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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,525 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,525
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 95
Gots: 141 | 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 beertastegood


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

Pours a gold-orange color with a small head. Smells of molasses, caramel and brown sugar...very sweet. Tastes like molasses, with a bit of yeasty overtones. Finishes with a slight sourness toward the end. Aftertaste is slightly metallic, don't know where that came from. I think that this beer has potential, but the finish just leaves a lot to be desired. Not a really outstanding brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 05:53:36 | More by beertastegood
Photo of Hunter


3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good representation of the style, no doubt. Light haze/gold color brew, supporting a thick white head.

Notes of banana and other esters in the nose, wheatgrass and malt.

Tasty stuff. Not as complex or spicy as I like in Belgians but certainly drinkable. Light mouthfeel, finishes clean and entices one to go for another.

Found this as a single bottle at Cost Plus Imports. I'll make an effort to find it again and re-review.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 23:52:37 | More by Hunter
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


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

This is one of the best bang-for-your buck purchases you can find. At around $7/ 4-pack you can't loose on this one. This pours a wonderful light golden color with a nice white head that thins very quickly. The smell is very estery with a banana presence. The taste is crisp with a dry finish and the belgian candy sugar stands out. A very nice belgian style ale at a resonable price.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 23:02:34 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of palma

New York

3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange tan body. Almost no head. Umm, head please? Fruity aroma with grape, apple and big malty notes. Very sweet smelling. Almost reminds me of a stick of bubblegum. Taste is fruity with pear and corriander standing out. Sweet, bold malty backbone. Tart, citric finish. Very complex tasting. A lot of flavor in this brew. This is a slow sipping brew not because of the abv, but because of the strong and complex flavor. I'm giving a 3.5 for taste, with much of that point value given with a lot of weight considering the style. Personally, I dont really care for the flavor that much. High carbonation mouthfeel so it was odd to see virtually no head develop. I think Duvel is a much easier drinking golden ale. This is a decent Belgian in my opinion. Though I dont really care for the flavor, I know others probably love it.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 06:32:55 | More by palma
Photo of Dukeofearl


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

Poured vigorously into a Leffe goblet because it was obvious from the first that this one had no head or carbonation. And I mean none. I've tasted this one before, so I know it has the potential for some slight white head, but never much. Partly due to colder than optimal temperatures perhaps, but still nothing or not much in my experience. Medium golden color typical of the style, with tiny flecks of yeast floating around (not causing a haze to the beer, there are discrete flecks). Another reviewer suggested they look like pepper floating in the beer- a very good description.

Aroma is mostly sweetness, with a slight pepper/spicy overcoat (there's that pepper again). None of the typical strong citrus nose, but some vague fruitiness is there. Decent, but not overwhelming.

Taste- much as in the aroma, the first thing noticed is sweetness, although not as strong in the flavor. Spicy herbal notes bounce around the bright, clean finish.

Mouthfeel is full and pleasant. Drinkability is good, but I would note that this, a decent beer, has a lot of competition that I prefer. Good stuff, but I'll find others that I would go back to first.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 06:48:10 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of yoko


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We all know the bottle and the team of happy fellows sporting their beers and jolly. Poured a milky golden-orange with suspended specks of ground pepper like particles (despite holding a 1/2" in the bottle). Even with a hard pour it mounted a small head that quickly disappeared to a reminiscent white wash cloud up top with a slight stick of head that left a delicate and hoped for lace. The nose was a delight - "yes, a Belgian"... dry malts, sour horse/straw in a very good way. Carbonation carried the libation from start to finish. Malts and sour with a hop spice lite bite finish...ahhhh.

What a delightful surprise.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 23:00:58 | More by yoko
Photo of GeoffRizzo


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

Light and cloudy sun yellow in hue, very thin dissolving head. Belgium spices, 30 second old chewed bubble gum and banana peels on the nose. Up front, decent medium based BSPA, if there is such a thing. Chewy and peppery, spices quite noticeable and in your face; yeast and coriander in the body, fresh bananas and orange peel to boot. Mildly carbonated and a bit creamy, hard to detect, yet perfectly disguised 7.6 ABV. Drinkable, yes, tasty, yes! NothinÂ’ wrong here!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 03:30:52 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine Belgian style strong ale.

Pours a hazy orange with a thick creamy white head that left abundant lace as it withdraws. Head fades to a thin crown that sits on top as the beer is consumed. Quite a bit of sediment if you do not choose to decant.

Smell is floral hops with faint cloves and citrus. some Yeastiness.

Taste is balanced malt an and european hops. Some bitterness at the tail end. Not even a slight hint of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full. Not as light as one might expect given that pale coloration. But this in in perfect accord with the style, reminds me very much of Duvel.

This is a very drinkable brew, it hides its gravity well.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 04:03:47 | More by Citadel82
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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

.Tap@North coast. Has the same yeasty flavour of Duvel (i.e fair amount of character, but nice and soft. This was spicy, appley, lemony, yeasty, nice warming finish, not too bad. Pretty good crack at the Duvel? style, drinkable stuff, one of my faves at the north Coast taproom.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2005 11:27:13 | More by rastaman
Photo of trancefishy


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

pours out a nice semi-hazy orange colour, and in my case, with some large clumpy snot-viscosity yeast balls. oh well, more vitamin B for me.

aroma let's you know this a big juicy belgian right away. lots of yeasty smells, and certainly some vanilla floating around in there. spicy and bright. oh, my mouth waters...

oh yes, the taste. all over the place. sweet and orangey, with a nice finish that is not too dry at all. that vanilla is still there, along with lots of bread and a mild mild alcohol presence. the flavour and aroma compliment each other nicely. they are neither the same nor radically different and disconnected.

mouthfeel is nice and full. not wimpy thin at all. all the flavor is there to fill up that space entirely as well. carbonation does it's part satisfactorily.

wow. this is really good stuff. don't let anyone tell you i said this, but it's better than a few belgians from belgium i have had. perhaps that's just my USAian palette diggian USA beers, or just the fact that after nearly 7hours of physics work, i'm ready for some beer. This is not a cheesy beer, it's really good, so get some and drink it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2005 04:54:13 | More by trancefishy
Photo of skybluewater


4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color. No lace, but that was my fault (dirty glass...). Smells of lemon and yeast-nice. Taste is good, very good, with a lemony, yeasty flavor dominating, as well as some pear and apple (or did I imagine that?).

Very nice Belgian-style golden ale here. This one I'm definitely buying again, in place of some other, more expensive Belgians that shall go nameless.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2005 07:38:41 | More by skybluewater
Photo of malthead


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice golden orange color, and poured in a Duvel tulip glass, I got a great big white/peach colored head. (when you pour this one, get some distance on it, otherwise the head won't show up) There's the usual Belgian candy-beer smell... predominantly sweet malt, but a surprising amount of fruit and hops - apricots, spices/pepper, and a bready yeast component. Taste is really sweet... there's the malt and other stuff noted in the aroma - floral/herbal/spicy, but still mostly just too sweet for me. I found this affected the mouthfeel as well - great carbonation, which made it very light for a beer like this, but overall, just too sickly-sweet and mouth-coating for me. Drinkability was good, I liked the alcohol content in this - not too strong, but warming in the background.

For what it's worth, I thought this one was better than Duvel or several others, and well worth its price. I guess I'm just more of a fan of saisons and strong dark ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 05:04:56 | More by malthead
Photo of Boilermaker88


4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a stubby 12oz bottle and poured into a tulip glass. Pranqster had a cloudy dark golden color and lots of fine, tightly packed carbonation but only a wisp of an off-white head. Swirling the glass caused the head to briefly flare up but no lacing was deposited.
The smell had a solid yeasty aroma with a substantial level of fruitiness and solid spicy notes. The bready malt taste played briefly over the tongue before giving way to the flavors of tropical fruits. This, in turn, promptly stepped aside for the strong spicy bite of pepper and a touch of herbal hoppiness. Might also have a bit of ginger, it was hard for me to place. The feel was medium bodied, initially prickly, but then velvety smooth.
Pranqster was pretty darn tasty and easily quaffable. The alcohol is well concealed and can really sneak up on you, as I found out as I went back to the glass with increasing rapidity. A well-crafted American version of the style and worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2005 20:35:57 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of Southernbrew


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-gold with a slim head, lots of bubbles in the glass.

Aroma shows off the malt as well as weak fruits and a touch of alcohol.

Medium body, light floral flavor comes first followed by a flowery spiciness. A pleasant warming from the alcohol comes along as the sweet finish comes around.

Pretty nice Belgian stong pale. Nicely priced too, I think this single bottle cost me less than $2.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 20:58:02 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of santoslhalper


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

This was a very solid west coast belgian style ale. Bright gold with a huge head. The smell and taste were both extremely hoppy, but well balanced. I was suprised that this was 7.6%!! Doesn't taste like it at all. It's got almost a tripel like fruitiness to it. Another North Coast offering that I've had the pleasure to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 08:43:13 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of JackStraw22


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

Beer has a cloudy golden/orange body with moderate white foam. A little bit of lacing, ok head retention. The aroma is very sweet, a lot of apples. It also smells "spicy", though I'm not sure if that's the right word, almost gingerish. It tastes a lot like it smells. A kind of sticky sweet feeling in the mouth. A little bitterness at the end, but not much. The aftertaste is sweet. Excellent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 23:23:19 | More by JackStraw22
Photo of ElGordo


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

Pours into my Duvel tulip a cloudy golden-orange with a one-inch, creamy white head. Spicy aroma of coriander, black pepper, curacao orange, and Belgain ale yeast. Palate holds mostly coriander up front, with a nice spicy, hoppy, yeasty backbone. Very nice creamy body. Finishes fairly dry, with a lingering aftertaste of European hops. A nice, nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 03:11:08 | More by ElGordo
Photo of GClarkage


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

01/04/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no kind of dates. Consumed from my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden-orange coloring with a white creamy head and average lacing.

Smell- Very soft scented. Maybe some banana and other poptpuri spice scents.

Taste- Let this one warm up. I made the mistake of starting it out at about 40 degrees. Once it hit about 50 degrees the flavors came out much better. Decent amounts of corriander, banana, maybe a bit of cloves. Very yeasty tasting as I watch the chunks swirl around.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation and a medium-high thickness here.

Drinkability- A American Belguin beer! Brilliant! They did a pretty damn good job on this one. Plus the alcohol is just about right where a few of these won't knock you out like those 10% beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 20:30:41 | More by GClarkage
Photo of scratchchance


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Living in Hawaii it is hard to get good beers seeing as there is only a few brewerys and only one good store that specializes in importing beer and wine. When I tried this belgian style beer, one because of the price, I was amazed. The colour is an almost orange/amber in apperace with a light head and efervecent as many Belgins are. What strikes you first is the complexity of the taste a sweet but not sweet, citrus but with something else I cant quite describe. From the front to the back of the palate there is a different taste. I honestly cant get enough of this beer and usualy buy two when I visit my favorite beer store in town.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who remotly likes Belgin style ales, and the price cannot be beat. I am looking foward to trying this on tap at the brewery some time. It would be worth the drive.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 07:41:06 | More by scratchchance
Photo of jahred


4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pranqster pours as an extremely cloudy beer, orange in color, with a thick white head sitting at the top of my glass, leaving nice trails of lace as I drink. There's a good amount of brown, yeast sludge at the bottom of my glass, despite my best attempts at swirling the beer to dissolve it all. The scent is heavily - yeasty, fresh-baked bread, and lemon/orange peels.

As for the taste, it's magnificent. Bubbly orange up front, then the warm, crusty fresh-baked bread flavors, followed by a slight, hoppy citrus aftertaste. As the beer warms, the orange tastes gets stronger and a bit more sweet, and almost Mandarin orange-like. There's something about this beer that I can't quite describe - it's related to its sweet,ness, but that's not quite it. Maybe brightness (without really knowing what that means)? There's also an almost saison-like spiciness that's hinted at in my last few sips.

Delicious, smooth, and easy to drink. It'll be difficult to find equally good Belgians at Pranqster's price!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 03:21:29 | More by jahred
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive yeast, in terms of aroma and taste for a Belgium, but otherwise true to its style. An interesting and worthwhile addition to its style. Coriander, vanilla, nutmeg. Quite quafable. Sweet-spicy. Medium-full mouthfeel. Cloudy golden appearance.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 00:47:42 | More by Sammy
Photo of Troyone


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 fld. oz. bottle, poured into the glass with about an inch head that dissipated in minutes. The color is similar to a sandy blond with a haze that does not fade.
The smell is a noticable sweetness of maybe a slight caramel that has a lemon background.
The taste is a smooth some what of a slight wheat malt caramel with a lemon accent and the carbonation is well balanced.
The mouthfeel is smooth with a balanced crisp almost unnoticeable carbonation.
The aftertaste is sweet with a slightly malty caramel wheat lingering with the balance of carbonation that disappears.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2004 09:53:21 | More by Troyone
Photo of RushLimbmalt


4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy orange color and has a small white head that dissipates quickly and has a nice slow fine carbonation. The aroma is yeasty and fruity and overall very alluring. The taste is every bit as yeasty as the smell and there is a explosion of tart fruitiness that covers up the alcohol well, but I did detect a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. The body is a bit thin, but appropriate for the style. This is a damn fine Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2004 07:48:21 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of schrist275


3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

after so long... lets see what we get again.love the label, only odd thing being the dude on the far right.. doesnt fit.. wonder if that is the brewer?? anyways...cloudy...golden to golden red in color, head moves fast but keeps a fair amount of carbonation. Smell is very fruity sweet (but rotten) mostly apples. Hides the ABV from the nose, so gotta give it a taste, and the flavor follows the smell exactly. Mouth gets full splash of sweet and the aftertaste reminds me of apple jolly rancher. no screams and yells about this beer.. but no gripes either. is sweet enough to go with a chili dog (as long as its not hot chili).

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2004 07:18:54 | More by schrist275
Photo of clvand0


4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves a nice bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very spicy and yeasty with a nice fruit character. The flavor is very spicy. Some fruit in there as well. This is a pretty good Belgian, but the spicy character takes away from the drinkability and the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 19:20:35 | More by clvand0
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,525 ratings.