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

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RATINGS: 1363   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   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%


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.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
gam (3600) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2008
Medium head gold coloured beer good carbonation.Aroma hops,banana,malt.Flavour banana watery taste,nothing else coming through,slight hops bitter,candy note,sugar,Finish boring.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 12, 2008
Clear amber, no head, notes of artificial banana bubble gum, laquer and glue, sweet sweet taste, very bad, and hopefully nobody will ever think about mixing beer and banana.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 2, 2008
THOUGHTS: I was waiting to try this for a little while. Smells lovely, but the flavor is just OK at first, but it did get better at it warmed. Banana is stronger in the aroma early and wear in flavor then reverses as it warmed. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium amber with a small to nonexistent , off-white head that quickly diminished. The aroma was light nutty malt, but mostly banana. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and lightly acidic; while the finish was light to moderately sweet and bitter with an average duration. There was banana then kind of nutty malt, then some more banana at the end once it warmed up a little then some bitter hops. The light to medium body was oily up front and dry in the back with tingly carbonation and a light to moderate finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Bottle. Aroma was as advertised... fairly strong banana. The taste had the flavor of banana bread, but was just kind of blah. Not terribly great carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1632) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 27, 2008
Appearance: Bronze. Little bit of head. Aroma: Very banana-y. Not much else. Taste: Loads of banana. Bit of malt. Bitter. Info: 568ml bottle, 15/6-2006, 125/300

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (4033) - Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2008
I had to buy this beer because I LOVE bananas. When they called it a banana beer, they meant it. Aroma is strong, and banana scent dominates. It pours a nice golden amber with a decent but not persistent head. Flavor is rich and very banana-y so it is rather like drinking a liquid banana - very distinctive. There is a fair amount of hop flavor and a touch of malt and yeast. Texture is smooth and pleasant, but just a little zingy. Caution: Keep away from monkeys. :D

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2008
bottle by way of StFun... pours a clear honey color with a thin white head which possesses great retention and leaves behind trails of foamy lacing. smells of over ripe bananas, near rotting that have been used to bake in a bread... toasted walnuts, spices and spicy hops, caramel and bready grains. it tastes like a run of the mill beer poured over a big hunk of really good banana bread... caramel malt, ripe cooked bananas, brown sugar, toasted nuts, vanilla, nutmeg and spicy hops before a lightly tart dry finish. medium body with an airy texture and soft mouth feel. unique... delivers as promised.

i tried to give this a serious rating. but it’s rather difficult given my admiration for bananas... i mean, i DO have a banana tattooed on me so take my rating with a grain ;-)


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