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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A beautifully made, carefully blended, and well-aged sour beer, (it is aged on cherries) made in collaboration with Brouwerij Liefmans of Belgium. Ommegang brewmaster Phil Leinhart went to the Liefmans brewery in Oudenaarde, Belgium, and worked side by side with their master blender to create a distinctive beer unlike any other. Complex, lightly malty, tart, ruby color, with just a touch of hops. (Zuur means "sour "in Dutch).

Added by drabmuh on 06-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 211 | Ratings: 318
Photo of SLeffler27
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, verging on red, and hazy. A dense, creamy manila head builds above.

Has a fruity aroma mixed with must and oak with a sweetness in the background.

The tartness is modest while fruity with cherries. There is a modest amount of acid in the finish. Zuur is less complex than I was expecting, yet quite refreshing as hoped.

This one has a light body with lively, almost vigorous carbonation.

A refreshing thirst quencher. I easily finished the bomber in one sitting. It also warms well.

**Since this tasting, I have had Zuur on draught and found it to be superior tothe bottled version recorded above. I made no specific notes; rather this comment is an overall impression.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Short cork looks like Toadstool from Super Mario Brothers.

A burnt umber pour yields a thin, choppy head. Thin choppy head yields a thin swirl of retention. None of the above yields any retention or beery impressiveness. Fairly clear as I decanted Zuur so I can pitch the dregs in my Flanders red.

Earthy, mild brown ale toast, steely unsweetened root beer or birch beer aroma. Sarsaparilla I guess.

Zuur is a meek Flanders. It's not bad but comparable to most Flanders the sweet isn't as sweet and the sour isn't as sour. Very mid-range.

I remember this being better at beerfest.

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Photo of jsanford
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass

A - Pours a muddy brown with a dense ivory head that settles to a thick cap.
S - Tart aromas of cherries, green apples, and lemon juice with some earthy malt and a bit of an off, "copper penny character.
T - More sour cherries, tart green apples, and lemon juice with some sweet malt, bread dough, and maybe a bit of raisin. Quite watery, and not nearly as sour as advertised.
M - Surprisingly creamy, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - An underwhelming take on the style, hindered by the watery body and lack of any real sourness.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich amber-brown hue with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Head pours a thick finger of creamy tan foam but retention isn't that good.

Smell: nice malty aroma with plenty of tartness. Malt has a strong caramel character along with a bright fruitiness which works well with the tart. I like it.

Taste: tastes like a sour amber ale. The malt is caramelly but the tartness is big and forgiving; I like this quite well. There's a bit of an aftertaste/after-aroma which reminds me of a fruity kids' breakfast cereal -- which, oddly, works for me.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and decent creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a satisfying Oud Bruin for me. Sure, it's a bit on the candy-sweet side, but it's big and tart like it ought to be and there is a nice maltiness in the back. Good stuff!

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Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown, though not opaque with two fingers of tan head.

S - Initial smell is a rather earthy sour, with a bit of cherry coming through. Somewhat understated aroma.

T - Taste is quite tart, but difficult to pin down aspects of the tartness. Some cherry comes through, with none of the medicinal taste often present in beers with cherry. A bit of funk. Overall, I like the taste quite bit.

M - Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a lingering tartness.

O - Very tart, even for a sour, but I enjoyed the flavors and found this to be a pretty enjoyable beer. Nice clean finish.

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Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Collected from Decicco's in Brewster, NY this shows a dark coffee brown color with a decent off-white head that settles to a solid ring. Lacing is similarly solid. The aroma is of deep dark fruit and vinegar green leaf, rhubarb malt. Not sure if I like it or not, a bit skunky. The flavor brings on a strange rootbeer prune combination with subtle dark chocolate and a sort of watery malt. It’s a somewhat aqueous feeling brew with near medium body and tiny bubbles to carbonate. Of course, the sour qualities prevail over the woodsy grain and musty oak. Overall, not the best sour I’ve had but plenty good.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mahogany in color with an impenetrable from light consistency to it. No head at all though, which kind of shocked me to be honest, but still good color for the style.

The aroma was deeply sour, with tons of apple vinegar like aroma to it. Richly funky this one was one crazy ass smelling beer. As it warmed I started to pick up some nice notes of caramel, some nice dark fruit notes and a slight hint of some earthy malts, but all layered underneath and incredible layer of deep funk. The flavor started out the same way, almost lip puckering strong notes of vinegar, followed by some nice tart fruits that just layered and stay upon the tongue. Some nice, dark earthy flavor then upon that. Really rich and complex. The finish was just as tart, drying out the palate and really just letting the rich flavor peak through your tongue and last long with an almost sour cherry like finish

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Photo of frankiepop
1.97/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My 1st Flanders Oud Bruin that is obviously meant to be a sour beer. I am finding that I am not into this sour booze stuff so it should not be construed as a slam against ZUUR but maybe sours.

Lemony after taste. This may be the best sour beer in history, and I know many knuckleheads come up with horse bs aroma descriptions that will say raisins, cherries, and whatever. This is fruity and a tinsy bit putrid scent in there. Taste that way too. I love Belgian brews and Ommegang is my all time favorite brewery, but I guess I am just not cut out for Ouds.

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Photo of MsRif
2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't going to review this because sours are NOT my thing at all, but I still got a lot from this brew so why not.

Poured a deep reddish brown color. Minimal off-white head that mostly dissipated, leaving some lacing. Aroma was...sour. Smelled like green apples to me. Also got some other fruits in the aroma as well as a bready note. I didn't really want to try it after smelling it and hearing the bartender say it was one of the most sour beers she's ever had...but I did anyway. Tasted of green apples, sour grapes, slightly sweet malts and a tad bit of yeast. A little wheaty? YIKES...this stuff IS sour. I definitely puckered when drinking it as a sample.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Lip-puckering for sure. It wasn't very complex or well-balanced compared to the few other sours I've tried. Not bad, just average.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11 ounce goblet - $8.75 at Taco Mac (Prado) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a very dark brown body, garnet at the far edges, and with no head, just a very thin, ivory-colored ring.

Smell: A first noted whiff of cola, sour cherry cola, to be a bit more precise, then notes of berry-accented wine, spice, toasted bread, and, as it warms, a hint of caramel.

Taste: Opens with a tartish sip of cherry-flavored cola, with a very faint toasted bread hint, and very, very faint roastiness. As it warms, a small bit of caramel is detected. Continued sour cherry character. Moderately acidic. Some papery traces. Light, spicy phenols scattered around. Thinning, watered down sour cherry cola on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Low carbonation.

Overall: It's fine, I suppose, kinda light though, and reminded me a bit like a lighter, less interesting La Folie.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep garnet red with an off white head that subsided quickly.

The arome is lightly sour with a cherry pie scent being most notable.

The taste begins with a nice sharp sour bit that quickly segues into a distincly Ommegang like belgian yeast flavor, dry and peppery like Ommegang. The malt isn't sweet and the sourness cleans up the finish.

Light mouthfeel is has a nice carbonation to it but could use a bit more body.

Overall a very nice sour and it makes a great food beer from the cherry and sour flavors that meld well with the spicy qualities from the belgian yeast.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep reddish brown color, The head on top was a light shade of cream with a little bit of a fizzy build up to it. The smell of this beer is sweet and tart on the nose, plenty of cherry aromas in there. There is also a good amount of yeast and malts in there too. The taste of the beer starts off with a pretty subtle punch of sour cherry that fades into a much more sweet aftertaste leaving a nice cherry finish to the whole thing. The mouthfeel has a good amount of carbonation to it and remains on the lighter side despite the color. Overall it's not a bad Flanders brew, I've had better and worse I think, but this ones not bad.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brownish in color. Decent head and little lacing.

Smells earthy and lightly of tart cherry, with some vinegar/lactic quality.

Taste is smooth and a bit subdued. Kind of a tart cherry soda, with a constant watery tartness that never becomes sour. Some hints of oak and an earthy presence alongside the tart cherry and lactic flavors. Not very sweet, thankfully.

Light-medium mouthfeel. Combined with a lack of an overpowering sour quality, it makes this one easy to drink.

This one was fine--it wasn't the sweet, syrupy mess that some of these beers are--but I was hoping for something more complex and something decently sour.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml C&C. Served in a tulip.

Pours dark cherry cola red with two fingers of beige foam that settle to a thin head. Broad lacing.

Aroma of red wine vinegar, sweet fruit, obvious cherries, and malt in the background. Some peppery spiciness.

Tastes of earthy cherries, although a little dulled. Acidic nature is pretty strong, but sour tartness is fairly mild. Seems more like a cherry soda than a beer. Not terrible, but not great.

Body is medium-low and carbonation is medium-high. A bit too prickly on the palate, but not bad.

There's a refreshing quality to this beer, that's its strong point. Certainly better ones out there in this style though.

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Photo of bluesplit63
1.89/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I am yet to negatively rate a beer, but this is my first.

Poured a medium brown color with a scent of hops.

There was a non-existing head, possibly because of lack of care at the liquor store where I purchased it.

The taste was unforgettable. Almost as if I was eating old sour patch kids. My taste buds cringed at every little sip. It was overpoweringly sour in taste.

I understand that this MAY be the style of the beer, but for me it was my first drain pour.

I will never purchase this beer again.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't believe it when I saw a few bottles left at D&L truck stop...

The beer is an enchanting dark brown that is layered under a dense, light-tan head. There is thick lacing that sticks to the inside of the glass. The head falls apart rather quickly, but was very inviting and fluffy.

There are typical notes of Belgian spiciness from the yeast along with sweetness from the malt, but there is also a subtle zing. There are notes of vanilla and cherries with a slight touch of wood and tobacco. The one thing that I tend to hate about sours is when they overpower the beer's other aromas with vinegar. However, Zuur smells remarkably well balanced with the vinegar complementing the beer's other strong aromatics.

The balance that is first detected in the nose carries over to the beer's taste. There is malt sweetness that mixes with a whole mouthful of puckering tartness. The acidic nature of this beer keeps me salivating past any chance of a lingering aftertaste. The body richness of this beer is what helps keep me from being overwhelmed by its sourness.

Biting vinegar and carbonation with a sweet backbone compete for attention. I love the deep fruitiness combining with the refreshing/palate-cleansing sourness.

This was a terrific beer for $11.50/750mL. There is a huge amount of character and flavor to this beer. I appreciate a sour that isn't completely overpowered by vinegar. This one does the trick.

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Photo of Sam21
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. No packaged on, or best by date. This was released as a part of their limited release schedule in July of 2010. Poured into tulip.

Appearance – Dark brown body with wonderful cherry red accents. Nice creamy off-white head (borders on light brown), that fades down to respectable ring after a few minutes. Looks nice.

Smell – First and foremost, the aroma is tart. There is a nice dark fruit presence as well and even a bit of a roasted note hidden beneath the tart aromas.

Taste – Sourness grabs your tastebuds up front and holds on until midway through. At this point, the dark fruit enter and slowly the flavor profile becomes softer and sweet, as the sour notes fade into the distance. The sweetness is fruity with an extremely subtle hint of caramel. The finish is somewhat short, sweet, with some residual tartness. The dark fruit mingle well with the sourness and remind me of biting into a sour plum. Sweetness is present, but only as a balancing agent. Pleasant from start to finish.

Mouthfeel – Light bodied and soft on the palate. The carbonation scrubs the taste buds clean and helps accent the tart notes.

Drinkability – This is a solid collaboration beer with a lot to offer. There could be more of a complex profile beneath the sour notes, but what is there is just fine. I'm not sure how this beer evolved as it aged, but take that for what it is.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Zuur Ommegang

A: This has an off amber, light brown with a murky sudsiness to it. It has those characteristic tiny ommegang bubbles that are very pleasant.

S: The smell is a sour cherry with some currant and tart grape.

T: The taste is a light bubbly borderline flemish ale with a nice clean finish. However, for the ambitious style, it feels like Junior Varsity grade in an otherwise respectable sport.

M: It has a great sweetness to it with a mild tartness to it that reminds me a bit of cherry jolly ranchers. Ultimately it reminds me of consecrations little brother, but overall, it is very pleasant and berrylicious.

D: This is an exceptionally drinkable sour. It is not so tart that it is offputting, however, its mildness makes it a lesser contender in the sour field. It almost comes off like a type of a hybrid side saddling between two distinct styles. It’s tough to knock it though because in the end it is very tasty.
Narrative: Talk about a sweet gig. Back in 2004, Nancy Druthers never thought that being a Facebook switchboard operator to administer pokes would blow up into a full time job. “NANCY WE GOT TOO MANY POKES COMIN THROUGH! YOU GOTTA SPEED UP THE LINE!” It seemed to her that somehow they would program around this dilemma, but, business is business. She very a bit soured at the prospect of another day of dragging and dropping pokes ad infinitum to people she would never meet, however, it was mildly fulfilling. “NANCY FOR THE LOVE OF- YOU CANT TAKE A BREAK HOW WILL THESE PEOPLE MILDLY INTERACT!” She sighed and applied her cherry chapstick, mildly tart but ultimately a sweet person with a simple profile. Not on face book though.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of jpmclaug. I split the bottle with Nick during a filming of a video review episode for our website. Poured into two globe glasses.

A: Medium to dark brown body with a fairly tan colored head, bubbly and sudsy. As Nick described it, it sort of looks like cola in the glass complete with carbonation bubbles clinging to the glass walls and all. Not a bad looking beer for the style but very murky and almost lifeless.

S: Immediately I noticed an off funky note that seemed to overwhelm the rest of the aromas. An obvious and substantial malt base is present. Dark sweeter and sour fruits come through a bit, red grapes and prunes. Unfortunately, it's nothing inviting and something seemed a bit odd to me.

T: A big pucker, tart and sourness blasts the palate initially though it's quickly smoothed out by the underlying malt backbone this beer needs. More dark fruits like red grapes and black cherries come through towards the end. It leaves with a sweetness on the palate and completely forgets about the sour and funk.

M: Very lively carbonation, bubbly and prickly while still remaining medium bodied. The finish leaves a slick and soda like finish but doesn't have any off flavors or residual stickiness you might expect.

Zuur definitely did not meet or deliver my expectations I had for this beer going into it. That's not to say this isn't a good beer as it is, but there needs to be some fine tuning to turn this into a highly drinkable Oud Bruin. In comparison to others I've sampled, I fit this towards the middle of the pack.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange brown, murky and fairly opaque with a thick tawny head of a good inch. Great lace forming, and as the head recedes it seems to become even more foamy and thick.

Not massively aromatic, but the mild cherry and oxidized malt go a long ways. The hint of malt males me want more, much more.

Tastes pretty strongly of over-fermented cherry, funky and tart and quite sour. The base blend seems to be a fairly dark brown malt, decent body. This one is thinned out with blending and lactic tartness. That the body has held up is a great compliment.

This beer is pretty sour, but the addition of cherries brings a mild fruit flavor maybe not accrssible to a strictly sour brew. This is a pretty great summertime drinking beer, and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of cooch69
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a deep reddish brown with a tight fine bubbly off white head.

Nose of candied apple, caramel malts and a really fine zingy tartness.

While drinking I was unaware that this beer was brewed with cherries. I was drinking a Gueuze before this and this beer did'nt taste as sour as it was at first but it opened up into a nice delicious mouthwatering tartness as my last beer faded off the palate. I got candied apples at first but than an immense amount of fresh tart cherries. Lots of carmalized malts and a nice juicy sweetness. This beer is medium/full bodied and packs a lot of flavour into one bottle. Definetly a Flander's that stands out.

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Photo of biga7346
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky, milk chocolate brown, tannish one finger of foam that dissipates quickly.

N - Winey, red wine vinegar, spices like cinammon, cloveish, nice blanket of chocolate malt imparts a toasty, charcoal element. Some funk, wet hay in the background.

T/M - Very tart cherry and granny smith apple puckering up front, some over carbonation, roastiness wraps around the acidity well along with heavy notes of balsamic vinegar, maybe dry sherry. Reminds me of chocolate covered cherries, suggestions of powdered sugar.

D - Great apertif, would be best paired with food, sessionable. I would like to try some tart, tangy cheese like a gouda or baby swiss.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle bs870621345, yet another big beer night!

Appearance: Deep brownish red with a light tan one finger head.

Smell: Funky, slightly sour, nothing terribly interesting. A little odd compared to others of the style.

Taste: Somewhat sour/tart. Funky, a little bit boring, slightly watery. I also get a little weird sweetness to it. I would not consider this among the better beers in the style.

Mouthfeel: To style, thicker but decently carbonated.

Overall: Its decent but not worth the pricetag. Good try but the flavors conflict a little bit too much.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich almost clear reddish-brown color with a finger of off-white frothy head atop. The head fades slowly down to a thin layer leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - The aroma is bursting with sour cherry and sweet malt. There are also some background fruit esters and some bread mixed in as well.

T - The beer starts off with lots of sour and tart flavors. There is a nice mix of cherry and malt right off the bat. Through the middle, a mix of some bready flavor as well as some other fruits and some green apple comes through. The finish is a mix of sour and tart with some backing bread malt that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer fees great from start to end with a nice balance on sour and tart on the tongue. These flavors also linger really nicely.

D - Very drinkable. The beer feels super complex and balance, even with the strong sour and tart flavors. From start to end, the sour and tart elements mix together at just the right levels to make for a really great beer.

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Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber/brown and hazy with a steady 2-inch head (great retention); lacing is good

S: Tart and vinous aroma: grapes and apples dominate; a touch of cider vinegar and a really nice bready sweet malt base

T: Fruity and tart up front: lots of fruity characteristics: grapes, apples, and wine; a solid bready malt base

F: Carbonated up front and a touch thin in the middle but enough beer sticks to the back of the mouth

O: A nice--not overly tart--sour; a pretty good representation of the style

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Ommegang Zuur from Brewery Ommegang
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