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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1489   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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2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ejh8 (118) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Yeah that's banana bread ale. Tastes just like banana bread. Thin English ale, nice amber look. It's ok, interesting taste. Try it you might like it. Or not. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MasDen (163) - Mahilyow, BELARUS - NOV 26, 2016
Aroma: banana, bubblegum, malt. Appearance: copper with small head. Taste: banana, bubblegum in finish a bit hops bitternes. Palate: middle body, middle carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjmoen (338) - - NOV 25, 2016
C-. Pours a clear golden color with white head. Smells strongly of banana. As promised, tastes like banana bread

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dutchbeerpages (2315) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2016
This is just weird. All has an artificial, chemical feel to it. Not too bad, it is just very weird. Gift from uckelman

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
djoeye (3999) - Troms, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2016
Aroma; bread, banana, caramel, dough. No surprise. Look; off white head, clear deep golden body. Taste; bread, wort, banana, lemon, caramel, lemongrass - fruity semi dry finish. Feel; semi dry. Overall; interesting. [35.5cl/12FLoz.Btl 5.2% [email protected]]

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Demens (289) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 10, 2016
0,5l bottle. Clear deep copper colour with quickly disappearing medium sized white head. Aroma: Candy sugar, honey, banana, floral notes. Taste: Sweet start with a marginal brandy and biscuit-like caracter but quickly disappears and has some sour and bitter mouthfeel with a buttery (brandy/wiskey) tone. Quite oily. Light/medium body with medium carbonation. Long bitter and wiskey-like boozy finish. Not bad, especially the aroma but the strong wiskey caracter is not my favourite in this one.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tanobicho (9) - Montevideo, URUGUAY - NOV 8, 2016 does not count
Its a clear amber with proper foam, little lacing. Intense ripe banana smell. Predominant taste is banana natrlich with some lemonade effect. Finish is like banana filled chewing gum.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wombat23 (886) - Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Shared bottle. Clear amber, off-white head. Aroma of banana nut bread. Taste is banana, nuts, toffee, and alcohol. Mild sweetness, but lacks bitterness. Interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thengling (24) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 29, 2016
500 ml Bottle. Pour: in Erdinger Weissbier glass, bright copper with big white head diminishing to a fine 1/8" with nice lacing. Aroma: banana with complex spice, aromatic cedar, malt, bread but less than expected. Taste: crisp, dry, obvious banana, more spice. Artificial banana is there but less of a distraction than I expected. Still, maybe the banana flavour addition is not necessary. Low bitterness, maybe a slight saccharine-like edge. I was pleasantly surprised. Would get this again, but not twice in the same day. I feel a Weissbier glass is perfect for this offering.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skarecrow (343) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 29, 2016
500ml bottle BB 21/4/2017 Amber brown color with little head. Aroma is pure banana bubble gum. Taste is banana upfront with sweet bubble gum finish. Tasted for purely interest sake.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nordic (508) - Tartu, ESTONIA - OCT 26, 2016
Bottle. Amber color, small head. Aroma: strong banana, sweet caramel, lemonade. Taste: bitter, banana hints.


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