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


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RATINGS: 1478   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MustangMarkF (246) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2012
500ml Bottle. The thing about this beer, before I start to review it properly, is that it does what it says on the label - it is banana bread (no not bananas but BANANA BREAD) in liquid and alcohollic form - it is bloody lovely!!! That said.... Aroma is banana, cloves, cinnemon, brown sugar, malt, and yeast. Appearance wise it looks like a standard brown ale and it pours fairly weakly. Dont let that put you off because the taste is wonderful and what this beer is all about - pure banana bread, not bananas, not bread but banana bread. Fantastic!!! You wouldnt want to have more than one or two of these as its so rich.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hippiemusic (58) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Iím not a huge fan of fruit beers, but this ones a winner. The aroma lets you know what it says on the bottle. Iím wondering if Wells used hops in this one, canít put my finger on any.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scarpin (49) - BRAZIL - OCT 25, 2014
Wonderful aroma. Nice banana aroma and taste. A high level of sugar in paladar. Overall is very very different and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ursa93 (3) - SLOVENIA - NOV 10, 2015 does not count
caramel, bread, citrus, banana, hazy, orange, rocky head, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, fizzy, long finish, creamy,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Drinking_77 (85) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - JUN 1, 2016
On pour got a very fizzy drink, a lot of carbonation. When it settled down a decent sized frothy head appeared, looked decent. Head looks good, nice and creamy looking. Head does die a little and there is some slight lacing. The colour was dark amber, with a tint of red, and overall the beer looks the partÖ.. The aroma is ofÖ..well, bananas! Lovely clear, fruity smell, gorgeous, and I dont even like bananas, ha ha! Strong but not overpowering, very pleasant and very tempting. Smells of banana bread, with a hint of toffeeÖÖ Taste: Well it does exactly what it says on the tin, its all banana A beer with banana, tastes like beer with banana! But its lovely, very smooth, doesnít taste a lot like beer at all. Very sweet, but still smooth enough to drink. A bit of caramel noted as well. At first I thought the alcohol content of 5.2% wasnít apparent, but I think it does kick in near the end. Everyone in the house had a try, went down a storm, all liked it. There is a slight hoppy aftertaste that is a bit urgh, and it could do with more body, but overall very smooth. It is different, so hats off to the brewers for trying something new, refreshing and all good. I am not sure you could down a lot of these in a session, but definitely would be great to sip on a hot day. Recommended, and looking forward to trying this beer out again soon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobBestwick (845) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2003
Banana nose with hints of toffee, pours with a dark tawny hue, banana and toffee taste with malt undertones, full bodied with a good solid aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Englander1986 (51) - Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2006
Iím drinking this beer as I write this lol. The aroma is extremely strong, yet sweet, the scent of banana hits you immediately as you open the bottle. Itís appearance is a golden brown, with a small head when poured into a glass. In my opinion it is too fizzy to drink from the bottle, itís much easier to drink wen left in the fridge open for an hour or so, but thats my opinion. The flavour is strong, and after a while can become sickly, but still enjoyable for a once in a while drink -- I cant see myself drinking bottle after bottle of this. Either way, I highly rec. this drink to anyone who wishes to try new ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 21, 2012
What a delight! I passed the pint around the household. They all tried it and they all loved it. What is it precisely? I donít have to say that this little beer is just perfectly crafted, round, sweet, malty and ripe. But it couldnít be just a flavour of fresh bananas, for fresh bananas are not THAT nice. Of course they are free trade, how magnanimously correct of W&Y, but fresh bananas usually donít have that sweet, fruity flavour. This is more like chewing gum. Itís one of those combined fruit-flavours of Juicy Fruit chewing gum, the William Wrigley Company ones. Thatís probably why everyone likes it. It is a firm flavour and it does not fade away as chewing gum does, invariably ending up tasting like saliva. The flavour in Banana Bread stays. It must be the beer version of the Everlasting Gobstoppers. Right, they do mention banoffee. Well, Iíd say itís banana cake. Yes, a delicious banana cake, curvy, perfumed and cosy, teasing the senses and seducing the palate. Perhaps one of those Nigella Lawson recipes. There you go! Thatís the reason why everyone loves the seduction of this beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle - let me just say, I LOVE BANANA so I may be a little biased. Pour is a see thru amber with almost no head. Smelled the bottle when I opened and I fell in love. Great sweet banana aroma. The taste is everything I expected and more. I was hoping it wasn't overly sweet and it wasn't at all. Great crisp finish with a bready banana loveliness.. Overall, I could drink this anytime of year and love it 9/10! -optemoz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Groogrux108 (34) - Recife, BRAZIL - MAY 28, 2013
Iím a sucker for this delicious beer. The light banana on the aroma and taste is balanced to perfection. Has a decent amount of bitterness and hoppiness to make this sessionable.

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