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


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RATINGS: 1422   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mintzmeet (457) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Like a really creamy cream ale.strong banana bubbly flavor. Slight astringency on aftertaste. Bubble gum

Bacchus66 (754) - 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 (1375) - 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 (220) - 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.

richmeyrick (0) - - AUG 26, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2017 Pours a nice golden orangey-ish colour, can really smell the bananas. as expected a strong taste on banana and a strong sense that this is 5.2%. This is a beer of acquired taste, it's not for everyone, but people who are akin to wheat beers or white beers may enjoy this. This is one of my favourite beers and would highly recommend if you like bananas. I wouldn't go crazy on it though, it's quite a heavy drink so two maybe three bottles at the most would be enough.

sebsky (218) - ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2017
500 ml bottle @home,bb 24/03/2018. Dark amber,clear,streams of bubbles. Medium off-white head,medium retention. Banana,toffee aroma. Banana bread taste. Medium bitter finish.

AnG_BrgNor (774) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2017
Well. Its a lot of banana here. Banana all the way. There is also a kind of edical taste, like the dentist some years ago. Now Ive tried it and iam not impressed.

k_gadeberg (121) - Århus, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2017
On bottle. Pours golden, without head. Lots of co2, first bitterness, then a watery kind of banana taste. Notes of bread and yeast, really a beer that splits people, either you like or hate it.

Stultus (173) - ESTONIA - JUL 28, 2017
Pours clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of malty syrpuy caramel and banana. Taste is malty sweetish followed by light bitterness and then a medium banana sweetness.

HULK777 (620) - - JUL 18, 2017
Sweet candy banana aroma with hints of sugar cake. Sweet, watery, banana taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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