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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,786 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,786
Reviews: 1,150
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 109
Gots: 217 | 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)
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Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Sammy, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.7%

t0rin0, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.7%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours the color of unfiltered apple cider. Beer starts with a small head that disappears with little to no lacing present.

S - Smells like flowers and fruit (I especially smelled apricots).

T - Tastes of malty/yeasty biscuit with a particular apricot like fruit flavor.

M - Beer is smooth and has good carbonation.

D - This would go down very easy on a hot summer day. The apricot smell/taste is very appelaing to me.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.7%

djrn2, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.7%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -38%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

nmann08, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Texasfan549, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that slowly faded away leaving lacy patterns of bubbles. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles. The beer is slightly hazy and some yeast particles are floating in suspension.
S: There is a light aroma of spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is surprisingly malty for the style and also has some associated sweetness. There are also flavors of apples and some notes of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, particularly as it warms up. I'm not sure if I would want to try this again because nothing really stood out as being interesting in the taste.

metter98, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

GRG1313, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a very disappointing head that fades quickly and leaves just a few spots on the chalice

Smell: Bread and apricots, with a yeast and coriander aspect

Taste: Sweet and bready up front, with hints of banana; by mid-palate, the other golden fruits arrive (apricot, pear and some citrus) and add both sweetness and some bitterness to the mix; after the swallow, the yeasty phenols move into action, as does a hint of alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice BSPA; perhaps it was just this bottle, but the carbonation seemed a little off to me

Thanks, BevmoIan, for the opportunity

brentk56, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release 06: 12 / 28 / 06
Similar to what I remembered from the 05 version. A nice and pronounces sweetness deriven from malts and candy sugars. Nearly too sweet to overtake the malts. Fermentation gives nice spiciness and character, but still not what I expect from great Belgians. Finsihes a bit too sweet and lingers a bit too long. Heated from the alcohols, but not overly so. Still good beer, but not among my favorite Belgians.

Release 05: 03 / 03 / 06
After passing on this beer a many a time, I finally picked it up. Glad I did--pretty good stuff. Expected by North Coast Brewery. Great malt, bread, candied sugar sweetness and body. Good texture and creaminess, yet smoothness. Moderately spicy and complex. Exhibits some Belgian yeast / fermentation sourness, bite-eyness, and twang-ey; but not as complex or intense as expected from a serious Belgian pale ale contender. Strength in flavor and alcohol is moderate for style, but blends nicely. A good attempt.

BEERchitect, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a fuzzy orangey/amber color ale with medium head with poor retention. Nose of light spices, fruit and some malt, though a tad too discrete. Taste is quite mild with the fruit aspect quite evident; yeast is almost undetectable. Body is average and carbonation is way too low. Overall, this is a below average Belgian ale.

Phyl21ca, May 02, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly flecked, sun-ripened apricot with a small amount of visible carbonation. The cap is lemony cream in color and is a bit too soft to be rocky. It does hold its shape pretty well however. There isn't much lace; just a thin, soapy collar.

The nose is more citrus fruity than comparable offerings from Belgium. Perhaps that's because of the absence (at least by my nose) of that distinctively funky, clove-intensive Belgian yeast. On second sniff, I pick up the faint aroma of spice, but am unable to be specific regarding which one(s). Note: although the nose became more assertive with warming, it could have been more assertive still.

It's funny how some beer doesn't give up its secrets until it actually contacts the taste buds. Each sip delivers a tangy melange of peach and apricot, with a moderate dusting of clove and something muskier, earthier. Cardamom perhaps. Ethanol is noted, but isn't bothersome.

In my experience, this style has a wide range of sweetness, from syrupy and borderline cloying, to as dry and as puckery as unripe fruit. This beer falls in the smack dab middle; the best of all worlds if you're not a fan of extremes. The body/mouthfeel is neither light nor heavy and the level of carbonation is generous for North America and a little lacking for Belgium.

Pranqster is a fine example of a BSPA and was a pleasure to drink. It's a tweener in terms of its flavor score and could just as easily have been granted the next highest. I'm comfortable in recommending it to lovers of this style in particular and to lovers of good beer in general. North Coast has reason to be proud of this one.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served at cellar temperature and poured into a snifter

A - Poured a very nice and extremely cloudy and hazy golden amber color with a nice two finger high head of frothy white lace across the top. Decent retention let the head stick around for a good few minutes before finally letting it go and leaving behind nothing on the top but a few bubbles and nothing coating the sides at all. Rather intresting look to be honest and I was a little shocked that it looked kinda flat.

S - The aroma was bright and full of yeast. Nice round hints of peaches and pears were easily recognizable and mixed in with a fresh cut grass and a lemon or orange tinted hoppiness. This was easily apparent and very nice. There was a slight touch of grain floating in there as well making the whole package rather well rounded.

T - The flavor was rather grainy at first with a prominant aroma of cereal grains peaking its head out and wrapping around and up with a freshly cut grass mixed with lemon hoppiness that seemed to really come out of nowhere. Nice yeast profile, again though very light with lots of light fruit peaches, apricots, and almst a dandelion like flavor come to mind. As it warms its starts to mellow down and a sweeter more syrup like flavor starts to come over it and bring it all together. The finish was slick somewhat then dried out after a few minutes before relaxing and getting you ready for the next sip.

M - The carbonation was decent toward the beginning but as it started to warm the flatness settled in and this light bodied belgian pale started to take on more characters of a syrup like note and became a tad bit flat. Still good though and decent overall on the feel.

D - For 7.6 percent alcohol, you could defintly taste that was for sure. It had a rather slick nature, but the nice dry bitter hoppy finish really saved it and helped to make his a really nice sipper over the course of the evening.

Overall this was not bad at all. I will admit, of course that I have had better, but this was a solid Belgian pale and I would not really hesitate to try it again. I am sure this one really rocks on tap, but the bottle was not so bad either. A solid offering.

mikesgroove, Jan 05, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

jaydoc, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

kylehay2004, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a clear golden color with an initially fluffy white head which quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass.

S: The nose is very heavy on the spice, particularly cloves and coriander. The typical fruity esters of pear and banana are present as well, without too much actual yeast aroma.

T: The spice is a bit more subdued on the palate with the fruit flavors taking the lead. The banana and pear are noticeable on the front end with a mild spiciness in the middle. The finish has more fruit, especially apples.

M: A very nice mouthfeel on this beer. Medium in body with lively carbonation.

D: This is one of those catch-all styles that I find I either really enjoy or feel quite the opposite about. This was sort of in the middle, surprisingly. The alcohol content is moderate and doesn't provide any heat, and the flavors are nothing too adventurous.

womencantsail, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew came to me on tap at the Bethlehem Speakeasy and I had been looking forward to trying it for a while. The beer was a golden color from what I could tell. The head was thin and left just a little lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was a little spicy and mostly made up of Belgian yeast aromas. The flavors of this beer are what I thought was pretty standardto the style. It was big ion the bread yeast flavors which brought along some banana and clove. The hops weren't overly powerful here. This brew was overall a pretty good attempt at creating an authentic Belgian ale. I just wasn't overly thrilled by it.

Knapp85, May 11, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a murky golden body with a fizzy white head.

Smell: A sour fruit funkiness with notes of candy and wheat.

Taste: Light, pale malt sweetness with strong, yeasty herb-stuffed dough notes and hints of honey, bubblegum, and pears. Finishes with a prolonged spicy, yeastiness and just a bit of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky palate.

Drinkability: Far too sour and yeasty for my tastes, I think I'll keep to their Old Rasputin and Old Stock Ale.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 07, 2007
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

SocalKicks, Mar 23, 2014
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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,786 ratings.