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

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RATINGS: 1448   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%


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 2, 2008
THOUGHTS: I was waiting to try this for a little while. Smells lovely, but the flavor is just OK at first, but it did get better at it warmed. Banana is stronger in the aroma early and wear in flavor then reverses as it warmed. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium amber with a small to nonexistent , off-white head that quickly diminished. The aroma was light nutty malt, but mostly banana. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and lightly acidic; while the finish was light to moderately sweet and bitter with an average duration. There was banana then kind of nutty malt, then some more banana at the end once it warmed up a little then some bitter hops. The light to medium body was oily up front and dry in the back with tingly carbonation and a light to moderate finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Bottle. Aroma was as advertised... fairly strong banana. The taste had the flavor of banana bread, but was just kind of blah. Not terribly great carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1898) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 27, 2008
Appearance: Bronze. Little bit of head. Aroma: Very banana-y. Not much else. Taste: Loads of banana. Bit of malt. Bitter. Info: 568ml bottle, 15/6-2006, 125/300

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (4855) - Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2008
I had to buy this beer because I LOVE bananas. When they called it a banana beer, they meant it. Aroma is strong, and banana scent dominates. It pours a nice golden amber with a decent but not persistent head. Flavor is rich and very banana-y so it is rather like drinking a liquid banana - very distinctive. There is a fair amount of hop flavor and a touch of malt and yeast. Texture is smooth and pleasant, but just a little zingy. Caution: Keep away from monkeys. :D

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2008
bottle by way of StFun... pours a clear honey color with a thin white head which possesses great retention and leaves behind trails of foamy lacing. smells of over ripe bananas, near rotting that have been used to bake in a bread... toasted walnuts, spices and spicy hops, caramel and bready grains. it tastes like a run of the mill beer poured over a big hunk of really good banana bread... caramel malt, ripe cooked bananas, brown sugar, toasted nuts, vanilla, nutmeg and spicy hops before a lightly tart dry finish. medium body with an airy texture and soft mouth feel. unique... delivers as promised.

i tried to give this a serious rating. but it’s rather difficult given my admiration for bananas... i mean, i DO have a banana tattooed on me so take my rating with a grain ;-)

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3009) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Pours out a clear amber color with a small white head. Aroma is of banana bread, just like the label said....you get the ripe banana and brown sugar. Taste is a bit watery, ripe banana and brown sugar, but a strange lingering aftertaste. Aroma was definitely much more impressive than the taste.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Pours a clear orange colour with no head. Initial aroma is of bright fresh, bananna bread very strong, but pleasent. Mouthfeel is suprisingly light, but smooth and tastey. flavor is creamy and sweet, and of course bannanas.

1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Nope. This was quite awful. I really saw nothing that worked well. I think that the bananas resulted in a very metallic taste that I certainly did not want to drink. I love the concept, but I think this did not work at all.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2008
Caramel in colour no head. Strong syrupy banana aroma. Had a distinct banana flavour. Weird and unusual beer but I did like it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
armando629 (2455) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 13, 2008
Amber-copper color with a nice lacing head. In Banana aroma dominates the nose, some yeast and malt perfume. The banana dominates the flavour too with a balanced hop, moderated carbonation, some bittery finish, little ale character. But this beer is not a strong ale...


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