Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Nugganooch:
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
12oz bottle to my Chimay Goblet
A: Pours a rich golden ale in the glass with surprisingly bright clarity for a Belgian. Half finger of choppy white seam foam appears for a few moments before resting out to a thin collar. Some light webs and scattered dots of stick left behind.
S: Smells of ripe golden stone fruits with banana peel, coriander spice, and a dash of lemon pepper. There is something slightly musky about the yeast with a dry grass likeness. Bit of underlying white bread and caramel malt sweetness to the nose as well. Overall very clean aromatics with lots of yeast character manifesting.
T: Taste is a very smooth Belgian Style Pale delivering lots of ripe apricot flavors and vibrant yeast notes with a low amount of perceived bitterness. Banana peel, coriander, lemon peel, and cracked pepper come together in unison with some grassy hops and just a slight hint of clove. Touch of grainy malt adds in some light caramel sweetness to balance all of the peppery spice. Getting a soft hint of vanilla mixed in as well. Very nice and refreshing with a tight balance amongst all the flavors and the alcohol kept well in check throughout.
M: Moderate to light body with a mostly smooth consistency. Slightly higher levels of carb give a prickly bite on the palate that accompanies the peppery spice so well. Nice drying crisp action on the finish. Very clean overall.
D: This particular BSPA comes off a bit simple although that might just be the style in general. It is however very refreshing and enjoyable. Just like all of North Coast’s offerings this is a well crafted brew with great balance to it. Would recommend for anyone getting into Belgians like myself.
The real question is who is the Simon Cowell looking dude with the smug look staring at you on the label??? Pranqsters!
04-09-2014 19:59:06 | More by Nugganooch
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4.47/5 rDev +10.9%
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 (grandmas 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. Im raising the Smell and Drinkability ratings up 0.5 points.
08-06-2003 05:41:29 | More by RoyalT
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
03-14-2006 18:28:21 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.91/5 rDev -3%
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.
01-01-2013 16:32:24 | More by tectactoe
3.38/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
01-07-2010 01:23:50 | More by brownbeer
3.75/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
08-26-2008 18:32:03 | More by SIRIUS2
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
02-12-2005 07:38:41 | More by skybluewater
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
I've had the Old Rasputin and Red Seal previously and enjoyed them both..so 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.
08-26-2004 01:49:14 | More by orbitalr0x
4.47/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
06-27-2008 22:47:34 | More by lordofthewiens
3.9/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
09-06-2010 22:13:13 | More by andyfrancis
4.75/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
06-01-1998 00:00:01 | More by Todd
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
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