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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by pezoids on 05-23-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.74/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yellow-gold with a low white ringed head and lots of tiny suspended particles. Low carbonation and little lace. Fruity Belgian yeast and Duvel "malt-like" aromas. More spicy and malty than yeasty. Tastes much like it smells with a spicy finish. Medium-full bodied and smooth.

A nice spicy robust "Saison-like" ale..

Per CC website: 35+ IBUs

Puchase Before: Nov '04
Tasted: 08/14/04

($7.19 / 6-pack)

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.66/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Slightly cloudy gold. Head is creamy, but not very big - took a hard pour to get even that.

S - Very aromatic - lots of spice, funk. Fruity as well. Mangoes and pineapple come to mind.

T/M - Flavour is not as intense as I expected. Yeast and wheat are here with some banana and cloves. Not overly sweet, but not too dry either. Body is quite substantial. Hops barely there for balance. Oo pineapple again.

D - Very drinkable, but quite strong. Be careful with this one. Flavours are nicely melded and nothing overwhelms. I really like this one a lot.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.64/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear orange/copper. 1 finger non-impressive head that dissappeared in under 1 minute.

Smell - Very pleasant blend of floral and spices.

Taste - Extremely perfect to me. One of the smoothest beers with this much complex flavorings (and 7.5 ABV) I think I've ever had.
Floral, citrus and spice flavors combine with maltiness, earthy notes and slight sweetness. No hop bitterness anywhere, not even present in the finish. This almost feels like drinking a world class wine with the complexity and sweetness notes.

Mouthfeel - slick and oily feel, but surprisingly pleasant. No dryness to note which I read was usually a characteristic of Saisons.

Overall - If only this beer produced a better head, I would have given it a 5. Appearance knocked it down a 1/2 nocth. Superb brew in all other aspects. I'm definitely going to sample some more saisons if this is what they are like.

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Photo of ericj551
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Red Sky at Night pours a golden color with a nice bubbly head. The aroma has some phenolic character, some chalky, dry yeast and light sweet malt. The sweet pilsner malt hits first in the flavor, followed by the estery yeast profile. There is a slightly peppery spicy finish with just a hint of alcohol. Man this is a damn good beer. It's crisp and smooth, and remarkably easy drinking for its strength. Once again I'm impressed with Clipper City, I'd like to see their regular offerings around here.

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Photo of thekanna
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Piratz Tavern in Silver Spring, MD.

A: Pours a light amber-orange with lacy head and active carbonation.

S: Citrus and floral (especially tulip-like) notes with generous servings of yeast and pepper. Almost a ruby-red grapefruit sweetness.

T: Unlike other saisons I've tasted. This one has the characteristic yeast and fresh-cut grass zest of the style, but complemented with a sweet citrus (or almost pomegranate-like) juiciness. This is then rounded out by sweet and creamy banana biscuit-like flavors.

M: Like biting into a fresh tangerine. Wonderfully refreshing; creamy with a crisp finish.

D: This is a wonderful saison that I'll be returning to again and again. It's brews like this that convince me never to move out of Maryland.

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Photo of Cagden
4.54/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first time ever trying a Belgian Saison/Farmhouse Ale. I was very much impressed with CC's offering. Poured cloudy, like a Wheat beer, with very minimal head. Incredibly, this beer smelled like...candy! The sweetness is because of the Belgian candi sugar that is used in making high alcohol beers to avoid creating a thick body. The scent took me back to childhood, but I couldn't put a finger on what treat it reminds me of. The taste is of citrus & wheat with a little alcohol bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, not too thick, not too thin. The drinkability was fair as well. Overall, I discovered this interpretation of the Farmhouse style to be satisfying. I plan to try some more.

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Photo of John_M
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Years ago I had this beer out of a firkin at Sean Bolan's in Federal Hill. I was not impressed at the time and just assumed this is yet another beer that does not come across well on cask. After last night at Max's, I have revised my opinion about this beer.

This is listed as the red sky saison with spices.

The beer pours a cloudy yellow gold color with surprisingly good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The beer looks just wonderful, but then I took my first sniff.

The nose on this beer is just off the charts, with an incredible aroma of honey, tangerine, lemon/lime, cherry, clove and mango. The cask version of this beer blows the regular tap and bottled version completely out of the water. Wow. This is one fine smelling beer. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though of course they're not nearly as intense. Nevertheless, I get a rich, long, almost creamy finish on this beer, with much of the same exotic flavors I got on the nose. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth, which lends itself well to the smorgasbord of tropical fruits on the nose and palate. Finish is long and lingering, with a barely noticeable hint of alcohol. Very, very nice.

This is a very nice beer from Clipper City, but on cask it's exceptional. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to enjoy the regular version again.

Note: Had this beer on cask again the other night at Max's (6/12/09), so maybe that indicates they will continue to make this version. I hope so. The red sky at night made with spices version is just terrific.

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Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an Ename chalice, it's a Burnt orange/straw color with moderate haze and medium head with large bubbles that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving only a little lace. The Saison has an earthy, mineral aroma with slight sweetness. The taste was quite similar to Belgian Saison's that I've had, with the appropriate spiciness and mineral hardness, a bit sweet but very smooth in regards to the high ABV, finishing slighly dry. I'm not normally impressed by micro versions of Belgian styles, but the Heavy Seas was top notch. The mouthfeel has a nice pop of carbonation to it, almost like a Brut, very refreshing and easy to drink. Highly recommended!

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours like a common American light lager. Straw to medium gold in color with a thin but sticky pure white head and some carbonation rising in the glass. Nearly crystal clear.

Smells of straw and light fresh fruit, green grass, herbs and spices. Very earthy and spring-like.

Wow. This is a Saison by definition with a Heavy Seas slant. Light malty spiced sweetness very closely tied to a nice citrus mid-after taste. Refreshing and clean.

Mouthfeel is decidedly medium bodied which is a little heavy for the style traditionally but very much to my personal liking. Carbonation is prickly for a short time then really smooth and creamy, combining very well with the body.

It's hard to think of a style or a brewer within this style that I would consider more drinkable. I'm glad I bought a six not a single.

This beer will be in heavy rotation throughout the season for sure.

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Photo of JasonA
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz from Corridor Wine and Spirits in Laurel MD.

Clear gold pilsneresque. Solid finger of head which clears into lacing.

Smells an amazing spicey floral fresh boquet of some fruit I cant identify. Very powerfull smell, without any alcohol to be heard of.

Taste is very nice. Spicey flavor-packed start, cream middle, and tangy not quite citrusy ending Little hops, no real malt, little bready, but mostly spicey. Like a cross between a pilsner and a pumpkin ale sans the pumpkin. Not quite a spice, more fruit, but I cant place it.

Feels great. Medium bodied which is impressive for how light it is. Very balanced carbonation and somewhat creamy texture to the finish. Impressively smooth for the look.

Definately a forgotten style that when done well like this simply breathtaking. Easy to drink and dont feel the 8% ABV at all.

Wonderfull ... wonderfull beer.

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Photo of beerking1
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, with a small but dense head, which lingers, leaving scant lacing on the glass. Aroma is spicy, fruity with notes of pepper. Fruit is mostly candied citrus, followed closely by some soft clove and white pepper. Flavor is sweet and spicy, with notes of cardamom backed by some phenols. Finish is spicy and peppery. Body is on the low side of medium.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, golden color in the glass. Surprisingly, in the growler you can see a much darker reddish amber straw color due to the deepness of the container. Two finger head that disipates quickly to a thin film of white fluffy carbonation. Moderate lacing.

S: Faint scent of spices and fruits. Not much there, but maybe my allergies have kicked in as I was outside all day today.

T&M: Crisp, very crisp and smooth with a strong sweetness that hits up front. Light to medium bodied. The taste is very complex. Nice and tasty. Some clove, nutmeg, and fruity sweetness. Ever so mild floral hops that squeaks in at the end, but the malty sweetness and yeast continues to overtake any bitterness. Nice yeasty presence typical of saisons.

The 8% ABV is so well hidden that it is scary. Very nicely done! I'm really surprised that the average is so low on this. For the style, it is excellent and very similar to Hennepin. Probably a bit sweeter, but very good. Defintely worth a try.

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Photo of dfillius
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle suggests enjoying by 9/08, and it is 9/29/08. Enjoyed in a goblet.

A: Moderate pour yields 1/8 finger of head that quickly subsides. I would like more head. Liquid is cloudy, slightly lemony gold.

S: Tart wild smell, Mmmmm! Sour citrus aroma is nice, slight diaper smell is awful, but only flits in and out, not enough to be very distracting or detrimental.

T: Flavor isn't as sour as smell. Nice sweet malt with sour buzz around the edges. Slight alcohol and cooked veggie/yeast flavor once the dregs are poured in :( Apricot, apple and rainier cherry flavor arrives near the end, where did the sour go? This is a quality saison.

M: A little phlegmy from yeast. Bright from sour/wild aspect.

D: Pretty strong showing. This is one multi-faceted and tasty brew which keeps me coming back for the positive reward.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack for $7.99, with a coupon -- only $7.05 after tax!
Freshness date clearly imprinted, drink by September 2010.

A: I poured the ale into a nice Spieglau Bourgogne glass. This seemed to be appropriate and able to harness the overwhelming nose of the beer. It pours a light honey gold color, with distinct hints of orange around the rim. A lot of head at first, but it dissipates to a gentle white lacing that remains the whole beer.

S: Definitely herbaceous. I get hints of rosemary, thyme, clove, and allspice. There is a ton of fruit present too. Persimmons, apricots and citrus fruits, with perhaps a little bit of candied ginger to round out the list. Awesome.

T&M: Very, very creamy, with a long finish, medium bodied, and full of really intense wheat and spice. I would almost describe it at grapefruit/lemon wedges, dipped in brown sugar, with a hint of ginger or sweet basil. There is a ton going on in this beer. It is complex and really demands your complete attention.

I really like this ale. I think it is perfect summer. To hell with your basic summer wheat with a ton of citrus thrown in, this beats them in taste, complexity (and for me, price). I'm thinking that this would be a great breakfast beer with a quiche using swiss or fontiago cheese. Excellent brew!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always my favorite in the Heavy Seas line-up, this year's Red Sky is a bit more balanced and less sweet (which is a good thing), but it still retains the berry-like and citrusy fruitiness that makes it so exciting and enjoyable. It's hazy golden body has an orange cast beneath its quick-to-fade head of bright white; and tiny bubbles can be seen steadily rising towards the surface, The nose is vibrant with fruity yeastiness and a sweetish maltiness. It's crisp and then smooth across the palate with a medium-light body and gently effervescent carbonation. Some touches of orange and lemon appear in the flavor, as well as some berry-like juiciness. It's sweetly malty without being overlydone, and a touch of spiciness sneaks in from somewhere and helps to balance it. Hints of hop flavor also appear, and it's nicely balanced with a restrained bitterness that lets the malt and yeast shine while still finishing with a bit of chalky dryness. I absolutely loved the previous, heavily dextrinous version, but this is far more drinkable! Kudos!!!

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Photo of oelergud
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent straw colored body with low carbonation. White firm head and a good retention and lace.
Mild sweet fruity scent, light and crisp with some honey dew melon scents.
Taste is somewhat strong sweet and fruity flavors and some good malt underneath with spice and honey. Complex taste yet something about it makes it seem pure and simple. Pleasant aftertaste is spice and honey.
Full body and a heavy coating.
This is one delicious and highly drinkable brew.
Clipper city really make consistently good beer.


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Photo of Gehrig
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Sky At Night pours a medium golden with a finger of thick, durable white foam that spiderwebs the Yankees pint glass. Apricot, peach and clove tease the nose, though I'd really enjoy a more prominent aroma. The taste brings it all home very well, balancing the sweet fruit with spicy cloves, and I dare say a dash of pepper--really delicious. Creamy smooth and bubbly, this is another winner from Clipper City, a brewery to which I've really warmed up. Well within the boundaries of the style, but well worth remembering and snagging. Recommended without question or reservation.

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Photo of bashiba
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to lackenhauser for this great beer.

Pours a very nice golden color with one inch of light white head and heavy carbonation running through the beer.

Smell is a very sweet heavy fruit scent with touches of Peach and banana coming throught, very nice.

Taste is a very fruity malt sweetness, with orange and apple flavors up front with a nice spicy hop finish with a touch of yeast flavor that balances this beer out very well. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and full.

Drinkablity is very good, a very nice offerring from clipper City, I just wish I had another.

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Photo of kenatbeerswap
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Golden color that poured with a nice head that quickly disappeared.

S: Fruity spicy aroma with a hint of pepper.

T: Had slight tart sourness with a slight floral citrus taste.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Very refreshing beer that was well balanced. I would drink this again.

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Photo of BelgianAleSlut
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a mysterious mixed pack of Heavy Seas ales at local beer mart. Nobody there had seen it before and they had to come up with a price - $12.99 for a 12 pack. Deal.

Pours a urine color with light foam that dissipates quickly. Smells of wonderful belgian yeast and candi sugar - very light aroma.

Tastes like heaven on a hot summer night. Strong belgian ale flavor hits first, then a light maltiness and finishes with a distinct candi sugar aftertaste.

Light and refreshing even with ABV.

Great beer, works as good summertime alternative to the standard IPA/DIPA.

Mouthfeel is nice perhaps aided by bottle conditioning. Drinkability is good due to lightness

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nearly clear golden-apricot-peach color. what happened to 'the fine layer of yeast at her bottom' ? no matter, the huge ivory colored head is dense and frothy and there's a ton of swiss cheese lace all over my tulip. foam settles slowly to a thick disk that sticks around almost the whole time.

S- funky banana/clove yeast and sharp grassy hop aroma. soft mellowed out fruits, apple, pear, cantaloupe, bubblegum, pale malts, and wheat? very fresh raw grain aroma also pushes through along with candy sugar sweetness, and a slight lemon peel almost noble hop zinger tartness.

T- very nice dryish fruit flavor, and... pond water. but that's ok, i attribute that soggy funkiness to the belgian yeast and once it blends itself with banana and pear flavors it becomes exotic and quite tasty. wheat malt adds a very nice level of flavor, that along with the belgian yeast & candi sugar, and english & german hops, this is like a cross between a BSPA and a german wheat beer (only sweeter) and i like it! a sandalwood incense sweetness kinda fades in and out near the finish and things dry up with apricot/plum, red apple, and light berry flavors and all residual sweetness seems to be scraped away by a very subdued spicy hop bitterness.

MF- this one has light and heavy characteristics, the candy sugar may add a certain fullness to an otherwise medium bodied brew. the dreadful cloying effect never has a chance to get a foothold, and reed sky finishes almost like a sweet white wine. carbonation is alive and in-your-face and with all the fruit flavors going on it really accentuates the depth of this beer giving it alot of similarities to a high end fruit soda.

D- i've been really impressed with everything from the heavy seas line thus far. i advocate the imperialization of nearly any style and i feel it's the best way for american brewers to put their own mark on foreign tradition. bigger and bolder, without really trying to 'copy'. i have no problem finishing this beeeatch and in many ways it rivals the likes of hennepin and festive ale.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 05.02.09 from a 12oz brown bottle. Poured into a 14oz pint glass.

A: Pours a nearly clear gold apricot/peach. Big, white head that's dense and frothy. Lots of lace. Don't really see any yeast left in the bottle, but then again, he bottling date reads: Nov 08, so the conditioning might be just right...

S: Nice banana and clove yeast. The grass hops come thru. Some softer fruits, apple, pear & melon. Raw grain, sugar sweet, lemon zist pound through.

T: Dry, fruit flavor. Oh, wait. The yeast is all floaty like...!!! Good malt has a nice level of flavor. I am partial to farmhouse ales, so give this a "B" if you must grade on a grade.

M: Candied sugar, not unlike a good Saison. Natural carbs with the fruitiness makes for a good rummage around the tongue.

D: I'm in New Castle, DE right now as I'm drinking this, so you might once again consider this review skewed, but I've been really impressed with everything from Heavy Seas.

Buy this now. Buy it often, Saison copies should follow...

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Photo of AshevilleSippin
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had just read a nice article in BA mag about saison ales and was intrigued. I love wheat, I love spice, and I love refreshing. So imagine my delight when I saw that Heavy Seas made a saison!? Now you are coupling the wheat, spice, and refreshment with my favorite domestic brewer! I practically crashed my car enroute to Bruisin Ales to pick me up a sixer. And man it did not disappoint!

Poured an orange straw color with a 1 finger soapy white "light" non-dense head. Wan't a strong pour. Coulda extracted a bigger head without too much trouble.

Head dropped to 1/8 relatively quickly. Carbonation was boisterous and with a hazy microsediment throughout.

On the nose was ripe fruit with some tangy malty characteristics. Taste was wheaty with some spice and fruity esters. I was getting overripe pineapple, banana, cantelope maybe. Perhaps some clove-esque spice. Not clove though. Similar.

You get some alcohol with a little mouth swish. Finish is tangy, fruity, lingering. Love the wheat element. Love the spice. This thing is haunting and taunting. Can't get my palate entirely around it. There's a "hefe" element about it. Perhaps a Bavarian style yeast strain giving it the fruity clovey characteristics. Not quite banana and not quite clove but there's something very similar going on.

Buy this beer and love it while you can. It's unique and delicious.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thick, foamy, pale cream colored head fades slowly and after a good many sips leaves a coat of lace. Streams of carbonation rise briskly as fine sediment sinks in the the glowing golden beer. Inviting aroma of yeast, lemon, and spring flowers. Mellow yeasty Belgian character gives way to a wave of carbonation and a dash of zesty lemon. For an 8% beer it comes off as light and refreshing. Body and taste make me think there is a good portion of wheat. A solid Saison, especially from a brewery that doesn't specialize in Belgian ales.

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Photo of CupcakeNY
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden-orange, clear and bright, with a nice fluffy head which does not last too long.

Smells of grapefruit, honey, notes of pine.

Mouthfeel good, not watery at all; taste is full of grapefruit, honey, some green apple. rather high alcohol for a saison is masked very well. Flavor is quite delicious. Good hop flavor but not bitter.

Very clean finish, no aftertaste at all. A very drinkable beer, except it will knock you on your butt from the alcohol content which is not noticeable at all while drinking. Will definitely get this again, though--very tasty.

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