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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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very good

1,174 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,174
Hads: 3,119
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 138
Gots: 445 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-01-1998

IBU's: 20
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Reviews: 1,174 | Hads: 3,119
Photo of mac31
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slight sweetness up front rolls right in to the big Belgian yeast profile- yeast, banana, soft white peppery spice. Slight hints of citrus/orange combine with slight breadiness in the finish. The classic Belgian candy sugar dries out this beer nicely. Light bodied. Soft carbonation. Alcohol is well covered. The only way you know it's 7.6% is when you start feeling it about a half bottle in. Supremely drinkable. A great beer. One of my favorites. Wish I had another right now. (482 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice cirtus and wheat aroma. A nice initial wheat flavor to it, but then I get a little emptiness in a citrus aftertaste. A good enough beer, but nothing remarkable. (169 characters)

Photo of mlockman
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No hop aroma or flavor, but also no strong Belgian yeast flavor or aroma. Holistically, very crisp and refreshing while remaining deceptively smooth despite its moderate ABV. (174 characters)

Photo of snippydippy
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Immediately noticed the crisp flavor to this that went down nicely. Normally I am not the biggest fan of fruity beers but the balance of cider, fruit flavors with everything else was very nice. Price was excellent for what you get and I would recommend to anyone wanting something lighter. (289 characters)

Photo of MLoxxer
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this beer in a four pack of 12 ounce bottles from The Still in Lincoln, Nebraska. Upon pouring it into a tulip I could see a nice hazy golden color. The head produced was white and fluffy but collapsed into a thin layer within minutes. The beer's aroma was pleasant but not spectacular. Although, it's flavor is very good for a US craft beer I couldn't rank it as high as that of a Belgian or even a Unibroue product. Frankly for this style it was a bit watery, which I expected based on the 7.6% ABV rating. The mouthfeel was just right. For the money this a good beer, it's no Lucifer or Don de Dieu but good nonetheless. (637 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours hazy copper amber with a 2” finely bubbled, persistent, clingy white foam collar.
S: Light apricot, malt, spicy hops
T: A yeast driven beer featuring stone fruit, spice, light citrus, faint banana and bubble gum, faint fresh fruit bread.
F: very fine soft carbonation, medium to medium full body
O: Very easy drinking Belgian Strong Pale Ale. (357 characters)

Photo of Bsterner4
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light, refreshing, coriander, great drinkability,and that great Belgian bready yeast flavor but on the light side. I could also taste a nice must flavor or slight smoke flavor - very interesting and unexpected. Very good beer. (226 characters)

Photo of gregb13
4.81/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't believe I'd never tried this before, as I love Duvel, Inferno, et al. Pranqster is right up there with those two, and maybe even a little better. Absolutely perfect carbonation and mouthfeel - this bottle disappeared quickly. Wonderful zesty, spicy, sweet flavors throughout. Finishes fairly dry.

Enthusiastically recommend. (331 characters)

Photo of SFNC
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold with a quickly fading white cotton head. Very little carbonation observed in the glass. Smell is mild fruit, apples bananas and pears. Light yeast. Taste is fine, spicy mildly tart, but not overly complex. Tackles a thirst though! Mouthfeel is good to a little thin. Some tingle from the carbonation. Overall, nice, but I had higher hopes for this one. (382 characters)

Photo of JCWeaze
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at Blind Tiger in NYC. Quite the nice Belgian but the mouth feel is different for the style - very clean and very slightly metallic before releasing the waves of citrusy bliss. Beautiful nose. Will have again. (216 characters)

Photo of Tilly
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy apple cider colour. No head at all.
Aromas of apple (cider) malt, yeast.
Tastes are similar to the aroma.
Light mouth feel. Very little bitterness.
Not the best Belgium I've had.
Terribly disappointing. (214 characters)

Photo of jbfoley
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really happy to see this quality of classic Belgian in 12 oz bottles. Definitely one to savor, to take your time drinking. One of my " go to" Belgians when I want to just sit back and enjoy the style. (200 characters)

Photo of llscotto
4.82/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fruity? Banana's? Heck I don't know. I'm not that sophisticated....how does it taste? Wowee wow wow wow. Soon as the bartender gave me a sample I couldn't say "more please" fast enough. This is by far my new favorite beer. I usually don't care for beer with high Abv but there's always the odd one out, and this is it. To say this beer is yummy is an understatement. Highly recommend. (384 characters)

Photo of Jerebeer
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I served the beer in a chalice, and it lured with a half inch of head. It has some turbidity and is a 9 on the SRM scale. I taste some fruity, maybe a hint of lemon, and a little bit of spice. This is a very balanced beer. I do think it lives up to the hype. This is up there with one of the best Golden Ales I have had. (321 characters)

Photo of sphmiel
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at iTap Central West End.
In a goblet, hazy gold with quickly fading head. Fruity aroma, carried into the taste, more peppery, herbal flavors. Just enough carbonation, some lingering spicy notes.
Overall very solid. (224 characters)

Photo of muckaduck
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent Belgian style ale, with an Abbey feel to it. Slightly fruit taste but with a good, dry finish. Hint of spices make it more bold. Excellent beer to drink at length! (173 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Has a dark golden body that is slightly transparent. Hard pour generates some head that doesn't stick around much.

Spicy, floral, banana on the nose.

Lots of coriander like spice on the flavor with some pepper. Also some banana and a slight citric element.

Slightly crisp and more body than expected. Ends dry. (315 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look- solid golden color. I did not get much of a head out of this pour and the lace dissipated pretty quickly until it was gone throughout the rest of the drink.
Smell- fruity, bannana, pear, and alcohol.
Taste- phenolic, alcohol, fruity and spicy.
Feel- dry finish. (267 characters)

Photo of dwmson1
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

True Abbey Ale quality & Flavor brewed right here in Cali, USA.... outstanding flavor finish look and feel. Beautiful cloudy hue...... and very potent (152 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; dull gold in color; 2 finger white head that receded to a thin film; nice Belgian lacing;

S: an initial burst of citrus, then coriander mixes in; a little peppery spice;

T: lemon up front; strong coriander by mid-palate - overwhelms everything else; a bit of banana at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; dry finish; alcohol is slightly warming;

O: much more coriander that I expected or wanted; (434 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A classic finally reviewed. Here goes:

A: Only mediocre thing about the beer. Pours a small head but with adequate lacing. Also very cloudy and yellow but with good carbonation.

S: Very good. Bready Belgian yeast, candied sugar, coriander, clove, orange peel and lighter spices. Very complex, even if not quite as good as beers from other Belgian beer brewers.

T: Excellent. Bready Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, etc. Follows the nose really well.

F: Thick and bready. Good.

O: Good beer. (508 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a classic for what it is, and probably the best, or darn near the best, belgian style beer made in the united states. one of the originals, thats for sure, and i think it has all the elements. its authentically belgian in appearance no doubt, with a foamy tall white head on it that doesnt fade a bit. the nose is a little sweet, a little bubblegum to it, but more refined fruit notes, pear and yellow plum, even apple to it, lots of esters there, and it translates to the taste, where yeast is really the primary flavor agent, although the beer is well hoppy for what it is, and has a rather sturdy grain base that provides structure and sweetness, almost like a tripel more than a belgian pale in the grain build. it all comes together really well though, a great unity, and this could easily pass as belgian truly. one of those beers that drinks so easy though you dont realize how strong it is. a specimen in that regard! look out! possibly my favorite all the time beer from north coast. (992 characters)

Photo of Lilbeck23
4.94/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Other than saying it is an orgasm in my mouth lol....

It has a buttery finish to a kicking strong taste.
It starts off to some with you being able to taste the alcohol.
if you let it sit in the "bitter" part of your taste buds (closer to the back) then you can experience a buttery finish.

Some people might not experience it, but to me it has a clean butter/cream white Belgium ale taste.

The alcohol content does take some getting used too! (446 characters)

Photo of carenna
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Wine was giving me headaches so I wanted to like beer but it was not happening until... a friend introduced me to Pranqster. Wow, this beer is awesome. Then I had a friend who barely drinks try it and she ordered her own, which is very unusual for her. Great job. (271 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pranqster has a smooth, subtly fruity taste that dissipates pretty quickly. It looks and feels like a nice Belgian ale should, and it isn't really lacking any one thing, but it doesn't hit you in the face with how good it is—it's a beer I'd drink more than once, but not one I'd gush over to friends. (302 characters)

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,174 ratings.