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


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RATINGS: 1507   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   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%

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DraftDodger (1357) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2016
Copenhagen 27/6 2014. 50 cl bottle from Meny. Drawing of beer peeking up from banana peel on the label. Pours clear amber with white head. Head disappears fairly fast after pouring. Aroma is sweetish with (not surprisingly) banana and a little caramel. A more sour and tart edge to it as well. Prickly carbonation and slightly thick palate. Taste is sweet but followed by fruity sourness. Surprisingly balanced considered the Banana theme. I did not have many expectations to the happy beer peeking from the banana peel - but quite ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsporrer (930) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Pours a clear dark amber with a thin off white head. Sweet aroma with a hint of banana. Taste is somewhat artificial and candy like. Watery and thin but not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
datrael (409) - Krakw, POLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Banany krlują w smaku i zapachu, do tego dochodzi solidna słodowa podbudowa. Mimo tego nie zabija słodyczą, goryczka wyrwnuje doznania. Wybitnie pijalne i wciągające. W wyglądzie kolor miedziany z utrzymującą się białą średnią pianą. Mimo zdominowania przez banany zachowuje charakter piwa. Całkiem niezłe

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VamboladeTolly (1877) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle. Pours golden with small white head. Aroma: sour and sweet, banana, sulphur, hay, sugar- but mostly banana. Taste: sweetish, dry hay, citrus, medium bitterness coming up, grass. Up to medium body. Bitter finish. Half litre is to much but its interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fules (1107) - Gyngys, HUNGARY - JUN 13, 2016
Gynyrű, rzsznű ital, kzepes, tarts habbal. Illata a slt bannra emlkeztet. Kesernys, kiss kenyeres rzetű, hatrozott bannos aromval. Utze keserű, bannos s meglepő mdon alkoholos.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jice (359) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JUN 10, 2016
Achat risqu mais les craintes sont vite dissipes. a reste une bire, la banane est prsente mais pas ultra dominante. a change et cest plutt pas mal

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
CardsPackHawks (173) - South Elgin, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Wife bought this as she is constantly making banana bread. This does taste like banana bread, which I do enjoy. Strange drinking it. Not sure if I would buy it myself, but will be happy to finish a couple that my wife won't drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
koleminer20 (3288) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2016
330 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. Fuck this book. The pour is a am dry golden pour with a thin bubbly collar of gray head and almost no lace. The aroma is almost pured bananas. There is a sweet malt, but this smells like fucking banana flavored Laffy Taffy. Thats not okay. The flavor is all banana. There is a light metallic malt and strong banana. Its definitely not good. It could be a lot worse, but its very singular dimensional and plain. Its sweet, metallic, and banana Laffy Taffy. The mouth feel is terrible. Its really thin and watery with hardly any carbonation and a lingeringly banana dominated finish. This beer sucks. Im not sure how its considered a beer, more than a banana flavored malt water. Jesus.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TedE (1213) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2016
330ml bottle into schooner glass. Strong aroma of banana (surprise!). Orange/copper beer with thin white head. A few lazy bubbles. Thin body, slightly zingy. The finish is more banana with a touch of grainy maltiness. Not as much fun as you think it might be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Drinking_77 (109) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - JUN 1, 2016
On pour got a very fizzy drink, a lot of carbonation. When it settled down a decent sized frothy head appeared, looked decent. Head looks good, nice and creamy looking. Head does die a little and there is some slight lacing. The colour was dark amber, with a tint of red, and overall the beer looks the part.. The aroma is of..well, bananas! Lovely clear, fruity smell, gorgeous, and I dont even like bananas, ha ha! Strong but not overpowering, very pleasant and very tempting. Smells of banana bread, with a hint of toffee Taste: Well it does exactly what it says on the tin, its all banana A beer with banana, tastes like beer with banana! But its lovely, very smooth, doesnt taste a lot like beer at all. Very sweet, but still smooth enough to drink. A bit of caramel noted as well. At first I thought the alcohol content of 5.2% wasnt apparent, but I think it does kick in near the end. Everyone in the house had a try, went down a storm, all liked it. There is a slight hoppy aftertaste that is a bit urgh, and it could do with more body, but overall very smooth. It is different, so hats off to the brewers for trying something new, refreshing and all good. I am not sure you could down a lot of these in a session, but definitely would be great to sip on a hot day. Recommended, and looking forward to trying this beer out again soon.

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