Rosie | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oak Aged Sour Ale fermented and aged with Wisconsin cherries.

Added by botham on 07-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear yet pale blush red color with light orange highlights. Produced a great eggshell yet almost pink fluffy head with some good retention behind it. Left tons of sticky lacing behind.

(S)- A dry woody vanilla-like aroma up front. Followed by a light yeasty tart and sour cherry/cranberry profile.

(T)- A great tart cherry and cranberry fruit profile. A little spice that comes from the fruits that meshes well with the sour background. A little dry hay funk on the finish. Complex, yet simplified at the same time. I am loving the flavors in this right now!

(M)- A lively carbonation level that jumps on the tongue a bit. A great balance for the style. A superb dryness and sourness with a great fruit profile. I am loving the light hay funk on the finish. Crisp; with a good acidity level.

(D)- What really makes this beer shine is how insanely drinkable this is, particularly when you consider the style it is in. A great balance of sour fruit, dry funk, and a good acidity level. If you are looking for a good beer to have with food, this might be it. If you also like a good fruit lambic, give this one a try for sure. Affordable, especially in a typically expensive style. Just downright tasty.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle split poured into a stemmed wine glass. 9% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Lakefront owner Russ Klisch for hooking me up with Rosie, bottled for the first time!

A - Rosie pours a beautifully clear orange-amber color tinted pink with a puffy, loose tinted light pink head. It's incredibly carbonated from the pop of the cork and the head lingers like a dollop of cream for what seems forever when you're waiting to drink this beauty. The plump head leaves lace clinging all over the glass!

S - Rosie has an awesome nose of bold oak woodiness and delicious-smelling Brett funkiness. The funk doesn't interfere too much but instead, adds an awesome depth to the nose with small hints of barnyard funk and horse-blanket. Mild cherry tartness pokes out timidly in the background while a swirl brings out more of the Brett yeast aroma.

T - Hints of tart cherries fall gently behind a small malt kiss, but the majority of the flavor profile comes from the Brett yeast. Oak wood and barnyard blend so well with a kiss of the mildly tart Wisconsin cherries. A light and complex flavor, Rosie is a complete pleasure to drink that just grows on me every time I have it. A contender against the Cali wild ales I'd say!

M - Highly carbonated with a sharp prickly finish and a light body, Rosie blends oak and Brett funkiness very well with a mildly tart finish. It's a crisp and refreshing beer with a great body for the style.

D - Where could the 9% possibly hide? Dear lord, it's not even HINTED at. It hides so well in this beer, it's dangerous. The flavor profile is fantastic as well as the nose leading in to it. Much better that what I remember on tap, the bottle is fantastic to have and I'll be heading back to buy a few more of these to age. The cross between the Kriek, Flanders Sour, and American Wild is just awesome in this brew.

(Edit 11-21-10* I've experienced this beer plenty of times since it's release and the review reflects enjoying it as fresh as can be. With age, this beer is not A+ worthy although not terrible either.)

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Photo of crossovert
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. Very nice labeling.

Pours into my Maredsous glass a rosy pinkish red. There are hints of pink/orange when held to light towards the edges. The head is large and white. It dissipates quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

The scent is a good interplay of tart cherries and sour funk, the sour probably could be heightened but for a balanced version of this, this is great. It has a large barnyard funk, moreso than I normally smell in these beers. There is a light vinegar but not as much as a typical Flanders Red Ale. Alas, the oak chimes in and brings some vanilla subtleties.

Mmm, this one is sour and tart at the same time. The cherries bring and oxidized taste along with the typical sweet fruitiness. This one isn't super sweet like other cherry beers and Flanders reds. There is also lemon, and all the funk that the funkies usually bring. There is a hint of medicinal flavor as well. Under that is some pie-crusty grain and vanilla. It isn't extremely sour, tart, or sweet, it is incredibly balanced.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated but it works at cutting down on sweetness and providing a nice sour/tart dry finish.

Step back New Glarus, this one just blasted your cherry fruit beers out of the water, especially Enigma.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into New Glarus flute.

A- Pours an explosive head, at least three fingers worth. Great looking lace is left as the head slowly recedes. The beer is a hazy tangerine with hints of red ruby in there as well.

S- A big dose of wood, mainly oak and a fair amount of funk which I like. Behind the funk some cherries creep in there and maybe even a little grapefruit.

T- Very crisp and refreshing flavors. heavy oak and a subdued cherry. The funkiness from the nose is more covered up in the taste. Just the slightest hint of malt comes in at the tail end. .

M- Crisp and clean. Dry on the finish with a light body. Really not as sour as one might expect but it doesn't lose anything because of it.

D- I couldn't believe this beer was 9%. No sign of that at all, the funk does a good job of covering it up but also adding just a great layer to this beer. It is good to see a local brewery starting to get into these styles.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at the brewery, 750ml bottle.

A: nice, clean rosey red color, very good, great head, rocky
S: excellent, definite funk with cherries noticeable
T: decent, with sourness but needs a bit more funk, slightly sweet but all-in-all very good to style, as it warms up the sourness starts coming through more
M: great mouthfeel, very refreshing
D: very drinkable, not too acidic

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Photo of homebrew311
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in an in person trade with millah- thanks a ton! Poured into a Lindeman's flute.

A: appears a nice light clear rose color with thick white head and heavy lacing.

S: nose features heavy Brett funk along with big notes of oak, vanilla, vinegar and cherries. Very interesting and unique. I have had this beer on draft as well as this tasting and I don't remember the Brett being so strong.

T: the front is big and tart with a lot of cherry character, the oak comes next and is tied in with the Bretty funk. The Brett isn't as strong tasting as the nose would suggest.

MF: light body, spritzy carbonation

D: well the 9% abv is virtually non existent... I would have guessed it to be somewhere in the 4-6% range. The Brett is a tad stronger than I like, but overall, this is an incredible effort from Lakefront and my new favorite of theirs.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the ''King Of Beers'' Andy for letting me take his bottle home

Pours a nice red/orange color with an out of control head that forces multiple pours to fill the glass.

The aroma is musty as fuck, wet clothes in the corner of a dirty attic stank. Notes of lemon zest, slight cherry sweetness, pear, and a final wave of that must. Excellent.

The flavor starts out with some biting orange/lemon/pear fruitiness and band aid strap. A pair of dirty gym socks clogs my mouth after I swallow. Cherries aren't really noticeable despite what the bottle says. I don't really care, because its fine without them. Lots of dry oakiness in the finish causes the back of my throat to tickle.

The body is medium and carbonation is extremely high. Overall this beer is stellar....probably the best wild beer I've had yet out of the state of Wisconsin. If the next batch can add some sourness I think I would make love to the bottle.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for bringing a bottle of this over.

Poured into my wine glass the beer is a dark pink red with two fingers of light pink head. The head has spectacular retention. It sets up like a pimk merangue. It simply will not fade. Thick webs of lace remain once the head finally fades.

The aroma is a perfect mix of sour cherries and oak barrel. Traces of brett and barnyard funk are present as well. Just a touch of sweetness can be picked out as the beer warms. It's spot on what I would think of in a tart lambic.

The flavor starts with a slight mouth puckering tart cherry burst. This is instanly mellowed by the heavy oak character blending the two seemlessly. Just enough funk to please my taste. Not a hint of the ABV can be picked out. This is dangerously deceptive.

The body is light and lively. Dry finish. Light to medium carbonation.

Overall an outstanding tart lambic. This might be the most dynamic beer to come out of Lakefront. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a brown, 750 ML corked and caged bottle and poured into a champagne flute. No bottled date.

Pours a blush red with light orange-amber highlights. Produces a magnificently frothy pink eggshell head with admirable retention and ample sticky lacing.

Aromas of apple cider, sour cherries and spiced yeast. Musty funk and band aid in the background.

Sour cherries melded with tart cranberry and apple cider up front, followed by hints of balsamic vinegar and spiced yeast. Earthy and woodsy oak notes surface. Slightly dry on the finish. Crisp and creamy mouthfeel with profoundly expressive carbonation. 9% ABV flies completely under the radar.

Exceptional balance between brightness and sourness of the fruit profile. Complex, extremely drinkable and very near to perfection.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

intrigued by this one - generous pours for $4 at the malt house

appearance: served in a nice unmarked tulip - pinkish amber body, beige crest with light retention, active carbonation

smell: great nose - oak is the heavy hitter, brett yeast is strong, tart cherries

taste: Rosie is heavy on the oak, which i enjoy. Tart cherrys slice the tongue first, followed by the oak and yeasty funk. There is just something in the finish that doesnt taste right

mouthfeel: moderately tart, well balanced, strong carbonation

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one.

Orangey amber red, fluffy head that has its own rosy tint. Foam has some larger bubbles moving through. Very effervescent and spritzy. Clarity is nice, the reddish brown tint does suggest cherries. Spindly arcs of lace, spotty flecks of foam, decent retention.

Sharp tangy notes of Brett right off the bat, a little medicinal with sterile gauze notes. Later on this dissipates some, leaving more pleasant hay and stable notes, macerated dark cherries, stems, pits and all. Fairly clean with well defined Brett character.

More tangy tartness in the flavor, dry with a light champagne effervescence. Slightly on the verge of being overly charged at first, the carbonation settles out after a swirl. Cherry is noticeable but overshadowed somewhat by the Brett. Tangy again with some funkiness in the aftertaste. Highly drinkable.

As stated by the label, "Roeselare style" (Rodenbach HQ), meaning Flanders Red/Brown.

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 from my boy lou, thanks lou, cellared for awhile, entered from notes

a: poured into a tall allagash weizen glass, the beer is a deep honeyed amber in color with a slight rose tint, each pour explodes with building carbonation, requiring a couple attempts to fill the glass, a chunky head retains well and leaves good lace

s: funk makes the first move on the nose - wild with some really good barnyard character - damp hay and sun bathed livestock stalls, fresh mushrooms, pungent for sure but not exploring the more offensive range of the territory, oak aromas fit in very nicely, clean malts infused with cherry, fermented fallen fruit, aged papery hops, complimentary alcohol, very nice

m: carbonation slightly prickly, but only nudging towards the high side of moderate, body light and crisp

t: considerable wild character throughout well integrated with a clean, dry malt base infused with fermented cherries, the nose shows more barnyard range, but there’s a nice tart fallen fruit, sunny stall character here, some touches of oak on the back end, drying with an acidic touch to the finish, papery hops

o: a well-crafted sour, the wild yeasts hit especially well on the nose, drinks especially well for the abv, good effort by Lakefront

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a general ruby aura topped with a fleeting beige foam that doesn't endure but leaves remnants of lace.
Black cherry rings loudly on the nose, backed with caramel and a tart dollop of balsamic vinegar. Oak brings light traces of buttery vanilla, hazelnuts, and drying tannins.
Across the mouth, caramel and bright, sweet-tart cherries call loudly. Oak peeks out and adds vanilla and toast and lightly buttered nuts. A tart turn midway brings acetic acid, balsamic vinegar and pithy raspberries. No alcohol is even thought of.
Sleek, medium full bodied, with a sheering sourness that gives the impression of something smaller than it is.
It's tart cherries first, with a gob of sweetness, then more sour to follow. Pretty well done and pretty much as advertised. It may lack a tad in overall depth, but it's plenty drinkable and equally fun.

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Photo of bradner
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a tulip.

A - Fairly clear, reddish amber color with some white head that has some red tones as well. Lots of bubbles in this one - champagne like.

S - Some dried cherries, some barnyard scents, and oak.

T - Some brett funk, dry cherry taste, oak, very slight sweetness, some tartness, and a hint of vanilla.

M - A lot of carbonation here, like I said earlier, champagne like. Thin tasting, finishes dry with a slight tartness.

D - I would have liked a bit more sweetness in this one. Overall, enjoyable and the price was fantastic for the quality.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 20 Oct 2010. Courtesy of ratatat & S, thanks! Served in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils glass.

Very large tight pink head. Well carbonated. Cloudy amber rose color. Aroma pours out of the bottle as it's opened, tart cherries and oak, possibly cedar, woody and herbal. Doesn't start as tart as the aroma would indicate. Starts sweet-tart, becoming a bit drier in the middle. Moderately sour. Woody/oaky finish. Aroma becomes a bit sweeter as the beer warms. Aftertaste is a lingering sour-tart cherryness. Medium body, mild ethanol.

A sour that doesn't melt your face off.

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Photo of boomer31
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear light red with a huge white head. Tough to pour this head is so big.

S - Acidic, Brett, lemon funk up front. Cherry. Not overwhelming

T - Cherry really comes out. Some brett sourness. Some wood in the back. Not overly complex

M - As the pop would have you think, very high carb, light on the palate, not overly sour.

D - A very good intro to lambic beer. Drinkable and not overly tart.

Not a great beer but a good beer and I'm glad lakefront tried their hand at it.

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Photo of Beerfayce
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a snifter

A: Bright red but not cloudy, no head present when it was served to me.

S: Sour fruit background, funk and sweetness with the distinct wild "band-aid" smell.

T: Tart fruit and funk in balance here, sourness and barnyard earth of the Brett as the taste develops. The finish is slightly dry.

M: well carbonated with a dryness that is pleasant, not a heavy bodied beer.

D: An enjoyable sour, it doesn't have an intense flavor profile but is well balanced. Not overly sweet and without hints of unpleasant medicinal tastes make it easy to drink and return to.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I almost got wounded opening this beer... The cage was loosened and the cork came flying out at my face. I had no time to react. OPEN THIS BEER WITH CAUTION!

poured into pint glass.

Appearance: medium red bodied beer with a white head. Huge head with a gentle pour. Decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Decent smell of cherries, not much funk noted. Mild oak notes.

Taste: Semi-sweet cherries upfront. Really mild funky notes. Little bit of oak and vanilla in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Really high carbonation levels and a light bodied beer. Finishes clean and dry. Its an easy drinking sour. Almost drinks like a cherry champaign.

Overall: Nice effort by Lakefront. I think this is the first Lambic they have brewed. It is a great beer for an introduction to a newbie for sour beers. I would be interested in seeing more lambics from lakefront.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a nice ruby red color with one inch of reddish white head.

s - Smells great. Lots of tart cherries, dark fruits, and fruity malts.

t - Tastes of cherries and dark fruits; a little tangy which is a bit weird.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An ok fruit beer. I thought it smelled very good, but something was slightly off in the taste. None the less, a good beer I would like to try again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pete shared this bottle recently, until he popped it out I didn't know Lakefront made a decent beer. This one was fine for an all brett sour.

Beer has no head, at all, its mildly carbonated in the glass, mostly clear and is kind of pinkish red in color.

Aroma is a brett bomb of funk and lactic. Nice.

It didn't appear to be carbonated but it really really is. The carbonation is so strong it overwhelms the palate completely in the front. The sourness comes as a wave of lactic and mild acetic sour on the back half of the palate. Its a nice beer overall but its nothing spectacular.

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Photo of levifunk
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the malt house.

a - red, white head

s - sweet fruit. some earthy notes.

t - cherry. sour, but not that noticeable. grassy clove flavor

m - med/light body. good carbonation

o - glad to try it, but not something to go crazy over. could use some more sour kick. easy to drink and no where near 9%.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The body is a very attractive red color that begs to be seen. The head is a perfect white and rather quick-lived considering it took the bartender two trips to the tap to get the beer poured. According to her the brew is highly carbonated.

S - The scent is exactly how I would expect it to be. The only factor not lending it to a perfect score is the sourness in the aroma could be a bit stronger.

T - The flavors here are very interesting. Tastes of malt, nut, pear, and alcohol. Not as sour as I would have anticipated but then again, despite the label, this is not a sour. It's listed on the Lakefront Brewery website as a Kreik. If this beer is truely suppose to be listed here as a lambic I'd say it fits the style relatively well. If they were going for sour, I'd say it needs more time to mature.

M - The feel is nice and dry, slightly coarse and rather crisp.

~ For me this is a one and done while the beer is at this stage in its life. I really like the opportunity this beer offers. It being at 9% abv gives it a chance to grow in the bottle. If I see a bottle on a shelf here in Central Wisconsin I'll pick one up for the cellar.

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Photo of anell213
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork and cage bottle into a flute.

A: Looks like a reddish orangeish champagne. Too much head on the first pour, wow.

S: Not an overly powerful smell, but get some cherry, lemon, wood, brett.

T: Not what I expected, but good. I expected a lot of cherry, and while I'm getting some, I get more funky brett. Good though.

M: Drinks like a champagne.

O: Might not seek out again, but glad I'm drinking it. I personally would have liked a little more fruit, but maybe that's because I assumed that's what it was going to be like.

Probably shouldn't be listed as a Fruit-Lambic. Says on the bottle Roeselare, so should be Flanders Red.

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Photo of mynie
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yeast here is strong. Its dad said to him "you got to be aggressive, son, or else them men gonna come up here and take you away from us," and the yeast said "yes'sir," didn't look up or nothing, just stood with its back straight and did what it was told. Its dad nearly kissed it, he was so proud.

Thing is that such fiery resolve causes the whole beer to burn. The aroma's real nice and sour-like, like a very smooth and unusually fruity Flanders, but then when you go and try and sip it, most of what you taste is bubbles.

Kept thinking maybe it would smooth itself out. Maybe when it got warmer, maybe if I put the cork back in and tried drinking the rest of it tomorrow. But no, it just stayed the same the whole way.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer. Always nice to try another sour beer.

The beer pours a pinkish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the tart cherries with some caramel malt. The brett used in the brewing process contributes a nice aroma to the beer. The flavor is very nice as well. I get a lot of cherries, as well as some oak and vanilla notes. The caramel malt is present as well. Light tartness and very refreshing. My one complaint is that the carbonation is extremely high. It is very prickly and hurts the drinking process. Medium mouthfeel. Other than the carbonation, this beer is very enjoyable.

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