Tonnellerie Rue
Bruery Terreux

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.97 | pDev: 9.82%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Our tonnellerie series is the perfect showcase of what we mean when we say that we make "wildly traditional bière". Here we have taken our classic Saison Rue recipe, rich with rye malt, and allowed it to ferment spontaneously within extra large oak barrels that previously contained similarly wild beers. After enough time and plenty of wishful thinking, this brand new, earthy, complex, farmhouse ale developed into what was bottled up to enjoy. We find the rustic charm of fermenting a beer in this traditional method is mimicked in the flavor.
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iguanodon from Utah

4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dated 7/14/15 (purchased 6/18, not cellared). Unfortunately I won’t be drinking all 750ml because this had crazy pressure and I lost almost half. Still great after all these years. Pours hazy orange gold with a huge coarse head that settles to a thin layer. Aroma of yeast, oak, cracker. Taste of sour apple, oak, a little grass and earth. Complex, I can’t do it justice with this review. This is a great example of what I want in a farmhouse saison.

Sep 29, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the source and was pleasantly impressed with the finished product. Pours a hazy yellow with 3/4" white head, good retention and appearance. The aroma is decadent, plenty of brett, oak, tartness, horse blanket, hay, grass, you name it, all the desired saison qualities seem to be jumping into your nose. And yet, at a substantial imperialization alcohol wise concerning style parameters, this doesn't smell at all like alcohol.

The taste is an enjoyable moderately sour. Right down the middle 5 on a 10pt scale. Keeps those light hay, pear, funk, apple, barnyard notes all in balance and stature. Even though the alcohol is amped up you can't really taste it. Carbonation is appropriate. I'm starting to think, and think back . . . you know, Bruery makes some good saisons, and really nobody is talking about that (audible mouth breathing diabeetus joke here). Good dry finish to it with lingering mild citrus notes.

Sep 10, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bruery Terreux "Tonnellerie Rue"
750 ml brown glass bottle, simply capped, "2015"
$5.99 @ DeCicco & Sons, Brewster, NY

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a somewhat hazy golden body beneath a three-finger thick cap of white foam that's steadily reduced into a much creamier cap; and after being topped back up it's held quite nicely. I hope the lacing is just as good because given that this is a bit of a sour beer, more of a tart beer I'd guess, head retention and lacing aren't usually that good. The aroma screams of Brettanomyces which I love. It's earthy, leathery, oaky, gently mineralish, a little straw-like, fruity with bruised or rotting apples, pear, and maybe even a dried out halved-lemon. On to the flavor... It's tart as expected but mildly so, and the malt is lightly sweetish so it's nicely balanced. It's really nicely balanced in fact, with a bit of bitterness and grassiness coming out in the dry finish followed by some of that apple and pear-like fruitiness and a hint of spiciness. Very nice. The Brettanomyces character isn't as strong as the aroma might suggests it might be, which is OK although I prefer it stronger, and the balance between fruitiness and graininess is quite nice. It's very rounded and polished, but I guess that three years of aging might do that. Well, maybe just 2 years +, I'm not sure when this was released. So what have I missed, oh yes, mouthfeel. It's pretty effervescent at this point. I'm not sure if it started that way but it is now, and very fine-bubbled with a seemingly natural carbonation. The body is medium-light, or maybe even light-medium, but the gently effervescent carbonation makes it feel airy and smooth, perhaps a bit fuller than it actually is. It's quite nice with a gentle caress at first, and then a smooth and airy finish. So, overall, this is an excellent saison done in authentic fashion although with a stronger alcohol content than you'd historically find. I find it fascinating although as it's got depth but at the same time it's kind of light and easy to drink. It could be a quaffer or it could be a sipper, your choice. I unfortunately never tried this beer fresh so I can't compare it to what I've got in front of me but I'd say it's in excellent condition. Will it improve with more aging, probably not, I think it's at it's sweet point, but you never know. I think it could handle another year or two, maybe three, but I'd suggest drinking it now.
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Sep 10, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a hazy complexion. There's a quarter inch of tightly packed off white foam on top. I smell tart Brettanomyces with notes of pear, green apple and buttery oak. I taste green apple and pear with notes of earthy, peppery rye and Belgian saison yeast. I'm getting some serious oak after the fade. The mouth is very dry and moderately carbonated, very similar to a chardonnay.

Nov 19, 2016
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 Bottle on sale woo

A: Huge lingering white head, cloudy, light orange
S: Tons of earthy funk, white pepper, white grape, Brett, citrus zest, bitter grapefruit, Belgian phenol
T: Earthy Brett, light tropical, white pepper, mineral, rye bitterness, light residual sweetness, vinous, white grape
M: Nice and fluffy after the super carbonation goes away
O: Pretty complex, seemed to have aged well (although get a glass ready right when you crack it), comparable to some of Jester King's 750ml saisons. The alcohol is totally hidden

Sep 30, 2016
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billshmeinke from California

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There she blows!!! Gushing 750 mL bottle hurriedly rushed to the sink as it spewed mountains of foam. Poured into a wine glass.

Look: Hazy golden, almost orange hue. Huge frothy head that leaves loads of lacing and a fat cap of foam behind.

Smell: Hugely bretty and oaky with hints of lemon peel and other random citrus. Not quite barnyard scents, but loads of fuuuunk!

Taste: Citrusy funk, lemon, bread crust,, and a curious mineral bitterness.

Feel: Pleasingly dry. Fairly high carbonation. Sweet with a long bitter finish.

Overall: Nice, very nice. I dig this beer, the funk goes a long way in making this an interesting sipper.

Aug 15, 2016
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ReviewingUnderInfluence from Canada

3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

I'm a big, big fan of Saison Rue, so I was super excited to hear it was being spontaneously fermented and oak-aged. Rye malts, oak tannins, fruity crisp white wine, lemon tartness, stone fruits and a waaay to dry finish.

Aug 09, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a large wine glass
A: Translucent brownish-orange with a frothy head that quickly settles
S: Lemon, rye, yeast, brett, a touch bready/earthy
T: Citrus (mostly lemon) and sour grapes followed by yeast & rye (though surprisingly light on the midpalate) then a sour/brett-driven finish
M: Sour, medium-bodied, really nice carbonation
O: Unless there are bad bottles out there I don't get the negative scores. This is wild at its best. That being said as much as I like it it was a bit tough to finish the bottle- I think it would have been better off in a 375

Jul 14, 2016
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nickfl from Florida

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Looks good, smells good, but the flavor is excessively phenolic, almost to the point of bandaid. It almost seems like a bad bottle or one starting to head that way.

Jun 29, 2016
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip to a bright yellow topped by a dense and rocky white head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of sour lemon, and funk with some notes of barnyards and horse blankets.
T: Taste is tart green apple skin up front with some horseblanket and barnyard, slight funky oak with some lemony tartness and lemon zest. there's some dry malt as well. Swallow is spicy yeast, funky oak, and some lingering barnyard funk with a little pepperyness toward the very end. There's also some grape skin and chardonnay like notes on this one.
M: This one is fairly light and effervescent and the beer slowly gushed out of the bottle. This one has a bit of a dry finish on it.
O: I really like this beer. It's a little too heavy on the carbonation but some things can't be helped when dealing with wild yeasts and experimenting as much as The Bruery does. The beer has great flavors and complexity. It reminds me of Saison Tonnellerie and The Tide and Its Takers from Anchorage.

Jun 14, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. 2015 edition. Had this on 2/12/16.

Pours a bright, hazy yellow, with a big two and a half finger head, lots of foamy lacing. Smells of yeast, rye, white grapes, a little funk, light lemon, some black pepper, a little bready. Taste brings rye, yeast, light malt, bread, oak, some funk, some lemon, some apple. Slight bitterness on the finish. Smooth, crisp, refreshing, a bit dry, with a solid body. Well carbonated.

I liked this one a lot. Great flavor and aroma, great feel, wish I would have bought two. Much better than it's rated, well worth a purchase the next time around.

Jun 09, 2016
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pour is a little thin on the head - as opposed to the regular Rue - due to the barrel-aging. Aroma is nice, though a big muted, with notes of loam & traditional farmhouse smells with a dash of lemon. Saison Rue is a great American variation, but some of those flavors are washed-out in this beer. It certainly has a mild lacto bite to it, and there are also some distant tanned leather / oak tannin flavors. I think it does a good enough job maintaining the original's rustic notes & melding them with funkier flavors. A bit slick & oily on the tongue, though. Finishes dry with a semi-apple snap. By no means a knockout but a very good beer nonetheless.

Jun 05, 2016
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ClavisAurea from New York

1.3/5  rDev -67.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

2015 bottle served cold in a CLEAN teku

Appearance: I really do love the bottle artwork of The Bruery's bottles. I wish they would come in 4 packs though. This beer had been sitting in my fridge for days before I opened it and I checked that the temp was around 52 degrees to try to avoid a gusher. when I pried off the cap the beer violently erupted from the bottle. I think I lost 1/3 of the bottle onto the counter and ground. I know Brett beers can do this sometimes but this was on the extreme end of what I've seen. The beer poured an extremely hazy with a massive white head. The beer is straw colored.

Nose: Brett to the extreme mixed with some cleaner and a chemical smell. Some citrus but nothing really gets past that chemical cleaner smell.

Taste: thin mouthfeel but nothing too thin, that chemical smell extends to the taste as well. The Brett is there but It is in the form of a chemically, rubber, dish detergent and band aid off flavor. Nothing else of note.

Overall: this one is a fail for me. Those chemically off flavors are killing this beer. The Bruery is usually on top of things with quality but this one either wasn't ready for distribution because the Brett hasn't cleaned things up or something. I still can't get past the cleaner taste. I would not but this beer again and would deeply consider avoiding other Bruery mixed fermentation beers as well.

May 07, 2016
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champ103 from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazed, golden yellow color. A dense two finger white head forms, well more like gushes. The foam is manageable after a minute. With excellent retention and lace. After the initial gush, this looks stunning.
S: Earthy, funky, light barnyard (if that is still in vogue as a description). Light peppery spice, fruity esters. Citrus, lemon rind, and pears. The faintest amount of tartness, with some oak/wood aromas. The aroma is fantastic.
T: Earthy, funky, barnyard flavors again. Tart fruits are much more apparent, lemon, orange peal and pears. A light banana ester like character. Grassy, floral, light toasted grains. Love it.
M/O: A medium to full body. Beautiful effervescence, that is perfectly crisp and amazingly dry. Downed easily, and something I hope to come back to very shortly. Really well made.

With all of The Bruery's hype and the extra curricular activities that go on to get the "rare" and "good" stuff, it never ceases to amaze me that the shelf stuff ends up being fantastic, and often much better than anything in any of the reserves series (whatever those may be). This is a great example of a Brett Saison, with a touch of wild bacteria, this is fantastic.

Apr 11, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy honey hue with a big three finger white head that fades to leave a thick blanket.

S - Aromas of nicely funky horse blanket saison funk. Nice light earthy esters, faint lemons. Maybe some light pear.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice saison yeast, good funky yeast as well. Nice light earthy flavours, good faint apples and lemons.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, crisp, almost distractingly so.

O - Overall this beer was rather solid representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 10, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with rudzud

Erupts very fast out of the bottle, huge frothy foamy head, tons of lacing, hazy honey orange golden color.

Nose big saison farmhouse, grassy wheat malts, little lemony funk, mild sweet malt, little grainy, toasty, yeasty funk.

Taste brings more funk, little sour lemony funk, tart acidic fruity funk, Brett like funk and sour, little flemmy, mild tree fruit, distracting carbonation, grassy wheat and straw, touch lemon candy. Finish dry sticky flemmy, lingering sour lemony funk, Brett funk.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, way too much carb.

Overall not bad, good basic saison with funk.

Mar 10, 2016
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Sathanas from Canada

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Monstrous bubbly, erratic white head, hazy light orange/yellow coloured body and a tornado of carbonation. Smells like oak, lemon, sourdough bread... absolutely amazing. The brett really funked up the beer, but sadly the lemony tart/sour smell didn't come through in the taste. Saison funk, brett funk, lots of oaky vinous tannins and beautiful sourdough bread. Super effervescent and dry finish.

Feb 24, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 7/14/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Foam gushes out as soon as the cap is popped. The liquid rests in the glass a hazy straw yellow with a monstrous four finger cap of densely packed white froth. The head slowly recedes to a full layer and jagged collar, imparting numerous small patches of lace.

Aromas of farmy earth, barrel funk, oak, faint sugars, mild lemon and slight apple.

Very much a Brett-like initial flavor profile followed by apple skin, wet oak, earthy farm funk, rye bread, mild citrus peels and a slight peppery spice. Almost no perceivable alcohol so this goes down pretty easily.

Medium, almost creamy full body with softly active carbonation and a rather dry finish. Aftertaste holds notes of faint fruit, bready yeast and barrel funk.

The Bruery has a pretty darn good saison here. Between the oak aging and semi spontaneous fermentation Tonnellerie Rue brings together enough different elements to stand above the standard versions of the style. I enjoyed the bottle despite my general ambivalence towards farmhouse ales.

Feb 09, 2016
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cvm4 from Mississippi

3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 vintage

First of all, we have a gusher!

L - Pours an opaque/cloudy peach colored body with a frothy two finger eggshell head. Great retention to the head.

S - Notes of pear, lemon zest, bready yeast and earthy profile.

T - Somewhat tart green apple and white pepper to start off with then developing into a citrus and earthy blend. Clean finish. Not too funky or filled with all sorts of spices.

F - Light bodied and high carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Well done. Really a simple beer, but it doesn't bore me and instead keeps me wanting more.

Feb 04, 2016
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zshaft from Connecticut

3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

not a big saison fan. looks good. smells like typical funk. good mouthfeel. taste some pear. meh. wouldn't have again. get it if you like saisons.

Jan 30, 2016
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draheim from Washington

4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes. 750mL (2015) into a tulip. Pours a clear straw w/ a big fluffy head that settles to a layer of foam and lace.

Aroma is bright pear and green apple, bready saison yeast, rustic, earthy.

Taste follows nose. Really nice pear and spice, touch of farmhouse funk. Juicy.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, medium dry finish.

Overall a very nice refined saison.

Jan 27, 2016
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

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

look: murky peach-orange. Huge billowy white head with messy lacing that sticks around.
smell: Citrusy, sweet, and sour.
taste: Quite dry. Citrus but more like lemon peel. Definite spice in the finish.

Jan 03, 2016
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superspak from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/29/2015. Light-moderate gusher upon opening. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Great dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Incredible appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, pineapple, pear, apricot, white wine, peppercorn, wheat, rye bread, hay, straw, grass, oak, light leather/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, pineapple, pear, apricot, white wine, peppercorn, wheat, rye bread, hay, straw, grass, oak, light leather/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount yeast/oak spiciness and slight fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, pineapple, pear, apricot, white wine, peppercorn, wheat, rye bread, hay, straw, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Nice light-moderate dryness from spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic wild saison style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Dec 17, 2015
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2dogbrew from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a small sample on draft then decided to splurge for a bottle at $17. Opened this one and it was gushing. Once that subsided, poured into a wine glass. Great funky aroma. Taste is solid. Overall I liked it but not at this price point.

Dec 12, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, nice to see more of this (physically warranted) Bruery offshoot's products making their way to our northern climes. 'Tonnellerie' sounds so much more exotic than 'Cooperage' or 'Barrel-Aged', eh?

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, chunky, rocky, and mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some complex snow rime lace around the glass as things very slowly square themselves.

It smells of gritty, grainy pale and wheat malt, a hint of rye whisky and musky white wine booziness, musty hay, phenolic yeast, overripe lemon rind, Italian sheep cheese, and some meek earthy, leafy, and grassy hop bitters. The taste is subtly tart lemon and lime citrus, still grainy pale and lesser spicy rye malt, a tame funky woodiness, free-agent zippy dry white wine, and more earthy, weedy, and wet hay-like hoppiness.

The carbonation is obviously a bit over the top in terms of its bottle-opening frivolity, and its subsequently mouth-expanding fizzy and frothy nature, the body a solid middleweight, and not particularly smooth, but hardly edging in the other direction, FWIW. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness, sans most of the funk and rye grain astringencies, pleasantly playing us out.

I gotta say, I was really bracing myself for this one, given the sour barrel and rye main players, but it turns out that everything has mellowed the fuck out in its old(er) age, and some of the fruitiness from whatever 'tonneau' they employed here debuts like a southern belle. Anyways, the most sassy thing here is the carbonation, so hipster sour-heads, be warned.

Dec 11, 2015
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