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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,525 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,525
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 95
Gots: 141 | 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 ruinsx


3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a mix and match 6 pack at a local corner store (the name escapes me now, located on 45th and Duval in Austin, TX) and grabbed this beer on a whim. Poured into a room temp pint glass for lack of a better medium.

A -- Pours golden and slightly cloudy. Appearance is uniform throughout. Short head which dissipates quickly.

S -- Slight smell of fruit and spices. Malt and yeast are also definitely present.

T -- Smooth taste with a dry finish. Fruit and spice notes are prevalent initially, with little sweetness at the end.

M -- Good level of medium to high carbonation.

D -- Overall a very tasty attempt at a Belgian style ale. Would definitely drink again. Smooth and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 03:23:12 | More by ruinsx
Photo of fastsrt

New York

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

12 ounce bottle in tulip
A: clear, golden, weak head
S: bready malts, yeasts, a hit of some spices
T: yeasts, malts, hops, nice dry finish, solid balanced
M: good carbonation, sweet start to a dry finish.
D: this one is good is easy to drink and is true to style.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 23:02:53 | More by fastsrt
Photo of Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A recent pick up from Premier Wine and Spirits.

Pours a gold color with half a finger of head. Head quickly evaporates.

Very complex but subtle nose. Hints of fruits, spices and yeast.

Sweet taste up front, with some bready malt and yeast flavors. Matures into something with a bit of spice and deep flavored fruits like apricots and plums. Also a very strong alcohol presence. Clean finish, with the alcohol warmth maintaining a slight aftertaste.

Despite the alcohol warmth, this brew is pretty smooth overall. A very nice change from some of the regular items I pick up. Alcohol warmth is also a nice surprise when cracking this open on a cold day.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 19:34:45 | More by Seanstoppable
Photo of n00tz


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - pours a pale golden translucent body, with an active carbonation with nil retention.

S - Earthy and fruity malts, with semi-herbal almost floral hops, slight grass, and a sweet bready yeast.

T - Fruits and herbal spiciness are picked up right from the start. Sweet sugary yeast and breads sink in and stay around for a pleasant aftertaste.

M - Light body packed with flavor, a clean finish.

D - This is the third event I've picked one of these up, they are extremely drinkable, and if you don't pace yourself you'll get a sneaky alcohol sucker punch when you get off the bar stool.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 22:21:16 | More by n00tz
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 23:23:03 | More by brentk56
Photo of WeezyBoPeep


4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into an Allagash tulip glass.

A: Buttery tan with a golden hue. Cloudy with a thin, lacey head.

S: Citrus, coriander, spices and nuts with a light floral note.

T: Nutty and spicy with a warm alcohol presence, followed by a toasty wheat finish and an effervescent alcohol burn that feels really good.

D: Awesome Belgian Ale right here. I could easily have a few.

Value: Amazing. I paid $2 for a bottle, I think the four pack was like $7.50. That's a steal for a beer that in my opinion is as good as Chimay Blonde, probably better.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 22:57:58 | More by WeezyBoPeep
Photo of wknight167


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

Apearance - Pours a cleargolden yellow with a one finger white head that has very little retention.

Nose- Not too assertive, but fruity scents including apple and apricot along with coriander and a farmy twang.

Palate- Sweet and grainy up front, followed by apricot, peaches and a huge green apple flavors, but finishes spicy with coriander and an earthiness that is hard to place, but unmistakable.

Mouthfeel- High carbonation and medium body.

Drinkability- Delicious and interesting, I would not mind putting back a few of these.

Overall- A very good shot, but doesn't quite compete with the icons of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 23:35:43 | More by wknight167
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

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

Poured from 12 oz stubby bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear golden yellow with cloudy appearance. Light colored. Murky.

Smells of light spices (dark fruit, corriander) and Belgian musty notes.

Light candy sweet with pronounced hop at the close. Fairly complex malt mixture.

Good drinking Belgian. Pretty nicely done version of the style by a US brewer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 23:25:06 | More by KTCamm
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 23:53:55 | More by womencantsail
Photo of vidisad


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer resembles strong Belgian golden ales as they say on the label, I would say the recepie is modeled after Duvel. Comparing it to Duvel I found Duvel has more complexity and pleasantness of flavors. Another pretty good brew from North Coast Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 05:55:21 | More by vidisad
Photo of tippebrewcrew2


3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


North coast
Belgian style golden

Abv 7.6

The beer pours like a true Belgian beer. It has a huge frothy head that doesn't seem to last as long as a true Belgian. It has a clear yellowish orange golden body with floral notes and bread on the nose. North Coast is a great brewery and this is a "you should try it" beer. I would like to see this is a blind tasting with a true Belgian beer. It's not spot on but it's pretty close. Good job North Coast


Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 07:44:23 | More by tippebrewcrew2
Photo of LordAdmNelson


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had heard some good things about this brew, but I was not that impressed. Pours a straw yellow with about an inch of white head. The head is composed of large bubbles and it quickly fades, leaving no lacing. Smell possesses a large clove note, along with some lemon, and apple, though a bit reserved. And the clove note is way out of balance with the others. Taste is good, but mainly because I like clove-y beers. Same notes as the nose, but still out of balance. Yeasty too. MF is a bit prickly, over-carbonated IMO, dry-ish. Decent drink, not a bad brew, but I'd rather have an Old Rasputin.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 01:58:33 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of colefsuwr


3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I made the mistake of trying this beer right after i had a Duvel. Sorry for the crital judgement but I feel that this also helped me judge it better when comparing it to a world class beer. I enjoyed the mild clove but it seemed a little too malty for my likings of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 21:45:29 | More by colefsuwr
Photo of meeekyh


3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice-type glass.

Head is a rather small and off-white leaving no lacing. Beer is golden-orange and quite clear. I prefer a haze in my Belgians, it reminds me of the yeast.

Smells are subtle for the style. Grain and malt seem to predominate with notes of citrus-peel, lavender, and a bit of rubber.

Taste is sweet, tart, orange-peel, fennel, and grain. All of theses flavors are similarly present, along with unnamed others. That is to say there is not much of any particular flavor, a nice balance, or a bit boring.

Mouthfeel is lighter than most of the strong pales I have had, but not exactly light. I would say light-medium body. It has good carbonation but again less than in many of this style I have had. The finish is slightly sweet but almost neutral.

One of the most drinkable ales I have tried, let alone strongs. I would drink this all night or day, though the ABV is not over 8%, I would recommend caution, because there is very little in the taste to indicate the alcohol (or anything else).

Though not my favorite of the style, I have found, yet again, that a Belgian strong-pale is an overall winner. I look forward to more beers from North Coast.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 02:44:55 | More by meeekyh
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2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden yellow to light orange with almost one finger white - somewhat pillowy - head which recedes quickly with minimal to decent lacing.

S - Vibrantly citrus; spicy; orange rind is prevalent; smells pretty hoppy.

T - Not as good or balanced as I expected. Yeastier than I expected, which is not hinted at in the smell. Apple and peach are detectable. Peach is the stronger of the two. Not well balanced at all - the level of malt and hop do not mesh well together. It tastes confused and poor overall.

M - Not very pleasant. Not carbonated enough and not enough hops. If both were increased, this brew would be better.

D - Not as tasty as the smell gives off. Its ABV is too high to be sessionable. Not sessionable in the least. Pretty gross flavor.

I was excited about this brew based on all the positive reviews, but I see very little in this beer. More a witte than a belgian pale. Does not compare to Duvel. I don't know what people are talking about.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 06:25:08 | More by jmerloni
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3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a darker golden yellow with a light orange hue to it. Half finger white head came and went rather quickly. No lacing at all.

S- Nice earthy grassy smell. Light sweet caramel malts to this one. Hops while in there play a part in the back of the aroma. Light lemon and some yeast in there. The only bad thing about the scent is it is so muted.

T- Starts lightly spicey...there are some banana off flavors I get. This is in the front leading to a more sweet malty and some yeasty taste to it. The ending is mostly a light alcohol taste to it. Overall not bad tasting just a little less muted flavors would be all I asked for.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation a little much for the beer I think. Sweet malts and light spices left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Light aftertaste altogether. Kind of drying on the mouth.

D- Overall this is a nice drinking beer. I would have liked to have it a little fresher as my bottle to review was a little older. A nice beer by North Coast.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 05:27:18 | More by alleykatking
Photo of UA8


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a tall off white head that posses some solid retention.

S- Apricots, pears, Belgian yeast spiciness, and light biscuity malt notes.

T- Leads with pears, apricots, and golden raisin notes, slight hints of sweetness. Midpalate bring in the spices from the yeast. Finish is dry with bitter herbal notes coming through in a prominent way.

M- Big foamy carbonation typical of the style I don't really care for it but its too style.

D- A respectable Belgian pale imitation. Decent fruit flavors and what not. I've heard this compared to Duvel can't say I agree as I find Duvel to be top pinnacle of the style with more complexity and pleasantness of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 21:27:45 | More by UA8
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 01:23:50 | More by brownbeer
Photo of BevMoAndrew


4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750mL into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

The North Coast Brewing Co. Pranqster pours a clear golden honey color in the glass with a creamy white froth, above average lacing, & above average retention. Soft & pretty aromas of lemon, subtle orange, light banana esters, a touch of honey, a fresh bread yeastiness (almost biscuit like), pear, gala apple, hints of passion fruit, mango, wild flowers (definitely Stargazer Lilly) follow through as mouth watering flavors on the palate. Although the nose seems a bit straight forward, it's elegant, complex, pretty, & I just simple couldn't put the glass down because I kept finding more subtle characteristics! On the palate, the beer has a somewhat creamy texture, great acidity, long finish, a slight drying sensation (not talking about tannins), & a noticeable/slightly unbalanced alcohol presence that, in all honesty, isn't necessarily unwelcome. This is an exceptional beer that was absolutely fantastic & one that I highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 20:16:37 | More by BevMoAndrew
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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

G - The highly recommendable Duvel tulip.

A - Hazy orange-gold, nice creamy head, good retention.

S - Nice piney, earthy hop, sweet and savory esters, orange peel, bready malt.

T - Phenomenal taste, savory and dank herbal hops are complimented by a fruity nose that disappears into a bready malt. The elements are uncommonly flavorful, and balanced in such a sublime way.

M - Medium-bodied, with good carbonation, a dry and crisp finish.

D - This is an amazing beer. Drinkable anytime, day or night, in the tropics or the tundra...

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 17:16:28 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of flexabull


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

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are floral, spicy, and dusty. Some bright fruit on the nose as well, maybe some apple.

Nice full flavor, crisp, dry, and bread like. There is a definite malt forward creaminess, lightly sweet, and then the beer settles into spicy yeast flavors. Finish is crisp, with a cider like note, and some mineral hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Good carbonation, and a smooth thick feel.

Drinkability is very good. Very nice flavorful Belgian Pale that isn't too heavy or overpowering. I think I'll have another...

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 22:12:10 | More by flexabull
Photo of Spineypanda


4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice golden color with a good sized head.
Smells of yeast and has a somewhat sour smell to it.
Tastes like a Flemish sour to me, and its a good thing I enjoy the Flemish sours. Has a yeasty goodness to it that brings back memories.
Lovely beer and once again North Coast has impressed me with their great brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 21:28:52 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

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

I've had Pranqster before, but with a less developed palate; I wasn't particularly fond of the brew the first time. Thought I'd review it with more of an open mind.

A: Poured into my Unibroue glass with a cloudy gold/copper color with an enormous white head that dies down eventually. Tons of lacing that shows me this is a pretty fine brew. A difference of opinion when I first tried this one.

S: Belgian yeast with some metallic and phenolic scents. Mild citrus accents that are barely detectable.

T: Candy and fruits with that notable funky Belgian yeast lingers on the palate briefly. Good and unexpected in comparison to the average smell.

M: Slightly syrupy, though virtually undetectable unless one is really looking for it (or reviewing the beer). Nicely carbonated and a bit creamy.

D: I've changed the drinkability rating twice while reviewing this brew; it grew on me and eventually I found that this is a pretty drinkable brew. I think after two, however, I'd want to grab something else; the flavors are not as refined as they could be, which could be grating to the palate. Not quite in the same league as the venerable Duvel. But close.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 03:54:14 | More by irishking1977
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Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Corsendonk chalice dec16 2009

A cloudy golden peach with a very fast falling fingers worth of head that left no lace

S I get some mild spice with lots of corn flakes and orange

T where's the booze? as it smells but some credit is due for the well concealed booze, heavy on the cereal and a little yeast

M clean with just a little bite that helps me get over the fact that it's a little flat

D for 7.6%alc there's very little issues with this beer and the fact that it's quite well rounded helps its cause

not the best looking beer but overall I enjoyed it with ease. I love this brewery and only hope more of their products become available in my neck of the woods

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 10:09:00 | More by wordemupg
Photo of bonbright7


4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This golden Belgian-style ale was a welcome taste on a cold and rainy night as the NFL was wrapping up its games. The welcome taste of classic Belgian blonde far exceeded my expectations, though I was already a fan of the brewery's other creations, such as Old Rasputin RIS and Brother Thelonious Dubbel.

The ale had a great malty body which exhibited lots of fruit and sweetness. I thought it was lightly hopped, if at all, and strong yeasty flavor was very present. It was very drinkable and I would highly suggest it as a great example of the American interpretation of the Belgian blonde style.


Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 00:58:55 | More by bonbright7
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,525 ratings.