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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Consecrator DoppelbockBell's Consecrator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional doppelbock fermented with an old world lager yeast. Reddish brown in color, with a mild hop profile, Consecrator is a well balanced, full bodied beer with a smooth, malty finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002

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659
Ratings:
1,420
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
17.46%
 
 
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant ochre with orange edges when sunlight is permitted entry. I'm always amazed at the range of colors that doppelbocks bring to the table. This one is on the lighter end of the color spectrum and looks more like an Oktoberfest as a result, but it's still a great hue. The head isn't so wonderful. The golden tan foam is both fragile and soft. It deflates quickly, doesn't look good while doing so and leaves no lace.

The nose is just okay. It smelled pretty good from a distance immediately after the pour, but doesn't impress nearly as much when focused on. In fact, the aroma, like the color, makes Consecrator seem more like a bock than a doppelbock. It's modestly malty, nonspecifically fruity and isn't roasted at all.

Much better on the palate, although still not a standout when compared to the very best versions. As long as I keep in mind that it isn't one of those chocolate brown, roasted malt bombs, I'll be fine. Even though very little of the darker malts have been utilized, the caramel malt backbone is still some kind of sturdy. Again, think jacked-up bock and you'll be in the neighborhood.

The beer is still somewhat fruity even if it tastes like brandy-soaked fruit rather than fresh fruit. That couldn't be helped, I suppose, in a beer that features an 8% ABV. The alcohol is masked decently well, if not quite as well as it could be. I anticipated more depth of flavor with warming... and am not really getting it.

The body/mouthfeel stops just short of full and sticky. It's a keeper though and is probably the beer's best feature. An exceedingly low amount of carbonation contributes to the super smooth feel. I now regret that I didn't use a snifter.

Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock isn't quite what I expected. I suppose that I should know by now that beer of this style varies in flavor and body as much as it varies in color. It's still a good drinker however and is one of the best bocks(!) to have entered my glass in many a month.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, the Dopplebock, one of my all time favorite styles. Time to see what one of my favorite brewers can do with it. Picked up a six pack of this the last time I was up in NC and was anxious to see what it would turn out like. Poured out a very clear, dark hazelnut brown. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the glass. A nice three finger high head of tan colored lace rose up above it and hung around for a few minutes before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top of the glass. Some decent side glass lacing as well, completed it very nicely.

The aroma was rich and sweet. Lots of great earthy and grainy notes mixing in well with a good amount of caramel sugar. The flavor followed suit nicely, with the dominant flavor of caramel really taking hold. Some nice bready malts being located under that as well. The alcohol was very well hidden, and not a factor at all. Nice smooth finish with the long lingering flavor of nutty caramel on the tongue for a few minutes afterward. The feel was a nice medium-bodied ale with a good amount of carbonation and a smooth creamy feel. Awesome session ale for me, as the palate was rich and the feel great. Very refreshing.

Overall, this was definitely a nice little bock. I could have drank this one all night and it just seemed to be really well done. For fans of the style, this was definitely a good choice. I would have to recommend this one to anyone who likes a good dark German beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an almost opaque yet still clear dark reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some amber + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts and dark fruits (cherry, fig, and plum).

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sweet caramel and toffee malts with moderate amounts of dark fruits present as well - cherry, fig, and plum. Light amounts of earthy + herbal hops which impart a touch of bitterness in the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of alcohol similar to what you would find in a brandy.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: While this beer is sweet, it is not cloying and it is a very good example of the style. I enjoyed this one but it is a definite slow sipper.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Richard for sharing this one.

A: The pour is an interesting copper color with a thin off-white head.

S: A sweet cola like nose with some hints of caramel, toffee, and cherry. I'd like to say more, but that's really all there is.

T: This is a really sweet doppelbock. Lots of cola, cherry, caramel, toffee, and some miscellaneous dark fruits along with some sugar.

M: The body is medium, maybe a bit light, with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: A sort of uninteresting beer, to be honest, which is not something I usually say about a Bell's beer. Very sweet, as well, too much so for me.

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a sescond bottle (from infextation) 12-04-09, bumped up taste score got more breadyness this time, still not as goood as I had hoped, this had a better mouth feel too

Got this from beertracker, Thanks Jeff!

Pours a ruby hued caramel with a finger of tan head. A bit of viscosity to this with a touch of lacing & less head retention

S: Jammyness & leafy hops

T: Jammeyness & leafy hops, followed by dry brown bread up front. Apricot jam & a touch of honey as this warms, plus more leafy hops& dryness, plus a whisper of booze; this one is a bit too off style for me....Finishes dry with some sticky caramel& more apricot. almost bails itself out at the end

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & a touch watery, thickens as it warms

Drinks pretty easy for the abv, but reminds me more of a strong English Ale or a wee heavy than a bock, not near as good as I hoped...

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Pours a clear dark ruby brown with nearly two fingers of foamy ecru head that quickly dissipates into a surface murk and leaves webby halos of lacing behind. The smell is of raisins, dark malts, figs, vanilla, almonds, plums, and even some subtle raspberries. The taste leads with a figgy maltiness, then pushes into a light molasses with an alcohol warmth, and finishes with a cola-like flavor. The body is lightly medium, with nicley low carbonation, a silky smooth texture, and a crisp finish. All told, a delightfully tasty and drinkable brew.

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Photo of billab914
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. poured dark amber, slightly ruby in color with a small thin head covering most of the surface.

Aroma has some dark fruits, cherry and some sweet caramel malt. it's a little lighter in aroma then some other highly regarded Doppelbocks.

The taste has a lot of sweet malt flavors with some caramel, toffee and fruit plum like flavors. The flavor is pretty good, not the best tasting doppelbock I've had but a pretty decent one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's definitely an easy drinking doppelbock. it's relatively light with some good malt flavors making it a pretty good drinking beer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with tan head. Aroma has sweet caramel malt and brown sugar with a hint of dried fruits. Taste starts sweet and malty, some dark fruits in the middle but finishes with a bittersweet burnt sugar note. Quite light body with medium to high effervescence. Aftertaste is on the bitter side, maybe more than a traditional doppelbock, but overall it's a well made example.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark orange, hinting on chestnut brown, with a half inch of light tan head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of malt, alcohol, light spice. Toffee, caramel, malt comprise the flavor. The flavor offers more depth and complexity than was indicated in the aroma. Slightly sweet. A malt forward beer, as is expected in a dopplebock. Alcohol presence is there, but unobtrusive. Medium to light in body, with moderately low carbonation. Overall, a solid American version of a doppelbock.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My cellar continues to amaze with its contents. This one was part of Batch 6148, so I am curious to see how it held up. I will probably be all Bocked up by the end of the day.

From the bottle: "A traditional doppelbock fermented with an old world lager yeast. Reddish brown in color, with a mild hop profile, Consecrator is a well balanced, full bodied beer with a smooth, malty finish."

I utilized a slow gentle pour so as not to disturb any lees that may be lying on the bottom of the bottle. As a result, I only got some wisps in terms of head. Color was a deep dark-brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich with a caramel malt sweetness. Wow! This might end up being breakfast and lunch today, followed by a nap. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, but the flavor was rich caramel on the tongue. Man, this could be a dessert beer, easily. Finish was rock-a-bye-baby smooth, lulling me that much closer to a nap. It was sweet, but not cloyingly so and the alcohol was not in evidence. Proceed cautiously!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Chestnut mahogany amber brown unfiltered color to it, topped with a nice caramel tan head leaves evenly rung specks of lacing, can't complain. Aroma: Rich malty layers paired with what the label calls "old world yeast" (aka Ringwood like in nature yeast) works its magic and brings out a semi-spicy bread note. Unique doppelbock that goes light on the alcoholic phenols and over ripened fruit approach, also packs a decent helping of hops here. Taste: BIg flavor succulent like a well prepared portobello mushroom, sports a tasty sweet malt profile finishes bready with a touch of plum and alcohol infused flavor and heavily hoppy flavors for a D-bock keeping the bitterness reserved. Great exploratory offering pushes the diameters of the style nice jobe, Larry! Mouthfeel: Unfiltered medium bodied German style lager, nice beer for me I enjoyed. Drinkability: Top notch balance not overly sweet great mix of flavors, man I really like this beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Alchemist pint glass. I don't use this as much as I should.

Appearance - Murky red body with no head, no lacing, and no surface bubbles at all. As it warms, the beer clears, but it still looks pretty bad.

Smell - Caramel and lots of it. Some booze. One-note smell, but it's a doppelbock, so I don't expect a whole lot more out of it.

Taste - Ugh, it's not very good. Very sweet from an intense dose of caramel. It doesn't change much until the finish, which has a hefty hop presence, surprisingly. The hops aren't bad, but the finish is really odd. It gets kinda vinous and... just strange. Dry? I don't know, but it's not good.

Mouthfeel - Not super thick, but heavy. Low carbonation doesn't help it out. I know it's a doppelbock and not supposed to be light and effervescent, but this is a bit too much. That finish is just woeful, too.

Overall - Not good and nearing bad. I finished it, but mostly so I could accumulate adjectives for this review. Probably the worst beer from Bell's I've had.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8251 Bottled Jan 08, enjoyed 09/03/09

Pours a reddish brown with a nice ruby hue when held to light. Smallish bubbly tan head dissipates quickly. Holy malt aroma Batman! Lots of Molasses and toffee, and burnt sugar. Raisins and some other dark dried fruits and a touch of alcohol. Very little if any hops present in the aroma. Taste is more of the molasses caramel and burnt sugars. You think its going to be sweet, but there's just enough hops and alcohol in there to pound that malt back down. Finishes with a lingering prune/raisin finish. Thick body with a light carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. That's a pretty damn good Dopplebock. Bell's continues to impress me with every beer I get to try.

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Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - deep caramel amber with absolutely no head to speak of

S - faint nose; baked apples, caramel

T - toffee, caramel, apples, faint citrus, a tad grassy, earthy, spicy alcohol in the finish, lager-y

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit warm

This beer is pretty solid. I was worried at first because the appearance and nose weren't what I was expecting but the flavor is everything I want from a doppelbock. It has a deep flavor, it's easy to drink, but the alcohol is present enough to warm you up on a chilly early spring day. Well done and worth a try.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Packaged Jan 25th 2015.

Classic deep red mahogany, and chestnut hues, even a little orange as well. Great clarity, minimal amounts of carbonation, thin pinhead bubbles and slowly creeping up. Head creation is only slightly creamy, barely two fingers and manages to dissolve quickly. Very even thin puck and solid tan collar while settled. Very nice.

Excellent aroma. Very classic inviting doppel, thick toffee with a hint of sweetness, almost nutty. Hint of a bit woody like pine in here, perhaps that's more of a clove bent that takes a different angle but also gives a real clean classic German sense. Borderline thick, but also airy and warmed spiced steamy kind of bouquet. Excellent.

Palate flows nicely, with a few suprises. Mild caramel and a good toasty finish. Carbonation play is tighter and affects the palate cutting through much of the malt to take away some of the toffee thickness, but highly emphasizing the aftertaste. Mineral almost carbonation, but not distracting, with a mild sticky toffee mid palate. Crackling toast a bit on the finish, and a big almost earthy and woody character and hop bitterness just seems to come off on the finish, almost with a cedar and pine note. Lighter bodied caramel, clean but interesting, woody warm ( but not hot) and mild/spiced bitter finish.

Overall I like this take, it's different than I think some classic German styles in the same vein, but I like it for that quality particularly.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once the bottle is opened, an enormous explosion ensues! Color is dark brown, head is a tarnished tan. Aroma is complex and highly charged, resembling barleywine in ways. Sweet, fruity, dark rum, mollasses, brandy, raisins, figs, cherries, and a huge whiff of alcohol. Thick, warming mouthfeel, large malt presence, and a strong hop profile. Great balance, in a big beer. Uniquely tasty! A flood of flavor takes charge on the palate, with strong, sizzling hops doing a wardance on the tongue. A remarkable beer!
I once taste-tested this against a regional version, Leinie's Big Butt Doppelbock. It was like Godzilla vs. Bambi.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brauhaus Schmitz during Starkbierfest.

A - A glowing amber pour with a thin lacing ontop.

S - I thought this beer had a pretty faint nose. What was faintly detected was some sweet, warm, malty alcohol.

T - Chewy malty mouth and a sweet, warm alcohol. Hops in the background to balance the sweetness, and a warming alcohol present throughout. A grape gum/drink flavor sifting through.

M - A creamy nitrogen-like mouthfeel, medium bodied and silky. A warming, dry finish.

O - A fairly good Doppelbock, I wish the nose and flavor profile were more prominent.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weisse-vase glass. The beer pours a deep, vibrant, ruby-auburn coloring with a healthy, thick, lightly foamy off-white (almost cream colored) head. Aromas are sugary sweet malt, light toffee, citrus, and a bready quality. Very interesting, and very dense aromas. Also some darker fruits that sneak into the smells, like some fig and date. The beer is tangy sweet, but light, on the initial taste. There are citrus flavors that ride the undercurrent of the beer that help to keep it light. There are tangy caramel flavors, with the slightest lean into sour, that hit the middle of the tongue, and the end flavors are a little spiced and slightly boozey. The body is surprisingly crisp despite the roundness of the flavors. The beer has an aftertaste that is dark fruit sweetness...very rich, but still light. Crisp and light finish, with a slight drying effect at the end. Very strong production, and a very tasty, well balanced brew.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled a 12 ouncer, no freshness dating. Pours dark almond, murky and cloudy. Minimal head and lacing obtained. Nose is of funk, cheese, sweet malt. Tasty, sweet and fairly complex DBock. Soft notes of maple, cloves, mint and smokey malts. Nice drinkable, warming winter sipper.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

08/08/08- Purchased at Chuck's WIne and Spirits in Chagrin Falls, OH.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a freshness code on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cognac colored pour..I guess caramel, maybe ruby caramel. 1/2 inch head on pour which is gone before you can say doppelbock. No lacing at all. The color won me over though, thus a rating of 3.

Smell- Really quite unlike any doppelbock I have smelled. Heavy alcohol nose, but a refined alcohol. Nice cherry malt scent as well.

Taste- I'm not sensing doppelbock here at all. Some roasted malt, but more of a cherry or some kind of fruited malt flavor with light alcohol notes. Flavorful, but not really to style.

Mouthfeel- Sharp mid to lower carbonation level. Not as smooth or creamy as most doppelbocks I have tried.

Drinkability- I'm sensing strong ale here rather than doppelbock. It was a tasty beer that I wouldn't turn down if offered, just didn't seem to style.

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Photo of Tone
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, red color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with a low carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, slight hop, and a slight hint of citrus. Overall, a good blend, body, and aroma.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Nile, served in a Bell's tulip.

One of the most drinkable doppelbocks I've ever had. This sucker just disappeared from my glass. Unlike the big melonoidins and licorice flavors you'd get out of Spaten Optimator, this doppel is much smoother in flavor with sweet, bready, and slightly fruity caramel and toffee malts. There's also a bit more hops to this beer with a slight herbal note in the back of the flavor. The hops seem to add more balance, which along with slightly light for the style body, makes for the easy drinking.

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Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown / bronze color with a 1/2" head. The aroma is of malt, caramel, and alcohol. The flavor was a chewy mix of thick malt, raisin, caramel, and a nice bitterness. Alcohol was lightly noticeable.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy, but just a little too syrupy. The finish was long on the tongue as caramel and malt seemed to last forever. The syrupy quality knocks down the drinkability a notch.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a burnt toffee and crystal malt scent. It's roasted with a nice malty sweetness. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a slight buttery feel. It's got a nice roasted character as well as hiding the elevated abv.. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I love the taste as well as the aroma. Another quality brew from Bell's.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beveritt for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden brown color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with lots of caramel. Medium body. drinkable, this is a tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,420 ratings.
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