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


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RATINGS: 1350   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Month of March head cold led to laying off tasting any beer until sense & smell returned. I had days to think about which beer I wanted to taste first, and the Charles Wells Banana Bread beer was calling my name. Ratings and reviews can have the ability of influencing a first impression: low ratings & poor reviews build low expectations, which is why this intruiging beer was somewhat of a pleasant surprize. Multiple reviewers have been likening the aroma to banana laffy taffy dropped into a beer, but that sells this product short I feel. I'd like to note that bananas have never been a fruit that I have enjoyed by itself, though I have always enjoyed banana flavored foods (pudding,bread, candy,sugary bubble gum from childhood days). The folks at Charles Wells claim to use "freetrade bananas" in their recipe, and fresh bananas are what I smell along with the typical malty attributes when taking in the aroma. I find the banana aroma is evenly balanced with the maltiness of this British import: those claiming the banana aroma/flavor is underdone would likely to be the first to complain if it were stepped up a notch. Looks like a garden variety British Ale, and it pours like a typical creamy British Ale as well. Carbonation seemed pretty slight to me, and it delivered a malty caramel banana flavor across my palate along with Bavarian soft pretzel dough and just a hint of alcohol detected. I was not blown away by the melding of flavors but it was not unpleasant either.At no point did it taste like an artifically sweetened banana flavor by my account, and I think they did a good job with that aspect of the brew. I can't imagine too many folks reaching for a second Banana Bread Beer after finishing the first one, but I would like to raise an interesting point at this stage in the review: one other reviewer made the observation that they enjoyed this beer as an in between when switching beer flavors from one to another. The concept is an interesting one because the finest multi course meals I have eaten in my life utilized sorbet to cleanse the palate between courses. I mention the sorbet/palate cleanser concept because I followed the Banana Bread Beer with a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (my third bottle of the six pack), and found myself completely blown away with the flavor of the sculpin IPA, whereas the first two samples of that same six pack struck me as merely average. Could it be that the Banana Bread Beer sets the palate up for a new beer flavor? Based on my experience, I say it does.Worth a try just for the uniqueness alone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
skatanarchy (64) - - APR 26, 2015
찰스웰스 브루어리-바나& 브레드 비어 5.2% ABV 병을 따자마자 확실히 풍기는 바나나브레드- 검게 변하기 시작하는 묵은바나나-알& 감도는 바나나의 향. 마시다 보면 바나나향이 재빨리 사그라든다.재& 개성으로 오바하며 뒷통수 후려치는 컨셉이라기 보단 그냥 재밋네, 가끔씩 마실만하네 정도의 벨런스를 잡은 맥주. 렉싱턴,켄터키,

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
demannu (121) - New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2015
Sweet banana bread flavor. Very watery feel. Little to no aroma. It accomplishes the flavor they were after but failed to incorporate it into an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
freretoc (1028) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 19, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 50cl à la Paris Craft Beer Show, couleur cuivrée, peu de mousse et peu de d’effervescence, juste un goût de banane avec un ensemble très gras.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SangreSani (146) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
redders1974 (152) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (3047) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danlo (1494) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bennetporter (214) - 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.

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