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

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RATINGS: 1512   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
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Had this at a beer tasting and my low expectations were met. This stuff is not not my thing...I donít like bananas in the first place so this kinda ruins something I do like...BEER! Even if I did like both....say like chocalate ice cream and real spicy chili.....doesnt mean i want them in the same bowl...kinda gross.

2.4
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2009
Interesting beer with banana all over the place. Actually better than the expectations (low). The banana flavor is there all right, but it marries the malts and hops pretty good. Fun to have tried it, but its going to take a while before I buy it again.

2.1
Ljunkan (530) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle, thanks Fredrik. Pours a golden color with a small head. Aroma is lightly malty, but dominated by, surprisingly, banana. Flavour is likewise with lots of matured bananas and some light caramel. Light bodied, quite smooth mouthfeel. Fun to try one time, but I canít say I like it. It is what it is.

3
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2009
16.9 oz. bottle that I received as a gift. Pours a crystal clear gold with a thin-moderate linen white head that lasted through the first two sips and left a few specks of lace. The aroma is filled with bananas and malt and is very inviting. The flavor begins with that same solid dose of banana, along with some weak malt. This gives way to a sharp, crisp, dry finish that is basically devoid of flavor. What happened to the banana? I was expecting a good deal more body out of this beer and a bit more sweetness as well. The banana flavor without the rich texture just didnít work for me.

2.8
cheap (5797) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Does have a slight essence of banana in the olfactory. A darker tinge of clear pale yellow in the color. Taste does have that banana in it, hard to beleive and it does not taste artificial. Barely any carbonation. Hard to beleive this is styled as an english strongy, its only 5%. Yes, has a dry finish to it, not really sweet, just banana. Quite interesting and unique. Gets better as you near the end of the half liter, odd shaped, bottle.

4.5
bburychka (55) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2009
While I couldnít drink many at one sitting, the banana smell and flavor make it extremely interesting.

2.3
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 17, 2009
Bright gold colour with thin white hea, have chocolate/banana aroma, very much like a perky nana. Thin body, dry finish. More of a gimmick type beer.

2.6
VertBaconStrips (2387) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JUL 13, 2009
First brew reviewed after spending 260$ at the beer store in Vegas...
This wonít be good... Poured out a orange honey coloured beer with a small off white head with ok retention and some ropy lacing... jesus...I chose buying this over the Rare Vos! Well, it smells exactly as advertised - sickly sweet fresh bananas, slight almond and maybe walnut... who knows. All I know is that there is a nutty something in here. The taste is an interesting blend of banana, well balanced spice, soft bready malts... what do you know - this taste pretty good after all. The problem here is that I always get a big whiff of the ick bananas and that pretty much ruins it. Brain says there is a faint chocolate but I refuse to believe it. Good carbonation but I got gasses out and bloated. Pretty creamy feel though. Ends dry with perfect soft bitterness. Never ever again will I spend money on this.

3.3
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2009
500mL bottle: appearance is amber bown with off white head, aroma of bananas and caramel and malt, flavor is somewhat bland, can tastes the bananas but they just donít come in like they should.

3
DeanF (2453) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2009
Tastes just like beer infused with banana bread, which isnít so bad at all when you think about it. Otherwise itís just a typical lager and nothing special.


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