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

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RATINGS: 1439   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%


2.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Different. Buying this one, I knew it would be different. I wasnt expecting anything great, I was more curious than anything. Opened it, and poured it immediately. Wow, great aroma of banana, nuts, bread, and light citrus. Smell is the best part. Appearance was ok, not much head retention or lacing. Taste is ok at best. Rich in malt and a bit of Goldings to back it up....kind of funny tasting. Worth trying once.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerseyjohn71 (282) - corsicana, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
light banana taste and its 5.2 AVB...it was sold in a 4pk ,,, my wife loves this,,, i just had to try it,,,good over all ,,, light body,, light flavor,,

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Argonian (280) - Athens, GREECE - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours a reddish body, with a low white head that diminishes quickly, leaving a fair lace. Faint malty aroma, but the highlight is obviously the taste. Banana is obvious enough, unique in itís own. Average to high carbonation, watery texture, thin bodied. Not something noteworthy, but itís definately unique.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
tompete (276) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2013
500 ml bottle. Pours very light clear brown with a tan medium head. Aroma is BANANAS, bubble gum and sweet metal. Flavour is BANANAS and secret hidden away malt, not really bready. Finish is BANANAS and slightly bitter. Very late finish has an odd metal flavour.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YigSvartka (273) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
Vanilla, banana, caramel scent. Light and refreshing akin to a lager. Carbonation present, little hops, banana/caramel very prominent. The flavour is interesting, but itís too short lived and artificial banana is all it has to offer. Still good though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MRMedellin (271) - Bogota, COLOMBIA - MAR 19, 2014
Strange beer, I donít know if it can be considered a fruit beer. When is poured an orange beer is seen with a small and unstable foam head which dissipate very quickly leaving just a small ring. The aroma of course has increased banana notes and also some bubble gum and vanilla, sadly those ones overcome on the malt or hops ones. In palate has a light - medium body, the malt is felt slightly, and the bitterness of the hops to, but I think the banana flavor is too much and almost kills the others, leaving an artificial sensation in the mouth.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Pours copper with nose of the label, Banana bread. The taste is a little flat, but like drinking a liquid banana bread...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiteWait (267) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Color is caramel brown. Smells like Banana Bread, Tastes like banana bread. Dam, banana bread in a glass! Whoot Whoot!

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2011
Yep it tasted like banana bread and that was the point. Didnít really like it.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Pours a brown translucent amber color, aroma is well...banana. flavor is english mild style with banana...onteresting novelty not bad though


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