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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: 115
Gots: 280 | 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 n811
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I went into this tasting expecting a Duvel-like beer but was pleasantly surprised that it's a different interpretation of the style.

Poured into my tulip glass and the head dissipated much more quickly than expected. No matter. The smell was more of a tripel aroma than Duvel, but it still had some of that crisp fruitiness that makes my mouth water.

The first taste made me think of a Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen - strong banana and spiced flavors (to me, at least) with a tripel-like sweetness on the aftertaste.

Different than expected, but good!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Apperance- Cloudy golden color with a good head bu no lacing to speak of.

Smell- A bready yeasty nose

Taste,Mouthfeel- Yeasty front with a warm acohol middle and finish.

Drinkability- This one has a decent return factor. Not my thing but anyone into this particular style will dig it.

Photo of theghost3
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

75th review! Awesome. Anyway, about the beer...pours a hazy golden with a thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving some lacing. However, it just doesn't live up to the quintessential Belgian Strong Pale Ale--Duvel.

Smells of pears, white grapes, some faint spices and yeast. Taste is sweet--mainly pears & malt with a little bitterness & hot spiciness at the end. Mouthfeel is way too carbonated. I expected some carbonation but this one burned my mouth.

Overall, a drinkable beer. Watch out for the 7.6 percent ABV, which doesn't seem like a lot, but will sneak up on you since it's covered up so well.

Photo of beertunes
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into sturdy chalice. Poured gently so that there was less than 1 finger of head. Head dissapated quickly leaving a nice lace. A beautiful hazy orange-gold color. Great spicy aroma. Fantastic tasting beer with a well balanced spice flavor. Well rounded, full body. Extremely drinkable. On the strong side for a session, but since it's sold in 4 packs it's just the right amount for sitting next to the river in summer. Or snuggled warmly with a book on a cold night. Or anytime, really. Truly a classic.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a small white head with fair retention.

S: Definite fruit notes, heavy pear, estery.

T: Light bready maltiness is met by a distinctly Belgian yeast character. Quite sweet at points, candied pears, light pineapple and cereal. Has a bit of a funky hit to it.

M: Medium-bodied, solid carbonation, not overdone. Relatively smooth to the style.

D: A good American take on this Belgian style. I'd like a bit more complexity, but this is a good anytime drinker.

Photo of cleeze
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is straight up yummy!!! I wish I would of picked up a 6 pack... with that said, let's do this!

Appearance was a lighter, hazy gold with some decent head on it. The head didn't last as long as I wish it would have, but hey what can ya do? Also some damn good lacing on this bitch. Very STICKY

This bitch smells fruitier than a queer uncle. (No offense!) Major citrus on the nose. Yummy. Also some great yeast notes up in the mix.

Once again the fruitiness is right there. This time bannana jumbles together with the citrus. Throw some clove up in there as well. The taste is really well balanced between the fruit and the mild spices. I love this brew.

DRINKABILITY IS awesome. I could probaby swig back some more of these

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

A: Pours a hazy brownish orange color...make sure you swirl this before you finish the pour! No real head, just some bubbles that show up on the pour but settle back into the beer. Very clean and crisp looking.

S: Only a slight smell of yeast...I had expected more, but no big deal. I can make out fruity scents (mostly raisin, but some citrus too) as well as some drier malts, as well as a slight hint of alcohol.

T: First, this beer masks even that slight alcohol scent very well. I can't even taste it when I burp. Rolling this around on my palate brings out those raisins. It also helped me pick up the bananas and cloves that I initially didn't taste just sipping this straight. Obviously, the malts from the smell show up too...they add a dryness to this beer that I wasn't expecting.

M/D: Carbonation is kinda high, which makes it hard to really feel the beer on your tongue to taste it well, but it doesn't make the beer undesirable. Texture is heavier than it looks, and I wouldn't session this as a result. I could have a couple though.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter-ish thing.

Appearance: Pours a pale, gold-tangerine, with very low visibility, and a very tiny white head that evaporates instantly. Body looks syrupy, with no apparent carbonation.

Smell: Citrus, sour yeast, and malts. Maybe a bit of banana and melon as well. Pretty faint, but pleasant.

Taste: Banana, dusty straw, sour yeast, citrus, green apple, and soggy bread. Good amount of spiciness to boot. Flavors meld together nicely, and a touch of alcohol comes through to provide for a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good numbing from this one, especially considering the ABV. Warm, comforting, and clean. A somewhat syrupy feel that's still very crisp thanks to the spices and alcohol.

Drinkability: This one definitely grows on you. I read Todd's review before trying it and didn't think I'd like it a whole lot, but this is a fine beer. Goes down very smoothly, and has a rich feel to it. EDIT: Thought the spiciness was a bit much, but this gets smoother and smoother as you dirnk it.

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

Half-liter on tap.

A: Thin head on top of a pleasant, golden-colored body.

S: Raisins, alcohol, fruits, bready malts. Lots going on.

T: Sweet fruits at first, cloves to finish off. A little alcohol sting to let you know it's there.

M: Very balanced; sits pleasantly in the mouth.

D: This practically requires you to have more than one; it goes down smoothly and enjoyably all the way through.

Photo of baos
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into Red Door Tavern Mug.

A: Hazy golden with a bit of orange in there little head that goes into a nice collar with bits of lacing here and there not much though.

S: Bread dough, candy sugar, booziness. Hints of spiciness. Some floral notes as well. As it warms the pink bubble gum stick notes come through for me YUM!

T: Orange-clover-beeswax. Honey liqueur with a bit of doughiness. Bit of bubble gum too on the get go maybe a bit more as it warms. Alcohol gives you a nice big slug at the end with a clovey dryness to finish. Great brew.

M: Nice medium creamy feel on swish.

D: Pretty strong on my empty tummy, but I think I can drink at least two six packs. Hell o-L.

Photo of wgarton
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a chalice. Thin foam head, pillowy white. Gave way to a minor white lacing. Golden color that glimmered some in the light.

S: Sweet, raisins and hints of the alcohol through a pleasant brandy like smell. Really complex and enjoyable. A great second impression.

T: Starts with a fruity sweetness, only hinting at its high alcohol content. The alcohol is warming, but doesn't distract from the taste at all. Finishes dry.

MF: Slightly creamy, good balanced carbonation, that flows through the mouth well leaving a clean palate.

D: Despite its high alcohol content I could drink a lot of these in the night and enjoy every drop. Really a good drinking experience; one that stands up to almost any others I've had from the style.

Photo of colts9016
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The color is slightly pale straw yellow with hues of orange.
Nose: A hoppy slightly citrus grapefruit, toasted malt There are hints of yeast, fruit and esters.
Taste: A nice malt backbone that stands up to the hoppiness of the beer. There is a fruitiness with notes of esters and citrus. Overall: This is a well made beer is very balance with lots of flavors and aromas. It is super easy to drink and to be enjoyed. I was quite surprised by how good this beer was. It had a good astringent mouth feel with a smooth crisp clean finish.

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

Wow! I was so surprised by this beer. I've seen this in four packs for years and just figured it was another "belgian" american beer. This beer and the Russian River belgians are the ONLY ones that compare to the real thing that i've had so far. Damn good.

Pours a rich golden color with very little head. Very effervescent with almost champagne like bubbles.

Nose is simple but good, smells like a great belgian blonde, good light malt flavors.

It is sweet but not too sweet, definitely some wonderful spice notes. Nice and bubbly with the a great mouthfeel. Reminds me of Leffe or Affligem. Awesome beer!

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color with a nice head. Lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Yeast, cloves..some fruity smells

Taste: Excellent, there is the yeastiness, of course. And the cloves as well. Somewhat of a spice flavor. Mild bitterness at the end to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel: On the medium bodied side with a good creamy feel. Goes down well.

Drinkability: Relatively high ABV, but tastes good and most of the flavors mask the alcohol taste, so it wouldn't be hard to drink a couple.

Photo of Guzzler78
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle

Dark Golden Straw color. White head that is not much more than 1/2". head quickly disappears. Not much lacing.
Sweet and floral aroma. Pears, yeast and hop notes.
Fruity and sweet taste. A little bitterness.
Medium body with slightly dry finish.

A nice drinking beer.

Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color with a small white head that fades into a thin lacing that lasts throughout. Has a nice fruity citrus and alcohol aroma. Medium bodied with a citrus orange and lemon taste to it. Very quaffable belgian-style ale.

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

Pours a hazy golden apricot/orange into a Duvel tulip glass, a bit like an unfiltered apple cider. Head dissipates shortly yet offers smooth lacing and decent surface film retention.

Smell is a bit bready through the head and otherwise offers light candied notes. Scents of apple, unripe banana and clove wrapped in Belgian yeast and sprinkled with candi sugar. Nice, but not over the top.

Taste follows the nose nicely and is in fact a bit sweeter than expected from the nose, yet not atypical for the style. Lots of spices come out in the taste as well, particularly in the finish. Dried fruits, pepper and cinnamon/clove to name a few. This beer offers a decent body and a slightly viscous mouthfeel, yet varies a bit in the carbonation department. Drinkability is pretty solid as the ABV never surfaces on the nose or tongue and in fact may be overcompensated for in the residual sugars department.

A nice Strong Ale yet not as memorable as when had on tap which offered less sweetness and a richer feel.

Photo of kevd193213
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Golden pour with a thick white head that lasts and lasts and lasts. Aroma of peppery hops, yeast and malt. Peppery flavor with yeast, gingerbread and bananas present. Great finish, one of those rare golden ales with a bite, almost an IPA hybrid.

Photo of BWH3
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The color is perfect. A light gold. The head is a big billowing white fluff. The retention is poor but leaves a nice lacing. Not perfectly clear it does have a slight chill haze.

S: Aroma is quite pleasing. Pear essence and light malt sweetness combined with a musty scent of a furry animal. A floral hop note in the end

T: Light soft malt sweetness and a mild mineral hops bitterness. But the fun ends their with this pranqster. Seriously, I let it warm up and got nothing more to rise out of this concoction. Tastes good but far too simple.

M: Light medium bodied. Mild effervescence. Below average head retention.

D: Not all bad but not quite up to snuff for BSPA. I might have felt different if it were classified as a Belgian Blonde.

Photo of bobsy
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden pour throws up a thin white head, which provides some decent lace. Nice fruity aroma, with a dose of spicy yeast - I'm getting some apple, but I can also pick up something tropical in there - perhaps mango? Very Belgian, spicy flavour. Lots of cloves and a touch of ginger play off against a biscuit malt body. There's also a very decent level of bitterness, which helps to keep things fresh. Medium-light body, with refreshingly crisp carbonation.

A pretty cool beer, with some interesting things going on. I would agree that this is very similar to a tripel, and an enjoyable one at that. Thanks to Shawn for a chance at this one.

Photo of Derek
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden straw, slight haze, white head, no retention, very little lacing.

S: Candied pineapple; light spicing (cloves & a little ginger).

T: Cloves, ginger & a little biscuity malt.

M: Moderate body is smooth, with an off-dry finish.

D: A decent drinker.

Thanks for sharing sstackho!

Photo of gdfan47
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this up at the foodery

never had it before so i figured I would try it

pours a hazy , unfilerty ( yeah I said it.) gold color

alot of head

it was very interesting, it seemed to blur lines with the hops and the wheat taste

overall I liked it, not my favorite but its worth checking out

Photo of biegaman
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow saffron with grated shreds of orange zest. The beer is overcast and murky to the point of non transparency, a result of my own careless pouring which introduced a few clumps of yeast sediment into the glass. A filmy scrap of off-white is enveloped by a loose, soapy ring. There should be something fuller and thicker on top for this style.

A touch spicy, fairly floral, considerably musty, and intensely clove-like, much to my content, North Coast has selected a proper Belgian-esque yeast strain for this beer. Its most prominent feature, rather surprisingly, is a commanding dosage of vanilla. Far more pronounced than spice or citrus is this toothsome note of a rich vanilla custard.

The yeast props the taste as well with spice and summer fruits. The flavour carries hints of melon, cantaloupe, lemon, golden pear and green apple. The spice is boldly suggested but finishes quite subdued. The alcohol is concealed from taste as the phenols, although fervent, don't quite burn through the tongue like they can in other strong pale ales.

At 7.6% this is only a "somewhat strong" Belgian style pale ale and might be considered a little more quaffable as result. I say only maybe because I find alcohol strength isn't always a hinder on drinkability - something especially true of the best tripels and BSPA's. To its credit, the lower alcohol does not correspond to a lack of taste, this is almost as flavorful as any I've tried.

North Coast claims to using 'a mixed culture of antique yeast' and this indeed does have the substance and poise of a true, time tested Belgian ale. I wouldn't consider it quite as good as authentic, but beyond doubt this is miles ahead of what many other US craft brewers have been capable of doing with the style.

Photo of scottoale
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork/caged 750ml. brown bottle with no freshness date on the label. It pours into a Chimay chalice a hazy yellow-gold with a half- finger of white expanding head. The lively carbonation actually makes the head grow larger at first.

Sweet and floral of honeysuckle, green tea, some yeast and spice. Very nice aromatics.

Pleasantly sweet and malty on the intro, with a nice citric to tea bittering balance, then onto a spice warming to clean finish. Complex and tasty, not what I remember from the tap version I tasted 6 months ago. A very tasty American version of this style.

Medium bodied with the alcohol tucked in well, this is a very easy to drink ale, period. Reasonably priced at six bucks a bomber at Bevmo, try it.

Photo of phattysbox
2.54/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz fatty poured into snifter glass. Comes out straw-yellow with a white head that stick around for while, not bad...

I was dissapointed in the smell - or lack there of. For a belgian ale the aromatics were lacking. Where are the yeasty esters? Smell I could find revealed a malty base with some spice.

Taste is all spice that clashes harshly with the yeast profile. Astringet and raw, I couldn't put finger on the taste - coriander maybe? The malt bill gets lost somewhere and doesn't end up tasting like a belgian golden ale.

Had high hopes for this one but can't reccomd it.

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