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


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RATINGS: 1355   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%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2007
500ml bottle. Pours orange clear though. Head is about a finger deep with a tan color. Nose smells a lot like what Iíd expect from Banana Bread. Taste is sweet and light and tastes a bit like banana but overall its a big bowl of ehh for me. Guess this could have lasted longer since i tried this but that said ainít seeking this out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2007
I donít think Iíve ever seen a more bubbly beer. Pours thin and and yellow with a quickly dissipating head. Strong aroma of dried bananas and cloves. Very malty sweetness, followed by bananas. Dry, bread finish with a slight hop bitternes. I really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Borup (7135) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2007
Bottle. Clear amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour mainly of banana.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4548) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2007
500 ml bottle. Pours a very thin looking clear light amber with lots of large bubbles clinging to the side of my Duvel tulip and a medium sized bubbly white head. Aroma is decent enough with a big malt backbone of biscuit and perhaps a slightntouch of nuts with the banana only coming in secondary and was nicely done by being obvious yet not overpowering. Thin body with far too much carbonation that bangs around inside your mouth and down your throat almost like they carbonated this beer with pop rocks. Initial flavor of malts that leads way to banana in the aftertaste and finishes rather dry. Try your best to burp about a minute after you swallow because you would swear that you just ate a fresh banana.....honest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (1935) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2007
INitial banana aroma followed by sweet malts. Clear orange color with a small white head. Light sweet banana in the beginning. Finishes with a bitterness similar to a banana peel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (22101) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2007
Bottled. Deep honeyish golden colour, big creamy/fluffy beige head. Aroma is banana with some slight hints of salted cookies and mild honey. Flavour is bananaish sweet white bread along with some flowery hops lurking in the background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nejhleader (1308) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2007
smells like banana chips and tastes a lot like it too, some clove aspect mixed in, had a decent body, not too bad something different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2007
I can smell the banana bread aroma from nearly 2 feet away! It is a relatively pleasant aroma overall. It makes you think that this beer will be sweet, but actually it is not. Quite dry, with essence of banana flavor. Slightly malty, and no hops to speak of at all. Interesting, and not as bad as I was expecting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5269) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2007
That label sure is eye-catching - a pint bursting from a banana peel - when you see that, you say to yourself, "you know this stuff is going to suck, but you just have to try it" - because, címon, itís a pint bursting from a banana peel, man! - and the beer actually ainít half bad - it doesnít look so hot - uber-filtered, clear straw color, with pretty much no head - but it does get better from there - banana is quite prevalent in the aroma, some hints of other tropical fruits, a touch of vanilla, and some butterscotch/diacytel-ish notes - quite crisp, with a medium bitterness, like a standard british bitter - banana makes itís presence known, and lasts through the finish, but is actually fairly pleasant - some notes of apricot and peach crop up near the finish, and the bitterness kicks up a notch, bringing with it a light biscuity malt flavor, which adds some weight to the beer, making it finish a bit heavier than the clean, crisp character it begins with suggests - I would throw this into a session to mix things up a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
FatguyRacer (158) - Crownsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Bottle. Pours a thin dark golden amber with a thin head the dissapeared quicly. Overwheming smell of bananas and alcohol. Flavor was also of bananas and alcohol. Tasted started off very ale like than the nasty banana flavors finished it off. Iíll probably never drink this again.

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