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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,918 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,918
Reviews: 1,171
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 118
Gots: 311 | 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 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.

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.

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,918 ratings.