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

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RATINGS: 1374   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   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%


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhunter111 (11059) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 20, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein orangegelbes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, leicht nach Banane, fruchtig. Geschmack malzig, fruchtig, bananig.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
joejames (366) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle to shaker glass. Pour deep golden. Not much head, no lacing. Smells like banana. Tastes like bananas Light carbonation, light body. Watery. Finishes semi-sweet. Well I tried it.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2014
Clear brown/amber pour with very minimal head that leaves almost no lace. Nose is a mix of sour grainy notes and banana bread with a lot of cola type notes. The banana bread comes through a lot better on the palate but there’s still a lot of underlying cheap grain notes. I wouldn’t pay for this again.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Calisky (1756) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 20, 2014
Couleur ambrée, mousse beige qui disparait. Nez fruité vieilles bananes sucrées assez leger. Gout malté caramel avec gout de bonbon haribo banane . Fin de bouche un peu amère astringente avec mauvais sucre. Pas mauvaise et pas courante, mais le fruité banane n’est pas trop naturel, comme le sucré en fin de bouche.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Oscbert (1155) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
~Banana in the aroma, with nutty breadiness. it does smell like banana bread with some hop spiciness. Quite nice really. ~Pours an orangish amber color with quickly disappearing bubbly white head. ~Banana throughout in flavor even in the burp with bready nuttiness. There is a flavor I cant quite pinpoint that is a bit off putting. ~medium bodied with high CO2, lingering banana and weird finish. ~I liked the aroma. Something seemed off in the flavor and CO2 was way too high. Probabaly quite a bit better in a cask. Wouldnt buy again in a bottle

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jamestulloch (2212) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle, gift from Andrew. Clear amber body with a thin white head. Lie carbonation. Faint lacing. Aroma of banana bread, copper and milk chocolate. Flavour of chocolate banana sweets and metal. Thin body with a watery texture. No fizz. Nice for the first few sips then it gets a bit cloying.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
StuartC (56) - Lochgilphead, Argyll, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle. Rich copper-orange colour, no fizz, no head; Tastes like freshly made banoffee muffins - very ripe bananas with a toffee sweetness. I’d drink it again.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rustbucket0873 (302) - Krikville, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Pours light clear brown. Almost like black tea. With no head. Aroma is banana, and slight caramel. The flavor is banana, Apple, and caramel. Its ok. I wouldnt go.oit of my way for it.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
popkow (302) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle pours a minimal tan head on a nice amber body without any lacing. Smells of malt and yeast. Taste of a water soaked banana bread. Very thin body.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ferox (84) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2003
Nice aroma. Bland appearence, dissapointing flavour. Mnassive hints of banana (obviously) in the aftertaste. Novelty beer.


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