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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 twage04
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes somewhere between a blonde, saison, and wit. I was getting a perfumish spicy flavor that was either coriander or yeast. As others have mentioned it is easy drink and complex at the same time. There is a little bit of hops, some tartness and acidity with a prickly carbonation. A pleasant enough offering but not something I'd pick over a good tripel.

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Photo of CoryBraiterman
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the standard 750ml into a beer stein. Large amount of head - more so than perhaps any other Ommegang brew I've tried. Very citrusy, crisp, but still smooth and quite tasty. I've yet to dislike an offering from their GoT run, and this is no exception.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a special thanks to my brother steve for procuring this from the source, and saving it for my visit. even though we both agree this would be cool to save for a whole series tasting, we crack the cork and cage rig with exuberance. a hazy pale straw colored liquid bursts forth, filling our glasses with a nice capping of white lacey head, dense and lasting. the nose on this is uniquely floral, spring seasonal feeling, with light grassy notes, funky yeast approaching tart, and a lot of wheat malt. the flavor reveals a more balanced brew than the nose lets on, with a tropical fruit sort of hop complex which is a fantastic combination with the yeast. the floral element is still there, although now in the background. finish is long and drawn out over light dry malts and piquant yeast. carbonated brilliantly and drinking easy, this is a special treat I am very thankful to have participated in. I wish they would make this one regularly available, its quality is consistent with their other beers, and its really different. I don't know what game of thrones is, and I don't care. this beer rocks.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden, with a huge frothy head of pearly white suds. Spotty clouds of lace.

Aroma: Crisp wheat, citrus, sharp grains of paradise, lemon…really good!

Taste: Light and sunny somehow, not at all appropriate for the Game Of Thrones Iron Throne motif. That said, this is maybe my favorite so far of the GoT brews…refreshing and delicious, this is a solid beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color capped by a very nice head that leaves a smattering of lace behind

Smell: Yeasty phenols dominate; somewhat lemony, peppery and grassy with grains of paradise in the background

Taste: Fruity, up front, with apple and pear flavors; by mid-palate, the yeasty phenols start to add interesting complexity, along with the grassy hops, lemon peel and grains of paradise; nicely balanced, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice beer that has enough complexity to be interesting; also, quite approachable for a wide audience

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Photo of tigg924
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at New World Tavern Plymouth--served into a tulip glass

Appearance: high carbonation, bright yellow-gold in color, 3/4 inch head, clear

Smell: pineapple, hay, and tropical fruit

Taste: pineapple, hay, tropical sweet fruit juice, sugar, and citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate-high carbonation, bitter with sweetness in the middle

Overall: A very enjoyable BPA. It does have the distinct Ommegang taste to it. I could do several glasses of this and would look for it if I was looking for a beer in this style.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cage/cork bottle poured into an Ommegang stemmed glass.

A- Hazy golden color with a 2-plus finger head, pure white, that slowly fades to a heavy film leaving generous lacing. Effervescent.

S- Citrus rinds, lemon zest, clove, spice. Some yeasty must and funk. There's a give and take between the lemon and alcohol aromas that make for a nice dance routine.

T- A touch of malt sweetness balances the sharp spicy hops and yeast dryness. There's no denying the lemon, but it does not overpower.

M- Lots of carbonation, tingly. Tart at first, dry finish.

O- Highly drinkable and flavorful American take on a BPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So, what would a viking drink? Or a medieval wench? Or any of the characters of the hit series "Game of Thrones"? I'm thinking Imperial Stout, or a mead, or a rustic dark ale of some sorts, right? Nope- It's this dainty, smooth, and floral bit that crawls out of the Brewery Ommegang.

Rusty gold in color, the air casts a lightened sense to the rim of the tulip with a tall fluffy column of foam. Loosely knit and cottony white the foam character shows great persistent and laces intricately as the beer fades.

Delicate floral scents of honey-suckle start the show while raw barley malt and fresh baking bread add a slight richness and depth to the aromas. Peppery, spicy and lightly wine-like, esters of oranges, white grapes, dried limes all decorate the periphery but the nose is grounded with rye-like earthen spice.

The beer's racy taste is a balance of fruit and spice. The back-and-forth from lemon to pepper, oranges to clove, grape to anise all play out on a soft bed of confectioner's sweetness. Finishing clean and refreshing the beer echoes with white wine tartness and a somewhat grassy hop bitterness.

Medium-light in body, the beer seems to float just above the tongue from the carbonation that lifts the beer and carries it to a quick dryness and satisfying finish filled with light honey, pepper, and lemongrass. undertow of sweetness.

With the masculine intensity of "Game of Thrones" and "Iron Throne" I didn't see such a finesse beer coming. But once it hits the tongue, the beer calms the senses and rewards the palate.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In celebration of finally watching my DVRed first episode, and second ep coming up soon decided to finally crack this.

Poured into my Ommegang tulip, which I actually think was a mistake, as the head rises up to 3 fingers and almost half the glass of just foamy pillowy head that fades semi slowly thanks to all the bubbles rising up from the bottom, lots of sticky lacing, crystal clear honey blond color. Other than having to stop the pour prematurely it's a nice appearance.

nose brings a nice Belgian blond aroma, effervescent, light musty esters and a hint of an almost vinous tannic quality with a touch of stone fruit skin, yeast also brings light banana and some wit like spices hint of coriander and faint touch of orange zest, as well as a juicy Belgian blond malt, light lemony grassy hops in teh background.

Taste starts with the golden malts this time, Belgian blonde malts with a bit of a toasted wheat like taste, a little juicy but not as much as I expected. Then into a mild bitterness at first, with a grassy slightly spicy and even fruity hop flavor. Then into the yeast additions, some wit like spices again with light coriander, orange zest, with light fruity esters, and even a hint of phenols with a little medicinal quality to them. The flavors kick out a hint of musty vinous grape skin and stone fruit skin again. Finish is dry, very dry, but a hint of a sticky residue, with lingering musty esters and fruit skin, as well as a light Belgian golden malt flavor and wit like spices lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, fluffy effervescent carbonation and fluffs up to foam in the mouth as I swirl it around.

Overall pretty nice, good Belgian malt flavors, nice dry finish and overall profile, yeast additions are very nice maybe the best part of it bringing all those esters, musty fruit skins and even vinous qualities somehow, and a touch of nice noble hops, all come together for a pretty nice overall beer. It's nothing spectacular, but a pretty decent overall beer.

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Photo of JackMcAwesome
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml into a pint glass.

Look: Pretty solid one finger head after the pour that stays throughout, helped along by the great level of lacing. A brew itself is a golden brown. Very nice appearance.

Smell: A pretty solid balance of lemon and floral notes. A hint of malt, and a spice that I can't quite put my finger on. But something is spicy...

Taste: A very upfront malt with a bit of the floral notes. The lemon comes in on the back to finish it. Simple, but provocative.

Feel: The carbonation was on the medium side, and the brew itself is a bit heavy feeling.

Overall: A decent enough brew that I'm glad I picked up. Ommegang rarely disappoints, and they didn't do so with this one. I'm glad I got to be a part of it.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 18/5/13

A slight haze in a pale golden yellow body, shitload of pin prick bubbles and 1 part liquid 2 parts soapy white foam that has excellent retention and there's still a little foam at the bottom of my glass, a few patches of random soapy lace

S farmhouse yeast, faint bubblegum, lemon, grass and hay, cereals, and some spice I can't place, smells more of a Saison then a Belgian Pale and it works for me

T more spice and a little orange rind I didn't smell, slightly fruity but I'm struggling to place it, some cracker and clove perhaps, quite tasty but the nose has a slight edge

M light to medium and a little foamy, a few swirls is a good idea, very fine grit after the fact and a yeasty, grainy finish

O pretty solid beer with no mention of booze, just a little foamy and that's a minor compliant

I won't lie to ya, I have no idea what Game of Thrones is, I don't pay much attention to pop culture... other then craft beer of coarse, you can almost consider it mainstream at this point

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, with plenty of subtle references (I presume) to the marketing tie-in TV show, which I have never seen. That said, the Blind Guardian blasting out of my playlist seems appropriate enough here, huh? Brewed with grains of paradise and lemon peel.

This beer pours a hazy, bright medium golden yellow colour, with a tower of thin, ebulliently foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of chunky lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of dry bready, lightly biscuit pale malt, faintly musty yeast, semi-sour lemon, peppy spice - some coriander, some white pepper, and something else with a pithy citrus fruit bent that I'm sure I just don't know - and soft late-summer hay. The taste is moderately sweet grainy, cereal-like malt, more subtly edgy, kind of dirty yeast, nicely sublimated orange and lemon juicy fruit, and mild peppery, clove-adjacent spice. The extra ABV manifests outside of the flavour realm.

The carbonation is pretty much well behaved, the body a decent medium weight, and really quite smooth. It finishes fairly off-dry, the cereal malt and laid-back peppery citrus finding an equitable balance on the tips of my tastebuds.

Well, as I said, I don't know from the HBO series, but this is one agreeable BPA, the extra bit of associative spicing working well with the base pale ale, as the yeast maintains a respectful distance. Fruity, grainy, and tasty, that's all I need to glean from this.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This very solid BPA pours a lightly cloudy blondish amber with a FANTASTIC head of off white foam that settles slow to a rocky fluffy layer with excellent lacing. Nose of sweet candy malts, yeasty funk, lemon grass, orange peel, and spicy hops. Flavors follow the nose with sweet Belgian candy malts with lemon and orange notes to the middle and sides. Zesty hops play for dominance on the back with moderately high carbonation keeping it prickly and lively with a subtle dryness.
A solid brew from a great brewer.


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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Packaged on 02/06/13, best by 02/2015. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with a couple inch white head. Head retention is very good, and there's a lot of lacing that sticks around the glass. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like citrus peel, peppery spice, bananas, Belgian yeast and some grassy hops. The brew tastes mostly like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some herbs, honey, and some wheat/bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's easy to drink and has nice, lively carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, too bad it was limited and not readily available. $7.49 a bottle.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up at Julio's. This thing POPPED with barely a touch to the cork.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light golden hue with a big, fluffy 4 finger head that is super rocky and simply does not quit. Tons of sticky lacing. Like another posted, looks super close to perfection aka Duvel.

S - Full of grassy hops, faint floral notes, gentle esters, lots of those grains of paradise and light lemon. Little bit of alcohol in it too.

T - Taste is fairly solid, light belgian notes, some faint citrus and grassiness. Slightly spicey notes and esters. Finish is a bit boozey though.

M - Mouthfeel is quite sharp and carbonated.

O - Overall not a bad beer but the back end has a a flash of alcohol and bit of metallic to it. Otherwise a solid brew.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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 drinker36
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy Game of Thrones and I really enjoyed this beer. Having been on an IPA campaign for over a year now it's nice to try something different. This is a refreshing, easy drinking, sweet fruity brew that comes in the perfect size and ABV to enjoy over the hour it takes to watch an episode of Game of Thrones.

I do agree with the previous reviewer(s) that said they may have inflated their review(s) because of the marketing gimmick. I may have fell pray to the same dark magic. That said I'll plop down another $9 and try it again for the 2nd episode and confirm back to BA.

Final thought - Will my head be put on a pike if I say I enjoyed the beer more than GoT S3E1?

Afterthought: I think it would be great if they sold a gift pack that had a GoT Challice and this beer.

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Photo of wedge
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color, slightly hazy despite my best efforts to leave the yeast behind, and crowned by a tall, stable, airy white head of frothy suds. Smells of pale malty sweetness, flowers, peppery yeast, spices, faint lemon, and a grassy hop touch. Earthy, dry floral bitterness, and Belgian yeast open the flavor. Cracker-like malts, juicy orange, fruity tartness, and a grassy, almost dry-hop-esque note. Medium-light, glossy mouthfeel that is quite dry and refreshing. A little surprising warmth in the throat. A well made, peppery, quenching Belgian-style beer.

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Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed honey colored ale with a massive puffy white head.

Smell is spicy and herbal with lots of coriander and lemon in the scent. Flowery with lots of floral aroma, similar to Hennepin. Smell is a little grassy with a big honeysuckle malt aroma.

Starts out dry and spicy with a lingering lemon after taste. Slightly bitter. This has that Grains of Paradise aroma and taste to it sort of like pepper but not. Nice taste.

Mouthfeel is full.

Nice beer with no faults. Still Hennepin is better.

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Photo of brureview
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle - Poured into the Ommegang Game of Throne glass it came with:

Pours hazed golden with a white head that holds up. Trailing lace slides down the glass with spotted sticking.

The smell is of spicy lemongrass with bubblegum and grain.

The taste is of sweet bubblegum and crankery grain balanced by spicy lemongrass. Spicy black pepper-ish finish.

It is effervescent, fuller side of light body and refreshing.

A nice interpretation of a Belgian Pale Ale. Sweet, but with a spicy balance. Another winner from Ommegang!

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/14/2015. Pours slightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a 3 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness and moderate earthy/grassy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian blonde ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to my bro for purchasing this brew... 1,111th review and likely one of my last full reviews...

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, three fingers of head with solid mountainous lacing.

S - Musty yeast, peppered cloves, citrus rind and hints of grassy hops.

T - Peppery spice comes through alongside citrus rind and sweet cloves. The grassy hops come through on the finish with a hint of wheat.

M - Lighter bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty brew that fits the bill, solid flavour profile and another winner from the Ommegang brewery. Super stoked to have had the opportunity to try it, and will hopefully be able to snatch up another bottle before they're all gone.

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Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Erupts in the glass like green wildfire, filling the glass with luxurious foam. Above the lower deck of liquid apricot, a cap of pillowy eggshell fills the upper half of the glass.

A touch of unripe pear, a hint of honey, a touch of biscuits, subtle floral hops. Sweet, floral -- a walk through a sunlit garden.

Hint of apple, both red and green. Saltines, pears, a touch of tartness. Floral, maybe roses, citrus, grains of paradise. Lingering floral bitterness.

Light body, highly effervescent. Pops and fizzles in the mouth. Bone-dry finish.

Won't distract you from the plot lines, which require some attention. Approachable.

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Photo of Satsuma
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color to style with a large foamy head with lots of carbonation that slowly subsides to leave nice lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, with some lemon and grass as well. Despite the high carbonation, mouthfeel is not as prickly as expected, but still clean and crisp. Taste is an interesting hybrid of belgian style banana and clove with farmhouse peppery, spicy flavors as well as some tart apple and pear. Finish is slightly dry. Overall a nice offering that pairs well with a variety of foods.

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