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

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RATINGS: 1432   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%


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2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ejh8 (108) - - AUG 11, 2013
Yeah that's banana bread ale. Tastes just like banana bread. Thin English ale, nice amber look. It's ok, interesting taste. Try it you might like it. Or not. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
samparkique4 (54) - - APR 24, 2016
caramel, hay, nuts, roasty, floral, spruce, herbs, dough, leather, barnyard, cheese, earthy, leaves, banana, banana, banana, bubblegum, butterscotch, clove, soy sauce, skunky, smoke, vanilla, slite-licorice, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, umami, full body, slick feel, thick feel, lively,

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bdleedahl (71) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 22, 2016
The mild banana flavour is perfectly balanced with the rest of the beer. Although it tastes somewhat artificial. No off flavours, but absolutely zero head formation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmgreenuk (6743) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 16, 2016
Bottle at the Jim / John is back tasting, Den Haag, April 2016. Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a thin broken white head. The aroma is banana malt. The flavour is light bitter with a banana woody hop bitter palate. Light banana with average carbonation.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
sjogro (1906) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
UPDATED: APR 18, 2016 At Jim/John is back tasting. Clear amber, light cream. Old overripe banana. Medium sweet, tea leaf bitter. Quite dry low carbonation.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Maakun (2703) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
Bottle at THT. Clear golden with very small white head. Rotten banana, cake, caramel, cardboard, strange dry grains, dust. Light sweet and dusty bitter. Light bodied. No.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kermis (9054) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
Bottle shared at the John/Jim tasting. Clear amber with a ring off white head. Aroma of banana, overripe to rotten banana, malt and light toffee. Flavour is above moderate sweet and light bitter. Light medium with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jim7477 (1) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2016 does not count
Very different if your looking for a change of pace, and light in taste. The banana taste is very noticeable.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
melush (2231) - SPAIN - APR 9, 2016
Bottle 50cl / Botella 50cl. @ El Corte Ingles, Sevilla, España. A: Golden / Dorado. T/S: Cereal, banana, sweet / Cereal, banana, dulce.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jason (1811) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2016
Bottle. Aroma of strong banana. Flavor is is banana, bread (?) Caramel and sweet malt. Too sweet for my taste. Full body flavor of sweet banana bread.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
caribou43 (368) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 31, 2016
I bought this bottle during one trip in Luxembourg, in a supermarket. I was disappointing about this beer. The taste with banana is symply too strong, nomalt or wheat to make a balance with few hop. It is not my kind of beer, the aroma was not really natural, but I am not sure, this brewery has better products than this one.


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