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Allagash Midnight BrettAllagash Midnight Brett

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Midnight Brett is chocolate brown in color, brewed with 2-Row, Midnight wheat, raw wheat and rye malt. It was hopped with a blend of Perle, Glacier and Simcoe hops. The beer was fermented with our house strain of Brettanomyces in stainless tanks. The finished beer has the aroma and flavor of fresh berries, sour cherries and a slight roasted character. The finish is pleasantly tart and fruity making this beer very drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Date bottled: 10/16/13.

Pours a murky super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, funk, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, earth, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of funk bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid but mild funk presence all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a beautifully packaged wild ale from allagash, dark and earthy like a good robust porter, smelling more like a sour, lemony and slightly lactic, but coming through in taste with the soiled malty roast first and an extremely dry bretty finish that really exemplifies the use of brett in a beer, its wonderful. the oak profile on this is solid too, a little sweet for a second, but really just mellowing the whole thing. the grain first yeast second trajectory is welcomed too, with a soft yet rich body like a porter or a dark ale, not bitter but lots of dark barley flavor. carbonation is comprised of so many tiny bubbles it almost seems creamy, like the frothed milk on the top of a proper cappuccino. while the nose shows a hint of souring bugs, the flavor doesnt at all, just the brett, which does an incredible job of drying things out and adding a cool flavor layer without detracting from the dusty chalky dry chocolate malt flavors. while i can easily see the flavors in this beer being polarizing, i mean, its rather unconventional, one must admit, admire, and appreciate the quality of this brew, it is simply wonderful. a real treat to get to try this stuff out here in denver.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Alewife, Long Island City, NY

A: The beer is nearly black in color—dark red is visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark, sour cherries are present in the nose.
T: The taste is a little sour and has flavors of black cherries but there are also strong notes of dark malts. The sour cherry flavors linger through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a lot to moderate amount of carbonation. Faint bits of tartness are noticeable.
O: You wouldn't expect this to be a wild ale from its appearance, but it has a nice amount of sourness that's not overpowering and interesting contrasting flavors of dark malts.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The dark brown liquid arrives showing off plum highlights; a perky head leaves occasional splashes of lace behind

Smell: A range of sweet and tart jam fruits (grape, black raspberry and cherry) dominate the aroma with some leathery Brett tones underneath

Taste: The jam fruit flavors detected in the aroma jut forward bringing subtle sweet and tart elements; by mid-palate, the leathery Brett arrives, adding some additional sour tones; the finish shows off the oaky vinous character but every element of the beer is held in check

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Tremendous subtlety in every direction makes this beer stand out; the barrel aging here was handled with great deftness

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Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork. Cost was $16.99 USD in New York City.

Overcarbonation is anticipated. Expectations are high given the brewery.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Creamy, foamy, frothy, smooth, thick, and even. Retention is very good - about 8-10+ minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Opaque dark auburn-brown. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Looks good for the style, but it's not unique or special.

AROMA: Funky and lightly sour brettanomyces yeast dominates the flavour profile. Cream. Belgian malts. Sourness is quite tame - maybe a 2-3/10 in intensity. I find no true spontaneous bacterial character.

Aromatic intensity is average.

No hop profile, off-notes, or alcohol.

TASTE: Has a pleasant albeit mild sourness with some complementary subtle brettanomyces-induced funkiness - and even some spice. Belgian character is evident, with hints of raisin and plum. Sourness intensity is maybe 3/10 tops. It's got good depth of flavour though, favoring a neutral malt base to allow the other flavours to shine. The yeast is the star of the show, but I would like more sourness and complexity. Some faint grape. Light tartness. Not as earthy as more farmhouse-leaning wild ales, but still vitamin-y and yeast-emphatic.

Good duration of flavour, with an average flavour intensity. Boasts notable subtlety, particularly where the dark fruit characteristics are concerned.

TEXTURE: Surprisingly creamy and sleek, with an almost silky smoothness. Wet, refreshing, medium-bodied, and soft. Has a pleasant comforting presence on the palate. It's never too thick or syrupy. More of an acidic smackier feel would do it wonders. Carbonation is almost perfect, but a bit overdone. This'll keep for years.

This texture doesn't elevate the beer, but it does complement the taste well, though it doesn't accentuate any specific constituent notes.

OVERALL: A highly drinkable brettanomyces wild ale from Allagash. It's not worth its high price point, but I'm glad I tried it once. More good work from one of the USA's finest breweries. But not world-class, especially in a style this hard to brew.

Constructively, the creaminess of the texture (and taste) does mute the flavour profile somewhat.


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Photo of emerge077
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Thomas for sharing this one!
Served in a small tasting goblet, quick review from notes.

Brownish black color with a mahogany highlight around the edges. Tan foam with lasting coverage and a little spotty lace.

Mellow Brett presence in the aroma, and mild roast malt.

Taste has a mellow tartness to it, dark woody malt, dry lingering mst aftertaste of musty Brett yeast. Medium bodied, fairly drinkable. Overall it was nice to try, but not something I'd revisit personally.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce pour - $6.00 at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur, Georgia as part of their Allagash Takeover event.

Appearance: Dark mahogany-hued body with a smallish, short-lived, beige head. Slim latticework of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Fruity, berry-accented wine barrel aromatics with notes of chocolate (fairly light) and roast (also quite mild) with a sustained but subdued funkiness.

Taste: Lightly chocolaty, with a little bit of scorched grain and muted, muddled caramel. Modestly sweet. A welcome fruitiness coming across for me as raspberry and black cherry. Some leathery, phenolic, funky qualities. All of the various flavors converge on the tangy/tart, lightly funky, lightly malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Barely hits medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While one was plenty, it was interesting and pleasant.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown color. Light passes through the edges easily, but not the center. Lasting, but thin, head. Only a couple of spots on the glass.

Sweet and sour berry aroma. I can also really sense the alcohol warmth in the nose.

This beer starts out far more dark than the smell indicates--a bit of molasses and toasted bread. The flavors than shift to the smell with a definitive sourness, like blackberries. Lots of carbonation, but relatively rich as well.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have had this several times but review from 03/07/14 notes. 12 oz. pour in tulip at One Mile House in NYC.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries and tart dark fruits, brett, citrus, fruity pebbles cereal, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, oranges. Nice nose, very good mix of some dark malts with brett and sour fruits.

t - Tastes of lightly sour dark fruits, cherries, brett, oranges, citrus, roasted malts, chocolate, light tang. Taste is a slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation

o - Overall I like this one quite a bit though not as much as Golden Brett. Light fruity pebbles in the nose especially, but a good mix of brett sour fruits and roasted notes. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer is dark brown with an everlasting beige head that leaves copious lacing behind. The aroma brings smoke, malt, molasses, leather, dark fruit, funk, oak. Well balanced and flavorful. Dark saison character. Complex and intriguing. A fun beer. This was really solid. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled October 16, 2013.

Appearance - Brown body. Big tan head. Lots of surface wisps and a thick collar.

Smell - Very bretty. Lots of toasted malts. Chocolate. A little bit of sour dark fruits.

Taste - More sour dark fruits. Toasted wheat and nutty malts. Earthy bretty bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium high carbonation. Medium body. Not really sour.

Overall - Decent beer that has some very tasty moments. The flavors tend to clash a little bit, though.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Matt, shared with Todd, thanks for the opportunity!
Dark brown color with ruby highlights and a decent sized tan head that dissipates quickly. Moderate level of earthy brett aroma along with hints of caramel, cherry, chocolate and brown sugar. The flavor follows the aroma, a bit tame on the sour/wild front. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. Decent brew, but feels like its not quite done yet. I know 100% brett beers don't get horribly tart and or funky, but for me this one was just meh.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a tulip glass.

Super dark red body, hinting towards black. Foamy cap of mocha tan white, with a collar to match. Noticeable small carbonation.

Nose smells sweet fruit dominant. Welch's grape juice, mild little funk, good balance of sweetnees and funky character.

Sharp mild fruit sweetnees, good brett and funk mid palate almost with a nice woody roast character. Smooth wet feel, with moderate carbonation. Juicy quality slightly a bit, with grape and hints of dark red fruit, raspberries, cherry and so forth, mild pepper.

Real neat fun beer, like this sweet light fruit and brett mix.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled June 16, 2014. Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is an extremely dark, almost opaque, brown coloring that borders on date colored. The beer pours with a dense, foamy, bubbly head that quickly recedes into a surface coating of off-white. Aromas of farmhouse funk, date and red grape sweetness, solid roasted character, licorice, cotton candy, and some earthy notes. Flavors are roasted and sweet forward, with notes of date and fig, licorice, tobacco, brown sugar, red wine dry and sweet, and tart berry. There is a sharp and very tart/sour undertone, with hints of citrus, mint, and an herbal blend of spices. Cherry, subtle yeast funk, and earth round out the tail end of the palate, with the tart and sour notes carrying through into the aftertaste. The body is robust and dry, giving a solid and consistent feeling across the palate. Very subdued roasted sweet and tart aftertaste compared to the palate, but a perfect transition into the smooth, dry, and soft finish, with only subtle lingers of old world fruit and berries. Very solid, balanced, layered beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, deep black, with a half inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells like dark malt, some chocolate, and juicy sour cherries.

The cherry flavor in this one is really unexpected, but really quite tasty. The roasted malt gives off a chocolate flavor that really brings to mind chocolate covered cherries. This is mildly sour- the dark malt tampers a lot of it.

This one has a deceivingly light body, with a low amount of carbonation, and a crisp tart mouthfeel. I expected it to be slightly creamy, given the look, but it's not, which is cool.

The first dark sour I've really liked, maybe I'll actually like sour stouts someday.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown body with decent head and lace and an aroma of chocolate, sour and tart fruit like berries although there is a mild fruit sweetness as well in the aroma. A medium bodied beer that at times got chewey and/or sticky. Has this sour, funky brett aspect (also a little spicy) that is combined, quite well I must say, with some chocolatey/vanilla overtones and this touch of sweet fruit that again I can only think of "berries" (more straw or blue than rasp or black) for a really good beer that is worth having again.

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Photo of rudzud
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the dive bar on Allagash tap takeover. Poured into an Allagash tulip.

A - Poured a nice deep garnet hue with a nice one finger light tan head that fades to leavethin lacing and a light blanket.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, light funky brett, faint almost jam like aroma, light fruits.

T - Taste is definitely brett...lightly smokey, sweet malts, light fruits...strawberry perhaps... not quite dark fruits. The funk slightly overpowers the roast malt in here, light nuttiness, slight lactose creamy thing going on.

M - Mouthfeel is not bad for the style, lightly carbonated. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - Overall I was again underwhelmed by this beer. The brett here kind of overpowers the fruit and Belgian-esc aspects. Sigh.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 10-16-2013 date.

(A)- Pours a very dark brown; almost pitch black color. Minimal tan froth.

(S)- Smells a bit like jerky. Slight smoke meets some dry, slightly funky Brett. Subtle raisins and dark fruits.

(T)- Slightly funky, but with that meaty jerky character from the smell. Brett is present but subtle. Finishes strongly of raisins.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Its just a bit odd with the jerky character to this; kind of throws it off for me.

(O)- This is a bit of a weird one for me, was not expecting this dried meat aroma and smell to the beer overall. Might benefit from time, but its a strange beer considering Allagash made this.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Sams in Durham. into an allagash flute glass.

pours a dark purple brown with an inch white head. smell is a big tart blueberries blackberry mix. excellent. taste stays true to the smell. moderate tartness with a big blackberry flavor. superb! medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall this is some great stuff. 100% recommend.

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Photo of tigg924
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: chocolate, dark fruits, and sour mix

Taste: dark and sweet milk chocolate, lots of balck cherries, light blueberry, and sour mix

Mouthfeel: sour with a slightly sweet start and a dry semi-bitter finish, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: Really enjoyed the sour cherry and dark chocolate combination. Glad I was able to find this on draft. I would certainly pick this up again. One of my new favorite beers from a brewery that I like.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml C&C bottle.
bottled on June 16, 2014
poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: pours an opaque medium black bodied beer. Large dirty off white head that is easily 3 fingers tall and is composed of creamy and dense bubbles. Heavy lacing is left on the side of the glass and the beer slowly drops down to a thin cap. Pretty long lasting head; good head retention for this beer. Really nice looking beer just like most of the other allagash beers.

Smell: light roast and hint of sweetness. Earthy, oaky, and funky. Fruity and leathery brett notes.

Taste: The beers starts off with a light tartness and an earthy oak barrel, hints of light roasty malt mix in there as well. Light funk combines with semisweet chocolates. Vinous and earthy flavors comtinue to unfold in this beer around mid drink. The funk starts to show itself more now. Earthy, musty rotten hay, and leathery funk flavors. Acetic flavors begin to build towards the end of the beer, building up from being tart to becoming slightly sour. A general fruitiness encompasses the beer and more chocolate flavor shows up as this beer warms up and opens up. Lots of complex flavors here, really nice. It seems like each sip has a different character about it. Allagash showing some serious finesse with barrel aging here.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer with carbonation that is at a moderate level. The carbonation is pretty creamy and not much for dry characteristics of this beer, but there is a slight dryness in the finish of the beer. Very drinkable beer. Drinks like it is a 5% abv sour beer, but surprisingly enough it clocks in at 7.3% abv.

Overall: This is a pretty nice beer by Allagash! Very different and interesting. I cant say that I would call this a soured stout, but it is defiantely a dark beer with brett. Perhaps it could be considered a combination of a black saison, a wild ale, and a mellow porter. As always... Allagash delivers an awesome looking beer, with nice complexity from the flavor profile, and a great mouthfeel to boot. Should I just move to Portland Maine to be closer to the source of so many great wild ales?

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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Third time having this brew. Finally opening my own bottle.

A- Poured to a few goblets with a black body but a thinner appearing body. Fizzy light tan head up to about a finger with a foamy texture. Retention is pretty good. Spotty lacing and some nice legs.

S- Fruity brett character with some signature cherry pie and barnyard funk along with a slight hint of band aid. Tiny amount of roast character but overall the aroma is surprisingly tame. Some citrus and stone fruit.

T- After a few sips the dry, dark roasted and toast grains open up to basically balance the Brett half and half. Yeast side of things provides cherry pie, stone fruit pith, lemon citrus and dry straw.

MF- Fairly light body but some thickness remains compared to other AWAs, a slight creamy silky texture. Carbonation at a moderate level providing some foamy, crispness.

Good Brett character without being overly funky or unbalanced. The dark malts provide nice flavors but overall the beer is fairly relaxed and just smooth.

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Photo of Resuin
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This was bottled Oct. 16, 2013.

Appearance: Pours deep, deep reddish brown, but with a touch of translucence, and leaves a big, light tan head that takes forever to fade and leaves lots of lacing. (4.2)

Smell: Big bready malts, lemon zest, cloves, hint of banana, hint of tart cherries, maybe some cocoa. Definitely pleasant, and well balanced. (4.4)

Taste: The taste is way off the smell. Cocoa, big funk, cloves, dark fruits, hint of tart cherries, hint of banana, roasted malts. Not really sour at all, unlike the smell. Quite mild overall, but like I said the taste surprised me based off the smell. (4.05)

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carb with a medium, slightly creamy body. Finishes smooth. (4)

Overall: A very interesting wild ale. The smell geared me up for a nice, slightly sour, bready sour, but when I tasted it I was surprised with mild dark fruits, some cocoa and very little sour. Still a solid, drinkable, well balanced brew. (4.25)

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice-looking beer. In a teku glass the beer was a dark brown, nearly black, color. The tan head was a bit sticky and lasted to the end of the glass.

Sweet fruit and sour cherry aroma. Some roasted malt.

Nice taste. Berries, sour cherries. A little bit of chocolate and a little bit of funk.

It's alternately sweet and sour. A beer to savor.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to joefuzz for the tip on this one. Decided to head over to the tap room for lunch to see what the hub bub was all about. Showed in a snifter. Maroon purple with minimal head. Smell is grape and dark fruit. Nice sweetness. Really smooth, easy drinker. Not really all that sour, but good tartness on the finish. Word is this might go to bottles, paint me excited. Great sour for those who don't love overly sour beer. Will be interesting to see what time does to it if it does get bottled.

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