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Hop - Ruiter | Scheldebrouwerij

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Hop - RuiterHop - Ruiter

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Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of puboflyons
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 25 ounce bottle. Sampled on August 10, 2011. It pours cloudy yellow with a huge, pillowly, fluffy white head so it clearly looks like it supposed to for its style. On those nose there is a complex combination of slightly sweet malts, yeast, toast,and pear or apple fruits. The hops are muted. The body falls in a little more than thin; not watered down but not heavy. The taste has a tart sour character with a nice dose of overripe fruit but a more laid back dry hopped endings. There are other Belgian Strong Ales I prefer but this one was not bad.

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a nice golden lemon color with high carbonation producing a 3 inch bubbly white head. Excellent retention. Decent lacing.
S: Sweet grains, subdued hops, funk and mild citrus, and a hint of spice. Quite pleasant.
T: Grainy hops, white pepper, medicinal herbs, floral honey, some funk, and a spicy alcohol note. In the background resides a subtle fruity sweetness.
M: Light body (lighter than expected given ABV). Very crisp and refreshing. Mild carbonated tingle. Moderate bitter hop bite. Tea-like with a dry and herbal finish.
D: Very easy to drink. Pleasantly complex, but not overdone.

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Photo of Dope
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden straw pour, quite cloudy. Huge bubbly white head. Almost no lacing but good retention.

S: Surprising amount of hops. Grass and pine mostly it seems. I can smell a little tropical fruit in there too. Pear and maybe a little apple too? Belgian yeast is apparent. Some coriander? Every time I sniff I get something new.

Smells almost like someone mixed a witbier with an IPA maybe. Or maybe a hoppy saison. Or maybe all three. Regardless, very nice crisp smell.

T: Up front is some nice belgian yeast, some bready malt. As it warms you get more of the nose, the pear/apple especially. Aftertaste is quite strong and bitter with grass and herbal bites. Maybe some lemongrass too. Basically like a hoppy BPA and a saison mixed together.

M: Mid-range body, carbonation is good. A little slick, maybe from the hop oil? Really nice tingle on the tongue in the aftertaste.

O: Not sure really where this beer falls in categorization. It combines strong hops (for your average belgian beer) with saison and BPA characteristics. Defies labels I think but that should give you a good idea of what to expect.

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

A: light and bright with thick white head
S: slightly sweet, lightly floral
T: not as hoppy as its name implies, but tasty for a Belgian style.It isn't anything like an IPA--American or Belgian or otherwise. It tastes more like a Saison or a farm ale. The family is more Belgian than hop.
O: Pleasant, tasty, light, drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: The nose has some sweet and bitter aromas along with notes of floral hops.
T: The overall taste has a mild amount of sweetness with notes of spices and hints of fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light amount of dryness.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. Felt like something hoppy after loading up on the sours.

Pours a pale yellow colour, hazed, with a full, thick white head. Lace is crazy and honeycombs beautifully down the inside of the glass. Fine carbonation. Decent body.

Very pleasantly hoppy nose, especially noticed in comparison to the others I'd recently had. Very European in style however, without any citrus sneaking in. More grassy, herbal, grainy, slightly organic, above a very Belgian-style round sweetness. It gives characters of fresh broken ice and blue mint. Nice.

Taste is sharp, with a really pleasant clean bitterness. Brassy finish with a cleansing lemon character. On the mid-palate there's characters of grass, black tea, holly, mulberry leaf and marzipan. Sharp and bright in the mouth.

I don't think I really understood a hoppy Belgian until today. I always just compared them to hoppy American beers. Maybe it's because it's on-tap, maybe because it's fresh, but this shows the way and gives a refreshing uniqueness to the style.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, pine like hops. In the taste, mellow pine hops and a note of fruitiness. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice hops and body, almost like a American IPA.

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

The things you can learn from a beer label! Apparently the town of Turnhout, where De Scheldebrouwerij is located, is the playing card capital of the world. Hence the label design. Huh.

A head like that can only come from Belgium...or so it seems. It's a blinding white color, it's foamy, creamy, thick and about as stiff as Styrofoam. Big swaths and slashes of lace. And the liquid is a cloudy pale yellow color, almost witbier-like.

Pretty fragrant aroma -- clean, light, flowery; hops are buoyant and crisp in their aromatic personality; and despite the promise of "a bit of funk" on the label, maybe it's in the taste, because the yeast here may be earthy, but it's polite and pretty clean.

Flavor-wise I'm reminded of a witbier crossed with an authentic German hefe-weizen crossed with a Belgian saison crossed with a well-hopped American pale ale or IPA at most. Even a pilsner-ish angle here, with that super-clean, biscuit-like malt character. Overall it's straw-like and grassy -- but not astringent -- along with some banana, some clove, a faint dash of white pepper, white grape, pear juice, and floral/citrus elements from the hops. All is well-balanced and extremely clean, even with the prominent and earthy yeast personality (which still doesn't deliver much funk...).

Merging appropriately with the taste is a clean, airy, slick and pleasing texture. Crisp and somewhat dry, it almost produces a pucker but never veers quite that far. As with every other element of this beer, very likable though not mindblowing.

Not quite as assertive a hop personality as the label seems to promise, but maybe I've been OD'ing on the Double IPAs lately. Nah, the Belgians just take the American hop attitude and inject their own thing into it, resulting in interesting, refreshing, super-drinkable beers like this. Belgians...gotta love 'em.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop-Ruiter. I'm not sure what that means. I've tried to find out, but failed. It has something to do with hops, but nothing to do with Reuters News Services. What's a ruiter? There are horses on the logo, maybe it means "rider"? A rider of hops, mmmm?
And how do you say it? Again, I don't know, no one will tell me, I can't figure it out. "rooter"? Royter? Reeter? I'm saying "router", and I'll keep on it until someone corrects me.

It looks beautiful, Clear, golden, shiny, lovely…gorgeous white head, lace-leaving, delicate and pretty, very inviting.

Let's smell it, already…pepper and straw, lemon and lime, coriander? I'm at a loss when it comes to spices, sometimes, but that's the main thing, spice, then citrus, plenty of hoppy associations. Wonderful.

Now, to taste it…smooth and creamy, slides effortlessly down the throat. Then the hops, the spice, the citric twang climb back up and stake their claim. Another drink and it remains, the small sweetness, the big bitterness, the fruit and the spice. Yum, this is sweetly drink…I mean, consumable, with just enough bitter, just enough fruit to keep a great balance of those opposites. Such magnificent balance. Never too much here or there, this or that, it all matches and meets. A Duvel meets a czech pilsner, impersonating a La Chouffe Houblon, perhaps.

Light bodied, long, hoppy finish, lingers long on the palate…keeps remindin
Whatever it is, it is every degree of yummy. That is to say, satisfactory, or, in other words, tasty!!
Mmm, mmm, yeah. There's a few good syllables.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle. No date or batch code.

Served cold into a goblet, Hop Ruiter is a hazy golden yellow with thick white soapy head. Good retention and a fair bit of lacing left behind.

Aroma is the only mild let-down for this beer. It isn't overly hoppy and smells more like dirt and grass.

Flavor is much better though. It has a very nice light malt body, mildly sweet up front leading to a more bitter hoppy end. Nice grassy, minty, floral quality to the hops. I believe this is appropriately categorized here - Not quite hoppy enough to be a Belgian IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well-carbonated. Perfectly balanced and easy-drinking.

Overall a really enjoyable summer Belgian beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

A full-on collaboration with importer Vanberg & Dewulf, with their sights on a hoppy Belgo-American Strong Golden Ale. Lacing from rim to end is epic, and a spectacular pale golden clarity shows off the bubbles. Faint oily hop resin meets a dry malt breadiness, with nutty yeast and spicy alcohol in the nose. Amazingly drinkable and refreshing mod- erate fluffed body. Hoppy with some sweet fresh-cut grass and herbal flavors. Bubble gum? Medicinal phenols are the second coming of bitterness here, though all is kept balanced with the dry maltiness laying down a beery blanket. Grain and hops pull equally in the dry finish. Super drinkable for an 8-percent ABV beer.

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Photo of claspada
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap @ Rattle n Hum.
This beer pours a hazy golden pale color with nice white head with ample lacing.

Aromas begin with light pale Belgian malts followed by a little spicy yeast and a surprisingly (well maybe not because it is called Hop-Ruiter) light grassy and fruity hop characters. As it warms you get more spice and some light sweet malts.

The taste begins with light bready and biscuity maltiness but immediately is met with light spicy Belgian yeast flavors. As it warms you get a little more of the fruitiness, like a white wine with some white grapes, light apricot and pear as well. Earthy and grassy hops are present throughout but never make themselves shine or stand out, which they shouldn't in this style if you ask me. This beer finishes fairly dry and lightly bitter; yeast also adds a finishing bite as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall this was a great Belgian pale, the bar had it in the Tripel category but it wasn't as sweet as a traditional Tripel, but it was sweeter than your traditional Belgian Pale ales. Anyway, I usually do not like Tripels because they are either too sweet or too yeasty, but this was balanced with a nice fruitiness, more importantly a nice grassy hop bitterness/flavor, quite refreshing, perfect for a warm day.

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Photo of mcallister
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very pale golden color lively with bubbles and a head that only a belgian beer can throw. Thick, pillowy, exploding, with long retention and chunky lace.

Tropical fuit aromas, floral, with some earthy hints, spicy, with a bit of pear and peach and an almost coriander zest.

This is quite tasty and amazingly refreshing. Zippy carbonation with a zesty acidity on the finish. Light bodied but the carbonation keeps the palate invigorated. Nice fruity middle and finish, hints of pineapple, mango, peach, apricot, pear, floral hops, spicy on the finish with moderate bitterness. Wonderful food beer with this carbonation.

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Photo of Wildman
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear straw color and formed a huge foamy head that left latticed lace as it slowly subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, malt, citrus and pepper. The flavor was of malt, hops, citrus and pepper. The body was light and the finish bittersweet.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out as a golden colored liquid with a decent white head. The head dissolves not leaving much lacing. The smell is a little hoppy with a bit of a farmhouse aroma. The taste is hoppy and earthy well balanced. The mouthfeel is light possibly medium. It's boarder line. Over all a very good brew.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at novare res

Big creamy head with lots of lacing, hazy golden pale color.

Nose light belgian malts and fruity yeast, light grassy and fruity hops, light sweet malts.

Taste is nice sweet belgian malts, toasty and fruity belgian yeast, white raisins, light apricot and pear, etc, some nice light fruity, spicy, and grassy hops, light sweet candi sugar like flavor. Finishes a bit sticky, bit of sweet candi sugar but still dry, nice light hop flavors but fairly bitter.

Mouth is med bodied good carb.

Overall a great Belgian pale, nice Belgian fruits, nice grassy mild hops, refreshing, very tasty.

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Photo of CHickman
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer notes from Wed. 4/27 at Taproom 307 in NYC: pours a hazy yellow gold in color with a 1 finger white head.

Smells of sweet malt, yeast, hay, citrus hops, lemon, coriander and light spices like pepper or clove; pretty mellow nose that smells like a fruity hefeweizen.

Tastes of sweet malt, pepper, yeast, hay, citrus hops, lemon, coriander, orange peel, grass, sour apple, pear, Skittles and some funky wet bread or cardboard; this tastes and feels like a sweet, crisp refreshing hefeweizen that hides the alcohol extremely well as there is no trace of it.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp, with a very light body, high, fizzy carbonation like champagne, and an easy flow as it goes down. A refreshing session beer that hides the alcohol very well.

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Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: light golden color

aroma: some grapefruit citrus notes from the hops

taste: hops come though nice and finishes dry and clean

mouthfeel: nice medium body good carbonation

had this at the zythos fest and I was looking forward to trying a hoppy Belgian beer. Not a bad beer alcohol was well hidden

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store. I would certainly classify this as a Belgian IPA as opposed to a BSPA.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-copper color with a 1.5-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright pilsner malts with equal amounts of light Belgian candi sugar and earthy and slightly herbal hops. Also present are sweeter booze-soaked apricot aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, though even more robust. Crisp pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by moderately sweet apricot flavors. Midway through the sip slight pear flavors make a brief appearance before giving way to herbal and slight citrus hops. The hops and light malts carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this is one of the better-balanced Belgian IPAs I’ve had in a while, everything in here a nicely done and it’s well worth a shot.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mahaffeys today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, with honey, light vanilla and white pepper, clove and a hint of bananna. The moderately sweet flavor profile replicates the nose, except there's so much more of everything. The honey and hoppy bitterness combine to give this beer a honey, pepper and ranier cherry flavor, which then finishes with a sweet and bitter, slightly yeasty, hoppy finish. The hoppy bitterness counters the sweetness pretty well, drying this beer out very nicely on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, honey and hoppy bitter finish. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol not the least bit noticeable in this well crafted beer.

Obviously, this style is all the rage right now, but this has be one of the more enjoyable Belgian IPA's I've come across. Very nice.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With huge floral character, Rop Ruiter processes through a honey sweetened upstart and into a mildly bitter finish- no where near the hop character expected from a beer that showcases the 'hop' note on the label.

The beer pours with a hazy deep yellow, light golden color that carries a creamy thin head. Retaining well, the beer shows delicate lace behind. The beer carries a classic Belgian pale ale appearance.

Very floral with a flowery and honeysuckle aroma. Soft sweetness is lightly malty and candied with a pleasant herbal (tea-like) scent. Lemon and white pepper add a bit of complexity, depth and balance.

Flavors follow suit with powdered sugar sweetness, light honey nectar, and the continuation of tea herbs, lemon grass, and citrus fruits; without much influence from hop bitterness. Balanced with a grassy bite in finish, the beer closes with a strong dominance from alcohols that give a minty/nail polish remover taste that wears a bit on the palate toward the end of the sessioin. The alcohol content is the only real reason to classify the beer as a strong ale where the Belgian pale ale classification would hold true otherwise.

Moderate throughout with soft carbonation for a Belgian beer upfront. Light creaminess fades to a warming and then hotter-than-should-be finish. Quite dry and fleeting in the end with a fruity/flowery return in aftertaste.

The taste of the beer draws comparisons to Leffe Blonde, except with a more refined elegance in malt but the focus on the flowery boquet. But with an elevated alcohol content, the beer proves to be more challenging and complex.

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Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a very light gold in color with absolute clarity and continuous activity. A tall, creamy white head sits in very appealing fashion on top and leaves lots of sticky lacing behind it.
The smell is, esssentially, bubble gum. I think I smell it more strongly in here than I ever have before. It's an element I've really come to appreciate from the Belgian yeasts, and it mingles pretty nicely with the delicate malts/hops balance and the grains underneath. This really needs the pale malts and floral notes from the hops with just a touch of citrus to come out in order to work and, fortunately, they do.
Plenty of flavor and complexity is present in this beer. Up front, I get the bubble gum, sugars and grains I expect from the nose. This mingles with a pleasant floral hops element and pale malts offering breads. There's a touch of spiciness as well. Hops, malts and yeast could all be a bit more pronounced, but this is a good beer.
The mouthfeel is a touch crisp and carbonation is moderate. The body is light to medium and dry, with sugars and malts adding to the texture while the hops and yeast contribute to the dryness with perhaps a boost from the paleness of the malts.
I'm glad I got a crack at this limited release, particularly since I'd been eyeing it for awhile without pulling the trigger. Thanks to Matt at the Beer and Wine Cave.

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Photo of Florida9
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopleaf

A: Color is a light gold yellow. Quite cloudy. Served with a copious amount of fluffy, meringue-like white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Beautiful aroma of subdued yeasty funk and lemon mixed with citrus and grassy hops and a light spiciness. Intensely complex.

T: The taste follows the aroma fairly well. A light pale malt backbone allows for the lemony citrus hops to come through. There is a bit of a sweet tartness to it, much like a lemon bar, though the yeasty funk and light spiciness that is also present pretty much puts an end to that analogy. Mild to moderate bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Carbonation seems a bit heavy, but it just seems to work for this beer.

D: A surprisingly delicious beer that paired damn well with an order of mussels and frites. Can't say I'm the biggest fan of Belgian pale ales, but I found this one to be quite tasty.

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Photo of david18
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Whenever I hear that something is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale I always compare it to Duval, which is among my favorites. This was an interesting beer but I felt it was not Duval.

Color is hazy pale/straw with a hazy head. Aroma is a good mix if banana yeast and light hops. Flavor was good, a little strong on the alcohol but pretty complex and all the elements of the beer were all present.

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

A nice contrast from the heavier winter ales that are reproducing like guppies in my fridge right now, this isn't so summery as some BPAs but still has a light enough body to be easily drinkable. The nose is fruity and cinnamony; the taste has the bready hints of a saison as well as the citrus of a well-hopped but not ham-handed IPA. The body is bubbly with an unusual slipperiness to it. Not sure what that is but it's not a deal killer. Went well with "Kansas City Confidential." A good Belgian ale at a decent price.

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