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


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RATINGS: 1480   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (13418) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (13318) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HenrikSoegaard (13286) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lubiere (12970) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ferris (12940) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle - Biscuit and banana. Clear gold with a decent beige head. Sweet candy banana and light bitterness. Not a fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12757) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, 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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle. Clear deep golden to amber color with a small white head. Aroma of banana (and somewhat overripe bananas) and some toffee. Sweetish banana flavor, slightly acidic, with some malt (a bit caramelly) and a drier finish. Quite light-bodied. So-so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (12136) - 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.

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