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V-Twelve | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Heady with a aromatic fruity start and taste, this amber ale features hints of pear and apricot in its well-nuanced flavor. The initial impression of fruitiness concludes in a refreshing dryness that begs you to sip again. Be fore- warned, this ale is immense as it registers 12% abv.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 3/13/2014. Pours slightly cloudy orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance, robustness, and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible quadrupel style! All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of PlatoSmash
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Very nice take on a Belgian! 12%abv doesn't taste like 12%abv which is nice. Could get you in trouble if you aren't careful! The aroma sets up heavy but the taste is smooth and the feel is nice upon the tongue. Victory is a very good brewery that continues to send quality beers. This is one of their best.

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Photo of roblowther
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

This is a fantastic quad. I'd rate it higher but it is a bit hoppier than I'd expect from the style. I'd rate it lower except the hops really compliment the flavor. This is a phenomenal take on the style. It has a great caramel earthiness up front, a slight hop twang on the finish, and just enough alcohol warmth going down to remind you to be careful. And just enough awesomeness to make you want to throw caution to the wind. Which advice will win out? Only the rest of the evening will tell.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.6/5  rDev -35.3%

Bottled 03 Jul 14 at40 degrees into snifter
Nose – can’t smell anything good or bad
Head small (<1 cm), off white, fizzy, virtually instantly diminishing to 1 mm partial ring
Lacing none
Body golden amber, clear – just beautiful!
Flavor begins sweet like candi sugar, no distinct flavors appear, ends sweet; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy to syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 2, Flavor 2.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 2.875. Final weighted score: 2.625.
In terms of appearance, this beer lacks any head that lasts longer than 30 seconds and produces absolutely no lacing. The golden amber color, however, is simply beautiful. I cannot detect any aroma whatsoever, but at least it doesn’t smell bad. In terms of flavor only the sweetness of candi sugar is noticeable – no caramel, no figs, no dates, no raisins, no alcohol – just sweet. No hops, no malt, no diacetyl. The palate is decent. I last had this beer in 2008 and can’t see where it’s changed. Whatever I paid for this bomber was too much for a beer that’s “meh” at best.

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Photo of arizcards
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Total Wine in early June for $8.99. Bottled on 3-13-14.

Beer poured garnet with a nice white head that has some nice hang time.

Nose has strong dark fruit notes.

Taste is dark fruits spiced with black pepper. Finish is alcohol warming on all initial sips.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth from the Belgian yeast strain.

Overall this is a nice rendition of what i would consider a Belgian Quad. I suspect that laying this down for a few years would only enhance this brew.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a semi-clear copper color - very atypical for a quad. The head is two fingers high, and off-white in shade. Retention is pretty good for 12%, but the texture is rougher than others in the style. There are some streaks of lacing left on the glass.

S: The nose is appropriately big. It features both big fruits (lighter ones like cherry, rather than dark fruits) and a healthy bread-laden backbone. Also decently spicy in spurts. Victory is never afraid to hop a beer well, and I'm thankful for it: the herbal and even citrusy notes balance out the lighter malt/fruit quite well. Aromatically, it isn't much like a quad - it's more like Duvel on steroids. That's a very good thing, though.

T: It's somewhat hoppy at first. The light, herbal hop notes bring memories of Rochefort 10 (though this has a bit more black pepper and a bit less tobacco - that, and the malt construct is a whole different beast altogether). While there are some pleasant lighter fruit flavors (cherry, orange, and grapefruit), the spiciness is what dominates. Victory has restrained the yeastiness nicely, as well. It doesn't seem as bready as its Belgian counterparts, but it also achieves a level of cohesion and harmony lacking in the 'Murican ones. Combined with the mild notes of caramel malt, it creates a brew that's both reasonably complex and nicely balanced - it just isn't very quad-like, that's all.

M: The first few sips seem a touch boozy. Afterwards, they don't seem boozy at all. It's still telling me it's a strong, sipping beer (especially with the full-body warming sensation), just not a needlessly alcoholic one. Carbonation is about what I'd expect, decently powerful yet soft.

O: This would be one of the best 'Murican-made quads on the market...if it were a quad to begin with. To me, this seems closer to a big-ass grand cru or even a massive saison. Yeah, I said it. It's dry enough, spicy enough, and *just* light enough where if Victory called it an imperial saison, I wouldn't be too upset. Still, its high level of quality combined with its respectable price point makes it a winner, no matter what style it is.

3.98/5: Excellent BSPA, very worthy of cellaring

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Photo of argock
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. Bottled on Sept 18 2009 on front label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Lighter than expected chestnut with a big dose of floaties but a prodigious 1-2 finger light beige head with decent retention and peaks of lacing.

S: Major fruity aroma here with fig, plums, red grapes, currants, bananas, and orange marmalade all combining with some mild herbal hopping to create a huge malt blast. The entire aroma experience is accentuated by further fruity yeast esters with a mild, phenolic, clove character

T: THe flavor also assaults with malt, first with dark fruits like red and purple grapes, figs, cherries, plums, and raisins, all dosed with a heavy dose of rum-infused honey. Hops provide some balancing herbal-based bitterness. Yeast esters play a big role with banana and some lightly sulfuric apricot and peach character as well. Bitterness is low -- this is a malt wallop all the way, and a good one too. Vinous without getting too grapey -- a masterful beer all-around. The alcohol is tame and in the background.

M: Silky smooth with nowhere the 12% detectable anywhere. Sumptuous feel overall with moderate carbonation to keep it from feeling too thick and viscous.

O: This was indeed a good one to put away -- wow -- huge dark fruit character with drinkability. Sumptuous and decadent but not over the top -- wonderful. I wish I had bought more.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange amber with a 1/2 off-white head that settles to a thin film and ring on top and leaves spotty lace.

The smell is of prunes, dates and raisins up front with caramel and toffee and alcohol on the finish.

The taste is of bready malt, caramel sweetness, raisins, dark cherry and a hint of booze.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise up throughout the drink down.

Overall, this is a solid American interpretation of the classic Belgian style.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle ($20), at Forequarter, Madison, into a chalice. An anonymous-looking brown murk, with an off-white finger of head, w/ serious lacing stuck to the glass.

Smell is of must or funk, overlying a tannic red wine. A bit of Belgian tart yeast.

In the mouth it's a wonderful approximation of a Belgian beer. Cherries in alcohol. A warming liqueur sensation. On the front end it's very sweet and grainy, sugary, even. Malt sweetness, but also tropical fruit, like mango. Some hops on the back-end balances it all. Seriously complex.

Creamy and rich mouthfeel. Low on the carbonation in appearance, but so well-balanced, the syrupy consistency is most welcome. There's a surprising sharpness. Highly drinkable.

This is a definite go-to with rich food.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Poured into my Abandon Brewing snifter. Pours a clear dark peach color. One inch head dissipates quickly. Very small amounts of lacing.

Smells like apricots, orange, cherries, and Belgian yeast.

Similar flavor. Lots of the typical candied Belgian yeast flavors, along with apricot, orange creamsicle, maraschino cherries, cloves, and a a slight herbal grassiness, most likely from the hops.

Medium mouthfeel, very low carbonation. As the beer warms, it becomes a bit more boozy.

The best American made quad I've had. Another great one from Victory.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-opaque chestnut. Pours with almost no carbonation and a lack of head

S-fresh Macintosh apples with a hint of carmelized sugars. Medium strength

T-comes with an impressively mellow flavor of dark Belgian sugars and red apples. It's a good authentic apple flavor. It has a good subtle flavor with a slightly bitter but matching after-taste. Some peppercorn in there.

M-low carbonation. Dry finish.

O-actually, this is an okay quad. I'm fairly impressed by it. It's definitely different from any other quad I've had, but it works in its own subtle way.

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Photo of Vixie
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color leaning more towards red. Has a bit of a creamy white head, a bit more than expected considering the ABV.

Malty, caramel, toffee, and grassy notes in the smell.

Starts with a sweetness that reminds me a bit of candy, like a toffee. There's floral and grassy flavors as well, finishing with a bit of a hop bite. There's also a bit of alcohol warming at the end, but the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Feel is ok, I think a touch thin for the style.

An interesting beer, but I think it's a stretch to call this a quad. It almost tastes more like a farmhouse beer. I would actually consider this more of a strong saison than a quad, ad the look and profile of a true quad are missing here. Still, it's a decent beer, one I felt was worth trying once.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer many times and am a big fan, bought quite a few to stick in the basement and wanted to do a full review to see if it can hold its rating. Great looking beer with an outstanding smell. Very tasty, and remarkably easy to drink for something that weighs in at 12%, big bonus points there. Victory hit a home run on this one. Outstanding beer that presents a very good value. I am sure I will buy again.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber into a duvel tulip

Bottled 5.15.13

Pours a honey brown with a small beady head

Old world fruits, White grapes, some malt and booze in the nose

Hard to describe taste, lots of citrus, slightly hoppy, corn syrup, and aftertaste of apricot

Silky smooth mouthfeel feels unreal.

Not your average quad, better than you'd expect

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle
no date

A- Medium to dark Amber in color, reminds me of cider.Small white head that faded fast, no ring or lacing. Slightly hazy with a small amount of visable carbonation. Looking thru the light you can see the sediment.

S- Rich malts up front, followed on equal terms of light fruit, imparticulary pear, white grapes and apple, finish with a slight bready ness.

T- Sharp as in overpowering for the style as im not into hopped up styles. Bought this thinking it was a quad, not a quad on hops. So here we go. Can taste the fruit, alcohol, Belgian style yeasts, but it all blown up with that sharpness.

M- Medium and slightly chewy - feels decent and would be easy to drink. Carbs give off a slight fiz, but nothing overboard.

O- Guess it would have been better if I went in knowing it was a hopped up version of a Quad, I like IPAs and Black IPAs on occasion, but they are not my regular choice, because im not a hugh HOP fan. Especially mixed with my other styles. I did mark it lower just because it is not really a Quad, but I guess more like a American Quad due to the friggin dosage of hops.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Beer was poured out of a 715 mL bottle into a total tasting glass served cool

The beer has an off white head very thick and a nice somewhat hazy amber body

Very fruity smelling

Slight spearmint gum flavor sweet with a very very faint alcohol finish

Medium carbonation

Very nice drinking beer easy to put down and pick back up again very different from other Belgian quadruples on the market

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Photo of Lederer85
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoyed this little gem I picked up in a 750 corked bottle from the local craft beer store. It has great drink-ability and a high ABV%. It has strong Belgian yeast characteristics with tastes of clove and coriander. I enjoyed it in a stemmed glass and observed a nice thick head that accented the taste perfectly. I will be comparing all Belgian strong ales I drink in the future with similar characteristics to this beer.

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Photo of fdig23
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle 12/2011 consumed 10/2013.

Appearance: Dark amber body with a medium sized khaki head.

Nose: Classic quad, if a bit restrained. Raisins, dates, and prunes, big caramel, some fresh apple and big toasty bread.

Taste: Pretty bright flavors for a big quad, lots of mushy banana, ripe red grapes, sticky caramel. It's missing that complexity that marks a great quad, but the it still tastes great.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, starts off sticky, finishes dry.

Overall: A borderline great Quad, definitely a good value. A little more complexity would go a long way.

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Photo of disastermouse
1.43/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

I'm getting very tired of American Microbreweries ruining every style they can by over-hopping it! It's a Quad. It's not supposed to taste like a friggin' IPA.

When I buy a quad, I want a quad. What I don't want is an IPA with a little more barley. Please, when will this horrible trend stop? Read my review history - I don't make a habit of crapping on a beer, but between this brewery, Sierra Nevada, and Digfish Head, pretty much every style has had it's over-hopped American version. There's nothing on this bottle that tells you they've ruined the style, but that's what they've done - ruined a perfectly good beer style by going way too hard with the hops.

Victory - please approach this style with a modicum of respect. Please?

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Photo of Mitchster
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewed with "imported 2 row malts and whole flower Styrian Goldings and German Tettnang hops", 12.0% ABV

$9.99 for a corked and caged 750ml bottle @ BevCo. Pours out to a hazy light amber, forming a tall creamy and poofy off white head with excellent retention and lacing. Very tiny bubbles. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so...thankfully not overdone like many Belgian style bottle conditioned ales. The nose is exceptionally fragrant...HUGE bouquet of orange marmalade, pineapple, mango, very distant grassiness. No DMS, no off aromas. Mouthfeel is initially prickly then eases into the very silky and luxurious. Deceptively light bodied considering the ABV. The taste is like liquid orange marmalade and cloves...a firm wave of peppery alcohol in the middle, a mild bitterness in the aftertaste with more hops than you would expect for the style but still well balanced. On the lightly sweet side like a quad should be, but not overbearingly sweet. Alcohol is warming but not boozy. I don't get a distinct dark candi syrup/dark fruit flavor like most quads.

This is an exceptional beer worthy of stocking up on! This beer is one to be savored during special events. I imagine myself on Xmas eve sipping on this next to a warm fire as the rest of the world goes to bed and I drift off in my chair. Kinda like the sleepytime tea box:) Exceptional stuff. VERY highly recommended!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. No bottling date is printed.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish caramel amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sharp, sweet, and rich malt forward aroma with lots of yeast and fruit esters. Belgian yeast with some farmhouse funk along with some hints of clove, cinnamon, and peppers. Sweet scent of Belgian candied sugars. Toasted malts with a big presence of sweet caramel along with hints of biscuit, toffee, grains, and straw. Fruit esters of bananas, pear, apple, and grapes. Dark fruit hints of fig, raisins, prunes, and cherry. Also some subtle hints of citrus orange, apricot, and pineapple. Some grassy hops in the background. Fairly boozy. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a rich, sweet, and fairly sharp and boozy caramel malt driven taste with notes of yeast and dried fruits. Belgian yeast with notes of funk and a mix of clove, pepper, and cinnamon spices. Sweet Belgian candied sugar and some molasses. Bready toasted malts with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, straw, and grains. Big mix of fruit flavors with notes of bananas, pear, apple juice, and grape. Dried dark fruit notes of raisin, fig, prune, dates, and cherry. Light citrus notes of orange, pineapple, and apricot. Some hop bitterness comes towards the finish with some grassy notes. Some alcohol is tasted as expected. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy, slick, and slightly syrupy. Big alcohol presence is felt as expected but things are still fairly smooth considering.

Overall: A pretty solid American take on a Quad/Belgian Strong Ale. Nice caramel and fruit notes. A little more hoppy than usual for the style but it adds a nice twist.

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Photo of silverking
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy copper with a thin white head. Lacing is excellent.

S: caramel, bread, alcohol. There is also a vague fruity aroma.

T: caramel, bread. Warming alcohol finish.

M: medium/full bodied. Very nice. Dry and warming finish.

O: not quite a quadruple in my opinion. I would like some more dark fruit.

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Photo of otterbearfla
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Three finger head

Appearance: clear deep orange to amber orage

Smell: fragrant caramel molasses

Taste; deeply sweet caramel, molasses, maple, light pepper, vanilla, almost a candy

Mouth feel: smooth with sweet aftertaste

A solid Belgium ale on the sweet side.

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Photo of jthm
1/5  rDev -75.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I made two attempts to try this beer. Each time it was a 750ml bottle with a cork. Both times the cork broke in half. The first time I used a cork screw to try and get the remaining cork out of the bottle, the lip of the bottle burst under the slightest pressure. The second time I managed to get the cork out. The beer tasted like a stew of dirty mop water mixed with old garbage, it was honestly awful.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

V-Twelve's look marries auburn and toasted orange hues, with a thin ring of off-white head. Not a bad look at all. The aroma is very fruity, with pineapple and apricot being dominant. I also quite strongly pick up what I perceive to be citrusy hops here. The taste is actually more balanced than the aroma suggests, with Belgian yeast and lots of candied fruit esters mingling with one another. The finish leaves a 'syrupy' taste in my mouth, which is borderline too much. Overall, I think this Belgian Inspired Ale is good, but can benefit a lot by resting it for a year or more.

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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,345 ratings.
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