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

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RATINGS: 1500   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%

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2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
myliverhurts (3) - IRELAND - JUL 10, 2009 does not count
appearance: amber with off white head that dissipates quickly. aroma: ripe banana, grassy hops. flavour: caramel, hops, banana. palate: medium body, good carbonation. finish: quite bitter

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2009
Bottled. Amber with white head. Aroma of malt and ripe banana. Flavor is caramel, real bananas and a hop spice note

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bobinlondon (1294) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2009
Bottle from Waitrose. Chestnut with an off white head. As it says on the lable; Banana and bread (yeasty). Sickly and pointless.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 6, 2009

Source:500 mL bottle purchased while in Dublin.
Glass:Pint glass.
Appearance:Clear orange/gold pour with a one finger white head that quickly dissipated.
Aroma:Hint of banana, but mainly grassy hops and grain.
Flavor:Heavy banana and grain.
Palate:Medium body with solid carbonation.
Overall:Interesting...didnt like it very much, but a well made beer nonetheless.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUL 6, 2009
Bottle 568 ml. Clean banana aroma, palate built of bananas and hops having nothing in between. Unusual but not too exciting.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2009
Bottle from Systembolaget, Sweden. Amber-yellow body. Clear. Head is white. This brew is to thin for beeinan Strong Ale. The banana is dominant in both aroma and flavor. I like the banana esters in wheatbeer but not in this one!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Tasted at the San Diego International Beer Festival. Clear light orange with a creamy white head. Strong banana aroma and taste with mild spice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Pours golden amber with a fully receding off-white head. Notes of heavy banana, cake batter, nutmeg, and soda. Medium bodied with soft, lush carbonation. Big banana flavor, tropical fruits, and toasted malts.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
EHSRanders (2022) - Tjele, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2009
Bottle. Clear light brown colour with large creamy white mostly diminishing head. Heavy banana aroma ant taste. Some spice. Bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Clear amber with a fleeting head. Big over ripe banana aroma with some spicy hops. Smooth medium body. Mild banana flavor throughout on a lightly sweet pale malt base. Mild hop bite to finish.


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