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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Puncheon is a farmhouse rye ale fermented in large oak barrels with several different wild bacteria strains. Tropical citrus notes and sourness can be detected with hints of oak.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with cat litter notes is quite interesting. Taste is also dominated by some rustic malt notes with funky ester and some cat’s litter notes that are quite powerful. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed this beer with quite a bit of complexity while retaining super great drinkability.

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Photo of BierGartenok
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Prairie's Newest Farmhouse Ale....and it doesn't disappoint folks!

Into a Prairie Teku, Pour is straw and lightly cloudy. Carbonation is full and wonderful. White tightly packed coarse bubbles cling to the glass and each other. The smell is a wonderful bouquet of spice, fruit and earth. There is a very light Brett funk at the 1st sniff, Mango, pineapple, wheat grass and red earth follow through. The taste is of ripe peaches and lemon citrus. Slightly sour, but is completely balanced by the malt sweetness and yeast dryness. The finish is slightly dry, but welcome. The drinkability is extremely high and the 7% ABV creeps up on you. Some cloudy dregs were noticed in the last glass, but it's expected with a bottle conditioned Farmhouse Ale.

This is in my top 3 Prairie Beers. I believe this to be the finest Saison style they have done to date, and it is only going to get better. It's almost the best of both a combination of Ale and Hop. Extremely delicious. Another home-run from the Healey Bros at Prairie! Seek this one out!! Cheers!

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

My beer guru brought this one over to share and it is my first Prairie Artisan beer. Excellent appearance and the smell is awesome. The taste is also excellent and it is a shockingly easy beer to drink for the alcohol content which gives it very big bonus points overall. Gotta try more of theirs in the future.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy, monochromatic caramel color with a wickedly fluffy white head that grabs desperately for the glass throughout drinking. The nose is ripe and citrusy, with more lemon than oranges, and notes of white grape, but this is definitely not syrupy sweet as it has a certain mouthwatering tartness in the nose that I've rarely experienced. The taste is equally bright and citrusy with heavy handed hay and grains, a honey-like sweetness, zesty citrus, and yeast in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and well attenuated, effervescent, promoting grain and citrus in the middle, but has a semi-dry, lingering yeastiness that makes for a pleasant aftertaste. This beer is seriously classy as hell and absolutely meets my expectations for the style.

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Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-hazed peach/straw color with much effervescence & pinky of cream colored head. A modicum of head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, wet grass clippings, funk & dirtyness

T: Follows the nose, pears, peaches , some grapefruit & dryness up front. Mustyness, sourness, plus peaches, a touch of strawberry, dryness oakyness & bit of Chardonnay as this warms, more grapefruit & lemon zest too. Finishes dry, musty with peach, white grapes & grapefruit & general barn yard funkyness

MF: Soft, delicate carbonation & light/medium body. Superb balance

Drinks like a dream, could pound this all day in the Oklahoma heat, but probably not advisable. More of a sour to me than a Saison, but these guys have certainly expanded my acceptance of how a style can be expanded or interpreted. Another winner from Prairie, my favorite so far

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Mostly clear semi golden light pilsner color, light head and mild lacing.

Nose super Brett c fruit, little Brett funk, mild tropical fruit, peach like almost, little saison grainy malt and hint spices, little floral like Brett and fruity aromas. Very nice Brett.

Taste brings more Brett, lots of it, little funk, more tropical fruits and general fruity flavours, lemony tartness and little sticky flemmy feel. Light tropical fruit like Brett c, mild saison spices and grainy malts. Little bitterness. Finish is dry, mildly bitter, more Brett funk, little spices and fruit.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb.

Overall quite nice.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples. Pours cloudy yellow with a big bubbly white head on top. Bretty funky tart aroma, lemon peels, dry dusty oakiness, funky yeast. Nice. Flavor is dry oaky Brett, yeast funk, some pineapple notes, apricot, a bit of tart citrus peel. Some juiciness and dryness, sweet and bitter. Light to medium bodied, medium plus plus carbonation, very crisp finish. These guys really kill it with their funky farmhouse brews. Good stuff!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The brewery who has shown the propensity for churning out world-class Saison after world-class Saison shows no signs of fatigue as Puncheon celebrates all things that can fit within a cask. And by the label, what spills out is quite ubiquitous.

The classic Belgianesque pour delivers a light golden color that resembles canary yellow. Deeply hazy, there's a ton of suspended yeast and wheaty proteins that cloud up the beer. As a billowing cotton white head builds, it recedes slowly to allow strong retention and broken lace at every drink.

Pungent aromas of musty sourness, earthy grain and citrusy spice fills the nose. Where a highly hopped grapefruit scent couples with tangerine, apricot, and lemons a grounded scent of crisp whole wheat, cellar-like must and attic-dried wood provides a mature aroma that's a perfect blend of popular hops and rustic ale profiling.

Its distinct taste is refreshingly acidic at the flavors of lemons, limes, tangerines, mangoes, apricots and white grapes captivate its taste. Backed by a soft wheaty pillow, any sweetness is short lived as it quickly dissolves into the beer's acidity. Its crisp bready start turns spicy with white pepper, wood tannin, and with a hint of sage and cilantro. As the taste concludes, the beer is far from over- a mustier undertone provides waves of earthiness that include sweat, brine, parmesan, shellfish, and saltwater taffee all provided the most earthy and fruity taste that can be imagined.

Mid-light in its weight on the palate, its arid creaminess is attributed to the beer's tightly knit bubbles and its resulting semi-fullness. But as the beer turns to white wine acidity and the carbonation subsides, its feel is light, tart, and powdery-dry. Though oxidated, it seems as though the wood spices outweigh and powdery texture with ease. Finishing dry, tart and feathery, its warmth is understated as its drinkability is highly rewarded.

I absolutely love how this ale bridges the old rustic world of Belgian Sour Ales and newer hop varieties together. Its citrusy juiciness and concluding dryness are both alluring for the palate and refreshing at the same time.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy straw in color with a short white head.

S: Funky Belgian yeast, orange, wheat and peach in the nose.

T: Lemon, orange, tangerine, pine and peach. Really tasty.

M: Medium bodied and smooth for a saison.

O: This beer is really good. I've only had a few from the brewery, but they've all been great. It's a nice fruit, somewhat tropical saison, and that's exactly what I want from a saison, minus the spice, which seems to characterize the style.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is very hazy and straw white with a thin white head. The aroma brings funk, yeast, citrus, wheat, grass. Smells quite nice. Lots of citrus flavor. Medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. A touch of grass with mild hop flavor. Really nice. Easy going. Good stuff.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into belgian tulip.

Pours a lemon rind yellow, super hazy unfiltered, with big billowy eggshell head that lingers gloriously.

Aroma is succulent. Lots of citrus but mainly fresh lemon, a pinch of pineapple, nice farmhouse (brett) yeast giving off good mustiness, white wine, chewy vanillin oak tannins, crisp Fuji apple, and a touch of earthy spiciness.

On the palate you get lemon peel, some peach, watered down white grape juice, a little sweet malt character, and earthy/musty yeast character. A notch lighter than what I expected off the nose. You get the oak tannins which lend a nice depth to the beer when otherwise it may have turned a bit monotonous.

The mouthfeel is very good but not great. Seems to be lacking a bit of body which turns down the flavor presence a bit. I feel as if it had more body my taste rating would have jumped a notch or two.

Overall a very tasty and well crafted brew. This beer seems to have the potential for greatness but falls short. Just needs to be a bit more integrated in some way. More malt character? But besides that criticism I can say I fully enjoyed the beer and it's an excellent offering to the farmhouse category. I'll say it again, too much attention to the Prairie stouts not enough to the Saisons. It's really where they excel.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750->Prairie Teku Glass

A - Peach/Straw/Gold in color. Less carbonation than I expected. Appearances can be deceiving.

S - Sliced pear, Overripe Orange, Funk, Pepper, Wood, & A whole bunch of Farmhouse goodness.

T - Lot's of fruit flavors: Peach, Pears, Persimmon, Grape, Citrus, & Hawaiian Fruit (mostly Guava, my favorite!)
Hops are mild, yet add a bit of pepper/earth/grass to the already wildly complex flavors the yeast provide. Also a slight Candi Sugar/Spun Sugar thing going on that I am loving. There's that classic undercurrent of Brett that I see in all PAA saisons.

M ~ The mouthfeel on this is perfection. The Saison yeast PAA uses is already very dry & paired w/ the 100% French oak fermentation, it really shows in the finish.

D - leaves you feeling completely satisfied w/ sitting & waiting for that next sip, with an undetectable ABV.
Well done again guys.


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Photo of Braseltonage
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a stemless white wine glass. Perfectly uniform hazy gold. 1/2" bright white head, Fluffy. Retreats quickly but leaves pretty thorough lacing.
S: Tart fruity bite up front. Sour apple, some light bready character. Some musty, wine tannin funkiness.
T: The roots of a classic Saison briefly flash on the palate. Fleeting wheat-like softness with hint of fruit. Mid sip brings the mix of funk. Noticeable oak character runs parallel to a slight sour note. Some brett-style must toward the finish. But just a hint of sweet to round it out. Fantastic complexity.
M: Dry finish, but more body than expected. Refreshing finish, but maybe it's the oak or the fruit, don't know but it very nicely maintains a beautiful balance.
O: Really outstanding. I think it's lower than expected rating has to lie in that it doesn't fit comfortably into the Saison realm. Judged as a funky oaked specialty ale it just wins.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Puncheon pours a clear straw color with moderate carbonation and 1" of white head. The head has decent retention and minimal lacing. Nice color, head characteristics leave something to be desired.

Smell: A bit of funk up front, but not much. Floral scents, light citrus as well, a bit oaky with hints of wine barrels.

Taste: Bitter citrus rind up front, light funk, tart lemons, floral notes, and a vinous/oaky finish. No particular flavors really take the beer over, but it is quite complex. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with prickly carbonation, which seems appropriate. Overall, a subtle yet complex saison that I really enjoyed a lot. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale golden body with a thin, bubbly bone-white head. Somewhat cloudy body with a yeasty haze.

S- Tart peaches and apricots, hints of oak, light aroma of toasted grains.

T- Some tart tree fruits give way to some of the toasted grains and hints of earthy oak. Finishes somewhat sour with a grassy an earthy aftertaste.

M- Fizzy and well carbonated, medium to light bodied. Slight alcohol tingle on the finish.

O- A nice barrel aged saison. Not up there with the cream of the crop, but this is a solid and enjoyable beer. The nose is fantastic. It just doesn't have that juiciness or depth of flavor that some of the great saison a have.

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Photo of More_betterness
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden yellow, with a massive white head that recedes to a thin film of bubbles on the surface. High levels of carbonation initially.

S: White wine, orange zest, and a bit of funk. Hints of tropical fruit sweetness and oak in the background. I'm guessing brett c was a major player. Definitely inviting.

T: Juicy tangerine, tart lemon, and white wine in foreground. Taste fades to tannic oak, crisp malt, and a hint of minerality I don't know how to place. Very drinkable, could put a few of these down pretty quickly without realizing it is 7%.

M: Light/medium mouthfeel with a lingering dry and slightly tannic finish.

O: Very easy drinking and enjoyable Saison. Reminiscent of a drier white wine. Wish I grabbed another bottle to cellar to see if the suspected brett c added a little more funk.

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Photo of FocusDave
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Yankees pint glass (go Yanks!)

A - Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with one finger of bubbly white head when poured carefully. Obviously much more haze if the sediment is mixed up with it. Retention is only a couple minutes, but lots of carbonation bubbling up continuously.

S - Very mellow nose. Slightly bready with a little bit of citrus.

T - Full of sweet citrus up front giving way to some maltiness and bread-like flavor. Finish is distinctly tart.

M - Full bodied and then finishes nice and dry. I'm glad it's a big bottle, because my palette is left wanting more after every sip.

O - Some farmhouse ales can be overly yeasty or spicy, but this one is a nice balance of fruity sweetness, malt character, and tartness.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz botte into a pint glass. Thanks Shawn for sending this to me from Cali!

Pours a hazy orange body with a fizzy white effervescent head that reduces quickly to leave no lacing or retention.

Aromas of funk, wine, farmhouse yeast, citrus, tart fruit skins, green apple. On the tongue is tart fruits, farmhouse and funk, followed by a bitterness (hops?) that lingers on the tongue for a while. White wine and spices also present. Easy drinker, light body with high carbonation, really crisp.

Enjoyable. Bitterness was a little off balancing.

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml poured into my Treehouse tulip. 8.5% abv

A: Pours a nice yellow golden sun color with a one finger head and good carbonation. Slight haze, good appearance. Swirled around in the glass which left nice lacing, good look. After pouring the rest of the bottle after reviewing for 15 minutes the fading head left wonderful legs.

S: Great smell off the bat. Light pepper, funk and a hint of tropical fruit in the background. Excited to take a sip. The peppery smell belies the pleasant fruity, tart, slightly funky taste to follow.

T: Mmmm, ooh. Mouth watering flavor. Fruity like the tropics. Hard to really pinpoint the flavors here. Not exactly getting any notes from the barrel but the flavor is exceptional. Juicy, creamy, light tart, possible pepper/spicy esters from the yeast. The more of this I drink the better it gets. Good combination of spice and fruit.

M: Creamy, delicious. Light alcohol warmth. Extremely pleasant on the tongue and in the cheeks.

O: I thoroughly enjoy this beer. This is very drinkable without feeling thin. The barrel is unnoticeable which is unfortunate but everything comes together nicely. I wouldn't say that this is perfectly balanced. The spicy notes and the fruity notes are far from harmonious or complimentary but they do work together. The tropical flavors with slight tart are what really sell me on this beer. I'm happy to have found one and would definitely drink again gladly.

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Photo of rudzud
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear hue with some thin half finger head that left thin blanket.

S - Aromas of loads of brett, peaches, tangerine, fruity goodness.

T - Taste is nicely brett, peaches, tangerine, tasty fruit. Really bright.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, super drinkable.

O - Overall this beer was a nice balanced fruit and brett. Super tasty.

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Photo of grover37
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty prototypical Prairie farmhouse saison here. Nice mix of light funk, lemon citrus, and oak in the nose. Brett and light bitterness hit first, then oak and rye linger. Carb is nice and lively.

Good not great. Perhaps slightly under rated, but my bottle had a year plus on it.

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Photo of Tele
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

A: 4.5 Yellow-gold and crystal clear. There’s a fluffy, three-inch, off-white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: 4 Apple and funk dominate the nose at first. A bit of clove and grass fill in the background with a bit of tart lemon at the end.

T: 4 Similar to the nose. Lots of funk up front with a pretty sweet, apple juice flavor. The spice, funk, and esters are pretty nice, but they could use a bit more tartness to bring them all together.

M: 4.25 Nice body on this beer with the carbonation making it feel a bit creamy.

O: 4 I like this beer, but the apple and funk dominate a bit too much and overshadow some of the other flavors and aromas. It would be nice if there was a bit more oak and tart flavors.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. Very appetizing hazy, orange-yellow color with a rather small head for this style that quickly dies down to a thin lacing. The nose is flowery, dry, and slightly musty with notes of lemon zest, white wine, and just a touch of barnyard funk. Smells like a nice Saison to me!

The beer has a nice, light body and a crisp, sightly bitter, slightly sour flavor. Up front are nice bitter fruity notes of orange peel, and pineapple, all supported by a grainy white cracker malt backbone. At mid-palate, the beer becomes as dry as a stone and acidic flavors of lemon, lime, and chardonnay develop. The finish is dry and appetizing and the beer is very refreshing, but I don't get much of a lingering flavor or sustained acidity, just a faint tannic feel that, while minimal, is enough to start you salivating and get you ready for another swallow. Extremely refreshing.

I'm always ready and willing to try another beer from Prairie. As usual, I was not disappointed. If this beer had a bit more carbonation to assist the feel and open the palate, I think some of the flavors would seem more intense and it would garner higher scores. As is, it is a wonderful beer to enjoy on a hot summer day. Very refreshing and easy to drink, but still complex enough to warrant thoughtful sipping. Another winner from Prairie, who has earned a spot on a very short list of brewers from whom I will try ANY beer I can find, regardless of style or reputation.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Puncheon pours a cloudy, nearly opaque honey color. The head surprisingly is fairly tame, despite a strong tilt.

S-Aroma is pretty exceptional. Funky and tart. Almost Gueuze-like. Musty and lemony. Not picking up much of the oak but that's about the only negative.

T-Not as tart or sour as the nose would lead you to believe; it has a bit of both but the nose is more intense in this aspect. Fruitier and hoppier than the aroma. Lemons and unripe pears. Straw and hay. Bretty fruit flavor. Just a lick of oak on the finish. Dry finish as well.

M-Medium carbonation, medium body. Relatively refreshing. Alcohol is somewhat evident.

O-I enjoyed the nose more than the flavor and I was not in love with the big price tag. Otherwise, it was very solid. Hoping to try more Prairie offerings in the future.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy lemon with a light white head that doesn't hang around too much except for a ring around the edge. Soapy lacing.

S- Funky notes with big a citrus, fruity nose. Lemon grass and pineapple. Dank and muskylike basement

T- Tart, dry apples, moderate funk, haystraw, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, grapes, sweet malt. Slight acid and clove. Touch of oak barrels is noticeable , but primary sweet juicy fruits.

M- Love the feel. Smooth than most sours without losing the tartness. Mid body, but very, very drinkable. Tingles the tongue wonderfully.

O- Outstanding combo of sour tart, sweet fruits, and mild musky funk. Interesting flavor profile while remaining quite balanced. I would say it doesn't have that wow factor that many Prairie beers have, but one of the better sours i've had.

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Prairie Puncheon from Prairie Artisan Ales
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