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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Fire-brewed African style ale, brewed with banana extract
Bananas are the main ingredient in mbege style beers popular in Eastern Africa. In keeping with tradition, this is brewed with real bananas and presented unfiltered. Light hints of banana remain present in the aroma and flavor of this unique offering

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wxman (1773) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2007 Pours a cloudy pale amber with a very thin fizzy white head and some sediment. Smells like a vegetable compost pile. Sweet tart vinous taste of over ripe bananas with some medicinal notes as well. Acidic feel in the throat after the swallow. I suppose if you lived in eastern Africa and were used to seeing predatory wild animals and starving children with flies on their faces, you might consider this a great beer. But since I dont - - I dont.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Great idea, inventive and a good try. The smell and appearance is promising but the mouthfeel is too sweet for me. I really tried but just not for me.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Madtownpuck (2) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2007 does not count
Yuck. Sweet, a little spicy, but gave the distinct impression of drinking silage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11984) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2007
16oz bottle. Poured a medium and slightly hazy amber color with an averaged sized head. Aromas of bananas with some citrus and caramel in the background. Tastes of bananas. This one was bananas all the way - stronger in the aromas though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2007
500 ml bottle. Deep cloudy pale amber coloured brew. Aroma is lightly spicy with soft toasted grain character over a lightly banana-ish flavour. A hint of smokiness with a husky earthiness as well. Warming brings up a slightly vineous sherryish note. A bit phenolic and spicy with light orange citrus, banana and a soft tartness on the back. Honeyed sweetness on the back. The graininess and tartness are interesting, but the phenolics get a bit much after awhile.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Pours to a bright coppery golden body with lots of carbonation and a fizzy white head. The aroma is dehydrated banana chips. No signs of malt or anything else. The flavor is also dehydrated banana chips. A toasted malt lurks on the finish. Oddly intriguing and drinkable. The palate is medium bodied and has a dry extract quality. The banana is really pervasive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Interesting aroma. Interesting pour, cloudy, like a river thats been dragged and the sedimit kicked up. The guy at the brewery told me Id either love or hate this beer. Not sure if I feel either way about it. Overwelming orange and banana flavor. Not like a beer, taste like something else - not sure what. Very different. Think I like it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2007
16oz. bottle. Wife bought this one from Wi. trip. Banana is in the aroma but smells like those that are all black from sitting around too long. Murky orange body looked like good head on pour but that disipated quickly. Fruity flavor some banana but the malt caramel has ths one going down like sludge and just creating a sugar golf ball in the beer gut. Carbinated belching afterward.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Dark Autumn Orange Color with No Head. What Could be Perceived as Cooked Bananas, Plums, Spice and Sorghum on the Nose. Light Bodied, Lightly Syruped Mouthfeel. Lightly Carbonated...A Whole Bunch of Cooked Bananas and Subtle Spice Dominate the Brew. At First, It Tasted More Like Plums, But Could be the Bananas from Being Brewed....Bittersweet Dry Aftertaste. Enjoyable Enough. Certainly Worth Trying if Only for the Uniqueness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 1, 2007
16 oz bottle. Poured a clear orange color. Head was white and dissipated quickly. Very fruity aroma, predominantly strong banana. I have to disagree with some of the previous ratings, it smells exactly like banana candy rather than fresh banana. The smell almost knocked me over. Sweet on the tongue, but not cloyingly so. Flavor is reminiscent of a bad malty hefe with banana, caramel, and a touch of citrus at the end. Tasted better than it smelled, but overall this beer was a bit too much for me.

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