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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,876 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,876
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 114
Gots: 278 | 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 tonistruth
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- partly cloudy slightly bronzed brew, with little to no head and lace

S- sweet, malty, dried fruit

T- bready, dried fruit, apricot, unfermented sugars, herbal, alcoholic at finish

M- slightly chewy and viscous medium body yet crsip and very carbonated

D- recommended if fresh, age does this brew no favors, one of the better American made Belgian pales

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

A very nice surprise, as I picked up a mixed pack of samples from the local (Neil St.) Piccadilly. This snuck up on me sideways a bit, and I'm glad for it. It poured a nice, golden-orange body over a thin white but frothy head that latticed itself well as I consumed it. The taste was bold, hopped but not overly so, allowing the delicious citrus to filter through. I detected a good deal of orange, and a touch of lemon and lime, with generous spices such as coriander and cinnamon. It finished nicely, effervescent but smooth, leaving me morose that I didn't have a second or third with which to chase it.

Don't miss out on this delicious Belgian style pale ale. Very tasty, and worth grabbing.

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversize wine glass. Presented with a beautiful golden-orange color. Smell of Belgian yeast and coriander. Consistent, foamy white head throughout the tasting with ample belgian lacing adhering to the side of the glass. Flavors of coriander, with peppery undertones. Generously effervescent and very smooth mouthfeel. Mild finish considering the 7.6% ABV. A very nice representation of the style.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy golden color with just a tiny white skim of head. The aroma is intensely fruity, peppery and a fair amount of alcohol. The flavor is highly fruity and spicy with low hop bitterness. The finish is dry and a bit tart. This isn’t my favorite style of beer and I haven’t had many, but I always want to try new styles. This one seems to do the style well. I am ranking this to the style, not to my preferences. If I was ranking to my preferences, it would about a 2.5 of 5.0.

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

The Pranqster comes in jovial label and pours a light orange with very little foam head. It leaves a thin lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is sweet malt and yeasty aroma. It tastes spicy initially and finishes sweet. It it light to the touch in the mouth and is a very pleasing Belgian Golden. The abv is hidden well.

Photo of smcolw
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Modest head for a Belgian--close to a single finger. Cloudy gold color. Light ring lace on the glass.

Clean malty smells with notable Belgian yeast aroma.

Good body with a very high carbonation. Creamy flavor with a subtle citrus touch. Slightly sour finish. The aftertaste is a lighter version of the swallow.

This is a pleasant equivalent of a Belgian Ale.

Photo of emerge077
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2005 bottle, cellared in my fridge by accident.

Pours an almost unnatural candy orange color, with a small fizz of foam that quickly dissipates to nothing. Aroma masks the alcohol, but it is still strong. Belgian candi sugar, and something sweet and vegetal. Can't say I like it. It seems slightly out of balance, there's a bit of astringency, nearly sour but not quite. Sort of boozy like a Tripel, but without any subtlely. Vague fruit hint, but just barely. Fuller mouthfeel, but it goes flat after awhile. Not recommended for cellaring.

Photo of tayner
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i poured it well chilled into a pint glass.. light copper in color, not a large head (could be due to it being cold) but it did leave some lacing on the glass

my bottle had ample carbonation.

it has a hop nose up front, with a citrus smell as well.

taste was sweet, fruity (banana/citrus) with a yeast profile as well. hop aroma was strong, but the hop flavor was muted a bit until it warmed up, and then it came alive, but not overpowering.

good lighter style beer for warmer months, or session drinking. i was actually surprised to notice the high ABV ... it is well hidden, i had no idea :)

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

Poured cloudy golden with a rocky pure-white head that quickly dropped to a thin film of bubbles on top. Sweet aroma of grain, bread, and lemons. Taste is mild then bitter, the alcohol not overly apparent. This stuff is sweet and sour, with only a hint of hop bitterness.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle a hazy tea color. Light white head and little lacing to speak of.

Aroma is very nice. With banana, raisin, and bubblegum.

The taste is banana, raisin with some cloves added to the mix. I note some black pepper at the end. The alcohol is there but doesn't overpower at all.

Mouthfeel is rich and chewy with little carbonation.

I really like this Belgian strong ale. Great to drink and enjoy.

Photo of evolbob
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. The color is honey gold and cloudy when glass is hoisted to eye level. Bubbles climb the side of the glass with minimal head. What head is there is a beautiful white. Smell is distinctively Belgian. Is it the yeast? Smells sweet like candy, fruit, with some black pepper. Taste has slight banana, ripe fruit, hop bitterness, black pepper. Mouth feel is smooth, good carbonation. The 7.6% is masked very well. I could drink this beer all night.

Photo of dnichols
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 ounce stubby bottle into a challis.

A: It poured a cloudy, gold tinged with orange with an abundant, off-white head that quickly receded to a thin layer covering much of the liquid. There was a sticky quality to the head that left a nice even lacing down the side of the glass.

S: It had the distinct aroma of sweet malts, ripe bananas and a hint of sweet mandarin oranges.

T: Tastes of smooth and creamy sweet malt, bananas and a slight hop bite.

M: Medium to full bodied with a creamy smooth mouth feel and a dry somewhat musty finish.

D: The alcohol is well hidden. It is a very smooth and creamy ale very reminiscent of its Belgium cousins. It may be a bit heavy for a long session but it is an easy brew to consume in multiples.

Comment: Excellent take on Belgium Strong Pale Ales. I expected an American twist to the old school but was well satisfied with this knock of of the Belgium standard.

Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another North Coast success story – albeit a pricey one. The beer is solid;
Pretty lil’ thing, clear amber orange with a massive amount of carbonation and head. This was a perfect beer for my Sammy glass.

Aroma and taste was along the lines of a hefe – Belgium yeast, clove and banana. Rich and malty, a solid wheat backbone supported this well balanced brew.

Sharp and tangy, it was a good brew, but just not worth the pricey tag for the four pack.

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

Pours a very hazy golden yellow colors - I rolled this baby due to the amount of sediment and the style.

Big fluffy head - up to triple style or along line of Duvel.

The nose is a hint of banana, yeast, sour apple.

First flavor says tripel...yeast bomb, sweet malts, banana, alcohol fire. 7.6% abv....seems higher. Intersting because it was this or La Fin Du Monde tonight - which seems much lower in alcohol than it is - this seems higher than it is.

A cross between belgian golden and triple in my book. Very flavorful, no flaws, love the belgian yeast flavors.

Photo of Floydster
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle fform a four pack purchased from Beverage Warehouse

Pour was a golden color with a small head that faded away quickly

Smell was very good with hints of honey, apricot, and citrus

Nice taste for a belgian beer and had a lasting touch

Could drink a lot of these because it is pretty light for a strong ale

Photo of domtronzero
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this brew out of my stemless red wine glass (doubles as a stemless brandy snifter).

Pours a slightly hazy orange copper color with a one-finger white, tightly packed head. Head is rather short-lived, lasting less than a minute. Lacing left on the glass. Smells of fruity citrusey spicyness with a little herbal/grassy hop aroma. Tastes of cloves and banana with a nice tart fruity flavor. Spiced with hints of pale malts and a well balanced hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, and the carbonation is a great complement. Overall, a nice drinking Belgian golden ale. For an American Belgian-style ale, this beer stands out in its category. A must try for any Belgian ale fan.

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

A: Minimal cotton-white head with virtually no retention. Surprising. The body is golden, honey-colored with apricot and butterscotch hues, slightly cloudy.

S: Very delicate nose. Smells primarily, if faintly, of honey--as in bees and combs, not jars on the jelly aisle shelf. Cotton candy notes in there, too.

T: The front is clean; the back, sweet. Mellow honey with hints of apple juice underneath. There's a quickly fading splash of hop bitterness when the beer is cold. As the beer warms, the bitterness becomes more pronounced in the back. It's a clean bitterness, almost medicinal. Doesn't finish sweet. Finishes clean and dry, but not parching.

M: Somewhat thin. Carbonation is brisk but not bracing; the tingle is short-lived. The beer glides across the palate, leaving the mouth moist. The alcohol warms the belly.

D: I had a hard time scoring this brew's drinkability. I must acknowledge that this beer goes down real, real easy: silky mouthfeel, lightly-flavored body--this beer seems ready-made for all-day quaffing. That ABV, though--it's a killer. I'm reminded of something a coke-addicted client struggling in recovery told me about his preferred poison: Cocaine's no good because it's too good. This beer is too drinkable for its own good. Proceed with caution.

I ultimately found this brew disappointing. It isn't the home run that North Coast's Old Rasputin is, and it doesn't stack up especially well next to Duvel. The flavors never seem to come into their own, and the head in particular disappoints.

Photo of BigTone
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a large red wine glass, nice golden color . Little head retention with low to medium carbonation.

Smell - yeast and apples

Taste - sweet with a yeasty taste up front. Good sweetness with a fruity taste at the end

Mouthfeel is pretty true to the style, thin to medium thin. I think the carbonation is perfect.

A great belgian for the price. For 6 of these bad boys you would only be able to get one or two of the bigger names.

Photo of marcobrau
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass, this appears hazy gold with a loose white head of foam that settles rather quickly to collar. The aroma is but unexpected...I seem to be picking up some mint, along with sort of musty cellar smells, plenty of grain and some alcohol.

The taste is primarily of sweet malt with some bubblegum fruitiness laced with alcohol. Warming. The mouthfeel is very smooth, accentuating a bittersweet finish that coats the tongue wtih sugars.

Overall, I was a bit let down with this beer. I expected something paler and drier, and I guess a little prettier in the glass. Nothing really stands out with this one that would make me a fan of it compared to other North Coast brews such as Red Seal and Old Rasputin.

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

12 oz. bottle- color of medium yellow , with a egg shell colored head - nose of slight green apple , cloves , spices , yeast , and honey – taste of cloves , spices , yeast , and honey - body is medium , sweet , and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of cloves , spices , yeast , and honey

Photo of drumrboy22
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Leffe glass.

Had a small head that quickly diminished. Cloudy, orange color. Reminded me of a wheat beer.

Aroma was light malt, cloves, banana, very yeasty and light fruit (apples, pears, etc...) Had a hint of farmhouse style ale.

Medium, creamy body. A nice, spicy, refreshing beer. My notes say "a smoother, tastier Duvel".

A well made, balanced beer. Great value. Another great beer from North Coast.

Photo of OKCNittany
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy gold body with a 1/2" head, good retention, and average lacing.

S: Floral and fruity mostly - some spice (but not that clove-like spice, which I dislike, present in many Belgians). Yeasty aromas are present too.

T: Complex taste - fruity, spices, malt, yeast, & more all present. Well balanced - where nothing really overpowers everything else.

M: Smoother mouthfeel than I expected. Medium to full body. Not at all harsh. Sweet, clean finish.

D: Alcohol is present, but doesn't distract. At 7.6%, this disappeared all too quickly.

I haven't had Duvel in awhile, but I enjoyed this quite a bit more.

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/gold color. It was highly carbonated with a bubbly, white, one-finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and yeast. A good citrusy aroma too, mostly lemon and orange.

T - This first few sips were really sweet, but that subsided with subsequent sips. It had a subtle spice taste blended with citrus and yeast.

M - It was a crisp beer with a grainy feel, as well. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This is a good Belgian-style beer. One of the better offerings from North Coast.

Photo of ericj551
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pranqster pours a slightly hazy gold with a thin but long lasting head. Aroma is pale malts pared with an almost vinous sweetness. There is subtle bready yeast character. The taste is packed with flavors, a sharp yeasty bite gives way to sweet malts, followed by an almost citrusy hop flavor. The after taste is almost sour. No alcohol flavor to speak of, so this one is very drinkable at 7.6%

Photo of RixBeer
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very creamy head, amber colored, decent lacing, very inviting.

T- Citrus, Lemon, A little spicy and barely a decent amount of wheat flavor for how complex this beer is.

S- Citrus, notes of wheat and apricots. Lots of spice....makes me want a sip, and then another.

M- Very drinkable. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. The flavors pop in your mouth even after the liquid has gone way past the hatch door.

D- Very drinkable. There are obviously better Belgian and Belgian Style Golden Ales out there. This is a decent alternative to the more expensive ones without giving up much quality. A decent pick-up.

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,876 ratings.