La Moneuse | Brasserie de Blaugies

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La MoneuseLa Moneuse

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Blaugies

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
La Moneuse is named for A. J. Moneuse (b. 1768), a famous local bandit and gang leader, and ancestor of the brewers’ family. It is a classic "saison" beer by virtue of its strength and its earthy, aged quality. It has a hardy, semi-dry malt character, a fresh but not overpowering hoppiness, abundant yeasty, fruity flavors and a fairly strong, but pleasant and enticing mustiness.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.65/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle (2006 vintage, most likely) into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to Dan for sharing.

A: Hazy light orange body with an inch of creamy tan foam. If that were all, this would be a nice looking saison. Unfortunately, despite a careful pour from the middle of the bottle, there are dark chunks swirling lazily throughout the beer and peppering the head. Yuck.

S: A light whiff of skunk is all the indication left that this was once a fairly hoppy beer, and is joined by some soft malt and fruity yeast. So much for the normal smells: it's also fishy, musty, corky, and generally disappointing.

T: Peppery phenols jump out as a pleasant surprise after the off-putting nose, and are followed by some bready malt and a cleanly bitter finish. It really doesn't taste all that much like a saison, but it's ok.

M: Supple medium body with ample, soft carbonation. One bright spot.

D: Definitely not very drinkable. I won't be going back for seconds.

Notes: I'd love to try a fresher bottle of this one, since age hasn't done it any favors. Some other aged saisons I've had have developed fascinating sourness and complexity, but this one just got weird. Oh, well.


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Photo of Ego
2.81/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

from oak tree buy rite, edison nj (no freshness date but they just got it in)

damn, I thought this would be an "exploder" as the cork sailed off into orbit immediately... but thankfully it is just high on the carbonation.. not high on crack. into the chimay chalice she goes... 1.5 fingers of dense creamy looking white head, immediately sticky like tar on a day like... well, today! golden hue with orange tones, ample carbonation feeds and retains ver well. pretty clear for a saison, I did not swirl in the yeast as of yet (I will later on down the bottle)

suprisingly mild, definite biscuity/doughy thing happening, mild belgian funk and a hint of lemon tartness.. almost smells like the hefeweizen I was scarfing down today. scent is OK.

taste etc...
holy all taste of carbonation batman! you literally get seconds of just pure gas... man my dog is going to run out of the room later. the carbonation totally intereferes with this one, when the flavor finally is allowed to rest on your tongue it is a subdued saison, a nice tartness afterward but mild in all usual aspects. there is some decent bitterness and funk but it seems a bit out of balance. there is something off the mark here, it isn't bad but this is certainly just average.

with so many far superior saisons around (for reasonable prices) why would I go to this one? answer: I won't.

music : scar symmetry - pitch black progress

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Photo of stcules
2.82/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Oranged color, a large float of very thin floating corpuscule. Average perlage. The foam is good on the top, quite bubbly on the sides. Average.
In the smell sweet and ripe fruitiness. Melon, apricot. Something tropical, and green notes, lightly tart, like unripe green apple. A bit strange and dissociated.
The taste is less sweet, with tart notes, that makes it more drinkable. Ripe pear in the finish. Tart aftertaste. Some dissociation here, too. Long ripe pear.
After all, not too bad.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Orange gold body with a white head, nice retention and minor lacing. Aromas of yeast, bread, a bit of sweetness and spice. Flavors were dominated by yeast, sweet malt and some spice. Personally, I prefer my Saisons to have just a flick or more of tartness and this has none.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.06/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of mgermani: Poured a dirty cloudy dark beige color ale with huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light funkyness with some typical Belgian malt. Taste is also dominated by some light funkyness with some notes of dry Belgian Malt. Body is thinner then I would have expected even thought there is quite a lot of sediment in the beer; carbonation is top-notch thought. I have to admit that I was expecting a lot more from this based on previous rating which makes me doubt if I had a bad bottle.

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Photo of Braz
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Purchased at Tacoma Boys. I had to judge this strictly as a farmhouse ale. May have been off. Pours a clear bronze with a head I don't have the room here to describe. Like champagne on roids. Pure white. Then looking back over to the bottle a few seconds later, it was slowly spewing foam like a volcano. And it did not want to stop no matter what I did. Aromas were dark fruit, very yeasty with a bit of dry apple. Beer itself was quite tasteless. Way too much carbonation. Nothing really stood out from the taste. Like I said this was probably old or discounted for some reason. Not undrinkable, but not a saison anymore either.

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Photo of Serum
3.17/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a solid beer but my least favourite from this brewery. It smelled great with bready sweetness and a little cola but the taste was a bit too dry and not that complex. I preferred the lingering aftertaste of saison d'epeautre and darbyste.

The yeast is very easily disturbed so letting it sit for a month or so makes a world of difference to the taste. The more the yeast settles, the drier it seems to taste. Carbonation is very high and quite prickly and for me it just needs a bit more of the malt to come through.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to neorunner for this bottle.

A: pours hazy orange with two fingers of dense head that is slow to subside

S: saaz, pils, very lager-y smells. i was expecting funk after having the d'eauptre

T: more like a german lager than a saison. slightly earthy and hop bitterness, then a bit of malt but no saison yeast characteristics at all.

M: light to medium bodied, easy drinking and clean finishing.

O: again, de blaugies makes a saison that doesn't seem like a saison. i love the drinkability of this but was hoping for more interesting flavors.

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Photo of GDMFSOB
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Two-fingered, whit head that slowly climbs down the side. Appearance reminds me of a light, hazy, mulled cider. The nose is faintly estery and with a bit of alcohol. The alcohol is very well hidden though in the mouth, almost too much so if you are, like myself, a fan of a good alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is smooth but nothing special. The aforementioned hidden alcohol makes it awfully drinkable though. Not a bad representation of the style at all, but I have to say it is not quite as complex as most of the saisons I've had.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a ruddy opaque amber with a soft long lasting poofy white head, good lace.

S: Some musty barnyard, fruity with yeast esters, bit of white pepper.

T: Fermented pears, some apple and peach. Estery, has a bit of booze.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly thin, very smooth and soft carbonation.

D: A nice enough saison, but nothing really good here, not too complex.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a nice big white head. Aromas of a small hop presence, hints of fruit and a small mustiness. In the taste, a semi sweet malt, hints of fruit, yeasty and mustiness. A bitter mouthfeeel with a small dryness and small fruitiness as well. A bit more hops than a typical saison, but a nice bitter. The sweet malt and fruit notes stand out nicely.

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Photo of garbercury
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle generously supplied by Reed415...

A--Gusher of great consequence. Lost a ton of beer, not cool. Once it settled and we got half the bottle in glasses, nice retention and orange-red hue...

S--Peppery spice, lemon zest.

T--A little light on the palate, missing flavor for my liking. Light lemony taste...

M--Good, fluffy mouthfeel.

D--Not bad, not my favorite version of the style, would probably not seek this out again...

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Photo of GClarkage
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

04/25/06- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Both caged an corked. The cork says year 2004. Poured into mu Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Amber-orangish pour. Huge billowing head. Had to wait about 3 minutes to finish the pour between two glasses. Little brown specks of yeast in my frothy head. Streaks and chunks of lace all over.

Smell- Typical saison scent. A bit of funkyness here, some white pepper there and some lemon rind in between. All in all a good thing. Kind of a sniffer though. Doesn't jump right out at you.

Taste- Fairly mellow for a saison. A nice amount of spices. Mostly white pepper. maybe a touch of corriander. Lemon rind is there, but not as pronounced as would like. Flavors meld well together. Tasty, but not exceptional.

Mouthfeel- Well, or highly carbonated.

Drinkability- As stated above...not on of the best, but a nice example to style. If such a thing exists for a session saison...this would be it. Drinkable, and then some, but nothing that makes you jump out of your seat.

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Photo of theopholis
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A slightly cloudy honey color with an off-white foamy head. The head has good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma- Quite sour. Not much else.

Aroma- The flavor is very nice. Starts out as a mild barnyard taste, earthy, yeasty. It then picks up a nice malty flavor with a nutty quality. Hint of pepper in there to.

Mouthfeel- A nice, tight tight CO2 level nicely compliments the peppery flavors. The body is fairly light, which works well.

Drinkability- Quite nice.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unknown vintage, but judging by the updated label graphics, a newer one.

Cork'd and cage'd 750 popped wildly as soon as the thought of opening the bottle crossed my mind. The 2 inches of head above the 1 inch of darker orange-amber in my tulip were no surprise.

Smell is lots of ripe fruits - green apples and watermellon. Warm yeast that's not so much funky or musty as musky. Finally, sweet and sugary spices - pepper and basil, but in a candied way. Light malts, I suppose. Interestingly, between the AbV, spices, and phenols, on one or two sips, the aroma is almost eye-watering (but in a good way, trust me).

Taste is very dry but very full - light malts and tons of chai spices. Black pepper softens into cumin and cardamom. Tart hops and wasabi round out the middle while the finish is talc-dry with a little citrus.

Mouthfeel is very clean - almost astringent. A little body would make it less breathtaking on every sip. This and the striking spice and sour actually impact drinkability just a bid. Admittedly, I'm fond of sweeter brews, but this is one of the driest I've had, even among Saisons.

All that said, though, this is really well-balanced. Tastes far older than it is. Saying a saison is dry is like saying champagne is dry . . . of course it is!

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Photo of mjc410
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour into my La Moneuse glass (finally!) raises a head over three inches high, which leaves incredible lacing while it falls over the next few minutes. The head is off-white, and the body is an orange-gold. The nose is of sugar, yeast notes, pepper, and cut grass. I wish it had more spicy notes. The taste is sweet but ends dry, with a buttery flavor to it. There are light peppery notes, and some light fruitiness as well. Nothing awe-inspiring, but alright nonetheless. The mouth is standard for a saison, although perhaps a little less carbonated than usual. A good drinking saison, but nothing too special.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have to admit, I got an off bottle of this. so let this review reflect what it comes out like when there is something wrong in the bottling. the beer pours a nice cloudy pale golden color, as a saison should, with whoa whoa whoa wait, a huge huge head, rising snow white and overflowing. an inch of beer on the bottom of an ale glass, 7 inches of head, and rising. tons of hectic fizz spouting off from whatever impurities are on the inside of the glass. odd, new, and curious. the nose is fine, well spiced, yeasty, alcoholic, and thicker for the genre, but this look is throwing me off. not that the foam has relaxed, its insanely flat, like, all that carbonation and activity has faded to nothing. this has the gravity and feel of tap water. so different. I decided that a tiny pour from the bottle and a quick chug was the only way to go. it could achieve a nice feel on the sip before it goes flat, as well as the full aroma as it warmed in the bottle. lots of yeast, maybe too much, something is off here, but I still force it to work out of ambition and desperation. id ask for my money back, but I finished it off, and without a receipt, it ain't going to work. the feel is soda when its live, and water when its dead, such a dichotomy. overall, if this was right in feel it would be profound, but in the bottle I got, it was just above average. a good brew, but I need another bottle to really evaluate this fairly. look out for handling.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL into tulip. you can definitely tell this thing laid on its side. for a while.

A: massive head. bright white. retention is great as is the lacing. a faint hazy orange body. hazy. good looking saison.

S: esters seriously dominate the palate. boatloads of gas to go along with it. pears. a little bit of floral hop. but just a bit. overall, i would say esters dominate a little too much.

T: the tongue starts with a sharp bit of tartness. a bit of spice. black pepper. its actually a little tough to find the malt in there. the palate is starts sharp and then the finish is bone dry.

M: an effervescent bottle carbonation here. medium bodied.

D: good thirst quencher, but wouldnt hate a few more nuances here. overall a good saison, but not great.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 Vintage. Deep glowing orange colour. Hazy, with a massive head of white foam kept alive by abundant streams of carbonation erupting like strings of xmas lights. A very beautiful appearance. The aroma is very yeasty, with sweet yet musty lemon and melon frutiness. The aroma of malt has a bready and graham cracker like character.

The flavor is mostly a tangy sweet maltiness with candy and fruit. Lightly dry. The finish has a bit of an off putting sour touch that doesn't belong. Light body, lightly creamy, nice mouthfeel overall.

The drinkablility was decent and perhaps hindered by the age. I would like to try a more recent release of this to compare...

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Photo of Absumaster
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An orange beer with a lacy head that settles and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell of cork and musty cellar, spicy like dandelion and green herbs.

Taste is fresh and has the typical Saison characteristics, yet not as outspoken as some of the other examples. This beer has a light cork taste, but this overlaps with the other spicy notes of the yeast so the cork is not in your face. The spices appear to be green, garden herbs like oregano and basil. Mouthfeel is sizzling of the intense carbonation. The beer appears to be quite thin, but still has enough body to compensate for this.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this bottle sitting on the back of a shelf at my local beer store. Lucky find. The bottle looks like it might have been laying on its side for a while since there is a slick of yeast all the way down the bottle. Cooled down till about 48 degrees and poured into my go to saison glass, my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a super hazy peach with a massive white, rocky cap that leaves the stickiest lacing I've ever seen come out of a Saison. It looks like clumps of bread dough stuck to the inside of the glass. Once uncorked, farmhouse funkiness started permeating through my kitchen and into my living room. That's some strong aroma. After letting it sit and settle for a bit, I poured it into my glass. Instantly hit with bitter lemon pith, aspirin, a slight (but not that slight because my wife picked it out instantly) ammonia aroma, freshly steeped grains, earthy dampness, and fresh cut grass and hay. The flavor is fairly intense. At first, I found it metallic and almost chemical. As it warmed and saturated my palate, the rough edges melted away and all the nuances of this beer came through. Up front it has big earthy tones. Fresh tilled dirt mixed with just a bit of fertilizer. Sucking on a freshly cut piece of hay with the taste of mowing your lawn. Overly boiled grains, with fresh lemon zest. This beer is complex but unfortunately, there is just a bit too much ammonia. I don't know if this beer has some brett in it, but I bet there is some way or another. Whether it got in got in through aging or its inoculated, I've never had a beer with that much ammonia that wasn't bretted. The mouthfeel is major disappointment to me. It has a harsh graininess to it that's enjoyable, but its full and finishes sweet. I want my Saisons to finish bone dry and its always my biggest turn off in a Saison. I'm glad I gave this beer a second chance. After the first half a glass, I was thinking about drain pouring it. As it warmed closer to room temperature this beer really showed its true colors. Overall not my favorite Saison but much, much better then dumping down the drain.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Chicago, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Blaugies' La Moneuse is a malt-forward, rather heavy/dark saison (relative to lighter/fruitier/funkier saisons) with a stronger emphasis on caramel malt sweetness and characters than saison yeast esters and phenols. If this sounds appealing, it's definitely a saison to check out, if just for a fairly novel take on the style. While it works, I wasn't as blown away as I thought I'd be, and would be interested in trying this very fresh, otherwise I'd seek out Blaugies' spelt and fig beers over this one.

Pours a fairly tall (1.5cm) head of fairly clean, white foam, made up primarily of medium and small-sized bubbles. Retention is about average, the foam lasting a bit over a minute before it declines to a thin cap of lacing atop the body of the beer. Lacing around the sides of the glass is moderately present, some medium-sized washes and large dots clinging to the walls of the glass. The body is a dark copper-brown color, fairly opaque (about 60-70% opacity), with light bringing out brighter orange-caramel tones.

Aroma is of pleasant caramel malt sweetness with a bit of decomposing leaf matter (or mustiness, as the label suggests), woodsy Continental hops, light tartness, saison yeast, and a bit of dried orange peel.

Front of palate discovers caramel malt sweetness with slightly medicinal and spicy Belgian yeast phenols, moderate mustiness / decomposing leaf matter, and apple cider. Mid-palate finds decomposing leaf matter, saison yeast, some spiciness and sharp phenolic notes, and contentinal hop bitterness over an underlying caramel malt sweetness. Back of palate features continued caramel malt sweetness with a moderate continental hop bitterness and woodsiness, white pepper, and typical saison yeast-produced fruity esters and spicy phenols. Aftertaste is pleasantly bitter, with residual caramel malt sweetness, slightly heavy Belgian yeast, moderate mustiness and phenolic spiciness, and dried orange peel.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium levels of carbonation, resulting in a slightly fizzy mouthfeel that eventually calms to a foamy, creamy feel. A bit of ethanol heat is detectable as a flash in the nostrils when swallowing, otherwise unpresent. Closes out dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance - Overflowing as I pour it. Chunky bits spill into the glass and riddle the foam with brown specs. Murky deep amber body. Not a pleasant looking beer.

Smell - Apple fruitiness and some floral notes. Honey and some caramel malt. Hint of spice, like rye.

Taste - Much less fruitiness, more of a variety of sweet malt flavors. Honey, toffee, slight bitterness. Some spiciness in the back, again reminiscent of rye. More of a saison finish with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Looks way overcarbonated, but it's quite creamy. Pleasant and not what I expected.

Overall - Surprising beer. None of the characteristics I expected, but I was never disappointed.

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Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge 4+ finger head. Leaves plenty of chunky ring lace. Dark amber color; light cloudiness.

Mildly earthy. Dry malt smell. Strong alcohol nose.

Relatively dry with some earthiness. Moderate level of hoppy bitterness. Typical body for a Saison. Stronger alcohol presence than a typical Saison. Short aftertaste of some bitterness.

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La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
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