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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 1309   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%


2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
johndavidj99 (125) - Dallas, Maine, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Brown beer with thin head. Banana aroma. Banana taste that is awful. Yuck! This is a drain pour for me.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6358) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Pours chestnut brown with a beige head. Aroma is banana, brown sugar and nutmeg. Medium body, very creamy and smooth. Tastes like a banana nut muffin. Banana, spice, malts, and for some reason I tasted apple cider about every other sip. A very good beer that tastes a little different with every sip.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Courtesy of Degarth. Golden pour with a sudsy, very creamy looking head. About 1 finger thick, dense and very bubbly. Decent retention but not much lacing. Nose of banana liquor, somewhat artificial, sweet grains and some other fruity notes. Flavor is banana Now and Laters, Joe pointed it out and damn if it isnít true. Also get some sweet grains like the aroma, but this is mostly a banana show. Light to medium bodied, somewhat bland and flat on the tongue, just a bit unexciting to drink. Medium length finish, banana candy and a blast of sweetness. Might be a bit too sickly sweet to drink as a session beer, but I could easily drink a couple of these once in a while. Damn, this was a lot better than I expected, and a lot better than itís rated here. I would keep this around if it was available here.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
This is one of the more exceptional beers, and one should try it when you are in the right frame of mind, otherwise failure could lure ahead. The aroma has very clean and nice banana notes, nothing artificial about it. This impression is also what I get in the flavour, where it is accompanied by notes of citrus balancing the overall impression nicely. I quite like this one, and I must admit that I have a weakness for the banana flavour....

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Interesting. Pretty decent balance for this fruit beer. Aroma isnít to strong of banana, but it is there. Good looking beer, nice head retention. Taste is a bit watery with mainly malt and banana. Better than I expected.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2008
they mean business when they say banana bread. It tastes like my mother just took it out of the oven and put it into a bottle

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillieV (197) - Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2008
1pt bottle: Poured a great golden brown color with a thin semi white head. Aroma is sweet with bananaís. Taste is dead on with aroma. Sweet and goes down easy.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TikiE (368) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2008
I could smell this beer all day!! It smells like some delicious banana nut bread. It tastes like it too, but the taste isnt near as good as the smell on this beer. Pours nice golden brown color, but I wanted a nice head on it but it didnt have one at all.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Bottle. Orange you glad you didnít say banana? Found this interesting beer at the local BP. Thanks Greg. It poures a clear brown amber. The aroma is what this beer is, banana bread. It taste just like it smells, this is actually exaclty what I thought it was going to be, maybe a little darker but pretty honest beer. Maybe give it to a girl, probly wonít buy again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 Bottle. This beer tastes like banana bread. Added a few points to overall score for straightforward honest product labeling. Beer pours a little thin for my taste, as I was hoping in this case for a beer I could chew on. Due to it being so thin, I think the banana flavor is just a little stronger than the bread flavor. Tastes more like a juice or soda than a beer. My advice: If you are buying beer, see this bottle, and get an instant craving for banana bread ; Buy the beer as it will satisfy that craving (banana bread is hard to find in a pinch). Otherwise, ignore it.


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