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

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RATINGS: 1432   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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2.9
Betty (236) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2003
UPDATED: APR 12, 2003 Simon found me sleeping in the garden after a night on this one. Phew! Too many bananas (I never thought I'd say it!)

2.9
Nuffield (4199) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Kudos for the concept, as both banana and the yeastiness of bread are classic beer flavors. That's mostly where the praise ends--at the concept. The execution leaves much to be desired. The aroma is warmly caramel with obvious banana notes, but mostly in an artificial "banana candy" vein, unlike the sensitive banana essence of a hefe. The deep caramel-golden color suggests something of the maltiness, but in the flavor the distinctly artificial banana really won out. As it warmed I got a touch of metallic bitterness on the back palate, and the mouthfeel flattened from weak (initially) to rather poor--limp, very quickly flat, and dryly ambivalent. There is some curiosity here and some things to like--I shouldn't undersell its drinkability--but there isn't the complexity of banana bread (including the nuttiness I associate with a good banana bread that has chopped walnuts buried in the moist interior).

2.9
jerohen (2352) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2005
Clear copper coloured, small but lasting head. The moderate banana aroma actually works out quite well in this one, not nearly as unsettling as in some other examples (Mongozo comes to mind). The flavour is more like a typical British bitter, not very complex and the fruit isn’t very apparent. Still, the pint is easily finished (but that might be because i haven’t had a beer in over a week).

2.9
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2005
Bottle (09/07/05). Initial banana aroma with spicy yeast aromas and a general malty fruitiness. The palate becomes a bit thin a more rounded full body would complement the sweetish flavours better.

2.9
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2006 Interesting it really smells like banana, not really like getting one delighted, but it is good. The flavor is also a little like banana, but the beer taste is almost gone. Almost no foam, and no backtaste.

2.9
Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) 5.5% ABV in my version. Clear, deep copper colour with a small, off-white head. Nose full of banana. Flavours full of banana, but not stickingly sweet as in other (Belgian) examples of the style. This is quite dry, almost lacking a hint of sweetness. Light bitter finish. Very drinkable. 220902

2.9
gnoff (10985) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2007 First rating.
(Bottle at Score Sportsbar in Gothenburg, Sweden)
Golden honey color, with a small white head. Very much ester banana sweet scent. Clear banana in the flavor. Good bitterness. The banana is not as dominant in the taste as in the scent.
7/4/7/4/15=3.7

Second rating.
(Bottle from a friend from London)
Clear copper color, fluffy white head. Huge banana and a bit metallic scent. Fruity banana taste. Weak mouthfeel, low bitterness.
6/4/5/2/10=2.7

2.9
larsniclas (7217) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2006
Bottled. Darka mber, no head. A lot of banana in both aroma and flavour. Decent maltiness with some faint nnotes of hop too.

2.9
dj (626) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2006
Bottle, 568ml. An average lasting head. Clear amber appearance. Initially an overpowering aroma of banana, with some hops noticable once it settles down a bit. A quite sweet taste of banana with a touch of yeast/dough and a hoppy finish. Not amazing but certainly worth trying.

2.9
DruncanVeasey (8283) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2006
Clear amber-brown pint bottle. Aroma is candy and banana, flavour little more banana-like than some of the fruitier Weissbeers. The finishing bitterness imparted by the hops (Challenger, Golding) counters this nicely, but there is a stale woodiness in there also bordering on the offensive. Aftertaste is breadily malty. Maybe one to re-sample on draught.


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