Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne | Brewery Ommegang

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Game Of Thrones: Iron ThroneGame Of Thrones: Iron Throne

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewery Ommegang and HBO are partnering on a series of beers inspired by the critically-acclaimed drama Game of Thrones. Launching ahead of the season 3 debut on March 31, Iron Throne, a blonde ale, is the inaugural beer in the series and the result of a creative collaboration between Brewmaster Phil Leinhart and HBO.

“No one enjoys their job more than I do -- producing and developing new brews to delight lovers of fine beer, add to that the opportunity to collaborate on a beer based on the cultural phenomenon of Game of Thrones and exploring ways to make the beer truly reflect aspects from the show. It made us approach development in a completely new way and I think the first edition Iron Throne reveals that. With a Lannister currently on the throne, it made sense to do a delicate, but piercing Golden Blonde Ale with Noble hops. Iron Throne is certainly fair in color and soft in appearance, yet it still possesses a complexity and bite to be on guard for.” -Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang

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Photo of utopiajane
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours fantastic. Light straw yellow, turbid, hazy and with a fluffy white head of foam that never fell off completely. Left plenty of soft lace all over the glass. Champagne bubbles too, this is visual perfection. Nose is superb. Belgian yeast, tart lemon, floral and earthy. A touch of banana, bubblegum, clove, those grains of paradise and underneath- good bread and soft malt sweetness. So perfectly light. It’s buoyant on the palate. All components have a brightness of character that is full but never maxed out. Taste is smooth, bubblegum and sweet bread. Malt is no stranger in this drink. It’s flavorful but delicate. Leaves just dry with a hint of hop oil bitter to make your mouth water and a lingering sweetness.

This is a visually stunning ale that is soft and silky and drinks like it was made to be drunk. It’s Belgian spice character that doesn’t overwhelm with the sheer number of things, it’s hops that aren’t blown all out of proportion & sweet malt at it’s full and subtle best. Ommegang treats you to some finesse with this one.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.94/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The very pale golden (Lannister inspired) body, and the rapidly rising carbonation bubbles. which formed a large, three finger thick head, made this beer look very similar to Duvel. The smell was spicy, fruity, sweet.,and slightly funky, which were all indicators of a yeast and wheat dominated beer. Each sip presented classic Belgian strong ale flavors of lemon, pear, white pepper, clove, banana, and a finish that was quite barnyard funky. Light, airy body, and an easy drinking disposition were quite pleasing. One of the most authentic tasting Belgian strong pale ale I have seen originating outside the mother country. Well done in returning this beer to the market, as I missed it during the initial release. The beer came in a two pack box of bombers bundled with a Brewery Ommegang and Game of Thrones branded glass. The exquisite artwork of the box provided an additional treat to a fan of the show like me. Winter is coming, so I might have to pick up a few of these to keep me warm.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

cork popped and a gusher! cloudy golden yellow pour with half a glass full of white soap like head. smells of pilsner malt, biscuity, bready, lemongrass, bell pepper. grassy hops. the taste is sweet and bready mostly, with a tangy orange peel like bitterness. a light-medium body with high carbonation.. very refreshing.

seems like this beer was a bit hyped.. first time i've heard of people going nuts over a blonde ale. it's not bad by any means, but it's a lot like their already existing bpa.. so i'm not all that impressed.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a gold color body with a thick head.
Smell is bready with some belgium yeast.
taste has bready, maltyness to it with a slight sweetness to it.
Overall this is a darn good beer.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: Golden yellow, quite blonde. Completely translucent with a decent head that diminished rapidly.

S: Slightly citrusy with your standard beer scents right in there. You can really smell the grains of paradise and lemon peel here. Nothing complex here.

T: A bit of citrus but really no complexity here to me. It is your standard belgian pale ale. You can taste both the belgian part and the pale ale part.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation there but not surprising considering it was corked and caged, which made quite a nice pop sound when opened. Crisp throughout.

O: Eh. I am not a big fan of regular pale ales (or Belgian ones either, but they are a bit better) but I had to get it because of the Game of Thrones tie in. Either going to turn it into some bread or give it to a friend.

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Photo of RickS95
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Milky golden yellow pour sitting under a HUGE cloud of white bubbles. Little particulates of goodness are suspended in the beer. The head lives forever. Originally as many fingers thick as you want it to be, the head eventually falls around the edges leaving a peak in the middle. Thick lace clings to the glass as the liquid disappears.

It smells amazing. The nose is full of lemony citrus and savory Noble hops.

Taste matches the smell with lots of citrus and spicy yeast. The malt backbone moves forward with a cracker like quality.

Very sharp and crisp mouthfeel. Multi-layered, it's sweet, tart, and spicy. Light bodied with a large punch of carbonation throughout. It's exceedingly dry in the finish as it simply scrapes your palate, making you beg for the next sip.

What a pleasant beer to drink. Not really the season for this beer, with just 6.5% ABV, it's an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank during Game of Thrones last night (I thought it to be apropos) and into a snifter glass it came out a lovely dark gold color like honey with a small white head that didn't leave much lacing.

Smell was pretty light and sweet, some herbal notes as well as a bit of Belgian character to it. Iron Throne has been my lightest of the GoT series beers thus far. It's light with a subtle sweetness, bit of lemon and citrus, hints of spicy Belgian yeast, some chewy malts. Overall I found this to be a nice drinking beer for a spring evening and polished off the bottle by myself during the show.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE: OCCASION: binging on Game of Thrones the last few nights, it's time for Naked and Afraid XL--and this beer... GLASSWARE: Chimay 150th chalice... thick, hazy orange amber body... a central eruption of bubbles says something is alive and at work here... the head is a thing of beauty--white-as-Ghost's fur, thick as Tormund's beard, and clinging as the Prince of the Eyre... citric orange and pineapple play with cracker malts... apple and pear suggest a crisp spiciness and a natural sweetness... the palate is the epitome of drinkability, with a frothy head greeting each sip and a lingering sweetness at each finish... a striking balance between dryness and liveliness... as to the flavor, besides the aforementioned aromas, slight nuttiness and vanilla, with a winelike sweetness--such a complex contrast, and yet, so drinkable... as biased as I am--towards the brewery and the novels/shows--there's no empirical data denying this beer's quality, and although it is a one-off, I will not deny seeking this our again if I have the chance...

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Photo of sukwonee
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It's so hard to objectively review a bottle of beer when it costs 9 bucks and what you get is a good solid belgian... ale. I do not know if my rating would have been higher if this bottle cost 5 dollars... I can say this for sure - if you are not a HUGE fan of the HBO TV series, take your money somewhere else. This beer is very very overpriced.


A: Beautiful looking beer. Cloudy/hazy yellow/orange body with 3 finger frothy head that lasts a long time. Good amount of lacing

S: Belgian yeast, pepper, clove, lemon

T: Clove, spicy/peppery, lemon zest, sweet malt, some bittering hops. I thought this beer had a bit too much lemon zest flavor... it's like when you go and order a blue moon and the bartender dunk a lemon or orange twist into your glass... I shouldn't be comparing this beer to blue moon (and I am not trying to) but that's the thought that crossed m, y mind when I had the taste - Blue Moon with citrous and added spice. What I do like about the beer is the bittering hops toward the end. (okay... I am still bitter I paid 9 bucks for this bottle).

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: Despite what I wrote above, this beer had lots of complexity and was enjoyable. HOWEVER, I will NEVER buy this bottle again.

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Photo of scootny
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A rustic ale that has the appearance of a good saison. Large and pure white head. Cloudy golden amber liquid. Slow fade leaves decent lacing and a light covering. Nose is excellent. Pilsner malt and honey with light pepper. Apples and faint grape. Floral hops. Taste is a hoppy Belgian pale ale meets saison. Seriously dry, funky and an sharp clean hoppy finish. While there is a malt body with those apple and pear notes they a just enough to balance an excellent hop display. Feel is smooth and creamy while having a crisp and easy drinkabilty. An superb session ale despite the 6.5 percent. I'm diggin' this one.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright golden amber beer, white head, some solid strings of lace, and good head retention. Aroma is very bright and pleasant. Very spring appropriate. Sugary citrus, wild flowers, spice, yummy pale malt. Taste is sweet, tart, and spicy, with candy lemon, herb, and medium amounts of bitterness. Mouthfeel reminds me of Unibroue's beer in general. Crisp and airy. Pretty enjoyable stuff here. Refreshing, flavorful, and fun to drink.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a voluminous white, bubbly head that leaves plenty of lace down the glass.
The aroma is funky and fruity with banana and clove and cracker.
The taste follows the nose with lemon, banana, clove and funk with a bit of bitter snap at the close.
Mouthfeel is bubbly and cleansing.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewery Ommegang Iron Throne Blonde Ale

Poured from bottle into CBS snifter. Served chilled.

A) Nice looking copper colored brew with lots of bubble trails and a little haze. A big frothy head slowly settled to a dusting. Good lacing...

S) Pale malt, yeast, spices, light citrus, mainly a refreshing lemon rind scent, with enough sweetness to keep things in balance.

T) The flavor of this blonde ale really hits it's stride as it warms up a bit. The grains of paradise and lemon peel are a nice combo. Very refreshing and easy drinking. Some nice grassy hop bite on the backend.

M) Lighter medium bodied brew with lively carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Finishes up pretty dry.

O) My expectations weren't all that high. Frankly, I really grabbed a bottle because I'm a GOT fan, but this a quality brew. Now I think I'll eat every fucking chicken in this place.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Has a Belgian yeast aroma. Maybe mild citrus. Belgian yeast taste. Very mild citrus. Higher than normal carbonation. Light bodied. Good berr.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip glass.apprearance is memorable, golden semi-transparent with a tint of orange color. Nose is of banana peel and meyer lemon peel, followed by a wheat aroma. Head is most remarkable here; four and a half finger head(at least). Takes three minutes for fluffy cloud-like foam with a very creamy appreance. head retention and lacing is full of large bubbles, not very resinous/sticky.Mouthfeel is a bit dry with a hop or two in the profile as well, giving this brew a slight bite. essence of coriander, clove, and finishes with a nice apricot/peach flavor.Definately a treat for spring time, with about 4 months on it..i would give this beer about 6-12 months from the release date january 2013 for prime-time consumption. Lable reads serve at 40f; ai enjoyed it more around 50-55f.

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Photo of Zylod
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice Golden cloudy hue with fair amount of head. Light smell of citrus. Lots of lemon here on the front end. Closes with a little bitter kick on the end. Not bad but doesn't scratch the surface of some of the better Belgians out there. Decent.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml split and poured into a snifter. Packaged on 2/18/13.

A: Pours a very cloudy light orangish yellow with a frothy 2 finger white head. A decent amount of visible carbonation in the glass. Leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: First thing I noticed was a pleasant belgian yeast. Grassy with some pale malts. Authentic to the belgian pale style.

T: As with the aroma this one holds true to the belgian pale style. A solid blend of yeast and pale malts but also a pretty substantial hop backing. Lemon and citrus qualities. Great American take on the style. Lingers in the aftertaste with a hoppy yeastiness.

M: Light mouthfeel with a mouthload of carbonation. Real easy drinking beer with a very crisp and clear finish.

Overall although I havent delved into the Game of Thrones series but was excited to try a new beer from Ommegang.

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Photo of brureview
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color in a tulip. Nice lacing with a 3 F head.

Very floral aroma combined with clove and lemon.

The beer was quite carbonated, usual for the style.

The spicy taste was similar to the aroma: clove and lemon, but not as strong.

A pleasant puckering finish.

Overall, a very good beer and one of the better Blonde Belgian ales I have tasted.

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Photo of Jonada
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. Bottled on 2/15/2013. Served in a Trappist goblet. Drank while watching Game of Thrones

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey yellow color with 2 fingers of a frothy white head with good retention. Lots of visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass

Smell: Cereal grain, Belgian yeast, sweet malt, lemon, spices.

Taste: Belgian yeast, grain, lemongrass, light malt sweetness, pineapple, hint of funk

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Relatively high carbonation, but doesn't tear up your tongue.

Overall: I bought this almost entirely for the GoT tie in, so I didn't have too high expectations going in. I wasn't a fan of the aroma, but overall this was a pretty good beer. I'd have it again, but given the price per ounce, I probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of themind
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This brew pours a beautiful full head thats mouthwatering to look at. The aroma is subtle but interesting. The taste is decent, not the best brew I have had by any means but very much drinkable. The mouthfeel is crisp, this beer for what it is is worth a look. Ommegang makes some awesome brews but in the end I bought this for the bottle.

Bottom Line: cool bottle...average beer.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 25.4oz / 1pt 9.4oz / 750ml cork-and-cage bottle to my Tired Hands stempiece; no bottling or freshness dates on this one, but this JUST came out so it’s pretty damn fresh. If you really care though, Ommegang gives (I believe) Witte and BPA a one-year freshness period, and Rare Vos and Hennepin a two-year freshness period; expect this beer to be best within two years of bottling, since there’s less focus on hops than in BPA.

Appearance (4.75): Not surprisingly, this yields a very generous head that takes a while to die down—falling from almost four fingers, it’s bone-white, stiff with tight foam, it leaves a thick, rocky cap and surprisingly chunky collars and wide lacing all around the glass. The body, meanwhile, is a glowing, perfectly hazy, orange-amber color, and gorgeous. Holy shit. This beer looks amazing.

Smell (4.25): Grains of paradise and lemony character definitely evident, as per classic Ommegang style, although there is a good deal of clove and biscuity, bready malt that kind of smells like pancake batter. More of that lovely lemon peel and springy, floral aroma as it warms, and it shows more and more apple juice and honeysuckle. Very, very nice.

Taste (4.25): The lemon peel is much more evident here, believe it or not, with a floral sweetness complementing this pale, modestly sweet, biscuity malt body, before sweeping through with a very pronounced lemon juice acidity which wipes the plate clean and leaves that bright, lingering, almost sour bitterness (though I am NOT in any way implying that this has been soured—absolutely no evidence of that). The malt body goes beyond just a plain, bready, biscuit-like character, though: the typical starchy feel and lightly fruity, lightly tart character of well-handled wheat malts is very clear, too. The yeast spiciness is also clear here, following the nose with grains of paradise and some light clove, but it’s surprisingly restrained. Some very modest hops presence is evident on the mid-palate, with some nice, grassy character. No alcohol detected; just oodles of lemon, a lovely blonde body, and Ommegang yeast.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Ohhh this is just lovely—soft, pillow foam all over the place, filling every space on top of a dry, light-side-of-medium feeling body that finishes with a nice, slightly tart dryness. And, the head sticks around well long enough to pass by the lips. The body feels slightly starchy and dry, and finishes with the clean bitterness and bright lemon character. Even though it’s at a relatively moderate ABV, it’s way too easy to drink.

Overall (4.25): Sometimes, I think people overlook restraint. I love intense, in-your-face hop-bombs and rich, smoky, chocolatey stouts as much as the next guy, but what I love about Belgian-style beers—particularly some saisons and Belgian Pales—is the complexity and craftsmanship that can be shown off by keeping it “simple.” This beer does not pretend to be some avant-garde neo-Belgian concoction of unpredictable yeast and rare treatment; instead, it goes for a “simple” style of beer, and nails it with excellent execution and a signature touch that makes Ommegang what it is. Others might be underwhelmed, but I appreciate the restraint, subtlety, and craftsmanship. Great beer.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: This beer pours a pale golden with a touch of haze. The off-white head is persistant with two fingers of creamy, somewhat rocky foam settling slightly.

S: There is a peppery note right up front with a spicy, citrus aroma. A moderate floral hops aroma and a some Belgian yeast fruit and spice aroma. The yeast aromas blend really well with the grains of paradise spicy citrus notes. The malt aroma is light with a simple clean sweetness that teams up with something else in there to give a light cotton candy note in the background.

T: The malt and spice are what you taste at first reflecting the aroma with a citrus spiciness. The malt bring a medium amount of sweetness which is balance by mix of moderately-light hops bitterness and some of the spice. The yeast is again bring a mix of light colored fruit flavors like orange and nectarine along with a black pepper quality. The light hops flavor is a bit more in the back behind the rest being earthy and spicy. The balance is about even depending on the temperature. The finish is off-dry with an aftertaste of peppery, citrus spice and clean sweetness.

M: It's a bit fluffy being a light bodied beer with a moderately strong carbonation.

O: An elegant, well balanced blonde beer with a touch of a spicy edge, which reflects the House of Lannister. There's all the elements promised here; that Belgian Blonde light with it's almost lager like profile while still having a light touch of Belgian qualities along with a citrusy, peppery spice. It's a great beer whether you like the show or not and perfect for when you you want a flavorful complex beer that is still refreshing for a sweltering hot day.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- pale yellow color, huge foamy head

Smell- malt, spices

Taste- malt, spices

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied, heavily carbonated

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good but I usually don't drink this style of beer. I would have it again if I found it again.

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Photo of dd43
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft. Pours beautifully, highly translucent with a large two finger white head that laces with abandon. Aromas of Belgian yeast, pepper, clove, and a little bit of grassiness from noble hops. Flavors are definitely in the pepper and Belgian sugar realm but it isn't overly sweet. Malts have a bready sort of biscuit like quality to them. The mouthfeel is really nice, it's smooth and soft despite being pretty well carbonated. Very easy to drink, not overly complex but the appeal is really in its subtleties.

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Photo of brewtus
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into slim chalice. Pours hazy straw yellow with a white two finger head. Smells of Belgian yeast, heavy straw grain, some bananna, some coriander maybe. Very carbonated, taste is dry and a lot like the smell, banana, Belgian yeast, lots of grain, peppery. This is novelty beer and one that tastes pretty good. It's nothing amazing but it's bubbly texture and earthy taste is simple but refreshing.

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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
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