Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 1293   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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%

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bov (9624) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 21, 2007
clear amber colour and a little fading foam; phenolic with strong notes of banana; sweet and slightly tart with a moderate malt body; slightly dry finish with hints of caramel and banana

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Pours a light amber color with thin white head that fades quicklt. Aroma is of unripened banana and light frassy hops. Taste is much the same with a one sided flop of banana. Blech! I guss there is a market for this crap but not me. To try this, mush a banana in you bud light and enjoy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ant880 (39) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Being a huge banana fan I was definitely excited to try this beer. It was very, very disappointing. The aroma is definitely heavy banana with some spice undertones. Body is extremely thin and carbonated to the point of negatively affecting the taste. If this beer was a well made stout, porter or even a brown ale with a fuller body it would probably be delicious. Instead it tastes like a Bud with a banana jammed into the top of the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Sampled at Forest City in CT. Appears dark gold with a clear body and large head. Aroma of banana cream pie and fine sugar. This beer starts with sweet malt and ripe banana but comes unraveled by the mid-palate, which is a watery, minerally, and semi-bitter mess. Finishes with slight bitterness and hardly any lasting impression.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
StefanSD (2157) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle from Freddy. Pours a brown color with a small beige head that quickly diminishes to a fine film. The nose is deceptive with banana, spices and then is followed something chemically with cooked vegetables. The taste, like the aroma, gives a good first impression; there is banana, allspice, and cinnamon, but then gives way to nail polish remover. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. The finish is dry and shows chemical off-flavors. Overall: I had great expectations of this beer, I love banana bread, but this brew just did not deliver. I also take issue with the fact that a 5.2 abv beer is a strong ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle. Clear amber with white head. Well, it tastes bananas :-) Interesting experiment but maybe not that good. It is not bad, refreshing and quite thin body. Is it really an ale?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
myliverhurts (3) - IRELAND - JUL 10, 2009 does not count
appearance: amber with off white head that dissipates quickly. aroma: ripe banana, grassy hops. flavour: caramel, hops, banana. palate: medium body, good carbonation. finish: quite bitter

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2009
Interesting beer with banana all over the place. Actually better than the expectations (low). The banana flavor is there all right, but it marries the malts and hops pretty good. Fun to have tried it, but its going to take a while before I buy it again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beernovice39 (3140) - Montana, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Had this at a beer tasting and my low expectations were met. This stuff is not not my thing...I don’t like bananas in the first place so this kinda ruins something I do like...BEER! Even if I did like both....say like chocalate ice cream and real spicy chili.....doesnt mean i want them in the same bowl...kinda gross.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
IndianaRed (2527) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Pours a clear llight amber. Smells ike Banana laffy taffy. Tastes like very bitter...laffy taffy. Light bodied and unsatisfing after the novelty

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