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


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RATINGS: 1480   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 9, 2008
Deep amber color. Smells lightly of hops and strongly of banana and cream. Tastes extremely sweet for a beer, like banana, pound cake, malt and hops. Very bready. Tasty, but rather thin and watery to be truly enjoyable. Nice effort though, and props for originality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2010
This is like a banana pudding in liquid form. I have to say this is one hell of a beer, no clue why this got a low rating? I am a huge fan of bananas and this is great stuff! It kind of tastes like the banana flavored runts! Awesome!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
tompete (305) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
oOJUXEOo (303) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
I don’t understand the ’Gentle nose of Banana’ portion of the description. Holy mackerel, its like getting hit in the face with a buncha’ bananas. Color is very nice. Highly carbonated. I didn’t care for this much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Not as bad as I would have thought. Gentle brown color, smells like hurrrr bananas. I chugged this one quickly so I wouldn’t have to taste much lol.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2009
You bastards! How dare you make my all but perfect beer. Who do you think you are over there at Wells & Youngs? Are you the bastard child of a franziskaner monk and a Ninkasi herself? Pours a B-E-A-utiful sparkling red/amber with just enough head and aroma of pilzner and perfectly ripe bananas. Then it drinks exactly like it smells. NO small task in beer making. OUT FN STANDING!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YigSvartka (297) - 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 it’s too short lived and artificial banana is all it has to offer. Still good though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerseyjohn71 (297) - 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,,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nazbion (295) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - AUG 3, 2015
Pours dark orange with thin lacing. Aroma of bananas, caramel, bubblegum. Taste is sweet. Light body, medium carbonation. Interesting beer but the banana aroma is quite artificial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Billicus (291) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2012
aroma, banana all the way, and deep malts a bread like aroma too, the front end is very fruity banana sweetness, and then the bread like flavor really comes through I really like this beer, its pricy though!

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