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

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RATINGS: 1449   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dedollewaitor (15386) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 24, 2009
50cl bottle. Pours clear golden with a small creamy head and lacings. Nose is banana and malts. Quite synthetic and scary. Taste has a lot of malts, some bread and again banana. One dimensional and artificial , could have been worse though! Medium and smooth palate.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhunter111 (15279) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 20, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein orangegelbes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, leicht nach Banane, fruchtig. Geschmack malzig, fruchtig, bananig.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (15158) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2006
Bottle. Distinct banana aroma, slightly sickening. Clear copper colour, very small white head. Banana flavour, but not overly so. Quite malty with medium bitterness.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Oakes (14963) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2012
Amber and clear. Strong banana aroma with light spice. Watery body, with banana and mild spice, and maybe a touch of malt.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (13733) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 4, 2008
Bottle. Smells like banana, even like banana bread. Copper amber color with an offwhite head. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is malt, banana and nutty spice. Finish is not quite so pleasant as the start; there’s something bitter, which doesn’t go that well with banana. That clears up though, and in the end it’s dry with remnants of banana. Definitely not a hefe. Overall it’s pretty tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (13502) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2010 Medium bodied English styled ale with an earthy banana taste. It’s another one of those "love it" or "hate it" beers. I loved it. Has a cereal feel to it. Rating: 4.5 Rated 10/18/09 Pours amber with white head. Nose is slight banana. Taste is malty with banana and bread tones. Re rated: 3.6 (I was way off with my initial rating. I’m not sure why) 5/22/10

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (13161) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Bottle. Poured copper color with an average fizzy off-white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Good banana and butterscotch aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium balanced fruit flavor with medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This beer did meet my expectations.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (13061) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2007
Bottle (Kings Head, Oxford) Very banana-ey, competant bitter, but the banana sweetness drowns the malt.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mcberko (12996) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2016
500mL pours a fairly clear copper with a small white head. Aroma is hugely skunked, with pot, skunk cabbage and some strange herbal vegetal notes. Flavour is totally different, with notes of butterscotch, banana, and vanilla. Very bready with a dominant vegetal and banana finish. Not an atrocity, but it’s really bad.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (12931) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2007
(50cl bottle) Crystal clear apple juice body topped by medium white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, banana, some bread, light alcohol. Taste is medium sweet, banana, herb, some cookie dough, light earthy, faint alcohol. Light-medium body.


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