Urkontinent | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Urkontinent is a Belgian-style dubbel that begins with Pilsner, Munich and Chocolate malts and Belgian Dark Candi syrup.

Then we add unique ingredients from around the world: Wattleseed from Australia imparts chocolate, coffee and hazelnut notes to the beer. Toasted amaranth from South America gives it an earthy, grainy flavor and a little additional roast flavor. Green rooibos from Africa contributes a floral aroma and slight astringency. Myrica gale from Europe supplements the bitterness from minimal hopping. Hiveplex Honey from California adds a subtle sweetness while maintaining the dry finish.

The careful combination of all these ingredients creates a complex, dark Belgian-style ale with wonderful coffee and chocolate-covered cherry flavors. The roastiness of the malt and wattleseed melds with the fruity esters from the yeast, the floral notes from the rooibos, and the malty yet dry signature of a Belgian dubbel. Urkontinent is perfect to enjoy with friends as the weather begins to cool.

14 IBU

Added by THECPJ on 09-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 466
Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 22oz bottle, into a pint glass. It has a very dark, rich black color body with a small tan head that hangs out for a minute till it goes to a thin lace around the edge. The smell is of roasted chocolate and some dark fruits. The taste starts off as with dark fruits and roasted malt, then on the back of the tongue, the chocolate comes into play and as it warms ups it seems to get a little sweeter. The mouthfeel is good, goes down easy and overall thsi is a good dubbel, i wouldn't run out for another one but one once in a while is good for me.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany/brown color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is semisweet chocolate/coffee and Belgian yeast. Higher ABV is totally hidden. Another decent offering from DFH. Pricey at $14.00 for a 750ml (not a 22oz) bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.74/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Light beige head with moderate retention. Oily and soapy lacing. Dark mahogany body. Aroma includes figs, chocolate, coffee, rice covered with chocolate (weird descriptor, I know). Now that Eddie (Cheesemoose) just told me he gets chocolate covered bananas, I have to agree with that as well. Taste includes a nice Belgian dubbel yeast, overripe banana, chocolate, raisins and miscellaneous deliciousness. Insanely drinkable.

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Photo of dfillius
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass
A: Gentle pour yields 2/3 finger of light tan head with fair to good retention. Deep crimson crystal clear liquid is gorgeous. Better head retention please.
S: Caramel, honey, red and white wine. Coffee, chocolate, rooibos in the background. A tad too sweet smelling in a dusty necco wafer way.
T: Interesting. Another unique one from DFH. Odd bitterness in the finish, maybe from the rooibos. Kind of harsh actually in a metallic way. Opens sweet. Are there any hops in this one? Interesting herbal tang in the middle is countered by a caramelized sugar, maybe the toasted amaranth.
M: Full and chewy with substantial bitterness in the finish that is decidedly not hoppy. A bit cloying.
O: Unlike any other beer I've had. Elements of a brown ale, maybe even a braggot. I wouldn't order another and won't buy again. I wish I could share the 22oz bottle! Is this related to Pangaea, like is there a supercontinent line of beers they are releasing? Next up Gondwanaland!

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into HF Tulip. Pours a deep amber brown, with nice off white head. Really nice dried fruit, fig, raison, abbey aromas....smells super sweet. Taste is similar, though not as sweet. Roasted chocolate sweetness, dried fruit; but a chocolate flavor dominates with typical abbey aftertaste. Its an easy drinker, and full of flavors. Again, DFH makes it difficult to rate a beer...while its not a true Abbey/dubbel; it is very tastey...id get one if you see it.

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Photo of KajII
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a muddy dark brown with a slight cranberry red hue and a small (1 finger or less) tan creamy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin film with a small collar and good sheeting of lacing that coated the glass.

The aroma was all about the chocolate with a roasted grain malt and a sweet doughy yeast with a note of dark fruit (cherries and currant), a hint of roasted coffee and a mild nuttiness.

The taste was extremely malty and a tad sweet with a big note of chocolate and a touch of coffee throughout with the finish being quite fruity and having a mild nutty alcohol ending. The flavor stuck around for an average time after the swallow with a bold roasty mocha flavor left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and creamy in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a smooth, creamy and rather tasty brew that had a wonderful mocha, berry, coffee flavor, a mild alcohol warming and an awesome drinkability. All these components combined, make this beer sensationally delicious...


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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown, near black, but light will pass on the edge. Good head but it settles to rim bubbles, leaving no lace on the glass.

Smells like a dry stout--lots of burnt malts (black patent). Some alcohol to the nose.

Dark cherries, unsweetened chocolate and a touch of sourness. Very smooth. Some alcohol warmth in the swallow. Light body, particularly for the style. The carbonation leans toward the high side. The aftertaste, while short lived, is similar to unsweetened hot cocoa.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Ale brewed with wattle seed, amaranth, rooibos, myrica gale and honey.

A: Dark opaque nature shows merlot highlights around the edges upon backlighting. The head is khaki, sturdy long lasting at 1.5 fingers high. Clean window dressing with a quick paced effervesce.

S: Cocoa, fresh gale and wattleseed are easy to pick up on (thanks to baron). Listen i have no idea what the other spices are and am not going to sit here and tell you i do and pick up on them. I did detect some vanilla creamer, a bit of nutty almond coffee that was soothing and refined in strength.

T: Sweet orange peels and tea along with dry wattle seed first come to mind. Sweet dark caramelized malts, wet sage, nutty almond, cola and vanilla add spice support along with a honey-pine sweetness. Flavor is very smooth polised and shows some acidity.

M: Good frothy feel, light bubbly carbonation, good residual malt lacing on the tongue with a dry tea fade.

O: Interesting flavor, smooth coffee and herbal tea with oranges and wattle seed highlights. Nice silty residual touch. Good though a bomber may be much to tackle alone, best split with a friend, share the unique quality without overstaying the welcome.

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Photo of orangedive
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not expecting to like this since these types of beers usually aren't my thing, but it is really good.

A - Solid Brown with some nice burgundy hues coming through. 100% opaque. Two inch brown-sugar colored head that dissipated quickly.

S - Smell is okay...hints of brown sugar, honey. For some reason, I'm not getting much more than that. For as much flavor as there is in the taste, I can't seem to get the aromas I would expect.

T - Tons of flavor here. Right away I taste apples, nuts, spices, honey, and chocolate milk mix flavors. It's almost like eating a handful of trail mix that has M&Ms in it. There's a good bit of alcohol in here, but it is masked very well. Getting a lot of hazelnut aftertaste. Really nice.

M - Good enough. Smooth but a little thin.

O - I like this beer. Lots of flavor buried in here...it's like a nice porter blended with a barelywine.

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer, fresh from Premiere Gourmet. Pours dark, above average mouthfeel, good drinkability. A sipper, great after the fish. Flavours: Chocolate, chicory roast,mollasses, lots of hops, a little yeast, honey finish.Earthy, well carbonated.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown color, with a nice foamy white head that leaves a little lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of craziness here, roasted coffee some chocolate and some roasted grains. There is not to much of floral notes, at least I did not pick it up.

T: I thought this brew was very well balanced, a bit of coffee, and nice taste of honey is present as well. Slight hints of chocolate as well.

M: Full bodied brew with a good amount of carbonation, dry finish at the end.

O: This was a great brew, very well balanced, hard to finish the bottle. Dogfish is doing a great job with the out of this world brews.

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Photo of davey101
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into a DFH signature glass. 2012A.

A - Pours a dark brown body. Lets some light through with a red tinge. One finger light tan head. Settles into a small cap with thick edging. Solid lacing and retention.

S - I'm not familiar with ANY of these ingredients. So I guess the notes I'm picking up are somewhat novice and pedestrian...large roasty notes. I'm picking up hazelnut, bittersweet chocolate, sweetened coffee, caramel, and some dark fruits. Earthy and grainy finish.

T - Same as the nose. Roasty with hazelnut, bread, dark fruits, coffee, caramel, and an earthy and slightly bitter finish. Taste is somewhat dubbel like, but with a really peculiar twist. Each ingredient is faint and subtle, but there is a lot of ingredients vying for attention and it doesn't meld together very gracefully. Alcohol becomes present as it warms up. The weakest link is the mouth feel, somewhat thin and lacking in body. Carbonation also seems a bit low.

O - Another unique and interesting beer. It is enjoyable though.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Belgian style malt base with clear note of Roobios tea. Taste is a solid mix between some sweet Belgian malt with residual candi sugar notes with some good notes of Roobios tea. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Most of the spices used in this recipe are kind hard to distinguish though the Roobios is very nice and more pronounced. Belgian malt backbone is very solid and overall I quite enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark ruby red/brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, boosey scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a good deal of spices and of course the Belgian style yeast esters. The honey adds some added dryness and alcohol warmth. The taste is decent as well. As a stand alone Dubbel it has the correct malt character and yeast fruitiness. The spices add an almost medicinal twist to the flavor which doesn't really do it for me. Yes, it compliments the alcohol warmth and yeast character, but I could definitely use less spice presence. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a unique beer with exceptional back stories, but I'm not inclined to buy this one again.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New 25 oz bottle into pint glass. Wanted to give it a second try before reviewing since it's so different.

A) Normal pour results in small tan foamy head that quickly dissolves, leaving little lacing. Beer is a very dark brown.

S) There is a whole lot going on here. You definitely pick up the roasted coffee and unsweeted chocolate from the wattle seeds and some roasted grains from the amaranth. Not picking up the floral scent of the rooibos.

T) Lots of roasted goodness with coffee, grains, and roasted hazelnuts predominating. The added honey keeps it somewhat sweet along with the roast. Very complex, but very well-balanced.

M) Pretty full-bodied and a fair amount of carbonation. An ingredient plus moderately high alcohol leads to fairly dry finish. A bit of a letdown after the strong aroma and taste.

O) Another really strong wacky beer effort by Dogfish Head. While the taste is very good, it's tough to drink a lot of it and it only comes in 25 oz botles, so share with a friend or too.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 750ml bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a deep cherry wood red color with a half-finger head that dissipates to a fine lacing around the outside of the glass and a small patch of bubbles in the middle.

S: The nose is somewhat dominated by a nutty, roastiness that would be more associated with a nut brown ale. There are notes of malts and the distinct 'Belgian' aromas that make a Dubbel smell like a Dubbel. Slight notes of honey, and some dark fruits as well.

T: Much like the nose. a nutty character is present up front with some malts and roasted notes. A light taste of dark fruit is present along with what tastes like a black tea and a mild honey sweetness.

M: Medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. A little slick on the tongue, but goes down nicely. Not a whole lot of alcohol present for an 8% ABV beer.

O: Very enjoyable. There's a lot going on here, almost too much and it seems like all the flavors are clashing slightly, vying for attention. Enjoyable nonetheless, but a little too complex as well.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head laser-etched tulip glass. Deep brown with white frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nose is very roasty and super nutty. There's hazelnut, roasted coconut, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, slight raisin notes, a hint of sticky sweetness and some very hidden dark fruits. The hazelnut scents are powerful, its hard to pick it apart around that. Taste is coconut, hazelnut, almonds, vanilla, coffee. They appear in that order. I feel like there's some herbal notes like lavender buried in there too. I was wary of this brew because DFH's specialties have been disappointing me more often than not recently but this is fantastic. If I can get my hands on anymore I won't hesitate. Its delicious.

EDIT: As it warms it gets a little boozey, but its not bad at all.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer, but seems to be co fused about its identity between a Dubbel, Scotch Ale, and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Poured a dark purple brown with big white head. Aroma was some booze, dark fruits, a bit of apple. A slight booziness with mild fruit overshadowed by some earthy tones in the flavor. Some serious chocolate that was not expected, but not sweet or chewy in any way. Really starts to get better as it warms up. Overall solid, but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of mckenziac
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with reddish hues. What little head it has dissipates quickly leaving a kind of dull, flat look. A little disappointing, but I'm willing to overlook it if the taste is up to par.

Smell: Smooth, malty smell with that distinctive Belgian edge to it. Has a definite sweet smell to it, reminiscent of honey, which is one of the myriad ingredients listed on the label.

Taste: Very sweet and slightly bitter up front. Finishes sweet with a heavy dose of Belgian yeastiness. Finishes with a bit of a raw cocoa flavor and something sort of tea-like. I'm not really sure what wattle seed, amaranth, rooibos, and myrica gale taste like, so I'm assuming that all of these are in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated with a nice body to it. The lack of a decent head still bothers me a little, however.

Overall: I have to say that I'm a little disappointed with this beer. Given Dogfish Head's track record and the intriguing list of ingredients, I guess I was expecting something a little more...unique. What I got is what tastes like a pretty standard Belgian dubbel. There's nothing really wrong with it; I guess I was just expecting more, especially given the price ($16.00 for a 750 ml).

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Photo of Pahn
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates quickly. Pours a semi-translucent, very dark ruby. Leaves a couple spots of lacing now and then.

Smell: At first, coffee with earthy and herbal undertones. Some apple. Starts out a bit uninspired, but eventually this powerful, boozy aroma that's sort of a mix of coffee and perfume emerges, and I really like it.

Taste: Takes awhile for the flavor to come together. It seems to be an awkward marriage of disparate elements that are all pretty restrained on their own. Rather astringent mix of a mild Belgian yeast, coffee, cocoa, apple, maybe some black tea. Aftertaste resolves into being really chocolaty, which is nice. Surprisingly high alcohol heat.

As I get further into the glass, the herbal notes up front start having a very interesting interplay with the Belgian yeast flavors. As the beer warms, it gets much more estery which is a huge improvement, bringing out cherry cordial flavors and some suggestion of vague dark fruits. The coffee-and-cocoa-infused blend of herbal, floral, and decently estery Belgian dubbel flavors is a little confusing, but ultimately satisfying.

Less successful is the somewhat out of place tart apple note that comes up every so often. I'm having a very hard time perceiving it as jibing with the other already tenuously balanced flavors. Also, most sips are a touch too astringent... it's a little like putting too much cinammon in coffee, but in this case it's *just a bit* too much.

All told, though, it tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. A little watery. Moderate carbonation. Very dry.

Overall: Sometimes, the brewers at Dogfish Head can take crazy ingredients and put them together to make a real symphony of a beer. I don't think they get there with this one (or even come close), but unlike some other experimental beers, Urkontinent also doesn't even come close to "not worth releasing." There are a lot of genuinely interesting flavors here, and finishing a glass or a bottle is not a difficult prospect.

I wouldn't rush out to buy this again, but I'm glad to have tried it. It hits some really good notes, and the overall combination of fruity esters, chocolaty coffee, and herbal/floral notes is interesting enough for the price of admission.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown pour with a healthy head. Smell at a decent drinking temperature is deep chocolate and some alcohol. Chocolate is present in the taste yet surprisingly light for this dark of a beer. Sweetness maybe honey, light smoke and maybe a hint of vanilla.

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Photo of SebD
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark amber/brown color to it. It has a nice thick light tan head that dies down moderately and leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of honey/caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits (mostly grapes and raisins) and some spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has the dark fruit sweetness along with some roasted/chocolaty notes, some honey and a light spiciness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel but I was expecting a fuller body for a Dubbel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown/hint of caramel,
cardinal shimmer body, trace khaki
average lacing

S: light malt, chocolate, mild cherry

T: light roasted nut, malt, chocolate, hint
of sweet ripe fruit finish

M: med/light body, big bubbly/smooth body

O: Love Dogfish Head, but don't know what
to make of this brew. Nice tasting, but think
it is all over the place.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark mahogany amber with a one finger light tan head that dissipated slowly to a ring around the glass and no lacing. Rich, unusual aroma of hard to identify nuts, dark malts, chocolate, coffee and eathy elements. Flavor is similar with dark fruit, dried Medditeranean fruit like figs and dates, chocolate, earthy roots. Very interesting and impossible to describe. The combination doesn't seem promising, but this holds together very well with an interesting flavor progression that starts with toasted malt, which fades revealing other elements, ending with a nutty, hop and herb bitterness with a bit of sourness. Medium bodied. I don't know how Dogfish Head is able to pull off these wild beer elements and still have them fun to drink. Very well made and unusual.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep ruby/brown almost black, one finger off white head.

S-Slight honey, darker fruits, chocolate and coffee with some oak.

T-Nice blend of darker fruits and honey. More coffee than I was expecting, and rounded out with chocolate and roasted malt.

M-Light to medium bodied, slightly watery though.

O-Like most DFH beers it is slightly out there however it comes together better than some of their crazy ingredient brews.

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Urkontinent from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.91 out of 5 based on 466 ratings.
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