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

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RATINGS: 1461   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   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%


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2009
bottle from Kegs & barrels in Plano, TX. Pours a nice clear gold with off-white/beige head. Aroma of banana, malt, some hops. Flavor is interesting, along with the banana, the grainy malt seems to simulate the nuts, also seems somewhat dry, some caramel, some hop flavor with a small bitter at the end. Mouth feel is light-medium body with medium-high carbonation....Overall, not bad....an interesting brew.....actually, with the bitter, it seems like some banana peerl is part of it as well......kinda dried my tounge as well.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CanIHave4Beers (3969) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 31, 2009
This was better than I suppose I would have expected. The aroma is strongly sweet with artificial banana notes. The beer is a clear golden color with a good tight head. The beer is sweet and tastes a bit like banana runts, but there is a mild hoppiness that compensates for some of the odd flavoring making this halfway drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wkalle (263) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2009
Pours copper with a small white head mostly lasting. Aroma of sweet banana gum ans some green fruits. Nice flavor of banana but after a while it feels a bit artifical. Fairly dry finish with a nice bitter punch. All together much banana, not so much else in there, but still very drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bennyshaik (3) - USA - MAY 31, 2009 does not count
Its called banana bread beer...I suppose if you don’t want a beer that tastes like banana bread you should figure that out before you buy it. Definitely a novelty item, wouldn’t drink it regularly. Aroma smells like banana bread...pours a dark amber. Upon first sip, you taste bananas, but not too strong. The beer around the bananas is just alright. But when you open your mouth, you taste nothing but banana bread! Burps too. Overall, a good time.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Awful, I love bananas, and it smells interesting. Then the flavor is just awful.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kinz (3713) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2009
My feeling of dread was well-founded. Medium amber. Smelled like bananas, tasted like banana bread. As advertised, but just not my thing. A bit thin on the palate with some carbonic bite. The spouse usually likes banana accented beers, but she didn’t really go for this one. And I hate bananas.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Markys (64) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2009
Aroma of malt and banana. Flavor of malt, bananas and wet socks. I’ll not buy more of this in the future.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hallinghansen (2750) - Odense SV, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2009
Bottle. Clear amber body, with a small white head. Aroma is malt and banana. Flavor is also malt and banana. I expected more banana in aroma and flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pinball (11896) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2009
bottle bought from fakta allerød apr.22 clear amber/brown with a small thick white head. some lacing.strong aroma of organic ripe bananas, with a malty bitter beer background. flavor i s sweet ripe mashed banana, bitterness from the beer. after a short while it gets "enough".

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
trapez (1563) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle. Distinct banana and chewing gum aroma. Golden amber colour with white head. Sweet banana flavour with some malt. Aftertaset somewhat dry. Low carbonation.


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