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


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RATINGS: 1451   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brix (648) - DENMARK - AUG 13, 2007
Tasted 2007-04-12. Fresh bottle, 56,8cl. Clear toffee/orange colour. White head. Nice, but looks a bit too clean to get top grade. Aroma: ripe banana. It’s almost possible to sense that this is a beer and not a pile of bananas. Funny! Taste is very malty. Bananas dominate the taste but not as much as in the aroma. There’s little to no bitterness at the end. Not a big taste, but yet a good taste!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2007
This was a dark orange and gold color with the taste of bananas for sure almost like banana bread and not bad at all.CHEERS!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6220) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2007
500ml bottle; Pours a nice light amber, almost with an orange hue, lightly active with a thin but rocky head. The aroma belongs on a hefeweizen, not an English Strong Ale, yeasty and banana-laced. But once I start to consume it, the name of the beer becomes most logical. This really does taste just like the homemade banana bread I just had in the house this week ... well, it’s bready and banana-y ... but not in some obtuse way. This is actually quite drinkable. And different. Well done. (#3046, 8/1/2007)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2007
bottle. light copper pour wi many rising bubbles to thin foamy off white head. hops, spice, and malts all drowned out by the banana bread aroma. light and clean. slightly metallic. light hops and malts, wheat, banana and spice. better than I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2007
If you like banana bread, you’ll like this beer - unless you prefer banana bread on a plate as opposed to in a glass. Smells like banana bread and tastes like banana bread. Nothing subtle or complex,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2500) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Decent sized frothy white head of fine bubbles. Distinct banana aroma along with a bit of dry grass, some nutmeg and some bready malts. Color is a medium golden orange. Sweet and crisp flavor with more bananas. Actually, it tastes very much like banana bread. Light spicyness and dryness. Crisp finish with some lingering bready malts and spices. Interestng but I really don’t think that this is an English Strong though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2007
(19.25oz bottle, BB 30/11/07): Pours a golden brown color, fizzy, with a big white lasting foamy head. Very strong ripe banana aroma, a little hops, but mostly bananas. Banana malty taste, banana aftertaste. Bottled water taste. Not much else. Interesting, but this will be my last.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 23, 2007
1 pint bottle at The Queen Adelaide, Wandsworth, 17th June 2006. Cracking aroma of banana bread (reminds me of my holiday in Barbados) but an unispiring appearance: flat, bland amber pint. The flavour is swamped by banana, with some yeast and hops hidden underneath. The finish is that of a normal bitter. Overall, glad I tried it, but I wouldn’t drink this regularly. Feel free to add to the score if you adore bananas!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JUL 23, 2007
Non male anche se mooooolto bananosa soprattutto al sapore (al naso un po’ meno). Bevuta al Pub del Duca il 25 aprile con Sergio.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
downender (7760) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2007
Amber with a decent white head. Aroma of bananas and brown sugar. Flavour of yet more bananas with some malt before a hint of a bitter finish. One dimensional.

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