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Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 1517   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
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle. Clear amber with white head. Well, it tastes bananas :-) Interesting experiment but maybe not that good. It is not bad, refreshing and quite thin body. Is it really an ale?

2.8
Plovmand (8303) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle. Clear amber body with a medium white head. Aroma of malt and banana and sweet fruit. Flavour is sweet malty, banana and bitter hops. Medium bodied.

3
judasbeer (431) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 11, 2009
Clear amber-orange color. Slim white head. Sweet banana shake aroma with slight glucose feel. Smooth bodied with distinct banana flavor and toasted malty tones. Moderate bitter finish. Clean and refreshing, little bit artifical.

2.8
Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Pours an iced tea color with significant amount of carbonation but with absolutely no head. I honestly could not tell if it was actually a brew after it sat for a few minutes. The aroma is obviously of bananas, but also of wheat and banana peel. The taste is somewhat like the aroma but much more artificial and dull. After drinking for a while the beer becomes overwhelmingly watery and boring. The texture is lacking and it leaves a bitter sharp aftertaste of bananas.

1.1
olsvammel (7220) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2009
500 ml bottle. It poured a clear orange liquid with no foam. Almost looks like a drink or some kind of olcoholic soda. Not that appealing to be honest. It had a chemical smell of banana and candy, very sweet. However when I try it out I’m suprised that it doesn’t taste much, very watery and bland with some banana. Not my kind of beer.

3.5
derkaiser (24) - Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2009
A unique beer. Great aroma, and the subtle banana taste is rather interesting, but still a bit refreshing. I would grab another bottle in the future.

3.3
sativadreams (2) - Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2009 does not count
good smell, banana taste is good at first. quickly becomes too light on flavor and is kind of boring.

2.9
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2009
bottle from Kegs & barrels in Plano, TX. Pours a nice clear gold with off-white/beige head. Aroma of banana, malt, some hops. Flavor is interesting, along with the banana, the grainy malt seems to simulate the nuts, also seems somewhat dry, some caramel, some hop flavor with a small bitter at the end. Mouth feel is light-medium body with medium-high carbonation....Overall, not bad....an interesting brew.....actually, with the bitter, it seems like some banana peerl is part of it as well......kinda dried my tounge as well.

2.6
CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 31, 2009
This was better than I suppose I would have expected. The aroma is strongly sweet with artificial banana notes. The beer is a clear golden color with a good tight head. The beer is sweet and tastes a bit like banana runts, but there is a mild hoppiness that compensates for some of the odd flavoring making this halfway drinkable.

3.1
wkalle (263) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2009
Pours copper with a small white head mostly lasting. Aroma of sweet banana gum ans some green fruits. Nice flavor of banana but after a while it feels a bit artifical. Fairly dry finish with a nice bitter punch. All together much banana, not so much else in there, but still very drinkable.


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