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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait | Brouwerij Boon

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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage ParfaitBoon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Jonada
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage

A: Dark red in color with a pink or almost light purple head. Head dissipated quickly, but not instantly. There was a fair amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass as well.

S: Sour cherries and definitely some funk

T: Again just a ton of tart sour cherries. It starts fairly sweet upfront and then gives way to some oaky flavors and a pretty tart finish. I don't taste any alcohol whatsoever, but there is a slight warming in the back of the throat to remind you that this beer comes in at 8% ABV.

M: Medium body. Some prickly carbonation but not to the point of being distracting.

O: I was really impressed with this one. Surprisingly drinkable at 8% ABV. I think it finds a great balance of tartness and sweetness. Definitely recommend trying if you're a fan of lambics.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2008)

Thanks for the gift, NoSignsOfPain!

A very dark crimson with almost no clarity and not a lot of visible carbonation. This looks a bit heavy and substantial for the style, and lacks the typical bubbles. This leaves the glass seemingly clean on the way down.

Nice enough aroma, though nothing is leaping out of the glass. That being said, there's good amount of cherry, earth, and mild wood character.

The flavor is better than the aroma, with distinct cherry notes and strong sourness. There's mild oak and some earthy funk character. The alcohol is very well hidden, as this is somewhat high in alcohol for the style.

Medium to full bodied for the style, with low carbonation.

An incredibly drinkable and tasty kriek, though not at all in the upper echelon of the style.

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Photo of davey101
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harvest 2008, Best Before: 04-11-2030. 375 ml C+C bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Dark red fruit juice body with a purple tint. A fluffy bright pink head forms but dissolves pretty quickly to some thin edging.

S - Intensely sour cherries, oaky tannins, and some spices. A bit of warming alcohol on the end.

T - Mouth puckering cherry juice with some light oak, vanilla and funky notes. Not very complex, but it has a great sour cherry presence even at 4 years old. Ends abruptly with the 8% abv well hidden. Mouth feel is lively yet thin.

O - A very solid kriek. Very sour and mouth puckering with some light oak and brett notes. A very good starter kriek that I actually prefer to the Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek. Still stumped at why the mariage parfait series has such a high abv though.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, best before date of 04/11/2030, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a deep red color with a couple fingers of dark pink head, recedes to a collar and leaves little lacing.

S- Some tart cherry, sweet fruit/raspberry aroma, oak.

T- Moderately tart and lactic with some sour dark cherry flavor, which could stand to be a bit stronger, has some lingering fruity sweetness, some oak and tannins.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, moderately dry finish.

O- A pretty nice kriek, it's a bit sweeter than I would like, it's very drinkable but I easily preferred the Geuze Mariage Parfait.

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Photo of shleepy
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 375mL bottle into tumbler glasses in Brussels.

Classic kriek appearance, smell, and taste. Strong cherry flavor and quite dry. The cherry taste even lingers in the aftertaste.

Wasn't sure that it would be a "true" kriek, as opposed to a sweet one, but it's quite nice. Would gladly drink again, and no worse than the standard krieks from other brewers/blenders. Only a Lou Pepe would be a significant step up.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massive thanks goes out to caSSino for bringing this one out during cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a ruby reb with a one finger pink head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, cherry, wood, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, cherry, and sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. This was a really well balanced brew. The funk aspect on this one really added a nice touch to everything else going on here. I went into this one expect to pick up on tart cherries, but they were more along the lines of sweet cherries. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml cork n caged bottle (2008 date on the neck) into a D'Achouffe tulip.

A- pours a vibrant turnip color with a huge 3" dark pink head. Small bubbles on the glass reside quickly.

S- big vinegar whiff, vegetables, dark cherries and raspberries, earthy aromas.

T- tart raspberries, vinegar, with some cherries and something else, maybe some tart rhubarb?

M- medium body, high carbonation. Light acidity and dryness.

O- very nice lambic with lots of sour and tartness. Just enough fruit notes to balance out the sourness and acidity.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

Holy hell this beer is amazing. Not much can be said for the lacing, the head development, the time for carbonation on appearance. However... moving on to the core nature of the beast...

Smells amazing of tart cherries, sweet cherry skins, a light sherry character, bare touch of oak presence as well.

Tastes.. mouth puckeringly tart but still fruity. Like raspberries, fresh picked blueberries, cherry pits, lactic acid for sure, lingering cherry tartness, fructose plasticity and phenols, and finishes dry tannins. Oh how I love it.

Full body, very nice puckering presence, great lingering fruit characteristics... perhaps a tad too high in the alcohol character but it helps with the sherry fruit liquor sweetness I get at times.

This is a shockingly great Kriek... hell I may go buy a half case for putting down.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008 harvest.

Pours a dark cherry red with reddish pink head, thick at first, lingers.

Ripe cherry, some cherry pie filling, light oak.

Plenty of cherry flavor, a bit dank. Bold and ripe. Light oak and funk but cherry dominates. mildly sour.

Chilled, very carbonated. As it warms to room temp it mellows.

Quite impressed, like this far more than the gueuze version.

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Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. The 375 ml size of the 2008 harvest with best by date of 28 Feb, 2030.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a deep dark cherry red with a 1 ¼” fluffy pink head that recedes fairly quikly to a ring of foam with a thin layer of foam covering most of the liquid. As the head recedes there is no lacing left behind. Sipping leaves scattered speckles and legs of lacing that mostly cling to the side of the glass.

Smell: When the bottle is opened the aroma of cherries fills the air even before the beer is poured. Once the beer is in the glass other components of the aroma can be detected. There is just a bit of mustiness along with something that tells me the beer will be tart.

Taste: Although the flavor starts off with a bit of sweetness it soon turns to tart cherry throughout. There are faint traces of the funkiness that will become stronger as the beer is aged longer. The alcohol is well hidden and there may be just a touch of grassiness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly prickly from the ongoing gentle carbonation. The finish begins with tart cherry that gives just a brief hint of sweetness as well before turning dry and receding into the back of the mouth and throat with the tart cherry.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’m finding this one every drinkable in that each sip leaves me wanting more and the beer is disappearing more quickly than I’d intended with this one. My overall impression is that this is a well made beer and an example of something I’ll hope to be having again in the future. I’m also reaching the conclusion that I definitely prefer my fruit lambics relatively fresh so that the fruit flavors are still strong throughout the beer. I fond this a really nice Kriek and think I’m beginning to develop an appreciation for what the blender contributes to the mix.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008. 375ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep raspberry red with bright red highlights. 1-2 fingers of pink head dissipates rapidly. Translucent but very cloudy.

N: Raspberry and sour cherry with light lactic notes. There's a subtle mustiness along with candy chalk sticks.

T: Lactic acid and vinegar like sour notes are upfront along with fresh raspberry and Lemonheads candy. Sour notes continue through and start showing some cherry mid-palate along with some sour Brett. Finishes with rich cherry juice coming out backed by raspberry, again Lemonhead candy and some notes of oak.

M: Medium bodied, sour, tart and dry with moderate-heavy carbonation.

O: More sour than I had anticipated. The 8% abv is non-existent yet it still remains a sipper due to the higher than average lactic and vinegar qualities. Although there's an abundance of raspberry notes, the cherry comes through beautifully towards the back end of the palate. This is a really nice Kriek that would make a great dessert.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml dated best before 4.11.2030 into a tulip.

Crimson red with purple highlights and a tiny head upon pouring. Effervescent, spritzy bubbles can be seen dancing to the top of the beer.

Tart cherry skins and flesh with a touch of nuttiness and barnyard funk. Moves into a bit of sweat with some cranberries on the back end of the smell, with vinous and vinegar notes throughout but is missing a bit of complexity.

Again with those tart cherries up front but then moves into a balsamic like vinegar puckering. As it rests on the tongue the fruit comes out a bit more on the back end. A little bit of funk on the tongue but not that much and wouldn't be distinguished by a palate that is unfamiliar with this style.

Medium bodied with lively carbonation, a little bit of drying on the tongue and throat as you swallow it but some stickyness left on the lips.

Good, real cherry flavor with an okay raw lambic presence. I've had better, but this is still a solid authentic lambic.

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Photo of cps98
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Pours a beautiful crystal clear light red with a very active one finger white head that only lasts but a second. No lacing seen.

S – Tart sour cherry is the first thing I smell. There is some a little funk there but mostly the cherry is very dominant.

T – Nice tart cherry with very mild acidic character.

M – The carbonation on this one is really high…the bubbles streaming out reminded me of champagne. It is light to medium bodied a bit dry.

O – Overall this was delicious lambic that I really enjoyed. The cherry was not astringent and the tart acidity was not overwhelming.

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Photo of danedelman
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle marked 2004 into a tulip glass

A-pale amber color with a big fluffy white head.

S-grapefruit, sweetness shines through. A nice funky brett yeast smell backs all that up.

F-very similiar to the head. grapefruit and lemon peel with a nice well balaced sweetness that I feel is much better than the regular oude boon geuze as that one is too dry for me.

M-light and crisp. carbonation is high and bounces on your tongue.

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. This says it is a 2008 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy dark red color with a finger of pink head that fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Funky cherry. Smells a bit like a fruit vinegar, but it is more complex with that.

Taste: Like the smell but this beer is more tart than it is fruity. The cherry is there, but the tartness dominates. It is quite good. Really refreshing in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is a really smooth sour ale. The cherry and tartness are quite refreshing. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of pperrecone
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage
it poured a nice ruby color. a head that lasted for only seconds.

The smell is letting you know you have a sour kriek. sour slight vinegar but barley any but a touch. it is so pleasant or inviting for another sniff.

tast is of tart cherry juice with layers of funk and sourness. This is a very complex beer. sweet on the finishes but not too sweet. it lets the sour come through very complex,

Body is on point

Overall this beer is bomb and if you can try it go for it. bomb!

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Photo of Naugros
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear scarlet while being poured that turns into a dark garnet in the glass. The classic pink head rises tall before sizzling down to a an active crown.

The aroma rising from the pour is enough to make not want to wait for the head to recede before I dive in. There are the typical kriek elements of mustiness (Brett funk) and the sour and earthy Morellos, but it's a bit muted. These elements all transfer into the taste with the cherries really taking over, giving off a little more sweetness than I'm used to in aged krieks.

The first sip delivers a sour tingle to the palate that is some washed out with some mustiness. The body is nicely lightened by the appropriate level of carbonation for this style.

A well-aged kriek, to be sure. Boon delivers again.

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Photo of hawks10
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage – Best before November 4th, 2030 - 375ml green corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip…

Pours a beautiful dark blood red with tons of thick bright pink foamy head. When held to the light the beer glows ruby red, truly a spectacular looking Lambic...

Fresh, juicy, ripe cherries fill the nose, one of the most intense fruit bursts I have ever smelled in a lambic. An aroma similar to a damp musty basement filled with decades of firewood peeks out behind the huge fruit. This beer smells spectacular as well...

Taste is much sweeter than I was expecting. Tons of cherries attack the palate, very juicy and sweet. A quick tart bite hits at the end cutting into the sweetness a bit, as does the oak, which is much more apparent in flavor than smell. Quite tasty, would like a bit more pucker and less sweet, but that will probably come with some more age. Definitely looking forward to trying one in a couple years...

Medium bodied, maybe a bit heavier than a typical lambic, with good carbonation. Finish is dry with a bit of lingering oak flavor, 8% alcohol is non-existent...

Very very pleased with this beer, definitely hitting the store tomorrow to pick up a couple more!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blind Beer #4 from TMoney2591; thanks Kyle. Poured from what looks like 375ml corked and caged bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware.

a - Pours a very dark purple-pink color with two fingers of dark pink head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a minute or two and leaves an inch throughout dirnking. No lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of tart raspberries, tart cherries, sour dark fruits, oak, funk, spices, and fruity malts. Sour dark fruits, especially raspberries, and funk dominate here. Smells awesome, guessing a raspberry or cherry wild ale/lambic of sorts.

t - Tastes of tart raspberries, tart cherries, lighter funk than the nose, a little more spice, light oak, sour dark fruits, and some vinegar. Even more sour than the nose, and a step up for me. Think I've had this one before.
m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Dry, and easy to drink. Great mouthfeel for a lambic.

o - Overall this is a great beer. Loads of sour raspberries and dark fruits, and some nice funk along with it. Guessing it is a 5-6% ABV raspberry or cherry lambic; as for the actual beer, I think I've had it before and think it is either LA's Framboise De Amorosa or Boon's Oude Kriek. I am leaning towards the latter due to the spices I felt, especially in the taste, which reminded me of a Belgian style beer, so I'll go with Oude Kriek.

And the reveal is…2008 vintage of Boon's Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait. So close! 0/4 on the actual beer but 2/4 on the style. Man, can't believe this is 8% ABV…tastes like it is 5%. Looking at my Oude Kriek review they are pretty similar, though I rated this one slightly better. An awesome beer and an awesome start to the night...should have been a Want. Thanks Kyle!

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Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008... red with a pink head that this to a collar. nose is black cherry with touches of sweetness, wood and funk amid a mildly brett-spicy backbone. reminds me of the cherries, the cherry tree and the farm they are on. taste is a well balanced mix of the above with black cherry and wood flavor dominating to me. just barely sour, and not as sweet as the nose led me to think it was going to be. medium body with almost prickly carbonation and a very cherry finish. a completely different animal than say, Hannsens (the best!). overall, very very good. definitely has it's own personality, and it is interesting to see what happens to the lambic flavors when the abv is elevated a bit.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

2008 vintage. Too bad no one's getting married right now... This stuff pours a clear pale rose topped by a couple fingers of lightly off-white foam. The nose is a blast of tart cherry hovering above sour orange, spicy white wine grapes, and a touch of wheat-y funk. The taste follows this recipe pretty closely, with the cherries really blossoming on the tongue. They range from overtly tart to almost sweet, every iteration sloshing across the tongue in eccentric waves. A bit more sour funk here, but not by too much. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a damn tasty brew, one that makes the 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek completely obsolete (especially for the price).

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. 2008 Vintage. Thanks to beerwolf for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a deep cranberry; almost plum color. Produced a nice cap of pink froth; some lacing.

(S)- A nice fruity-like jam tart character. Some nice dry oak.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A ripe jammy cherry/berry flavor. Some acidity. Finishes dry and oaky.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. A nice balance too of fruit and oak with a kiss of sour acidity.

(D)- Overall, a solid Kriek. An easy to drink and enjoy offering, so very approachable if you are just getting into the style. Surprisingly refreshing too.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Mikeymikee.

Dark red hue. Light pink finger of head. Full on new pool toys with a hint of arm pit funk. Macerated cherry skins and a mild sweetness. Flavors are mild sour with a good amount of sweet cherry. The funk is present but nothing like I hope for in my krieks. Medium body with a mild amount of carbonation. Not my favorite kriek but not horrible.

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Photo of daedalusfinch
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle, 2008 served in Swamphead Snifter

I've had sparkling wines with far less pop, wow. The second I finished untwisting the cage, the cork flew off and across the room. I was definitely not prepared for that. It pours a rich burgundy color with a big pink-beige head that sticks around longer than I would have imagined -- this beer definitely brings the carbonation.

The nose is full of European cherries, sweet and tart. Underneath, there are characteristic Brut and belgian yeast notes. There's also a good, earthy backbone like an old world wine.

The tart cherries kick it up here; they're definitely first to the party and know they belong here. There's a champagne brut-ness here and a well-placed sourness, almost like a Geuze. It's not cloyingly sweet like I find many fruit lambics, and I absolutely cannot taste the alcohol. What a treat.

It's a little thicker than a lot of lambics, but the carbonation carries it perfectly. The liquid composition is phenomenal -- a perfect vessel for the flavor.

I grabbed three of these when a case came in -- just in case I thought it was especially good. I'll be going back today to grab another four to sit on. Considering the price and availability, I'd say this beer joins Cantillon's tier for lambics. I am very impressed.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, 2008, best by 04-11-2030.

A great pop when I removed the cork, it pours a deep deep red with a pinkish head of foam and it brings some nice lacing.

There are sweet and sour cherries notes up front in the smell and some earthy malt but the cherries rule all.

Same goes for the taste. 3 years old and the cherries taste so fresh and vibrant; I can now see the reasoning behind the very, what I thought was, optimistic best by date. I'd say the balance between the sweetness and tartness is near perfection right now. 18 years into the future? Who knows but I reckon this beer would still be a treat.

I'm now getting an earthy character, almost Brett like but not quite. I love the sound of this brew; snap, crackle, and pop? It almost sounds like it's refermenting in my glass. ;^)

Medium bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation which, by the way, suits this beer to a T, the mouthfeel is awesome and..the beer drinks awesome as well. What a wonderful brew!

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Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
4.14 out of 5 based on 501 ratings.
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