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

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RATINGS: 1432   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%


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Bottle. Pours pale amber, topped with a moderate sized tan head. Sweet aroma, with banana and some grain. Actually does smell like banana bread. Flavor is very sweet, with caramel malt, some banana, and spice. Lingering caramel and banana flavor. Interesting beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mckeowbc (2) - , Alabama, USA - SEP 6, 2008 does not count
2008 bottle. Could smell the banana more than I could taste it. The banana flavor hits you a bit in the back of the tongue. Calling it "banana bread" beer is probably a bit of a misnomer, but it is a very likable beer. No overly strong, or intense flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2008
Banana evident in flavour and aroma, in a more substantial way than in a hefe. Spicy hops and a malty base complement it nicely. Smooth palate, satisfying. Unusual but very drinkable - I’d passed it over previously and dismissed it as a gimmick but actually rather liked it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mulletman69 (13) - USA - AUG 26, 2008
smells and tastes great, can def taste the bannana, and also an in your face beer taste... def not a traditional fruit beer... awesome will say there is alot of alcohol on the finish... when u first start drinking it its liek they added 99 bannanas to a yeungling or something

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (590) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2008
(bottle) First banana beer I’ve had. A thin, light brown head and copper body. The ripe banana aroma hits me as soon as its poured. The flavor is banana with some sweetness, but it dries out a little on the way back. Banana and spice lingers long in the aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2008
500mL bottle purchased for $5 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a clear medium gold, with lots of bubbles but little head. I just finished off the rest of my toddler’s banana after putting him to bed. Will that make this judgment better or worse? It’s a decent malt aroma, but sadly I’m not getting any banana. And this IS a banana beer, after all. After the first sip, I’m having trouble figuring out what banana tastes I have are coming from the beer vs the banana I just ate. Pretty sure that little burp right that was from the real banana. I suppose this means that I can make any beer a banana beer by eating a banana before it, and I won’t have to pay $5 for the privilege! Subsequent tastes are getting better as the flavours become more distinguishable. Banana flavours - more direct and less subtle than a hefeweizen. I gave my wife a blind tasting, and she noted heavy banana flavours - perhaps because she doesn’t much care for the fruit. A fun beer.

2.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Berno (3) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2008 does not count
Smells exactly like banana nut bread. Fairly bitter and there’s way too much alcohol on the finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LearninBeer (454) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Pours a big fizzy white head, clear golden copper color. Strong banana aroma, reminds me of banana bread. The initial flavor is flat, a little bitter then a little banana taste. Pretty non-deScript probably was better back in November 2007.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4730) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Bottle. Medium sized off-white head that mostly expired, very little lacing, visible carbonation, transparent, and a gold hue. The aroma was very much bananas and some spicyness. Ditto for the flavor. Mildly tingly mouthfeel and light-medium in body. Over-the-top banana flavor IMO and a little went a long way for me. Just too much banana flavor! Definitely not a beer I want to have again. Next!

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.


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