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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 1350   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Bottled, Pasteurised.
This dark golden coloured ale hugs the palate with great intensity. Its malty aroma is complemented by the gentle nose of Banana. Its flavour unfolds with a sensual sparkle and a smart crispness, which balances its aroma perfectly. Tropically fruity; its ripe banana flavour, emphasised by a hint of bitterness, comes from the addition of real fair trade bananas and finishes with an emphatic, steely dryness.
2005 Recipe changed from 5.5% to 5.2%


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2008
Banana evident in flavour and aroma, in a more substantial way than in a hefe. Spicy hops and a malty base complement it nicely. Smooth palate, satisfying. Unusual but very drinkable - I’d passed it over previously and dismissed it as a gimmick but actually rather liked it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mulletman69 (13) - USA - AUG 26, 2008
smells and tastes great, can def taste the bannana, and also an in your face beer taste... def not a traditional fruit beer... awesome will say there is alot of alcohol on the finish... when u first start drinking it its liek they added 99 bannanas to a yeungling or something

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (532) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2008
(bottle) First banana beer I’ve had. A thin, light brown head and copper body. The ripe banana aroma hits me as soon as its poured. The flavor is banana with some sweetness, but it dries out a little on the way back. Banana and spice lingers long in the aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2008
500mL bottle purchased for $5 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a clear medium gold, with lots of bubbles but little head. I just finished off the rest of my toddler’s banana after putting him to bed. Will that make this judgment better or worse? It’s a decent malt aroma, but sadly I’m not getting any banana. And this IS a banana beer, after all. After the first sip, I’m having trouble figuring out what banana tastes I have are coming from the beer vs the banana I just ate. Pretty sure that little burp right that was from the real banana. I suppose this means that I can make any beer a banana beer by eating a banana before it, and I won’t have to pay $5 for the privilege! Subsequent tastes are getting better as the flavours become more distinguishable. Banana flavours - more direct and less subtle than a hefeweizen. I gave my wife a blind tasting, and she noted heavy banana flavours - perhaps because she doesn’t much care for the fruit. A fun beer.

2.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Berno (3) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2008 does not count
Smells exactly like banana nut bread. Fairly bitter and there’s way too much alcohol on the finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LearninBeer (412) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Pours a big fizzy white head, clear golden copper color. Strong banana aroma, reminds me of banana bread. The initial flavor is flat, a little bitter then a little banana taste. Pretty non-descript probably was better back in November 2007.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Bottle. Medium sized off-white head that mostly expired, very little lacing, visible carbonation, transparent, and a gold hue. The aroma was very much bananas and some spicyness. Ditto for the flavor. Mildly tingly mouthfeel and light-medium in body. Over-the-top banana flavor IMO and a little went a long way for me. Just too much banana flavor! Definitely not a beer I want to have again. Next!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Bottled. Pours cloudy yellow with a white head. Aroma is sweet ripe bananas and wheat. The initial flavor has a hint of banana but you really get the full flavor as it fades away. Some floral hops with a bit of dryness in the finish. The banana isn’t over powering, but gets more noticable towards the finish.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2008
Clear deep amber with medium head. Sweet with fairly artificial banana and caramel notes.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2008
dark gold pour with an enticing aroma of banana and spices like a german hefe, but taste isn’t as consistent.


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