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

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RATINGS: 1432   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%


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Bottle shared by emacgee. As he noted, this beer smells like runts banana candy. Kinda tastes like that too. Not a very good concept beer. A beer that tastes like banana bread might be good but this doesn’t even come close to that.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
The beer poured a light golden color with a frothy white head. Smelled like you’d expect heavy banana and yeasty wheat. Tastes the same. Not for me. just has nothing better going for it other than tricking me into buying it when really what i wanted was a slice of grandmas banana bread...

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
floydian1 (1296) - FNQ, Australia, - SEP 10, 2011
500ml clear glassed bottle. A dark golden beer with a cream-white head. Banana syrup dominates the aroma with a light malt presence. Taste is not overly sweet but somehow feels artificial reminding me of juicyfruit chewing gum. Minimal hop bitterness to the finish. Palate is slick and lightish bodied with a low carbonation. This is a rather feminine beer that doesn’t appeal to my taste.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jredmond (7132) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2012
Bottle thanks to Brian. What a treat. Pours an amber body with some head. Aroma is banana runts. Mouthfeel is bland and boring, really not much banana in the flavor.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2003 Sweet banana start, quite malty (and yes, bready) flavour. Slightly burnt finish. Kind of reminded me of banana bread with burnt crust.

2.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2005
The artificial banana aroma, exactly like a cheap kids’ sweet, is the worst thing about this. Why can’t flavour scientists produce something more convincing? The taste, in which the banana isn’t so overpowering, is quite pleasant and malty, though it could be a bit more bitter.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jimhilt (2539) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a trace of lace. Chrystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Strong banana nose. Starts as a malty/hop mix but then the banana flavor kicks in, a strange soapy banana aftertaste. $4.09 for a 19.25oz bottle from John’s Market Place Tigard, Or.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
harrisoni (16535) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2006
568ml bottle from Asda. Chestnut colour wth thin off white head. Banana and yeast aroma. Bit bubblegummy. This doesn’t really develop in the mouth. Too bananery and tastes of kids sweets. Some hop on end. Bit empty and boiled sweet in mouth. Not as good as cask and not something I would buy again.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2007
Bottle. Amber colour with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is mostly ripe bananas. Flavour of hops and bananas which doesn’t mix very good. Medium bitterness.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2007
I’m fond of bananas, but bananas in beer? I’ve already had a polish one which was terrible! This one however is much better. Aromas of banana, some malt and some light hoppiness. First taste is sweet with lots of banana and bubblegum, later on it gets better, more caramel, some licorice(?) and some malt, some light bitterness. Finishes long, fruity and a little bitter. Wouldn’t buy it again though...strange!


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