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

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RATINGS: 1254   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
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jacobwennbom (352) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2007
Fascinating the first couple of sips. Aftar that the banana, banana and more banana get a bit overwhelming. It says in the commercial description that is the beer has a gentle nose of banana. Well, not as gentle as a monster truck show. but close. Glad I had it though, now I can go on with my life.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (864) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2007
Clear dark gold. Little head. Light banana aroma but heavy on the banana flavor which is cool. Weak palate. Drinkable & good b/c it’s different but could only drink one at a time. Probably one and done.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours a ho-hum deep autumn brown with an aroma of banana bread. Flavor is lemon and faint banana. Watery mouthfeel. Smells great, but the flavor doesn’t live up to the aroma.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thure (152) - DENMARK - APR 15, 2007
Dark Amber colour. Quick disapating foam. Old banana and perfumy to the nose. Bit sweet. Same old banana and perfumy taste as in aroma just a bit dulled. Hardly any hop bitterness. -23A

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
greenmanalishi (462) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2007
not as sweet as feared, but a bit weak and watery. a diluted version of something that might have initially been interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2142) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2007
I am surprised by the low ratings for this one. Not that it is great, but it could have been screwed up in so many ways. Instead I found it pleasently subtle with a nice banana essence, but nothing that beats you over the head like I though it might.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2007
I’m fond of bananas, but bananas in beer? I’ve already had a polish one which was terrible! This one however is much better. Aromas of banana, some malt and some light hoppiness. First taste is sweet with lots of banana and bubblegum, later on it gets better, more caramel, some licorice(?) and some malt, some light bitterness. Finishes long, fruity and a little bitter. Wouldn’t buy it again though...strange!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 10, 2007
Interesting atleast. Body is brown with a light cream color head. Aroma is banana bread, light caramel. Taste is is like a brown ale with banana bread in my opinion. It was interesting, but not very good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 10, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small creamy head. Aroma of "surprise" banana bread. Flavor of banana, mild hops, and nuts with citrus-peel bitterness in the finish. Bit thin, would have liked more malt body.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2007
Bottle. Amber colour with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is mostly ripe bananas. Flavour of hops and bananas which doesn’t mix very good. Medium bitterness.


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