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Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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396 Reviews

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Why Rye? This assertively flavorful grain is more often associated with whiskey than with ales. Even in that arena, it has largely been eclipsed by corn and barley, the sources of bourbon and scotch. But when we procured some seasoned barrels from our friends at Templeton Rye, we asked ourselves, “Why not?” Why not brew a rich, tawny rye ale, then mellow it in the warmth of charred oak rye whiskey casks? Two kinds of malted rye provide spicy sweetness, giving way to notes of caramelized wood and the citrusy tang of Perle, Magnum, and Saphir hops before easing into a dry, lingering finish.

47 IBU

Added by wagenvolks on 02-16-2010

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Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from batch 2012.

A: A deep brown and red pour. Large fizzy tan head. Fades at a medium pace and leaves pretty decent lacing behind.

S: As you would expect, loaded with rye. Primarily rye whiskey that really stands out along with some oak. Some rye bread too but subtle.

T: Lots of rye whiskey but not as overpowering as the smell (but still tons of it). Loaded with charred oak and caramel. Lots of spicy rye and a bunch of bready malt too. Boozy.

M: Fairly effervescent, moreso than you would expect. Outside pretty smooth and not too heavy despite the 11% ABV.

O: Well, definitely a beer for rye lovers, whether it be the spice or the whiskey (or both). Feels lighter and more bubbly than you'd expect for such a big beer. Definitely boozy though. It's pretty good but I'm gonna have to sit on some to see if it mellows out a bit.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- dark copper with a 2" light yellow head.

S- definite whiskey ( love me some Templeton!), slight smoke cherry wood, caramel and spices.

T- sweet caramel, smoked malt, dark fruits, whiskey, and spiciness from the rye.

M- medium body and carbonation, has a nice warming feeling that you would get from sipping on TR.

O- excellent beer! The spiciness from the rye combined with aging in Templeton barrels is just a perfect match. Will be looking for more tomorrow!

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Photo of silentjay
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

louuud pop. murky mahogany brown with a quickly receding almost white head that leaves chunky lacing behind.

definite whiskey aroma... toasted wood, rye spice, slight smoke, molasses, vanilla, caramel sweetness.

very slight smoke and woodiness with a vanilla smoothness and caramel sweetness that balances the rye spice and alcohol warmth. a well-balanced and tremendously crafted brew.

slightly thin bodied with a subtle carbonation that works perfectly for the style. an alcohol heat, but without any harshness. great blend between a whiskey and a beer.

I love it. One of the best Boulevard beers I have had. Just wonderfully balanced. a sipper, which it should be. Will pick up a couple more...

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Photo of chugalug06
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

To start, cold has a huge effect on this brew, lots of chill haze. I've reviewed it one it warmed up...

A - Clear mahogany, great clarity for a complex brew. Nice strong carbonation and wonderful foamy and soapy tan head. no lacing or residue.

S - Huge rye and vanilla scents. You can smell the heat too.

T/M - Awesome smoothness and vanilla feel. Perfect moderate carbonation. The rye stands out, but is not overwhelming. Lots of heavy barley and delicate hops. The heat is very well hidden and does not stand at the forefront. The heat is detectable, but not over top or annoying. Very wet, heavy, and roasty.

O - Awesome first impression of Rye on Rye! Great brew! Highly recommended, i'll be anxious to see where this one goes with a bit of time. Huge and enjoyable!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky amber color. The head is an inch of solid off white foam that recedes very slowly into a firm cap of lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of caramel, rye whiskey, oak, and rye bread. All of the elements of the aroma are well balanced, and play nicely with each other. The taste is of maltier than the aroma with more caramel, and rye bread character. There are still a significant oak and whiskey notes, but they are more in the background. There is also a noticeable alcohol presence in the finish that distracts from the rest of the beer. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a cloying texture that I dislike in beer. Overall, this is a good beer that I would drink again, but I can't see myself searching for it.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with a buddy.

Poured into a snifter.

The color of this brew is warm and very lovely. Cloudy reddish brown that is quite dark. A fingers worth of yellowish tan head. A ton of lace.

The nose has a noticeable heat right out the gate. A bit of rye spiciness blended with some vanilla, whiskey, and a touch of caramel.

The taste is smooth and has a light amout of rye spice, butterscotch & vanilla, booze, and then some more rye in the afteetaste. The vanilla and rye stand out the most

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a perfectly suited amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent example of what a rye barrel can do to a beer. Fantastic.

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Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, batch 2012-2. Bottle #20670.

A- Pours with a dark red body, almost looks brown. Very light tan head forms to about two fingers with a bubbly fizzy texture. Creamy ring leaves a few nice rings of lace.

S- Opens up with warmth, at first I couldn't get anything in the nose. Sweet caramel and rye malts with a vanilla whiskey oak barrel influence.

T- More complex here. Spicy rye and rye whiskey combine to be pretty, spicy. The whiskey has an oak, vanilla and general bourbon feel. Lots of raisin, spice, dark fruit, caramel and slight alcohol.

MF- Foamy feel overall with a lighter gravity body. Spiced palate with slight bitterness and pretty warm from alcohol.

Pretty much what one would expect with rye beer and rye whiskey. A nice oak presence and the rye whiskey and malt add spicy pepper, coriander and raisin hints. Balances out pretty nicely.

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Photo of ahq514
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Duvel tulip. This years vintage (2012).

Pours a fluffy, off-white, two and a half finger head. Dark brown color. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Light lacing.

Well balanced aroma consisting of strong, sweet malt and then an element of oak, vanilla, and whiskey come in. A little bit of rye detected, but probably wouldn't have guessed if I didn't know.

Just as I expected from the aroma. Starts off sweet and malty, with a light element of spiciness from the rye. About halfway through, the sweet, oaky, whiskey flavors come through. Definitely comes through, but not overpowering. Also a bit of warming alcohol on the finish.

Has moderate carbonation, medium-full body, and great drinkability for 11%. Would have guessed it was around 8 or so.

Boulevard doesn't make a bad beer (especially their smokestack series stuff). Love the drinkablity for 11%. Would have classified it as a american strong ale, rather than rye, but it doesn't matter either way. Seek it out.

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Photo of kcillini77
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Martin City Brewpub - $7 for a tulip glass.

I bought a bottle of this that's sitting in my refrigerator, but wanted to try it on tap.

Whiskey is the dominant aroma, but the spicy malt dominates the taste with a nice whiskey backdrop.

Extremely flavorful and pleasant to drink. Wouldn't know it was 11% if I wasn't familiar with it. Looking forward to my bottle.

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Photo of hardy008
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 9618. 2012 Vintage.

Cloudy burgundy with a larger than 2 finger light tan head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has rye, caramel, oak, and citrus. Smells like it should be sweet.

Tastes of rye, caramel, citrus, oak, and a little vanilla. Somewhat sweet, but balanced by the citrus hops which provide some bitterness for balance.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden for an 11.00 % abv beer. One of the best tasting Rye beers I have had since SurlyFest.

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Photo of bashiba
3.03/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy light brown, thin ring of white head, no retention.

The smell is malty and a bit spicy and a little alcohol.

The flavor is sweet with a bit of woody whiskey flavor, big alcohol heat and a strange off tartness, a bit harsh as well.

The mouthfeel has a bit of thickness and heat.

Not enjoying this at all, a big mess.

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Photo of IPA1978
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- dark copper with large head that dissipates with some lacing.

S- molasses, spice, vanilla and whiskey nose with a fruity hint lurking in the background.

T- Intense spicy rye followed by sweet whiskey, slight tropical/coconut fruitiness sharp spicey rye.

M- crisp and syrupy if thats possible, warming, dry but a bit sweet, so complex.

O- If I were a whiskey guy this would be exceptional. But I find some of the flavors overwhelming.... A sipper for sure.

12/15 Update- my taste may have changed over time but I don't find the whiskey flavor overwhelming now (and I'm not a whiskey drinker). This may be the one of the best offering blvd has.

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Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber colored brew with sudsy sand colored foam and fair lacing. Whiskey and spice coming out and filling the nose. Tastes of two main components, peppery spice and hot whiskey. Pretty minimal malt sweetness and there is some oak presence there, but the spice and whiskey are so prevalent. A little age would help this to settle some, but overall, this fresh one is ever so tasty. A very nice example of a barrel aged brew. Will grab some more of this one.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, selection sunday

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice, auburn body - fairly clear, heavy beige head, with a nice lace

smell: barrel - oak, whiskey, vanilla, cherry, spiced rye

taste: lovely beer - showcases the barrel quite well - oak, whiskey, cedar, dark cherries, vanilla, pepper, spicy rye loaf, sweet malts.

mouthfeel: sharp carbonation, medium body, creamy finish

overall: great stuff - as expected from the smokestack series

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Photo of bigzhodes
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Tulip glass
A- auburn color with about a 1 1/2 nch light brown head, nice lacing throughout

S- great stack of aromas, starts with a smell of dark fruit, caramel, canilla, followed by the oak, and finishes with the whiskey smell. all smells work great together

T- Tastes like it smells, you get the all flavors working together, nothing standing out until the last, and ba,, the whiskey. But a good it of whiskey.

M- For a beer that has the smell of whiskey, i was expected a harsh end, but man, it felt smooth all the way through

I picked this beer up outta town, as we havent got it in yet, been a big boulevard fan, but this is by far my favorite! Go get ya some!!!!

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Photo of Archimedes
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth as Smooth gets!

This rye beer leans away from the hops and has more of a barleywine taste. In my opinion this is the best beer Boulevard has made so far. You will never have a rye beer quite like it.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Corked and Caged bottle into a tulip - Batch 1-2010

A: Pours a hazy dark reddish brown with a nice dark tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is really nice in this one. There are big aromas of vanilla, rye spice, apples, and cherries.

T: The taste starts with the cherries and apples then moves to a spicey rye flavor with some vanilla on the finish.

M: The feel is creamy and on the fuller side of medium.

O: This is one of the better rye beers I've had and worth a try if you can find it. Thanks to my Santa for hooking me up with this long time want!

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Photo of n2185
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a murky brown with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: lots and lots of vanilla and caramel. Strong oaky and smooth bourbon notes bring up the finish.

T: similar to the aroma, tons of oak, caramel, and vanilla. Some slight bourbon notes toward the finish with a light bitterness. Smooth, clean finish.

M: medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is super creamy and smooth.

O: a great beer. Fairly simple, but delicious and smells great with a smooth, creamy body.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy brown amber color with a frothy but thin head. A nice lace that sticks around for a while.

Smell: The rye is present in the aroma but not as strong as you might think. Honestly I am not sure if it is the rye or the hops that makes for the spicy aroma. A little bit of biscuit to the smell too.

Taste: A little bit sweeter than I imagined it would be. There are some definite bourbon tones followed by spice. It is malty but not much on the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a bit of carbonation and warmth.

Overall: It is a nice beer for later in the evening or sipping with some friends

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Photo of Goliath
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a darker murky brown with a one inch light tan head sitting on top. There is pretty good head retention.

The aroma is decent. There is a light citrusy note and a much more tame rye note than I would have expected. It has a very simple grain value and it's nice.

The taste is so mellow and I'm actually kind of bummed by that. There is definitely the presence of a barrel here with some vanilla notes. There is a very simple rye presence that is much less edgey than most rye ales I've encountered. It's interesting.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated with a very fine and gentle bubble.

Overall it's a solid beer. I"m not sure how I feel about it quite yet but it's certainly interesting. I'm not positive I would revisit this beer nor would I put it at the top of Boulevards offerings. I do believe however that Boulevard is one of the best midwest breweries available.

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Photo of Spider889
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, huge thanks to BlueOkie for this bottle. I didn't know much about it before agreeing to it in our deal, but from the first whiff after popping the cork I have been sold that this is likely the finest beer to come out of our deal.

Bottle #8548, Batch 2010-1, Best by: 01/13.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

The beer is a rich opaque burgundy tinged sienna brown color. The head never grew more than a finger, but the small cap of foam sitting atop the beer has some serious lasting power. Lots of visible carbonation rising up the sides of the glass. No lace, or I'd have been tempted to "5" the appearance.

Bah, had to edit as on the second pour I got a much taller, more rocky head. Much better looking. Upped 'er to a "4.5!"

Smells outstanding. From the first pop of the cork rich caramel and potent whiskey emanated from the bottle, and even more so out of the glass. Toffee, caramel, mild honey, and even brandy are easily detectable to the nose. Medium to heavy toasted oak is also a welcome addition, adding to the warmth the liquor has imparted. I'd really love to try this side by side with Kuehnhenn BB4D as Rye-on-Rye is conjuring fond memories of that heavenly brew. There's no question that this beer has little to no room for improvement in aroma.

The flavor is also something to savor, though the whiskey, while amazingly well suited to the beer, is still hot and slightly overpowering. I'd love to try a bottle with 3-4 years on it and see what this could mellow into. Oaky tannins meet strong yet sweet whiskey. Honey and coconut, as well as strong caramel make this decently sweet. There's also a bit of fruitiness that lingers mid palate. Spicy rye is there, but not as big as it might have been fresh. Finally one notices a mild but clean hop bite and bitterness on the end.

Nice medium, full carbonation and body. It finishes very clean for the high abv and barreling.

Overall and excellent beer. The best I have had yet from Boulevard.

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Photo of claspada
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Courtesy of afksports via trade.

Pours a dense and opaque, solid amber color with a gorgeous inch or so of rocky light tan head which leaves brilliant lacing. Really nice.

Aromas begin with dark caramel malts mixed with some leather, dark cherries and a little spice. Plenty of spicy dry whiskey which emerges more and more as it warms. Less alcohol than the Abacus (Blended barrel aging) but more than the Vertical Jewbelation (also aged in Rye Whiskey barrels), which I both had this past weekend. Dark fruits continue to emerge more an more as it warms (dates, figs, prunes).

The tastes begin quite complex and full of flavors. Warm and spicy, tingling on the tongue and warming on the gullet. Full-bodied, generous with the senses. You get nice dark cherries and warming sweet vanilla flavors that wash over the tongue. Distinct spiciness from the rye (barrels or malt I am not sure) is a very solid presence throughout; probably the most dominant in fact.

The mouthfeel is quite full but with great amounts of carbonation (for the style) to help dry this high ABV monster out. The rye leaves your palate nice and dry, almost inviting more consumption.

Overall this is a superb beer. Really a great showcase for Rye malts and rye whiskey barrel-aging. It is basically a barrel-aged Rye Barleywine (per say), so if you like Barley Wines and Rye beers and Barrel-aged beers, this is HIGHLY recommended. My one complaint it that the rye whiskey alcohol is a little dominant for my tastes and slightly overpowers the rest of the flavor profile but regardless it is still quite good. Would be better to share a monster like this because to indulge by yourself could be a task. Can't wait til this is going to be released again (early 2012) because I will be buying several.

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Photo of spointon
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a hazy brown with orange highlights. The head was way impressive for a barrel aged beer. Poured a 1/2" off white head that slowly dropped to a thin but solid cap.

S= The aroma of this beer was a hugely complex blend of spicy rye, fruity esters, vanilla, oak, and rye whiskey. Very very pleasant in the nose.

T= Flavor started with a fair bit of maltty sweetness backed by some sweet fruity esters. Then the rye from the beer and from the barrel kicked in to add a lot of spicy character. Vanilla and oaky notes completed the flavor onslaught. Finished boozy but relatively dry.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied with a moderate to full carbonation level.

D= Though this was a deliciously complex beer, I was hard pressed to finish the bottle by myself. Just a lot of flavor going on here....

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Photo of Phelps
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle number 133 of 12148 in batch one of 2010, shared by ottovon. Poured into a tulip.

It’s all in the name: Rye on Rye is brewed with two varieties of malted rye and aged in barrels of Templeton Rye, which ottovon tells me one of the most sought-after whiskeys in the Midwest. Only 67 percent of the final blend makes it into barrels, but all of it’s brewed with perle, magnum and saphir hops.

Foggy burgundy, revealing notes of ruby under a light. Some little floaters of yeast dot the liquid while the fuzzy one-finger head of sandy tan becomes a thin lingering top layer. It’s hazy but clear enough to see my fingers on the other side of the glass.

The nose: new oak, lots of bourbon and butter. I get something like sour cherries, the tartness of which may or may not be coming from the rye. Toffee and caramel are also in there.

The flavor exhibits a smooth blend of whiskey. Butter, bourbon and vanilla-tinged oak gently meld with spicy rye and some cherries. It’s a tangy/sweet flavor that’s mildly bitter and surprisingly subdued.

The silky medium body is so nice, sticking on the tongue like melted butter. Soft, dense carbonation begets very light fizz, and the alcohol is nigh unnoticeable.

This bottle became kind of a joke at our regular tastings. Ottovon would bring it along, we would always go for other stuff first and get too drunk or fatigued, and the bottle would sit lonely in the fridge. But the mockery was undeserved — this is a damn good beer displaying a complex, spicy flavor.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, a solid offering from Boulevard's Smokestack series. And also once again, very snug cork. jeez!

Looks great! Putting a 5 on this. Copper color, perhaps a bit tarnished. Nice off-white and bright head, lacing is great.

Aroma combines the rye spice with some yeasty spice, malt and orchard fruits--like apple with some caramel. Boozy.

Some vanilla in the flavor, but that's quickly beaten down mercilessly by the malt, spice and charred wood-caramel. Fruits bounce around as does some grassiness. I'd have to say this is a unique beer with rye coming at you from two directions, dodging the hops and yeast along the way. The wood gives in a smoothness that tames (a bit) the alcohol. Very nice

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,678 ratings.
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