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

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RATINGS: 1414   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bpreo (2270) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Good beer. Banana and beer go very well together. More breweries need to join the craze.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ljthiessen (973) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 5, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma is ripe banana, a bit artificial but not entirely, some caramel. Flavour is not nearly there. Some banana, but mostly a thin macro-lager flavour with a slightly metallic edge and corn notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bierdimpfe (100) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2015
Clear amber color with a poor head. Faint sweet aroma of banana, toasty bread with some toffee. Taste of grains with faint subtle sweet taste of banana, caramel, with a hint of citrus. A little light with good carbonation. Short mouthfeel with a more bitter alcohol finish. Aftertaste of banana bread. Overall, the aroma and taste is great, but it’s a very light beer. Missing some body and a little freshness.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
painterchiv (5) - - NOV 3, 2015 does not count
A: medium amber, 1 finger fizzy head / S: banana, yeast, fruitcake / T: banana, cream, roll cake, malt, light hop presence / M: smooth, light body, light carbonation, slightly warm / O: was’t too bad for a novelty beer but one bottle was enough, dull, too thin

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sccp1910 (131) - BRAZIL - NOV 2, 2015
Aroma e sabor com notas de banana, deixando uma sensação suave e um bom paladar. Cerveja leve e saborosa.

1.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
jamaty (1621) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 30, 2015
Ambar, casi clara. Aroma muy intenso a plátano y azúcar, a gominola de plátano. En boca, con cierta base malteada, tiene un sabor intesísimo a plátano, y muy dulce y empalagoso. Además floja de cuerpo. El final es lo único míninamente digno, pero ni de lejos compensa lo demás.

1.1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
PMgep (216) - Lund, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2015
Old rating. I’m sorry but I can’t stand this. The banana just take over and it’s to much. Banana should be in hefeweizen, not in this.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Larry_Duffman (247) - - OCT 19, 2015
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours a light copper color with a fizzy white head and some lacing. The aroma was a bit skunky with banana and bread notes. The taste is banana, bread, and nuts. The palate is a bit thin. This was a fun beer. It could’ve been better though.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
NJBarstool (14) - Rockaway, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2015
Overall beer quality was above average. However, this was a $5 single bottle of beer. There is nothing memorable or extraordinary about this. It has a pleasant taste. It’s a nice dessert drink. But the price point makes it a terrible value. This is not world class beer. It’s a nice Toyota with a high end Mercedes price tag

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TorbenJensen (1408) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2015
Flimsy foam on this rather different ale. Its scent is distinctly banana and mellow hop with a little hint of malt. The taste is also distinctly banana, but fortunately not synthetic. Under the banana sense an average pale ale, but it is undoubtedly banana taste you will remember this ale for.


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