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


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RATINGS: 1384   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   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%

hogan873's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2010
Gold-amber body with a very thin white head. Powerful and mouth-watering aroma of banana bread, right down to the spices and nuts. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and sparkly. The flavor is much lighter than I expected, base on the aroma. Slightly more bitter than sweet, like a banana that’s not quite ripe. A bit of an astringent aftertaste. Very easy to drink, and that aroma keeps bringing me back. Good and interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (2391) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2015
Refrigerated brown bottle poured into a glass. Clear light Amber with no head. Aroma is breads banana, light body, low carbonation, and no lacing. Taste is light banana and some bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hivemind (811) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle today at Teddy’s with Erica. Deep dark gold pour, small head. Medicinal with ripened banana and a bit of spice. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
szymonskc (97) - POLAND - SEP 27, 2015
Barwa bursztynowa, klarowna. Aromat delikatnie bananowy. W smaku delikatne, mocno nasycone, goryczka niewyczuwalna, banan w tle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MarkoR (776) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2015
500 ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a golden colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is skunk and banana. Taste is banana and some fruits. Didn’t like it at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerjock (18) - - SEP 17, 2015
Bought from local supermarket. Aromas of banana (obviously lol) and malt. Pours a nice golden brown with a light off white head. Tastes of tropical fruit with banana hitting home alongside a bitter kick. Full bodied with a creamy texture, Nice to have now and again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lokis333 (117) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - SEP 17, 2015
Clear copper color with weak white foam. Aroma of banana, malt, barley, quite pleasent and new. Taste sweet and bitter at the same time, can taste banana flavour and malt. It starts nice banana sweet and then goes bit bitter then aftertaste fades away slowly. Interesting and unique beer, and fun to try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (5916) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2015
Bottle at Sea Lodge - Smögen, Sweden.
At first you think.....this is not drinkable....then....hell yeah :-) And why not?
Lots of banana flavor in a german hefe weisse also.
Amber color with a thick off white head. Suprise suprise...it had a lot of banana in the aroma. Toffee malty and fruity flavor with a lot of banana. It is absolutely ok. But one is enough

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
AtronSeige (1013) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 11, 2015
Aroma: Medium-high banana sweets. Medium malty, toasty Appearance: Brilliant, copper body. Small, tan head, good retention. Flavour: Medium-high banana. Light bitterness. Medium-high sweetness. Floral hops, light. Dry finish, lingering banana. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation. Overall: More banana than banana bread. Very sweet. A nice beer, but nothing special. The beer does not shine, only banana. 500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Bev! 20. Fruit Beer 8C. Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mauroruellas (541) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - SEP 10, 2015
Âmbar,espuma mediana com baixa duração,aroma adocicado bem vivo de banana,sabor bem refrescante e ao contrário do aroma o amargor e o cítrico dos lúpulos estão em evidência.com dulçor da fruta ao fundo,corpo médio,final seco,boa drinkability,equilibrada.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3644) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2015
English Strong Ale ? Pas s/r. Bouteille transparente. Une robe cuivr/ avec une mousse blanche. Un nez de gingembre et de banane. Une bouche facile / boire avec des saveurs intenses de bananes jaunes. Une curiosit/.

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