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

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RATINGS: 1461   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   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%


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Undefined (46) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2006
Bottle. Medium dark color. Aromas of banana and a little malts. Taste is weak malty and banana with a touch of hops.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2006
One word: WEIRD! Not bad, necessarily, I just don’t know what to make of it. If you’ve ever been sitting around, eating banana bread, and thought to yourself, "This is pretty good, but it would be even better if I could have this without chewing AND it would get me drunk!" than this is the beverage for you. If not, this is probably not be for you. Bananas explode out of the glass in the nose.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
From bottle. Wow this beer actually smells of banana but turns a little foisty. Clear orange amber with thin head. I have to say this beer is unique for me, a fruit beer that actually does taste like what it says. Its banana with a bitter tang. Little gassy. I would love to rate this beer higher as it is banana beer, however Im not a lover of bananas. Sorry.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Caramel color. Smell of bananas, hops, malt, hint of coco, yeast and nuts. Taste of hops, yeast, bananas, malt and copper. A little nut too. Sour bitterness at the end.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
charlotte (5163) - rødovre, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2007
Found at the beer shop øltønden in Haslev.Red golden colour with white head,sweet with much tast of ????? Banana surprice,and also of cake sweet bitter finish.O.K beer if you like banana.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
swanmann (723) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Amber beer with banana aromas. Agressively carbonated and rather thin. Smells good, but it could be a much bigger beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
altonbrownd (5415) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Bottle at home. Nice orange colour, fast-receding head. Fruity, banana aroma. Oily, fruity flavour with big banana finish. Spicy finish. Big sugary, bubblegum banana flavour. Tried to drink this once in Notting Hill, so finally closed the book on this one.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tanker12 (173) - USA - SEP 13, 2007
When you open the bottle you get a strong aroma of bananas. The head quickly disappears into a thin lasting lace. The beer never really lives up to its banana smell and i found myself distracted by the soda pop feel of the carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - OCT 16, 2007
Thanks to pascual for sharing. Some head to it, lots of banana aroma, some banana flavor, some spice,eh... ok.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
copper beer. banana aroma. banana taste. light carbonation. not my thing. should’ve had a bell’s.


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