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Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

1,208 Reviews
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Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 20

Added by kbub6f on 06-01-1998

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Photo of wisebier
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I would say this is my favorite American Belgian Ales (strong ale).

L: Nice cloudy orangey golden color. Pours a nice head that lasts

T: Spice, banana clove, very smooth with a little warmth at the finish. The spice adds a nice touch and I like how there is no fruitiness.

S: tastes like it smells

very good American made beer

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Photo of drmeto
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a cloudy golden-orange with a small,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-honey,caramel,white bread,lemon,coriander,soda
-bubble gum,honey,lemon,pears,coriander
-finishes bone dry
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-slight alcohol warmth
Nice one.The Yeast doesnt come through as much as in your usual Belgian ales

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy straw with an exuberant head. The aromas lead with nuttiness, almost like roast almonds, followed by banana and cinnamon. The flavor begins with malty, bready, nutty tones, followed by banana and golden raisin, with cinnamon and nutmeg on the swallow, and the a quick return to the fruity flavors. The mouthfeel is zesty and lively, though with plenty of body. Overall this is a really great belgian style beer, with no pretensions. Also, a steal at the price.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange in color; 1 finger of white colored head.

Aroma is of citrus, spicy yeast, coriander, and some honey-like sweetness.

Taste is very good! Crisp carbonation and citrus start the sip off. Good carbonation throughout the sip. Yeast is present and spicy but not dominating. The beer is more on the citrusy crisp side than on the yeasty-spice side. Still an adequate amount of spice is present. Near the middle of the mouth, the honey sweetness catches up. It's a nice caramelized sugar taste. The finish is actually not too sweet; it is pleasantly dry. It isn't super dry but just enough to draw me in for another sip. With the dryness is tons of fresh pear juice.

Overall, one of the better US produced versions. Good balance of flavors with prominent citrus and a crisp finish. I see this pairing well with Apple cider braised pork, braised beans, and sautéed garlic kale. It gets a 90/100.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip, pours a dark hazy orange with a nice white head, about a fingers worth of foam that thins out, some lacing occurring

S: Oh jeez, this has a rather musty stench, I'm used to Belgian funk, but this is a borderline ammonia/urine scent.

T: A Wheat nose with spice, that fades into a bit of sweet malt with a slight amount of citrus, nothing overwhelming.

F: Good for the style, Medium bodied and high carbonation

O: Perhaps I have overindulged with the Belgians again, but this beer is rather par for the course. My biggest problem is the disconnect from the smell and taste, a pretty underwhelming showing from a legendary brewery like North Coast. Perhaps if on sale, Pranqster might be worth investigating if you are just that dedicated to Belgian-style ales.

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Photo of Tele
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 9.13.15

A: 4.25 Pours a slightly hazy, reddish-gold. The two-inch off-white head has good retention and leaves some lace.

S: 4.25 Aromas are classic Belgian pale ale. The yeast dominates with estery clove, grapes, banana, orange peel, and mild hay. There is some malt presence and a touch of hops as well.

T: 4.25 Starts off a bit sweet before moving into all the esters from the nose. Lots of spice and yeast on the palate while the malt steps back a bit. The finish has a pleasant mineral quality developing into light bitterness.

M: 4.5 The body is nice and substantial while remaining drinkable and refreshing. Carbonation is on point too.

O: 4.25 Classic example of a Belgian pale ale. Lots of esters while still letting some of the malt shine. Very drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. Aroma has candy sugar and tropical fruits, ginger. Flavor is of stone fruits, citrusy, hint of banana and bubblegum very nice really enjoyable.

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Photo of mac31
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slight sweetness up front rolls right in to the big Belgian yeast profile- yeast, banana, soft white peppery spice. Slight hints of citrus/orange combine with slight breadiness in the finish. The classic Belgian candy sugar dries out this beer nicely. Light bodied. Soft carbonation. Alcohol is well covered. The only way you know it's 7.6% is when you start feeling it about a half bottle in. Supremely drinkable. A great beer. One of my favorites. Wish I had another right now.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice cirtus and wheat aroma. A nice initial wheat flavor to it, but then I get a little emptiness in a citrus aftertaste. A good enough beer, but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of mlockman
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No hop aroma or flavor, but also no strong Belgian yeast flavor or aroma. Holistically, very crisp and refreshing while remaining deceptively smooth despite its moderate ABV.

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Photo of snippydippy
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Immediately noticed the crisp flavor to this that went down nicely. Normally I am not the biggest fan of fruity beers but the balance of cider, fruit flavors with everything else was very nice. Price was excellent for what you get and I would recommend to anyone wanting something lighter.

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Photo of MLoxxer
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this beer in a four pack of 12 ounce bottles from The Still in Lincoln, Nebraska. Upon pouring it into a tulip I could see a nice hazy golden color. The head produced was white and fluffy but collapsed into a thin layer within minutes. The beer's aroma was pleasant but not spectacular. Although, it's flavor is very good for a US craft beer I couldn't rank it as high as that of a Belgian or even a Unibroue product. Frankly for this style it was a bit watery, which I expected based on the 7.6% ABV rating. The mouthfeel was just right. For the money this a good beer, it's no Lucifer or Don de Dieu but good nonetheless.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours hazy copper amber with a 2” finely bubbled, persistent, clingy white foam collar.
S: Light apricot, malt, spicy hops
T: A yeast driven beer featuring stone fruit, spice, light citrus, faint banana and bubble gum, faint fresh fruit bread.
F: very fine soft carbonation, medium to medium full body
O: Very easy drinking Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of Bsterner4
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light, refreshing, coriander, great drinkability,and that great Belgian bready yeast flavor but on the light side. I could also taste a nice must flavor or slight smoke flavor - very interesting and unexpected. Very good beer.

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Photo of gregb13
4.81/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't believe I'd never tried this before, as I love Duvel, Inferno, et al. Pranqster is right up there with those two, and maybe even a little better. Absolutely perfect carbonation and mouthfeel - this bottle disappeared quickly. Wonderful zesty, spicy, sweet flavors throughout. Finishes fairly dry.

Enthusiastically recommend.

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Photo of SFNC
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold with a quickly fading white cotton head. Very little carbonation observed in the glass. Smell is mild fruit, apples bananas and pears. Light yeast. Taste is fine, spicy mildly tart, but not overly complex. Tackles a thirst though! Mouthfeel is good to a little thin. Some tingle from the carbonation. Overall, nice, but I had higher hopes for this one.

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Photo of JCWeaze
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at Blind Tiger in NYC. Quite the nice Belgian but the mouth feel is different for the style - very clean and very slightly metallic before releasing the waves of citrusy bliss. Beautiful nose. Will have again.

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Photo of Tilly
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy apple cider colour. No head at all.
Aromas of apple (cider) malt, yeast.
Tastes are similar to the aroma.
Light mouth feel. Very little bitterness.
Not the best Belgium I've had.
Terribly disappointing.

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Photo of jbfoley
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really happy to see this quality of classic Belgian in 12 oz bottles. Definitely one to savor, to take your time drinking. One of my " go to" Belgians when I want to just sit back and enjoy the style.

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Photo of llscotto
4.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fruity? Banana's? Heck I don't know. I'm not that sophisticated....how does it taste? Wowee wow wow wow. Soon as the bartender gave me a sample I couldn't say "more please" fast enough. This is by far my new favorite beer. I usually don't care for beer with high Abv but there's always the odd one out, and this is it. To say this beer is yummy is an understatement. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Jerebeer
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I served the beer in a chalice, and it lured with a half inch of head. It has some turbidity and is a 9 on the SRM scale. I taste some fruity, maybe a hint of lemon, and a little bit of spice. This is a very balanced beer. I do think it lives up to the hype. This is up there with one of the best Golden Ales I have had.

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Photo of sphmiel
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at iTap Central West End.
In a goblet, hazy gold with quickly fading head. Fruity aroma, carried into the taste, more peppery, herbal flavors. Just enough carbonation, some lingering spicy notes.
Overall very solid.

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Photo of muckaduck
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent Belgian style ale, with an Abbey feel to it. Slightly fruit taste but with a good, dry finish. Hint of spices make it more bold. Excellent beer to drink at length!

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Has a dark golden body that is slightly transparent. Hard pour generates some head that doesn't stick around much.

Spicy, floral, banana on the nose.

Lots of coriander like spice on the flavor with some pepper. Also some banana and a slight citric element.

Slightly crisp and more body than expected. Ends dry.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look- solid golden color. I did not get much of a head out of this pour and the lace dissipated pretty quickly until it was gone throughout the rest of the drink.
Smell- fruity, bannana, pear, and alcohol.
Taste- phenolic, alcohol, fruity and spicy.
Feel- dry finish.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,208 ratings.