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

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RATINGS: 1465   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%


mintzmeet's rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mintzmeet (444) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Like a really creamy cream ale.strong banana bubbly flavor. Slight astringency on aftertaste. Bubble gum


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
midovark (506) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - AUG 21, 2016
0.5 l bottle. Had this one before joining RateBeer, therefore this entry is only based on numerical notes.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
martjoobolut (2891) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 16, 2016
Bottle (from tallinna kaubamaja). Pours amber. Aroma is banana, sweet. Flavor is sweet, bitter, banana. Finish has some bitterness. Overall: drinkable.

1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheBeerUnited (43) - - AUG 4, 2016
Not much head, some lacing. Nice colour, very clear, lots of CO2 bubbles streaming through. Aroma of banana, but also generic piss lager, banana esters and some hops but these two scents don’t go well together, fights with each other too much. Taste however wasn’t as bad in this aspect though. Mellow banana flavour. Watery body. 5.2 abv but tastes really light, watery, dry. Body is too thin, but then it’s also fizzy. Spicy sweet, a little bitter at the end. Leaves mouth feeling slimey and a bit metallic. Not great, probably wouldnt get this again but it was alright/interesting to try as an offbeat beer. Too thin and one-dimensional, needs to be balance by other flavours to give it complexity, maybe some nuttiness or spice to pair it with would help.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerNinjaUK (239) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2016
Legacy rating - bottle received for birthday early 2016. I’m not a fan of sweet beers generally and this is crazy sweet with no real flavour except for the overpowering banana. I’m sure this would appeal to some, but I prefer my beers rather more bitter and hoppy.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerboss1 (1) - - JUL 23, 2016 does not count
Flavorful, refreshing, and fruity. Amber color with mild aroma and smooth taste. Can taste malty blend with banana undertones. I will like to serve this at my pub.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MetalMurphy (406) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 23, 2016
bottle @ supermarket (budapest) amber colour, medium body, normal carbonated, semi foam, nice banana aroma, caramell, bread and biscuit taste in the background, very good one!!

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beachmaster (444) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 18, 2016
Bottle into a pint glass. Pours amber, with a medium white head. Nose is banana syrup. Taste is malt and banana. A little sweet, but not awful. Interesting novelty beer.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
pityu (620) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle - Clear amber colour, medium diminishing off-white head. Banana aroma with some caramel and biscuit. Taste is a bit artificial banana with some toffee and nuts, some sugar and honey. Medium body, smooth carbonation, sweet finish. Not good, but drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PedroOliveira (33) - - JUL 14, 2016
Cerveja clara, de coloração dourada, âmbar. Aroma de malte e banana. Sabor adocicado.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phfyysik (648) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 10, 2016
Pours clear orange with medium, lasting head. Aroma is sweet banana, dried fruits, bubble gum, light grass, artificial. Taste is strong beer, banana on side, grass, hops, some white bread. Easy to drink with banana on the side in everywhere.


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