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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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90
outstanding

2,839 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,839
Reviews: 1,155
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 110
Gots: 248 | 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 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.

Photo of Graebner
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw/orange with a fine layer of white head. Looks somewhat viscous. Few bubble columns.

Smells of orange rind, alcohol, dry maltiness.

Taste is sweet, sweet malt, spicy alcohol and herbal notes, orange rind, and a malty grainy finish. Alcohol noticable but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. Viscous as it appears, but not too heavy. The alcohol lifts it off your palate when you finish a sip. Low carbonation, but enough to keep it balanced. Overall an excellent brew.

Drinkability is good. The high abv and sweetness would probly limit it to a short session, but a session none-the-less. It does sit very easy on the stomach, though, and the low CO2 helps it along as well.

Photo of peabody
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a hazy yellow/orange with two fingers of nice white suds.
Slight lacing.
Smell is clove and banana and sugar.Lots of yeast here. Burns the nose.
The taste of the clove and banana are there but there is a dark aftertaste that is followed by the alcohol resting in the back of the throat.
Sugary is the word here. Then the alcohol. Best not drink a buttload of these babies.
All in all, not bad for a Belgian Golden.

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

Light orange with good carbonation and a small white head, no lacing that I could see.

Aroma is apples, oranges and honey with alcohol, spice, yeast and citrus leaves.

Taste has a nice light and clean malty sweetness, a spiciness that is enhanced by the carbonation, a friendly herbal quality and an occasional alcoholic bite that also intermingles with the spices when apparent, the beer is potent but balanced.

Note: In both the aroma and taste notes I'm neglecting to mention all the typical esters in detail but they are there, this is a very well made Belgain style beer indeed. Medium bodied and easy to drink. I haven't had this in so long I forgot how good it was. Loses carbonation if you sip too long (like I do).

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

This offering pours a foggy orange, yeast throughout, with lemon highlights that leaves a thin spotchy white head that quickly disappears. The aroma is wheat, lemon grass, honey, sugar cane, sweet tropical fruit. The taste is malty, fruit, sugar syrupy on the palate a light nudge of hops which sets it back in balance but this is a true belgian golden ale with a light alcohal feel on the palate that is so sweet and delicious. One that I will go back to again.

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A very smooth and easy drinking beer, its a shame it was practicall uncarbonated. I don't know if there was a bottling problem, but it came out slightly flatter than cask ale. Smelled and tased of apple juice. It wasa bit more complex than just juice with orange liquer and spice. No hint of alcohol, but I think it was fermented a bit warm.

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

Appearance: Muddy reddish-brown color, with massive amounts of suspended sediment. The head is off-white, pours fairly large, but soon collapses to a thin white layer, with a scattering of thin broken lace.

Aroma: Rich spicy, malty aroma with caramel, dark fruit, apple peel, vanilla, coriander, and cloves.

Taste: Opens with a strong toffee and diacetyl note, almost like butter toffee candy. Midway through the taste, dark fruits appear, later in the taste, bitter apple and earth. At the finish there is a lingering, mild herbal hop note. The alcohol presence is sweet and warming, and appears late in the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, full, and fairly soft.

Drinkability/notes: A quite nice example, remarkably complex.

Presentation. Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of Grundle20
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Pours an amber hued golded color into a snifter. There is a minor white head to the beer that has poor retention.

Smell:
There is a rich smell of sweet banana nut bread. There's a very minor yeasty funk to the scent but not as much as is present in this styles Belgian roots.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Drinks kind of creamy and again with a dominant flavor of sweet banana nut bread. There is a medium malt body that offers up a full flavor to the beer. The finish is for the most part clean with a slight ripe banana aftertaste with a warm alcohol presence.

Drinkability:
Aside from the slightly high ABV this beer is perfectly good. It would serve as a good alternative to a wheat beer and would go great with a meal.

Bottom Line:
One of the more true examples of the style here stateside that I've had. I'm not a big fan of North Coast's six pack beer but I've really been feeling their high end stuff lately.

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

Drank on-tap and Eli Cannons, Middletown, CT

Poured a cloudy, golden amber with a one-finger, fizzy, white head that faded to a lingering film.

Smell was quite fragrant. Yeasty, spicy and fruity, with green apple coming through strong.

Taste was unusual for a Belgian. Yeasty, tart and acidic with strong notes of lemon peel and clover honey. Sour with a clean and fairly dry finish. Almost Champagne-like in some regards. At 7.6% ABV, the alcohol was hardly detectable initially but became somewhat strong as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was typical for this style. Medium bodied with an invigorating amount of carbonation.

Overall, this beer was quite drinkable and could be easily substituted for a white wine. Kudos for originality.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass: sorry, Im on the road with little glassware that is able to travel. Beer is a clear, golden color. Head is very thin and wispy and soda like. Disappears rather quickly with no retention.

Aroma is yeasty and smells of green apples. Smells very sweet. Very fruity. Not a lot of hops detected. Pears and other light colored fruits are noticeable.

Tastes quite sweet and almost like an apple cider. Very different from other belgians I have had. Not quite my cup of tea. Tastes more like a very fruity apple wine, possibly a pinoit noir (I have no idea)?

Mouthfeel is fairly thin and very carbonated. Belgians arent my favorite but I have had other examples superior to this particular one.

Photo of RustythePelican
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass a nice golden orange, with a thin, 1-fingered head. Substantial yeast in bottom of glass.

Smell: Oranges, peaches, apricots, yeast, cloves and corriander.

Taste: Fruity and yeasty, but with an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Two other bottles I sampled lacked the aftertaste, so perhaps it was an isolated problem.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly thick with dense carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice beer, but the strong yeast aromas and flavors, combined with the metallic aftertaste I experienced, keeps me from rating it higher.

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

Loved the cloudy orange hue of this beer...just beautiful in the glass with a thin but substantial head that yields to a little lacing. Smells of citrus and bread, hinting at the flavor to come.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, and the flavor has a laid back complexity. I agree wtih other BA's that this is not a Duvel or Chimay; however, there's just enough going on in the glass to keep me interested.

The citrus is of the orange-tangerine variety rather than grapefruit; yet there is enough of a hoppy backbone to provide just the right amount of bite. All of this is nicely balanced with a sweetness that gives way to a pleasantly dry finish.

After sampling this and Brother Theloneous, another Belgian-styled offering from North Coast, I have to say that this brewery does Belgium well!

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

Orange/gold/amber with chill haze...looks like honey mixed with caramel.

Aromas struck me as fruity-caramelly sweet at first, but then some yeastiness became apparent with agitation and warming.

Rich in the mouth, with a candied citrus peel edge to the honeyed sweetness. Smooth and drinkable, with the alcohol well-hidden and no real bitterness to speak of.

Others make reference to Duvel, but I don't think this is as complex or lively...definitely not playing at that same exalted level. Nevertheless, a delicious beer.

Photo of SudNut
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a semi-cloudy golden amber appearance with about a finger thick head and no lacing.

Smells like a yeast roll with cloves and hops mixed in.

The taste reminds me sort of a hefe-weissen with a nice clove taste minus the banana and wheat, but with lots of yeast. Sweet yeasty taste up front followed by hops and cloves.

Mouthfeel is light with low carbonation.

This is a great tasting beer could be a nice session beverage.

Photo of Phatz
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was not expecting anything special when I selected this Belgian Pale ale out of my fridge tonight. Wow, I got so caught up drinking it I almost finished the thing before writing a review. It is really good.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange gold color with a creamy off-white head fades to a bit of a halo and little lace.

Smell: Initially I though it had some Chimay like attributes in the nose but it seems much more soft and approachable. Yeast and dough and sweet malt wit a hint of vanilla and oak tickle and tempt, in the nose.

Taste: Smooth and delicate, sweet and easy, and oh so tasty. Wow. Vanilla wafers and yeasty dough sweetness with a splash of orange citrus with spices, (coriander nutmeg & cloves at least), in the back end, make a very friendly drinkable brew. The after taste has a hint of alcohol and ginger cookies.

Mouthfeel: The yeast and malt give it a slick center while adequate carbonation holds up the feel and it is light and crisp but quenching, for a 7.6% ABV.

Drinkability: The feature of this beer. Was I just thirsty after a long day? Could be. But I am *defiantly* buying this beer again too find out.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of AltBock
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby bottle with one of the funniest labels found on a bottle. I found out from North Coast's website that it's actually an engraving by a Belgian artist named De Loose. It depicts Old World Brewmasters in an old tavern enjoying the fruits of their labors with everybody in the room. It looks like everybody is having a good time, even North Coast Brewing Company's Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich, whose picture can be seen on the right side of the picture above the wooden beer keg. To the left of the picture is the Government warning and on the right side of the picture is just their address. There is no date anywhere on the label and not even a code number stamped onto the bottle. Still on the best pictures to ever be put onto a beer label.

Appearance: When poured into a Snifter, the beer was a hazy light golden color with a skim of white colored foam. What was there of the foam dissipated away too fast leaving behind a few rings and no lace around the Snifter. If you look real closely you can see a spatter of yeast particles floating around the glass.

Smell: It had a nice mild aroma of citrus fruits, a pinch of hops and apples, yeast and it ended with a sugar cane like sweetness. More citrus fruits than anything. At sometimes I thought it smelled like one of my fall season favorite drinks, apple cider.

Taste: What can I say, it tasted exactly like smelled and in the same exact order, but the taste wasn't as strong as the smell. I got a burst of citrus fruits in the beginning and then came the pinch of bitter hops, yeast, and then the sugar cane like sweetness. The dominate taste in it for me was the yeast. Sometimes it smelled like apple cider, but it sure did didn't taste like it anytime.

Mouthfeel: I would have to say it's medium bodied and with a small dry aftertaste of yeast and citrus fruits. I didn't notice any of it's 7.6% ABV in it.

Drinkability: It was an average American take on a Belgian Ale that can be easily found and would probably make a nice alternative if you can't find any real Belgian Ales around.

Photo of johnbonham1980
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty stuff. Poured it pretty gently, so not much head. Basically no retention. Fairly dark orange in color.

Smells and tastes like it should. Lots of apricot, balanced malty sweetness, not much in the hop area. The yeast is there but doesn't stand out. Tastes better than it smells but that's my own bias. I've never found Belgian style beers to smell all that great vs. how they taste.

Very drinkable, nice smooth mouthfeel.

Great stuff. Will buy again.

Photo of Naerhu
2.5/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Small white head on a completely opaque dark yellow body.
S - Apples and lambic-like aromas.
T - Powdery, very sweet, no bitterness at all. One dimensional vanilla biscuit flavors.
M - Super fine carbonation, yeasty creamyness. Light body. The higher alcohol was not noticeable.
D - There is something dead about the after-taste of this beer. Something that reminds me the taste of cloth.

Photo of Byeast
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear deep gold , with a small white head , and a moderate sliding lace left.

Smell: spicy , clove , some sweeter , yellow fruits , and just a hint of musty yeast.

Taste: sweet malty flavors mix with a spiced mix of fruits on the yellow side , some clove and coriander , a hint of the alcohol , a little more malt thrown in at the end to finish sweet.

Mouthfeel: slightly slick , and just a touch dry in the finish.

Drinkability: Very tasty and drinkable , especially for the abv. Nice flavor.

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,839 ratings.