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Brasserie de Blaugies

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle

Pours hazy golden yellow with a dense creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like apricot, lemon, white grapefruit, orange citrus, banana, clove, peppery spice, mild vanilla, funky hay, some grainy spelt, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like apricot, lemon, white grapefruit, orange citrus, banana, clove, peppercorn spice, mild vanilla, some funky hay, grainy spelt, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice and clean tasting saison.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale gold in color, lightly hazy, two plus fingers of long lasting rocky white head that leaves behind lots of lacing. Aroma is lightly grainy, peppery, a bit lemony, and has a light hay note that comes through more as it warms. Taste hits the same notes with a dry, moderately bitter finish. Medium-light body with effervescent carbonation. Overall I very much enjoyed this beer, it's super tasty and hits the perfect notes for a saison.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy pale golden/straw color with a 2 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, tangerine, pear, apple, white grape, citrus zest/peels, peppercorn, herbal, grass, hay, straw, musty funk, wheat, cracker, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, citrus hops, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, tangerine, pear, apple, white grape, citrus zest/peels, peppercorn, herbal, grass, hay, straw, musty funk, wheat, cracker, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Large amount of yeast spiciness and light-moderate herbal/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, tangerine, pear, apple, white grape, citrus zest/peels, peppercorn, herbal, grass, hay, straw, funk, wheat, cracker, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, citrus hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance; and zero astringent flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, clean, dry, and fairly grainy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. A bit prickly/foamy, but not overwhelming. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an awesome saison! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, citrus hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Awesome yeast complexity with complementing hop flavors; and a solid malt backbone. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

750 ml bottle in an oversized wine glass

A: huge, rocky, four finger head (this is one of the most heady beers i've had in ages), i tried to pour this as gingerly as possible but to no avail it seen, a very light hazy, straw gold color, this beer has very strong head retention, the lacing is a bit ugly and soapy
S: strong earthy and pilsner malt notes (though the pilsner malt is one of the first things to fade), with a yeasty character bringing up the rear with some lemon and a touch of pepper (it almost has a wit, sensibility which i suppose is coming from the spelt), the beer has a very crisp aroma, I like the earthiness of the spelt, unfortunately it dies down a bit as the beer sits, leaving a more general, wit aroma
T: immediately dry and grainy, with a very subtle sweetness following after, a touch of astringency is present here, in a lot of ways this taste like a less, flowery, more earthy wit (the spelt again I would assume), there are also some moderate peppery notes here and a bit of lemon, though overall I would not call this a fruity beer in the least. I feel that it could benefit from a touch of sweetness and a touch of dankness, maybe some more pilsner malt and some noble hops,
M: exceptionally dry
O: There are things about this beer that really flip my switch in a big way (the nose suggests that allusion to the older ways of producing farmhouse beers) but they are not quite here in a big enough way, that being said, this in no way smacks of being a more modern or contemporary beer, but this beer is not amazing, it is pleasant and it is rustic at points (which as before I noted I love) but it is not incredible. I have not had any prior beers from either Hill Farmstead or Blaguies, and will seek them out in the future, but I can only hope this is not the best they have to offer, I would avoid this if; like me, this would be your first Hill Farmstead-(ish) beer and just hold out until you can actually but the real stuff, it's not bad, it's just kinda mehh

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a Duvel glass.

Once I opened the bottle, the amount of carbonation sent the cork way far and it created tons of foam in the beer.

A: The body is yellow cristalline with just a bit of haziness. The head is giant, having a tremendous retention and leaving tons of lacing. A bit less of carbonation would help this beer, apperance-wise because the head is actually too big.
S: The aroma has some citric tones of tangerine, sweet malts and some acidic tones which I can't identify where they come from.
T: The taste is very interesting has all characteristics are very balanced. The sweetness of the malts and tangerine are present in the beginning, it appears to have some salty profile that disappears with tangerine acidic and hops bitter profiles. It's interesting to drink this beer because it tastes somewhere between a brett lambic and a belgian strong pale ale. It's like a mix in between.
M: The mouthfeel is interesting because, as said previously, there's some acidity to this beer that resembles a soft lambic but there's a bit of bitterness getting closer to a regular pale belgian ale.
O: It's my first Blaugies beer and my first Hill Farmstead beer as well. I actually wanted this because of HF and I'm really happy with it. Actually, for the price, it might be one of the best beers ever for this style.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is sort of a cross between a highly hopped pilsner and a saison. You notice the yeasty/spice but also a lot of the grassy flavoring and such from a well made pilsner. Not quite what I was expecting but still very solid beer. A little disappointed by a HF.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the cold bottle, it pours yellow (possibly very slightly cloudy) with a large vibrant head. Multiple streams of bubbles come up from the bottom to keep it large. Nose is floral - I get no funk in my bad nose. Taste is sharp, with a mild hop bite that, as another reviewer noted, cleans the tongue. Yum!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale yellow with a soft, bubbly, pearl white head.

Spicy black pepper nose with banana bread.

Taste is similar, but closer to gingerbread, with pear apple and bubblegum.

Spicy, thin, but frothy. This is an odd one for the associated pedigree.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wheat, grains, lemon, lime, fresh cut grass, citrus zest, white wine notes, bubblegum, yeast, earthieness, bit of funk - all blending together and coming through so clean on this. almost a champagne like mouthfeel leaves a crisp dryness and light prickle on the tongue. super easy drinking and very very refreshing summer brew.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow body, clear with just a touch of haze, strong carbonation forming streams of bubbles throughout, and an absolutely massive white head, rocky and sticky.

S - Floral notes mingle with a mild funk, a hint of herbal and grassy notes finish. Lemon curd. Zest. Yum.

T - More straight-forward than the nose, but completely dialed in, with a wonderful tart front of lemon and floral elements, a middle of grains and minerality, and a close that turns mildly bitter, spicy and spiky, clearing the tongue for another welcome drink.

M - Bright and brisk, with a hint of dustiness in the close.

O - This is a very well crafted saison, traditional, with lots of corners to explore. Tasty.

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Photo of kitch
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with a best before end year of 2018 and poured into a Cantillon Iris ballon glass.

Appearance: It poured a very nice clear golden colour with a two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Farmhouse mustiness, straw, hay, red apple, honey, lemon zest and a hint of banana esters.

Taste: Cereal grains, honey, herbal, grassy, zesty lemon with a hint of peach and peppery spice.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light bodied with high lively prickly carbonation.

Overall: A solid saison from Blaugies and Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of joe1510
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Open Bottle - Tinley Park

Ah, the look of saison. La Vermontoise is a paleset of pale golden. A touch of haze runs throughout but not enough to obscure the insane amount of bubbles rushing to the surface of the body. The head is as it should be; pure white, mountainous, long lasting, and sticky. The lace collects in clumps to the sides of the glass and a quick glance is enough to let you know you'll be scrubbing later. This is precisely how saisons should look.

The nose is chock full of those well regarded, old country saison aromas. As the cork pops you can immediately smell the early morning orchard, musty and dewey underripe apples and peaches. A quick hit of Bazooka Joe flashes through and adds a touch of sugar. A mild banana estery-ness runs throughout but it's tough to pick up at times. The malt base is pretty prolific and in your face with a nice wheaty twang accompanied by a crisp, freshly cracked graininess. An all around delicious smelling beer.

The flavor profile is right there reaching for the nose and finally grasping it.The orchard fruits again off the bat in the sme lyrical way as mentioned above. A minerality reminiscent of hard water floats on the periphery adding some depth. The punchy graininess hits in the middle, freshly cracked, with a mild wheaty twang. It's zippy on the finish with the orchard fruits returning in full force, led by underripe peaches, and met with soft white pepper and very mild banana notes. The Bazooka Joe pops up here and there with a touch of sweetness but it's not as noticeable as the nose suggested.

The carbonation and body are as a saison should be. Though weighing in at 6% the body feels nearly weightless. The carbonation is alive and zippy, though not quite reaching the airy frothiness of the best in style. A snappy bitterness runs down the middle of the tongue and lingers long after the dry finish. This beer is wildly easy to drink.

This is a good saison from two breweries that certainly know what they're doing when it comes to the style. It's old school and delicious though it doesn't quite reach the heights of Dupont's offerings, Fantome's offerings, or D'Erpe-Mere. With that said, those beers are of the benchmark varieties. I would most likely pick this up again in the future, though the green bottle kinds of stinks.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Despite its devoted following, Hill Farmstead does not distribute outside of Vermont. So the only way for PLMs (People Like Me)to see what everyone else raves about is to go to Vermont. This beer solves that dilemma... and solves it decisively.

Very impressive, rocky head that recedes and a pleasant pale to admire in the sun.
Because they seem to use hops mostly for balancing the taste, I smell mostly malty, grassy.
The taste distinguishes this saison because the bittering hops do not bother me as usually then do. (How does Blaugies or Hill do that ?)
The feel is lively and worked great with the garlicky meal accompanying it.

If this is all I get of Hill Farmstead, it won't be enough.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Straw yellow in color; somewhat hazy. Pours with a huge bright white head that dies down very slowly leaving a very thick uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer and some lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of small bubbles visible from the carbonation.

Smell: Malty, slightly sour aroma.

Taste: Mild, slightly malty taste to start. Mildly bitter, grainy finish.

Feel: Somewhat thin body; light velvety feeling. Mild fizzy sensation from the carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Typical taste of a saison, however very mild. Not a lot of flavor. Tastes like a good quality commercial beer. If in the mood for a light beer to have with food, this would be a decent choice.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost solid white head into Yupik glass. Vigorous bubbles like champaign after 5 minutes of settling it leaves a cloudy straw yellow with nice lacing and a white center mound, Looks perfect. Smells hoppy, somewhat funky, slight floral and actually a little chewing tobacco. Taste is very complex with hop bitterness, sweet floral and funkiness all blending together. Aftertaste is very bitter for a saison but I think this was what they were after. Overall I very unique saison from tee of the best.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L - pours an impeccably crystal clear straw gold. Monstrous head. I'm having a hard time consuming this because of how quickly the head FWOOMPs up in the glass. Light and delicate foam structure.

S - bitter tartness. Lemon zest, spices galore.

T - taste is muted compared to the nose. Citrusy grassiness. Tangy, zesty, spicy. White wine and apples. Bubblegum as it warms.

F - sharp and jagged carbonation. Fluffs up way too easily. If I do anything (including swelling) but let the beer sit in my mouth, I end up with a stomach full of foam. Gonna let this guy sit for a while and mellow out.

O - I wanted to like this more! A solid saison offering as always, but this one falls short in several categories.

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Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Large shared bottle.
Pours cloudy, pale golden with a very large and fluffy white head.

Aroma - very unusual with a mix of appealing elements, including citrus tones, and some faint suggestions of household cleaning products.

Flavor also weird but not as the aroma suggests. Unappealing aspects are largely gone. Slight-moderate tartness and moderately bitter.

Excellent lively but light body.

Overall: strange but drinkable.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.79/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I very much enjoyed this. Uncorked like a champagne bottle. BIg foamy head, great flavors, and goes down easy. I found this to be elegant, beautiful offering. Cheers!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.39/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Nabbed this after seeing Hill Farmstead's name on it. 750ml green glass cage n cork bottle purchased in Denver, CO. Reviewed live as a saison per the label. This is brewed with spelt/dinkel malt, which is interesting for a saison...

HEAD: Occupies the entire glass. Given the loud pop accompanying the removal of the cork, I suspect overcarbonation. White in colour, with a thin weak consistency and poor retention (~1-2 minutes, receding quickly immediately after settling). Leaves no lacing.

BODY: Clear (not hazy as one would expect in a world class saison). Pale copper in colour. No yeast is visible, which deadens the appearance. Has average vibrance, at least.

It's not a typical saison appearance, nor is it a particularly great one.

AROMA: Pungent gym sock-redolent funkiness. Grassy hop character, some floral notes, farmhouse-y straw and hay. There's an off-note here...almost medicinal and definitely phenolic. Some might call it "band-aid," but I've always despised that's funky and twangy in an off-putting way. No lemon or citrus here. Some soapy hop character...maybe this spent too long in primary? Or maybe it got skunked or light-struck seeing as it comes in a green bottle; either way it was the brewers' choice...

Aromatic intensity is average. I don't get any intricate saison spicing, nor is there any Dupont-esque milkiness. The funkiness seems out of control, but I'm optimistic.

Sweat comes to mind, if only because it conveys disgusting dirtiness and funkiness simultaneously, which is exactly what this is.

TASTE: Perfumey grassy hop character beats the build over the head; this is hamfisted and crude in its execution. Crystal malt, out-of-control gym sock (i.e. unappealing) funkiness, buried straw & hay, floral character, weird starchy malts...I suppose that's the spelt. It's a bit soapy as well.

Yeah, this didn't come together at all. The phenol off-flavours, soapiness, and crude spelt notes spoil the build. There's no lemony twang, intricate spicing, milkiness, or rich vitamin-y yeast(s) like you'd find in the finest beers in the style. I'm not sure what went wrong here, but there are severe balance issues and the build just isn't right for the style in a fundamental way.

Green apple. Raw dough. Hints of pepper.

To its credit, it's not boozy. I've tried worse, but make no mistake - this is a mess. And the amarillo hop character promised on the label never emerges.

TEXTURE: Starchy and somewhat dry, parching the palate. Unrefreshing, though still light in body. Carbonation is aggressively high (so high as to be suggestive of potential unwanted fermenting agents in the brew). It's uneven in its consistency, thickening in the third act after riding weak and thin through the first two. Execution is better than that of the taste, but there are still ample issues that need fixing.

OVERALL: I don't know if it's the green bottle format, the unnecessary spelt malt (why fix what isn't broken?), the time spent in primary fermentation resulting in soapy off-flavours, or the out-of-control brettanomyces yeast(s) that are/is the main problem, but regardless I'm not sure this is a recipe that can be saved. Something went seriously wrong here, and even the most casual of drinkers would immediately recognize something off. I'm not keen on crying infection, so I won't - but this is a beer I really regret buying and those hoping for a divine Hill Farmstead brew will be let down. Saison is a relatively broad style that has ample room for interpretation, but this is nowhere near the acceptable spectrum of expressions within the style. Perhaps Hill Farmstead's worst work as a result...maybe I got a spoilt bottle?

D+ (2.39)

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Photo of stephens101
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale brass and fizzy with a large and pristine off-white froth. A potent, dank and dirty funk full of sour light fruits flows freely from the bottle, portending good things to come. Tastes of sweet bread, damp hay, sour apple, white grape, spice and a swift kick of barnyard earthiness all stand strong but never compete. Faint peel and phenols linger. Light in body yet interesting until the end.

This is one of those beers folks are going to love or going to be indifferent about. As for me, I should've grabbed a few.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Oak & Oar OKC. Pours a hazy light gold with a substantial fluffy white head. Smells of citrus, Belgian esters and hay. Taste is similar to the nose: lemony citrus, pepper, some floral notes. Medium mouth and very crisp. Very nice saison.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright straw-gold with a massive fluffy head jumping out of the glass and lots of lacing. Nose is potent with a blast of citrus and some grassy hay and yeast notes. Taste is spicy, citric, and some slightly good and slightly off sourness in the background. Mouthfeel is rough with massive carbonation. Overall, a great beer that could be world class with a slightly cleaner taste and lower carbonation.

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Photo of kylesobrien
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased 2015-08-06 at Hill Farmstead in a 750 mL bottle with a neat label.

I've really enjoyed other beers from Brasserie de Blaugies, though their stuff seemed much easier to find while I lived in the Pacific NW. When I saw this offering at Hill Farmstead, I knew I had to snag a bottle.

Poured an ever-so-slightly cloudy straw yellow, a beautiful golden colour. A really lovely white head with tons of lacing appeared, though the frothy cap dissipated before I was half-finished with my glass. Very faint hop aroma -- scent was the most underwhelming aspect of this beer for me, almost no nose. A slight whiff of noble hops, pleasant grassy character, hints of malt.

Really refreshing taste, a little citrusy zing, not too much carbonation, surprising amount of mouthfeel for a lighter brew. Aftertaste is deliciously hoppy without being bitter. Finishes very dry. Extremely well-balanced.

Overall, one of the more pleasant saisons I've tried. An excellent summer beer, would pair well with grilled foods or cheeses, very drinkable. I suspect this might appeal to folks who enjoy hoppy lagers and pale ales too.

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Photo of mschrei
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into wine glass. Super cloudy yellow, a lot of sediment at the end (it was delicious). Skunky nose that I couldn't get enough of. Nice tartness. A great example of this style. Would gladly try it again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 07/24/15 notes. On tap at Mug's Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY. 12 oz. pour.

Pours a hazy yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spicy taste, good not great. Medium body and moderate carbonation...better as it warms.

Overall a good saison, little heavy on the spice and pepper.

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