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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,832 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,832
Reviews: 1,154
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 110
Gots: 240 | 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 BeerBelcher
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this beer was a pretty good example of the mile-wide Belgian Strong Ale style. It is light and very clovey. This beer pours a lemonade color with little head, but an obviously high level of carbonation (a lot of bubbles coming up from the bottom of my beer-clean glass). Aroma and flavor was very clovey. Mouthfeel was champagne-like, with a lot of tickling bubbles.

Photo of kms910
4.93/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Sommeliers Burgundy Grand Cru to release bouquet

Appearance: honey-orange slight haze and beautiful. Very minimal white lacing.

Smell: floral bouquet, you can also get some banana and clove in there

Taste: spicy and with full fruit body

Mouthfeel: carbonation and effervescent – feels good going down

Drinkability: a definite and would recommend to friends – I could barely put the glass down it is very enjoyable

Photo of msubulldog25
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter, served around cellar temperature. A $1 "bargain bottle" from New Seasons; is it old? Let's find out...

A: Beautiful 1-finger foamy white head caps a rich, deep golden honey-colored ale with fuzzy clarity. Head dissolves a little quickly but never fades entirely. Abundant carbonation.

S: Smells of yeast and fruit pulp, with a faint mustiness. Definitely a Belgian "rustic".

T: Honey, spices, and soft fruit flavors - pears and sweet, overly ripened apples. Dry herbal finish. Likable and reminiscent of good-quality pale ales from small Belgian brewers...true to the style.

M: Velvety soft on the palate, mild spiciness and herbal hoppines lingering on the tongue. Moderate carbonation fills the mouth nicely.

D: Not surprising that a top-notch US brewer like North Coast makes this very good example of a complex Belgian style well. Very tasty, satisfying in flavor and mouthfeel. I'll definitely have this again.

Photo of GbVDave
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at Hopleaf 3/25/07. Assist by HeatherAnn.

A: Pours a hazy amber-honey color. No head and no lace.

S: Sweet and yeasty. Aromas of pears, bananas, clove, and ginger.

T: See above. Very fruity and spicey. Black pepper and hops.

M: Full, bitter, and sweet.

D: Very good drinkability! Quite hoppy and spicey.

Photo of 2LBrew
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this on Saturday of this past weekend at the Newport Yard House off the 55.

S: poured in a "Strong Ale" wine type glass.

A: Golden sparkling cider hue.

S: Expected smell of a Belgian style.

T: Complex: Starts out sweet but ends bitter.

M: Refreshing at first, but can leave the mouth a bit dry at the end.

Again I tried this in a bar setting on tap, so I think I have an advantage over people drinking it out of a bottle. I would like to visit the next time I am up in Nor Cal along the coast. See what it tastes like directly from the source.

Photo of umustdrink
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy and clear orange color. Head fades very fast to a patch in the center. No lacing.

S - Slightly funky yeast smell, sweet and sugary. Banana notes and a very spicy note here as well. Like a Hefeweizen on steroids.

T - Sweet yeast at first, mingles with some cayenne like spices and finally a more spicy, earthy wheat-like taste finishes it off.

M - Carbonation is at a medium level. Consistency is light to medium.

D - Very interesting spiciness in the taste of this brew. I really like Belgian Pales and this one is a very nice representation.

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

From Town and Country Liquor, on to the beer:

It pours a cloudy peachy-orange. One sniff from the bottle and you'll swear it's Belgian. Very sweet fruity/yeasty smells dominate the aroma. It's a little lighter tasting for the style, but it still has that ripe fruits taste with a black pepper finish. A little biscuity in the finish as the beer starts to warm up. Overall, it's a pleasant example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Photo of schusterbauer
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on first sip i was not anticipating liking this beer, and now i'm about to pour my second bottle. what an experience!

not much to write home about in the looks department -- golden yellow to pale orange in color, with just a slight white head. nice looking, but not terribly appealing. smell is sweet -- my first thought was creamsicle. and then herbal tea. and there is another smell that took me a while to nail down -- soup stock, maybe chicken or vegetable. the taste is toasty and fruity, sweet and spicy, herbal, meaty. banana and nuts, orange peels, herbs. oily in texture, and quite dry in the finish.

too many comparisons to Duvel had my expectations rigid going in, but once i got past that prejudice, i was very happy with this. and, as stated above, i'm off to drink my second bottle.

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

A- Thin off white head on a cloudy golden/orange body.
S- Big yeast aroma, light sugars, light fruits, bit of malt backbone.
T- Nice balance of orange, citrus hops, yest flavors, bit of pale malt, hint of banana, and a flavor or two more I just can't single out.
M- Medium to full body with low (maybe scratching on medium) carbonation.
D- It is very tasty. I will be buying more of this and I can see it being very easy to drink.

Photo of willjschmidt
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Comes in a 4 pack.

A: Light caramel color with a full head.
S: The nose is slightly floral and sweet.
T: Nice fruity flavor, a crisp clean finish. The taste if the alcohol is a bit overwhelming.
M: Light and crisp.
D: This is a very drinkable beer and a nice attempt at the style. There are better Belgian Strong Pale Ale's out there though.

Photo of July2Nov
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: pored into an over-sized wine glass manufactured by Chimay.

A: A beautiful cloudy golden/orange hue. The bubbles quickly rose to the top forming the head and quickly leaving as fast as it formed, leaving loose remnants around the glass.

S: Has that "stable" smell that is expected of the Belgian style.

T: Complex: Begins sweet, then gets a bit mild and then ends with a grainy feel. Great!

M: Light and spiky. Leaves the mouth with that dry, yet refreshing feeling that all beer drinkers are looking for (at least this one).

D: The North Coast Brewing Co. should make this a 6-pack, because I would definitely enjoy those back to back. Guess I'll have to buy 2 4-packs. Whoa is me.

Footnote: From the North Coast website: "The label is adapted from a classic Belgian engraving by De Loose. It depicts Old World Brewmasters -- Ruedrich among them -- gathered around a festive table enjoying the fruits of their labors."

Photo of younger35
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a nonic pint glass. Pretty cool looking bottle of some people partying it up. Bought this little 12oz’r along with a couple other North Coast goodies.

Appearance- Poured a nice hazy golden yellow with hints of a light orangish haze as it breaks around the glass. Very fizzy head forms immediately that recedes as quickly as it came. Maintains very nice bubbling throughout with very little lacing.
Smell- Very strong dirty Belgium aroma throughout. Has a very musty, basement like smell. Hints of spices cut through the dankness revealing a clove nuttiness that is more than welcome. Hints of a apple like citrus hit the senses with the spice. Very cider like.
Taste- WAY better than it smells. A nice sweet malt tinge sets the beer off followed by nice spice kick. I was surprised by how little of a yeast taste there was. It was still big, but not as big as I was expecting from the smell. Nicely covered by the nice clove maltyness and slight citrus bitterness. Gentle warming tones finish this with a medium dryness.
Mouthfeel- Very crisp, gentle carbonation tingles the tongue on every sip. Nice alcohol warming throughout. Feels very much like it looks.
Drinkability- Not to shabby. For the price it’s hard to beat for this style. A pretty tasty brew with a fairly (considering) low ABV. Definitely could enjoy two or three of these bad boys and still walk home.

Photo of GimmeAles
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iridescent gold fills the tulip from a well-settled bottle. Meringue-like head developes to 1-finger thick then receeds quickly (hmm, decidely un-Belgian if you ask me) like apple juice with the slightest haze. Light dough and honeydew permeate the first sniff. Further investigation brings along other fresh, light fruitiness and Belgian spice

Tastes of Golden Delicious apples, honey, and melons with a bready malt underpinning and an edge of clove. Lovely melding of delicate
flavours, with the slightest Belgian funk to keep reminding me this isn't fruit-juice. Some faint vanilla and soft caresses of herbal hops beg another sip. Light and silky on the tongue - oh yes, this one goes down very smoothly. The finest carbonation and alcohol produce a clean
and medium-dry finish.

Final pour produces yeasty cloudiness, mouthfeel becomes more dense and the light fruit is displaced by bready-dough, or is it doughy-bread?

Overall a very Belgian, very drinkable, very delicious ale. Among a blind tasting among other standards from across the Atlantic, I'm not sure who would win frankly, but at this price point (under $7 for 4 12ozers), PranQster will win more often than not in my cellar, er I mean, fridge.

Photo of slyke
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pranqster pours a hazy yellow orange with a very thin white cap that disappeared quickly. A few slow bubbles from the bottom throughout the beer.

The aroma was sour with malt and alcohol notes.

The taste continues with the sour note and a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, some crispness to the finish.

Drinkability is alright for this one. Nothing objectionable. I'd certainly drink one if it were handed to me, but I don't know if I'd seek it out. I've tasted beers of this style I've enjoyed more. Worth trying.

Photo of Enola
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a lighter shade of yellow and is slightly cloudy. There is a small head. The smell is wheaty and a little of the abv shows. The taste is a lot of wheat. And the abv shos here as well. But the mouthfeel is actually smooth. This helps the drinkability. A fair Belgian. Drinkable, fair. I could drink this again sometime.

Photo of geographie
2.78/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pssst! This one's got some carbonation, oh yeah. Big fat bubbles cling to the side of my 4oz taster glass. A fluffy white heat rests atop a pale orange, slightly hazy belgian style brew. Head dissipates quickly but carbon dioxide continues to breach the surface.

I'm smelling general mulling spices, hints of cinnamon, mostly clove and a dash of nutmeg. That in-your-face musty belgian yeasty stench bushwacks its way through my nostrils, intoxicating my brain bringing me right to the heart of this beer.

Taste is light, titillating. Alcoholic esters are quite evident, a bit solventy - the bitter strokes the tongue right smack in the middle, odd. There isn't any strong malt backing to this, but notes of citrus are quite complimentary.

If i can make the analogy to styrofoam, here me out- upon sipping, this beer feels big and bulky, however once the beer is in your discriminating mouth, the body isn't there. A tricky bugger, but its still a pleasure on the palate. The bubbles are reminiscent of a light ginger ale.

This one isn't for the faint of heart. Drink lightly.

Photo of Fish113d
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a large tulip glass, it pours the color of a bright golden-honey color with a slight surface layer of white egg-shell head that quickly turns to only a slight edge layer around the glass. Body is slightly hazy as I hold it up to the light as well. Fairly fruity on the nose, with a large bite of alcohol that hits my sinuses. A slight aroma of cloves or coriander is noted along with a slight vanilla and orange peel aroma that is fairly pleasing. Fairly sweet to sip, lots of cloves tasted up front along with other spices (maybe coriander if I am correct). A nice balanced maltiness comes out as well, all while I taste a bit of orange peel or other citrus fruits. Body is quite nice and balanced between a slight carbonation leading to a nice fairly crisp body in which the alcohol tends to be quite mild really. The finish is very nice, and it doesn't dry out as much as anticipated. With an abv of over 7%, this one is not going to be an easy drinker if I attempted to drink a sixer, but this makes a nice slightly warming brew especially after being outside shoveling snow and ice for most of the day.

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

P: 12 oz shorty with faces in a pub, nice bottle
A: Hazy gold, 1/4 inch head quickly dissipates
S: ripe fruit, sweet malt with spicy background
T: sweet up front with some spice, lingering aftertaste is spicey as well
M: a little thin but okay for style
D: at 7.6, this is pretty drinkable, I could have 3 or 4 and not get sick of it
Notes: This is a really good American version of a Belgian pale, better than many of the Belgian imports I've had. Hats off to North Coast.

Photo of shadow1961
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

North Coast's Panqster Belgian style Golden Ale pours
out a thin white head over a cloudy gold brew. Carbonation
is active and the nose is basically malt, belgian yeast, and a
bit of citrus. There's a definite grain flavor to the brew, with a
touch of hop presence balancing the malt sweetness. The 7.6%
alcohol by volume adds a little tingle to the mouthfeel.

North Coast has executed a pretty faithful rendition of this style,
and it's worth checking out. I hope some of their other products
make their way into my area.

Photo of ojiikun
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a stubby 12 ouncer into a stemmed tulip. Comes out of the bottle without fanfare and into the glass as a lightish yellow on the side of amber. Very clear for the style, and with a head that managed to last forever despite being so small. Lace is minimal but not missed.

Smell is overwhelmingly of funky yeast, heavy minerals, and unidentifiable spices. When cool but not cold or warm, sweet malt creeps in. Fruit notes are red apples or sour cherries.

Taste is completely overwhelmed by dry, funky yeast. Gamey straw and overcooked green peas. For a moment in the middle nice spicing takes over, clearly hinting at corriander or red peppercorns. The dominant flavours, though, are the dry funk; standard for all belgians, true, but not usually in this proportion.

The mouthfeel is sublime on this one, with it's subtle and lasting carbonation and warm touch. I swear the head on this one is reproducing on it's own, swirled or not.

This beer would be very drinkable if not for the taste. Simply lacking in balance, I imagine some conditioning might help. As a matter of preference, if you really like dry or farmstyle yeasts, this could be for you. Unfortunately, this lacks the refinement of old-world belgians.

Photo of Prufrock
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

slightly hazy orange golden. foamy half-inch of white head that leaves thin rings of lace.

bright, complex aroma. belgian yeast at the front, but with notes of coriander, honey, lemon, banana, and flowers.

light, drinkable feel with an appropriately stinging medium carbonation. all of the notes in the aroma come through in the flavor, and it's all very balanced. nothing ground-breaking, but it's pleasant and a great american version of a good belgian style.

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

this bottle is a year old and i think i can tell. i remember it seeming a little hot and that aspect appears to have dwindled. it's a nice light amber color with lively carbonation. the head was initially very nice and still left a nice thick film with some respectable lacing

some musty hops dominate the aroma. it somehow smells dusty. there is certainly some sweetness, too, and a hint of golden raisin. the raisin is refleted in the flavor, to a greater degree than in the smell. haps are significant here and offer a considerable bitterness to frame the taste

Photo of BeerSox
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

Hazy golden color with a thin off white head that turns into a thin rim along the glass. A more aggressive pour yields a thicker head, that fizzes away quickly. Spots of stringly lace appear here and there.

Syrupy white grape aromas with a little bit of malt. Some of the alcohol makes its way through.

Grainy malt base with some sweet light fruit. A little bit of spiciness is paired with some alcohol that warms the mouth a little. Each sip comes with a little bit of creaminess to complement the slightly fizzy feel of the medium bodied brew. Carbonation is on the higher side. The grain and alochol combine in the finish, with a little bit of lingering alcohol.

A good Belgian Strong Pale ale made by an American brewer. Sometimes the style is a little off when it's made here, but this one does well. Recommended.

Photo of rkuhnel
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the local COOP. Poured a rich and hazy orange color and left a medium twio finger head and nice rings of lacing as it slowly settled. Nose is of yeast, flowers, malts, and hops, with banana esters.. Palate is of alcohol, and flavor is sweet and light hops which makes it really clean tasting and easy to drink. Finish is great with a lttle bitterness at the very end. Good brew and ranks right up there with imports from Belgium costing far more, including North Coast's own Brother Thelonious. At $6.35 for a four pack (48 oz) it is a good buy.

Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours en effervescent but hazy bronze with a pinky of white head. Beer clears abiut 10 minutes into the pour. Good head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Huge fruiityness (dates, figs, & necatrines), cakeyness & honey notes up front

T: Slight sweetness followed by puckery (grapefruit) hops. Dryness phenolic yeastyness surface as this ale warms. Some pepper & corriander break through about 1/2 way through the beer. Finishes fruitty, dry, sweet & hoppy

MF: Sprtizy, medium bodied

This is a sipper, the dryness, the yeast & hops profile really slow me down. This isn't my style though, but just an average example of it.

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,832 ratings.