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

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RATINGS: 1500   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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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Month of March head cold led to laying off tasting any beer until sense & smell returned. I had days to think about which beer I wanted to taste first, and the Charles Wells Banana Bread beer was calling my name. Ratings and reviews can have the ability of influencing a first impression: low ratings & poor reviews build low expectations, which is why this intruiging beer was somewhat of a pleasant surprize. Multiple reviewers have been likening the aroma to banana laffy taffy dropped into a beer, but that sells this product short I feel. I'd like to note that bananas have never been a fruit that I have enjoyed by itself, though I have always enjoyed banana flavored foods (pudding,bread, candy,sugary bubble gum from childhood days). The folks at Charles Wells claim to use "freetrade bananas" in their recipe, and fresh bananas are what I smell along with the typical malty attributes when taking in the aroma. I find the banana aroma is evenly balanced with the maltiness of this British import: those claiming the banana aroma/flavor is underdone would likely to be the first to complain if it were stepped up a notch. Looks like a garden variety British Ale, and it pours like a typical creamy British Ale as well. Carbonation seemed pretty slight to me, and it delivered a malty caramel banana flavor across my palate along with Bavarian soft pretzel dough and just a hint of alcohol detected. I was not blown away by the melding of flavors but it was not unpleasant either.At no point did it taste like an artifically sweetened banana flavor by my account, and I think they did a good job with that aspect of the brew. I can't imagine too many folks reaching for a second Banana Bread Beer after finishing the first one, but I would like to raise an interesting point at this stage in the review: one other reviewer made the observation that they enjoyed this beer as an in between when switching beer flavors from one to another. The concept is an interesting one because the finest multi course meals I have eaten in my life utilized sorbet to cleanse the palate between courses. I mention the sorbet/palate cleanser concept because I followed the Banana Bread Beer with a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (my third bottle of the six pack), and found myself completely blown away with the flavor of the sculpin IPA, whereas the first two samples of that same six pack struck me as merely average. Could it be that the Banana Bread Beer sets the palate up for a new beer flavor? Based on my experience, I say it does.Worth a try just for the uniqueness alone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
john44 (2698) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2017
Bottle. Overpowering banana & pear drops smell & taste. Cloying, lingering, rather unpleasant. (2008)

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikbo (123) - - JAN 23, 2017
Color mbar com espuma blanca abundante no muy duradera. Aroma intenso a banana. Sabor ligero a pltano y toques dulces acaramelados. Fcil de beber.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gschrade (1062) - Collinsville, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2017
I got this at Randall's. Pours amber with a thin white head. Taste mild banana, mildly sweet, smooth. I thought this was ok. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1964) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 15, 2017
Pretty good. Obvious banana aromas with some sweetness. Same again to taste but at a lower intensity. Quite dry. Very pleasant quaffing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zacgillbanks (4868) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle from Drinks Express, Low Fell, Gateshead. Amber coloured with a thin white head. It has a malty and banana flavour with vanilla and more sweet banana on the finish. Rather like an alcoholic banana malt loaf. Good.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kwik-lime (1806) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2017
Bottle to finish off craft beer advent calendar. Ended up leaving it til last expecting it to not be my thing, and it wasnt really. A fairly bland, low carbonated bitter with a somewhat artificial seeming banana finish. Not great.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Nikokaoja (119) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - JAN 2, 2017
13. 12. 2016, Ljubljana, Ico's place. Bottled. Really not my cup of beer, to artificial taste and aroma, not pleasant at all. A real downer since I'm a big heffeweizen fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Niko100 (2796) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Dark amber/cider color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, & ripe bananas; Flavor of malt, bananas, some caramel, and grain; Finish is slightly bitter; The palate is a bit watery; Different - the aroma is the best part.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UjoKlobasa (785) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle. Chestnut color, clear liquid, white head. Aroma of malt and banana. Ok, but not my cup of coffee.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vells (1694) - Rga, Latvija, LATVIA - DEC 13, 2016
Feels banana-ish with some cinnamon adjunct, some maltiness, caramel, some floral hops. Moderate sweetness with ultra light bitterness. Decent, but not mine


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