Seduction | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ommegang Seduction is lovingly brewed with six dark malts. Chocolatier Callebut provides the chocolate, while Liefmans brings the cherries. This international romance is consummated with a full body, alluring aromas and flavors of Belgian chocolate, and tart cherries. Seduction is an ale to be lovingly embraced.

Beautiful, rich and smooth, roasty and malty throughout, Seduction offers balanced chocolate-cherry notes, a bit of caramel sweetness, and a long, slow finish. Seduction is welcoming and warm-hearted, gently hopped and harbors no bitterness, leaving only a lingering glow.

Added by Gehrig on 12-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently acquired bottle. A masterful craftsmanship of a chocolate dessert. Only a drop of cherry. My first sips led to a nice hop finish. I liked that. Then just too much chocolate. I finished most of the bottle, I would serve it as a good transition beer, but it was too much chocolate for an all purpose beer. Thick chocolate syrup colour.Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

SIngle finger head with lots of lacing on a murky brown body. Some light getting through. Aroma is a little soapy and floral for a Belgian dark ale. Flavor is very cola like with some dark fruit and a bitter fruit finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overal a different beer than I am used to in this genre. Not my favorite from ommegang.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eureka!Burger in Redlands, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to an oily film. Foamy chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and a mild tart cherry aroma. Taste is of dark roasted malt, some slight cocoa, and the tart cherry flavor. This beer has a good carbonation level with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and I am glad I was able to try it but it's nothing great.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

shared an ancient bottle of this with my man claystation this weekend. im not sure how old it was, because there didnt appear to be a date on it, but it was oxidized to a degree, and tasted extremely mature. at least three years i would guess, maybe more. lots of sediment in the matte black pour, settles out quickly though, and holds a full inch of lighter brown airy head. looks rich and smells it too. through the dusty impact of time on this, you can still smell sweet cherries, like preserves, and can get a whole bunch of syrupy mil chocolate. i think originally made for valentines day, it definitely has a regal special occasion romantic vibe to it. lots of carbonation is uncommon in a rich dark beer like this, and its belgian roots show through just enough. the cherries are a little more faded in the taste, artificial there to a degree, like a cough medicine for a second, but it works with what else is going on. it turns tart there too for a second, which i really like. the chocolate is definitely the dominant flavor, smooth and silky feeling, sweet and bitter at the same time, seemingly dairy heavy, is there lactose in this? amazing how it all works out in the finish, almost bitter more than sweet despite the rest of the experience. i didnt realize this was as low alcohol as it is, and as such, it probably could have been consumed a little earlier, it was definitely on the down slope at this point, but still an excellent beer. i hope they brew this one again, would love to try it fresh...

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a brown color with a light haze to it. The head was fluffy and cream colored. The smell of the beer had a good Belgian aroma to it along with some grains and chocolate notes on the nose. The taste of the beer was earthy, it was a little toasted and had some dry chocolate in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied with a solid carbonation to it. Overall I felt that this beer was pretty good much like all of the Ommegang brews. I think that if I wanted a chocolate beer from them I would still hit the Indulgence before this one. Still glad I tried it though.

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Photo of metter98
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a two finger tan head that had excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface..
S: There are light aromas of chocolate in the nose along with notes of cherries and other dark fruit.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of chocolate, cocoa powder and dark malts along with notes of cherries. The cherry flavor becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up. No sweetness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat smooth and a bit chalky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The chalkiness makes your mouth feel a bit dry.
O: I think I would have enjoyed this beer more if it had some sweetness and a fuller body.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The more I drink of this Kriek (cherry) infused Belgian-style Porter, the more I think of it as Three Philosopher's little brother. A lot of the same flavors are displayed and with nearly the same balance, but with a lighter overall demeanor.

Opening with a rusty brown color and significant haze, the russet brown beer develops a creamy and thinly layered head of egg shell white foam that retained fair, only fading after half way through the session. Light on lace, the beer carries a slightly dull appearance overall.

Chocolate, berry-like tartness, cherries, vinous wines, a plethera of nutty flavors, and spicy notes all emit into the nose with medium intensity, reading into the styles of Belgian Strong Dark Ales, just lighter.

Flavors deliver on the lighter profile with the culmination of chocolate covered cherries, light nutty coffees, mild caramel, light red wines, and cidery notes. The lighter flavors allow for higher rate of drinkability, but forego the complexities of sheer intensity of sweetness and strength.

Medium bodied early, the carbonation leads to a quick mid palate of surprising dryness despite richer flavors to start. This makes the bone dry finish an effortless choice on the drinkability scale, and with a light aftertaste of whimsical malt and fruit.

Though the comparisons to Belgian Stong Dark Ales, especially the Kriek-infussed Three Philosophers will leave the staunch beer enthusisasts lingering for more, maybe the better comparisons are the Ommegang Abbey Ale or something more akin to Grimbergen Double- here Seduction sees very favorable results.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle. "Malt Beverage" - what a poor connotation for what I presume is intended here.

This beer pours a deep, dark cola brown hue, with slight reddish highlights, and a ton of puffy, foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which seems nice and tight, as it forms a tiny honeycomb-esque vista my vantage point. It settles quite slowly, as expected, leaving some very random splotches of lace here and there around the glass.

It smells of sharp yeasty, toasted wheat grain, bitter dark chocolate, and astringent black fruit esters. Yes, the nose is bit of a prickly one. The taste is more lightly roasted malt, a whole lot more gritty chocolate than wheat grain at this point, with a nice undercurrent of mildly sour cherry fruitiness. Some dusty, leafy hops lend to the cause of this impressive flavour profile.

The carbonation is quite sprightly at first, but settles down to a low stupor soon enough, the body a sturdy medium weight, some pithy fruitiness taking away just a bit from a generally luxurious smoothness. It finishes fairly off-dry, though the tempered sweetness of the cocoa and fruit are kept well in check, mostly voluntarily, it would seem, the hops really just content to perform their behind the scenes drudgery.

One sexy-ass beer, this. Chocolate and tart cherry, ensconced in a dense, dunkel-like environment. It took a little more than a hello, but not much more to have me - oh my. Too bad about the 26 dollar price tag then, eh?

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into a Weizen glass in low altitude Orange, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice tan colour, fantastic cream lacing, incredible thickness, and amazing retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Cream, chocolate, nuts, and caramel. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: The chocolate is nicely subtle yet with just enough richness. Nice caramel. I don't detect any cherry (as per the label), but the dark malts are very well handled and balanced. The subtlety is impressive, obscuring the complexity. Cream finishes her off nicely without being overbearing. It's really a nice beer, if a somewhat timid one. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thick or too thin. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable, but its ABV is lower than it could (perhaps should) be. I'd like to try this on-draught. It's good, but there's room for improvement.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque, jet-black hue with a two-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, dark fruits and currants.

T - It tasted of chocolate, roasted malt, plum, raisin, currants and some mild bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a delicious brew. It felt stronger than it was. Sneaky strong.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a taster glass.

Pours a dark brown with a good light tan head and a good dose of lacing. The nose carries a nice amount of cocoa plus some nice Belgian yeast, and a bit of fruit. Flavor has cocoa and dark fruit plus just a touch of the cherry. The cherry comes through a bit more in the feel with a bit of tartness, which plays well with the cocoa and fruit. Pretty good brew.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/10/2011. Pours pitch black color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, cherry, prune, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, clove, pepper, earth, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted notes and yeast esters. Taste of cherry, raisin, milk chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, dark bread, clove, earth, light pepper, and yeast spiciness. Slight fruit and cocoa tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, milk chocolate, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, dark bread, earth, and light yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted chocolate flavors and yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian style porter! Very nice balance and complexity of roasted chocolate flavors and yeast esters; and extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of chinchill
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black with a lasting tan head.

S: Sweet; Dark chocolate stands out; hint of smoke.

T: seductive mix of chocolate, dark fruits and toasted grains. Excellent sweetness level for flavor profile.

M: full body; creamy smooth; very light bite at finish; well-chosen medium-low carbonation.

O: rich and flavorful, as well as very drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

I was glad to see this on tap, because as much as I do love Ommegang, I doubt I'd have bought a bottle of this. Served in a 9oz. snifter, a solid black liquid with a creamy, overflowing cap of tan head that retained and laced well. I'd naturally assumed this was a stout (actually, it's a porter). Sweet aroma, dark malts, chocolate, subdued black cherries; as it warmed, I got a distinctive doughy aroma, like Christmas cut-out cookies. Very nice taste, sweet with dark malts, toned-down cherries, and dark chocolate. Amazingly smooth favorite characteristic of this beer. I don't know how well it translates in the bottle, but it was velvety creamy goodness on tap. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, and a very drinkable beer overall.

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Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany with a thumb of mocha colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit & a bit of dirt

T: Figs, apple peel, baker's chocolate plus roasty grain up front. Black currant mixes with figs, green apple peels with a touch of charred grain this warms along with dryness & more chocolate. Finishes dry, with some chocolate, some woody hops & fig notes

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, thins out a bit when warm

This is alright, but nothing too special, glad I got to try it but wouldn't buy it again

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/18/12 notes. Had on tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

a - Pours a deep mahogany color with a reddish tiny, one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chooclate, roasted malts, cherries, sweet dark fruits, fruity malts. Very sweet, but pretty nice.

t - Tastes of chooclate, roasted malts, cherries, sweet dark fruits, fruity malts. A nice mix of fruits and chocolate here, and not as sweet as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and prettye asy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one more then I thought I would. A nice mixture of sweet dark fruits, especially cherries, and chocolate. Worth checking out.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.81/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Billed as a Belgian-style porter (whatever the hell that means) blended with Liefmans Cuvee brut cherries. Sounds like a plan. It pours a bleakly murky black-brown topped by over a finger of golden tan foam. The nose comprises mild cocoa powder, light coffee, a touch of roasted malts, and a faint sense of slightly artificial/slightly medicinal cherries. The taste takes things even further downhill from expectation, leaving a blunt sense of cocoa-dusted cherry cough medicine on the tongue. There's some mild toffee and nuttiness in there as well. This just makes my tastebuds sad (and given their numbers, that's an awful lot o' Prozac that needs dolin' out (yeah, they're all pill-poppers, baby)). The body is a straight medium, with a moderate carbonation, a lightly grainy feel, and a slightly dry finish. Overall, this was a major disappointment, a huge miss-o'-the-mark. I kinda want to find another Belgian porter, if for no other reason than to see if the style can be pulled off...

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Photo of tdm168
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills on 2/17/12

Poured a deep, dark black with a soft, white, creamy head that had decent retention. The nose is roasty with notes of chocolate. The taste is rather unique to me. Initially it tasted to me like an oatmeal cookie with chocolate. After a few more sips I get some fruity sweetness and a mildly astringent finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth with a small amount of carbonation.

This was a nice beer. It was unique and complex, drinkable and enjoyable. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, enjoyed on tap at Park Slope Brooklyn's High Dive bar

Pours pretty darn near black, under a dark tan head, that leaves a rich and thick film, as well as coating sheets of lace. Nice looking beer.

The sniff reveals milk chocolate notes and ripe sweet fruit.

Dense layers of flavor, chocolate and the advertized cherry sweetness, covered nicely by ample hops in the finish.

Flavorful and well crafted dessert kinda brew.

Glad to get to try this one on tap after passing the pricey bottles by for the past few months.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark brown into black coloring with chestnut highlights and a thick, frothy, chunky light brown head that starts around 2 inches and settles into a solid half an inch. Aromas of milk and dark chocolate, as well as some dark and rich fruit sweetness and a slight roasting. Flavors are rich and roasted, with a toasty, chocolate bittersweet backbone, some earthy highlights, and a dark, tart, sweet cherry highlight that brings a combination like a dark cherry cordial. Very smooth and very tasty. The aftertaste is rich and chocolatey, with a dark and bitter richness to it. Great lacing left along the glass as you drink. The finish is slightly cloying, but mostly bitter and dry, with a decent linger that begs to continue drinking. Good, strong flavored beer that makes a great sipper, and with the managable ABV you can really drink this all night. Tasty.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours an opaque dark brown, appearing black. Nice fine two finger light brown head with good retention (actually kept growing) and massive lacing. Looks great. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and light sour fruit. Flavor is mild dark malt, dark fruit, chocolate, faint cherry and light fruit. Very subdued, but very well integrated making it hard to distinguish individual flavors. Medium bodied and felt as if it would have been somewhat creamy if it wasn't as actively carbonated. Nice mouth feel from the carbonation and slight hop kick in the finish. I was expecting something richer in flavor, but the look, feel and flavor of this ale was very pleasant. Another nicely made Ommegang.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle, courtesy of Nick. Thanks for sharing! Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown on the pour, looking densely black sitting in the glass. A huge foamy, fluffy tan colored head dissipated somewhat quickly, but did leave some nice clinging lace around the glass. This seems signature Ommegang, well carbonated by the looks of things.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted dark malts, caramel, spice, cherry flesh and a overall sweet fruitiness towards the back. I get everything the bottle says, namely the chocolate and cherry they are quick to point out. Nothing is overwhelming though the cherry could be a bit more pronounced to compete with the rich roasted malt aromas.

T: Bakers dark chocolate is instantly coating the palate, along with some robust malt qualities. Certainly some roasted notes and coffee beans mid-palate with the cherries trying to come in towards the back end. They struggle and struggle, but it's not enough to make a pronounced appearance on the flavor. In this regard, it's a bit of a let down though you do get some of it.

M: Highly carbonated, not fizzy and it does retain a nice feeling body. Bubbles on the palate gives it a nice smoothness.

I thought this was pretty good. Some of the others who sampled with me thought it wasn't as good, but I enjoyed the combination of flavors. I do wish like everyone else that the cherry came out a bit more to compete with the dominant roasted/chocolate malt flavors. Good beer, but a bit overpriced ($15.99 here) for what you get, in my opinion.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewery Ommegang

Pours a deep brown color bordering black. Mostly clear. with a silky topping of head. Aroma is of Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and roasted malt. In the taste, dark fruits (date, plum) are there upfront, chocolate and mild roast show up in the finish. Bittersweet, and fairly well balanced, but still with a sweet tooth. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and oh so smooth. Overall, this is a fine Belgian Dark, though the brewery considers it a porter. I'd like set a bottle in the cellar, as it is worth revisiting.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle into a glass at Monk's Cafe.

Seduction pours out a very dark black but not the deepest dark I've seen. Some seams of brown towards the edges up to light. A semi dense layer of darkish tan foam that sticks around and to the glass. Smell is roasted malt with some chocolate scent and some minimal Belgian finesse. I get some dark fruit in the nose with plum and some clove. Not hoppy in the nose. And the taste is all malt with some dark fruit. Not getting any hop flavor here as well, maybe they all faded. The clove addition blends in nicely with roasted malt, a blend of chocolate mixed in with dark fruit. Reminds me of Russian River Rejection. Feel is medium with carb fading over time smoothing this one out. A decent beer but 25.4oz's to the dome would be a chore, better to share this one.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pinocchio’s in Media.

Nearly black, with an inch of well retained fluffy tan head and nice lacing. Typical Belgian yeast and spice aroma with traces of a metallic undertone. Light bitter chocolate and cherry detected, lots of dark maltiness.

Chocolate in the taste is purely bittersweet; in fact this beer has almost no sweetness to speak of and truthfully I felt it could have used some. Very dry and tannic, vinous, wine-like, chocolate is dry, bitter, and a bit chalky, cherries are tart and downplayed.

Full bodied with medium carbonation, lightly creamy. Lingering tannic wine-like finish, somewhat drying. Sends you back for more, if only to discern exactly what is going on here. Interesting beer but not great and certainly not something I would buy a bottle of in the 20 dollar range. The flavors of this beer don’t seem fully realized, it’s too dry, and not particularly harmonious. Odd.

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