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

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RATINGS: 1472   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
EHSRanders (2006) - Tjele, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2009
Bottle. Clear light brown colour with large creamy white mostly diminishing head. Heavy banana aroma ant taste. Some spice. Bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Clear amber with a fleeting head. Big over ripe banana aroma with some spicy hops. Smooth medium body. Mild banana flavor throughout on a lightly sweet pale malt base. Mild hop bite to finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2009
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer. I randomly got it for a beer tasting as a bit of a gimmick, but I was intrigued by the unique banana bread taste. The name of the beer is spot on. It really tastes just like my mom’s banana bread.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stefano (1965) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma is roasted and sweet banana. Tste is very sweet, with caramel malt, some banana, and spice.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle. Clear amber with white head. Well, it tastes bananas :-) Interesting experiment but maybe not that good. It is not bad, refreshing and quite thin body. Is it really an ale?

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Plovmand (7849) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle. Clear amber body with a medium white head. Aroma of malt and banana and sweet fruit. Flavour is sweet malty, banana and bitter hops. Medium bodied.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
judasbeer (431) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 11, 2009
Clear amber-orange color. Slim white head. Sweet banana shake aroma with slight glucose feel. Smooth bodied with distinct banana flavor and toasted malty tones. Moderate bitter finish. Clean and refreshing, little bit artifical.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Pours an iced tea color with significant amount of carbonation but with absolutely no head. I honestly could not tell if it was actually a brew after it sat for a few minutes. The aroma is obviously of bananas, but also of wheat and banana peel. The taste is somewhat like the aroma but much more artificial and dull. After drinking for a while the beer becomes overwhelmingly watery and boring. The texture is lacking and it leaves a bitter sharp aftertaste of bananas.

1.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
olsvammel (5976) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2009
500 ml bottle. It poured a clear orange liquid with no foam. Almost looks like a drink or some kind of olcoholic soda. Not that appealing to be honest. It had a chemical smell of banana and candy, very sweet. However when I try it out I’m suprised that it doesn’t taste much, very watery and bland with some banana. Not my kind of beer.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
derkaiser (24) - Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2009
A unique beer. Great aroma, and the subtle banana taste is rather interesting, but still a bit refreshing. I would grab another bottle in the future.


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