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

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RATINGS: 1412   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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5
   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ecook90 (24) - Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Very smooth and amber in flavor. Little to no head. But tastes and smell like banana bread without any bitterness to be found. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (1224) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2016
on tap at Dog & Bull in Croydon - nice hint of banana in the aroma. Decent banana flavor. Nice amber color.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonestGriff (28) - Birkenhead, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2016
Was dreading this banana beer sounds wrank, but is really nice deep malty beer with a hint of banana, smells sweet, not keen on the colour, will defo have again

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerowl80 (63) - - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle. Aroma is bready and malty with a hint of banana. The flavour of the banana comes through in the taste together with a touch of bitterness. I kinda think I shouldn’t like this but I do.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Campsalot2 (2) - New York, USA - JAN 14, 2016 does not count
Smells and tastes like banana bread! Bit of a "sting" on first taste, but easy to drink.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mcberko (11115) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2016
500mL pours a fairly clear copper with a small white head. Aroma is hugely skunked, with pot, skunk cabbage and some strange herbal vegetal notes. Flavour is totally different, with notes of butterscotch, banana, and vanilla. Very bready with a dominant vegetal and banana finish. Not an atrocity, but it’s really bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3794) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2016
Bottle from OPC in Busan for 5200 KRW, served in a pint glass. It pours an orange Amber with a light beige head. The aroma is fruity banana bread. Light bodied and incredibly fruity banana with malty caramel and bready notes. Tasty and it is what it says it is. A fun wacky beer in my opinion though not one I'd drink regularly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yy0pp (1078) - - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber color with white head. Aroma - Banana (of course), candies, vanilla. Taste - Heavy cloying sweetness, banana, nuts, grain.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mike_77 (4565) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2015
Aroma has lots of sweet caramelised banana. The flavour of over ripe bananas is too sweet for my taste.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Connor66 (60) - - DEC 25, 2015
Wanted to like this but .......no. Afraid the banana taste for me was just wrong. Adding more just to up load.


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