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

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RATINGS: 1499   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stevesie (336) - - JAN 22, 2013
Sampled at a tasting. Nice dark hue with some dissipating head. Nose was malt and bananas. This didnt sound right, but found it pleasantly surprising. The bananas are prominent, but not dominant. Odd, but definitely worth trying.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Would this be categorized as a fruit beer? Smells like bananas, tastes like bananas, dark blonde color, good!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PugUglyBrewer (332) - - OCT 7, 2016
This one goes bananas!!!... and then that is about all the complexity. Auburn highlighted gold color in the appearance. The head is fluffy white and bublbly from the strong carbonation. Fresh banana on the nose and the pallets. Some toast and slight creaminess inbetween. Would be really interesting as a brown ale or Porter.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2009
Interesting beer with banana all over the place. Actually better than the expectations (low). The banana flavor is there all right, but it marries the malts and hops pretty good. Fun to have tried it, but its going to take a while before I buy it again.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Demens (325) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
datrael (324) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eruizgarcia (322) - - JUL 14, 2012
Pretty much what it promises. Banana flavor at first with a hoppy, lingering bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
COMRADEJOSH (320) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Smells of wheat and banana but slightly artificial like the difference between fresh bananas and banana oil. Color is orange/amber with a strong taste of banana pudding to my palate. Not overly sweet like I thought it was going to be a good desert beer but not something you would want all the time.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnoud (317) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2013
2013.03.02 - Wells Banana Bread Beer - 16.9oz bottle in pint glass. Bottle is about a year old. Aroma: it's not in your face but you can definitely get banana bread in the aroma. And more than just a banana ester sort of thing. Appearance: Pours around (12) on SRM scale. Mostly clear light gold. Little to no head/carbonation. Taste: Definitely a sweet banana on the front end giving way to a more neutral gold ale taste. Palate/Mouthfeel: very light with just trace carbonation. Aroma 6/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 6/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 13/20

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Awful, I love bananas, and it smells interesting. Then the flavor is just awful.


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