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


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RATINGS: 1426   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
onceblind (10342) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Pours out a dark golden/near amber hue with a small white head. Big estery nose of ripe banana, and sugary sweet pale malts with just a hint of brown sugar. Body was odd; starts weak and nearly stale tasting, but then washes in with a full body and warming balance and sweetness. Flavor was a little shabby, like candied fake banana esters, bread yeast, with toffee and mineral water blandness. Overall kinda sweet, a little bitter, and fake tasting. Not all too much like banana bread, needs more bready sweetness and brown sugar.

gunnernic (13) - SOUTH AFRICA - OCT 20, 2017
Great beer, but I love bananas, so if you love bananas, go bananas on this beer!

LeoAndrade (4) - - SEP 28, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2017 Cerveja Dourada, com média formação de espuma, corpo médio. Aroma pão e banana. sabor idem. Não agradou meu paladar.

bokas5 (16) - Prijedor, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - SEP 23, 2017
Yet another wells beer that is great! Bottle, supermarket. Recommended to all ale lovers.

Henrique Crivelli (1) - - SEP 23, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2017 Cerveja bem enjoativa, corpo médio-denso, com sabor desequilibrado, pendendo demais para banana madura.

neandertaal (75) - ESTONIA - SEP 23, 2017
Kerge banaan on lõhnas ja maitses tunda, aga muidu suht ilmetu, pea olematu kehaga, jook.

Firestar (4) - - SEP 21, 2017 does not count
This is not a cheap novelty beer. It drinks very smooth and has a nice and refined taste. It is very accurately 'banana bread' and is well executed. I would not want to drink 3 of these at a time but it is a very good once in a while beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Bacchus66 (905) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2017
500ml bottle at home. Hazy dark amber with a thin off white head. Plenty of banana right up front. Dark malt, bread, raisin, candied fruit. Sweet banana finish. Something of a novelty, probably not gonna drink a bunch of these at once, but not a bad change of pace for a one-off (dessert?).

TychoJames (1414) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2017
Flaska systembolaget. Eldig orange kul�r. Tydlig doft av banan. Konstlad s�dan. �ven br�d och h�. Smaken i stort s�tt samma. Banan! Dock inte s� p�taglig och s�t som jag mindes den fr�n f�rsta g�ngen jag drack den f�r n�gra �r sedan. Fortfarande ingen vidare �l dock.

eunck (223) - Msida, MALTA - SEP 7, 2017
Agree with everyone else that there´s a LOT of banana taste here, more banana than beer really. Nice for a change, interesting and certainly drinkable. Not my thing though, I prefer a stronger hops and malts component and less fruit.

annecarl (4) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2017 does not count
If you don’t like banana bread, you will not like this beer. It tastes very clearly of bananas. I happen to love bananas, so I don’t mind this. However, I probably could not drink more than 1 or 2 of these in a sitting.

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