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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,524 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,524
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 94
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

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Lexluthor33

New York

4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours Golden and produces a large head that fizzles to a small lace. The aroma is of yeast and natural scents. I also detect malts and fruits. The taste is of fruits,light malts,cloves,spice and sweet grains. The finish is crisp,with good carbonation and a nice sweet happy ending. The over all feel is that this brew is a winner.

Notes: A member mentioned that there was something missing?
I thought the same and I concluded that it was probably a little more malt and spice. None the less,I still enjoyed this smooth easy going brew. Wonderful interpretation and excellent balance.
I suppose that despite my what is missing? comment I really do not know enough about beer to say something is really needed,still an opinion is an opinion. This will be something to look forward to because I do not think the ABV is too high or too low. Maybe not session beer,but one could have a few.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 01:30:14 | More by Lexluthor33
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mattster

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened bottle, poured into snifter.

Formed head of 2", that dies down to layer of bubbly lace across top of slightly hazy golden colored brew.

Smells a tad bit spicy, some malt aromas also on nose. Taste is much better than smell with slight tropical fruit hints - that banana taste that comes from Belgian yeast. Nice bubbles and good finish make for a pleasant mouth feel. Easily drinkable... but there is something missing - can't quite place it.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 06:47:00 | More by mattster
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QuentinCompson

California

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

25.4 OZ bottle into a pint glass

A - Nice tall head easing into a finger-or-so-head, golden brew, a bit murky

S - Peppery, honey, tangerines

T-M - Nice blonde ale taste, reminding me of something like Leffe, except a bit more bite; alcohol is apparent, a bit metallic

D - Drinkable brew; possibly best American brew to taste like a Belgian blonde that I've tasted; Enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 05:26:03 | More by QuentinCompson
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CrellMoset

Virginia

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: A cloudy golden brew with a foamy, one-finger head, highly active effervescent carbonation, and splotches of lacing all over the sides of the glass. Attractive.

Aroma: Earthy barnyard smells - dare I say horseblanket? - a spicy, coriander presence, ethereal citrus zest, and faint alcohol. Very crisp.

Taste: Spicy and sweet, with a very warming alcohol presence that hits deep in the mouth and throat. The dry malt here definitely takes a backseat to all the yeast notes - there's some powdery, musty notes, a light banana ester presence, and lots of peppery spice here. Nice, with lots of mild complexities going on here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, clean and crisp, but the bubble size and the carbonation profile seem to be a little too over the top.

Drinkability: A very warming alcohol presence (7.6% abv) and a lot of spicy prickliness limit the drinkability of this beer somewhat, but it's still a very pleasant drink, with a lot of good yeast-imparted tastes and aromas.

I love it when domestic brewers get foreign styles right. Like all Belgian strong pale ales, there're a lot of flavors goin' on with this one. If the carbonation profile on this one were to be diminished slightly (and the alcohol hidden a little better), this would be a world-class American interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 04:40:05 | More by CrellMoset
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RThomas436

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great fruit nose with citrus hints. The finish is short and leaves much to be desired. Taste is sweet and malty and is easy drinking. Great flavor but it tends to disappear rather quickly.
Good beer to drink a few of if hte flavor lasted longer it would be much better.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2008 17:07:52 | More by RThomas436
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KI9A

Illinois

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

On Tap at the Blue Agave in Belleville, IL.

A: Hazy orange, puffy head, sticky lace.

S: Common Belgian Ale yeasty, spicy. Very nice.

T: Corrinder, spice, maybe clove ?, banannas, bread, citrus near the end.

M: Excellent. Clean.

D: Best Belgian Ale I have had. Hides the ABV almost a bit too well, drank 3 of these pretty quick.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2008 14:19:03 | More by KI9A
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

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

on tap at the Yard House in Las Vegas.

Great hazy golden color. nice head on the glass, but it didn't last too long. taste is very good. lighter on the palate than a normal belgian. not overly malty which makes for a real nice mouthfeel and drinkability. the taste leaves the mouth pretty quickly - but you still get the full flavor.

worth the price - good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2008 06:08:51 | More by Hophead101
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slvrmon82

Delaware

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

Wow. Wow. Wow.

This is great. The appearance is a hazy orangish yellow. There is a lot of head that stays for the entire time. The head is little orange as well.

The smell is amazing. It has all the yeasty characteristics but with a lot of hops and a sweet smooth after taste. The yeast fades away pretty quickly as well.

The taste is great. It is sweet and hoppy with lots of citrus and yeast up front and lots of floral hops at the end.

The mouthfeel is also great. Smooth with lots of carbonation. Not as syrupy as most.

The drinkability is also great. It is smooth and crisp and light. You can drink many of these. MANY.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 02:12:08 | More by slvrmon82
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joezak5

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter after swirling out all the yeast; a diry dark orangish honey with very little light passing through. White two finger head with no retention but decent lacing.

Smell: Yeasty banana and malt. A little funky.

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated, a little watery with a medium body.

Taste: This has a yeasty banana/apply cider taste to it. Some spicy bite on the swallow of coriander.

Drinkability: This one disappoints me, and I hate to say that because I love Old Rasputin RIS puts out. I always how this can be the same brewery when I have this. They deserve another shot, but this one isn't my flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 23:20:50 | More by joezak5
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illidurit

California

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

Poured into an Ommegang goblet. Hazy, yeasty, straw color with a centimeter of white head. Thick lacing coats the glass.

Aroma consists of the typical BSPA notes banana and green apple. There's also some spice here, coriander and clove? Musty earthy yeast as well.

Flavor is an explosion of coriander and overripe fleshy fruit with a big clove note too. Quite sweet, with a touch of alcohol that manifests as white wine. Lots of cinnamon at the back of the palate contributes to a sense of too much spicing. It still tastes pretty good though.

Carbonation is a bit low for the style. Finish is bone dry, body is thinnish. Pretty drinkable but it's too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 06:34:04 | More by illidurit
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JDV

Texas

2.42/5  rDev -40%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bright golden pour with a frothy offwhite head. Smell is strongly metallic wtih a strong yeast smell behind that. Taste is decent, but bland. Very generic belgian strong ale flavor to me. Malty, yeasty and some detracting metallic flavors. Quite bubbly mouthfeel. Not particular spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 17:57:13 | More by JDV
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Onslow

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ gingerman in austin for brians graduation...has a real upbeat honeyish smell...sweet and tangy first sip....slides beautifully down the tongue and into my gullot...smilers...quite delicious actually, had seen this in the store and was on my list for sixers but the tap was a great choice...orange colour..nice flavours....go have a pint..a great US brew!!

rerate: in the bottle... wow, a different story... ..seems to lose its sweetness in the glass.. a shadow if its beauty... ..should only be allowed on tap...

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2008 03:11:48 | More by Onslow
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

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

Light, golden, orange honey body - ample carbonation - nicely cloudy (slightly). Light 2-finger meringue head with good lacing.

A little horse-blanket funk - sour yeast with banana-vanilla ester, a little coriander - thick, mild malt

Clean, horse-blanket backbone - mild and pleasant. Tingles with carbonation and vanilla. Less of the tart and citrus than expected.

Tanginess comes out on the mouthfeel if not the taste. Tingly, carbonated mouthfeel.

Nice and clean as a light, sessionable(?) Belgian effort without as much of a typical complex flavor profile. Good gateway beer?

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 00:10:58 | More by IBUnit63
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ndekke39

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this from a 12 oz. bottle. 7.6% ABV. Decanted into a pint glass.

A: Big, foamy white head on the hard pour. Descends to a thick layer of foam. Some sticky lacing on the glass. Slightly hazy. Straw golden color.

S: Bready, yeasty quality dominates the aromas. Overall sweet character. Some bananas. Some of floral notes.

T: Yeasty flavors up front. Blooms into kind of a typical "Belgian golden ale" flavor: bread, yeast, bananas, touch of soft apples, floral quality.

M: Overall smooth, with a small touch of fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

D: Yeah, pretty drinkable. Good Belgian Golden Ale, but nothing exceptional. Still, it's more than adequate.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 01:28:04 | More by ndekke39
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littleg

Illinois

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

Poured a hazy golden orange into my Duvel tulip. Decent head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing. Smell was sweet and somewhat grassy. Taste was equally as sweet with a nice banana finish that did not linger. Overall a good brew, not my favorite Belgian Golden by any means butone that I wouldn't turn down and would recommend to someone who wasn't able to get a true Belgian golden such as Duvel or Delerium.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 01:41:11 | More by littleg
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roblowther

Texas

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

And on my own tap to boot. :) The appearance is cloudy gold with a nice persistent head & ropy lacing. The smell is phenols, pepper, and a hint of something barn-ish. Tastes of pepper, honey, and a sweet malt finish. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel is excellent, with a slick, full body and just enough carbonation to be interesting. The drinkability is excellent, with the alcohol just barely making itself known in the end. My advice? Get two kegs.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2008 23:59:24 | More by roblowther
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BretSikkink

Mexico

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

Everything seemed great from the start: attractive glass, nice white cap of fluffy, light head topping the golden-orange, clear strong pale ale. The aroma was also pleasant, fruity and slightly spicy with notes of a Belgian yeast.

The flavor was fine, not groundbreaking. Peppery, a hint of cardamom spicing, and plenty of middle of the tongue sweet fruit flavoring. I thought the taste seemed a tiny bit "flat", not that exciting, lacking the punch of even a Tremens, not what I consider top of the line. I enjoyed the dry pepper touch but it wasn't as pronounced as the grassy Chouffe, and the ethanol was definitely present but doesn't light my fire like the Duvel.

Overall, it's a tough crowd to fight amongst, and the tapped version of Pranqster seems to hold up to strong scrutiny. If you're in the mood for a BSPA or a strong, flavorful ale, do not be afraid.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2008 02:47:24 | More by BretSikkink
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timbro81

Oklahoma

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw/orange with a quick to settle head. Smells very bready and yeasty, wasn't hit with a lot of booziness but started to get that headache just from smelling it. Mouthfeel is pretty light. Not much sweetness to it, fairly dry, a slight toffeeness, and a somewhat grainy aftertaste. Pretty lively carbonation in the mouth. The lightness makes it sessionable. Not necessarily offensive but not what I would expect. Could be a good transition beer to bigger Belgian styles for people that are not used to them.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 00:07:02 | More by timbro81
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birchstick

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy golden yellow with a nice white head. It smelled sweet and spicey, with some grassy and earth tones. Pranqster went down very easily...it tasted of the spices I smelled with a noticeable banana taste at the end.

For the alcohol content, this beer was very light and easy to drink. This was pretty good and I know I will pick some more of it up again. By the way, the guys picture in the lower right corner had me cracking up on the label.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 18:53:31 | More by birchstick
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TheTrevor

New York

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

This beer poured a pretty orange-tinged opaque copper with a fluffy yellowish head that stays for a while. The smell is of pear or apple fruitiness with some yeastiness and perhaps a tinge of floral scents. The taste starts off fruity with hints of pear and banana that gives way to some cloves and spiciness with perhaps a bit of alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is slick and warming and makes for pleasant drinking. This beer is nice and complex, but not too snooty to drink all night. A real surprise for me, I'll definitely be picking it up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 04:31:15 | More by TheTrevor
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deanhead

Vermont

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

Poured a beautiful golden color with a nice dense head which reduced to a thin lace

Aroma wa somewhat yeasty with notes of hores blanket, coriander, cilantro, spice.

This beer tasted of alcohol, coriander, spice...more alcohol, earthy, yeasty and somewhat pungenct. The alcohol taste is slightly warming, and slightly astringent.

Light bodied, and full of effervescence.

I really liked this beer. It seemed to be vry true to the style, and very tasty. Some American craft brewers struggle with the more complex styles of beer out there.
North Coast did a good job with the one.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 20:45:23 | More by deanhead
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MisterClean

California

4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz from Total Wine roseville.

A - Beautiful golden hue, with a two-fingered head. Dissipates nice with a lacing.

S - Pears, bananas, cloves, and pear esters.

T - Excellent: Light pears, stronger notes of bananas, cloves, honey, slight sugary-esters, ending with a small, crisp bitterness.

M - Again the offset of the sweetness with a bitter kick in the end is great.

D - A phenomenal beer. Nice color, smell, and offset of sweetness. Not sure it can be done better.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 04:46:21 | More by MisterClean
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BoitSansSoif

France

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

A-Poured into large snifter. Yellow-orange golden hue w/some cloudiness. Formed thick white head w/decent retention and some lacing.

S-Yeast, coriander, apricot, faint citrus. Overall aroma gives off sensation of softness and warmth, but I'm slightly put off by earthy, barnyard notes.

T-Yeast, spice, ripe fig, apricot, coriander, orange rind, slight hops in finish that bring out more spice. I'm also getting a sort of "herbes de provence" sensation, and there's nice warming alcohol that emerges beyond the finish.

M-Good balance, warm, bright, and soft, with enough carbonation to perk up the taste buds. The yeast is a little hard on the back of the tongue, but it's good.

D-This stuff is interesting and satisfying. I am pleasantly surprised after randomly grabbing this bottle in the "make your own 6-pack" section of a local retailer to fill my last space.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 04:53:24 | More by BoitSansSoif
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wschumac

New York

2.73/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip Glass. Served at roughly 50 Deg. F

A - Little to no head white in color dissipated after the first sip. Cloudy golden brownish color with floaters of sediment.

S - Trace hint of what a belgian golden ale should be. Nose was very subtle at best. Some fruity aspects but relatively mild.

T - Hops still present with a bit of aftertaste. Remnant of the boil and wrong mixing times for the hops. The beer is characteristic of belgain but just not on the same level.

M - Stinging but relative smoothness.

D - A very drinkable beer. Good attempt at a Belgain. Aftertaste creates a little reluctance towards drinking (I mean little).
Average at Best!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 01:33:23 | More by wschumac
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a lighter amber color, with a decently cloudy texture. There was about a half inch head and good lacing.

Very fruity smell. You also get a big whiff of yeast along with everything else.

In terms of taste, you get orange, Belgian yeast and some other types of fruits and spices. Not as complex as I would've thought, but solid.

Highly carbonated in the Belgian style for a good, vibrant mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a drinkable beer. It had a bit too tart a finish for me. The taste wasn't as complex as you normally see with many other Belgian strong pale ales, but it was pretty decent nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 14:55:13 | More by avalon07
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,524 ratings.