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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 objectivemonkey


4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden hazy color with a thick frothy foam that shinks a little too quick, with just a little bit o lacing, bubblies down the side. The aroma is wonderful, and to tell the truth, I'd have a hard time telling the difference between an actual Belgian and this. Very sweet, something fruity, and that trademark Belgian yeasty aroma. Taste is sweet and caramel malty at the start with a definite corriander infusion, finishing sweet yet grainy, with a warm feeling down the throat. And even though this is a pretty high alcohol beer, its so very drinkable and so delicious, and I'm just really impressed with this beer, I'm just happy.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 00:47:26 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of ggaughan


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

Pranqster poured a bright golden color with a thick white head into a Duvel tulip glass. The aroma was a bit fruity with some good spice notes, definite clove aroma. The taste is lemon and clove and other spices, maybe some corriander. The taste is medium body and they do a good job of masking the 7.6% abv as this beer if pretty drinkable in my book.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 01:28:42 | More by ggaughan
Photo of BEERchitect


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

Release 06: 12 / 28 / 06
Similar to what I remembered from the 05 version. A nice and pronounces sweetness deriven from malts and candy sugars. Nearly too sweet to overtake the malts. Fermentation gives nice spiciness and character, but still not what I expect from great Belgians. Finsihes a bit too sweet and lingers a bit too long. Heated from the alcohols, but not overly so. Still good beer, but not among my favorite Belgians.

Release 05: 03 / 03 / 06
After passing on this beer a many a time, I finally picked it up. Glad I did--pretty good stuff. Expected by North Coast Brewery. Great malt, bread, candied sugar sweetness and body. Good texture and creaminess, yet smoothness. Moderately spicy and complex. Exhibits some Belgian yeast / fermentation sourness, bite-eyness, and twang-ey; but not as complex or intense as expected from a serious Belgian pale ale contender. Strength in flavor and alcohol is moderate for style, but blends nicely. A good attempt.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 04:15:45 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of fatherofgirls


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

The color is a cloudy marmalade body with a small white head that fades quickly.
The aroma is of citrus, juicy fruit and, strangely enough, wet dog (not a great image but that’s what I thought of when I first caught the smell – I think it is the yeast that I smell)
The taste starts with sweet fruity malt but quickly moves into a spicy (clove or coriander) after taste.
The mouthfeel is medium with a sharp edge.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 21:19:44 | More by fatherofgirls
Photo of tgbljb


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

Poured a hazy peachy color with magnificient white puffy head. Smell is tanatalizing, being a combination of bananas, yeast, candy sugar, and a barnlike musty smell. Taste is also extraordinary with a mixture of sweet bubble gum, fresh summer fruits ripe off the tree, some spiciness (corriander), all thrown together in the proper amounts. Finish is more fruitiness with a nice yeasty complement. An extremely delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 20:49:40 | More by tgbljb
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

North Coast- Pranqster

Appearance- hazy orangish yellow with very little head. Reseambles orange flavored tea or cider.
Smell- strong herb/ clove aroma.
Taste- lemon and clove with a hint of liquorice.
Mouthfeel- very warming but flat and slighty bland.

Overall- a decent beer that I'll finish but I doubt I'll buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 19:29:17 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of UberWasser


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

12 oz brown bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a nice light amber color with a thick head full of small bubbles. It recedes quickly, leaving a thin halo around the beer for the rest of the drink.

Smells include orange citrus, some herbal notes, what I smell as corriander, and some bread yeastiness. I like it.

Taste just ramps it up from there...the somewhat funky yeast taste is up front, but behind it there is lots of other stuff going on. Candied orange, corriander, herbs, as well as a touch of alcohol that tingles the back of your nose. Tastes great. Mouthfeel is smooth and the beer is increadily easy to drink. I can imagine downing a few before realizing it and quickly regreting it! :)

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 01:32:18 | More by UberWasser
Photo of geexploitation


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

I've heard a lot about this beer, mostly because of its unique name, I think... gotta say that I was a little disappointed. Pranqster pours nicely enough, with a decent golden color (it lacks some brightness to give it oomph) and a head that starts big but disappears. The nose is dominated by a slightly vegetal smell that reminds me of peanut butter. Not too appetizing. The palate is a mix of alcoholic burn, sugar sweetness and that peanut buttery thing. Mouthfeel is fine; average for the genre, as is drinkability... but the nose and flavor profile of this beer ruin the drinkability for me. Not so impressed with this... did I get a bad bottle or something?

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 04:11:29 | More by geexploitation
Photo of nlmartin


3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer was poured from a bottle into a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer was a not unattractive golden yellow color with lively bubbling carbonation. The head was honey colored and about a fingers width.

Smell: Slightly sharp yeast smell. Did they use Bret? Tropical fruits combining bannana and melons.

Taste: The beer has a very strong sugaryness about it. The beer is not cloyingly sweet. There is a funky yeastyness about the beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied with a oily feel to the mouth.

Drinkability: This is not a terrible drinking experience. It just doesnt really move me to want more.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 13:41:17 | More by nlmartin
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden,with orange hue.Not much of a head,and no lace. Smell is of of fruit and spice. Smell was not very strong. Mouthfeel was thick and heavy. Taste is of fruit,and spice. This is a good tasting beer. I thought it was a bit on the heavy side. Couldn't have more than one,mayve two. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 01:44:55 | More by riversider76
Photo of jmz62565


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

This pours a cloudy orange with a tan foamy one finger head. The smell has some sugar sweetness and a yeast aroma,but it's not as strong as I hoped. The taste has a very citrus overview with hints of yeast, and a spicy coriander aftertaste. The m/f is light and well balanced with the drinkability being good,but I can't help but be alittle disappointed after trying North Coasts Old Rasputin.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 00:06:24 | More by jmz62565
Photo of beerphilosopher


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westmalle goblet as a bright, lively golden yellow color. The head is solid white and rather tall. Nose is classic belgian yeast and confectioner's sugar upfront, with fruity notes throughout. Slightly spicy. Tastes of yeast with considerable fruitiness and a warm alcohol soul. The mouthfeel is light to medium witha rather dry finish. This is a good Belgian style pale ale, maybe in the Piraat fashion. I can find this one easily at a local liquor store, so it's definitely one I'll have again ... and then again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 23:35:28 | More by beerphilosopher
Photo of SkeeterHawk


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

Appearance: Initially pours a mostly cloudy orangish yellow color with a 1/4" head of small off white bubbles. The head was gone within thirty seconds to end up as just a small film across the top of the brew.

Aroma: Quite a bit of fruitiness in this beer with grapefruit being the most noticeable. There is some sweet smelling caramel malts that have a bit of a toasty quality...like Cara-Vienne. There are some floral hops hiding in here that are coming out a bit more as the beer warms.

Taste: Starts out with some floral and fruity flavors that slowly turn into some residual sweetness left by the malt. The flavor is much more floral than the aroma suggested. There is a soft wheat flavor that I don't get in the aroma...unless that was mistaken for the toastiness. There is some pretty significant sweetness that rules the middle of the flavor profile, and stays in charge until the finish. The finish is actually a little syrupy and leaves some sweetness to coat your throat and stick around for a while. There is a slight peppery note coming out as it warms a bit. The carbonation is far too light.

Opinion: This isn't a bad golden ale. I would prefer that it finish a little drier, but this is when it gets into the grey area of Tripel, Pale Ale, and Golden Ale. For this to be golden, I would expect it to be quite a bit clearer. It is still a pretty good brew, and one that I would drink again if the opportunity presented itself...however I probably won't be buying a 4-pack anytime soon in preference for other beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 00:42:53 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of jamesdergen


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden orange into my Duvel glass with a half inch foamy head that disappears rather quickly.

Smell: Sweet, honey aroma with some spicy notes (cloves).

Taste: Huge spicy clove flavors up front that tail out into a citrusy finish with some hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Big carbonation up front that fades out as the brew foams up in the mouth. Very smooth and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth, but sits a tad heavy. A little too heavy for my taste, it's a sipper. The alcohol is well-hidden however.

I finally got around to tasting this one on the recommendation of a trusted friend and beer consultant. A nice dessert beer for sure, but a bit pricey to make it into my regular rotation. Worth a try if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 02:08:40 | More by jamesdergen
Photo of charlesw

New York

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful and very clean pale amber. The head is HUGE, very white and dense. It lasts and lasts...

Smells fruity and spiced... Hints of orange, and something like coriander. Only sweet.

Lightly sweet in the mouth. Taste of banana, cloves, sweet coriander...

Very nice in the mouth - medium+ body but you still notice the carbonation on your tongue.

Drinkable? Oh yeah. Hey, like, this I could drink every day.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 22:38:02 | More by charlesw
Photo of germaniac


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

Digging around in the fridge for an after-school beer relaxer, I find some leftover winter brews, a couple stouts, a dubbel, and a porter. Excellent beers all, but the mercury just hit seventy degrees, and this lone Pranqster seems to just call out to me.

Pours a dense golden peach, complete with a small frothy head that disappears almost immediately after entry into my chalice.

Smells great, lightly yeasty with a fruity tang down in there.

Spicy right off the bat, mellowing down into fruitiness, with a hint of sugar. When the fruit flavor fades, the malt provides some backbone for the long haul.

Tasty and refreshing, unique enough to enjoy several at a time, if the alcohol doesn't get you first. It may not be the best Belgian to come out of Northern California, but it sure is the most accessible.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 23:32:54 | More by germaniac
Photo of Naes

New York

3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is golden brown in color with orange hues around the edges. It has a tall frothy white head that retains well, but leaves behind little lacing.
The aroma is typical of a Belgian golden ale; slightly fruity with a yeasty base.
The flavor starts off with citrus and yeast then a slight alcohol presence becomes noticeable near the finish.
The mouth feel is medium to full bodied and is moderately carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 07:39:33 | More by Naes
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

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

Poured into Moinette goblet. Burnt-orange color, healthy carbonation, but great initial looks become disappointing with the almost non-existent head (I've only poured two in 2 weeks but neither had a lasting head).

Hints of citrus and spice (coriander?), some flowery aroma. Strong alcohol presence on the nose.

Lots of character in the flavor: citrus up front, coriander on the way down, slight alcohol bite but never overpowering the sweet/spicy melange. Combined with a robust mouthfeel, this one's a pleasure, though I can't think of any actual Belgians exactly like it.

I didn't love this one the first time, a week ago, but this second try is winning me over. Excellent drinkability, easy going and packed with flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 23:18:49 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of nortmand


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

Golden orange with a quickly disappearing head.

Cloves and a bit of cinnamon dominate the smell.

Light sweet spiciness up front. Ends in a virtual onslaught of coriander. Light alcohol burn going down.

Nice, over attenuated bubblies. Quite drinkable, not over the top.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 01:37:44 | More by nortmand
Photo of joeyels


3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours fair, very little head, golden orange in color. The smell is like smoked fruits, apples and oranges are prevelant. Tastes almost like orange zest with loads of spice. Too much for my liking. Strong aftertaste that stays with you for a while. Good mouthfeel, very carbonated, similar to champagne. Not my favorite style, but definitely a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 14:58:14 | More by joeyels
Photo of Litterbean

New York

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

Appears like a strong pale ale, an imposing looking orange brew bedecked with a white head that gives way to lacing and a lovely cap.

The yeast is most prominent in the nose. Sweet smelling, perhaps overwhelmingly so.

Taste is good, but not great. The yeast notes are there, the Belgian-esque flavor is passable, but overall it is far too sweet. The dry finish I was looking for wasn't present, and what was in its place wasn't a surprise. Still, very decent and drinkable, and not at all bad. Would I drink again? Oh sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 03:48:46 | More by Litterbean
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

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

This falls within that spectrum of not so pale, pale ale, or not so dark, dark ale. Heavyweight's Lunacy, Unibroue's Maudite, etc and so forth....
Not my favorite style... or interpretation of styles.
Reminds me of apple juice all in appearance and taste; slightly champagney in mouthfeel and smell which is enjoyable.
This is pretty good for what it is but it is a bit difficult for me to be objective with this kind of flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 03:40:05 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a sparse head, bubbles rising from the bottom of the Chimay goblet form a small island of froth. Smell is spicy and peppery. Faint appley smells. Smoky? Almost like smoked malt.

Taste is fruity and spicy. Aplle, plum, peppery spices, coriander. Strident alcohol flavors and that naggin smokiness again lingering in the background. I am sure they didn't used smoked malt in this beer but it's the same kind of taste just way back there in the flavor profile a bit. Medium bodied, not too sweet and not too dry. This is damn good stuff, one of my new favorites.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 18:58:37 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of MarineHokie


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

A - Hazy golden-orange color, two finger dull white head fades slowly.

S - Spicy pepper and coriander with a hints of sweet cinnimon and some mint.

T - Spices attack the tip and sides of the tongue. Malt sweetness fights through and rounds out the taste, until a sour bite finishes.

M - Medium body. Crisp, sweet and spicy.

D - Dangerous. Goes down like a good wit on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 20:45:27 | More by MarineHokie
Photo of jaluria


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

Another great beer from North Coast. I had this in an elegant, oversized Duvel tulip. The appearance was as might be expected with a slightly cloudy yellowish color that showcases a powerful head that stays put and leaves behind intense lacing. Aromas of sour candy, apples, spices, and alcohol. The taste is just incredible with a lovely blend of various fruits, alcohol, and candy sugar. Rich and flavorful, the beer leaves behind a sweet aftertaste that mellows over time. Despite the high ABV, this beer is addictive.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 15:28:05 | More by jaluria
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,525 ratings.