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

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RATINGS: 1362   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%


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
meireteixeira (142) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 29, 2015
Cor alaranjada, brilhante. Boa espuma com média para baixa persistência. Aroma forte de banana. No paladar um adocicado de malte e banana.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
curepute (140) - New York, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Nose is lagerish with a good hint of sweet banana and caramel. Dark golden, bright and clear. Taste is: a light ale with banana, caramel, light hops. Finishes with light bitterness. Reminds me of crap beer I drank when I was young (but with bananas thrown in).

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2011
Aroma malt and banana (quite bready), powerful banana flavours. Bitter-sweet finish. Very tasty but one to be taken in small measure.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alexi91 (140) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2015 Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Bottle. Locale: House (Bristol). Sweet banana flavour, mid-to-high carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
euniceradio (139) - Colton, California, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle to cervoise. Dark copper color. Off-white head dissipates to ring. Aroma of banana, spice, caramel. Taste is caramel malts with banana bread, banana candy, some spice, and cracker. Medium mouthfeel. Okay carb. Finish is like banana bread with a bit of cereal.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebsmitty (138) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Bottled. Golden amber color, minimal lacing. Bright fresh banana in the nose. Banana bread, earthy, and sweet taste. Finishes bread and wheaty. Pretty decent banana beer. Not to bad

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
StuffWine (137) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2014
Poured an attractive light-red amber with average head that diminished to an oily slick. Aroma of sweet banana but not so much of bread, touch of vanilla and bubblegum. Taste initially of light sweet malt, moving to a mouthful of banana and bubblegum, finish is long and distinctly resembles the aftertaste from eating a slightly under-ripe banana.Creamy on palate, though a bit thin bodied, good length to finish. A solid novelty beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2012
orange to red in color, quickly disappating head, medium sweetness backed up by a dry bitterness from the hops. Good balance of yeast bread notes backed up by the flavor of banana.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
v64 (134) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Yeasty aroma (with bananaish overtones of course) with a small, offwhite head. Light copper in appearance. Taste is similar to the aroma; mostly malty with a hint of banana. Slightly bitter aftertaste. A light beer overall, worth trying once, but nothing too special.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Padchenko (134) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 11, 2014
500ml bottle, 5.2%. A nice beer with strong banana aroma. It tastes very like banana bread so is very well named. Pleasant to drink and easy on the palate. A good effort!


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