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


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RATINGS: 1260   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (3754) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle 50cl, a clear dark amber beer with good head. Nose is on over ripped banana. Aroma is on caramel, candied banana, bubble gum notes, grassy hops, floral, bit unusual, ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stravale (2062) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle from Tesco Longford [070314] Rate #1800
Amber,clear, decent frothy head, some lacing
Aroma - Typical skunky light damage nose gives way to quite intense sweet banana custard, with a soft caramel undertone. (-2 for clear bottle)
Taste of soft caramel malts, prominent soft sweet banana, dab of spicy hop, straightforward beer, taste gets better with the drinking
Palate - Soft carb, medium to light body, oily. Fairly sweet palate. Finish as main flavour, touch dry, slightly metallic, soft bitter, sweet banana
Overall - I always avoided this beer and expected it to be crap and I don’t care for clear bottles with that horrid smell on pulling the cap off, but the sweet banana comes thorough in the end and it’s a fairly pleasant if slightly artificial soft banana taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (947) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Nice & solid little tasty beer. Interesting banana aroma. Decent copper pour & smooth clean taste. Kind of a 1 trick pony but it works!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (2940) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: At a bbq in Hong Kong.
Appearance: Clear golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Sweet, banana.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Banana, sweet, hops, somewhat bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anthony850 (243) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2014
In bottle banana taste great for making beer bread. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TonyHiscox (1) - Harlech, WALES - FEB 26, 2014 does not count
Far and away my favourite Beer, Tasty Alcoholic with a pleasant after taste

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BDD89 (12) - young, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2014
It has a slight banana lolly aroma. Little to no head. The taste remimiscient of banana lolly mixed with real bananas and a slight bready/biscuity taste. Aftertaste is smooth with an average bitterness. Something different to have a crack at but couldn’t drink more than one or two in a row.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TaktikMTL (5662) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
Bouteille de 500 ml achetée chez ANBL (Caraquet, N-B) au coût de 3,90$. Arôme: Légère odeur de banane. Apparence: La couleur est cuivrée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de banane avec une pointe de levure. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de banane en arrière goût. (Rating #5491)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cstram (3) - Waldwick, USA - FEB 24, 2014 does not count
Smells of ripe bannanas. Malty and slightly spicy with a touch of bitter to finish. Fantastic beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erickok (3424) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - FEB 21, 2014
A Banana Bread Beer in a clean bottle? That gives low expectations yet also spurs interest in the ticker inside me. The brown clean body and stable yet lift that expectation a bit, and the aroma further. Absolutely a true banana bread aroma with ripe banana, sticky brown bread, some raison, some resin, dades and a faint herbal hop. Fairly bitter actually, and a dryness that I relate to easting a banana, but surely that’s because I know its ingredients. Not bad at all, especially since I’m not a huge banana fan. Positive surprise. I also love the irony of a 5% abv ’Strong Ale’. Only in England. ;) (50cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

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