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Slumbrew Trekker Trippel | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Massachusetts, United States
slumbrew.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Finding new zymological expressions is a noble dedication of the craft beer enthusiast. For those committed to the adventure of seeking new styles, beer destinations and breweries, we applaud you and dedicate this golden Belgian-style trippel ale.

This smooth and alluring Belgian golden ale is full of complex fruity pineapple flavors set against a spicy finish. Dried jasmine flowers added in the boil work with a higher alcohol level to augment Belgian pilsen, caramel and honey malts. Hop character is distinctly Chinook with an aromatic peppery finish that comes from Motueka hops grown in New Zealand.

Added by Jason on 04-23-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
166
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
28.69%
 
 
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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.55/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cute bottle art - there's a backpack on a chair with various patches from various "treks" i.e. ME, OR, VT etc, including the symbol for Star Trek. Cute.

Bright, glowing orange with what looks like a very sticky head. Head quickly sinks into a crescent and only sticks a little.

Smells like honey, green apple, fuzzy peach skin and yeasty Belgian spice. Not complex, alluring Belgian spice, more like homebrewed Belgian spice...if that makes sense.

Tastes honey sweet in front but then finishes with a bitter sweet lump in back and ends with a bitter, cloying aftertaste. Not bad but not pleasant either. I think 6 months in the cellar really did a number on this beer and not in a good way.

I like a like a light and fluffly trippel and this was too sweet and too heavy. Boo.

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Photo of jlindros
2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, pasting my notes in and I'm fairly certain I had a completely different experience than the other two reviews, but I had what I had so I have to do this.

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, bit of lacing, very clear golden tan color.

Nose has some off flavors, some acetylaldehyde and solventy paint thinner and glue, some phenols, and some esters that should be there. Light golden malts, booze, hint of floral spices and fruits. That off green apple, light sweetness, light spicy hop.

Taste is better but not great. Big sweet malts, golden malts, kick in right away, with some booze and light phenols. Then light oily diacetyl, and green apple acetylaldehyde again. There are hints of that solventy light glue but not a lot. The good flavors bring more belgian malts, light spicy hops, and light floral spices. Finish is dry and gritty, light golden malts and belgian fruit, light phenol.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, light oily diacetyl, and some warming tingly almost feusel alcohol.

Overall just bad. By far the worst beer Slumbrew has made and I'm very surprised they even put it out. Maybe this was a bad batch and got recalled and I happened to get stuck with it or something, or I just got a bad bottle. Every other beer I've had from then has been good, but this is terrible, full of off flavors and even more aromas, an overall unhappy beer and my unhappy senses. So far leaning towards drain pour but I'll see how far I can go. Note I got about halfway before I finally just dumped it and moved on to whisky to burn the flavors out.

Edit: Noticed the other two people who reviewed it and gave it good reviews... one has only reviewed this beer, the only beer he's ever done on BA; and the other has reviewed this and one other beer, also a Slumbrew which makes me very skeptical about both reviews!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Eh. This is kind of a clogged-up beer. Too bready and yeasty with citrus tones getting in on the mix. Doesn't really stand out how a tripel should with some degree of interesting character. Honestly, it tastes like some homebrew that turned out pretty good. No offense. Eh. Could have done without this one.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 1, 2014.

The pour has a pleasant looking amber color - about the color of an aged whiskey, with a short-lived of-white head and some carbonation.

The nose does bring out some of the Belgian sugars, pale malts, and yeast I expected but there is also a definite sharp bite in there too. Maybe earthy hops.

Light to medium body.

The taste tends to bring out a bit more caramel malts than the aroma would imply. That is offset by a somewhat bitter finish that roars through my senses.

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Photo of asaharyev
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pour: Crystal clear amber in color, with about a half inch of fluffy off-white head.

Aroma: Some green apple, clove, bready malt, somewhat phenolic. You can pick up a bit of alcohol, but mostly just get sweet malt, a bit of spice, and platic bandages.

Taste: More of that plastic phenolic flavor, likely from the pilsen malts behind the Belgian yeast and big alcohol warming. Sweet, overripe fruit like pineapple and green apple, as well as a touch of jasmine tea. There is a slight bitterness that lingers, though I’m not sure it adds to the flavor. A good beer, but thrown off a bit by that lingering bitterness in a tripel.

Overall: Ultimately, a bit disappointing from Slumbrew. A decent beer, but there’s a bit too strong of a plastic phenolic flavor, and the bitterness that lingers doesn’t really compliment the rest of the beer.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slumbrew Trekker Trippel 6/30/12

22oz, no date.

Reading the label tells me that this is a non-traditional Tripel brewed with Chinook and Motueka hops. I also discover that Slumbrew is contracted out to Mercury Brewing Co. in Ipswich, MA.

Pours a deep, rich gold, pretty dark for a Tripel. Modest head for a Belgian-style ale, retains well and laces nicely.

Aroma has notes of honey, toffee, pear, apple and rubbery phenols. Grassy, woody hops in the background.

Flavor is rich and candy-like without being overly sweet. Lots of caramelized malt flavors and cookie-like maltiness. Yeast flavor comes through with a slightly spicy and clove-like character, but it needs more breadth of yeast. Bit of stone fruit. Finish is pretty dry and alcoholic. This beer is on the big end for a Tripel, without being undrinkable. Hops don't come through so much though. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation. Needs more effervescence.

A decent stab at the style. My issue is that this beer neither sticks to tradition nor sets out into new, uncharted Tripel territory. Too sweet and malty to be a traditional Westmalle-style Tripel, but also not hoppy or nuanced enough be be a game-changing Tripel. If you're going to make a Tripel with Chinook and Motueka then let the hops shine through! You'll still get enough Belgian character from the yeast so as not to make the beer unrecognizable as a Tripel.

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Photo of cbutova
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fresh Slumbrew four packs in the area, a perfect time to review their standards.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle into a snifter with a fairly hazy, orange-amber body. Fizzy head builds to around a finger but immediately starts falling to a ring. Thin, frothy ring leaves a spot or two of lace.

S- Mainly Belgian yeasty and spicy aromas. Strong notes of citrus zest, clovey phenols and spice are flanked by hints of banana, raisins, light cracked grains and flowers. Seems to fade out a lot for this style.

T- Spicy yeast makes up the bulk of the flavor as with the aroma. Citrus peel esters and a dried fruity note of spiced raisins, grapes, apples or even apricot are strong with hints of peppercorns and phenols complimenting it. Some malt flavors forms a backbone for the spicy yeast. Some spicy alcohols in the finish.

MF- Fairly dry with some help from the alcohol level in a moderately thick bodied brew. Somewhat creamy texture with agitation of the high end carbonation. Finishes fairly warm with cooking spices on the palate.

Just doesn't have the balance of it's Belgian counterparts. Just a tad too spicy and fruity but still a brew I wouldn't scoff at. It is almost maddening how fine the difference is between great and average Belgian style ales.

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Photo of Abra
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange/amber color.
Aroma is mainly honey, very sweet.

Taste is apricot, honey, pineapple with a very slight spicy/drying finish, however it doesn't really balance it out much. The sweet honey/fruity flavor masks the classic Belgian spices that are the heart and soul of a Trippel.

This actually is almost similar to a mead rather than a Belgian Trippel. I like mead, so it's not bad at all, but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, honey, spices, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, spices and honey come in along with some tart fruit flavors as well. There’s a significant alcohol bite and sting. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are several others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a rather shiny copper hue. Dark for the style. Head is respectable. Foamy and dirty white. Mostly transparent.

S-Nose is dripping with yeast. Apples and pears. A bit earthy. Too yeast-forward for my liking. Spicy too.

T-Taste is pretty legit. The yeast is well incorporated with a solid malt base and some juicy fruits. Belgian spice and some light grassy hops. Cloves bubblegum too.

M-Full bodied but the carbonation really lightens it up. Boozey. Takes a while to put away. Dry and dry.

O/D-Slumbrew's take on the Tripel is a success. I didn't love it...at all. But I can decipher the craftsmanship. A nice up and coming brewery. This isn't my favorite from them but I can tell it was made with care.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: murky medium brown-orange hue with a thin layer of ivory foam. A bit dark for a tripel and the thin head disappeared quite quickly. The appearance could use a little work.

Smell: the aroma is pretty light. It has a fair bit of sweetness and fruitiness, including an apple/pear character that I like. Not too bad.

Taste: nicely malty with plenty of orchardy character. There's a sweetness up front that threatens to become cloying but then is cut off with that hint of tartness -- yes, there is a bit of pineapple character here. It's not bad at all. After a few sips some alcohol heat starts to develop; this isn't entirely bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: I really like the fruitiness of this beer, but its aroma is a bit weak and its look leaves a lot to be desired. I'd love to try a slightly more refined version of this recipe.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light fruit nose and flavor is Belgian yeast, caramel, some tart fruit, higher ABV is hidden. Pricey at $10.04 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Cooper towards orange in color; transparent. Pours with a thick layer of foam on the surface of the beer that dies down quickly leaving some patches on foam remaining. Some small bubbles present.

Smell: Spices, pineapple and mild hops. (Typical Trippel aroma.)

Taste: Similar to how it smells - spices, pineapple, mild hops with a slightly tangy finish. Very good.

Feel: Medium body. Medium carbonation that is smooth with just the right amount of fizzy sensation. Very slight tangy, spicy finish. Very nice.

Overall: Very good Trippel. Not as good as the authentic Belgian Trippels, but close. Decent beer from a brewer that is local to me.

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Photo of Moose51
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber. Smells very sweet, intensely of cloves, with the spiciness you would expect a bit more out of a belgian white. Not quite what I would be expecting out of a trippel. There is an odd hint of banana in the smell as well. The taste is much better than you would expect out of the smell.

Impression: The initial taste of this beer starts out a bit like banana, and a bit strange. It is not the best first taste in the world. Luckily the taste rounds out a pretty quickly. Where the smell is a bit too strong of clove, it is not as harsh in the taste. It is a very nice yeast-y flavor that you would expect out of an unfiltered beer. That gives way to a nice slightly sweet slightly bitter stickiness. It is not the unpleasant stickiness that you get from some beers. This lingers just long enough.

This would be a very easy beer to dislike if you gave it a smell, gave it one sip, and gave up. As long as you keep giving it a chance it works pretty well. The amazing thing is how smooth this is for a 9.5%. You really do not realize that it is that potent when you are drinking it. It is very light while still having pretty good flavor. The biggest problem you would have with this is that it will not pair up with the same foods that a trippel traditionally does. It is not the best belgian style I have had, but it does the job well in a surprisingly well.

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Photo of sitarist
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Round eight/ate blind bif, beer #4 is a bomber...

Pours a hazy orange color. Half an inch of white head that falls quickly to a ring. No lacing is left behind. Small, medium, and large bubbles rise up toward the top.

It has a mainly sweet aroma. Banana chips, apricot, bread, and clove, with a faint medicinal scent. It is slightly boozy, and sulfuric as well.

I taste orange, apricot, grape, pepper, salt, and banana. It has a brine like taste.

Medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, and dry. It has a slight boozy heat, but not extreme.

A good, but uneventful brew. I could get fucked up on this anytime though... nice alcohol delivery. Not cloying, I can easily drink the bomber by myself.

My guess is either a small batch, or home brew attempt at a Belgian Strong Pale, or Tripel. The reveal is a Slumbrew Trekker Tripel... So it is a Tripel! Slumbrew rings a bell,I think I may have had one other beer by them along my journey.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle fresh from recent Maine trip. More of a triple than a Belgian IPA, it marries a smooth orange citrus and Belgian yeast tastes. Nicely drinkable, and not showing the alcohol at all. Orange colour and slight orange and malty aromas.Nice balance though a bias as expected on the sweet side.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy with a neutral amber color. Little head and nearly no lace.

Rich, alcohol laden aroma. Lots of fermented malt.

Definite Barley Wine properties but I don't detect any Belgian yeast flavors for a true Trippel. The body is predictable and the carbonation low.

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Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: minimal head, hazy, orange-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: hay, tangerine, and banana

Taste: big tangerine, banana, hay, bread, and honey

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight alcohol bitterness, medium-heavy bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: A solid tripel that drinks almost like a very tangeriney pils. I do like other tripels better, but would not hesitate to pick this up again.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bomber into my Boulevard tulip

Bottled: 5/2012

A - Cloudy, hazy orange color with minimal 1-finger head. Slight head retention

S - Normal Belgian yeasty bouquet with an 'odd' hop smell present. Nice scents of clove and apricot come to mind.

T - Right off the top, the standard Belgian yeast flavor hits you. Citrusy hints of orange peel, apricot, and zinfadel grapes with a little alcohol on the back end.

M- Medium carbonation. Not heavy but reaches every part of the pallette. A little heat from the booze but, overall, masked very nicely.

O - Nice trippel. Not the best but definitely worthy of another pickup

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Somerville Brewing Co. "Slumbrew Trekker Trippel"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Hazy deep orange body. Short-lived head of creamy bright white. Limited head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, malty, mild chalky yeast. Mild phenols and background spice.

Flavor: Bold. Fruity, somewhat citrusy, and malty. Mild spice (coriander, clove, dull pepper). Somewhat tart. Notes of apricot, papaya, tangerine, apple, melon, pineapple, and background banana. It opens up as it warms. Gently caramelish, sugary, and honey-like. Median bitterness at around 30 IBUs. Finishes dry with an edge of tartness and fruit and a slight wipe of alcohol before some residual honey-like character rises (and lingers). Slight oxidation :(

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, or perhaps medium-light but with a dextrin's edge. Fine-bubbled, seemingly natural, mildly effervescent median carbonation. It gently caresses the tongue before opening up to become a bit more tingly.

Overall: Best when slightly warmed, as it opens up to reveal its full potential. Nicely fruity.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, hazy, opaque, copper-orange coloring with a filmy, sparse surface coating of white, with a filmy build up of a ring around the surface. Aromas of jasmine, bubble gum, cotton candy, clove, lemon grass, toffee, and bread. Very layered and very rich/dynamic. Opens up the more it warms. Flavors are bready and toffee in the backbone, with a tangerine/citrus overlay heavily spiced with coriander, clove, and all spice, and a heavy dose of Belgian yeast characters too numerous to name. Very tasty, and very palatable. The increased ABV is very well blended in this beer. Smooth, and somewhat light bodied, with a slow building warmth into the spiced and rich aftertaste. The finish is spiced, effervesced, and clean, with a Belgian funk linger. Good beer.

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Photo of slathyd
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank a 22 oz bottle, purchased room temp from the store, stored in my fridge and warmed up about 10 minutes before drinking. Poured about half of the bottle into a chalice for reviewing.

Look: 4 - dark golden color, cloudy

Smell: 5 - great bouquet, cloves, banana, it's what I imagine what a summer day in Belgium smells like

Taste: 3.5 a little acidic and thin tasting

Feel: 3.5 light in the mouth, dances around the tongue

Overall: Nice local tripel, great to support the local brewery. A good summer beer. The 22oz bottle encourages you to share with a friend. Good snacking beer to go along with some sliced apple and sharp cheddar or dinner beer served with a lightly seasoned chicken or white fish dish.

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Photo of Brew_42
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- copper colored with light head

Smell- fruity and spicy.

Taste- pleasantly fruity and sweet. Honey and pineapple. Some spice to the finish and some booziness.

Mouthfeel-medium body

Overall-solid beer. I love the fruitiness and the high abv is all good by me.

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Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sammy, 650ml into a tulip. Bottled May 2012.

Orange with some redder hues, thick white head and really nice retention and lacing. Nose has a spicy sweet malt character, pears, lots of yeast character, leafy and fruity hops, hopping is American with some tropical suggestions. Taste is spicy, malty, yeasty. Herbal bitterness - almost has a bit of Duvel character in some regards. Medium body with a heavy, bubbly carb. Mild sweetness and slice lasts. A pretty good tripel all around.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slumbrew Trekker Trippel has a thin-to-medium off-white, fizzy head, a cloudy, golden-orange appearance, which is very bubbly and leaves behind a little bit of thin lacing on the glass. The aroma is rich: spicy gingerbread, yeast zest, rich fruitcake, candied fruit, sugar, and heavy bread dough. Taste is of spice, flowers, dough, brown bread, bread crust, spices, yeast, bitterness, sugar, fruitcake, and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, with a noticeable viciousness, and Slumbrew Trekker Trippel finishes dry, rich, sweet, and bitter. Drinkability is in the sipping range. Overall, this is most excellent, and I recommend it for an interesting experience.

RJT

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Slumbrew Trekker Trippel from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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