one beer and they all play together nicely.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
Try it.

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Photo of Dope
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with a huge bubbly light brown head. Head retention is excellent, doesn't fade at all for the first few minutes. After several minutes it finally settles down, leaving literally zero lacing, oddly enough. Never really fully fades though, leaving a 1/4" head at all times.

S: Strong bourbon elements. Molasses, caramel, toffee and vanilla. Loaded with dark fruits too.

T: Heavy bourbon and super sweet malt. The flavors compliment each other decently. Again, loads of molasses, caramel, toffee along with some brown sugar. Getting sweet fig and dates in there too. Some oaky vanilla in the aftertaste. Super sweet throughout, almost as bad as Jewbelation 15.

M: Super heavy and thick, feels like it should be 12-15%. Syrupy with low carbonation.

O: Another huge and heavy beer from Schmaltz (just had Jewbelation 15 the other night). This one is just a touch lighter but still super over-the-top sweet and heavy.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into V shaped tulip at pizza plant in buffalo ny. Nice deep ruby brown pour with lacing that doesn't go away at all. Great woody slightly funky and cherry aroma..really nice. Taste is dried fruit and cherry...caramel and raison notes with a bit of woody barrel flavor. Its a bit over sweet but stil palatable. Overall a nice strong slightly funky brew...lots of flavors with this.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. Batch/Cases No. 001/999. Bottling date 3/6/2012.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark black with no other color. Moderate amount of bubbles and a decent two fingers of tan head that slowly fades into a thin layer. Lacing is moderate on the glass.

Smell: A pretty interesting smell. The first thing that stands out is a somewhat sour dark cherry presence like a wild ale. Big hints of rye and a little bourbon with vanilla and oak. Dark roasted caramel malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Also some hints of sugar, dark prunes and figs along with the cherries. Crazy but smells good.

Taste: Tastes just as complex and crazy as it smells. Big dark fruit taste with sour cherries, fig, and prunes. A good amount of rye and some bourbon with hints of vanilla and oak. Dark malts with hints of caramel, chocolate, and a little coffee. Also some brown sugar and molasses. With six different beers things are starting to get a bit jumbled. But this does taste good and is pretty drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Syrupy and chewy but smooth enough so it goes down fairly easy.

Overall: With this many flavors competing you would expect a mess, and to an extent this kind of is. But this is balanced and smooth enough to be an enjoyable beer. The dark fruit flavors are pretty good. This is like a combination of a dark Belgian ale and American Wild ale, and barrel aged.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very, very dark colour. Almost black, with a hint of red the only colour to be seen. Head is darkish beige, large bubbles. Looks nice.

Bit of funk to the nose, but also dark roast and chocolatey sweetness. Burnt caramel, bit of organic barnyardy funk, and underripe plum as well. Touch of coconut. Very nice.

Taste is a little too sweet. Slight tart notes, giving apricot, fig jam and plum; touch of cocoa, and then finish is all fruity with slight funk - some mango, caramel and molasses. A bit sweet, but mostly just not enough roast. I think with more bitter roast, you'd have a really interesting beer here, whereas now it's just a bit off balance.

A bit thin, but quite fluid on the body. Not bad.

A bit too much light. Needs more dark. It's a little incoherent. Dark - seriously. I need you here. Why have you forsaken me?

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Photo of Jeffo
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning a few weeks back. Always impressed by He'Brew, so I thought I'd splurg on an expensive one.

From a bomber into a snifter
BA release #6
Bottled 6 March 2012
Batch 001
999 Cases
Six Ales with 73% in rye whisky and 27% in bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: A brown pour yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, fizzy, tan head with decent retention. Bistre brown in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a good frothy cap. A ring and splotchy wisp remain but leave no lacing down the glass. Fizzy head hurt a bit here.

SMELL: Medium nose of bourbon, whisky, oak, light vanilla and milk chocolate notes. Some caramel, dark fruits and light brett cherries on the nose as well. Quite complex with lots of elements for sure, but it could be a little bigger for the style.

TASTE: This is much bolder and more flavorful than the nose had advertised, and is also much funkier than expected as well. Funky notes of sour brett cherries up front, with some dark fruits and whisky flavors into the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of whisky, oak, light milk chocolate, some caramel sweetness, bitter dark chocolate and sour, brett cherries. Quite complex and much bolder than the nsoe. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Just enough weight and very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Solid.

OVERALL: These guys always impress, and this beer is just another chapter in the story. The barrels, beers and brett really work well together. A creamy palate helped as well. A bolder nose would help bring this one way into the promise land, but regardless, this is a very complex and interesting beer that I was very happy with. Give it a chance if you can. Recommended.

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Photo of Holland
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a nice hazy brown with orange highlights and a decent half inch head with some retention, but not much.

S: earthy, sweet, some dark fruit, and bourbon. Not a lot of bourbon flavor. A bit bland.

T: again a bit bland and unimaginative. It's fine, the sweetness isn't cloying, and it's plenty complex. It's like they found a blend that was good enough and bottled it.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation. Smooth overall.

O: decent beer, but I never thought it was better than average. It's fine, but for $10 a bottle it's terrible. Might be a while before I pick up a Shmaltz beer again. I always thought it was cheesy so I avoided it.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1239th Review on BA
Bottle to Kuhnhenn Tulip

Purchased from El Cerrito Liquor for $11.99

App- A bit of a liquid chocolate pour with a bit of a liquor sheen to it. A huge three finger fast receding brown head with zero cling or lace.

Smell- Very sweet from the opening aromatics. Huge amount of licorice, fruits with bourbon, vanilla and creamy candy.

Taste- This was very sweet. Cloyingly so, but better as it warmed up. Started off as a sherry/port type of flavor then moved into the smooth dark cherry fruits and lastly only a little bit of bourbon. Didnt get much rye to it.

Mouth- A bit of a light medium with a creamy backend to it. A medium bubbly carbonation, with some very sweet dark fruits almost candy like and a little bit of bourbon.

Drink- All over the place on this one. Cherry, creamy, candy and very sweet. Was okay. Couldve been better. I think letting it sit for a year is a good idea.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a dark cranberry red to almost brown that gave it a purplish hue in the bar. The head was a tightly knit cap of dense brownish foam.

The aroma is tart, a tad sour and full of balsamic funk. A good amount of sour cherry can be had along with some barrel wood.

The flavor is well matched between barrel and sour. The taste is tangy and tart with cherry, vinegar and sour. The barrel manifests itself in a bit of oak and a touch of vanilla for sweetness. This taste profile compliments the sour cherry very well.

The feel is a bit puckering but not over done and adds to the personality of this ale.

This is listed as a strong ale but this certainly could mask for a well done European Flanders, Oud Bruen or any other sour style ale.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, pretty much black. Head was a finger, medium brown in color. The aroma had some slightly sour, almost cherry like quality. Some barrel notes, but they're not hugely predominant. Some dark fruitiness, and some sweetness. The taste didn't really have that sourness, just a bit of a tingle on the tongue. Mostly a thick sweetness, dark fruits and some oakiness. Really hard to pick out any of the individual components that make this up, it's just kind of a clusterfuck, albeit not a bad one. The feel is decent, upper medium in body.

Interesting, and not bad, but one of my least favorite of the Jewbelations...

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Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a complex beer that opens up with time in the glass and shows both elements of a DIPA, a Barley Wine and a Belgian Dubbel. The barrel aging is apparent in both the nose and the vanilla notes in the finish. Sometimes the sweetness is a little too much but mostly this beer is in the zone. Extra aging might dry it out a bit but it is drinkable right now.

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Photo of beergoot
1.9/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Batch No. 2/Case 1492; bottling date: 02/18/2013

The beer poured a dark brown body with a thick bubbled, smallish head; head quickly disappeared and looks flat. Spicy, estery, and phenolic nose; plums, raspberries, and dates; boozy. Strong sour and tart flavors; grapefruit. Medium bodied and coarse mouthfeel.

God knows what the brewery intended with this, but this one is headed for the drain. There's overkill with the barrel aging (and nothing remotely resembling bourbon or rye, more like a sherry or red wine) and the various beer styles just don't merge well. There's no overtly discernible malt or hop character. The overall taste is like wine turning to vinegar. Lousy and forgettable although it may pass for a fair wild or Flanders sour ale.

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 489 ratings.
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