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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 1282   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%


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Kudos for the concept, as both banana and the yeastiness of bread are classic beer flavors. That's mostly where the praise ends--at the concept. The execution leaves much to be desired. The aroma is warmly caramel with obvious banana notes, but mostly in an artificial "banana candy" vein, unlike the sensitive banana essence of a hefe. The deep caramel-golden color suggests something of the maltiness, but in the flavor the distinctly artificial banana really won out. As it warmed I got a touch of metallic bitterness on the back palate, and the mouthfeel flattened from weak (initially) to rather poor--limp, very quickly flat, and dryly ambivalent. There is some curiosity here and some things to like--I shouldn't undersell its drinkability--but there isn't the complexity of banana bread (including the nuttiness I associate with a good banana bread that has chopped walnuts buried in the moist interior).

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2003
I can't believe this beer. It smells and tastes of bananas!! I wish I had known that it was going to taste of bananas. The brewer has gone bananas I think. Nup.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2003
Beer + banana bread joined. I mean, really, how could you not like this idea? The aroma is wonderful, the brew is one of the best novelty ideas I have encountered. I could drink this at breakfast, after dinner, on a boat, in a moat, and I actually did all of those things in and around Oxford.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 16, 2003
Love the label. Smells strongly of banana "Now and Later" candy chews. Tastes more like fizzy, bland ale. Truly unremarable. Fake banana smell.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2003
UPDATED: APR 12, 2003 Simon found me sleeping in the garden after a night on this one. Phew! Too many bananas (I never thought I'd say it!)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10184) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2003
UPDATED: APR 13, 2003 Bottled: Very special beer. Pours a clear amber colour. Medium lasting head. From there on its all about banana. Aroma, flavour and palate is owerwhelmed with banana, which in the end actually becomes too much, because nothing else is really going on. But in small doses this is a quite funny and tasty beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobBestwick (588) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2003
Banana nose with hints of toffee, pours with a dark tawny hue, banana and toffee taste with malt undertones, full bodied with a good solid aftertaste.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Lisbeth (14) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2003
It has a charakteristish banana aroma and flavor. But I would rather have a banana and a "normal" beer in stead of a bananabeer.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2003
I smell..... banana. Oh my god, loads of banana. It tastes like banana too. There is an aftertaste of beer too. Quite like this. Couldn't eat too many though. This is a unique beer. AC/DC rocks. Sorry couldn't help it, got the music up loud here!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (6629) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2003
Banana, banana and banana in aroma and flavor. Funny beer. To much banana, compared to the bitterness. But still very drinkebly.


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