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


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RATINGS: 1466   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
This is one of the more exceptional beers, and one should try it when you are in the right frame of mind, otherwise failure could lure ahead. The aroma has very clean and nice banana notes, nothing artificial about it. This impression is also what I get in the flavour, where it is accompanied by notes of citrus balancing the overall impression nicely. I quite like this one, and I must admit that I have a weakness for the banana flavour....

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Interesting. Pretty decent balance for this fruit beer. Aroma isn’t to strong of banana, but it is there. Good looking beer, nice head retention. Taste is a bit watery with mainly malt and banana. Better than I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mixinnixon2000 (226) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2008
they mean business when they say banana bread. It tastes like my mother just took it out of the oven and put it into a bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillieV (197) - Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2008
1pt bottle: Poured a great golden brown color with a thin semi white head. Aroma is sweet with banana’s. Taste is dead on with aroma. Sweet and goes down easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2008
I could smell this beer all day!! It smells like some delicious banana nut bread. It tastes like it too, but the taste isnt near as good as the smell on this beer. Pours nice golden brown color, but I wanted a nice head on it but it didnt have one at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Bottle. Orange you glad you didn’t say banana? Found this interesting beer at the local BP. Thanks Greg. It poures a clear brown amber. The aroma is what this beer is, banana bread. It taste just like it smells, this is actually exaclty what I thought it was going to be, maybe a little darker but pretty honest beer. Maybe give it to a girl, probly won’t buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 Bottle. This beer tastes like banana bread. Added a few points to overall score for straightforward honest product labeling. Beer pours a little thin for my taste, as I was hoping in this case for a beer I could chew on. Due to it being so thin, I think the banana flavor is just a little stronger than the bread flavor. Tastes more like a juice or soda than a beer. My advice: If you are buying beer, see this bottle, and get an instant craving for banana bread ; Buy the beer as it will satisfy that craving (banana bread is hard to find in a pinch). Otherwise, ignore it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2008
16oz bottle, provided by Gary Jones. Amber pour and very clear. Malty and bready aroma. I guess you could say bananas. I thought the flavor was the same. Very bread like and suppose you can see the banana in this but it’s mostly bread. Maybe some biscuit like grain too, but that’s it. Carbonated but light mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
funkadelik (3) - USA - JAN 12, 2008 does not count
[Bottle] BUBBLY! Bubbles from beginning to end. Pours a tanish color and smells exactly like you’d expect it including a nutty afterscent. Taste seems tainted by the amount of bubbles. I’d love a taste of this with a lot less carbonation. The Beer actually doesn’t have much of the sweetness I was expecting, but the bitterness seems like an afterthought. Too much hop taste than I would’ve expected. Seems like a gimmick beer that doesn’t come through. Something to try once and move on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Pours golden honey w/ a good frothy head that reduces slowly to a spattered canopy and a fluffy lace. Strong aromas of fresh baked banana bread. Medium nectar w/ ample carbonation. This beer is well bittered w/ pronounced banana bread flavors. Not sweet in the least bit. The finish is birttered nicely leaving a malty fruity flavor to linger.

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