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


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RATINGS: 1437   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
AtronSeige (1148) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 11, 2015
Aroma: Medium-high banana sweets. Medium malty, toasty Appearance: Brilliant, copper body. Small, tan head, good retention. Flavour: Medium-high banana. Light bitterness. Medium-high sweetness. Floral hops, light. Dry finish, lingering banana. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation. Overall: More banana than banana bread. Very sweet. A nice beer, but nothing special. The beer does not shine, only banana. 500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Bev! 20. Fruit Beer 8C. Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mauroruellas (761) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - SEP 10, 2015
Âmbar,espuma mediana com baixa duração,aroma adocicado bem vivo de banana,sabor bem refrescante e ao contrário do aroma o amargor e o cítrico dos lúpulos estão em evidência.com dulçor da fruta ao fundo,corpo médio,final seco,boa drinkability,equilibrada.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (4018) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2015
English Strong Ale ? Pas s/r. Bouteille transparente. Une robe cuivr/ avec une mousse blanche. Un nez de gingembre et de banane. Une bouche facile / boire avec des saveurs intenses de bananes jaunes. Une curiosit/.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Satyroneto (281) - BRAZIL - SEP 3, 2015
Cor de ouro envelhecido com tonalidade alaranjada; brilhante e cristalina com perlage intenso; espuma de leve tonalidade amarela, média formação e persistência duradoura de uma camada de 2-3mm de espessura; lacing pouco/razoável. Aroma de banana e bolo de banana e um pouco de caramelo no 2º plano deixando o aroma um pouco enjoativo, doce demais. Sabor com início de caramelo evoluindo para um intenso banana (vide aroma) com final um pouco picante e levemente amargo; o amargor não eh suficiente para equilibrar o dulçor da cerveja; retrogosto de bolo de banana e leve amargor. Corpo leve e média carbonatação.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Hopmaestro (1140) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2015
It’s not very often the old Hopmaestro pours a beer into the sink, but this is one of few. Maybe it’s not the beers fault , but I can’t stand liquid banana. Sweet aroma of synthetic banana. The banana is strong in this one, too strong. And too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2015
From NOTES. A: Malty sweetness, bananas, a slight nuttiness and not much hop character to speak of or maybe just a slight peppery spiciness from the hops. A: Pours and dark amber with 1 finger of white head that dissipates too quick. T: Cloying banana flavor, like banana candy. Some astringency on the finish. P: Thin consistency, almost watery. Highly carbonated. Crisp finish. O: Overall, a disappointment, even though my expectations were not particularly high. I like banana bread a lot, but I think I will stick to the real thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ERB92 (605) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2015
Aroma of caramel and banana. Amber with a off-white head. Medium + sweet and medium bitter. Medium body with a average to soft carbonation. Overall a nice, and quite easy drinkable English Strong Ale with a touch of banana.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Leafs93 (2041) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2015
Pours amber with a small offwhite head. Aroma is banana bread, caramel and earthy. Taste is sweet with some faint bitters. Medium bodied, smooth and overall decent though the sweetness would limit it to one bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bhenning (18) - Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Nice amber appearance. Decent head off the pour. The banana notes are there but subtle. Just a personal preference, but would like this beer a bit sweeter to match its name. Good flavor though for someone who prefers just a touch of a special flavor. Beer was a tad flat, but I could blame my local liquor store. I can't always trust that their "cold beer" section hasn't been skunked somewhere along its journey. :) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
axl (440) - Lund, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2015
Clear brown with white head. Aroma is sweet banana candies, foam banana and banana peel. Taste is thin and sweet with banana candy and brown bananas as well as slight malts. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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