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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,497 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,497
Reviews: 1,130
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 90
Gots: 135 | 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 alcurtsinger


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A. Some what of a yellow orange color. one finger head that subdue fairly fast

S. Floral, fruity, citrus, I am not getting a specific fruit of any kind, but that may just be me.

T. Same as the smell but with more malt. I'm tasting fruits, maybe some it is peach that I am tasting.

M. Heavy, crisp, and carbonated

D. It is a filling beer, I would love to drink a bunch of them, but it is too heavy to do that

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 21:04:57 | More by alcurtsinger
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated: NA
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Dark cloudy orange-gold body with no head. Leaves no lacing.

S: Lots of sweet citrus fruits, spices and some floral notes.

T: Following the aromas, mix of citrus fruits and spice. Some Belgian yeast is also evident.

M: Light bodied and high carbonation. Very frothy texture and leaves a dry fruity aftertaste. No notes of alcohol.

D: It's a decent representation of the style, but for what I paid, I could get much better. It doesn't do much for me, but It's definitely a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 01:25:30 | More by Long813
Photo of BierFan


3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Nice off-white head drops a little too quickly for my liking. Almost clear golden body with good carbonation.

Smell: Little bit of Belgian yeast, and fruity floral notes.

Taste: Stronger bitterness than I was expecting, but it's far from overpowering or inappropriate. Dry with an herbal spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 04:51:52 | More by BierFan
Photo of ncfranklin


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip.

First thing to note here is that I am a "yeast in" guy. So I poured the majority of this, then sloshed the rest around to break up the yeast before adding it to the mix.

A : Pours a solid burnt orange-ish yellow color with a frothy one finger head. Minimal lacing. Inviting color, very hazy.

S : Yeasty with malt and some floral to fruit tones of citrus. Hard to decipher what specifics from the smell alone.

T : Big brew. Yeast is upfront but quickly subdued by a heavy peach, apricot, orange fruit flavor that gives it a very crisp bite in between. On swallow you get a strong brush of malt as the citrus tingles the top of your mouth. This one is complex as there are some underlying spice notes as well, but the are overpowered.

M : True to the style, this is a big brew, so very heavy. The bottle fermentation gives it such robust carbonation that it feels as if the brew grows and grows as it lays in your mouth.

D : I love em, but two or so is the most for me do to the higher ABV, and the very filling nature of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 02:33:51 | More by ncfranklin
Photo of appenzeller


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright amber gold, opaque. Smells of yeast, citrus. Taste is complex, spicy, notes of orange and honey, gentle nip of hops and a bite of alcohol. This does not have the supernova burst in the mouth that Duvel does, but it's a similar and slightly more pedestrian brew, which is no mean achievement.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 07:06:27 | More by appenzeller
Photo of ckeegan04


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden yellow with a thick foam cap. Fades to about one finer. Very active carbonation.

S - Fruity esters dominate. Belgian yeast provides most of the nose. Hints of banana and a bit of ripened pear. Spices come through as the beer warms and a candi sugar sweetness sneaks in as well.

T - Fruity tastes up front with banana being really strong. Hints of pear, peach and maybe even a little apricot. Typical Belgian spices come through mid-drink. Finishes with a crisp sweetness.

M/D - Light bodied and crisp carboantion. Very easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 23:33:06 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of branimal9

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle shared with Andre - 6/10/2010.

Cloudy golden orange in color, with a fluffy white head. Aroma carries estery fruitiness and a bit of the banana & clove of a hefeweizen. Flavor displays some sweetness though smooth butterscotch & wheatiness, with a slightly boozy & warming finish. A great go-to american belgian style ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 21:43:54 | More by branimal9
Photo of ThreeDimesDown


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly, leaving little to no lacing.

Aromas of hay, light malts, slight mustiness and sweet honey.

Taste is balanced well with sweet light fruits (melons, apples, pears), faint musty yeast, and bold spices (coriander, clove, pepper). All the flavors come together nicely and are followed by a slightly bitter end that drops off quickly.

A medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation that leaves a crisp feel after every gulp. The ABV% is almost completely hidden, making it a smooth drinker.

If I had to complain, the lack of head and retention leaves something to desire. Other than that, this is a top-notch beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 22:13:14 | More by ThreeDimesDown
Photo of diamondc


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not that much head when poured into a Duvel glass. Some sheets of lacing show up on every swig.

S: Oranges, muted barnyard hay, slighty musty.

T: Sugary, lots of citrus, graham cracker-like towards the end with medicinal vitamin-like aftertaste. Towards the bottle of the I was getting a strong papaya flavor. Hops = non-existent.

M/D: A pretty good Belgian strong ale/ almost tripel. Shows some decent flavor complexity when warming to room temperature. Good amount of carbonation for the style makes this beer easy drinking. Worth the $9 a 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 01:57:15 | More by diamondc
Photo of cdkrenz


4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Superb golden orange body with a strong amount of action as well. The head is pure white and stable even though its stread at different levels across the surface. Very interesting.

S - Banana and mild plum.

T - Flavors of banana, a hinting at bubble gum and mild malt make for a great middle. The finish consists of very low levels of mild hops.

M - Crisp and dry yet remarkably refreshing. The feel of this brew is as close to perfect as I've ever experienced. Very nice job.

~ This beer is well crafted and I look forward to the other two I stashed away for a future date.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 00:52:35 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this one from BBrianBoogie during CanBIF6. Cheers Brian!

The color is golden, yellow with some orangy notes. The head is present but disappear quickly. Aroma is yeasty with some fruits and sugar. Taste is fruit (peach, apple). The finish is dry with a good bitterness. Well balanced beer. The taste lingers in the mouth for a good time. Medium body.

Wow, this one is very good.

Cheers to all!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 23:54:27 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of plarson


4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden color with a pillowy but quickly dissipating head. Fast bubbles.

S: As a beer of this Belgian style should, there is a little sweetness, a little yeastiness, and some spice.

T: Light on first taste but gains in heat and weight as it goes down. Very well balanced. There is that subtle but distinctive Belgian yeast flavor all the way down.

M: Light for a beer of this ABV but full and satisfying. it weighs more on the front of the tongue than it does on the back, though it does linger.

D: Highly drinkable. I've had it in a bottle and it does not compare to draft. These go down easy and leave me wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 23:38:49 | More by plarson
Photo of tchenery


4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw yellow color. No head at all on this one though, which is surprising. Smells refreshing and sweet with hints of bubblegum.

Tastes is evenly malty and bitter with a dry alcohol finish with a bit of heat. It has a fruity bitterness to it.

It has a full body and a nice warming effect. It's probably not drinkable in sense that it's not a sessionable beer. It is delicious though.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 02:15:00 | More by tchenery
Photo of mcd333


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion, this is a much better tasting beer than Duvel. Good alcohol content and light enough to drink a few. A very good tasting beer and the taste is consistent each time I buy it. If available, I'd try this before the highly rated Duvel and compare the two. Light, refresing, and very tasteful, with no hint of an alcohol aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 02:43:37 | More by mcd333
Photo of mbudner


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours golden with orange hue and a 3-finger head.

S- Bananas, slightly sweet with some yeastiness, a hint of band-aid, some melon.

T- The flavors aren't bad, some yeastiness, a sweet, banana-like flavor, but then there is a weird aftertaste (maybe what came across as band-aid in the aroma) that subsides as I continue to drink it, an earthy hop bitterness in the finish that is not too pronounced.

MF- Solid, good body and carbonation with the right amount of stickiness.

D- No heat and goes down pretty easy for a 7.6% belgian style golden, not cloying.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 03:49:44 | More by mbudner
Photo of konadrinker


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

A- Frothy whitehead that lingered for a bit. Not much lacing.

S- Grassy and grains with a hint of banana and butterscotch.

T - Taste is lightly sweet with no bitterness. Full-bodied with a nice aftertaste.

M- Highly carbonated and oily.

D- Wished it had a little more complexity to the flavors. ABV a little noticeable. I have other Belgians I would choose before this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 04:34:39 | More by konadrinker
Photo of lacqueredmouse


2.83/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden yellow colour, with a massive, voluminous and frothy head of egg-white foam, fed by an enormous, almost ridiculous, amount of carbonation. It almost seems as though the beer is more gas than liquid looking at all the streams of tiny bubbles. Looks good though.

Nose is muted belgian yeast, some roundness and a little organic sweetness, with some pepper and spice. Carbonation acidity is also present, unsurprisingly, given the level of bubbling. Pretty nice, if not particularly complex or robust.

Taste, ooh, something seems wrong here... Big phenolic acetone character and an evaporating booze fume presence. Roundness is there, with a little Belgian sweetness, but it's suppressed by the sharp and pungent heat. It's very harsh, making it difficult to take.

After a while, it gets more bearable, but this seems rather unpleasantly unbalanced compared to most Belgian style ales. It has some nice characters, but I just found it very difficult.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 01:47:54 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of hangh


3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poors very smoothly leaving a crisp head that stays for a little while, but not for the entire drink. Pleasant looking, makes fizzing noises as it settles. Little cloudy, but great presentation

S- I couldn't really smell anything other than some fruity and citrus smells after long breaths, smells very nice though

T- Taste is very full an nice. There is a definite citrus overtone with some foral and spice flavors mixed (clover maybe). The taste is full of energy and perks you up.

MF- There is a little more carbonation than the average beer, and it is a little thicker than average beers.

D- Very easy to drink, but has a higher ABV. I slowly drank it so I'm not sure if the taste gets old

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 01:44:31 | More by hangh
Photo of chaz01


2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served out of a 12 ounce bottle into a plastic cup at a local beer tasting event.

A: Cloudy orange amber in color with a nice head that sticks around

S: Somewhat of a floral aroma, although not very prevalent.

T: Somewhat fruity taste, strong raisin and dark fruit, but a bit metallic in taste that was a bit of turnoff.

M: Medium bodied, with good carbonation.

D: I like North Coast beers in general and wanted to enjoy this, but I keep sensing an unpleasant metallic quality in the beer which I didn't enjoy. Hope to make a North Coast tasting next week and perhaps give this another try.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 21:53:49 | More by chaz01
Photo of damndirtyape


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle (no date on bottle) poured into a Rochefort Goblet.

Appearance: Light golden orange color with plenty of carbonation bubbling up. Just a bit of haze present. Not a lot of lacing or foam noted.

Smell: Mild hints of citrus (lemon/orange), some herbal smells too, but nothing terribly strong. Appealing but I really have to take a deep inhale to get any of it. I will admit that maybe the goblet was the wrong glass and I should have gone with a tulip instead.

Taste: Grape and apple flavors, with some other sweet flavors. Towards the end there is a nice malty finish. Nothing is cloying though - the fruit and sweet flavors are noticeable but not dominating. Well balanced and smooth in all flavors is how I would describe this.

Mouthfeel: A bit sticky/syrupy with plenty of carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability: Relaxing, quite good with a meal (zucchini cakes and seasoned noodles) and I finished it quite fast. Overall a good beer but I feel let down by what I read about the greatness of this beer in some of the other reviews. Either I have a beer past its prime or I'm just not getting it.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 22:42:14 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of timdog44

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Was disappointed from the get-go on the extremely thin head which whittled away to nothing within 10 seconds. hazy golden orange color, no lacing whatsoever.

Smell: I felt that the smell redeemed the disappointing appearance. Super fruity... oranges, lemon etc. To me, the spices didnt stand out as much as I had expected when comparing to other beers of the same style.

Taste: fruity (most notably oranges). again not as spicy as expected, but some coriander is showing up. good taste, not oustanding. something is missing that I cant put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: with this style of ale, I usually expect a sort of champagne-y mouthfeel, very bubbly and crisp, but not so much with this beer. a bit lacking.

Drinkability: very high drinkabiity. you would not guess that the ABV is so high. dangerous beer as it goes down like juice.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 16:11:46 | More by timdog44
Photo of grittybrews


3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Honey-colored pour with a faint orange tinge. Very thin white head and minimal lacing.

Yeasty aroma with a bit of clove and banana. Fairly high carbonation and an initial dryness that quickly becomes much more sweet (cloves, banana, and lemon) with a lingering yeasty finish.

A pleasant Belgian to sip when you don't feel like concentrating too hard on what you're enjoying...the sweetness gets to be a bit cloying after a while, although you don't really notice the slightly higher ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 06:00:21 | More by grittybrews
Photo of zoso493

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an old gold-rimmed Kronenbourg tulip.

Appearance: Pranqster pours a bright golden apricot that lights up to a deep orange-amber when held up to the light. Even a vigorous pour is only capable of generating a bubbly one-and-a-half-finger head that dissipates quickly to form a ring around the glass. There's no lacing to speak of.

Smell: The smell is a bombardment of a heavy and bright orchard fruits, beginning with a strong scent of green apple. Aside from that, there is some lemon peel, orange and a good deal of spices, with coriander being the most prominent. The nose is pretty pungent which gets extra marks from me, but it also has a slight tinge of artificiality to me. Let's see how this translates into the taste.

Taste: The orchard fruits are still the dominant motif, and the Granny Smith apples remain the biggest component. The zesty lemon peel follows the green apple and touches of orange round out the fruity tastes. The spices are still evident, again with coriander being the main culprit. Unfortunately, this beer does seem a bit "artificial" to me. By that I mean it seems like the orchard tastes came from some extract rather than the real thing. For that reason, it is a notable departure from traditional Belgians, which doesn't sit very well with me.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of Pranqster is adequate for sure. It's obviously not thick, but is still quite creamy, despite being very highly carbonated. It's also a pretty sticky BSPA, and I'm going back and forth trying to decide if I like that, but in the end I think I'm neutral.

Drinkability: I can't say that this is one of the more drinkable BSPA's that I've had. It's not particularly low in ABV and the flavors just seem to be a bit weighty. Even this one bottle is taking me a good while to get through.

Overall, Pranqster is a good attempt at the style, but in my opinion, it can't hang with the upper-tier of that which Belgium has to offer. That's no to say this isn't a good beer - it is. But it just doesn't retain that classic vibe that you find in Belgians of the same style. I'm being harsh, though - this is an enjoyable take on a fantastic style and is worthy of being consumed.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 23:58:20 | More by zoso493
Photo of daledeee


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into an oversized wine glass

It did not have much head compared to others. The color is nice bright clear gold.

Nose is spicy with hints of malt and grain.

Taste is very nice with spice and fruit like apples and apricots, hints of malt and hops with an overall sweet character. The mouth feel is not carbonated enough. This is and the head along with a rather weak nose dropped the score somewhat. Otherwise, I like the taste of this beer and it is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:04:22 | More by daledeee
Photo of aval89


4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from world market where I work haha..

Poured into my oversized wine glass.. Poured a very hazy orange color, with a somewhat thin head that dissipated quickly. Again very cloudy appearance.

Smelled very sweet, yeasty. Sugar cane is present, cloves, orange citrus, little alcohol also in the nose. Apple & caramel are hard to overcome.

Taste is also sweet upfront. Citrus lingers, yeasty, apple flavor, bananas.. A sweet banana boozy ending.. But overall taste is like a caramel covered green apple lollipop..

Mouthfeel is good.. Not too much carbonation.. Light on the mouth

High drinkability even @over 7%..

I enjoyed this brew highly :D


Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 07:04:18 | More by aval89
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,497 ratings.