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

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RATINGS: 1465   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%


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Banana aromas like a hefe, bready and yeasty. Pours cloudy amber. Smooth malts and BANANA, almost artificial flavors, bready and yeasty. Interesting not great.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (12045) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle purchased at the Wet Grocer in Gunnison, CO. Pours clear amber with an average, rocky, off-white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, meal), light hops (grass), average yeast (dough) with notes of banana. Light bodied, thin texture, average carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2007
pours dark gold,thin white head,malty nutty nose with banana hints.malty taset very light banana flavor,light carbionation.no bitterness.ok beer nothing great.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Borup (11226) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2007
Bottle. Clear amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour mainly of banana.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Interesting. Pretty decent balance for this fruit beer. Aroma isn’t to strong of banana, but it is there. Good looking beer, nice head retention. Taste is a bit watery with mainly malt and banana. Better than I expected.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerguy101 (5356) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
This Ale pours a deep orange gold color from a 500ml bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, with lots of banana and some nutmeg. A light to medium bodied ale. The malts are fruit, caramel and sweet, with some banana flavor. The hops are mild and earthy. Its kind of mild and light, and has some banana bread quality to it, but sorry to say, its really kind of boring. AH well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Bottle. Aroma was as advertised... fairly strong banana. The taste had the flavor of banana bread, but was just kind of blah. Not terribly great carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Bottle - pours an orangish amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of bananas and some spices. Flavor is sweet, not as much banana flavor as the aroma hinted at. Strange mix of hops, banana flavors, sugars makes for an almost chemical like flavor.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
vikingguy (1055) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Pours an deep copper with quick diminishing bubbly head. Aroma is strong banana’s and some spiciness. Flavor of artificial banana, spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and ends with a slight bitterness. Palate reminds me a lot of pumpkin ales...it has the same buttery/oily texture. Overall, I was disappointed...I love banana’s, but this tasted so artificial.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
yespr (40082) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 23, 2009
58.6 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a slowly diminished white head. Aroma is sweet and slight rotten banana. Fruity banana flavoured, yet with a vague residual sweetness and somewhat dry and slight bitter. Bitter and dry finish. Slight metallic touch - DNF.


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