LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Lemon Pepper SaisonLongShot Lemon Pepper Saison

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by smcolw on 04-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle drank into my Narke tulip...A clear light straw beer has about a finger of fully bright white head rise up. Good retention and lacing. The head only stays about half a finger above the beer but its very thick and full...A typical saison aroma, light funk, floral hops. The finish is strong black pepper, not obtrusive, a wonderful enhancement to the musky saison notes. Cannot pull out any lemon at first, as it warms comes through as a sweet candy lemon on the front...The taste is was not executed correctly with a total lack of balance of the flavors. The peppers comes through WAY to much dominating the flavor from start to finish. The pepper is very harsh, only allows me to get a hint of floral hops...The mouthfeel is nice, full, coating, lasting flavors....Drinkability really limited by the pepper.

A decent idea for a homebrew, too much pepper to make this a recommendation.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Got a sixer of this year's LongShot. Figure I'd drink one of each and age the other.

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a white head and a decent amount of lacing. Nose brings forward some lemon zest and a fairly hefty dose of black pepper. The taste is also dominated by pepper and a bit of lemon, also adding in a bit of sweetness and bread. Slight spicy taste from something other than the pepper, probably the year. The over-spicing certainly affects the mouthfeel and the drinkability. Hopefully the spicing begins to fade a bit with some age.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by September 2010; Sampled August 2010
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, pale-tan, off-white colored head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows a hazy, light orange / gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite fruity with citrusy notes of Meyer lemon, and sort of reminds me of sweet Limoncello. Some dusty malt character and a musty earthiness forms a backdrop to citrus character. For being a Saison the nose is pretty plain, though it is nice in its own way.

Somewhat dry up front, but it picks up sweetness as it rolls across the tongue, it never gets overly sweet though. The lemon, while noticeable is not as apparent as it was in the aroma. A musty note here seems to remind me of woody pepper, but without any of the associated spiciness. This has a nice tartness from the lemon flavor that almost serves as a sweetness in this beer.

A simple, fairly enjoyable beer, I didn't expect a whole lot from this beer and it ends up being a beer that I could easily drink on a hot day without having to think about; nor is it interesting enough for the beer to ask much of me.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a large white head. The aroma is very inviting. I get a lot of oranges and lemons, as well as some yeast and pepper notes. The flavor is more of the same. There is a ton of citrus in the flavor as well as some biscuit malt. The yeast is definitely Belgian in origin and adds some nice character, that is almost a little bit funky. The pepper makes the beer fairly spicy. Very dry. Medium mouthfeel and a high, prickly carbonation. A very nice saison.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Theres no way that we can rock out after them"- Black Thought- The Roots.

Geez, I gotta follow buckeye's review of lemon pepper, alright, bare with me.

A- A gold light tannish color with an inch of the frothy white stuff kinda thick. Settles into a nice cap of togetherness, slight stick.

S- Lemon and pepper with some earthy hops, pale malt, and a kinda macro smell with some warming. Some banana and bready yeast.

T- Not bad, this hits the spot. I get the lemon more than the pepper and also some banana bites. Yeast, bread, you get the picture. There is a adjunct corn taste that comes through on the end that is unmistakable, it kills the finish.

M- Light to kinda medium, crisp carb and a corney aftertaste, yuck.

D- Glad I tried it and I love the longshot series, this one did not do it for me though. Not the worst thing ever though.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold gold with lemon peel highlights and an attractive lid of bone colored foam. Several steady streams of bubbles keep the beer looking lively and the crown inflated. Lace is reasonably extensive and looks like it will be around for the long haul.

The aroma is both lemony and peppery, although I might not have been able to identify the latter without prior knowledge. It's clove-like too, which suggests Belgian yeast. So far, LPS isn't an amazing example of the style, but it's capable enough.

It's easy to see (er... taste) how Lemon Pepper Saison won the employee portion of the LongShot competition. It's good beer that does not stint on flavor intensity. You have to like grains of paradise (alligator pepper) though. That spice is also used in Sam Adams Summer Ale, but it's used more effectively here.

Specifics include lightly sugar-crusted pale malt, earthy-spicy grains of paradise, and bright lemon zest. Everything is well-proportioned, so nothing overstays its welcome. Even though the 'best by' date is this month, style and ABV would suggest that this offering will be good through the end of the year at least. There are no signs of deterioration right now, anyway.

The body/mouthfeel pulls its weight. It's light-medium and has plenty of well-integrated bubbles. Just don't expect the lusciously creamy effervescent smoothness of a true Belgian saison and you'll be fine.

Whoever is judging these LongShot competitions knows what good beer is all about. As far as I'm concerned, the boys from Beantown should replace the current Summer Ale with this brew. Congratulations to Jeremy White. Wouldn't it be amazing to have your name and picture on a nationally distributed bottle of beer?

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Photo of hwwty4
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A local beer store broke down the Long Shot samplers into their mix a six section. I was super stoked for a Saison to be included so I bought 4. This is the last of the 4 and I've been hoping they would get better with a little age. We'll see.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a crystal clear gold with a 2 inch bright white cap that leaves sporadic lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is, well, grains of paradise. Lightly ground pepper with just a hint of lemon and grassy hops. Pale malts come through but not much. The flavor is almost exactly the same. Pale malts up front with grains of paradise. Just of bit of grassy hops but not much. The mouthfeel is getting there. Nice and dry but a little to much residual sweetness for me. This is the last of my four pack. I was really hoping the first time I had it (right after it was released) that with a little age it would come around. This is my 4th bottle, and honestly I don't get why it won. I would really like to see what it was like coming from the homebrewers hand. I bet it was a bit of a different beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a slight hazy deep lemon yellow body with a bubbly off-white head that fades to a thin film and a light carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- The soft lemon quality to white wheat dough gives way to a dry green hop finish. There is a light black pepper hint to the hops and a light circus peanut note that grows as the beer opens.
T- The green note blends with dry wheat flavor and a soft club soda quality is in there aswell. The club soda and green hops flavors linger. The light citrus lemon zest tang hint grows in the hops as the beer opens up.
M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp texture but is jus a bit watery as it opens up.
D- This is a nice wheat beer with bright flavors but I don't notice any saison yeast characteristics. It is a tasty American wheat though. The tangy flavors of lemon zest get a bit too strong as this beer opens up and it is very dry with little fruity qualities.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: the beer has a moderately dark golden color with great head and lacing; the beer remains frothy throughout.

S: Very earthy and herbal smell, nice floral notes as well. Very complex deep smell, there is some type of sweetness present as well.

T: Mostly like the smell, it is a bit sweeter. It seems to not have as much depth as I expected; it is very malty and earthy. I really don't taste or smell "lemon pepper" in here.

M: Medium thick body, it feels better at the beginning of the beer than it does at the end. It seemed to loose its carbonation rather quickly.

D: I think this is a pretty drinkable Saison. Excellent with a meal. Especially some spicy Middle Eastern or Indian food. yum yum :)

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Photo of chumba526
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appears a light yellow color with a small white head.

It smells very fruity. There is an apparent lemon smell. I also smell some grassy hops and a very, very mild pepper smell.

It tastes like sweet lemon. There is a light grassy hop flavor and a crisp pepper flavor. There is a nice balance of sweetness and citrus flavor. This beer is really light and smooth.

The carbonation is around medium. The beer is crisp and goes down smooth.

The drinkability is very good. None of the flavors are very strong so you could drink a few of these.

Overall a unique take on the style. It would be perfect on a hot day.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful transparent golden color with a thick white head which sticks around for quite a while and is easy to revive.
I kinda miss the cloudiness you get with many saisons.

Right up front i get some spiciness, i think from the yeast, that patented belgian smell that is to die for. At first i also get hints of citrus zest, but it fades as I drink the beer, and the former is most notable and little more. The first time I cracked this beer, i got a wiff of pepper.

starts nice and dry and lends its way to the zest of lemony spice which dominates, and drowns out any nuances in this beer. there isn't as much room for the yeast flavor subtleties that I crave in the best Farmhouse ales, but it is still a fairly nice tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, light-medium bodied, fairly crsip.
More dry than sweet.

highly drinkable beer, the saisons were the first to go in my Longshot six pack. I really enjoyed them, especially for the price.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 6.4% abv. best before Sept. I love the concept here. Pours a clear darker gold color. White fluffy head holds for a few, then fades leaving some nice patches of lace.

Pepper, vanilla, citrus and grainy notes in the nose. Belgian yeast notes.

Pale, cracker malt. A bit dry. Some vanilla notes, pepper and spices. Some citrus comes in, then a bit of a grainy, earthy feel.

Medium body, a bit light on the carbonation. Pretty nice beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass and it had a nice light golden color to it. On top was a 2 finger creamy head, then it lay down to a nice white lace around the top of the glass. The smell is nice and peppery with a hint of lemon grass behind it. The pepper taste hits your tongue first then the lemon followed by a nice fruity taste. It has great mouth feel and is very drinkable.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.
(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange/yellow color that produced a good sized white head that stuck around for awhile.

(S)- Lots of lemon peel with a light spicy pepper-like blast in front of a light banana and clove fruitiness.

(T)- Exactly like the smell was. Banana, clove, and lemon take the forefront with an ample wheat-like bubblegum.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Crisp and lightly tart with the lemon. The pepper is subtle, but makes its presence known in the background adding a light kick.

(D)- An interesting take on the style. To me, it reminds me more of a Hefeweiss with a twist rather than a saison, but its still a good drinker fitting for this time of the year.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Longshot is a beautiful, sparkling clear, deep straw gold hue. A fluffy two-finger head rises above the brew and then falls slowly, leaving plenty of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: This beer has a spicy, Brett-inspired nose. Peppercorns, grassy lemon notes, and a slight alcoholic burn permeate. There is also a slight vegetal/corny smell - DMS?

T: My first impression is that there is much more pepper here than I would have expected. It's not exactly subtle, but it is still pleasant. Some lemon, an effervescent sweetness, and a nice tang on the finish.

M: Crisp, spicy, and tangy.

D: High.

This is a delightful, refreshing beer from Samuel Adams. While it's not the best saison I've ever tried, it definitely ranks among the best, and is well above the bar I held for Sam Adams. The pepper might be a bit overdone, but I suspect that a couple months of aging would render this beer perfectly balanced.

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Photo of Kromes
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice orangish yellow with a thick fluffy white head and lots of carbonation.

S: The usual belgian funk with a more noticable citrus aroma, alcohol and clove spice.

T: The initial taste is very sugar sweet and citrus with a noticable alcohol bite. The clove spice and tropical fruit flavors show up in the middle and the finish is true to it's name....lemon and pepper. You get a citrus bitterness and peppery bite in the finish. Very nice.

M: For me, the mouthfeel was a little on the heavy side. The carbonation did help smooth it out and add to the peppery bite in the finish.

D: The beer is very refreshing. The citrus bite may get old after a few, but overall it is a good Saison and worth a try.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 2 finger head. Pretty thick lacing. Decent retention. Golden yellow in color.

S. Pretty strong smell. Yeast, citrus, white pepper, spices, corriander, a litte clove. Maybe a litte funk beneath all of the spice smells. Not bad in the olfactory category.

T. Taste is complex. Spices; clove, corriander, pepper. Citrusy and some banana flavors. Tastes like a peppery clove cigarette. Almost like a cross between a hefeweizen and a Saison with a bunch of pepper thrown in.

M. Medium bodied. Pepperness really comes out in the finish.

D. Drinkable. This is a somewhat unique beer. The best description I have for it is like smoking a clove cigarette. Pepper is one of my favorite spices/flavors, but im not entirely sold on it being in my beer. The pepper taste in this one seems a bit too overpowering, but then again its pepper so what do you expect. All in all a pretty good unique beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. 6.4% ABV, Created by Jeremy White of MA, Enjoy by Sept. Notched.

A - Mostly clear golden yellow in color, Lemon Pepper dons a sudsy white head but it deflates right away. Some gnarled fingers of lace cling to the glass nicely.

S - Light and crisp, well-balanced lemon citrus sits just behind the pile of pepper added to the beer. Notes of Belgian yeast and candi sugar with crystal malts as well. It's a nicely balanced aroma with a mainly straight-forward feel with subtle complexities.

T - Pale and crystal malts open the flavor with a nod to Belgian yeast and sweet sugar but are ultimately overthrown by soft lemon and black pepper. Not too spicy though, it retains some good saison characteristics.

M - High carbonation aids in the crispness of the beer followed by a medium-light bodied follow-through and crisp, clean, and dry finish.

D - A good summer saison, I certainly wish I could brew this well. Nicely drinkable especially on a hot day. This would go well with fish, lemon salmon, I would imagine. I don't eat fish though, so I'm just guessing.

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Photo of jlenik
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden color with a thin and bubbly head.

S - Smells lighter than the typical saison with some peppered aromas.

T - Smooth, peppery, and crisp. I don't think there is much to say about this one.

M - Nice carbonation and refreshing after finish.

D - Good. I could definitely drink three of these no problem. Would I? No, but I think it goes along great with the other two brews in the Longshot pack.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Enjoy before date notched SEP 2010.

Pours a very slightly cloudy "beer yellow." Head soon becomes a ring. Smell is very floral, almost tart, but pleasant. I guess this is where some of the lemon is shining through. Taste is of a typical green and herbal saison, but with a twist towards the end that is very appealing. The feel sort of corkscrews into a dry spiciness, and this is where the pepper comes into play. I quite like this take on the saison. It all seems to make sense, and it's neat how the flavor profiles of the lemon and pepper hit me at different times during a drink. Very nice, and another great job by SA releasing a unique brew. I don't know if I could drink a lot of these at one sitting, but a couple with a strategically prepared meal would do good.

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Photo of jsanford
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Unibroue tulip

A - Pours a clear, golden color with a 1-finger head that dissipates rapidly.

S - Fairly typical saison smell of lemon, pepper, light sweet malt and a bit of banana. I was expecting a bit more lemon and pepper.

T - Quite a bit of lemon peel and pepper in the flavor initially and the light toasted malt are in there for backbone. However, the Grains of Paradise are what I'm noticing the most, adding a very unique and specific taste to the finish of this beer. It's pleasant, but it kills the lemon and pepper aspect of a lemon-pepper saison.

M - Medium-light body with sharp carbonation and a very dry and refreshing finish.

D - This is a tasty brew, but not really what I want in a saison. Still, I'll happily drink the two in the 6-pack and raise a toast the the winner of the Longshot Competition.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look - Golden brown, maybe a hint of caramel color. Two fingers worth of foam that disipated quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - I can smell exactly what they state on the bottle, mostly vanilla with a spice of lemon. The vanilla makes it seem like a darker citrus than it is.

Taste - A baradge of flavors without going too far back on the palate. The sweetness of the vanilla keeps the tone down a bit. More citrusy still than a normal saison, but it's state right there on the bottle, so it's no shock. Also a bit of a nutty flavor, like a nut brown. Not a strong aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - creamy.

Drinkability - I would rate this as a very nice seasonal. The spicy, nutty flavor reminds me of some of the brews back home, so I naturally like this one. The not-too-heavy body and minimal aftertaste makes it easy to come back to a few times.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear, golden color, white head. Slightly soapy look overall, with the head not lasting quite long enough.

Nose is lightly sweet, with citric zest, pepper, pils malt, and soap.

Flavor relies heavily on the advertised ingredients: lemon peel is all over this one, with plenty of cracked pepper as well, but the grains of paradise once again steal the show (it's only once again if you've had Summer Ale I guess, though...) with the late spiciness. Not sure if that's good bold move or a poor bold move, but I'm pretty sure it's bold: using the same exotic spice with a weird name in a recipe contest that supposed to be about homebrewers. Ballsy.

Banana esters blend with the spicier phenol notes, just a hint of vanillin as well. Grainy, a little on the dry side, which fairly active carbonation sweeping everything but the esters from the palate. Almost more "tripel" than "saison" - let's be frank: not much "saison" really comes through. Too heavy and sweet to be a real farmhouse, and lacking in complexity and attenuation.

Still a tasty beer, love the LongShot contest, and congratulations to the brewer. Is there any way that he chose G. of P. himself?

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Photo of dimenhetfield
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

South Florida decided to cut out the Long Shot series for some odd reason, so central Florida was my only option for picking this one up. The aroma/flavor is peppery and citrusy. The mouth feel is somewhat light but the carbonation well and alive. The flavors are easily detectable.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Deep blonde color with a large, fairly quickly dissipating head that leaves behind a somewhat thick lace.

Smell: A lot of citrus aromas alongside grains of paradise and a slight banana/clove aroma.

Taste: Begins with sweet citrus flavors, finishing with more citrus with some spiciness and a slightly sour flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with fairly sharp carbonation and a very crisp, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Not the best saison, but still a satisfying and tasty offering. As stated on the bottle, the lemon and pepper notes are dominant, but outside of that there isn't too much to offer. Still a good beer, and one I would enjoy drinking again, though this would not be my first choice of the style- it lacks the earthiness and real "farmhouse" feel that a saison offers.

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LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.6 out of 5 based on 287 ratings.
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