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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,797 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,797
Reviews: 1,150
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 110
Gots: 224 | 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 Overlord
2.28/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried at the Stone 12th anniversary.

Pours gold, few stray bubbles.

Smells like yeast, and that's about it. Taste is pretty unpalatable, with some bitter yeast/bready strains, and a strange metallic twang that's really offputting.

This was a truly disappointing brew.

Overlord, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of sstackho
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Four 12oz bottles purchased for something like $9.75 from "Choice Mart" or whatever that's called on Mass Ave in Boston. Not my usual haunt, but thought I'd stop in. No freshness date - which can be a concern here - but I thought this style would be safe enough. Pours a cloudy light gold with tons of bubbles and a bit of head. Nice yeasty aroma. First taste follows the aroma - all yeast with a slight spiciness as it goes down. Tripel-like. Not overly complex or exciting - or perhaps I burned out after a rash of similar-tasting tripels.

sstackho, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of daliandragon
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is the last of the locally available North Coast beers for me to try. I generally lean more towards English, American, and German ales than their Belgian counterparts but this one has good bloodlines and is also a reasonable value at $6.99 a 4 pack.

The hue is a nice golden wheat with an enlightened orange tint but the head disappointingly never establishes itself and dies quickly. The nose reveals a fruity, almost wine-like mix of apple skin, banana, and grapes along with plenty of yeast.

A sip reveals an overload of carbonation, lots of warming alcohol right at the forefront, and the fact that I shouldn't have kept this 4 pack at the back of the fridge, it's far too cold. Let's allow it a few minutes to warm. Okay, take 2: That's a little more like it. The carbonation is much diminished allowing me to appreciate the dark fruits, yeasts, and malt tones. There is also a bit of pepper and spice, I'm thinking coriander?

This is nice but i definitely need to move the rest of these bad boys to the fridge door, that cold is a taste killer. Good, solid, well made stuff. Not really my speed style wise, but quality for what it is.

daliandragon, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of SirSketch
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma of this beer was the highlight for me: Banana, apple, Belgian yeastiness, other fruits... really great. Golden yellow in color with a small ring of head at the top after it settles. Medium to full body with decent carbonation. No doubt when tasting it that it is a Belgian style ale. Alcohol comes through very nicely. Sweet aftertaste is enjoyable. Definitely drinkable, but I was expecting a little more complexity in the taste. Still, good beer.

SirSketch, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice white head that fades rather quickly but leaves ok lace. Nose is very grainy with some belgian yeast. Taste follows, nice graininess, light subtle hops, and good yeast character. Grassy. Nice mouthfeel, a bit too thick maybe. Drinkability is quite good, but not amazing. Overall a good brew, but not one I am thouroughly impressed with. A good one to try. Pretty sessionable for the abv. Good brew.

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear, dark orange; off-white head that is about 1/4" tall - 4

Banana, sweetish malts; not overly complex, but pronounced and invivting

Taste & Mouthfeel
The mouthfeel on this beer is outstanding, further convincing me North Coast knows how to give a beer a good feel; full flavor from front to back, but with hard to describe flavors (due to my limited experience with Belgian style beers)...banana, malt, a little sour, slightly medicinal, caramel

Pretty darn good. It really grew on me. I'm not used to the style, but I'm eager to try more.

JEdmund, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Stubby
$7.99 4-Pack
Binny's Orland

Pranqster leaves the bottle a hazy apricot orange with zero visibility. When directly backlit this beer lights up like the setting sun and becomes a bright deep golden. The carbonation is aggressive and absolutely explodes to the surface and is visible throughout the body. The head was a little less impressive then I have seen in the past. A standard pour brought about a one finger head of clean white creaminess. After a couple minutes the head falls to a respectable creamy cap and leaves tightly packed micro bubbled lace behind.

Pranqster is full of big yeasty esters. Banana, mild clove, and bubblegum are all accounted for and combine for an inviting aroma. The malt backbone is clean, raw graininess and acts as a nice canvas for the esters that are running wild. Light sugars seemed to have been used as well for an added sweetness to keep up with the somewhat fruity esters.

The flavors are spot on with what the aroma suggested. This beer is 100% yeast driven. Banana and clove fall back a little compared to the bubblegum but all are juicy with the clove being the mildest. There's a light dusting of orchard fruits that remind me of green apple and faint peach on the swallow. There's a nice white peppery finish on this beer that adds the finishing touch. The quality brewed grainy base is simple but right where it should be to let the yeast work it's magic and drop the ester bomb.

The mouthfeel of this beer is right where it should be. The body has a decent amount of sugars left behind to give it creamy feel but the lively carbonation keeps things moving and gives the impression of this beer feeling much lighter on the tongue. The peppery spiciness is left behind on each swallow.

This is a highly drinkable, highly enjoyable beer. The complexities keep me coming back for more but it's not overloaded with depth. The glass just keeps tipping.

Pranqster is a delicious Duvel-style beer. As a matter of fact it's one of my favorite American interpretations of the style. I find myself picking this one up every now and then. The price is tough to beat too.

joe1510, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-foggy golden color comes out of the glass even though it had been sitting for a couple days before hand and was a gentle pour. looked clear coming out of the bottle, but ohh well ,doesnt really matter. tan? offwhite head that stuck around for ages with not much lacing. perfect golden color.

S- yeasty lemony, light fruit (banana?) some coarse grains and I agree with todd, a light 'animal' smell. Kind of wierd, and maybe i just haven't had enough belgians to really see that much before

T- light smooth malty slightly lemony, honey flavors light coriander character, biscuit character, yeasty finish with the hops being barely noticable beyond the balancing with the malt.

M- medium body, high carbonation, smooth, yeasty lingering on the tonuge

D- solid all around. very well done

Atron67, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice...

This is a great Belgian Pale Ale from an American brewery. Superb!

A- Dark golden color with some orange hues. Frothy, yeasty sediment, lacing, head. This is a beauty!

S- Good, but not as impressive as other aspects of this brew. Some hints of banana and spice, belgian yeast and biscuit.

T- Huge mouthful of tropical fruits, mainly pineapple, sweet apples, passion fruit. Spices? Oh yes. Peppery, lemon zest, corriander, all spice, plenty of others. Lots going on here- IT ALL WORKS.

M- Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

D- Very drinkable even with all the flavor and spice going on. A really tasty rendition of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. This is a treat.

DavidSeanNJ, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
2.65/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pours a cloudy light orange. Small but tenaciously lacing head.

Smell is sweet with bits of pineapple yeast.

Taste is sweet with a heavy mouthfeel. Big carbonation but no alchohol. Kind of a boring taste. It's not bad but it's not complex enough. There's a bit of spice and banana. Hints at candied sugar like many belgain beers. No hop profile to speak of.

Drinkability is groovy... sorry, evil dead ii in the background.

gonzo46and2, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden blonde color with amber tones into my Hopfenstark glass. Has a decent one-finger head.

The aroma has hints of biscuit malt and some breadiness in it. There's some spiciness to it which adds a bit of character to it.

Taste is smooth and spicy upfront with hints of biscuit malt, spiciness and some chewiness. Hop bitterness isn't overwhelming either.

Mouthfeel is dry and a bit hoppy with the breadiness showing through more. The spice is more subdued at the back of throat, allowing the base pale ale flavors to shine.

Very drinkable for a belgian strong pale ale. Smooth and has all the characteristics of a typical pale ale but the execution is worth. I like it.

Brad007, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of theopholis
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours an absolutely crystal clear amber. Almost the color of honey, but not as deep or as rich. The head was about 2 fingers, white, kind of loose that settled down very quickly to a white cap. No lacing.

Smell- Not as strong as I would like. I may have chilled it to much. What there is smells great. A complex, well-blended light malt sweetness, with a hint of fruitiness and breadiness. You can almost smell the alcohol to. Can't wait to taste it.

Taste- Yum. It's well balanced. Nice malt sweetness, maltiness and breadiness in the front. Hints of light fruits (apples, white grapes, etc.). Develops a peppery finish as it warms. Just the barest hint of alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel- The body is a tiny bit heavy, and the carbonation is a tad low. Still....very nice.

Drinkability- Well worth trying. One of the best American Belgian Ales I've had. Maybe the best.

theopholis, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle at my favorite shop, pours a great cloudy orange color. The carbonation was decent but the head diminished too soon. Good aroma of fruits and spices. This beer drinks very easily and tastes great, extremely smooth and highly refreshing. I will definitely buy this one again.

kinger, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of cjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bit darker than I was expecting; kind of a cloudy, dark honey color. In a Duvel tulip, I got about three fingers worth of head that went down to about a finger's worth after about a minute, but left a really nice, thick lacing above that.

The smell is a bit subdued, but there's mostly a sweet, fruity smell with a little bit of bread.

Taste is pretty mild and balanced. There's a bit of bread, a tiny bit of fruit, and a little bit of peppery spiciness in the finish. Alcohol taste isn't really noticeable.

I thought this felt a little full-bodied, but still pretty mild and well-rounded. Very drinkable, more so than some of the traditional incarnations of the style.

Overall this is definitely a good and tasty beer, but it's not especially "bold;" very balanced and well-rounded all over, and very drinkable. I don't think this is quite up to the same standard as Duvel or Delirium, but a very good beer none the less.

cjohnson, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A nice gold color with a bit of white head.

Spicey scent, coriander and malt.

The coriander is present, if a bit strong. The hops and malts also make an appearance.

Defent carbonation, sweet and mellow aftertaste

I don't know, the coriander was a bit much for me. It's just not a flavor I'm fond of, and it is all too present here. Normally I love North Coast, but this appears to be the exception.

donteatpoop, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a wonderfully bright golden/orange color. A large pillowing white head forms that gently recedes to leave a bunch of sticky spiderweb lace.
S: A funky, doughy yeast aroma. A bit of fruits (apples, pears) and some spice.
T: Doughy and sweet biscuit malt flavors. A nice spice and fruitiness of apples and pears again. Fairly tart and sour.
M/D: A full body and a good smooth creaminess. The alcohol shows a little, but for the most part a smooth and easy to drink beer. A nice sipping beer.

This is a good beer, and one I enjoy. I like it as much, if not more than Duvel. A most try for people that love the style.

champ103, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours avery light, straw color that pours clear witha big, fluffy white head and ample lacing.
Nose is very pronounced, sweet belgian malts highlighted by the yeast. Very nice indeed.
Taste is very full in the mouth . Very solid with the huge swet makts being very evident.
No hops detected but surely there somewhere.
Nice beer.

dmamiano, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one begs to be drunk from a Chimay chalice...poured a nice golden haze. Fine bubbles rise up to a nice peaky head.

Smells so good I think I just snorted some. Watermelon, belgian yeasts and jolly ranchers.

Mmmm, white pepper, hawaiian bread and some more watermelon. Alcohol is definately standing in the corner whispering sweet nothings in my ear. Is that fresh pears as well? Flavors meld together into an exquisite drinking experience. Carbonation is high as well as the drinkability. Good beer.

Another fine offering from North Coast. Will definately buy another 4-pack soon. Highly recommended.

twiggamortis420, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a golden orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet and floral with some malt and Belgian yeast. The taste is malt with some pears and apple flavors and other fruits. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, Pranqster is a pretty solid American attempt at a Belgian style, but falls short compared to some of the classic BSPA's brewed over in Belgium. Worth a shot.

cjgator3, Jul 18, 2008
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Light amber, good head leaves some laceing

N. Eathery with hints of yeast and banana.

T. Yeasty, malt,with hints of apricott and pears. I couldn't tast the alchol in this 7.6 abv.

M. Very drinkable, not to much carbonation. Smooth, with hints of yeast.

D. Very smooth, goes down almost to easey! This is a great summer beer! And with a 6 pack it will do you right for the price.

Photo of gpogo
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy gold with decent sized white head that dissipates.

A- Slightly spicy aromas. A nice smell of coriander.

T- Sweet malty flavor with an interesting spicy hit. Definite flavors of coriander. Perhaps a fruitiness, but I'm having trouble identifying what fruit flavors it consists of.

M- Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet yeasty aftertaste.

D- Incredibly drinkable, does this have nicotine in it, I just stopped thinking and started drinking and enjoying myself with it. A very enjoyable and possibly refreshing brew. At 7.6% though you need to be careful not to enjoy this beer too much.

gpogo, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of MinorThreat
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into duvel glass

A-Crystal clear golden with a two finger head that reduces but leaves some lacing

S-Like a Belgian, earthy

T-Really nice, baked pears, malt sweetness, granny smith apples. It's almost like a heavier Duvel.

M-Viscous for a moment then the Co2 releases and cleanses.

D-Very high, not that you need many but it seems to "evaporate" quickly.

MinorThreat, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of Kudashov
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Spaten beer mug the brew comes to a beautiful egg-white head . Dense golden color with a brassy neon highlights around the sides of the mug . Head has reduced to a 1/2 inch sheet which sits atop the brew . Peering through the brew there are a ton of small bubbles - sheets of them - making their way to the top of the glass . The aroma of bubble gum and banana bread Taste is excellent . Honey , fruity and highly pleasing . After a few mouthfuls the has some " soapy " suds but no lacing . This brew , to go along with the Old Rasputin Russian Stout is wonderful . Pranqster is a quality brew that i will be enjoying the rest of this summer ..

Kudashov, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of PiecefulToker
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful hazy dark amber caramel color with a large-bubbled had that dissipates fairly quickly to a ring around the glass. Leaves no lacing in my Maredsous tulip.

S: This smells awesome. Sweet caramel malt, some banana and apple smells, dark sugars, slight yeastiness, bread dough, some alcohol at the end.

T: This has a nice malty sweetness up front that is not too cloying, but gives it a honey flavored breadiness that I really enjoy. There is some green apple with a subtle bitterness about half way through towards the end, and it finishes with some slight yeastiness and alcohol. I really like this beer.

M: Fairly low carbonation, but very smooth. Slightly syrupy, but not too thick, medium bodied.

D: This is a very good beer, but I would only want a few to start a session.

PiecefulToker, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in to a goblet.

Murky orange with a light white head. Light lacing.

Earthy, yeasty smell with cloves.

Initially it is sharp, but it smoothes out as the fruity tastes take over. Banana and clove taste.

Nice carbonation that moves the beer around in your mouth.

Very easy to drink beer, I wish I had gotten this earlier.

aubuc1, Jul 09, 2008
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,797 ratings.