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


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RATINGS: 1348   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 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
anders37 (18628) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2006
Bottle. Clear copper colour with very small tan head. Banana aroma. Banana bread flavor with some bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 19, 2006
There is a nice banana aroma with a little bit of caramel malt. The color is a nice dark golden with a huge white head of long lasting duration. The flavor of banana dominates but no other flavors, whether malt or hop, can be detected. The mouthfeel is somewhat weak and watery in texture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2002
I like the taste, like liqueur, but the palate is unfortunately not very much like the taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2004
Pasturised bottle from a local off license. Sweet banana flavoured beer, not good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
joergen (22443) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2005
Bottled. Clear amber coloured with a medium sized off white head. Aroma of bananas and grass. Flavour of bananas with notes of grass and hops. Hoppy finish. Not as cloying as the other banana beers I’ve had, but bananas and beers are a bad combination !

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pilsnerrogge (2589) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2006
Dark amber coloured with a weak head. Artificial banana aroma. Quite sweet banana flavour with notes of honey and dough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Panzuriel (1380) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2006
Medium nut brown clear liquid with a very fine white head. Nose is sweet and very much banana aroma. Taste is very dry and mildly banana. Somewhat tangy mouthfeel. Nothing like expected based on nose. Almost too thin in texture.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tranquillity (1440) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2006 568ml bottle, fridge-temp. Colour ruby, cognac. Small head that turns into a cloud. At first the aroma has some banana in it, but after some sniffs it starts smelling more and more of chemicals. Pleasant on the palate, turns into foam in the middle. The aroma is strong on hops but the banana is less evident, just like in the case of Young’s Double Chocolate. Interesting, once.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
greenmanalishi (493) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2007
not as sweet as feared, but a bit weak and watery. a diluted version of something that might have initially been interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bov (10123) - 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

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