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New Holland EnviousNew Holland Envious

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by drabmuh on 04-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 263
Photo of superspak
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle into tulip, 2010 vintage. Pours clear dark red color with a small 1 finger light tan head with good retention that reduces to a ring of lacing. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of big pear, tart raspberry, chocolate, earth, oak, molasses, light vinegar, and light spices. Nice and very fruity aromas as expected. Smells very authentic. Taste of oak, raspberry, pear, earth, chocolate, molasses, oak, spices, and light pepper. Fairly dry on the finish; with light lingering notes of pear, raspberry, oak, and light spices for a bit. Good flavor balance and complexity; without being cloying. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly syrupy mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming after the finish. Very smooth and drinkable. Overall this is a very solid fruit beer. Nice complexity and balance; and very smooth to drink. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.13/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours very deep brown with a one finger white head with decent retention and great lacing.

Smells like fresh raspberries with a little bit of blackberry. Somewhat of an artificial smelling sweetness though.

Flavor has some berry sweetness upfront but really just tastes like prune juice.

Very light mouthfeel and pretty flat increasing the likelihood I'm actually drinking prune juice.

I like the idea, but this one falls considerably short for me. Ends up being too thin and there are a few off flavors here. The prune metallic aftertaste lingers on the tongue which in this case is not a good thing.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle into slender Allagash-style beer glass.

Pours with 1-2F of dark tan head over a deep brown body. Head fades rather quickly to solid film with good retention.

Aromas are unique and interesting. Pear, ginger, fresh raspberry, and some white grape.

Flavors bring more of the dark malt to the party. Raspberry, light chocolate (more cocoa than milk), touch of pear, and finishing with a mineral-water-like quality. Just a touch of the oak-aging is present. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery for the ABV, and lacks some carbonation.

This is not a bad beer, and I was somewhat surprised by the low overall score here. This would be phenomenal with a raspberry cheesecake, chocolate mousse, or nearly any fruit-based dessert.

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Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2012 vintage pours chestnut with thin tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cherry juice, figs

T: Follows the nose, some baker's chocolate hidden underneath up front along with raspberry. Raspberry tartness as this warms, some oaky woody notes as well, a bit of black cherry as this warms. Fishes with cherry juice, a touch of dryness & a bit of raspberry & figs

MF: Light bodied with some what annoying dryness, subtle carbonation, really needs a bit more to push the flavors on show.

An alright fruit beer but not one I would seek out again. New Holland has generated more disappointments than hits for me, they aren't punching up to the weight of most of the Michigan beers I've tried. I really don't see this getting better with age,,,

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Photo of KajII
3.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Flute glass]

The pour was a clear medium purplish brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown fizzy head that diminished to a thin layer of residue which created some fair sticky lacing.

The aroma was extremely fruity and malty with a light bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast having notes of raspberries, pears, plums and a hint of oak.

The taste was sweet, malty and a tad acidic with a mild hint of pears early on with the end being a bit tart and sweet with notes of raspberry, and plums and having a pronounced sour finish. The flavor hung around for a good long while with the taste being mostly of a berry/plum flavor.

Mouthfeel was a definite medium in body with a subtle dry texture and a nice prickly carbonation.

Overall a fruity, tasty, refreshing brew with just the right amount of malt and tartness.

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Photo of RAFH
2.43/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased 22 ounce bottle directly from New Holland Brewing Company Bar last month. Bottle was of 2011 vintage.

Poured into a tall pilsner glass. Achieved good 1-1/2 finger head with a medium hard pour. Nice amber color.

Smelled sweet and sweet was what I was in the mood for but the taste was sweeter than expected, and taste combinations did not work for me at all. I could taste the oak, but it was overwhelmed by incompatible pear and raspberry. It seemed to have a chocolaty after taste. It was just too much for me and my pallet. I couldn't finish it. I've had sweet beers before that tasted better with age, but I didn't buy two bottles, and I won't buy another one to try it again.

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Photo of shanblur
3.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. A - Deep purple with red highlights in the light. Thin ring of foam. S - Fruity smell of raspberries and figs with an earthy component. T - Fruity on the taste as well with plenty of dark fruits and a definite oak presence. M - Lighter in body with little to no carbonation. A nice smelling and tasting beer. Unique. Would be very nice as a beer pairing.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 17 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.3 L Unibroue snifter. Vintage 2010.

Smallish light brown head. Medium carbonation. Dark reddish brown in color. Aromas of ethanol, pears, bananas, molasses, yeast. Starts with molasses and a little pear fruitiness. Rich and sweet upfront. Becomes more fruity tart in the finish where some raspberries show up. Medium to light body, warming ethanol. Lingering dark sugars in the aftertaste.

Hmm, rereading my notes it sounds better than I recall. Mostly I'm envious of people who didn't pay $14 for this.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.17/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark fuchsia with a fizzy, quickly dissipating beige head. This looks like dessert in a glass.

S: Aromas of dark chocolate, oak, black raspberries, and pears fill the nose. I can already tell that this is going to be an extremely sweet beer, but I'm intrigued to say the least.

T: Notes of black raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, pears, and dark chocolate fill the mouth, but are quickly balanced by oak and roasted grain undertones. The finish is rich and sweet with pronounced notes of dark chocolate, oak, and raspberries.

M: Full bodied, smooth, and creamy. Carbonation is restrained.

O: I'm aware that this beer does not carry the highest rating in the world, and tends to be looked down on a bit. Still, I find this to be a delightful dessert beer and feel that it does not really get the credit it deserves. When compared to other beers of this type, Envious could be much worse. Try it with a good vanilla bean ice cream.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, vintage 2011. This has been sitting in the back of my fridge for a while now, so I figured I might as well drink it today. Served in a flute, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with an inch tan head. The head stays around for a little while, and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is malty and fruity, the brew smells like dark fruit, raspberries, pears, caramel, chocolate and a bit of oak. It tastes like dark fruit (raisins, plums), chocolate, caramel, pears, and some oak and raspberry. I certainly didn't expect the chocolate in either the aroma or taste of this brew, I was thinking this was going to be a little more tart (like the back label says), but I don't think this brew is tart at all. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew. It's not quite what I expected, but the more I drank it, the more I ended up liking it. I'll have to pick up another bottle the next time I see it again.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass. Very dark red hue, almost a hint of black with a small 1 finger tan head. Smell is of fruit and berries. Picking up blueberries and raspberries with a note of cherry. Interesting, but strong. Taste is a bit odd. Almost sweetness overload. Very tart and a bit of boozy on the end. Follows the nose with the berries. Mouthfeel is strong carbonation and a wine like dry/tart feel. Overall- More like drinking a wine than a beer. Too tart and sweet for my palate. Interesting, but not what I was looking for. Not a fan of wine, so going to have to pass on hitting another one of these. Interesting to try once however.-

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Photo of doughanson78
3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to bobpack for this one.

A: Very dark. Not pitch black. Very bright red when held to light. One finger tan head with good retention and lacing.

S: Chocolate currents. I get a fish food aroma in this also. Very slight blueberry aromas. Maybe a touch of pear.

T: Blueberries upfront. Big chocolate throughout the middle and finish. Lot of dark fruits, raisins, currants, dates. Very different flavors.

M: Medium light bodied. Low carbonation. Slight creaminess. Good mouth coating. A touch dry.

O: A weird beer. Crazy how there is so much chocolate coming through. A beer that should be experienced for sure... but only once.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark black beer with ruby and purple highlights around the edges. Poured hard and was unable to get the slightly brown head to linger at all. Feel flat immediately. Fruity, syrupy nose--smells of raspberries, dark cherries, Morgan David wine and hot alcohol. Pear is listed in ingredients, and there is a undermined fruity smell in it. Taste is sharp and acidic--strong fruit, and dark fruit, raisins and overripe plums. Sour note on the end that's a bit of an off flavor. NH is an excellent brewery, but this experiment did not pay off.

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the downtown Holland tap. Pear and raspberry aged in oak according to staff. Rich and kind of gamey with a dark dried
cherry taste. Very fragrant like Cherry Coke. Roasted malt and gummy worms. Dried pears and a yeasty bready taste. Intriguing and hard to categorize flavors make this an experience to try if you like fruit beers. Maybe they'll make a sour version to satisfy the geeks. Long musty aftertaste like a trip to Belgium. Nice mahogany color in the tall tulip.

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Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub in Holland. Served in a New Holland goblet.

Appearance: Mahogany with just a little bit of off white head that fades away quite quickly.

Smell: Sweet fruity malt, I'm picking up raspberries. There is also a hint of caramel.

Taste: Sweet malt with caramel and mild roast. Also picking up Raspberry and oak. The finish is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is quite dry.

Overall: This one grew on me as I drank it. I thought the use of fruit was tasteful and there was a nice balance. Not sure why this one is rated so low, oh well.

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Photo of aasher
2.4/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one pours like a dark grape/cranberry juice concoction with an off white lacing around the glass. It smells of sweet fruity syrups, an odd mix of sweet berries. It tastes of light chocolate malts with a dry and bitter, yet somehow still overly sweet finish. This beer is odd. It's so disjointed. It drinks medium bodied and sticky. There's a lot of sugar. This beer is a mess and odd at that. The chocolate and berries just don't work in unison.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.2/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared with my friend Chris. 2010 model.

Poured a rusty trombone with some big soapy bubbles that pop and fade. Looks like raspberry prune juice if such an amalgamation existed.

Smells heavily of chocolate, prunes, raisins, and boozy dark fruits.

Tastes like oaky prunetastic surprise. Raspberry pokes through with chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee. Back end is mildly tannic.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is a bit funky. I would not reach for this again and the bottle wasn't finished either.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage

A - deep red/brown, clear, medium white ring of foam.

S - loads of raspberries, syrupy, raisiny.

T - wood, sweet...weird. I can't tell what's going on.

M - medium body, kind of light...

O (D) -'s not great, but it's not bad. Won't get this one again!

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Photo of Brewmeist
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint class from 22oz 2011 envious.

A - dark golden brown, small limited froth head with weak lacing.

S - plenty of fruit. Pears, oakyness. Very sweet smelling, has some evidence of barrel aging.

M - plenty of carbonation, but not over done. Hits the pallette on the tip of the tounge, comes off slightly sour but more sweet.

D - more than I thought it would be. Very similar to a light porter beer.

T - overall it's nothing to write hope about but it's worth a shot if you've never had it. Very unique in the fruitful presence yet the porter feel about it hits home. How often do you get to try a beer made with pears and molasses? It's really not what you would expect

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't let the low average rating deter you, this beer is definitely worth a try, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

a - dark, almost black, but I'm pretty sure I picked up hints of purple (I was outside at night w/ low light conditions when I had it), with a thin rim of bubbly head.
s - fruity and malty with maybe a bit of roast behind...fruits aren't your typical dark fruit aromas.
t - as it smells, but better. Big fruit flavor (apple/pear along with grapes and maybe dates) that doesn't get old or become overbearing at all, backed with some slight hints of roast and bittersweet chocolate, slight oak. Not a huge full flavor, but instead a flavor that lends itself to drinkability. On the sweet side of course, but it's not a sugary/malty mess, there is definitely a well-balanced nature to the beer. Not a hint of alcohol. A very unique brew, like a fruit beer merged with a light porter.
m - light in body, smooth, with a tingle of carbonation. Very drinkable.
o - I was surprised at how good this beer was. Usually my opinions are pretty much on par with BA ratings, or at least close, but C+ is not the grade this beer deserves (I know, to each his own). Well-balanced, dark, light body, fruity but not sugary sweet, a nice amount of alcohol with very little alcohol able to be detected...what more could you want from a fruit beer? This one is only trumped by one or two other fruit beers for me (notably Sammy Smiths organic raspberry mmm)

There are a lot of comments a la "it doesn't really fit into any category"...ummm why is that a bad thing? Besides, "fruit beer" is an extremely general category. I could see if the label was misrepresenting the contents of the bottle that would be one thing, but if you read it you should pretty much get what you expect.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous dark pour of purpley brown to settle in the glass with a mighty murk of the darkest mahogany. Great color! A small unlasting crown of dark beige drops down to a collar of thin bubbles and some decent lacing coats the glass in shreaded droplets.

Nice malty aroma that's lush and deep, wholesome and clean with a nice touch to some fruityness upon it. Its nose is heavy on caramel with some raisinyness and smaller notes to papaya, pear, and cocoa. It does, however, fade a bit as it gets warmer.

Taste doesn't bring in the amount of malt I was hoping for given what the aroma eluded to. I hate when that happens, well in most cases anyways. This is still good, but a little disappointing, as there doesn't seem to be any real long lasting tone or flavor to it. More on the fruit on the taste with some yellow raisin, pear, dark berry, cranberry tanged, and plum while the malt is barely doing anything other then keeping a lower ended carbonation. Which is a better aspect for what it offers as its smoothness and semi creamy nature is quenchingly nice to behold. However, there are areas of emptyness, but here is where my score lowers and up the body score since that seems to help the overall then what the taste does.

I like what New Holland is up to with this brew and look forward to more like it in the future with hopes that they rock my beery world a bit more then Envious did.

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Photo of adman08
3.24/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep mahogany with a good amount of head.
S-Aroma a bit like coffee with a hint of a vanilla/creamy scent.
T-Flavor of coffee, slight fruit flavor.
M-Very smooth and creamy, light carbonation.
Overall, an interesting beer, I'm not sure it really fits into any category. It's creamy with light carbonation like a stout and has similar flavors but some sweetness. I did find it very tasty and interesting in a good way, just not a real obvious fruit beer.

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Photo of Preismj
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: murky looking purple/brown with a lot of head that looks more like soda fizz than anything else

s: smells of pear and grape are hardly at the front...the rest smells like boozy water. There isn't a lot going on here and once the initial smell of fruit fades, what is left is a bread-like mess

t: the fruit flavors are clashing here and taste like date/fig/raisin. pretty good actually, but not the flavor I was expecting. almost came off as a type of chocolate too...however the carbonation is way to high and ruins the overall taste. The flavor is there, but the fizz makes it a miss

m: too fizzy, medium body and little coating. Would have like it to stick around longer with less popping bubble feel in my mouth.

o: the flavors are clashing but don't make for a totally unpleasant experience. However, the extreme level of carbonation really wrecked the flavor profile here. It was like someone mixed Coke and Wine to get this...a fizzy fruity mess.

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Photo of nhindian
2.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Blind Beer #7 from Khazadum, with the text: "You made it! Halfway done. Are you sad or excited to finish? I wonder..."

Glassware recommends pint glass, and I welcome this beer into my Perfect Pint.

A - This is a 22oz bottle with ... purple foil? Can't say I've seen that color used before. In the glass, the beer looks very beautiful. It is almost completely clear, and the color is a great chocolate brown, but when held up to light, it glows a deep ruby. About 2-fingers of tan head sit on top and has good retention. Lacing is not bad either, with scattered clumps of lace sticking around. (4.5/5)

S - The smell of this beer is certainly strange indeed and not quite what I was expecting. It's very malty and has a bit of dark fruit in fruit, giving it a somewhat sugary sweet aroma. The malts remind me of barley and a drizzle of chocolate syrup, while the fruits impart aromas of grapes, plums, dates, and figs. All of these sound great apart, but the way this beer integrates everything gives it a mish-mashed feeling and it's a little awkward. (3/5)

T - As in the nose, there's a big sweetness in this beer with a noticeable divide between the malts and fruits. The thing that's coming to mind immediately to me is a marriage between a doppelbock and a dubbel. The beginning gives a lot of the malty breadiness, while soon after there's a heaping helping of sugar-coated fruits. Apples and grapes are the most noticeable fruits and they last well into the finish. Not much alcohol burn. Very strange indeed. (3/5)

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with lowish carbonation. This feels slick in the mouth, but would've helped to have a little more than the prick of carbonation it is currently giving. (3/5)

D/O - Drinkability is moderately low. The individual components I'm getting in this beer aren't bad, but when they come together, the sum definitely isn't greater than the parts. It just seems to coalesce awkwardly and doesn't fit nicely in the flavor profile. (2.5/5)

I'm thinking this is dubbel? I'm drawing a blank here; it doesn't really seem to fit with any style.

The reveal: New Holland Envious. Never heard of this one, but apparently it's brewed with pear juice and raspberries and is supposed to be tart... I guess what I thought were apples in the taste were pears, but not getting the tart raspberries...

Definitely interesting though and I'm guessing this was the second kill shot!

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Photo of EricCioe
3.87/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Haymarket Brewery and Pub, Sunday 22 May 2011.

This pours a deep, clear red with a small offwhite head. On the nose there is a big note of raspberry with some vanilla drifting upwards, too, some caramel malt underneath those, and oak. In the mouth the raspberries and oak are the big players, with some slightly sweet malts playing nicely with the tart pear and especially the raspberries. It's not puckeringly tart, nor is it god-awful sweet. It's a nice balance between the two. Everything seems quite well-integrated. The only real flaw for me with this beer is that it's a bit thin, but that's a bit nit-picky and didn't detract at all for me from this wonderful beer.

This was on tap for a Michigan beer day at Haymarket, and I had never heard of it before and fruit beers aren't really my speed. But it looked interesting on the menu and I had to try it. I was blown away. I was even more blown away later when I saw the ratings here. Like I said, I'm not big on fruit beers, but this was a fine, fine brew.

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New Holland Envious from New Holland Brewing Company
3.26 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.
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