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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,666 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,666
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 102
Gots: 189 | 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:
IBU's: 20

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-01-1998)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by rfgetz:
Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy golden orange with fluffy head.

S-A little bit of spice, a little bit of sour and a little bit of belgian hops... mmmm

T- Slighty musty and yeasty. Spicy and sour finnish with a nice Belgian tone to it.

M-Crisply carbonated and good body

D-the musty and yeasty tastes may have lead to my average review. Maybe a bad bottle? willing to try again.

rfgetz, Jul 08, 2009
More User Reviews:
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.

oberon, Jul 23, 2002
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.

RoyalT, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

aszatk01, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 14, 2006
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...

Fear4Beer, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev -3%
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.

tectactoe, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Zakk
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

brownbeer, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

tbryan5, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

TimBeaulieu, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of woodchipper
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

woodchipper, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

SanFranJake, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Parke
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Parke, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

SIRIUS2, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of skybluewater
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

skybluewater, Feb 12, 2005
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 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.

orbitalr0x, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
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.

lordofthewiens, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -0.7%

DaftPatrick, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of andyfrancis
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

andyfrancis, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of WuAnquo1
2/5  rDev -50.4%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,666 ratings.