Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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3,075 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,075
Reviews: 1,202
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 134
Gots: 413 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-01-1998

IBU's: 20
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Reviews by Avagadro:
Photo of Avagadro
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pranqster presents a beautiful golden color, but is seriously lacking in the carbonation department. No head, and little in the way of lacing.

S: Honey and tropical fruit meld together to form an intriguing bouquet.

T: As promised by the nose, this brew is full of honey, melon, and spice. The esters aren't overbearing, and it is perfectly attenuated, something other brewers (I'm talking to you Ommegang) could learn from.

M: Light body, and slightly sticky, but no carbonation to wash it away.

D: This is a good attempt to recreate a Belgian classic. While it falls short of the real thing in a few places, it is still a superb beer that deserves mention.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive yeast, in terms of aroma and taste for a Belgium, but otherwise true to its style. An interesting and worthwhile addition to its style. Coriander, vanilla, nutmeg. Quite quafable. Sweet-spicy. Medium-full mouthfeel. Cloudy golden appearance.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat-hazed golden color with a nice white head. Nose is mostly Belgian yeast with bits of clove, orange, spice, and coriander. Taste is similar with some malt sweetness coming through in addition to the fresh fruits coming from the yeast. Moderate body with good carbonation; very nice drinkability on a hard to nail style, especially outside of the better Belgian breweries.

Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice fresh yeasty taste.Fruity smell and the fruity taste mingled well the yeast tones.I like Bells sparkling a little better but all in all a good brew.

Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Beautiful thick, cloudy orange color with a decent white, foamy head.

Smell – Spicy yeast and banana aroma.

Taste – This has a terrific bread flavor that seems to expand on the lower palate (where the salivary glands are in high gear). There is a wonderfully smooth banana flavor that mixes well with the rest of the beer (grandma’s fresh baked banana bread?). There are a lot of spices and other flavors that are hard to pick out, but overall this is a very smooth brew.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation and yeasty body give this beer an excellent mouthfeel.

Drinkability – The beer is smooth and nicely carbonated, making it a very drinkable beer.

Comments – This is one of my personal favorites. I always have a few sitting in the fridge. Best of all, at $6.99 per four-pack it is one of the best deals in town. That works out to less than two bucks for an absolutely authentic taste of Belgium!

Update: In my 2004 re-review I was able to pick up more complexity in the beer to include some great tangerine peel and a deeper yeast. I’m raising the Smell and Drinkability ratings up 0.5 points.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Great Bottle, fine pour. Body is a hazy wheat apricot with a flop of bubbly white head that turns to film in seconds. Carbonation is medium and steady. Aromas are light, crisp, and fruity. Very belgiany. Plenty of wheat, and hints of pear, apricot, honeydew melon, coriander, and banana. Very nice. Tastes exceptionally refreshing and truly Belgian. Near perfect drinkability. MF could be drier and more biting. Plenty of wheat and light fruit in the flavor. Very good. Preferable to some of the more famous Belgian Strong Pales in my opinion. Certainly more drinkable.

Photo of Fear4Beer
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Pranqster by North Coast Brewing.

Let me get out of the way that I'm a huge fan of Belgian style beers. No bias, I just want results!

Smells like orange peel, bananas, yeast, and a peppery note.

Tastes like those notes but there is just something that is off with this beer. Something just not right for this Belgian style. It has this taste that reminds me of BMC beers. An alcohol presence too that is masked (flavor wise) in very good Belgian style beers.

I had high hopes for this but I'm let down greatly. I've had some darn good Belgian offerings from the United States and from the homeland itself. I would not buy this again.

I'm not sure if I'm drinking this incorrectly though. Some beers I've seen recommend swishing the yeast around before adding it to your glass (like Hoegaarden for instance). I've also seen some beers tell you to NOT disturb the yeast when pouring the glass. Since these beer brewers did not specify what their vision is for their beer, I swished the yeast around and added it to the beer. If this substantially changes the overall taste of the beer in a negative way then tell the purchaser ON THE BOTTLE how to pour the beer. Because of this I'm not going to buy this beer again. The way I had it (adding the yeast) did not taste very good, I'm not sure if that changed the overall intended flavor of the beer. I'll never know I guess.

Let this be a lesson for you beer brewers. Adding relevant information to your bottle is significant to many of your buyers...

Photo of tectactoe
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a banana yellow, cloudy wheat color. Somewhat volatile on the pour, producing a thick white head that settles pretty quickly; no real traces of lacing left behind. The aroma is on par for a BPA - full of some earthy but mainly fruity esters; bananas and slight pear. The Belgian yeast is apparent with the clove spice and ever-so-slight bubblegum hint in the background. On the palate, the fruitiness of the esters is somewhat subdued and the clove plays a larger role. Some slight white pepper comes out, along with a light phenol alcohol character. Midway through, a small, leafy hop character pokes its head in, bringing a little bitter bite to balance the estery sweetness of the brew. Heavy wheat, bread, and yeast flavors in the aftertaste, including the aforementioned clove spice; biscuity, somewhat dry. Thin-medium body, heavy dose of carbonation, to be expected from a Belgian ale.

Pretty good BSPA, although the flavor was a little toned down compared to some others. Clove was the lead-man in this one, which was nice for a change. Well made and well crafted, this is a very good beer that I'd never turn down if someone offered it.

Photo of brownbeer
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden with a small white head that doesn't last long and eventually it looks flat.

Yeasty esters come across in the nose with fruity apple and musty banana notes, maybe pear.

Sweet and malty palate, clove, musty fruit, subtle hops in the finish and a fairly obvious alcohol presence that I could do without in a 7.6% Belgian golden. Not crisp or dry enough to my liking for the style.

Thanks but no thanks, I'll stick with Duvel.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

Slightly hazy golden color, light and bright, with a bit less than 2 fingers of head. Head retention is relatively low but left some light lacing behind.

Aromas were very pleasant with yeast and fruit in the forefront followed up with some nice light malt. Slight bits of spiciness on the nose as well.

Flavors are a nice complexity of what seem to be pale malts and some lighter indications of fruit, especially some dark fruit like prunes. There is a bit of that spiciness that is detectable on the nose that comes through nicely with good balance to everything else. The finish is actually a touch sweet with plenty of alcohol and a bit of warming. Not my favorite finish but not really all that bad either.

I like this and found it to be enjoyable. It's a little different but I think it does the style justice and was satisfying at the same time. If you are a fan of strong golden or perhaps Belgian Trips, give this one a try.

Photo of skybluewater
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color. No lace, but that was my fault (dirty glass...). Smells of lemon and yeast-nice. Taste is good, very good, with a lemony, yeasty flavor dominating, as well as some pear and apple (or did I imagine that?).

Very nice Belgian-style golden ale here. This one I'm definitely buying again, in place of some other, more expensive Belgians that shall go nameless.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had the Old Rasputin and Red Seal previously and enjoyed them I have high hopes for this ale. Poured from the bottle with a very cloudy orange color....nice one inch head as well. Smells spicy and fruity and tastes the same. Wow, quite an interesting flavor. The peppery taste comes through as well as a fruity citrus flavor. This is a new taste for me and I am enjoying it. The 7.6% abv can be felt after about half the bottle...nice and warming. This would be good on a cold night. I like this belgian ale and I look forward to trying more of this style. Kudos to North Coast Brewing Co. for another great beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 4 pack from Tully's. This was a really good beer. Served in a tulip glass, it was an orange color with a medium-sized white head. It had a fruity and earthy aroma. Banana flavor, balanced by the malt. Late hops appearance. Highly recommend this beer.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hardest I've ever had to work to get a cork out of a bottle.

has some tiny bubbles, but the head disappeared almost instantly. cloudy gold.

Yeasty, sweet funk on the nose. Hints of spiciness.

Pretty tasty. Tangible mouthfeel without being too chewy. Sugary sweet aftertaste.

Pretty drinkable. The 750ml are all doable. Alcohol is nicely disguised.

Photo of Todd
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz fat twisty with a black&white of a bunch of fat jolly beer drinking blokes. The cool part is that we spotted a photographic style head that is a bit out of place. A guy on the right hand side of the label stares at you with a beer (the brewer?).

Appearance: Hazy, bubbly gold. The rushing carbonation creates a foamy white head that sticks slightly.

Smell: Horsy, animal smell (a common Belgian yeast trait) with notes of dry malts.

Taste: Definitely spiced, with coriander most likely. Sweet malt, then the spice, turning a tad grainy. A warming alcohol is present and hides perfectly amongst the malty mouth-feel. You can feel its 6.9% abv strength, yet it is highly drinkable. Finishes sweet.

Notes: For a lighter coloured Belgian style ale, this kicks the dregs out of Duvel. More character and complexity than their exports could ever dream of. So if you like Duvel, or similar, you will be in bliss with this brew. Available in a 4-pack for about $7 US.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured an extremely hazy golden with a half-inch head that reduced quickly to a nice white ring around the glass. Not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is huge. Smells of yeast, white grapes, funkiness, spiciness, very complex. Taste is more of the same. Fruitiness, white grapes, tart, yeast, slight alcohol burn in the finish, also some clove in the finish, actually lots of alcohol in the taste. This beer reminds me alot of a saison as well, just a lot thicker mouthfeel. Very tingly on the tongue. Decently drinkable. Pretty good try on a Belgian style from Northcoast.

Photo of merlin48
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stubby, 12 oz bottle pours a hazy, peach color, with a minimal head, and a few yeasty "floaties" in the body. Minimal lace effect.
Aroma is quite Belgian in nature. Lots of yeasty, wet dog mustiness starts things off. Mango, tangerine, and a hint of banana, add to a typical Belgian clove and coriander spice presence.
Mouthfeel is not over the top with Belgian ale fizz, but comes close.
Tatse is very much like a Belgian pale. Clove, coriander, and nutmeg provide a spice array to carry the fruit complexities comfortably. Mango, peach, and apricot offer the fruit presence, and there is a hint of bubblegum or honey in the background. Very well done, overall.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours a nice golden orange with a crisp white head, which slowly morphs into a tiny bubble coating and leaves nice lacing. Fruity, yeasty, spicy nose. Nice crisp and spicy mouthfeel. Typical Belgian flavors, sugar, hint of bubblegum, yeast spice etc. A nicely turned out American take on the style.

Photo of banglin
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very large white head but slowly dissipated to a thin layer of head with very good lacing. Color is a bright straw color and a bit cloudy.

S: Strong citrus smell with little hops

T: Again, strong citrus tastes with little hops

M: Smooth and just the right amount of carbonation

O: Overall this is a very good Belgian beer with a strong flavor which is very refreshing

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, cloudy, orange/yellow in color,

Smell: citrus, toasted malt, apple, hay, and cloves

Taste: Belgian spices, sweet toasted malt, honey, and apple

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet, medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very tasty and complex. One of my favorites in the style because the flavors just jump here. I will certainly get this again.

Photo of badbeer
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark yellow with a slowly dissipating white head leaving spotty lacing. Smell is sour, has overripe fruit, banana, lemon, and a yeasty aroma to it. Taste is of bananas, lemons, and apples, definately some clove as well, very nice. Mouthfeel was light in body and had an average carbonation. Definitely drinkable, a solid brew to have once in a while, definitely worth picking up.

Photo of badmoon
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip from a bottle.

A: Light apricot...almost golden. About a finger's worth of head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Nice nose on this. It smells very sweet...almost a brown sugar quality. Slightly spicy with some notes of honey.

T: Very tasty with some fruity notes. Finishes very clean. Nice bright flavor. I would drink this again without a doubt.

M: Lightly carbonated. Very lively! This is a great brew. The flavors are lingering...I like it!

D: I could have several of these very easily. You may want to watch it though with the ABV clocking in at over 7%. Good stuff.

Overall: Really good interpretation of a Belgian. I would get this again in a heartbeat! Excellent creation.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat, biscuit malt, orange citrus and quite a bit of booze. The flavor is similar, with a lot of alcohol and booze up front, and then some nice orange notes. There is also a nice malt backbone which adds some sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a very nice amber/yellow color that is hazy. There was a very weak head of white rushing bubbles that faded to nothing before I had my first sip. Zero lacing

S: smells grassy and citrusy. There is nothing unique here, its very commonly belgian.

T: This beer tastes great. There is a heavy spice upfront that is supported by a citrusy background. decent malt backbone and a sweet finish with very noticeable residual sugars.

M: on the thiner side, sweet finish. Highly carbonated to the point where it may take something away.

O: I actually like this beer. I didn't rate it the highest because I thought there were some major flaws as far a s appearance goes and the nose was nothing out of the ordinary. The taste, however, is excellent. I'll definitely drink this beer again.

Photo of mattster
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened bottle, poured into snifter.

Formed head of 2", that dies down to layer of bubbly lace across top of slightly hazy golden colored brew.

Smells a tad bit spicy, some malt aromas also on nose. Taste is much better than smell with slight tropical fruit hints - that banana taste that comes from Belgian yeast. Nice bubbles and good finish make for a pleasant mouth feel. Easily drinkable... but there is something missing - can't quite place it.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,075 ratings.