Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Occasional.
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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Had this one on draught at the House Pub, St. Charles, Illinois. Beautiful ruby pour with a thick tan head, slightly spicy and vaguely sweet, the banana really comes through in the finish. Emmencely drinkable!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Tastes exactly like you think its going to. Great alcohol content, amazing taste and a reasonable price

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (6410) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2007
,i>Cask at the William Morris (JDW), Hammersmith. Chestnut with a creamy, cream coloured white head; aroma of bananas as expected, but more restrained and natural than the bottled version; sweet banana flavour with hints of cinnamon and vanilla; smooth and easy to drink; a gently bitter finish. Overall, much better than the bottled one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2009
Hastily guzzled noontime half in the window of The Baron (JDW) with all the old boys. Sometimes my RB habit makes me feel like a right loser. Brilliant chestnut with a big foaming ivory collar. Fresh milky banana aroma, plenty of Frijj, candy cigs, dusting of clove, lace like wool, dab of apple. Some herbal coriander leaf or parsley touches. Nah... nothing but banana, really and I’m a sucker for it. Some wheat and gentle hop to finish. Having a bit of a Namyslow Plum moment. Against all expectations, Beer of The Festival So Far for me...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2009
This banana ale brew wasn’t that bad. I feel that the ratings for this beer are under-rated. I enjoyed it. Somewhat similar to a weisse beer taste only an "ale".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
agl108 (1198) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2013
On draft at Sharp Edge Brasserie. Poured dark gold with thin head. Bready, wheaty, with substantial banana esters present. Medium bodied. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2011 1. Cask Handpump at the Winnington Lodge, Northwich 25/02/2003 Amber mid brown colour fruity banana. Slightly dry malt finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 04/11/2005. Mid brown colour with bananas very much present both in the aroma and the taste. In contrast to all the sweetness there’s quite a bitterness in the finish which comes as a pleasant surprise. 3. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 16/11/2009 Banana fruit aroma. White head. Copper amber coloured smooth on the palate and fruity banana with a slightly bitter malt finish. 4. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 23/03/2011 Big banana fruit aroma. White head. Copper golden coloured hoppy and a little bitter with a toffee flavoured malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spookgolds (241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Cask at iron abbey. Aroma of fruits, mostly banana. Slight taste of banana. Pretty good. Different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weitz15 (576) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Banana scent is not quite as strong as expected, but still has a presence. Flavor is a mix of banana, mild citrus, and a slightly carbonated finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gasperoo (9) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2011 does not count
Does what it says on the label! Had a session drinking this recently at the Elbow Room, Tottenham, London N17, and the banana flavour was repeating on me for days. Much better in cask than in bottle, with a much rounder chewy maltiness. The bottled beer can taste a little thin, like Bombardier with some essence of Banana added. In cask it tastes more like an experimental craft beer. It tastes better than it has a right to.

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