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

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RATINGS: 1323   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%


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2959) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
Aroma:fulls of banana bread aroma, light caramel.. Appearance:Clear amber,light head.. Flavor:watery and banana bread..

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rob_D_UK (1015) - Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Pours a clear amber with a white head. Rather unsurprisingly it smells and tastes like banana, yum.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rayaron (415) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Clear brownish amber with small bubbly white head. Heavy banana aroma, cake. Heavy banana flavor, light sweetness, light bitterness. Watery. Lively carbonation. Light body. Sweet aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zvsn (754) - ISRAEL - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond shop. Clear orange-amber with a small head. Aroma of banana (a bit artificial) and caramel. Sweetish with banana flavors, some bread and caramel notes, light bitterness. Light-medium bodied, quaffable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (991) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2014 Bottle at the White Horse, Bedford. I’ve lived in Bedford for almost 9 years. It’s time to break the taboo. Dark gold/amber with a decent white head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving a fair bit of lacing. Artificial banana dominates the scent, there is also a metallic hint. But it is still a pleasant bouquet somehow... sweet satisfying taste of banana with orchard fruit and barley sugar. I think I like this well enough. Surprising but true.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CpyNPrnT (429) - Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Aroma of banana, taste is banana, bready malt, metallic, mild alcohol. Its okay.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danev76 (506) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2014
Banana’s. Clear dark golden colour with excellent head. Banana, particularly banana lolly flavor. Light body with lowte medium carbonation. Nice on-off but not a session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adster (462) - HUNGARY - JUL 20, 2014
Már a pohárba töltve is meglebegtet némi félérett banán aromát, az orrunkhoz tartva azonban meglepő természetességre lehetünk figyelmesek. Egy tompán édes, szirupszerű, banános cukorkás édesség vonalai bontakoznak ki, mely remekül marad meg légnemű nassolnivalóként, az ízében ugyanis időben útját állja egy savanykás élű, kissé visszafogottan malátás, enyhe és krémszerű, pikánsan komlós utóízű test. A gyümölccsel ízesített és hasonló mondanivalójú sörök között véleményem szerint mindenképpen előkelő helyet foglalhat el, ez esetben ugyanis egyik összetevő sem vonja kétségbe a másik létjogosultságát. Megéri tehát kipróbálni.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JayTeeSupreme (31) - - JUL 19, 2014
An extremely lightweight malty ale with a stong undercurrent of banana. Slight metallic aftertaste that isn’t too great but overall smooth and drinkable with a nice banana bonus. Interesting choice from Wells.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
houstoce (2) - SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 19, 2014 does not count
Unusual ale derived from a banana bread base. Definite banana undertones similar to Carling Black Label.


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