Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of Justin23060
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer screams quality. The color is a slightly orange golden with a perfect tall off white head that lasted and clung. The smell is mild citrus mixed with that classic Belgian aroma that is not at all over powering. The taste is again citrusy hop and malt. Finished just about in the middle of sweet and dry The bottle promises perfect balance and they have delivered on the promise. There is a slight alcohol warmth too that adds to the medium body of the mouth feel. One of my new favorites. I think this will be on the table for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of barleyroad
4.97/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice regular gold in appearance. Smell is a nice citrus hop aroma, hits the nose well. This is a tingle on the tongue and the mouthfeel is great. Wet in and dry out of the mouth, well done. Fruity, sweet, hoppy and well balanced. Overall this beer is so fridge worthy we can't afford to fill the fridge. Whoya, wow, ohea, and SMAAKELIJK says the Dutchman. This will go well with an excuse, to have another.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few samples of this at last weekends Steel City Big Pour, when I saw bottles of it at D's afterward I was inspired to grab a bottle for myself. Pours a beautiful slightly hazed glowing golden amber hue. Bright off white head forms large bubbles nice and thick four finger depth with chunk scattered lacing. Aroma contains sharp citric, deep floral, and tropical fruit juice. Dry acidic note tickles the nares along with spicy yeast layer, pale biscuit malts bring some mild bready edges. Overall flavor is excellent, I don't think Ommegang does much wrong. Fruity citrus/mango infused mix of hop notes, dry bitterness rules but spicy yeast and biscuit malt with a hint of caramelization balances enough to make this incredible. Mouthfeel is effervescent, dry finish ample sturdy bitterness throughout a beautiful experience that I plan to experience again. Drinkability overall was great a top notch version of a rarely well done style at least here in the US micro brewing scene...been excited to try this since I heard about it.

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Photo of MadCat
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Medium golden color, not perfectly clear, voluminous white head, tons of lacing. Like a darker Duvel.

Smell: Hops, fruit, citrusy, very nice. Hints of spice.

Taste: Absolutely fantastic. More hops, fruit, and citrusy, with some bitterness, with light malt. Hints of spice.

Mouthfeel: Some thickness to it, with a champagne-like carbonation. Quite good. Seems to have similar characteristics to other Ommegang brews, which is excellent in my book. Honestly wish other brews could do what Ommegang does here.

Drinkability: Perfect session beer, if I had more than one bottle in the fridge, I would have opened it. That good and easy drinking.

Overall: Close to perfect. An excellent blend of Belgian styles and Pale Ales. I'm glad this will become a year round offering, because I need more of it.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip. Best by date of 04/2011. Sampled shortly after its release.

A: Pours with a huge, 4 finger mousse-like head. Deflates slowly and unevenly while clinging to the glass's edge, resembling a a bright white snow dune. The body is medium-light orange-cream in color and 90% opaque, even when held to light. A fair amount of randomly slung lace remains on the glass. Yet another gorgeous brew from Ommegang.

S: Above average malts of hay and straw backed up by breadcrust. Dry hopping with Cascade provides strong notes of orange, lemon and floral qualities. The yeast imparts delicate aromas of must and new leather. This nose is nearly perfect.

T: Additional notes of peach and mango sweeten the bouquet and develop further on the tongue. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter with some spicy yeast phenols. Mild paper comes through as well. The balance of flavors are phenomenal.

M: Again, perfection. And this is a style I'm not particularly wild about. The body is full, the texture is thick and creamy with a mineral-ness that suits the fizzy carbonation well. Finishes lightly chalky with a pleasant bitter backdrop.

D: Highly palatable and highly drinkable. I'll purchase the BPA every time it is released.

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Photo of Dosgoat
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holley Molley, this was one surprisingly good beer. I am always in search of next great Pale Ale. This beer was a new addition to our are market. I was pleasantly surprised. It is excellent blending of Belgian style beers and IPA's. Very good beer at a very reasonable price.

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Photo of MrOH
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy gold with a big fluffy head that doesn't seem to want to die. Had to wait 5minutes after the intial pour to fit the rest of the 12oz bottle in my SA perfect pint glass.

Bright citrus, woody herbs, slight earthiness, a touch of esters, and a nice dose of phenols jump from the glass, with a nice bready malt lying underneath. Nice lace.

Lemon and orange, green hops, white pepper, crepes? a lot going on. Tastes great, I enjoy drinking it more than thinking about it, so I'll move on.

Nice med-light body with high carbonation keep this beer quenching.

If it weren't for the price, this would be in heavy rotation all spring and summer.

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Photo of Messiinnnaaaa
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang has again outdone themselves. I have a soft spot for Belgian beers and Ommegang never disappoints. On first sight of this beer in the glass I knew I was in for a treat. The color was a hypnotic glowing copper color that bubbled nicely under a creamy fluffy white head. The smell had that signature Belgian aroma with an herbal hint and spicy citrus notes. It has the perfect amount of hop flavor and bitterness that doesn't draw attention away from other flavors highlighted in this beer. I had this beer first just to drink but then my second glass was paired with some phenomenal hot wings and the two were just a match made in heaven.

Probably my favorite Ommegang at this point and I especially enjoyed how easy it was to drink. Sometime with Belgian beers the flavor and/or alcohol presence can make them more of a sip slowly and appreciate kind of beer. BPA has a little less of that overpowering alcohol flavor and a very mellow balanced body that makes it excellent to drink a few with friends or pair with a meal.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours a vibrant amber with about two to three fingers of dirty white head that's there for the long haul and leaves a good amount of lacing. Poured into a ommegang brewery chalice.

S: citrusy hops and biscuit presence, large pine notes. Grassy and very hoppy.

T: grassy and pine like, with an even amount of malt to balance the beer. Fruity, curacao oranges and plums.

MF: very effervescent and smooth, not to heavy but not watered down.

D: an awesome offering from ommegang at a fair price. A great beer and a quick re buy

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Photo of jmosier
4.66/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle, from a St. Bernardus chalice. Had it with a tasty pizza.

Beautiful golden haze, creamy head that lingered in the glass. Easy floral nose. Smooth, flavorful, crisp, delicious, dry, well-balanced and very, VERY good. Will buy again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Blackwolf
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.
**side note, as soon as I untwisted the crown cap the cork just popped right out of the bottle and scared the living hell out of me, I don't know if I was the only one who experienced this, but be careful opening the bottle.

A- Poured a hazy rich gold body, with a nice two finger creamy white head. Retention is great, held on for a minute or two and left a nice thin creamy cap to settle on top, a little bit of sticky lacing but not too much. Some sediment in the body and lots of uniformed carbonation. Beautiful!

S- RICH! Very floral, grassy hops, some yeast notes, light malts and a little breadniness. I want to say there is a persian lemon twist in there too. The aroma is just astonishing for lack of better words. WAY too inviting!

T- Very well balanced with a not too overly complex transition in taste. Sweet persian lemon, earthy, light notes of citrus peel (grapefruit), yeast, dry hops, mango and biscuit. It really floods your taste with a wow factor. I was told this had a very interesting taste, honestly.... This is there and beyond on what I was expecting. Great, great, great tasting bpa!

MF- Light-medium body, VERY smooth, tickly carbonation that plays with the tongue. This has a very crisp to dry finish, the alcohol is covered up very well also. You are definitely left with a floral/light-citrus taste between sips that won't let go. I really enjoy the mouthfeel on this intriguing ale.

O- Very impressive! Everything about this ale just stands out of the norm... The style, the smell, the taste/feel. So worth the buy! I have been investing a lot more into corked bottles lately, and an exceptional beer just like this one reminds me on how much more it is worth to to go that extra mile (or dollar in this case). I was going to grab the tripel karmeleit this evening, but I am glad I made this choice. This is a must try beer, hands down! ENJOY!!!! I know I did!

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice big foamy white head on this dark orange brew; it looks like a Belgian brew. Smell is anything but, lots of citrus and hops with just a faint scent of Belgian sugar. Taste is damn near perfect. Starts out like a great Belgian pale ale, slightly fruit before a big bitterness takes over, lots of citrus, like an American IPA. This brew is heavily hopped and a great American take on a Belgian brew. I've been waiting for someone to do a great job pairing Belgian ales with American hops, and this brew delivers.

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Copper colored poured an intense head which kepted getting bigger and bigger (bottle conditioned). Not clear which I like in a beer.

Smell - Slightly fruity smell and pleasant.

Taste - I love this beer, the abv is not too high but it brings a lot of interesting tastes to the table. You can taste the funky Ommegang yeast and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - I love Ommegang and this brew snuck up on me. Not as BIG as their other brews, but it holds it own. If you are looking for a lower abv beer with complexity try this.

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Photo of Estranged
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

popped a 75 cl bottle and poured into a pilsner glass.

a: beautiful CLEAR amber color- honey like. frothy white, billowing head, very finely carbonated.

s: hard to pin down actually, but the inital odor i'd describe as a very "earthy" aroma: stickey and wet. smelled similar to the forest floor after a spring rainfall.

I also detected minor citrus notes: tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, and even a little pear.

t: initally sweet, very sweet. then i tasted a mild hop bitterness, followed by a refreshing medly of citrus flavors, which linger for a good amount of time.

mf: light, lager-like. crisp and clean. a very pleasent lingering bitter/citrus medly.

d: very drinkable. light and refreshing. excellent immediate alcohol buzz at 6.2 abv.

overall, and excellently crafted beer, imo. very drinkable and satisfying.

note: the second half of the bottle was more cloudy and bitter becuase of bottle conditioning yeast sediment. The first half (much sweeter) of the bottle was almost entirely different than the second half (more bitter), which imo, made for a very interesting sampling expereince.

kudos once again, Ommegang!

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Photo of PintOHops
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Tulip

A - Huge head as expected. The beer looks hazy with a straw & copper color. Lots and lots of tiny C02 bubbles can be seen. The lacing was spotty and not great.

S - I get floral, orange, mango and slightly spicy hop characteristics. The hops merge beautifully with the banana, bubble gum, and soft clove like notes from the yeast. It smells amazing and reminds me of summer.

T - Very bready and doughy upfront with a slight bit of a sour bread like thing going on. Spicy and floral like hop characteristics come through toward the finish. Soft banana and clove are crushed by the hop character. Moderate sweetness with lots of lingering hop flavors and a pronounced bitterness for the style.

M - Airy, soft-medium bodied, smooth and moderate-high carbonation.

O - While the taste wasn't exactly what I was hopping for, the aroma blew me away, and I really did enjoy this beer overall. I picked up a corked bottle for about $6, and it was definitely worth every penny. So from me to you, give it a shot if you like Belgian Pale Ale's!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into 330ml St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale amber in color with a thick white head that hardly dissipates at all, leaving behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: Woody and earthy hops backed up by nuttiness and citrus with bread.

Taste: Begins nutty, rounding out to bready malt and finishing with sweet fruitiness and citrus, along with a balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with balanced, natural carbonation. The middle of the beer is watery, but the finish is dry.

Overall: This is an excellent beer. Faithful to its Belgian roots, but with a great American hop character. I would love to have this again and am disappointed to have not sampled this one earlier!

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Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bomber to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of long-lasting, foamy/creamy head and good lacing.

S: A sweet, pleasant aroma of citrus, malt, spices and Belgian yeast.

T: Tasted of citrus, cloves, Belgian yeast, malt and other spices. Very focused, pretty complex, and extremely flavorful.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied. A little on the bitter side.

D: One of the more drinkable beers I've tried recently and one of the best Belgian Pale Ales.

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Photo of Sreidy12
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a magnum into an ommegang tulip glass.

Appearance: Nice hazy golden color. Thing white head that leaves lacing all over the inside of the glass.
Smell: Smelled of floral hops and pear. Quite a potent, inviting aroma.
Taste: Tasty floral hops and pear, tastes like it smells. Some spice as well from the yeast. Delicious!
Mouthfeel: Although fairly high in carbonation, this beer is anything from thin. Evenly coats the palate.
Drinkability: Drinkable indeed. Not overly complex that it requires careful sipping, but not a simple chugger either. Very respectable brew.

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Photo of confer
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in the 12 oz bottle.
A- Outstanding right out of the bottle. Gold , hazy and a white head that grows and grows and grows.
S- The smell is truly fantastic. First you smell the citrus hops and then the sweet Belgian yeast shows up. The two smells go together so well. It's almost amazing how the same sequence of smells occur each time.
T-The taste is nearly as good as the smell. Once again the citrus hop flavor comes through and then the sweet Belgian flavors mix in with the hops, it is a great combination.
MO- With this much great flavor I think the feel is a little thin. Overall this is a great beer. I had it on tap a while back and I am glad to say it is just as good out of the bottle.

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Photo of JMforman
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not your typical Christmas day beer, but delicious nonetheless.

A- A wonderful golden body with a fluffy white head that lasted the entire drink. One of the finest heads that I've witnessed.

S- Citrus bold and upfront. Must, hay.

T- Orange and lemon zest, must, toasted pilsen.

M- Medium with a fair amount of pepperiness.

D- Quite.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at Stop N Shop for too high a price, truth be told.

Chose a tulip glass assuming the head would be massive, I was right. The cork came out violently, but the beer didn't gush. Pale gold with a lot of active carbonation. Excellent retention with gobs of foam adorning the glass.

Unripe pear, a little peach in the nose. Strong flowery hops. Even though this was dry-hopped with Cascades, I seem unable to pick them out.

Grainy sourdough-bread underpinning here, yeasty. Bitter and dry, a little crushed aspirin. I don't know that I really smelled much in the way of American hops, but I taste their bright citric contribution...which if this was only dry-hopped with Cascades, would I be able to taste them? Weird, maybe I'm confusing taste with smell here. At any rate, this is one tasty beer. The dryness with that citric hop makes it seem uplifting, light and nimble on its feet.

Yes, yes, YES! It has that soft Belgian feel that you typically only get with real Belgians.

Ommegang has a winner here. This is clearly a very well-done beer, within an under-appreciated style. To say this goes down easy, especially with the reasonable ABV, is an understatement. This brewery has always done a good job replicating Belgian styles, but I think this one takes it to a new level. This isn't just a repro, it stands with the finest BPAs out there short of Orval.

I paid too much for this bottle, but considering how good it is, I can't say I wouldn't go back for another. Recommended, but would love to get it at a lower price point.

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Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. There is a short description of the beer on the label as well as its ABV with is 6.2%.

Appearance: The body is hazy and has an orange/gold colored body with a creamy light beige head. Its head is tall and frothy which makes nice spotty and slippery lace on the glass. As I slowly drink the head slowly settles to thin cap of foam that lasts to the last sip.

Smell: In the nose I pick up sweet fruity and funky yeast with some bready maltiness and light floral/citrusy and spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there is a similar mix of what was picked up in the aroma. I get notes of fresh peaches, white grapes, dried apricots, and funky/doughy yeast. This has a sweet character that begins to dry out as some of the hops move in and adds there mild bitterness and floral, citrusy grapefruit flavor.

Notes: I am glad to see some more brews being bottled from Ommegang even if they are only limited releases. I really liked the BPA and hope it will become a yearly release.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours dark gold into a chalice with a light haze under a persistent, clingy 3” finely bubbled white foam collar.
S: Fragrant esters, bread, spice, faint pine.
T: Orange, apricot, biscuit, herb, with pepper on the finish.
F: Creamy and soft, medium body, medium carbonation.
O: Very well made big flavored BPA.

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Photo of azorie
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hate to review Belgian pale ale, because its another catch all type "style" in fact referring to Tim Webb good beer guide one wonders what defines this "style". Going to check the beer judging site before I grade this 1.

750 ml bottle, has a 6 on left side and 9 on the other? is that June 2009, so I bought a old beer? or a beer that can be aged 9 more years???? who cares it tasted fine. ok turns out that is just part of the UPC code, so its best by is blank as I first said it was, I knew I was not that crazy, as I had looked for this date for 15 minutes, anyway.

A: I poured at 45f into a tulip glass. Very nice lacing and the head lasts for over 2 minutes.This may not be a fair review as I have some bottles of Westvleteren blonde and Orval to compare this too, plus the wife is adding her 2 cents into this 1. Still I find it very nice to look at and it is cloudy orange in color and yeast, I always like the yeast in my glass but I did not pour it too hard this time. Looks good to me.

S: Very nice and saison like flowery hop nose hits you first. in fact its funny Saisons are by many just BPA's but that is just belgains you cannot trust those guys. LOL anyway, we loved it, fantastic, a bit hoppy but its American, they always over hop its like why not thing here I think. hop shortage HAHA thing of the past. as it warms lots of banana nise and some cloves its somewhat like a hefe in some ways. I get that guava like wiff, passion fruit, orangy etc. we loved it.

T: wow very nice and citrus hops are the first thing you taste. Then the rest of the fruit package hits you and finishes with a malt backbone, its a tad unbalanced but its to style (whatever that is) anyway that what they were brewing for and its perfect.

M: smooth, carbonated hoppy golden goodness, very nice medium body.

D: easy to drink this 6.2% too bad its a limited and total wine limited release, its the first Ommegang i feel really hits the true in the Belgian style of, for an american beer, and I don't say that very much.

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Photo of rwf08
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into an oversized snifter.

A: Nice copper color with a large thick head that dissipates into a 1 finger head. No lacing which I find very odd for this beer and brewery.

S: Beautiful fruity esters dominate with some citrus in the back. No real malt but there is some sweetness. It is like a big fruit salad and sooo goooddd.

T: Stone fruits dominate with some light sweetness from malt and good citrus hops. Very pleasing. I wish I could say more but in the end this is just good and nothing else.

M: Very bubbly and on the lighter side. I like the mouth feel. It goes over down smooth with no harshness. Leaves the mouth a little dry.

D: Awesome! I wish I had picked this up when my store first got it. I will drink this again. A good hot summer's day drink.

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