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

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RATINGS: 1437   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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2009
OK, so this beer could be a breakfast beer. Definate banana aroma, smells like Banana Nut Crunch Cereal. Very strong banana flavor, almost artifical.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jlukic (10) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Very simple palette, banana is there but not very exciting. British in flavor

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JorisPPattyn (9134) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2016
Medium, dense light-yellow head, not very stable over copper beer. Nose of ripe banana and toasted malts, honey. Sports a nose not unlike some commercial faro’s. Dry-ish, gouache paint, giving it a bit artificial flavour, and just a vague hint at banana(skin). Finish is slightly bitter. Light body, feels rather better carbonated. Ho-hum.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ebone1988 (1015) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Damn book. Aroma is banana, metallic, bready, medicinal, eh. Appearance is golden copper, light beige to off white head that fizzled away quick, clear. Taste is bitter malt, the banana flavor is there and weirdly not on my tongue but in the air behind the liquid, metallic, some hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, crisp carbonation, banana and metal aftertaste. Overall, not as bad as I thought it would be, but not even close to being good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PeatyPete (813) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2016
Amber coloured beer with off-white head. Aroma of banana and toffee. Taste caramel, banana and sweet fudge.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Heickf (53) - BRAZIL - MAY 8, 2016
Aroma bem presente de doce de banana, bem atrativo, colarinho bem formado, porém de pouca/média duração. No paladar, um maltado bem sutil, leve sabor de doce de banana, e um amargor presente, algo meio artificial também. Para mim, valeu a experiência, mas apenas para conhecer, não compraria novamente.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
samparkique4 (56) - - APR 24, 2016
caramel, hay, nuts, roasty, floral, spruce, herbs, dough, leather, barnyard, cheese, earthy, leaves, banana, banana, banana, bubblegum, butterscotch, clove, soy sauce, skunky, smoke, vanilla, slite-licorice, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, umami, full body, slick feel, thick feel, lively,

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bdleedahl (87) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 22, 2016
The mild banana flavour is perfectly balanced with the rest of the beer. Although it tastes somewhat artificial. No off flavours, but absolutely zero head formation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmgreenuk (6957) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 16, 2016
Bottle at the Jim / John is back tasting, Den Haag, April 2016. Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a thin broken white head. The aroma is banana malt. The flavour is light bitter with a banana woody hop bitter palate. Light banana with average carbonation.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
sjogro (2097) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
UPDATED: APR 18, 2016 At Jim/John is back tasting. Clear amber, light cream. Old overripe banana. Medium sweet, tea leaf bitter. Quite dry low carbonation.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Maakun (2869) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
Bottle at THT. Clear golden with very small white head. Rotten banana, cake, caramel, cardboard, strange dry grains, dust. Light sweet and dusty bitter. Light bodied. No.


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