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

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RATINGS: 1324   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%


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2007
Bottle. Clear and super carbonated, gold with a huge head. CO2, light crystal malt and banana aroma. Clean banana flavor, mildly spicy, a little oxidized. Beter than expected. Well balanced and restrained.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2007
Bottle. Small white fizzy head. Spar lacing. Body was clear and very sparkling with a brown colour. Aroma was heavy overripe banana, with hints sweet malt and some bitterness, maybe from the banana? Light to medium bodied with an average carbonation. Flavour was moderated sweet with notes of bitterness. Slightly bitter finish. I thought the banana aroma became a bit too much after a pint of this.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (7822) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2007
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, amber in colour, definite bananaey (if there is such a word) aroma. Quite a decent taste, yes it’s all about the banana’s but to be fair it’s not trying to be anything different. There is some bitterness lurking there and it wasn’t as sweet as I expected, even allowing for the banana oveload it still has that unmistakeably Charles Wells feel about it. Not bad at all.

2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2007
does indeed smell like bananas but doesn’t taste like it. It immediately tastes like a shitty pale lager and a look at the bottle confirms its lager status. Pure crap. Also has no color. i don’t know why it says ale on this website.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cgarvieuk (15388) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2007
Ruby in colour, sweet banana, overpowering banana flavour with sweet malt, but it grown on you.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
zach8270 (3629) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
(bottle - 500 ml) Light grapefruit colored pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma smells like a banana popsicle. Not much else in it. Flavor is very light with a touch of banana popsicle and some bread but not much in the malt department. Sweet and smooth. Very interesting.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HenrikSoegaard (10988) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2007
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Nice hopy aroma with strong banana-notes. banana-flavor not as powerfull. Nice sweet flavor. Average finish. Oily palate. Strange brew.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ekstedt (5659) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 Bottle. Deep golden whith medium white head. Malty aroma with a synthetic banana touch. Thin mouthfeel, a bit watery, and a cloying banana aftertaste.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
loeffler (16) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Nice amber color but virtually no head. I gave it some extra points but it is a very weak beer overall. Smells and tastes more like candy banana flavoring than banana bread. Acutally, I’d describe it as tasting more like those candy circus peanuts than anything. Very light body and a lightning quick finish.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
charlotte (4379) - rødovre, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2007
Found at the beer shop øltønden in Haslev.Red golden colour with white head,sweet with much tast of ????? Banana surprice,and also of cake sweet bitter finish.O.K beer if you like banana.


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