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

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RATINGS: 1361   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hendo (110) - Sint Anthonis, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2005
This is an alright beer, not overly heavy with the bananas but at the same time I don’t think I could drink more than a pint of the stuff before it gets sickly. Drank from a (British) pint bottle.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2006
Smell of candy-banana, plain in taste some bitterness, taste of unripe banana

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Very drinkable and tasty. This beer probably won’t blow anyone away but it’s definitely banana flavored and it serves its purpose well.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
The beer poured a light golden color with a frothy white head. Smelled like you’d expect heavy banana and yeasty wheat. Tastes the same. Not for me. just has nothing better going for it other than tricking me into buying it when really what i wanted was a slice of grandmas banana bread...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crispi (106) - AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2011
bottle. pours with a frothy head, rapidly disappearing. pours clear dark amber. not a lot of aroma, until tasted - and then had heaps and heaps of banana and butterscotch. slightly bitter hoppyness, and carbonated. no lasting mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Motobashi (106) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
Expected to smell bananas but don"t. Slight lemony somewhat earthy aroma. Nice clear amber colour. Moderate head. Not quite a medium body, clear taste of banana, but not overpowering. Somewhat creamy texture with lively carbonation. Slightly bitter finish. Generally a nice flavour. I might get it again sometime.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ejh8 (105) - - AUG 11, 2013
Yeah that's banana bread ale. Tastes just like banana bread. Thin English ale, nice amber look. It's ok, interesting taste. Try it you might like it. Or not. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2008
*did not like would never buy!* aroma: hair salaon perm, banana candy, some banana flavored tart demon lurks in the background. OH MY!! looks: who cares at this point, after that smell. taste will tell the tale. flavor: ICK, i am afraid i now have a banana demon in me, fake chemical banana and sun tan oil bad bad results. a faint hint of actual banana bread pops out for maybe 3 seconds after you sip it. palate: thin water. OA: oh no no no, if it was not so mild and watery i would have wanted to give it a negative number. its mildness keeps it from making me gag.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blockley (104) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle @ Home

To be honest I didn’t expect much from this. Instead I was rewarded with a very satisfying and easy drinking ale.

They certainly didn’t exagerate the banana aspect of the beer, it is noticeable in every stage of this beer. Pours a dark gold with a white head. The aroma is sweet and dominated by banana notes. The flavour is pleasant; dry, malty and brings out the banana notes fully. Medium bodied and very refreshing. Excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Pours a transparent golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of banana much like banana runts...malt and spices. Flavor is banana, sweet malts, bread and spices. No false advertising here, this is a interesting brew......glad to have tried it but I wouldnt seek it out on a regular basis.


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