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

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RATINGS: 1452   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%


BDD89's rating

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BDD89 (12) - young, - FEB 25, 2014
It has a slight banana lolly aroma. Little to no head. The taste remimiscient of banana lolly mixed with real bananas and a slight bready/biscuity taste. Aftertaste is smooth with an average bitterness. Something different to have a crack at but couldn’t drink more than one or two in a row.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tarmok (1074) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 30, 2016
Clear amber liquid with minimal white head. Aroma of sweet banana, hay. Taste banana, hay, medium sweet, medium bitter. Medium body, average carb, astringent, long fin.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
uckelman (562) - Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2016
Pours golden-amber, medium amount of tan head. It definitely smells like bananas. Ripe bananas. Maybe a bit overripe, the sort you put into banana bread because they’re too soft to eat but not rotten. That’s a lot of banana. And you get a dry finish, which heads in the bread direction. It’s remarkably like what it says on the tin, so well done, I guess.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (5887) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUN 29, 2016
500ml bottle. Clear golden color. Medium size, off-white head, stays. Dried bananas, fruity, sweet, raspberries in aroma. Dried banana, fruity, bit metallic in taste. Dried banana in aftertaste. Medium carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DraftDodger (934) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2016
Copenhagen 27/6 2014. 50 cl bottle from Meny. Drawing of beer peeking up from banana peel on the label. Pours clear amber with white head. Head disappears fairly fast after pouring. Aroma is sweetish with (not surprisingly) banana and a little caramel. A more sour and tart edge to it as well. Prickly carbonation and slightly thick palate. Taste is sweet but followed by fruity sourness. Surprisingly balanced considered the Banana theme. I did not have many expectations to the happy beer peeking from the banana peel - but quite ok.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsporrer (527) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Pours a clear dark amber with a thin off white head. Sweet aroma with a hint of banana. Taste is somewhat artificial and candy like. Watery and thin but not too bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
datrael (135) - Kraków, POLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Banany królują w smaku i zapachu, do tego dochodzi solidna słodowa podbudowa. Mimo tego nie zabija słodyczą, goryczka wyrównuje doznania. Wybitnie pijalne i wciągające. W wyglądzie kolor miedziany z utrzymującą się białą średnią pianą. Mimo zdominowania przez banany zachowuje charakter piwa. Całkiem niezłe

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VamboladeTolly (1359) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle. Pours golden with small white head. Aroma: sour and sweet, banana, sulphur, hay, sugar- but mostly banana. Taste: sweetish, dry hay, citrus, medium bitterness coming up, grass. Up to medium body. Bitter finish. Half litre is to much but its interesting.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fules (500) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - JUN 13, 2016
Gyönyörű, rézszínű ital, közepes, tartós habbal. Illata a sült banánra emlékeztet. Kesernyés, kissé kenyeres érzetű, határozott banános aromával. Utóíze keserű, banános és meglepő módon alkoholos.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jice (264) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JUN 10, 2016
Achat risqué mais les craintes sont vite dissipées. ça reste une bičre, la banane est présente mais pas ultra dominante. ça change et c’est plutôt pas mal

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
CardsPackHawks (172) - South Elgin, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Wife bought this as she is constantly making banana bread. This does taste like banana bread, which I do enjoy. Strange drinking it. Not sure if I would buy it myself, but will be happy to finish a couple that my wife won't drink.


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