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

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RATINGS: 1348   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%


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (9979) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2007
Bottle (Kings Head, Oxford) Very banana-ey, competant bitter, but the banana sweetness drowns the malt.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (3899) - - SEP 22, 2007
clear orange with a small foamy off-white head. aroma of banana candy, and bubblegum. flavor has notes of banana taffy, bread, and spices. well, they definitely gave it a fitting name. light bodied.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4963) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Slightly hazy golden reddish coloured body with a nice thick off-white head. Aroma of bananas, cloves, wheat, honey, vanilla and a very strong coriander seed. Light-bodied; Sharp banana flavour with wheat and vanilla also noticeable. Aftertaste is a bit more mellow - some coriander seed and cloves, but mostly more bananas. Overall, a good beer - not great nor amazing, but worth trying. I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Clarendon (Arlington), Virginia on 12-September-2007.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tanker12 (173) - USA - SEP 13, 2007
When you open the bottle you get a strong aroma of bananas. The head quickly disappears into a thin lasting lace. The beer never really lives up to its banana smell and i found myself distracted by the soda pop feel of the carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Bottle: Pours clear orange with minimal off-white head. The aroma is tons of banana, sweet/sugary, with some crystal back. Bubbly carbonation. The flavor is sweet and dominated by banana extract. There is a hint of biscuit-y malt presence, yet has no bitterness. I would expect more British hop characteristics coming through in an English Strong Ale (fuggle, kent, golding). The only reason I gave this a decent score is because I’m a fan of bananas.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dgator32 (16) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Was surprised how good this beer was really did expect it to have that much banana bread taste. Poured dark amber color, thin head.unmistakeable beer taste with a banana finish. very clean and well made beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmmbeer (1287) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Was surprised that it really did smell like banana bread. Poured dark amber color, decent head. Aroma- beer/banana/fruity. Definate beer taste with a small banana finish. Not bad, not bad at all.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Got this a while back, Matt from totowa Bev, Depot talked me into it. Damned if it does not smell like banana bread! Clear light tan body with small creamy head. taste is light, lots of banana once it hits the palate. No trace of alcohol anywhere. Now this would be aGREAT, refreshing brew for summer-lawn work. Not a bad beer at all, rating to style, not to preference, I am a stoutie.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Being a man who doesn’t like bananas I was VERY surprised by this beer. I was expecting a candy-sweet-mushy in the mouth experiment gone wrong. I got excactly the opposite. The body was a full as it needed to be with bananas on the nose, but not so much on the palate. The Malt profile was big and toasty and nutty....like banana bread! The hops were there, but not overpowering or competing for space in the brew. The finish was crisp and left a pleasant dryness in the back of my mouth, begging me to go back for more. This could serve as an excellent breakfast beer for those willing to go down that road on occasion.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlenVargas (144) - Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Well, the Banana Bread beer (bottle) smells and tastes just like the label says it should, but I think you can enjoy this stuff even if you’re not a fan of banana bread. It’s a murky brown-orange with a little off-white head. I was also kind of drunk when I finally got around to this one, so I was totally enthralled by the aroma. I thought that maybe the taste was heavier on the bread (wheat, grain, whatever) than the banana, but that was okay. Banana Bread beer is really pretty fun, even if it’s only a novelty brew. And, even though it’s the morning after, I can still taste it (or at least I think I can).


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