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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,912 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,912
Reviews: 1,171
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 119
Gots: 309 | 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 ritzkiss
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pours a murky mango juice color with largish sediment coming into the glass and settling in. Not as much head as many of its Belgian kin but solid lacing down the glass.

Smell has a hint of honey, fruity esters, a slight spice to it, a tinge of the herbaceous.

The strength I think is in the flavor. It moves from standard Belgian fare with yeast dominating to a morphing saison spiciness to a citrusy tang and back and forth. The bottle states there is an art to yeast combinations and perhaps that is the reason for the variety of tastes. It's kind of a trickster that way.

Good carbonation, though not too crazy, solid drinkability. A 4pk of this would do you in good stead on a nice summer evening like this one.

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

Served at The Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA.

Poured from a stubby brown bottle into a pint glass.

Pours with a two-fingered loose, bubbly white head that fades away much too quickly and settles to a very thin ring that fails to leave much of anything behind on the glass. Golden in color with a haze thrown by the yeast sediment included in the pour.

Aroma is nice and inviting, typical of Belgian-style ales with a pronounced Belgian yeast spiciness and a few florally fragrant notes alongside.

Quite full-bodied and with a very slick mouthfeel; a relatively low level of carbonation feel is detectable. A sweet, creamy honeyed malt flavor is overlaid with products of fermentation and added spices: spicy cinnamon and a hint of clove and coriander are apparent, with a bit of phenolic alcohol character. Hop use is evident in the presence of some herbal notes, but overall is rather subdued. Finish is dry and a touch grainy, with warming alcohol in the chest. As the drink warms, the alcohol begins to overpower to an overwhelming degree, with a liquor-like burning rather than warming characteristic.

The degree of the alcoholic burn apparent with warming is quite surprising, as this is otherwise a tasty, well-crafted Belgian-style golden ale, and though the alcohol content surpasses seven percent, such alcohol presence is startling. Perhaps another go with a different bottle would yield different results. Otherwise a nice beer that fit the evening's pining for a Belgian beer at a lower cost.

Photo of mjl21
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Toast. Poured into a 22 ounce glass. No abv info is given.

A-Very hazy with a dark yellow-orange color. Has a minor white head that sticks around. Little lacing is present as this goes down.

S-Belgian yeast, spices such as clove, and green apple come through.

T-Tastes a lot like it smells. When it first hits the mouth the yeast and clove are the first things that are noticeable. Sweet fruit hits more in the back. There is some booze that is evident as this is halfway done.

M-Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. As mentioned, some booze is evident.

D-Went down quite easily.

A good beer for a nice spring night. Nothing earth shattering, but I would be glad to have this again.

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

I worked through a 4-pack of this, and have to say, after all is said and done, this is a mighty fine beer. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow in my tulip glass, with lots of foam, that didn't stick to the glass. Musty and yeasty aroma, but nice yeasty, spicy zip in the flavor. Maybe a little heavy on the malt side for the style, but a good combination. A little tingly on the tongue, which is a good thing, and real joy to drink. I'll have another.

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

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli into a tulip glass.

A: A clear golden color with a minimal white head. No glass lacing.

S: Peppery spicy yeast, with hints of fruit like apple and pear.

T: Peppery yeasty flavors with spice, banana, apple, pear and malty sweetness. Very minimal hop presence. As the beer warmed, i got a metallic taste that was not welcomed.

M: Fairly thin, no alcohol present and not much lingers in the mouth. Dry, but not hoppy.

D: Medium, this beer actually got worse as it warmed, where most belgians get better when they warm. By the end of my glass I had enough.

Overall I had high hopes for this beer but was left somewhat disappointing. This can't hold a candle to an Tremens or a Duvel. Sorry.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a lightly misty golden yellow with no head. Smell has that traditional belgian yeasty aroma thats spicy, fruity and lightly sweet with a bit of alchohol. Taste is much the same with a fair alchohol presents. Mouthfeel is a medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall not a bad belgian for not being a belgian.

Photo of BMoney575
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-1-09

Pours a sticky-looking gold color with no head and no lacing.

Smell is sweet and Belgian, very peppery, with tons of wine-like boozy fruitiness.

Taste is very wine-like, tons of sharp alcohol and light Belgian sweetness. Not overly complex, but still enjoyable. The aftertaste is very clean and on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy, just right.

Drinkability is good, very flavorful for being decently light.

Overall, a good beer, but I'll take Celis Grand Cru anyday.

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

A: pours with a long lasting, soapy head, with a little bit of lacing. Is light orangeish and very carbonated

S: Hay maybe? some clove and citrussy fruits come out into the nose.

T: Taste is a little sour, but not bad. the sweetness comes through in the finish.

M: Pretty light, couldn't really drink a ton of these. One and I'm good.

D: Goes down easy enough, but like I said... one is enough.

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

pours a golden sunset yellow with a big fluffy (Belgian head) that dissipates nicely and leaves a nice ring with lacing til finish.... smell is of coriander and clove some apples and pear and some cinnamon..the taste is outstanding forget the imports buy this one..it starts with fruit and clove then some yeast and malts cotes the palate its perfectly balanced..it just rolls in the mouth and cotes your taste buds and is oh so drinkable but at 7.6% it will hit you its well hidden..i find this pale ale as good as the imports and highly recommend it.. i will say if you like this ale try fatty boombalatty by furthermore its just edges this out with a lower ABV

Photo of BDLbrewster
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz into Horny Goat Pint. Pours cloudy deep golden/fall leaf color, sizable frothy white clingy head off a mildly aggressive pour. Yeasty, rich, farm-like aroma. Fruity spice, balanced flavors and nice rich sweet finish, tag teamed by a small citrus bite. Nice full mouth feel. Pretty frickin good overall for the style. Super drinkable beer, very easy to enjoy. This brew will find a happy little spot in my fridge.

Photo of bamadog
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice golden/yellow color with a big 1.5 finger head that is very light/fluffy and very white; solid carbonation bubbling up throughout; body is fairly cloudy; no lacing, but a slight oily residue is present on the swirl.

Smell: A lot of yeast coming through the nose; a light sour fruit smell is there, I would say grapes; slightly bready/biscuity malty smell is also present along with spice.

Taste: Yeast and bready; strong hints of bright and sour (yet retaining some sweetness in the overall presence) fruits -- again I would say grapes and possibly green apple; a nice spiciness is very prevalent as well.

Mouthfeel: Very potent carbonation makes for a bubbly and lively mouth; finishes very clean and slightly dry.

Drinkability: I am loving this beer - it's very tasty and the finish is light and clean. Flavors are strong and very pronounced and makes for a great drinking experience and while the ABV is getting a little high, I feel I could get through a few of these with no problem.

Photo of justincolts
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice head and has a great, very "golden" appearance to it. The color is outstanding. Has a very good feeling which makes it very easy to drink. Nice ABV too doesn't hurt :) The smell is by no means bad, but is maybe less apparent than one might like. Still a very tasty beer!

Photo of badmoon
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip from a bottle.

A: Light apricot...almost golden. About a finger's worth of head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Nice nose on this. It smells very sweet...almost a brown sugar quality. Slightly spicy with some notes of honey.

T: Very tasty with some fruity notes. Finishes very clean. Nice bright flavor. I would drink this again without a doubt.

M: Lightly carbonated. Very lively! This is a great brew. The flavors are lingering...I like it!

D: I could have several of these very easily. You may want to watch it though with the ABV clocking in at over 7%. Good stuff.

Overall: Really good interpretation of a Belgian. I would get this again in a heartbeat! Excellent creation.

Photo of marcpal
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 pack picked up at Wegman's with my discovery of the goodness of NC Scrimshaw.
12oz bottle poured into weyerbacher tulip glass.
Bottle Graphics: 6/10.

A: Light gold hazy body, a robust head that was quick to run off. Nothing spectacular, more a weak start to a damn fine brew.

S: Super sweet, right to the brain with a big sniff. Lots of candied sugar and sweetened crystallized dried fruits.

T: Tight fruit flavors that creates something of a cotton mouth, I mean this is a good way. The banana and citrus flavors offer up a complex creation that can be savored on each sip.
The nicest touch is the plethora of spices that dance around in the background.

M: Light and fleeting with a dry finishing grasp.

D: Surely holds it own for the style, can proudly put this alongside from the European counterparts. Would I choose it over Duvel? I might, this is a pleasure to drink and for the price, awesome.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks smellsofstout for including this as an extra in our trade.

Pours a hazy peach color into a Unibroue tulip glass. Thin head that leaves no lacing.

Aroma is right in line with what I'd expect from a Belgian Pale Ale. Spicy yeast aroma. Not much malt aroma to mask it.

Low on carbonation. Doesn't produce a head when swirled.

Alcohol not noticeable for a 7.6% beer. Mouthfeel suffers from the lack of carbonation.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown squat pop top bottle with awesome label

Appearance: Dark-golden hazy beer with an ivory cap which fades pretty quick

Smell: Super rich, a bit of toasted malt, sweet Belgian candy sugar, mild alcohol, touch of caramel and fruit esters

Taste: Wow! This has a punch. Alcohol is fairly prominent and spicy here; there are mild toasted/caramel malt notes with lots of fruit and just a hint of funk...kind of citrusy/banana esters...a bit muddled/indistinct

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy bodied

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: I was honestly a bit let down by this; it's potent, it's big...it's just a bit simplistic and overly hot in the alcohol for me...

Photo of Frosty80
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: hazy burnt orange

Smell: some orange peel, coriander, spices and yeast

Taste: yeasty, fruity, spicy. pretty typical belgian-style. pretty decent alcohol presence

Mouthfeel: low carbonation. light-med body

Notes: typical belgian-style. nothing very unique here. true to the style and will done

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

Pranqster pours a cloudy gold with a 2 finger head and nice lacing.
The smell is a light blend of citrus and malt with a little bit of an alcohol bite hiding in the back.
The taste is on the lighter side, there are some yeasty fruit flavors going on, mingling pretty well to hide the alcohol.
The mouthfeel is crisp, it finishes nice and dry with little sweetness and little bitterness as well, just a nice delicate balance.
The drinkability is very nice, I have tossed back a 4 pack on quite a few nights. The price point really makes this beer even more of a contender.

Photo of lhaqq
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange, slightly golden body with a thin creamy head.
S: Amazing smell, but couldn't place it for awhile. (Belgian) yeast, spices, and light fruits mixed with caramel.
T: Sweet but not at all cloying. A great representative of the style. Granny carameled apples. Light malts, champagne.
M: Medium-bodied, lively carbonation.
D: Another solid beer from North Coast.

Photo of Domingo
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Was looking for a Belgian golden and stumbled upon this one. North Coast typically does a great job, too.
Pours a pretty cloudy tannish yellow with a lot of yeast floating around. Head's pretty rocky as expected.
Smell is definitely yeasty, but there's a pretty huge hop presence in there, too.
The taste starts off spicy and yeasty, followed by a wave of european hops. The issue is that the spicy yeast and hops blend together to form a bitter flavor that's kind of offputting. It's not bitter in a traditional IBU sense, but it's just not quite right. I'd describe it as sort of musty tasting to be pretty honest. Not really picking up any of the traditional fruit flavors as a result. I just get a little sweet booziness up-front, bitter yeast, & hops. No fruit, and no depth with the yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel is fine for what it's supposed to be, but one bottle was enough. For that matter, I couldn't even finish the bottle.

Skip this one as there are better versions of the style brewed domestically or via import. The price is right at $7, but I was let down. I'm in no hurry to revisit this one. Hopefully there was just something off with my bottle.

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

The pour is a hazy golden with a finger's white head. The head is gone quickly, and lacing is low.

The nose is of some yeast, fruit (apples and oranges) and a hint of spices. The taste starts very sweet before adding some of the citrus, spices and bitterness. It's quite nice.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a lot of carbonation. This beer is very drinkable.

This is a nice example of the style, and I might try it again.

Photo of JonMich13
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't review a Belgian strong pale without comparing it to Duvel, which is one of my favorite overall beers.

A = Honey amber color with a thin one finger head that deflated pretty quickly. Lacing was light. Hardly any beer in the world looks like as good as a Duvel, so it wouldn't be a fair fight for any beer.

S = Nice sweet honey and malt smell. Some citrus and hop hints also there.

T = Nice sweet malt start, and a light and refreshing citrus and slight hop fill in behind. Taste mirrors the smell quite well. IMO not as complex as Duvel, but a very tasty and refreshing brew.

M = Nothing special on the palate IMO. Nothing really negative to say, but just an unremarkable light to medium body mouth.

D = Crisp and clean enough to be a sessionable strong ale. Solid in this dept.

Overall, a very deft attempt at this style by a very strong brewery. Just so happens that Duvel sets the standard for me and it is hard to live up to. But that doesn't mean this isn't a very good beer, which it is.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden

smell: fruit, slight hops

taste: was a great real belgian golden ale, good, and no overpowering for how strong it was, fruits and spicy tatste couldn't indentify exactly but very tasty

mouthfeel: rich and high carbonation

drinkability: I was pleasantly suprised, it's not overrated, smooth and easy for how stong the ABV is.

Photo of jwinship83
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle that was being sold cheap at the local bottle shop. apparently no one buys it. no freshness date, but its gotta have some age on it. into the duvel tulip it goes.

A- bright and clear golden colored body with a steady stream of carbonation from the "d" in the bottom of my glass. a finger of lasting white head forms. sticky lace left all over the sides of my glass.

S- belgian yeast, and fruit mostly. banana, apples, and pears. somewhat spicy as well. cloves maybe?

T- sweet malts, and belgian yeast. summer fruits like apple pear and banana. the spices i could smell were there also.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- one was enough. not the most interesting beer of its style, but the blowout price is enough to make me go pick up a few more and drink one every so often. glad i finally tried this one.

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

This was a very solid belgian beer. I enjoyed the complex flavors of fruitiness and spice. This beer poured nice and had a average head that dissipated quickly. Very drinkable and great aroma. A pleasure to drink. Of all the Bengian beers I have tried I would rank this up there as one of my favorites.

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,912 ratings.