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

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RATINGS: 1355   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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%


3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALCOHOLNIZM (165) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2010
ALTHOUGH THIS IS THE ONLY BANANA BEER I HAVE YET TO SAMPLE, I HAVE FOUND FEW OTHER BEERS TO CATCH THE AROMA OF THEIR MAIN INGREDIENTS SO WELL. THIS BEER SMELLS ALMOST EXACTLY LIKE A BANANA NOW AND LATER, WHICH I LOVE AND USED TO SELL IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR A DIME EACH WHEN A PACK OF FIVE COST A QUARTER. THE FLAVOR, HOWEVER PLEASANT, IS NOT OVERPOWERINGLY BANANA, IT HAS A DISTINCT AND SUBTLE WHEAT FLAVOR THAT ACCOMPANYS THE BANANA QUITE WELL. YET DONT BE FOOLED THIS IS A LIGHTLY FLAVORED SELTZERY KIND OF BEER WITH A MODEST ALCOHOL CONTENT. STILL OVERALL, THIS BEER STRANGE AS IT MAY SEEM TO A UNCULTURED BEER DRINKER, IS DAMN GOOD.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SangreSani (165) - Głowienka, POLAND - APR 17, 2015
Amber colored beer with small head; clear. Well, there’s clearly a lot of bananas in aroma, but also some yeast/cheese and bread. Very small hint of rag. Medium bitterness, quite high sweetness. The texture is frothy, carbonation high and body stands between medium and full.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Pours a very clear dark amber, not much head retention. Obvious banana aroma dominating the nose. Malt and banana on the tongue, no detectable hop bitterness. High carbonation but not much body.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2012
transparent medium brown liquid, pours a yellowish white head that keeps its texture reasonably well. aromas of malt, bread, slightly citrusy hops but tipping towards banana, fruit.. a bit boring and one-sided trying to emphasise the banana a bit too clearly. the body is light and does not provide any additional texture to deepen the experience. as a plus side, at least it is clear and plain enough to let you enjoy what there without disturbance. An ok banana beer. Tastes like a beer instead of just beer with juice/flavour which is good.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
FatguyRacer (158) - Crownsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Bottle. Pours a thin dark golden amber with a thin head the dissapeared quicly. Overwheming smell of bananas and alcohol. Flavor was also of bananas and alcohol. Tasted started off very ale like than the nasty banana flavors finished it off. I’ll probably never drink this again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2011
11.2 oz bottle. Pours clear goldish dark orange. Nose is sweet, fresh banana with candy sugar. The taste is a little bready and not as sweet as the nose suggests, but still very banana-y. An interesting beer.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdelljh (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Nice yellow-orange color. Strong aroma of banana bread. very crisp. some fruity banana flavor. I would have liked it to have more bread flavor.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RxForHealth (154) - - FEB 1, 2013
Pours a light amber. Strong aroma of bananas. Very little head. On the palate some banana some spice and some hops. Long dry relatively tasty finish. Not a bad beer, definitely worth a try. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DomD (153) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Very slight aroma of banana with some bread. Pours a clear light amber colour. Light bitter taste. Light body, creamy texture, with a definite banana finish. Interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thure (152) - DENMARK - APR 15, 2007
Dark Amber colour. Quick disapating foam. Old banana and perfumy to the nose. Bit sweet. Same old banana and perfumy taste as in aroma just a bit dulled. Hardly any hop bitterness. -23A


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