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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,596 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,596
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 101
Gots: 169 | FT: 0
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 andyfrancis


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

09-06-2010 22:13:13 | More by andyfrancis
Photo of TheSarge


3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

I heard this beer was comparable to Duvel, so far in the appearance... Not so much. The head lacks any retention and the body is very murky. What is there in the way of cranium is white, and shrinks into fine lacing in the blink of eye. The body is orangish gold in color.

The aroma is more than on par. Lots of yeasty goodness along with variations of coriander, orange peel, and bubble gum. This is a refreshing beer in the way of fragrance.

In the taste I get the bubble gum, along with some citrus notes such as an over ripe orange. There is a lot of candied sugar taste in there, which leaves the palate with a powdery feel in the end.

Overall this is a good beer, but I would not put this up to Duvel... Apples and oranges in my opinion.

09-05-2010 20:16:04 | More by TheSarge
Photo of SolomonGrundy


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

So, although I'm of the opinion that they have, ahem, adjusted the recipie over the years, here goes...Pours a crisp yellow gold with amber highlights, not much of a head nor lacing. Fairly well carbonated. Nose bears forth cinnamon, Belgian yeastiness, cantaloupe, and a hint of pineapple. Nose is subtle, however...gotta kinda search for it. Flavor is exceptionally well balanced between the yeast and malt. Not very hoppy. The cinnamon and cantaloupe flavors arethere, but in the background. The flavor evolves into some unique stuff, hard to place, but very unique. Rounded of by a very clean finish that makes this well priced beer amazingly quick-drinking, and at the somewhat high ABV of 7.6% that makes this one dangerous. Very good and a must try folks.

09-02-2010 02:10:16 | More by SolomonGrundy
Photo of chickenflea


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

12-oz bottle. I agree with "Nate" and have used some of the words in his description: "Great tripel aroma, sweet honey and citrus oil, candi sugar, Belgian yeast and bit of funk. Golden amber cloudy, with thin off-white head. Medium bodied with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts with grainy sweetness, candi sugar, funky yeasty chalk and light honey. Mild fruity hops and rind bitter in the finish. Sweet tripel aftertase. Nice alcohol warming." This beer is surprisingly refreshing for a tripel. The high carbonation and light texture make if very drinkable.

09-01-2010 21:38:02 | More by chickenflea
Photo of jsprain1


3.48/5  rDev -13.6%

A- Pours a pale golden with a thin head that disappates to pretty much nothing. Slightly hazy.
S- Smells of candy sugar and fruit. Some light fruit and citrus scents.
T- Tastes of fruit, light bready taste, rather sugary flavor, and just a hint of earthy yeastyness.
M- Medium-full bodied. Initially the carbonation was spot on. But near the end it kinda thinned out.
D- All in all a pretty tasty beer. I enjoyed it, but it didn't quite live up to the hype for me.

08-31-2010 02:39:08 | More by jsprain1
Photo of Goliath


4/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a clear golden color with a one inch bright white head. There is poor head retention and no lacing.

The aroma is ok. Sweet candi sugar, pale malt, and a light fruitiness.

The taste is decent. Pale malt, a bit of sweetness, some spicy yeast, and a touch of fruit all come about.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a gentle bubble.

Drinkability is fairly high. The ABV is moderately high, but it is well incorporated and easily managed. The flavor profile is fun and easily reminiscient of a Belgian ale which is always a plus. It's really not bad at all.

08-23-2010 22:51:25 | More by Goliath
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.69/5  rDev -8.4%

Yellow gold to light orange. Hazy. Aroma was clove, spice, banana, a lot going on.

Taste, lot going on too. Spicyness comes out, alcohol sweetness, more banana, pear, high carbonation. Really enjoyable despite not at all being my thing, lots going on, but not for the sake of being complex on paper.

Relatively cheap for style, I'd say check this out long before the old school traditional ones from across the pond. The future is now!

08-21-2010 19:22:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of uhhhaaron


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

consumed 04-24-2010, 12oz bottle into 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%..

08-20-2010 01:48:22 | More by uhhhaaron
Photo of Jemonster


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Poured into a very nice wheat beer glass, it has a pale yellow head that quickly fades away. The body is clear and pure gold. Lookswise, it's not very special.

S: Smell is faint, but this beer was poured very cold. The smell reminds me of autumn. Clean and wheaty...breadlike.

T: Very good, I could drink this all day if it was lower in abv. Refreshing on a hot day, good to drink on a cool day, and everything in between. A very well rounded beer. Just enough forward bitterness, and a lingering sweetness. Besides that, it has what i consider a classic pale ale flavor.

M: Crisp and tingly. The carbonation is perfect for me on this one. Larger bubbles and heavy. Usually, I don't like this level of carbonation, but for this beer, it really makes it shine. It drinks like a root beer!

D: Good, since it is so clean tasting and refreshing, but not a 5 only because of the 7.6% abv.

08-13-2010 04:44:12 | More by Jemonster
Photo of brouwer


4.03/5  rDev 0%

Picked this up on a whim.

Pours with 1-2 inch head. Golden color - opaque.

Smell is fruity.

Taste of definite fruity tones with yeast undertones typical of Belgian style ales.

Smooth, not heavy, moderately crisp mouthfeel with little aftertaste. Sweeter than most Belgians.

Drinkability is good. Smooth enough to have two, although the bottle is only 12 ounces.

08-10-2010 01:48:23 | More by brouwer
Photo of mexikrainian


3.28/5  rDev -18.6%

12 oz. poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.

Aroma: sweet, honey, spice, cinnamon and citrus.

Appearance: clear, rich gold with white head and small lace.

Taste: watery and estery with dry finish. less than expected for a belgian strong pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall impression: bitter, dry belgian wannabe. lacking robust body.

08-09-2010 01:48:32 | More by mexikrainian
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours a nice golden orange with slight off white head. It is cloudy (with goodness), but the rich color is inviting.
Smells of sweet fruit and yeast, with a slight sour mustiness. The sweet thickness overwhelms and draws one in once again.
The taste is fully banging. There is sweet tangerine, a slight citrus bitterness that flows into a grape/wine finnish, while the after-taste lingers with other flavors - muscat, honey, mellon, apricot .... this is a feast.
The mouthfeel is excellent, good carbonation, nice contrast excellent balance. A very drinkable beer - maybe not everyday but to be savored on occassion.

08-08-2010 01:06:04 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.95/5  rDev -2%

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's restauarant pint glass.

A:Poured a deep, golden color with a good deal of chilled haze and some yeast strain cloudiness to muddle things up. The dense cap of white, frothy foam reduced to a thin lace.

S: Smells of trademark Belgian yeast spiciness, fruity ale notes of banana and citrus fruits with a whiff of sharp alcohol as well.

T: Flavor is crisp and zesty at first, with a cracked grain and sharp fruity profile. Citrus fruits blend with bubblegum, mint leaves and herbal hop astringency before washing down clean and bitterly sticky sweet.

M: Effervescent, yet medium-full bodied with a crisp, solid balance.

D: A heavy-handed Belgian pale at nearly 8% ABV, North Coast Pranqster is anotehr solid example of how American brewers can duplicate that classic Belgian brewing tradition and modify the yeasts and hop to create something different and truly American. Good for a couple, but the full-on Belgian flavor and ABV would do me in after a few.

07-31-2010 18:42:59 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of MenloBeer


3.7/5  rDev -8.2%

Poured from the big 750ML bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Golden, hazy. Lots of carbonation, not a lot of head stuck around after the pour. Not a lot of lacing, either.

S: Bright spices, grains of paradise. Sort of a peppery citrus thing going on. A little musty at the end.

T: Spicy and bitter, but very Belgian in terms of sweetness. Malty undertones, but the spice is what grabs your taste buds. It's a unique American interpretation, for sure. Kind of grassy, with some hints of honey on the edges.

M: Not too heavy, but not as crisp as I would have liked, either. Doesn't hang around the tongue too long, and makes the beer very drinkable.

D: If you like Belgian beers, this is a good beer to try. It isn't a strict adherent to style guidelines, and it's a nice take on Golden Ale. I like the lightness that the carbonation lends to this 7+% ABV beer, it's something of a "champagne effect" (i.e., the bubbles give you something of a head rush on top of the alcohol buzz).

07-30-2010 00:11:52 | More by MenloBeer
Photo of Soonami


3.48/5  rDev -13.6%

I've heard many stories about this beer, about how Pranqster inspired Vinnie Cilurzo to make Damnation.

This beer poured a very nice golden yellow into a large snifter, but with almost no head even though there was plenty of carbonation. The smell was immediate and I did not really like it. I was expecting a fruitier, ester-like character, but this beer was surprisingly very musty and horsey. It was not unpleasant per se, but nothing like the apple and pear aroma in Duvel.

The beer tasted a little like how I imagine the walls of a damp cellar would, with a bit of assertive spice, malt sweetness and a hint of alcohol in the finish. The carbonation was to style and very pleasing on the tongue.

I think one is all that I could have, the horse blanket flavor is just a bit much for me, I am just very sensitive to that in saisons and wild ales, and this is teetering on the edge.

07-29-2010 05:22:20 | More by Soonami
Photo of bridgetowhophead


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

After two long days at OBF, I have had a glut of IPAs and hoppy reds and have decided that the time is ripe to begin exploring belgian ales. After an eye-opening experience with delirium nocturnum the previous night, I went to the local QFC today in search of another great Belgian ale. Settled on Pranqster as I have much love for North Coast.

A: Poured into a wine glass. Foggy orange with high carbonation and a head that quickly dissipates to a thin rim. Minimal lacing. This beer is pleasant to look at.

S: Fruits, spices, malts abound--raisin-banana aromas are quite intriguing. Tickles the nose.

T & M: Tickles the mouth and tongue like the smell tickled the nose. Well balanced, sweet on the finish. Hop bitterness is missed but I realize it is not the style.

D: I have yet to reach the stage where I find belgian ales as drinkable as their american counterparts; this may change over time. Nevertheless, I find that the flavors don't go down quite as smooth to my taste, although they are quite appealing.

07-26-2010 05:55:53 | More by bridgetowhophead
Photo of TangTKE402

New York

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours golden-straw colored and hazy with a one-finger head which left a thin ring around the rim and no detectable lacing.

The smell is very aromatic: coriander and other sweet spices combine with a yeasty banana-nut bread flavor.

The taste is classic Belgian: bright with spiciness, plantains and a hint of tree nuts, and a good cutting of yeast. The mouthfeel is a tad watery, however, and this beer seems hollow on the swallow. Good carbonation and a clean character, but overall it left me wanting something a little more robust to fill my mouth with flavor and heft.

07-22-2010 22:41:23 | More by TangTKE402
Photo of DovaliHops


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a clear golden color with a decent head. Tons of bubbles...very well carbonated. The scent is sweet and a bit spicy. I'm picking up pepper, mint, clove, and a little oregano. Maybe a bit of lemon zest as well. The taste is quite lovely. Initially I get some sweet fruits with a peppery character...then followed by tons of zesty spices (while still remaining sweet and crisp). At the end I get flavors from the Belgian yeasts and light hop character. This beer is very delicious. The mouthfeel is nice and light with great drinkability. This beer has about a year on it, I might add.

07-22-2010 07:36:16 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of ib7jhurley


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Cloudy dirty-blond with little head.
Smell hint of fruits.
Taste of lemon.
Good carbonation that leaves a tingle on the tongue.
I recently tried Pranqster for the first time last weekend. I have to say I was very impressed. I had to buy a 4 pack the next day.

07-22-2010 04:52:48 | More by ib7jhurley
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

A:Hazy golden color. A finger of white head upon the pour that left a little bit of lacing and a ring on the surface of the beer. Quite a bit of visible carbonation as well.

S: The smell is quite nice. A lot of spice is coming through. I am getting lemon peel and a little bit of orange as well. The nose is everything that one looks for in the style.

T: Again quite a bit of citrus and orange in the taste. Lots of esters. I really am quite impressed with this. Reminds me of a cross between Duvel and Fallen Angel from Midnight Son.

M: Little bit syrupy. Well carbonated.

D: I have had this beer a few times years ago but I was really impressed by this. This is a great example of the style. Definately worth a shot.

07-21-2010 21:32:38 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of katan


3.7/5  rDev -8.2%

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very clear, deeper golden color. Light bubbling, leading to a relatively light head. Breaks down to a film quickly.

S - A bready combination of some light pilsner sweetness, and some yeast with the usual spicy style.

T - Starts off with equal parts of 2 row, some pilsner notes, and a hefty yeast hit. Mid-stream gets a little bit more spicy, but certainly malt forward. Slight alcohol warming. Finishes smooth, but a huge retained sweetness.

M - Thick, creamy, cloying and sugary. Sticks to the tongue like mad. Carbonation is almost not detectable.

D - Moderate drinkability. Sneaky ABV - watch out. Smooth flavors, but just a hair too sweet for any decent sessioning.

07-17-2010 03:14:17 | More by katan
Photo of mithrascruor


3.6/5  rDev -10.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale orange color with an airy/foamy white head that dissipates very fast, leaving some visible bubbly carbonation for a while.

Smell: Tough to place; there's something a bit 'slick' to the aroma. Some sugars and a bit of orange in there, plus a hint of yeast.

Taste: Starts with some sugars and yeast with citrus (particularly orange) gradually coming into the picture. Towards the finish some hop bitterness shows its presence. Fairly crisp overall. The aftertaste is slightly bitter like orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation here. It isn't too heavy, but very tingly. Medium-bodied and generally smooth.

Drinkability: ABV seems reasonable here and isn't really present in the taste. Carbonation is a bit on the stronger side, though.

A decent Belgian-style pale ale. For $2 I'm totally happy with this. But, it really doesn't excite me or interest me very much, as something feels a bit off with it. Still, it was nice to try.

07-08-2010 00:40:22 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of impending


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

12oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy gold orange. While the carbonation seems above medium the head was minor which receded quickly as does the lacing - the contradiction may be due to it 's too chilled !?!

Sweet fruity aroma backed by yeast, estery, I get no funk nor alcohol.

A decent take on a belgian. One quick obvious difference is the mouth feel is somewhat viscous but not to the extent of cloying. Taste definitely improves as it warms and the alcohol comes forward. The excellent price and availability in a four pack is a plus that should be acknowledged as most of the belgians I drink come as 750ml which is not always appropriate.

07-02-2010 20:09:36 | More by impending
Photo of ksimons

New York

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

A-a cloudy golden blond with a ring of head around the edge

S-sweet, yeasty, a little boozy, with a hint of citrus fruit

T-very sweet, spicy, a bit malty. The carbonation and spice makes the beer, but the sweetness is a bit much

M-low to medium carbonation, medium body, not as dry as other Belgian ales

D-not my favorite of the Belgian styles, but a decent one to try. A little too sweet and not dry enough though for me

07-02-2010 03:03:49 | More by ksimons
Photo of alcurtsinger


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

07-01-2010 21:04:57 | More by alcurtsinger
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
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