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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra IncognitaBoulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Situated at opposite ends of the California Trail, pioneering breweries Sierra Nevada and Boulevard have embarked upon a journey into the unknown, to a land where adventures in flavor await. Terra Incognita is, fittingly, an earthy beer, celebrating the unique terroir or the two locations. Beginning with a grain bill of pale malt, amber malt, and both malted and unmalted wheat, it is then assertively hopped with Bravo and Styrian Goldings, dry-hopped with East Kent Goldings, and then barrel aged for nearly three months.

Added by metter98 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Theseanlewis
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A-little to no light comes through in a snifter. Deep brown body with a cherry wood hued tan head.
A-faint whiskey, balsamic, berry fruit, cherries, earthy in the finish.
T-bright carbonation, followed by a sweet burnt caramel, whiskey flavor comes through clearly in the middle, with a sweet light bitterness.
M- thin, effervescent, with a slight sweetness in the aftertaste, cleared out with a crisp clean bitterness.
O-a crisp clean beer, present with fruit, whiskey and earthy notes one would expect. Could have used a little more body in the finish to support the darker flavors.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a globe.

A: The darkest of brown in color. Creamy beige head sits at an inch and a half and doesn't fall. Blotches of lacing coat the glass.

S: Distinct rye whiskey scent is forward on the nose- very earthy and spicy. Dry dusty oak aromas. Coarse wheat with nuances of unsweetened cocoa and black licorice. Floral hops, marmalade, berry jam.

T: Hops bring flavors of orange peel, marmalade, and pithy floral flavors. Coarse and earthy wheat. Brown cocoa and cocoa nibs. Char. Very mild twang of tartness. Flashes of berries. A blanket of musty Brett flavors begins to envelope the palate as the beer warms. Rye whiskey and drying oak bring up the rear. Licorice. Dry woody and rye whiskey finish.

M: Medium bodied. Fluffy wheat texture. Sits lightly in the mouth. Low carbonation. Light warmth.

O: A lot to wrap your head around here. Sort of a rough and unpolished feel to it, and a lot going on between the Brett, hops, barrel, and coarse grain bill. It will be very interesting to see what the Brett does to this years down the road.

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Photo of sloambbr
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark brown, root beer look. Pretty flat brown in color, not a lot too it. Just a tad cloudy.
S: Smells like Olives to me. Very sour.
T: Initially quite sour on the pallete, the barrel age definitely comes through here. You get a little bit of a smoky chocolate flavor after that, but the sourness is what prevails throughout the drink. You also get a little bit of bittering hop taste at the end.
M: Actually a fairly light mouthfeel for this dark of a beer. Definitely left with the sourness of the beer.
O: I wish there was more to it.. The barrel aging profile really doesn't come through a lot, and overall it is quite sour, which I wasn't really looking for from this beer.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall I wanted more from this beer. It had some sour notes, but played more on the chocolate character, and the whiskey character. This was a foamy beer. I enjoyed this brew, but wanted more. It was good overall, and maybe aged longer. It would have been better.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown color with a huge, foamy, light brown head. The aroma is very yeast as expected based on the pour. The taste is smooth, mellow, and just a touch of whiskey flavor that is no where near as bold as the bourbon barreled beers. This is an interesting yet simple brew that delivers an unique take on barrel aging.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle purchased at Franklin's Pub and Brewery in Hyattsville, MD several months ago, unknown bottling date, poured into a Rogue chalice glass and drank while reviewing over an hour.

A - 3/3 - deep mahogany brown coloration, no clarity (unable to read or see through), intense head on initial pour settled into one finger head that persisted throughout the drinking; moderate alcohol legs; moderate carbonation that reagitates on the swirl

S: 9/12 - some really unique aromas here with a mix of subtle tart (definitely some Brett in there) and barrel qualities; some alcohol also peeks through on the nose; no detectable malt or hops; no off-flavors either

T: 16/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's some sour flavors that immediately pop and are quickly accompanied by barrel-aged notes - vanilla, oak and caramel; subtle caramel and toffee malt flavors also pop; finishes moderately dry and not cloying, some alcohol notes too

M: 4/5 - moderate-to-full bodied, moderate carbonation and creaminess, some alcohol fullness to boot

O: 8/10 - had not idea what to expect going into this pour other than reading on the bottle that this is a barrel-aged ale from two of my favorite breweries, Sierra Nevada and Boulevard; I definitely wasn't expecting tart/sour flavors so that was a pleasant surprise; my major gripe with this beer is that there might be too much going on such that it is non-committal and confuses the palate; nevertheless, it's worth a drinking at a nice price point ($13.99 for the 750 mL bottle)

TOTAL - 41/50

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Photo of draheim
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL (best by 02/2015) into a tulip. Pours a deep cola brown w/ a big monster khaki head that leaves behind some patchy lace.

Aroma is unique. Roasty, bitter, a little sour, with a hint of raspberry or some other kind of berry. Maybe a little vinous. Not having read anything about this beer, I'm having a little trouble deconstructing it. But I'm pretty sure it spent some time in barrels and might have used a wild yeast strain.

Taste is, likewise, difficult to figure out. Bitter roasted and chocolate malts, a slightly sour quality, but none of the fruity sweetness I thought I was picking up on the nose. Kind of like a sour porter. Has a metallic quality on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied but also relatively light and crisp. Has a lingering aftertaste.

Overall a really different beer, not many to compare it to. Not sure I'd buy it again but glad that I had a chance to try it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Medium brown color, deep, but didn't look overly hazy, capped with a tan head that settled to a wispy layer of bubbles, leaving some lacing on the glass. Aroma of bready malts, toasted grains, fruity esters, acetic acid, yeast. There was some fruitiness in the taste, somewhat phenolic, and some acetic quality, but it didn't really come off as "sour" or "tart" to me; wood and leather, nutty malts, some dry herbal bitterness going on as well. Medium body, moderate carb, mediocre drinkability. I mean, a sample was good enough. I didn't really read the bottle when I tasted this, and I probably wouldn't have guessed it was classified as a wild ale. Maybe a strong ale. I'd try it again with a clean palate, but it didn't leave a good impression on me.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a thick, 3/4 of a glass, head of dense foam that settles down to a dark brown body and there is still thick lacing with each sip.

S- The earthy tart wet wood that takes on a pencil shavings note before becoming more dry old oak as it opens. There is a nice hint of Flanders Red yeast esters with cherry hints and basement hues.

T- The nice dark fruit tartness leads to a bit more funk character and some old barrel notes to follow. The white cheese rind brett taste and some earthy darker malt notes blend with wet oak in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a full roundness from the gentle fizz and no real alcohol heat or astringency noticed.

O- This beer has a great wild funk character blended with barrel notes and some good yeast esters and malt flavor for support. This is very drinkable.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked 2012 bottle BB 2/2015 into a snifter

Pours a murky brown with a massive fluffy white head. Extremely carbonated. The smell is very nice...reminiscent of a flemish red with good sour notes. The taste though is very confusing. Slight sourness at first but finishes with a lingering whiskey finish. it honestly doesnt work well together for me. Medium bodied with very high carbonation.

overall the flavors didnt mesh for me. didnt like it too much.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the first real dark wild ive had, great earthy sour, pouring a thinner black color with ring lacing after all the tan fizz settles down. a unique grain profile is immediately evident, dark grains maybe even wheat and rye, but definitely a good dose of dark roasty barley. funky yeast too, not super sour, but more saison style. whiskey barrel leaves a boozy sweetness. there is a lot more yeasty funk in taste than smell, with some acidic sour notes cutting the heavy mineral roastiness and nuttiness of the grain. more and more sour as it warms, with well hidden abv and subtle soil and organic elements making it dry and dusty on the palate. effervescent feel makes it pop, lighter than it looks and smells, and whiskey charcoal and sourness stays on my tongue after the swallow. pleasantly dark and complex, a unique wild ale collaboration i would like to age for awhile and see how it develops.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml caged and corked bottle, best before 02-2015. Served in a tulip, the beer pours dark brown with a couple inch light tan head that sticks around for a very long time. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like sweet and tart dark fruit, dark bread, oak, leather and some vanilla. It tastes like tart and sweet dark fruit (cherries, red grapes, plums, blackberries), oak/wood, brett, earth and a bit of vinegar. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has high but soft carbonation so it's not hard to drink. I think Terra Incognita is a solid brew, and I'm glad I tried this. But at $21.99 a bottle, I'll pass the next time I see it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown-amber body with an initially fluffy, light beige head.

Smell: Incognita has a bit of a Flanders vibe going on. Acetic and wild infused amber malts, chocolate, modest roast, toast. Barrel aging characteristics are present but not overbearing. Light, lightly spoiled fruitiness.

Taste: Starts sweet, but not overly so, with roast and cola, as well as light chocolate and caramel. Toast noted. A little herb hit of menthol. Acetic quality throughout, a skosh vinegary. Dark fruit notes. Good inclusion of well-integrated whiskey character. Dries out at a comfortable pace. Light fruitiness and a drip of rose water weaves in and out of the finish.

Mouthfeel: A notch beyond medium-bodied. Fluffy, full carbonation.

Overall: I quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of stephens101
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A huge tan head sits static atop a dark brown brew.

Aroma of ripe and sour grapes and plums. Wheat, sugar and damp hay are involved.

Sugar, grain and a candied tartness to the tongue. Oak and a subtle note of fusel alcohol at the back of the throat.

Medium bodied and actually more viscous than dry.

Not as bold as expected, but fairly complex and tasty. Not a huge fan of Wild Ales, but glad I tackled this one, although I likely won't return for more.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle at Haven in Orange, CA.

Very thankful that Raul didn't order this on his own and that the the fighting couple next to him gave him a pour out of their 750 - because this thang is rank! Well, not as high as a 4 Star General "rank," but maybe Sargent.

It warms...

It's ok, but, yeah, no.

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Photo of jrenihan
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

BB Feb 2015

Despite a very cautious pour, this beer filled my tulip with almost nothing but beige coloured head. Just mountainous. Fades slowly, lots of lacing. The beer is dark chestnut brown.

Nose contains tart cherry, yeast, sweet bready malts and a bit of spicing. Oak. The whisky is noticeable but I don't find it particularly pungent.

Taste is a let down. Very dry, with a flavour of oak, yeast and whisky. Tart. The dryness is not pleasant. Not impressive.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Feels heavy. Very astringent.

Overall, not good. I will certainly not be finishing the bottle.

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Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Best by date on bottle: 02-2015

Load pop at opening but no gushing; still plenty of foamy head dominating the initial pour (barely any liquid, just foam); had to let it settle before topping off the glass.

Bold, reddish-brown body with a very thick, very long-lasting light tan head; huge globs of clinging foam and stringy lacing. Strong wine and vinegar aroma; dark malt scents peak out after some of the wine and vinegar smells bleed away; aged, ripened apples. Initial light roasted malt grain flavor quickly gives way to astringent and boozy flavors; Bitterness barely noticeable at the finish. Thin, light mouthfeel; smooth; very dry finish.

Although wild ales aren't one of my 'go-to' styles, I find this collaboration effort to be very approachable. Strong wild yeast, barrel aging, and strong ABV elements predominate smell and taste and may not be anything exceptional, but great looks and decent mouthfeel add to the appeal of this beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cracks open with a gunshot though there was no volcano effect; pours with a huge ecru head sitting atop the coffee-colored liquid; excellent retention and lacing

Smell: Toasted wheat bread and leather; undertones of plum, concord grape and oak

Taste: Toasted wheat with a hint of caramel, up front, but a band aid flavors overwhelms by mid-palate and in the finish; there are other aspects that are more enticing (plum, oak barrel, herbal spicing) but they are dominated by the leathery band aid flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation

Overall: Despite the appearance and interesting aromatics, the beer is a disaster on the palate, with the band aid flavors dominating; each sip is a challenge and not in a good way

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Photo of chinchill
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

As promised, this has a wild ale aroma and flavor; not always a good thing for my tastes.

It starts promising with an excellent presentation: essentially black body covered by a semi-durable head that leaves good lacing.

Has a distinct, and to me unpleasant, aroma of Brett.

Some Brett in the flavor too.along with medium roasted malts, yeast, and hints of dark fruit.

O: challenging

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. Best before 02-2015.

A: A resounding pop and a huge, lush, fluffy-thick head precede a beer that is surprisingly opaque. Darkest of brown and impenetrable to the light.

S: Smells funky and wild. Brett? Barnyard? Saison-y, with a hint of citrus. Deeper and more complex. I think it may actually be the barrel aging, less some placebo effect. Smells like whiskey.

T: No, actually. The barrel aging is obvious. Soft, sweet, and caramelly. Sadly, the beer doesn't fare so well -- it is vague, bland, and boring. However, the contrast between what might otherwise be a mediocre wild ale/Belgian single and the (presumably) whiskey barrels is still interesting, if not compelling. At times, weak, watery.

M: Carbonated, but smooth. Very well-balanced. Interesting.

O: Disappointing, but not bad. I would not recommend it, and it's certainly not as tasty as I'd hoped, but it is interesting.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into stemless wine glass and 2 small tulips. Very gentle hand. Best by 02/2015 printed on the label.

A: Essentially black with a very slight brownish tint that become apparent near the end of the glass. This is seriously dark. Billowy, towering 5 fingers of rocky light caramel-colored head. Iceberg of foam at 5 minutes. Marked lacing. Impressive.

S: Tartness, cherry. Nice funk notes that become more prominent as it warms. Certainly more sour on the nose than what comes across in the taste.

T: Mildly tart funkiness up front that fades quickly into barrel-aged, oaky, bourbon-type sweetness with some faint bitterness. Light mocha, chocolate notes. Some piney hop later. The bitterness builds over the course of the beer. Minimal alcohol presence given 8.5% ABV. I expected quite a bit more sour/tart element given the smell.

M: Moderately high carbonation. A bit prickly for the flavor profile. Admittedly, I think I handled the bottle a bit roughly prior to pouring, but the effervescence is excessive. Detractor.

O: This is a great looking, good smelling beer that is a bit of a let down once I get it in my mouth.
Parallels the Cuvee Freddy I had last week - similar progression of flavors. I think I like this one a bit better. Not as cloying. Interesting beer, but ends up being a bit schizophrenic. Lots of flavors, but lacks cohesion. I suspect a bit of age would help - think I'll pick up another bottle to cellar.


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Photo of squarepi
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a thick, foamy head that quickly dissolved within a minute. Dark, roasted malt color almost completely opaque with a toasted marshmallow head.

S - Powerful spicy aroma on first take with notes of cinnamon and fall spices. A bit of cream and butter scents. A somewhat strange, ambiguous smell that I cannot pinpoint. A sort of stale scent that lingers in the nose. Not in a bad way though.

T - I did not get the barrel-aged-anything flavor that I expected, nor the toasted stout flavors that it appeared it would satisfy me with. Instead I was impressed with a soft, somewhat mild flavor bouquet consisting of rose, sour apple, grape and a smidgen of something with a little bit of spicy flavors like pepper. There are some sort of hops working in the background that give it that crisp bitter finish, but the overall flavors and characteristics of these hops are lost to me in the fluid malt flavors of the beer.

M - Light-bodied more akin to water than syrup, despite its frothy head and dark color. The bottle I tried was extremely carbonated. The carbonation would tingle hard on my tongue and distract from the other senses trying to work. I recommend pouring this beer and letting it adequately rest to settle before enjoying. It seems to leave your mouth quick and resemble something of a dry beer.

Food pairing - baked dill crusted salmon on handful of sauteed asparagus on a bed of jasmine rice with a squeeze of lemon juice and tamari. Would not recommend pairing with fish.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark brown body with slight hints of amber. Big, foamy tan head that lingers around and leaves a mess of lacing.

S- Sour, tart fruit, notes of earthy must, toasted and nutty malt aromas, oak, leather. Lots of earthiness, tartness comes and goes in waves.

T- The flavor is really different from anything I have tried. It's like an earthy, barrel aged dark wheat ale with hints of a wild. Just like in the nose, the tartness is there for a second, then gone the next. Big earthy flavors, almost like a roasted wheat, with lots of whiskey character from the barrel. Earth, malt, sour, oak, leather, roast, lots going on.

M- Medium-high carbonation, medium-full bodied. The leather/oak make this one a definite sipper.

O- Not my favorite beer and tough to rate against other wilds, but I respect this one for what it is. Not quite a sour wild, not quite a big barrel aged beer, influences of wheat and toasty malt. It's different and worth a shot.

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Photo of brureview
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a very dark mocha color in a tulip with a very large head- about 5 fingers, which
resolved itself within minutes.

The aroma is pleasantly spicy.

The mouth feel is not expected: not carbonated nor smooth- bubbly. Some hops- although not over pronounced.

The taste is a bit lackluster. I was expecting more fruit. However, the body seemed a bit thin.
I couldn't quite define the fruit taste.

I switched to a IPA glass which brought out more funk. There is wild yeast in this beer, and the glass seemed to bring out mild funk.

Overall, an interesting beer. I was looking for a stronger taste, and a better finish.

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Photo of roblowther
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black as coal with a dense, creamy tan head. This beer looks like its here to kick ass and pop its cork and the cork is already popped. The smell is leathery, with some dark fruits and a strong bready aroma. The taste is roasted and woody, very dry. It has a hop kick in the end that is subtle but there. The mouthfeel is tingly and stout, like its not so much trying to decide which camp to set its tent up but just pitched it across both. I like it, I like it alot. Its drier than the perfect beer for me but they probably didn't brew it for just me.

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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 590 ratings.
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