Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale | Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

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Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 343 | Ratings: 469
Photo of gestyr
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, I like this beer! Deep garnet in color with a small, tight, long-lasting head. Aromas of dark fruit, sweetness, alcohol, spicy hops. Taste is balanced between sweetness and hops bitterness. Malty and smooth. Definite flavors of dark fruit, malt, hops and caramel with a bit of an alcohol aftertaste. I agree with previous posts that point out a cough syrup like aftertaste but it is not overpowering or unpleasant. I would buy this again.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A great beer that becomes better at each sip. The candy sweetness is well balanced with the spicy and herbal hops. . The nose is more on the dark fruit compare to the taste. It's definitely drinkable even with the almost cough syrup like aftertaste, it has a light body, I was something a bit heavier.

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Damn fine brew. It's been awhile since I came across a beer that made me want to write a review. The aroma was a little underwhelming, but the flavor and mouthfeel were immediately spot-on. Good balance of carbonation and a hint of cherry-type flavor (yeah, I don't concern myself with the high-falootin' taster's vernacular)... Complex and tasty, this one is definitely worth a try... Unless you're a hop-head, in which case your dope-smoking ass will probably hate it. Cheers!

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Photo of mactrail
2.54/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My bottle is a little younger than atigerlife's-- 2013. At 10 percent I thought it ought to be good for a couple years. After some initial foam-up the pours are pretty devoid of carbonation. Overall this is a caramel candy with a rusty note. Peculiar fruitcake smell with a splash of vanilla liqueur.

This is so sweet and sticky. It has what I think of as that classic Belgian oxidized burnt sugar taste. Old stewed raisins and a dose of alcohol. The finish is wintergreen with a bitter bite. I am remembering why I usually avoid random Belgian beers on this side of the Atlantic.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This had a best buy date of 2008!! So, it is an OLD beer. Obviously, had this for quite a while...don't exactly recall how long. I haven't rated much in a long time...but figured a beer this old deserved my respect [opened to share with my daughter on her 21st B'day]

A: Dark brown. Not much carbonation. Minimal head. Lots of chunky yeast floating.

S: Aroma of dark fruits, malts, brown sugar.

T: Raisins, figs, and heavy on the prune. Malts.

M: Somewhat flat. Lifeless.

O: Obviously, the years have taken its toll on this brew [as they have on me too!]. Probably should have opened this one 5+ years ago. But, still fun to open an old beer and see what time has done. Worth the try...and will probably push me to start drinking some other of my older brews.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mahogany color with beige head. Aroma has green coffee, a bit of liquorice, toffee and molasses. Taste follows with dried dark fruits, light coffee and toasted malts. Very balanced between the sweet toffee and dried fruits and the roasty, coffee like notes. Body is quite heavy with a good amount of carbonation. This one is quite different from other dark belgian ales. It has some similar yeast quality but the used malts distinguish it from the others. I definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of Dope
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 06/02/2016.

A: Dark brown pour with an enormous frothy and fizzy light brown head. Top-notch head retention but not even a sliver of lacing. Tons and tons of floaties and chunks.

S: Heavy heavy dark fruits and brown sugar. Light cloves but mostly it's the maltiness.

T: Big bold breadiness up front. Decently hoppy too, grassy I think? Light on the dark fruits with some mild raisin in the middle. More breadiness into the finish. Light grassy aftertaste.

M: Smooth and heavy.

O: Not a bad BSDA. Not a fan of the floaties but I'm over it. Big bready notes primarily with a touch of hops. Pretty decent but nothing astounding.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - reddish mahogany color with tan head. Lots and lots of sediment floating around in this one.

Smell - toffee, nutmeg, raisin, clove, honey

Taste - raisin, nutmeg, toffee, yeast, clove, honey

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, higher level of carbonation, moderate sweetness, spice from the Belgian yeast

Overall - decent Belgian ale worth a try for fans of the style. The only drawback of this experience was the unsightly yeast suspension.

Price point- $10.95/750 ML bottle

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Treacle and molasses in aroma, with crabapple, pear, floral hops, spruce, banana, and clove adding complexity.

Flavor is a bit dulled, in comparison. Caramel malt dominates. Peach skin, pear, and tart apple accent, but fade to toasted nuts in the lightly dry and fairly hot finish.

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Photo of beerza269
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer in the discount bin at the corner liquor store. Never heard of it,but how can you pass up Belgian triple. Threw it in the fridge opened it the next day. First thought was. What the. Lots of stuff suspended in my glass. Tastes great, smells like fresh baked squaw bread. Had to look this one up,going by the label it seems to be a 2004. Glad I got both bottles. I'm hoping the stuff is yeast. Going to try to harvest it,to make a starter. Cheers

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Photo of Matonika
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

The sight of this beer is not pretty the floaters of sediment are pretty off putting. I understand that sediment is normal in beers like this. But this sediment stayed in suspension in does not settle. The mouth feel is similar to that of that weird chicken fat skin that forms on chicken soup. So you feel the chunks. I suppose if it was strained it would be better even if it were to sacrafice the carbonation.
Smell is boozy and raisny, when it really warmed up it smelled of wet dog.
Taste is syrup sweet but not cloying. Malt driven and big taste raisins and dried fruit. It paired awesome with a aged white cheddar.
Overall I paid 4 bucks for a 750ml bottle so it was worth it. Next time I would strain it through a metal tea strainer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Best before 10/05/14 (10 May?).

A: Light burnished copper. Light white head with good lacing.

S: Caramel sugar. Apples and pears. Hint of phenol and spice.

T/M: Thinnish and odd. Vanilla. Pear. Can't taste the strength at all. The taste is so brief as to be ephemeral. Aftertaste is lightly sour.

O: It's good, but too strange to great. Maybe I got a strange bottle. Would try again, if not soon.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter

A: Light brown with a tan one-finger head that dissipates into tiny bubbles. Frothy lacing.

S: Bourbon, nutty, earthy, rum, sugar, caramel. Bring it on.

T: Follows nose. Smooth as hell. Nutty, dark fruits, malts and caramel. Love it. The 10% kicks in with gusto.

M: Medium with frothy carbonation.

O: A great celebration drink. I would say it's my favorite of the 3 des Rocs I've tried, but I love them all equally. Highly recommended for Belgian brew fans.

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Photo of chinchill
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter. About 1 year past the indicated best before date of 06/04/2012, but stored carefully.

A: Pours a dark reddish amber with a finger of off-white head. The head quickly recedes to a lasting partial coat and ring. Even the first pour provided a load of suspended sediment, some of which rose and fell in swirls due to the carbonation. Very peculiar looking and not so appealing. The sediment was not detectable by feel.

S: Very complex aroma; one of those rare beers where it seems a bit different every time a take a sniff/sip. Hints of dates, honey, apple cider and a host of fruits. The high ABV is most apparent here, being quite well hidden in tasting and in the gently warming feel.

T: Mildly spicy and sweet, with hints of dark honey, nutmeg, cinnamon, dark bread, figs, and roast nuts. Very nice balance between dark fruitiness, mild sweetness and spices.

M: Full body; creamy smooth; medium and very soft carbonation.

O: An exceptional beer that, given the sediment, is best enjoyed in a darker environment.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle into a snifter, best before 05/08/2013

A: Pours a hazy light amber with a finger of off white head. The head quickly recedes to a ring. The first pour brought a beer full of flakey sediment. It was a bit odd and really gross. The flakes originally dispersed through the bee from a slight gusher, but a couple of hours recapped with a carb saver let the sediment settle.

S: Quite musty with orange zest, figs, and a bit of anise.

T: Similar to the aroma, except a bit more spicy and sweet. I get nutmeg, cinnamon, orange zest, and figs. A tad astringent.

M: Medium thickness for the style with creamy carbonation.

O: This was the ugliest beer I've ever seen on the first pour, and every pour dispersed the sediment. That alone brought the score down a lot. Other than that, there is a decent balance between fruity sweetness and spices.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy deep mahogany to a strong light, crowned by a small, dense tan head, which exhibits fine-beaded, glass-coating lacing.

Aroma: Dense, sweet aroma of dark fruit, coriander, cloves, brown sugar, and sweet, vinous alcohol.

Taste: Opens with quite sweet warming alcohol, followed by a melange of sweet flavors: brown sugar, cloves, figs, plums, and raisins. Bitter apple rind is present as well. These carry throughout the taste, supported by warm, lingering alcohol. Towards the end of the taste, some earthy, moderately bitter hop note appear, but are not at all overwhelming, complimenting the sweet and spicy flavors. Finishes with a mild, lingering hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: Really excellent, a worthy effort.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven point two ounce Euro-style brown glass longneck bottle, served in a New Belgium chalice.

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Photo of n2185
2.86/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky brown with barely any khaki head that quickly vanishes with no lacing.

S: Belgian spice notes up front followed by a lot of sweet bread aromas. Sweet fruit and caramel notes come through with a slightly boozy finish.

T: Spices here as well before a big kick of caramely, fruity, and bready sweetness. The finish has a decent alcohol presence.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is definitely underattenuated and could use a lot more carbonation and a lighter body.

O: A pretty unimpressive beer overall. Too sweet and boozy and lacking depth and finesse found in the best examples of the style. Not undrinkable, but nowhere near good.

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.96/5  rDev -53%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a La Trappe chalice on 10/8/12

Best before: 05/08/2013

Ok, this ain't right. Early on into the pour, large chunks and clumps of stuff start dumping into the glass. This crud leaves small, large and in-between sized floaties throughout the glass. That, coupled with a murky, muddy brown, makes this look like high liquid content vomit. The head is the most sinister foam I've ever seen. A thin layer is fed by bubbles rising consistently. Lace starts to form at the thicker collar and there is a festering eye in the center of the beer; seriously, the foam is multi-colored in such a way it looks like a gray pupil and a parchment yellow retina. The eye pulses, like it's being eaten by maggots from the inside. Several small brown specks have made their way to the top and are suspended in the foam.

The aroma, on the other hand, is pretty good. Heavy on malts and moderate on fruits. Loads of dark bread, brown sugar, butter toffee, banana, cinnamon, figs, molasses and maybe a faint suggestion of cocoa. Overall, the aromatics can be summed up as largely that of banana nut bread. Notions of caramel squares. Apples, as it warms.

Whatever is left in the bottles smells like burned cinnamon raisin bread.

Ooh, something is amiss indeed. The taste is vapidly dry. Burnt cocoa dust comes to mind. It also has dead fruits; apple, pear and banana are dulled beyond all hope. Paper, cardboard, oxidation. Moving past these unpleasantries are notes of bread and toasted sugars, but hardly enough to salvage this beer.

There's so much shit floating around in the glass that I can't bring myself to take more than a tiny sip at a time; even tiny sips bring forth fizzy, effervescent carbonation.

Whatever bubbled up and caused that eye to form has continued to do. Now that part of the head has peeled back, I can see a steady stream of flakes and such being pushed out from the middle. This is starting to look like fish food in a filthy tank being flushed about by a water pump.

What the hell is going on with this beer? Please, oh please, let this be a bad bottle. The aroma makes me think this beer had promise somewhere along the way. As is, it's down right bad. The appearance alone has me close to squeamish.

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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Triple Karmeliet tulip glass. Revisited on jul´12. Hazy brown in color. Beige head creates a close, slowly dissipated, crown. Lacing rings on sides. Dark fruit-plums ,raisins & figs-, Belgian yeast, spiced aromas. Malty sweetness at first sip rounded by fruity, yeasty & spiced touches. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Creamy to oily texture & smooth palate where ABV is very well masked. Slightly phenolic in the middle. Sweet ripe fruit finish. Flavorful & delighfull.

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Photo of LiquidSanity
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is served from a 750ml bottle.

Ap: Dark, purplish-brown color. Toffee tone with a slight black-cherry/purple hue. Moderate head and a little lacing.

Ar: A very distinct wine like vinegar fragrance is of note. Very sweet and a mild toffee smell is present.

Ta: Sweet with an acidic back bone. It resonates a stronger bite than I'm used to. This doesn't mask the alcohol as well as other Belgian ales I've experienced. Not super overwhelming considering it is 10% abv. The taste of plum and a mild apricot flavor exists. It's a subtle sweetness that offsets the alcoholic bite. Very engaging but sip and savor. You'll feel the alcohol very quickly.

Mf: Very mild carbonation and smooth champagne note. It is enjoyable to sip. Almost wine-like.

Ov: I'm up and down on this style. I prefer IPAs but I enjoyed this beer. To get a 750ml for $8 made it even more enjoyable. I prefer Chimay and Gulden Draak for their smoothness but this beer did not disappoint. I will get this ale again. I may need to split the bottle next time. You certainly feel the alcohol with this one. Cheers!

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Photo of viverlee
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Spectacular treat from my favorite abbaye. In many respects similar to the Grand Cru I fell in love with at La Trappe Cafe.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 10%

LOOK: Melted plums and Belgian yeasty bits. It could, if you are up to it, use a straining that might improve the mouthfeel. Yes, I did just that with some success. The resulting mocha-latte like head is more consistent than the initial pour, a miasma of foam and sediment. A maze of lacing with strong stickiness corroborates the sugary nose.

NOSE: Cinnamon raisin bread, overripe cherries, plums, figs, and dates. Wonderful. A smörgåsbord of dark fruits laced with just a touch of acidity.

MOUTH: Decadent plum cake, currants, the whole dark fruit family. It’s a reunion in my mouth. The well-masked ABV dares you to gulp. Resist the urge, let it warm a few degrees, and sip some more. Maybe, if you are up to it, let it reduce and smother some ice cream. I think I just might do that.

BA Rating: 94

Hayward Abbey Rating: 95

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.79/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
Best by 2013-05-08
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale is a Belgian strong dark ale that arrives from a brewery fairly notorious for the large amounts of sediment floating in the beer. I found this beer to be mildly complex in aroma and flavor, but in unpleasant ways. Fruit esters and sweetness were overabundant, and the other flavors did not add much of interest and may have contributed to the unpleasant overall experience. I did not feel that this beer was delicate or particularly nuanced, which may not have been an issue if it were desirably good in flavor and aroma. The abundance of positive reviews suggest that I either obtained an oxidized bottle (or some other flaw), which is of course a possibility, but it remains that I wouldn't seek this out again except if I were, by some lucky chance, visiting the brewery.

Pours a voluminous, >3cm head of large bubbles, fairly dark tan in color. Yeast addition to the beer is unintentional, but impossible not to do (even tried using a strainer, but that failed to keep the yeast back). Head has solid retention, lasting several minutes before reducing to a ring around the glass with a few islands of spotty foam atop the body. Lacing is fairly substantial and includes a good bit of yeast. Body is expectedly cloudy, a brown-amber color, with suspended sediment and carbonation visible.

Aroma is of deep toffee-like malts and yeast, lots of yeast, with noticeable ethanol warmth, a bit of brown sugar, old wine, and dark cherry-like fruit esters. Despite this sounding quite nice, I was not particularly pleased with the aroma; there was something off about the combination and intensities of certain scents within the mix.

Taste is similar to smell, with yeast, dark cherry fruit esters, old wine, sweet toffee-like malts, ethanol, old leather, and a bit of stale cola flavor. Again, flavors are not particularly compelling, desirable, or tasty. Aftertaste is cloyingly sweet, like a bad doppelbock.

Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation that is initially a bit too high, but calms down over time. The result is a fairly smooth beer, perhaps a bit watery around the edges, and with noticeable ethanol warming on the tongue, throat, and in the nostrils.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Best before 4/15/2012, looks like I just missed having this "fresh."

3.5 A: Murky dark brown color. Two fingers of frothy/foamy beige head. Retention is a touch below average and very little lacing is left. A good bit of particulates floating around, but it's partially my fault as I let a giant yeast clump fall into the glass, so I'll be fair.

4.0 S: This is a lot less tame than the Bruin I just had, but still smells great. Lots of fruits including apple, vinous red grape and raisin, plum, and currant. A little boozy, but nothing not to be expected. Toasty, grainy malts. Faintly spicy with pepper and some yeastiness.

4.0 T: Again this is vinous and perhaps surprisingly so. Muscat grape, raisin, plum, currant, red apple, and dates. Light booze. Toasty and grainy malts. Light, but sufficient sweetness. Light pepper spiciness. Yeast.

5.0 M: Light body. Very nice spritzy carbonation. Nice and creamy. Super smooth. Great here.

4.0 D: Great beer. This brewery is definitely legit.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet
A: Hazy dark brown with a one finger lingering head
S: Tropical fruit and brown sugar
T: Heavy on molasses, and a bit of malt/fruit esters/spice. The alcohol is well hidden.
M: This might be the best mouthfeel I've ever encountered. Silky smooth, medium-bodied, a bit of kick from carbonation- very complex and makes me think about it, which is something I rarely encounter on the mouthfeel.
O: I wish the taste was a bit less one-dimensional with the molasses and this would be even better, though it certainly does not disappoint as is.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a murky light brown with tons of sediment with a two finger khaki colored head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, and raisins. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, raisins, and cream. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation which reminded me of a thin milkshake. Overall this was a decent brew. At first this one was a little off-putting due to all of the sediment present in it. Even with all of the sediment present in this glass the flavor and aroma on this one was still quite nice. There was a ton of dark fruit going on here, specifically raisin. This was definitely the factor that made this brew enjoyable. Definitely worth trying with or without the sediment.

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Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
4.17 out of 5 based on 469 ratings.
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