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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,879 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,879
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 114
Gots: 279 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-01-1998

IBU's: 20
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Photo of morimech
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with one inch of white head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass surface. Nice aroma of cloves and fruit such as bananas and grapes. The flavor is likewise a combination of the spice and fruit flavors. Finishes on the sweet side. I prefer this style a little drier. The body seems a little weak and thin. Lacks a good texture and feels a little harsh. A nice beer and true to style. A very good value as well.

Photo of astrasday
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. A slightly hazy, golden hue with a rich white head and good retention.

Smell. Slightly sour white wine, cloves and spices, yeast, pineapple. Not very potent.

Taste. Again slightly sour white grapes come in strong. Spices, yeast, pineapple and some fresh sweet fruit. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Slick with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability. Goes down smooth and drinks good. Easy.

Photo of Coorskid33
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A~ 1.5'' head with no staying power, and minimal lacing. Yellowish copper hue to it. Visible carbonation for a cloudy beer.

S~ Smelled fruity to me. Almost comparable to wine. Kind of like white grape juice with hops. Pleasant.

T~ Great! Alcohol is noticeable there but not overpowering. I got a hint of grapefruit flavor. Not at all what I expected, but I def enjoyed it.

M~ Strong carbonation with oily fruitiness in the beer.

D~ I enjoyed this. Like a beer and wine combo. Good alcohol balance with good carbonation level. Maybe the true champagne of beers.

Photo of TMB0424
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very hazy, peach colored body with tons of carbonation rising up. A small, ghost white head rose up and held very well. Slowly reduced into a quarter inch cap. Minimal lacing.

Smell is intensely yeasty - lemon zest, apricot, orange peel. Plenty of sweet cakey-ness as well. Bubble gum. Wisps of bananas and some malt. Cloves. Very intense.

Taste is great - spicy, tart lemons kick it off followed by fresh baked biscuits and earthy malts. Hints of bananas, cloves, bubble gum throughout. Finish is spicy, yeasty, and long lasting. Alcohol warmth adds yet another great aspect.

Mouthfeel is fantastic - extremely crisp. Very drinkable for the ABV - it only provides a great and welcoming warmth - doesn't interfere with flavors at all. Carbonation is very 'Belgian' and spot on. If I didn't know any better, I'd think this was fresh out of Belgium, as a matter of fact. Great brew, North Coast is truly an amazing brewery.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold. Head is large but quickly recedes into a sheet of cover. Nose is all Belgian spiciness, light citrus/orange fruit and a soft candy-toffee. Medium-dry on the tongue with a spritzy carbonation. Alcohol comes through along with some orange and some earthy and chalky flavours. Typical Belgian spiciness. Not overly fruity... really not a lot of huge flavours in this, but a nice balance. Overall, pretty drinkable golden ale.

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

Poured hazy gold color. lots of carbonation with this one, which I like. Can taste the spice in this one, not sure what it is, but tastes kinda fruity. has a really nice malty feel, and taste. And is just sweet enough. Lot going on with this one. I will have to give it another shot...

Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into new belgium globe glass. Color is a hazy/cloudy sunset orange. Head is one finger that fizzles down quickly, but has a thin layer stick around. Leaves splatted lace. Amazing retention.

Aroma is very fruity. Has a clove aroma as well with malts on the side. Banana aroma too. And fruit zest. That is all.

Taste is awesome. Very complex. Has a bready taste with banana and clove, similar to the smell. Some earthy hops as well.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, maybe a little overcarbonated. Ends with a very sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this was an amazing beer. Very flavorful and easy to drink. I will definitely have another.

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

12 oz. bottle purchased in 4-pack from John's Marketplace.

Pours a cloudy golden-orange with moderate head and lacing. Passion Fruit up front, not too much citrus or coriander, with minimal alcohol bite on the back. Dangerously drinkable. Very similar to AllagashTripel, a fine interpretation of the American version of the style.

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

Bought this bomber when I visited the brewery last month. Poured into a tulip and enjoyed with some friends. I had it on tap at the brewery, but the person pouring it overpoured like hell and wasted about half a pint of brew. It was a pretty bad experience, but I'm so glad I bought this 22oz to take home with me!

A: Cloudy golden color with one finger of off-white head; not a ton of lacing to speak of
S: Sweet malts mostly dominate, some spice comes through
T: Sweet malts with spice; immediately reminiscent of Hoegaarden, so I immediately guessed coriander; slightest alcohol coming through, balanced out by this amazing roasted grain. At the time, here's what I said about the taste: "If you were able to blend a giant field of wheat and hay and grains and animals and put it all in a glass, this would be the result." (note: no animals were harmed in the tasting of this beer)
M: Heavy carbonation, medium-bodied; thick hoppy residue left everywhere in my mouth and I didn't mind it at all
D: This beer is complex. There are flavors I weren't able to pin down, but I loved every second of it.

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange. With a fizzy head

S: Smells a little sour. there's a sweetness to it as well. Very nice smelling beers

T:There's a bitter bite right away but it's a good bite. Kinda yeasty, and dry?

M: very thin and drinkable.

D: Not alot of the 7.6% ABV is present at all. I could see revisiting this when I would want a Belgian Strong!

Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with a fizzy head, very carbonated.

The smell and taste are hazed in this musky, semi-bitter, semi-spicy cloud that makes it odd... especially on the exhale.

It seems a little too young? Maybe this would be a good beer to cellar for a year or two, let those flavors meld up a bit. Right now I'm not getting any real cohesion from the drink.

While I'm not sure if I'd get it again, I'm glad to have tried it.

Photo of Drew966
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pranqster pours a golden yellow with a fluffy white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is very fruity (primarily citrus) and a bit spicy too. The flavor strikes me as having more spice than fruit, although the fruit is clearly present. There is definitely a peppery aftertaste. The mouthfeel is on the thin side. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Beejay
3.09/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Orange amber.. slightly cloudy with a thick head that dissipated quickly.

S: Sweet and aromatic. Lots of spices coming through. Almost smells like a sherry, or a fruit wine.. Bit of alcohol coming though..

T: sweet, lots of fruit flavor, but it is a little muted. Not the crisp punch you would think, more like fruit that has fermented.. It has a bit of a musk to it. It ends with a kick of spice and alcohol.

M: Thick and a little oily... doesn't finish well..

D: A little peculiar for the style, but overall a decent brew.. Maybe just bad bottle, but not one I will buy again. Maybe on Tap it is better.

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow I love North Coast, but I didn't expect this! Dark hazy amber color with a nice initial head - retention isn't great, but stays creamy. Aroma is thick and heavy with sweet fruits and, for lack of better words, Belgium :) I can't say the taste is otherworldly, like the similar Duvel, but still exceptional. It really has that Belgian character, unlike most American Belgian-style blonde ales I've had - fruity and sweet with some spice - refreshing, still thick and creamy. I with there was a great head on it, as that would really make each really silky, but the head touching your lips then sipping the ale from under it and getting that feeling of love in a glass. I'll try for a better head next time. I'd like to try this back to back with Duvel for kicks.

Photo of cagocubs
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky golden orange with thin head. The smell is citrus spicey and sweet. I smelled an array of scents such as clove, orange, cinnamon, and wheat. I was impressed with the complex aroma. Taste was a let down from the smell. It tasted of orange and spice with some hints of alcohol present. The mouthfeel was very carbonated and medium bodied. A little too much carbonation for my liking. I would drink this again because I feel it needs another chance, but as of now I was dissapointed with this beer.

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass. Body was a hazy orange gold, with a crisp white, one finger head. Nice retention, soapy lacing, and a lot of carbonation. Nose is medium-strong, orange peel and white pepper.

Brew is quite light for a relatively high ABV. Flavor profile isn't very pronounced, some sweet grassiness, citrus, and a hint of honey. Mouthfeel is fairly lively, with a dry finish.

Doesn't really jump off the charts in terms of the "wow" factor - but definitely well constructed. Alcohol is very well masked, and one you could have a few of. Wish there was a little more flavor.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with two fingers of foamy white head.

Scent of yeast, fruits, sugars, caramel, spices, and a hint of earth.

Taste of yeast, spices, caramel, bready malts, and a hint of banana. Finishes with sugars, bready malts and some spices.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a high amount of carbonation.

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

Full-on cloudiness with a warm yellow-orange glow, slight white foam across the surface of micro-bubbles which disperse swift enough if replenished by streams of bubbles from below. Clove, cumin, coriander and orange spice frame the nose, just-cooked bread and fresh yeasts, poached pear and forest floor underbrush. Full-bodied with frothy carbonation which clings to your mouth pores like scrubbing bubbles. All that clove, ginger, coriander spice alive here with deeper accentuation to the orange, lemon citrus. Texturally, has a semi-creamy feel like buttered dough or warm wax. Pear, banana and some apricot fruit add depth. While it rolls across your tongue, hits the brakes rather than extend at the end.

Photo of Dripdry
1.96/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Found this beer in a craft brew store in Minnesota called the Five Firkins (i think). I tried the beer just this morning after breakfast, on a whim, and was not impressed.

The color of the beer was nice. The aroma was nice for a belgian, a yeasty/mellow spice kind of note.

The taste, however, took me aback. Sweet, malty, yeasty flavor that would have been alright (I'm not the biggest belgian fan) but for the enormous carbonation. The beer popped and fizzled in my mouth like a can of soda. I don't like soda, that's a reason I drink beer! It tasted like soda that had gone terribly wrong.

I considered dumping this brew down the sink after a couple sips, but decided in the name of fairness and tolerance to relax and continue to drink. As the carbonation mellowed the beer became a little better, but the yeasty whallop was just too much. Maybe that's the intention of the brewer (given the name of the beer).

Maybe I'm not a big fan of this style of beer, as the half a dozen "belgian style beers" I've had recently have just tasted like biting into mellow spicy dirt, and the carbonation on this beer really put me off. I've had other belgians that were to my liking, that had more varied flavors and reminded me more of autumn colors/smells than of chomping on a wooden table. I'll continue to try belgians, and perhaps I will re-review this beer in the future, but for now I encourage anyone who does not absolutely adore belgians to go elsewhere when exploring this style

Photo of rlparker3
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1-Jan-2009 Home

Enjoyable beer! Poured golden with an active 2 finger head. Aroma hints of cereal, cinnamon, clove, and candy. Flavor was tart and woody with a oddly pleasant metallic overtone and a warm, sting following. It went down a little quick and I felt the ABV. Bravo.

Photo of fank2788
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a tulip
Hazy orange gold with a tight thin head and a bit of lace. The nose is of citrus fruit, lemons and oranges with a good amount of wheat a touch of pepper and just a faint whiff of belgian yeast character. Taste is sweet and fruity with a strong spice character reminiscent of a white ale with more malt focus and definitely some wheat flavor. The finish is a touch bitter but that is the only place where the hops come through, peppery dry as well after the bitterness moves through. Mouthfeel is lively, peppery with a touch of alcohol and very pleasant. Wow this is a really good, easy drinking, well rounded, beer it's fairly middle of the road for the style tending more towards the sweet/fruity end of the spectrum, but it is still so very well crafted that it is a joy. A sessionable Strong Belgian Ale? Yeah I think so.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow color, with lots of carbonation and a fair head.

Sour smelling beer; in a good way.Lemon is also present in this beer.

Very yeasty flavor, a little sour, which once again alludes to lemon.

A little over carbonated, but still a good mouthfeel.

This is a good beer for the style, very great interpretation. Worth Comparing to Duvel.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a vibrant, hazy golden with a very tiny white head.

S - Wheaty, yeasty, hints of white pepper and clove, slight citrus/light fruit tinge. Very, very similar to a wheat beer IMO, with a more subdued yeastiness.

T - Sugary sweet, by and large it matches the aroma, with a slight alcohol finish that matches the ABV.

M - Crisp from the carbonation, medium to thin bodied, yet still creamy.

D - Exceptional. Could drink this all day.

Photo of macster
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Attractive golden-orange color. Almost non-existant head. Aromas of orange, apricot, yeast, cinnamon and some restrained Bazooka bubblegum prevail. Palate seemed flat to me for this style. Needed much more spritz. A rich fruity sweetness dominates the flavor profile supported by some background clove, citrus and peach. Worth a visit, but not one of this brewer's best offers.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Pours a hazy gold with hints of orange. Very thin head that dissipates quickly. Beautiful body.

Smells, well, Belgian. Spiced fruitiness that I've come to expect from a Tripel. Pear, grapes, super fruity citrus goodness.

Taste is exceptional. Sweet and fruity to match the scent. You forget there's any alcohol in here until you finish the sip and then, boom! Dry alcohol spice in the finish. What a lovely balance.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Smooth drinker.

This is an extremely drinkable beer. The 7.6% is well hidden.

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,879 ratings.