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

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RATINGS: 1235   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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%


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
altonbrownd (4618) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2007
Bottle at home. Nice orange colour, fast-receding head. Fruity, banana aroma. Oily, fruity flavour with big banana finish. Spicy finish. Big sugary, bubblegum banana flavour. Tried to drink this once in Notting Hill, so finally closed the book on this one.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (2757) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2007
A nice and different beer. Aroma of banana and some malt. Pour was a light brown with a little off white head with no lacing. Taste was of sweet banana and some caramel. Very wet finish. I drank this while watching 4th of July fireworks on my deck and it both quenched and satisfied. Probably would have scored higher had I liked bananas. I just kept telling myself it was a hefe :)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear orangeyt amber with almost no head. Nose is beery and bananas. Flavors is sweet banana taffy up front only to transition into a bitter, beery finish. I have been wanting to try this one for a long time, unfortunately it was somewhat disappointing. It was thin and not a rich banana flavor then spirals into this dry, bitter finish. I wish it had remained as it started.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 30, 2007
Bottle, poured a dark amber with a white frothy head. A ciderish aroma, with apple and some sourness. Some banana flavour, but a with a sourness that is a little astringent. Sweet, quite fizzy and yeasty.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUN 28, 2007
Bottle, 0,5l. The color is nice brown. The head is white. The arome is like a banana bonbon. Sweet. The flavor follows right after with a sweet banana taste. A special beer, more special than good.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
swanmann (570) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Amber beer with banana aromas. Agressively carbonated and rather thin. Smells good, but it could be a much bigger beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (623) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2007
This is IMO basically a gimmick beer. It looks "ok’,smells of mild malt and artificial bananas. This would be better on a cool autumn night with the mouth feel. Taste wise it reminds me of a beery version of a cereal Jimmy Durante was hawking back when I was a kid. Grains and artificial bananas,add in some nutty malt and a tich of syrup..There ya are.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arayaga2 (1754) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Medium gold with thin white head. Yeasty banana aroma. Taste is primarily thin and watery, but the finish is clearly banana on exhalation. $4/16.9

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bov (9077) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 21, 2007
clear amber colour and a little fading foam; phenolic with strong notes of banana; sweet and slightly tart with a moderate malt body; slightly dry finish with hints of caramel and banana

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (2623) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Pours a light amber color with a strong aroma of bananas and malts. Taste is an interstesting combination of banana bread, yeast and malts. In the absence of a good banana bread....


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