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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,343 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2343
Reviews: 1125
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%


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:
IBU's: 20

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-01-1998)
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Reviews by TheLiterati:
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TheLiterati

California

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved the cloudy orange hue of this beer...just beautiful in the glass with a thin but substantial head that yields to a little lacing. Smells of citrus and bread, hinting at the flavor to come.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, and the flavor has a laid back complexity. I agree wtih other BA's that this is not a Duvel or Chimay; however, there's just enough going on in the glass to keep me interested.

The citrus is of the orange-tangerine variety rather than grapefruit; yet there is enough of a hoppy backbone to provide just the right amount of bite. All of this is nicely balanced with a sweetness that gives way to a pleasantly dry finish.

After sampling this and Brother Theloneous, another Belgian-styled offering from North Coast, I have to say that this brewery does Belgium well!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 02:29:00 | More by TheLiterati
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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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
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Darkmagus82

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3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a super hazy orange amber color with a two finger head of a pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention fading over time to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big and bready with lots of yeasty smells mixed within. Along with these smells are some biscuit and orange smells along with a rather strong showing of a Belgian spice smell of clove and coriander. Some light bubblegum and a bit of a grainy and grassy smell round of the aroma producing a rather bready and malty triple smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a thick biscuit and slightly grainy taste with a whole lot of yeastiness mixed within. As the flavor advances the graininess increases with the biscuit growing a bit lighter. The yeastiness of the brew remains relatively constant, but flavors associated with the yeast increase as the taste moves on. Spice flavors of clove and coriander, which are light upfront, get stronger and stronger as the taste advances to the end. Along with the spice some sweeter flavors also grow with some candied sugar and a bit of an orange growing in potency. Some grass and hay join the taste at the very end with the grainy tastes at this point on the quite high side, which when mixed with all the other flavors of the brew, leave one with a somewhat oddly bready and grainy malted Belgian triple flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly lower side. A higher carbonation and slightly thinner body may have been nice for the fruit and yeasty flavors for the brew, all while both downplaying the graininess a bit, which would have been more appropriate for the style.

Overall – A pretty interesting Belgian style ale. A bit more on the grainy side with a somewhat drier taste but all the while pretty easy drinking. While nothing super extraordinary it was rather tasty and is at least worth a try if you have never had it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2014 02:36:33 | More by Darkmagus82
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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,343 ratings.