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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 1310   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%


1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
AKSalmon (74) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
Seen this one on the shelf at Tesco and had to grab it. Poured into an English pint glass the appearance is a clear copper color with a light tan head very frothy. The aroma of bananas is overwhelming with a hint of hops. Flavour is that of bananas and finishes slightly bitter. It is dry on the palate. Overall it is not my style I never thought of putting bananas in beer and I donít think they should have either.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
unrulythings (73) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2008
pours a dark orangish red color with a decent sized head. aroma is sweet - definitely banana-ish with malty characteristics. flavor is surprisingly not too overwhelming with banana flavor. tastes like a banana liquor. not bad, though Iíd been eyeing this over and over at the beer store, intrigued by it, though I probably wonít buy it again.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kuroishi_x (71) - Most na Soči, SLOVENIA - JUL 20, 2012
Orange colour, white foam, mid fizziness. Banana smell. Gentle on tongue. Strong banana, sour taste. Leaves mild bitterness. Quite good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHillAustin49 (69) - round rock, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2013 Quite aromatic of ripe banana. Pours a dark clear brown with little head. Not a huge fan of sweeter beers so I was hesitant with this one. If you love banana bread this is for you. I can drink these endlessly and love the fact that the banana flavor sticks well after the last sip...wonderful authentically flavoured palate. One of my top recommendations for people looking for a different kind of beer, something to step away from their comfort zone...I?m a wheat beer guy.

1.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
stiffy42j (68) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2010
OíNeal and I were pretty excited to try this! Great aroma smells of banana and yeast so basically banana nut bread. Carmel in color with an off white lacey head. First sip........Wow very disapointing, was expecting a full bodied banana nut bread and was only greeted with a watered down banana seltzer water. Wont buy this again.....OíNeal said he wouldnít drink it again if it were offered to him by his mother! Thats bad

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sergelutaba (67) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
500 ml bottle. Copper coloured beer. Smells like sweet baking banana bread, warm clove spice, baked bananas, bready and nutty as well. Noticeable spicy hop aroma as well. Flavour is sweet doughy and bready. Banana tastes real, no candyish character. A well-balanced and surprisingly tasty beer. I donít think Iíd want to make a session out of it, but for a change itís pretty good

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hollybeery (66) - Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Bottle. This one suprised me. The nose is straight up banana bread like mom used to make. As the brew heats in your mouth, ripe bananas abound and then die for the finish. The sweetness is almost cloying in the middle but overall it was refreshing and cool as a novelty beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 Bottle. This beer tastes like banana bread. Added a few points to overall score for straightforward honest product labeling. Beer pours a little thin for my taste, as I was hoping in this case for a beer I could chew on. Due to it being so thin, I think the banana flavor is just a little stronger than the bread flavor. Tastes more like a juice or soda than a beer. My advice: If you are buying beer, see this bottle, and get an instant craving for banana bread ; Buy the beer as it will satisfy that craving (banana bread is hard to find in a pinch). Otherwise, ignore it.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Markys (64) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2009
Aroma of malt and banana. Flavor of malt, bananas and wet socks. Iíll not buy more of this in the future.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
King_Dean (63) - SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 10, 2013
Light copper pour. Small white head. Low carbonation. Sweet toffee, Banana on the nose. Sweet molasses, toffee and Banana on the tongue. I find the Banana taste way too synthetic for my liking.


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