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

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RATINGS: 1347   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%


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2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
FerVas (6) - - JAN 23, 2013
Ao abrir o aroma frutado de banana é inegável. No sabor a fruta é menos marcante. Tem uma cor forte e bonita. Boa cerveja, mas sem muito destaque.


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SangreSani (143) - Głowienka, POLAND - APR 17, 2015
Amber colored beer with small head; clear. Well, there’s clearly a lot of bananas in aroma, but also some yeast/cheese and bread. Very small hint of rag. Medium bitterness, quite high sweetness. The texture is frothy, carbonation high and body stands between medium and full.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 20/20
mmarshall86 (8) - - APR 11, 2015 does not count
Love this beer but all bananas... smells great if you enjoy baking, taste malty & like banana bread. Have never poured it alone, always from the bottle. Not broad on the pallet, mostly all banana.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
redders1974 (138) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2015
Smells very strongly of banana the taste is also bans but not overpoweringly so tastes a bit 1 dimensional the alcohol is well hidden nice on a spring day but wouldn’t like more than one in evening.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (2990) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 3, 2015
Bottle, bbd 21.3.15 Dark bronze - brown with a white head. Indeed banana, some cinnamon and clove, but mostly banana in the nose. Tastes very fruity, ripe banana, some toffee. Full body, mildly carbonated, surupy mouthfeel and banana finish. Very banana-ish then.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
custardtrout (7) - - APR 2, 2015 does not count
A good light body beer with a refreshing taste, not over powered by the banana a good blend.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danlo (1476) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
500ml bottle, work leaving present. Sparkling orange gold colour, white foam head and aroma of banana, fruity, vanilla. Taste is sweetish bready malt & banana flavour, with caramel, toffee, vanilla notes and light bitterness. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry bready earthy finish. Quite OK.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bennetporter (209) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Well, it’s definitely a banana bread beer. Overly sweet focus on banana flavor without really holding up the beer end of things. Meh.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rustbucket0873 (287) - Krikville, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Pours light clear brown. Almost like black tea. With no head. Aroma is banana, and slight caramel. The flavor is banana, Apple, and caramel. Its ok. I wouldnt go.oit of my way for it.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
leosanches (24) - - MAR 21, 2015
Cerveja dourada e translúcida, com espuma persistente, clara sem formação de halos. O aroma é totalmente dominado pela banana, sendo impossível notar outras influências. O sabor é curioso, não se sente o álcool e o sabor da banana predomina todos os sentidos da cerveja. Apesar da espuma presente, ela não é cremosa e quase imperceptível ao tomar. Ponto positivo é o toque aveludado e suavidade que favorece que a drinkability. Apesar disso, é enjoativa é difícil de ser tomada em boa quantidade. Acredito que possa funcionar bem como sobremesa, ou acompanhando alguma dessa, de modo a complementar o sabor. Ruim para acompanhar alimentos salgados, porém talvez caia bem com queijos fortes para equilibrar o sabor.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (6549) - Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle tasted at home. Pours a clear amber brown color with a small off white head. The aroma has quite a bit of banana, lightly nutty, caramel, some sweet bread. The flavor has banana, lightly nutty, caramel, some strange bitterness that seems out of place, hints of metallic and chemicals, all in all, about what I expected.


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