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


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RATINGS: 1290   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%

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2004
Amber color, heavy banana aroma and taste, light body, sweet banana finiah.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2004
A very strange beer indeed! Amber color with small head. A hint of banana in the nose wich becomes more dominant as you "tune in" to it. In the flavor the bananas are more dominant. It is an interesting mix, but not a beer i would buy again...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2004
One pint brown bottle 5.2% Vol. Poured a clear ruby with quickly diminishing off-white fizzy head. Banana vanilla malty aroma. Bitter banana unbalanced flavour, slightly sour. Needs a little sweet spice. Watery mouthfeel with short bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2013 Bottled. Better than expected beer as the aroma is quite heavy with bananas. The colour is brown but is heavily carbonated and does not have much head. The taste is very pleasant with again bananas coming through together with a light maltiness. Definitely different but drinkable. Score 3.5
Subsequent rating scored 3.1. Average becomes 3.3

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (14990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2004
Amber color; persistent perlage. Obvious banana aroma, with vanilla, malt, flowers. Dry, a bit metallic, smooth in the beginning with a light maltiness, but harsh on the tongue at the end; maybe too bitter final. Original beer; thanks Jens (Ungstrup).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2003
Bottled. Well it certainly smells like bananas alright. I’d have to go with chris_o’s thinking on this one, you either like it or you don’t. This beer should be tried in isolation and if possible, with 4-5 friends to help you share the bottle. Sweet and syrupy, aldehydes are fly from the beer, giving it an artificial and chemical feel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2003
I suppose you either love this or hate it. I guess I just like my beer to taste of beer, not bananas. And it isn't just a hint of banana - it is very intrusive. And very sweet too. And finally, I don't really like bananas anyway. Extra mark to the brewer for bravado though. Bottled, August 2003

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
boto (1879) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Bottle: Before you even get to what it looks like, you get a big whiff of bananas. It definitely makes you think twice if you really want to drink a banana beer or not. The beer pours a slightly light amber color, with a hint of orange. Big head that goes away quickly. No real lacing down the glass. Did I mention the aroma of bananas? It also smells a bit bready. The predominate taste is....BANANAS! Go figure. There is a bit of a crispness in the background, along with a light maltiness. Did I mention the banana taste? It isn't going away. It really isn't overpowering, but it is all that is really there, and they are just too much to take. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't think that I'll have another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3693) - 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).

   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.

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