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


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RATINGS: 1384   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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%

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rasmus40 (14423) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2011
Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and banana. Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 240207

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (13757) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is a golden amber color with plenty of carbonation and a nice off-white head. S: What can I say, it smells like banana bread. Sweet banana, subtle spices, and a light nutty aroma to it as well as some bready base malts. T: There is a slight bitterness to the flavor that I wasnít completely expecting, but otherwise it (again) is quite reminiscent of banana bread. Sweet banana and caramelized sugar flavors, along with a hint of toasted nuts. M: The body is medium and the carbonation is a bit on the high side, which was actually sort of welcomed. D: I was not expecting too much from this beer, to be completely honest. However, I really enjoyed it. It did indeed taste like banana bread and was not cloying or overly artificial.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Oakes (13659) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (12758) - 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; thereís something bitter, which doesnít go that well with banana. That clears up though, and in the end itís dry with remnants of banana. Definitely not a hefe. Overall itís pretty tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (12440) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 10, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small creamy head. Aroma of "surprise" banana bread. Flavor of banana, mild hops, and nuts with citrus-peel bitterness in the finish. Bit thin, would have liked more malt body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (12230) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HenrikSoegaard (11858) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2007
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Nice hopy aroma with strong banana-notes. banana-flavor not as powerfull. Nice sweet flavor. Average finish. Oily palate. Strange brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (11664) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2003
There are obviously 2 distinct versions of this. I have now drank the cask version at a nearby Chas Wells and it is fairly acceptable, though a pint is too much. There is an initially pleasant though strong Pear Drop/ Banana flavour, then going down the glass this changs to a cloying sweet perfume taste. The bottle is straight into the astringent perfume without the more delicate pear drops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2008
19.25oz bottle-pours a foamy off white head and bright copper color with effervescence. Aroma is banana, medium malt-bread, perfumy. Taste is banana, spices, medium malt-bread, perfumy, some nutty, metallic/astringency, some light hops. Light side of medium body. Dry finish. Trade with jwc215.

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