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


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RATINGS: 1230   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
neur0 (815) - GERMANY - DEC 5, 2013
(Flasche) Es hat eine bernsteinerne Farbe, ist klar filtriert mit einer fast weißen Schaumkrone. Das Aroma ist brotig, bananig (eher wie eine ältere Banane) süßlich und etwas schokladig. Der Geschmack ist wie Banana Bread, mit einer leichten Bittere im Abgang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (692) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2013
Appearance: Clear copper with finger thick white head. Aroma: Banana, raisin, hint of mixed spice and bread. Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium bitterness and sourness. Palate: Thick coarse texture and light body, average/prickly carbonation, lingering banana, spicy malty finish. The banana note is akin to banana milkshake or a chewy banana sweet taste. Comments: Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jesperhammer (2646) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2013
30-NOV-2013, bottle @home, present from Limoncelloman, from New York. Clear, dark golden. Aroma is banana winegum. Taste is banana with malty caramel and a touch of hops. Never really that sweet, just very "banana-driven":-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gregwilsonstl (952) - Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Clear copper. Thin white head. Strong dominant banana. Quite dry. Interesting. Not as high alcohol as I’d hope. Interesting brew. Tastes like a soda more than a beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Xagnutaa (2) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013 does not count
Dark color when poured. Despite color beer tastes very light. Slight taste of banana. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (621) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2014 Bottle morrisons. Amber beer slight white head. Aroma is malts banana taste is similar nice banana sweetness light bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation. One of my favourite classic bottle beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lax94 (7) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2013 does not count
Better than i expected. Little sweet lots of aroma. Mild banana flavour. Beautiful colour. 5.2%. $3.50 for a 500ml bottle in Ontario Canada. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
barn0216 (359) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Amber color, clear, little foam. Smells like banana laffy taffy, seriously. Flavor is the same plus generic beer malt and hops. Woe is me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
asheft (2443) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle. Skunky sweet banana aroma with a tiny bit of brown sugar. Clear copper under a bubbly, lasting white sheet and ring. Sweet, but not overly, banana and sweet base malt flavour with very low bitterness and watery. Light body, moderate carbonation, lingering banana.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (909) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Pours a clear yet somewhat hazy orange/brown body with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dies and leaves some light clingy somewhat foamy lacing; the aroma has banana bread (wow, never would have thought that something like this wouldve been pulled off, but Wells pulled this one off right on the spot); the flavor is sweet, in fact somewhat bready sweet, banana aftertaste; its fairly easy on the palate; overall, well, though fairly hard to review to style due to the vague yet somewhat broad range of flavors, and since this is my first "banana bread" beer - well I like this one and would have it again

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