St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien Cuvée De NoëlSt. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël

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Brasserie St. Feuillien

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of mdagnew
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from

Poured a dark golden orange colour... White head poured quite loose and fizzy and faded quickly to almost nothing... some light wispy lacing around the glass... faint carbonation...

Aroma - Light caramel malts, some biscuity traces, light spices (clove, some allspice), light orange and fig fruitiness, candy sugar, light yeast, some spicy hops, peppery notes, alcohol not too noticeable..

Taste - Slightly watered down fruitiness (oranges and raisins), definite spiciness - cloves and light ginger ? Some light floral honey sweetness, light caramel malts, nice biscuit notes, quite peppery, some warming alcohol just makes itself known..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... medium bodied... Fairly drinkable for a 9% beer...

Overall - A decent enough Christmas brew but just lacking something... worth a try...

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Photo of Minotaur
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this both on tap and in various bottle sizes. But I am currently sipping from a Chimay goblet poured from a 75cl bottle. This is the direct Belgian import: a hard to find bottle discovered at Spinnerstown Hotel.

It is a light hazelnut colored brown-amber with tan highlights. A luxurious but not huge head which hangs around and recedes to a fine snowy looking lacing.

The aroma is plumb, raisin, cinnamon, a bit of hops. After warming a bit the smell of alcohol seeps in.

The taste is dense, sourdough bread with an underlying prune-raisin like sweetness. There is a strong ester flavor, nuttiness (reminds me of toasted filberts), a bit of bitter sourness from hops and alcohol. There is a fruitiness reminiscient of warm, mulled wine. I am reminded of lingon berry and holly. Perhaps there is a bit of spruce in there as well? Despite the sweetness there is ample bitterness in the finish - especially at the warmed end of the glass.

Had it with Chimay cheese, pretzel bread and bison sausage. The strong flavors of the food seemed to soften the slight sharpness in the aftertaste.

The texture, mouth feel (thick, full) - almost chewy. Which is perfect for the bread and toast-like flavors coming through in this brew.

The alcohol makes it smooth an quaff able - but I wouldn't say *drinkable* for many folks. I however drank it just fine.

An excellent example of a Belgian style winter ale.

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Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33cl brown bottle into a clear, St. Feuillien chalice. Drink by date not easily decipherable on back label. Purchased as part of a St. Feuillien gift pack for $13.99.

A: Plum with 1/2-finger beige head with spare trickles of lace.

S: Malty with berry flavors, leather, and herbal hops aromas

T: Dark fruity malts are complex with leather, berry-cherry, and woody flavors accented with light herbal hops. Cinnamon and nutmeg are noticeable but not overpowering.

M: Smooth not as full-bodied though as I would have imagined. Aftertaste is musty malty and woody.

D: Easy to drink for the ABV. Some time will help fill this brew out a little I think.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper in color with a grainy, tan head with heavy lacing. Pour quickly after opening, the brew likes to gush out of the bottle.

S: Raisins, apples, and cloves are well balanced and robust.

T: Molasses dominates with cloves and raisins in the background.

M: Medium body with heavy carbonation.

D: A decent Belgian strong, but not worth seeking out. Simply a well made ale.

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Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Deleirum Tremens Tulip/Snifter glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a dark reddish copper or cherry wood finish color with a 1/8" light tan head that recedes soon to leave behind a nice ring of foam and a lager patch on the surface of the liquid. By the end of the beer the patch has gone and the ring is a very tiny one. Initially sipping leaves sheets and a ring of foam that turn into speckled and leggy lacing. By the end of the beer there are still scattered speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, sweet, malty and slightly yeasty and lightly spiced. There are fruits here but it's a mixed basket with both green fruits (green apple and pear) and hints of some darker fruits (e.g., cherry).

Taste: The flavors include some light caramel and chocolate along with the yeast, the fruits, and some hoppy bitterness. It is reasonably complex with the yeast and spices and other flavors all spending their time coming into and out of focus. My best guess as to the faint flavor of spice is cinnamon and/or nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with the moderate but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium long, begins in sweet fruitiness and ends with some dry bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable beer. Sipping one's way through this is pleasure. Even better, however, is the lunchtime pairing of this beer with the Rabbit Sausage Ragout that was served half way through the beer--an excellent pairing and one to be recommended. As for having another, I could easily drink a second and an third glass of this one (but the ABV would catch up with me pretty quickly ☺ ).

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Photo of flannelman808
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

latest release of this winter Belgian special ale...09'

A: pours a reddish copper/brown color and has a pretty aggressive tightly bubbled head. Decent head retention and excellent lacing. Looks pretty solid.

S: There is a candied fruit bouquet...roasted macintosh apples and fresh fig. There is a very sweet brown sugar thing happening. It smells like it is going to be very rich and very sweet. I feel like im picking up on some diacetyl as well.. a little bit metallic.

T: There is a surprisingly bready quality to this beer. like a fresh doughy quality that hits me first which is really weird given the nose. I get that roasted apple quality again... like cinnamon apple roasted in the oven along with a fresh cake or something. definitely lots of cinnamon. The spice actually balances what smells like it should be a cloyingly sweet beer. Its pretty good all things considered.

M: delightful on the tongue... prickly and carbonated but rich and mouthfilling all at once.

D: Not a super drinkable brew but its much more drinkable then the beers bouquet would lead on... points for balance!

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first St. Feuillien. It pours a cloudy dark cider color with suspended particles of goodness and better than a full finger light tan head of audibly effervescent tiny bubbles that resist fading and leave spotty patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is quite nice; earthy yeast and malty, classic strong dark alcohol, fruity fig, cinnamon, vanilla and a little coriander. I must have the perfect bottle...because the carbonation on this one is spot on and lends substantially to a creamy smooth texture. Light medium body and full flavored. The earthy yeast, caramel, fig and cinnamon carry over nicely into the taste as well. The 9% ABV is integrated well and the residual warmth is a wonderful side benefit. One heck of a nice drinker...did not disappoint at all!! Really appreciate the opportunity to consider this one.

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Photo of Travlr
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden brown with a thick white head, good staying power and lacing. Caramel aroma. Medium mouth. VERY caramel taste with light hops, so a bit more bitter (in a nice way!) than most Christmas ales. Should improve nicely after laying down for a year or two.

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Photo of bminor7
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml from Hoosick St. Beverage in Troy NY.

A - sudsy head, dissipating quickly. reddish brown color in light. yeasty bits floating about.

S - sweet caramel, vanilla. spicy phenols at warmer temps.

T - strong malt and alcohol flavor with some spices in the front. definitely a belgian. candi sugar in the aftertaste.

M - carbonation a bit high. mouthfeel a little thin.

D - for me, low. sugar is too predominant. i sturggled to finish 1/2 of the bottle while cold...let it warm up some.

my first from St. on the bottle says best before end 0830157. was expecting more fireworks from a belgian christmas ale. If they pushed the recipe a little more I think they could really have something here.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A-- reddish brown color when poured. A light brown head that slowly died off leavin a 1 finger head. No lacing, not a lot of carbonation.

S-- Carmel, dried fruit. Not as big a candied sugar smell as other Belgian beers but it is still there. More toned down.

T-- Malty with a bite to it. Fig, plum, and rasin overtones to me. Do get the candied sugar taste in it now. Bigger taste than in the smell.

M-- somewhat heavy. left my tonuge a little numb. I think from the candied sugar. The spices come out more in the mouthfeel. Also a litttle more carbonation in the mouthfeel.

D-- solid but not mind blowing. Good Christmas ale but others are much better. First Belgian beer I would totally perfer as a 330 over a 750. Excellent nightcap on a cold night. This puppy will warm you up quick.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice reddish-brown color with a small head and some yeasty floaties. The head fades quickly, though, and there's no lacing. The nose is sweet, full of notes of ripe fruit, and lightly caramel. Good flavor: solid maltiness, lots of dark fruit, and some subtle spiciness that isn't quite identifiable, but adds a lot to the drinkability.

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Photo of Yesac
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly dark brown in color, translucent. Ring of head around the edge. Not much lacing on the glass.

S- Very sweet like juice. Fruits.

T- Complex. Strong toasty malt middle with a spice and sour finish. The 9% ABV is fairly present.

M- Thin bodied, medium carbonation. A bite from the 9% is left on the palate, not a pleasant aftertaste.

D- Not bad, but I'd rather have others in this category. This is however a great Christmas beer because of the spice and warming from the 9%.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2005 vintage (cork is dated "5/05"). tasted in late april/early may 2009

dark brown amber. almost clear, but sediment particles still get in. large, light tan/off-white head, fades to thin foamy layer, until finally just foamy wisps and ring. no lacing however.

aroma: maltose syrup and caramel, with apple juice and cherry juice concentrates, candied orange peel, cola, and hint of licorice. touch of earthy hop.

very similar flavors, though watered down slightly. mild to moderate bitterness, with touch of spice and phenols.

light to medium body, but decently smooth. touch of astringency in the finish. mild to moderate carbonation for some lift.

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pops with lots of carb, careful to not allow overflow. Deep honey, lost of cottony off white head that is slow to leave. Lacing of the small bubbled sudsy type.

S - Bubble gum, cotton candy, light banana and base malt.

T - Taste close to smell, but add some coriander in there as well.

M - Medium body, lots of carb, maybe too much carb. Coating thinned by carb.

D - Big, pronounced beer. Would tire easily.

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Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a chestnut with murk and a nice of white head. belgian carbonation. a smell of dark fruit and apple. the palate give as sweet plum, spiced with coriander, light cinnamon, orangepeel, vanilla, and nutmeg. a traditional form which doesn't step on any toes. solid. not as thick as expected... but quite effervescent. alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of weazal
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Predominant pear with some apple juice and spices to round it out. Rum soaked sweet bread. The longer it sits the more dark fruit takes over - specifically dates.

T: Immediate wash of amaretto at the beginning that is slowly saturated by dark fruits, leaving a moderate, but pleasant finish that makes you want to take another drink. The longer it sits, the sweeter it gets.

Mmm...a great Christmas beer. Sweet, nicely spiced, and easy to quaff. Perfect for a holiday party.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl bottle, best before Oct 09, it had been hanging around in my stash for a couple of years and I decided its time had come!

I knew it could produce a stupidly large head, so I used my equally large 'Judas' glass to review it in.

Because the glass could take it, the beer looked fantastic. The body was a dark ruby colour, but clear when held to the light. On top sat a wonderfully full off-white, slightly tanned head. At the end of the review there was still a full covering of head, thinner but still a full covering, with heavy lacing down the glass.

The smell is toffee apple with malted biscuits, cinnamon and liquorice, I'll let you decide which is the strongest when you try the beer.

A hidden sweetness comes through in the taste, not the sickly over-sweet flavour some Belgian Christmas beers have, but never-the-less, it has a sweet side to it. For me the liquorice is the dominant feature of the taste, this gives the beer a dryness that the first sweet impression doesn't even hint at. Other Christmas type spices arrive as the beer warms (chives?), very moorish!

Rich but not creamy (the liquorice sees to that), the flavours do hang around and the 9% was more and more evident as the review progressed.

For the last two years I've been to the 'Belgian Christmas Beer Festival' in Essen. I like to think I know a bit about this type of beer and this one is worth getting hold of.

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Photo of checkfeet
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Richer than some Belgian Christmas ales, which have a candied-sweetmeat taste to balance the hefty alcohol content.

This one smells and tastes like a Christmas pudding: Brandy, raisins, plums, buckwheat and golden syrup. Each sip is quite a pleasure, with so many flavors to cycle through.

It pours a rich golden brown, with a creamy, pillowy head than dissolves into a slight film across the top.

Poured out of a bottle into a matching glass at the delightful Poechenellenkelder, across from the Mannequin Pis.

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Photo of NoHipTee
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle.

A: lighter amber appearance than I expected from a belgian winter warmer. Very pleasing head that had a moderate amount of staying power. Moderate lacing that diminished to a "thin enough to drink over without blowing" thickness by the time I had tipped back my glass several times. Some sediment as expected from a bottle aged beer.

S: a very subtle aroma that was not over powering but strong enough to add to the overall consumption experience. hints of malted fruit and sweet cookies with a very very slight suggestion of "dirt" or belgian wheat musk.

T: surprising flavor that gets more complex with each sip. I taste dark almost roasted figs but a sweet cookie or cake flavor as well. There is a bit of alcohol warmth and a musky earth tones that one would expect from a belgian white in the back ground. No lingering after taste that turns bitter.

M: very clean for all of the complex flavors. The alcohol is not over the top at all. Not as thick as I expected but very pleasant none the less. Easy to savor with very little alcohol after burn. Easy to hold this beer on the palate for a few seconds to enjoy.

D: top ratings in this catagory. I am so pleasantly taken back by the fact that this is smooth enough to be a backyard barbeque beer (for the discerning beer drinker) but flavorfull enough to be a special belgian ale. I finished the entire bottle and wish I had bought another.

A wonderfull surprise and a great way to enjoy a surprising snowy day in Seattle in March.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a squat bottle I found in Maine this beer was a murky, copper/amber color. The tan head was a full three-fingers thick and retained nicely as a puffy cap. The lacing was pretty good. The aroma was surprisingly citric with some touches of tropical fruit, spices, toasted malt and Belgian yeast. The flavors were curious and more malty than the aroma suggested but still appealing. I tasted caramel malt, toasted malt, alcohol heat, some dark fruit, Belgian yeast and a bit of spiciness making it akin to a Winter Warmer. Generally sweet but neither cloying nor heavy handed. The mouthfeel was soft, the body and carbonation medium.

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Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 5th beer on my 2008-9 Belgian Winter Ale tasting "panel". Coming in a cute/tiny and slim 250ml brown bottle, BB 27/09/08, served lightly chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed chalice.

A: very dark russet brown in colour, with a murky appearance, coming with medium-level carbonation and an inch-thick, beige fluffy head with great retention.
S: the aroma is dominated by Chinese dark prunes and sour-sweet berry-ish notes like cherry preserve, backed by plenty of brown sugar and dark malts, while the estery fruitiness doesn't come too much... If free of the muddy yeasty hints, the aroma actually reminds me a lot of the Eggenberg Sanmichlaus Bier that I tasted just a week ago, especially as regards the deepening and rich prune-ish sour-sweetness. Discreetly, a touch of powdered herbs and coconut also lingers, but only just...
T: a sour&bittersweet foretaste comes rather yeasty and prune-ish fruity upfront, decently complex, featuring hawthorn-fruits, sweet cherries, fig-jam, toasted sliced apples, a bitter edge of burned brown sugar, and licorice candy... then, seamlessly, transforming into a pleasantly dry and lightly bitter finish that is full of (restrained) hop bitterness and more herbally-yeasty undertones that are in good control and never too much.
M&D: the mouthfeel shows very good work of the bottle-conditioning - super soft, yet never short of microscopic fizz to provide a soothing support. Overall this full-flavoured X'mas ale tastes so light but retaining a decent body to stand up to the decent flavour profile. I can't feel any kickback of the alc. now that half-an-hour has past since starting tasting this beer, so I guess highly-drinkable or even "quaffable" is the right adjective?

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/27/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short and dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, Belgian yeast, spices and dark fruit.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of Belgian yeast, spices and dark fruits. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer that is worth drinking for a while, but there are better ones within the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Brownish color, left little lacing on the glass.

smell - Spicey, caramel.

taste - Has a spicey taste to it. Some cinnamon too here.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Nice dark ale to kick off the end of winter? Wasn't bad, was all right for me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stubby 11.2 oz. bottle - $3.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark, reddish-brown body with a medium-sized, foamy, light beige head.

Smell: Fruity, sweet-smelling nose with touches of dark malts, fresh spices, a dash of brandy, and a savory blend of herbs.

Taste: Rich, dark maltiness with a mixture of toffee, dark caramel, dark candi sugar and cocoa powder. Yes, as you can easily imagine, it's quite sweet initially. Addition of earthy spices, particularly cinnamon and then nutmeg. Fruity flavors of sour cherry, strawberries, and white grapes. It's about this time the alcohol makes itself well known. Some herbal bitterness adds an extra layer of complexity. Minor sourish, chalky yeast component. Finishes with a mingled mixture of sweet malts, tart fruits, and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: On the better end of Christmastime Belgian beers. There's a little something for everyone!

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Photo of Proteus93
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, like an iced tea brewed from powder... half a tin of it. Head, like the others in the series, is quite creamy - though this one has a little more froth to it, and retention is quite good.

S: Gingersnap, graham cracker, cookie all stand out... perhaps some nutmeg in there, but the other aromas are basically putting this together.

T: Some similar flavours as found in the aroma - particularly graham cracker and some "honey-roasted" types of flavours. Quite a sweet beer, and in some ways, maybe a little much so. There's an interesting gin-like quality to it, albeit mild, that almost makes me wonder if there's actually juniper going on here - but not quite, if that makes any sense at all.

M + D: Sparkling carbonation, body is a little fuller, and slick... a big sipper, but alcohol his hidden surprisingly well. Sweetness can be a bit much after a while, but not horribly so. I still found myself swigging it rather carefree.

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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
4 out of 5 based on 329 ratings.
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