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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

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Photo of spoony
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle (2012 on the cork) into a wine glass.

A-A normal pour produced a huge (three-plus fingers) head of white foam. The head stuck around for quite a while and left nice chunks of lace on the glass. The brew was murky and light orange and yellow in color.

S-The smell was a spicy mixture of straw, lemon, a bit of bread crust, and some light fruit. Not terribly funky. Little whiff of booze heat, too.

T-The taste tracked the smell pretty closely with a mostly dry, mildly floral spice mixture being predominant. There was also some lemon, some straw, and just a touch of light, sweet banana flavor on the mid-palate. Alcohol was noticeable, but not intrusive.

M-Feel was light to medium in body with a fair of fine, prickly carbonation.

O-All in all, this was an enjoyable saison, and one that I did not feel out of place drinking in December in the mountains. (I'm typically a very seasonal drinker, so saisons are not my go-to in the winter). I'm not sure if it was that much better or worse than a regular Dupont, but it was slightly different, so points for that. I could see this pairing nicely with turkey and stuffing.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle at the store about a week ago, and I couldn't wait to open this up.

When I initially opened the bottle I smelled pineapple, then the foam started rising up the neck. I poured this into a chalice style glass, and I got a ton of head from the initial pour.

This is a very good smelling beer. I get more of the pineapple and apple from the nose.

The body light and tasty. The belgian impact is very present. This is a fruity, yeasty offering.

I recommend picking this up and opening it immediately. After all, you can't wait very long with a green bottle.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy goldenrod color with a doily for a head. Looks great in its own glass.

White pepper, lemon zest, golden raisin, orange peel, quince, and coriander. Sweet and spicy.

Apple-y crisp with an earthy funk finish. Lots of soft pepper and coriander spice to par the fruitiness. Tangy yeast. Dressed up with some meaty booze upon the swallow.

A little hot, but rather appropriate for a winter seasonal. Almost thick, but not cloggy. Just a large mouth for a big farmhouse brew.

2012's is better than the last two years, in my opinion. A great early holiday season ale.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a cloudy golden body. Very light aroma with mostly lemon, wheat and yeast. Flavor is more on the musty, herbal side with hints of clove, lemon tartness finishing with bitter hops and grains and wheat. This one is very oily coating the palate with a very dry finish. Light body and moderate carbonation. Not very fruity. Not as drinkable and many saisons. Worth trying but wouldn't have again.

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

750ml bottle, best before september 2017

A- Dark golden colour, quite murky/hazy. Huge, bubbly, soft-looking white head, great persistence through the last sips, suprinsigly it does not leave that much lacing

S- Definitely a sweet malt base, maybe some sugar in the mix. Strong yeasty presence, bringing an earthy/barnyard kind of feel. Spicy notes, expecially pepper, on the back of things and maybe a slight lemonish note

T- Bold grainy, crisp entrypoint, very lively in the mouth. Bittersweet, with a very nice balance, throughout the whole tasting, with notes of honey along with a persistent herbal feel. Some kind of earthyness is also present. Background notes of pepper and lemon as the smell suggested. Finishes decently dry despite it's complexity and slightly musty feel, leaving you longing for another sip

M- As mentioned, very lively. Quite dense in body along with pretty high carbonation. You can really feel this beer. The 9.5%ABV is perfectly hidden though

O- All the basics of saisons are there, but in a stronger, bolder version, in terms of body, mouthfeel, maybe even complexity. It may feel on the point of being a little too much, but it never really gets over the top. Plain good stuff, worth a plain good 4

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Photo of dv8sean
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Made the mistake of opening after work, before dinner, and without noting alcohol content (9.5%), but fortunately within the safety and comfort of my own home and without heavy machinery present. Served from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pale straw-honey color. Mostly clear with only slightest haze or cloudiness. Vibrant but not excessive carbonation; bubbles like Champagne. Classic Belgian dense whipped egg white head that leaves wonderful lace.

S: Herbs & spices, but not much hops. A little of the horse-blanket-wet-dog you'd expect from a Farmhouse ale. Oh...hello, alcohol!

T: This is not a subtle beer. Lacking the malt or hops presence to offer cover, the alcohol content draws attention to itself. Even the spice of the Belgian yeast can't compete. Finishes dry, with lingering warmth. Yes, it's boozy.

M: Pleasant carbonation contributes to good mouthfeel/texture. Might have earned a 5.0 if it wasn't for its seemingly combustible nature.

O: A pleasant beer that perhaps would have benefited from better timing on my part. However, even with or after food, I don't think it has the backbone to support the high alcohol content, leaving the beer fundamentally out of balance.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 12/16/12

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a thick white head and lively carbonation.

S- The aroma is bold, with huge notes of tart lemon, barnyard funk, and fresh herbs. Some banana notes from the Belgian yeast is also evident.

T- The first thing I notice in the flavor is some biting sour apple that I didn't initially pick up in the nose. The rest of the taste follows the nose with slight funk, crisp/refreshing tartness, and a bit of grassy bitterness from the herbs.

M- The mouthfeel is medium to thick, but it is offset by heavy carbonation. It is a bit reminiscent of a dry white wine.

O- This drinks very easy, and the 9.5% is completely unnoticable. One of my all time favorite saisons, even if it is pretty high in alcohol for the style!

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

750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear, light golden color with a big fluffy white head, great lacing.

S- A light, bright aroma of lemon and white grapes, hay and yeast, a bit of floral and spicy notes as well.

T- Delicious light fruit, lemon, grapes, apples. Some earthy, funky notes and a mild tartness, as well as some light spice. Malt is light and bready and a bit sweet. A bit of floral hops and some fruity alcohol.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth, soft feel with a dry finish.

O- A great saison, its fruity, yeasty and spicy aspects are all awesome and delicious, I'd be happy drinking this at any time of the year.

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

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-lemon zest, yeast, herbal, slightly grassy, slight funk

T-lemon, grains, yeasty funk, spices, lightly peppery, slight tartness, all flavors pretty harmoniously blended

F-light to medium body with nice prickly carbonation, crisp with slight alcohol presence making itself known

O-a nice Saison in keeping with the quality of their standard Saison, would drink this again

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy gold color with a two-finger white head that plateaus up above the top of the glass. So strange: the plateau remains intact even as sips are taken and the rest of the head slowly diminishes.

S- Lemony, effervescent yeast aroma plus a trace amount of skunkiness (probably due to the green glass bottle). Slightly sweet with some mild herbal spice characteristic. A bit musty and barnyard-like.

T- Peppery, herbal spiciness with some Saison yeast flavor. Alcohol is extremely well masked. Notes of lemon peel and coriander. Slightly bitter in the finish. Booze comes through a bit more as it warms.

M- Spritzy with high carbonation and a light body. On point for the style.

O- Always so worried when I buy green glass imports since they rarely have freshness dates, especially since I got burned on a bottle of Biere de Miel I purchased at Whole Foods. Luckily, I went with my gut when I saw this on the shelf at one of the bottle shops I frequent which I hadn't seen there when I last visited maybe a month before. This easily makes it into my top ten Saisons. Satisfying in every department.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White, fluffy head, excellent retention on a hazy, opalescent golden body. Suddsy lacing, sticky. Aroma is white peppery spicy, wispy, fruity/banana, candi sugary and yeasty. Taste is light and refreshing, mild tartness, slightly sweet, lots of banana and some spiciness. Nice feel as the beer rides on the tongue, cleansing. The alcohol is no where in the smell or taste, amazing. Delicious.

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Photo of philbe311
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Three fingers worth of crisp dull white colored head with a slightly rocky top comprised of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention... Once receded there is a slight collar and thin veil of lacing... The color is a slightly hazed mix of straw and mustard yellow... Gobs of chunky lacing cling to the glass...

S - A mixture of hay, grass, and wheat are first to greet the nose... Some notes of lemon zest... A slight Belgian yeast component... A bit of funkiness... A bit of apple... The scents lend themselves well to one another... Nice complexity...

T - Hay, dried grass, and wheat are at the forefront on the palate... A bit soapy... A light spice component... Some faints notes of orange and lemon zest... The finish takes on a herbal quality with notes of menthol and eucalyptus... The flavor profile improves a bit as it warms, but not quite enough to get it to that next level...

M - Sturdy... Medium bodied... Crisp... Clean... Sharp carbonation bites the tongue... The finish is a mix of dry and chalky...

D - A mixed bag... Very nice appearance and aroma give way to slightly disappointing taste, mouthfeel and overall drinkability... I can't say it's a bad beer, but it's definitely a bit rough around the edges and not one I would either recommend nor partake in again except perhaps the rarest of situations...

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Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a Chimay tulip

A-Bubbly, hazy, straw body, 3" white head that sits like a cloud

S-Intense pils malts, lemon, dried apricot, belgian yeast, spicy herbs, metal, ethanol (sharpie marker, lighter fluid)

M-Surprising medium body, above average carbonation

O- Like a citrus, ethanol infused pilz, as if someone poured lighter fluid into a summer pils. As it warms the ethanol fades to the back and the pils aroma turns to a grainy tortilla like aroma, with lemon. Though a decent beer, i find it hard to finish the entire bottle, and i don't see myself buying it again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouyasse tulip glass. Pours a light golden amber with a half glass white head that dissipates slowly to pillowy foam and massive lacing. Aroma of light malt, lemon, saison yeast; grassy. A hint of skunk initially on pouring. Flavor is spicy light fruit and mellow citrus, slightly buttery and grassy. Finish is dry with a spicy bitterness and residual light fruit. Light bodied with a great mouth feel from peppery carbonation. A very nice saison with subdued wild yeast, pleasant fruit and malt. Alcohol was warming, but well covered. I'll have to get this every winter.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle

A - Dark straw effervescent body beneath a white fizzy head, almost like when you pour a soda real fast. Head fizzles to 1/4 inch but leaves pretty nice lacing.

S - Fresh cut hay and pilsner malts and hops. A good bit of alcohol and yeast in back.

T&M - Very effervescent and tingly from all those bubbles which makes it quite dry. A nice hoppy bite and pilsner malt up front with a sweetness from the alcohol. Nice Belgian yeast on the back of the tongue. Much hoppier than expected and this really comes across pilsner-like to me.

O - I really wanted to like this beer more than I did. It had nice flavors and I enjoyed it but could have used a bit more yeast and less pilsner malt.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.16/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: 2011 on cork
Glass: Tulip

Avec Les Bons Voeux is a strong saison, with traditional flavors slightly increased, but none more than the ethanol, which is easily tasted and felt on this beer. The typical saison yeast, pale malts, and lightly bittering hops are all here, along with an amplified amount of alcohol. Clearly a winter saison, I guess (if increased ethanol is the implication of a winter brew), this would be nice to share a small glass of with friends, but not something I'd seek out for individual consumption again.

Pours a very tall head of large to medium-sized bubbles, white in color, which has average retention for the style. The head collapses to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass, leaving some significant lacing in its wake. The body is a cloudy golden orange color, light brining out pale orange and yellow hues. Carbonation is active and visible, rising from the center of the glass.

Aroma is rather and surprisingly clean: pilsner and pale malt characters with some Belgian yeast; light lemon citrus; and sweetish, dried grasses.

Tasting opens with pale malt characters, some mild lemon citrus, and bit of flowery herbs. Midpalate picks up saison yeast, mild hop bitterness, and substantial ethanol. Back palate notices hop bitterness, mild to medium saison yeast, and fairly strong ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of ethanol, modest European hop bitterness, and saison yeast.

Beer's body is medium-light to medium, with high, aggressive levels of carbonation. While the carbonation level is typical of some saisons, I don't find it particularly conducive to enjoying the beer as it produces an overly fizzy, at times annoying long-tingling, then finally bubbly mouthfeel that may also obscure some flavors/aromas. Similar to champagne, in overall feel. Ethanol noticeable on tongue, in nostrils, and on back of throat. Finishes semi-dry, with lingering ethanol burn on throat.

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Photo of Radome
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from 375 ml bottle into goblet.
A - Straw colored; slightly murky with some suspended sediment (could be my fault for not allowing to settle after transport). Fragile but tall head fades to thin layer of large bubbles and some lace.
S - Very clean. Crisp grain and surprisingly strong, fresh noble hops notes; black pepper, some faint fruitiness in the background like Juicy Fruit gum. No alcohol notes.
T - A big punch of noble hops flavor is up front, mixing with Pilsner-like grains. This is followed briefly by an almost metallic bitterness that fades away back to the grains and Juicy Fruit flavors. Some alcohol notes.
M - Medium body, creamy carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.
O - A good beer, but for me, the extra hops flavor and bitterness are a distraction rather than an enhancement for this strong saison. The metallic tang is too disruptive to me.

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Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, poured to snifter:

Pours a glowing orange gold with a somewhat dense white cap that stays thick and milky for the remainder of the hour.

Spicy alcohol, sweet grain, apple cider and citrus, exceedingly sweet, still a ton of depth to this beer.

Warm fruit notes, bitter alcohol, far from bland, spicy clove and pool water, still an exciting saison after 4 years.

Drinkable given that it's a 10% saison. Interesting, what a treat.

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Photo of Agold
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in a BIF. Excited to crack it open. Looks nice. About an inch and a half of fluffy white head with ok retention. A few spots of lacing stay on the glass, but not too much. The body is golden and hazy. Aroma is nice. Fruity, floral, a bit spicy, and candied citrus peel without the sweet. Flavor is grassy, floral, citrusy, and spicy. Mouthfeel is right on. Light, med-high carb, dry, very nice. I had no problem drinking the whole 750 by myself, was very easy drinking and very enjoyable, but not really remarkable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #60 (Jan 2012):

LOOK: Pale murky straw

SMELL: Dried grass, passionfruit, peppery, papaya, nutty, yeast, mango, eucalyptus, lemon zest, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, bitter herb, yeast, dried tropical fruit, vegetal, green peppercorns, lemon pith, boozy alcohol, medicinal, faint broth, bitter, dry finish

A special Saison brewed for the holidays, and perhaps for the winter, as it touts a hefty punch. Not sure if the extra alcohol does it much justice though. Clearly it’s a decent sip, but more of a sharing and pairing offering, as it seems bit lost on its own.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Clear golden with a thin white head though it has good and persistent retention. Spotted lacing down the glass.

Sweet lemon, spicy yeast, a touch of funk, some hay and it all comes together very well.

A perfect and memorable combination of enjoyable flavors. A bit spicy, a bit funky, a bit sweet, even some bitterness, all incredibly drinkable, finishes perfectly clean; I could literally drink this all day!

Airy yet satisfying, it's bubbly, yet creamy; incredible!

Near perfect Belgian saison.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, 2011 printed on the cork. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is fruity and yeasty, it smells like apricots, lemon peel, hay, peppery spice and some banana. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like hay, peppery spice, lemon and orange peel, pears, earth and some bready malt. There's more bitterness in this brew than I was expecting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy, and is very well carbonated. The 9.5% ABV isn't very noticeable at all. I liked this brew, I'd recommend this one to others. $11.49 a bottle.

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Photo of SMKida
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this liquid magic in a snifter, poured from a growler. It was a gorgeous honey gold color with substantial cloudiness from the yeast. Lacing on the glass was minimal, but still present.

This beer smells like dried apricots for the most part, although that’s accompanied by the faint banana scent characteristic of Belgian yeast. It makes me want a tangy cheese… pass the feta, anyone?

For a high-octane brew (the abv is a whopping 9.5 percent) the mouth feel is still very clean and light. There’s also a pronounced tingle with each sip, but I think it’s due more to the beer’s spiciness than its effervescence.

Apricot fruitiness stays prominent in the taste, but it’s accompanied by the biting spiciness I noted in the mouth feel. Coriander is one of the detectable spices. After the spicy fruit blast, the saison finishes with a dry, lemon tartness. The lingering taste is herbal and dry.

This beer would pair fantastically with curry or Mediterranean food— namely lamb and tzatziki sauce. In terms of seasons, this brew would be satiating year-round. The spiciness makes it compelling in cooler months, but it’s so light and refreshing that I’d gladly bring it out to the pool with me.

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

excellent saison, pours hazy pale yellow, very very airy light white head a 3 inches high and lasting. looks like a nice big cloud floating there. smells yeasty, sweet, and strong. notes of spice and preserved lemons are present, hints of brown sugar as well. flavor is very light, maybe a touch of honey sweetness, floral hop and yeast profile. feel is fantastic, incredibly light in the mouth for a beer thats 9.5%. major carbonation, but its little tiny bubbles, great feeling. medium bodied. great buzz from this guy, dangerously easy drinking. overall a really solid saison, if a little light on the spicy notes. yum yum

edit: just had a 2007 vintage of this, and its changed a lot. lots of the sugars have seemed to congeal, making it thicker and sweeter, while the carbonation is tamed a little as well, and that airy lightness is gone. the alcohol is also tamer too, never would guess its as strong as it is. I think age has done some good things for this beer, but I have to confess to enjoying the fresh version a bit more.

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Photo of stercomm
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a regular glass.

A - Hazy straw, lots of bubbles, huge, frothy white head, hangs around for ever.

S - Bubblegum, straw, spice, funkiness

T - Grassy, spicy,some pepper, yeasty, good Belgium funk.

M - Lots of carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Not bad, a little heavier then I was expecting

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