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


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RATINGS: 1383   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (11589) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2006
Very strong banana flavour that tends to be rather like perfume, a little fake and exaggerated. Good, but too short middle taste, ended with another dose of banana in the aftertaste. A curiousity though not a great discovery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pinball (11586) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2009
bottle bought from fakta allerød apr.22 clear amber/brown with a small thick white head. some lacing.strong aroma of organic ripe bananas, with a malty bitter beer background. flavor i s sweet ripe mashed banana, bitterness from the beer. after a short while it gets "enough".

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhunter111 (11554) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (11508) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small lingering light amber head. Aromas of banana, carmel and a hint of nuts. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of bread, carmel and light banana with a crisp lightly sweet finish. Smells better than it tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (11497) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2007
Bottle (Kings Head, Oxford) Very banana-ey, competant bitter, but the banana sweetness drowns the malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lubiere (11373) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2012
A nice amber ale with a thin creamy off white head. In aroma, a sweet cloying banana, chemical and solventy. In mouth, a sweet caramel malt with sweet mashed bananas, light astringence, cloying. Tasted Dec. 25 2011. BB 07-03-12. Bottle from LCBO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (11245) - , 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (10908) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle purchased at the Wet Grocer in Gunnison, CO. Pours clear amber with an average, rocky, off-white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, meal), light hops (grass), average yeast (dough) with notes of banana. Light bodied, thin texture, average carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10888) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2003
UPDATED: APR 13, 2003 Bottled: Very special beer. Pours a clear amber colour. Medium lasting head. From there on its all about banana. Aroma, flavour and palate is owerwhelmed with banana, which in the end actually becomes too much, because nothing else is really going on. But in small doses this is a quite funny and tasty beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Name: Banana Bread
Date: 05/25/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: clear copper, fine off white head, drippy lace,
Aroma: huge sweet banana extract candy aroma,
Flavor: sweet banana candy flavor, light balancing bitterness,

Aroma: 3/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 3/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 5/20
Rating: 1.7/5.0
Drinkability: 5/10
Score: 4

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