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


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RATINGS: 1384   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (39784) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2009
Bottle 50cl. @ home.
Clear medium amber orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, banana sweet, "skumbananer".. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate spicy bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is soft. [20090510]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
yespr (36243) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 23, 2009
58.6 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a slowly diminished white head. Aroma is sweet and slight rotten banana. Fruity banana flavoured, yet with a vague residual sweetness and somewhat dry and slight bitter. Bitter and dry finish. Slight metallic touch - DNF.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (30970) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2003
A beutiful chestnut brown beer with a fine ligth brown head. The aroma is dominated by banana. The flavor is first banana, then malt sweet, then back to banana, then a nice bitterness, and ending on a long lingering banana note. A great balance and a great complexity in the flavor. A fine and very special beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) 5.5% ABV in my version. Clear, deep copper colour with a small, off-white head. Nose full of banana. Flavours full of banana, but not stickingly sweet as in other (Belgian) examples of the style. This is quite dry, almost lacking a hint of sweetness. Light bitter finish. Very drinkable. 220902

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
joergen (23987) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2005
Bottled. Clear amber coloured with a medium sized off white head. Aroma of bananas and grass. Flavour of bananas with notes of grass and hops. Hoppy finish. Not as cloying as the other banana beers I’ve had, but bananas and beers are a bad combination !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (23182) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2007
Bottled. Deep honeyish golden colour, big creamy/fluffy beige head. Aroma is banana with some slight hints of salted cookies and mild honey. Flavour is bananaish sweet white bread along with some flowery hops lurking in the background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (21768) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2002
Dark amber. Big banana aroma. Rather sweet, really malty with lingering banana flavour. An interesting experiment, and well carried out.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2006
Bottle. Clear copper colour with very small tan head. Banana aroma. Banana bread flavor with some bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (18998) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2010
11th April 2006
Warning! Early amateur rating! Moderate carbonation. Pronounced estery banana flavour. Easy drinking, not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cgarvieuk (18090) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2007
Ruby in colour, sweet banana, overpowering banana flavour with sweet malt, but it grown on you.

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