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

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RATINGS: 1363   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   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%


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tanker12 (173) - USA - SEP 13, 2007
When you open the bottle you get a strong aroma of bananas. The head quickly disappears into a thin lasting lace. The beer never really lives up to its banana smell and i found myself distracted by the soda pop feel of the carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rperez (173) - Florida, USA - APR 19, 2014
Do you bananas? If so then u will Love this beer, i tried as a 6 pack mixer and its ok, not my thing but its not the faults beer, try it ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle - let me just say, I LOVE BANANA so I may be a little biased. Pour is a see thru amber with almost no head. Smelled the bottle when I opened and I fell in love. Great sweet banana aroma. The taste is everything I expected and more. I was hoping it wasn't overly sweet and it wasn't at all. Great crisp finish with a bready banana loveliness.. Overall, I could drink this anytime of year and love it 9/10! -optemoz

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DomD (169) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Yes, it smells like bananas. It tastes like bananas, but it also tastes like bubblegum. It does NOT, however, taste like banana bread. Still, not bad.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tricountybeer (167) - Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Pours a thin dark golden amber with a thin head the dissapeared quicly. Tasted started off very ale like than the banana flavors finished it off. medium body, slick feel, long finish, interesting beer

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.

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.


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