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


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RATINGS: 1412   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
BuckeyeSammy (583) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Extremely light, dissapointed by the lack of flavor. Unreal aroma though, cinnamon and bananas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
frankenkitty (1987) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Attractive looking deep amber body with a steady channel of effervescence under a dollop of cream for a head. It’s not a "gentle nose of banana" as suggested by the commercial deScription above, but a full out blast of banana bread with yeasty esters and notes of ginger. I expected nothing less. (Yet this is an "English Strong Ale" and not a "Fruit Beer" although "BANANA" is announced quite emphatically on the label?) Flavor takes a nose-dive and finds sour, grassy hops overpowering the banana and turning it into an odd, artificial aftertaste instead of a prominent focus. Full and fluffy in the mouth, alcohol lingers dry. I don’t find this "sweet" (as I glance below at the prior three ratings)... I actually wish this had a fuller malt backbone to make the banana more acceptable.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BelgianBeerGal (3578) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 50cl bottle. Yes I know it says banana bread on the label but maybe a little too much banana and sweetness. Maybe pare them down to the nice vanilla hints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2007
Banana aroma. Pours a clear crisp copper beer. Nice mouthfeel. Banana and sweetness are perhaps too dominant which distracts from the other elements of this beer. A good try and worth a repurchase at some point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (12181) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2007
Bottle (Kings Head, Oxford) Very banana-ey, competant bitter, but the banana sweetness drowns the malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (4006) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (5320) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PilsnerPeter (3034) - 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.

   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

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