Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BeerWizard:
3.89/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
First time trying this or anything from North Coast for that matter. I don't usually go for the four packs but it was on sale, whoo! Pours golden, totally clarified, effervescing like crazy, with about an inch of cream head. Smells of crisp apple, yeast, a little funkiness. Somewhat underwhelming flavor profile given the nose. Alcohol comes through a bit, more cidery than I expected, lightly sweet, yeasty, and tad bitter at the finish. Mouthfeel is on the lower side of medium, and the carbonation is really apparent. I gotta say, there's almost something pilsner-like about it, and I like a good pils, but was expecting something more like a tripel. Definitely get a warming sensation in the belly from the 7.6 abv. Overall, I think it's good but I'm not wowed by it. I will say as it warms it opens up a bit more, but still not super-impressed. I must also say that I felt pretty much the same way about Don de Dieu and Damnation, two other highly rated Belgian strong pales. Good beer, but I probably wouldn't get it again over something like NB Trippel or GD Orabelle.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2013 00:33:43 | More by BeerWizard
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4.53/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
My local store sells this as singles. I got it once, then again, and again. Now I buy for packs as I have come to the realization that this has become a "go to" beer for me. It's a good change of pace from ipa's and stouts/porters. I would like to have a taste test with this and Bedlam from Ale Asylum as they are comparable but I realize I am rating the Pranqster higher. I have only had Bedlam the one time I reviewed it, and have had Pranqster many times. By this I mean they both have qualities of a trippel, a road less traveled albeit enjoyed from time to time. However they both are mellow, more approachable incarnations. Though of course, Pranqster is listed as a "Belgian Strong Pale Ale."
It pours a hazy robust golden ale color with little to no head. Very purdy. Smells tasty. Is tasty. Very light and crisp; carbonated. It goes down easy peazy like a pilsner or something but packs a punch at 7.6%. I imagine it would go well in spring or summer, but it has a richness that makes it good anytime. It's highly drinkable but not really sessionable, per se. It is sweet and fruity and bubblegummy and clovey maybe? Read other reviews if you want that detailed stuff. This would be a great introduction to trippels or the Belgian style as it is so approachable but funky and complex. All I know is, at least in the last 6 months or so, I find myself coming back to this one time and again.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 01:56:35 | More by LovingCup
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,348 ratings.