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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,738 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,738
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 104
Gots: 209 | 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 SkeeterHawk
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Initially pours a mostly cloudy orangish yellow color with a 1/4" head of small off white bubbles. The head was gone within thirty seconds to end up as just a small film across the top of the brew.

Aroma: Quite a bit of fruitiness in this beer with grapefruit being the most noticeable. There is some sweet smelling caramel malts that have a bit of a toasty quality...like Cara-Vienne. There are some floral hops hiding in here that are coming out a bit more as the beer warms.

Taste: Starts out with some floral and fruity flavors that slowly turn into some residual sweetness left by the malt. The flavor is much more floral than the aroma suggested. There is a soft wheat flavor that I don't get in the aroma...unless that was mistaken for the toastiness. There is some pretty significant sweetness that rules the middle of the flavor profile, and stays in charge until the finish. The finish is actually a little syrupy and leaves some sweetness to coat your throat and stick around for a while. There is a slight peppery note coming out as it warms a bit. The carbonation is far too light.

Opinion: This isn't a bad golden ale. I would prefer that it finish a little drier, but this is when it gets into the grey area of Tripel, Pale Ale, and Golden Ale. For this to be golden, I would expect it to be quite a bit clearer. It is still a pretty good brew, and one that I would drink again if the opportunity presented itself...however I probably won't be buying a 4-pack anytime soon in preference for other beers.

SkeeterHawk, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of jamesdergen
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden orange into my Duvel glass with a half inch foamy head that disappears rather quickly.

Smell: Sweet, honey aroma with some spicy notes (cloves).

Taste: Huge spicy clove flavors up front that tail out into a citrusy finish with some hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Big carbonation up front that fades out as the brew foams up in the mouth. Very smooth and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth, but sits a tad heavy. A little too heavy for my taste, it's a sipper. The alcohol is well-hidden however.

I finally got around to tasting this one on the recommendation of a trusted friend and beer consultant. A nice dessert beer for sure, but a bit pricey to make it into my regular rotation. Worth a try if you can find it.

jamesdergen, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of charlesw
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful and very clean pale amber. The head is HUGE, very white and dense. It lasts and lasts...

Smells fruity and spiced... Hints of orange, and something like coriander. Only sweet.

Lightly sweet in the mouth. Taste of banana, cloves, sweet coriander...

Very nice in the mouth - medium+ body but you still notice the carbonation on your tongue.

Drinkable? Oh yeah. Hey, like, this I could drink every day.

charlesw, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of germaniac
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Digging around in the fridge for an after-school beer relaxer, I find some leftover winter brews, a couple stouts, a dubbel, and a porter. Excellent beers all, but the mercury just hit seventy degrees, and this lone Pranqster seems to just call out to me.

Pours a dense golden peach, complete with a small frothy head that disappears almost immediately after entry into my chalice.

Smells great, lightly yeasty with a fruity tang down in there.

Spicy right off the bat, mellowing down into fruitiness, with a hint of sugar. When the fruit flavor fades, the malt provides some backbone for the long haul.

Tasty and refreshing, unique enough to enjoy several at a time, if the alcohol doesn't get you first. It may not be the best Belgian to come out of Northern California, but it sure is the most accessible.

germaniac, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of Naes
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is golden brown in color with orange hues around the edges. It has a tall frothy white head that retains well, but leaves behind little lacing.
The aroma is typical of a Belgian golden ale; slightly fruity with a yeasty base.
The flavor starts off with citrus and yeast then a slight alcohol presence becomes noticeable near the finish.
The mouth feel is medium to full bodied and is moderately carbonated.

Naes, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Moinette goblet. Burnt-orange color, healthy carbonation, but great initial looks become disappointing with the almost non-existent head (I've only poured two in 2 weeks but neither had a lasting head).

Hints of citrus and spice (coriander?), some flowery aroma. Strong alcohol presence on the nose.

Lots of character in the flavor: citrus up front, coriander on the way down, slight alcohol bite but never overpowering the sweet/spicy melange. Combined with a robust mouthfeel, this one's a pleasure, though I can't think of any actual Belgians exactly like it.

I didn't love this one the first time, a week ago, but this second try is winning me over. Excellent drinkability, easy going and packed with flavor.

Metalmonk, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of nortmand
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a quickly disappearing head.

Cloves and a bit of cinnamon dominate the smell.

Light sweet spiciness up front. Ends in a virtual onslaught of coriander. Light alcohol burn going down.

Nice, over attenuated bubblies. Quite drinkable, not over the top.

nortmand, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of joeyels
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours fair, very little head, golden orange in color. The smell is like smoked fruits, apples and oranges are prevelant. Tastes almost like orange zest with loads of spice. Too much for my liking. Strong aftertaste that stays with you for a while. Good mouthfeel, very carbonated, similar to champagne. Not my favorite style, but definitely a good beer.

joeyels, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of Litterbean
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears like a strong pale ale, an imposing looking orange brew bedecked with a white head that gives way to lacing and a lovely cap.

The yeast is most prominent in the nose. Sweet smelling, perhaps overwhelmingly so.

Taste is good, but not great. The yeast notes are there, the Belgian-esque flavor is passable, but overall it is far too sweet. The dry finish I was looking for wasn't present, and what was in its place wasn't a surprise. Still, very decent and drinkable, and not at all bad. Would I drink again? Oh sure.

Litterbean, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This falls within that spectrum of not so pale, pale ale, or not so dark, dark ale. Heavyweight's Lunacy, Unibroue's Maudite, etc and so forth....
Not my favorite style... or interpretation of styles.
Reminds me of apple juice all in appearance and taste; slightly champagney in mouthfeel and smell which is enjoyable.
This is pretty good for what it is but it is a bit difficult for me to be objective with this kind of flavor profile.

ommegangpbr, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a sparse head, bubbles rising from the bottom of the Chimay goblet form a small island of froth. Smell is spicy and peppery. Faint appley smells. Smoky? Almost like smoked malt.

Taste is fruity and spicy. Aplle, plum, peppery spices, coriander. Strident alcohol flavors and that naggin smokiness again lingering in the background. I am sure they didn't used smoked malt in this beer but it's the same kind of taste just way back there in the flavor profile a bit. Medium bodied, not too sweet and not too dry. This is damn good stuff, one of my new favorites.

ViveLaChouffe, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of MarineHokie
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden-orange color, two finger dull white head fades slowly.

S - Spicy pepper and coriander with a hints of sweet cinnimon and some mint.

T - Spices attack the tip and sides of the tongue. Malt sweetness fights through and rounds out the taste, until a sour bite finishes.

M - Medium body. Crisp, sweet and spicy.

D - Dangerous. Goes down like a good wit on a hot summer day.

MarineHokie, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of jaluria
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from North Coast. I had this in an elegant, oversized Duvel tulip. The appearance was as might be expected with a slightly cloudy yellowish color that showcases a powerful head that stays put and leaves behind intense lacing. Aromas of sour candy, apples, spices, and alcohol. The taste is just incredible with a lovely blend of various fruits, alcohol, and candy sugar. Rich and flavorful, the beer leaves behind a sweet aftertaste that mellows over time. Despite the high ABV, this beer is addictive.

jaluria, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of Noelito76
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I keep trying all the Belgium style ales I can, but this one is still my favorite.

Taste is a perfect balance of malt, yeast, subtle hop taste (subtle though no signs of adjuncts), and the presence of wheat (though not tabbed as a wheat beer). The wheat is what may distinguish this beer to me and makes it more favorable over the other Belgium style beers I've had, including Ommegang. Mouthfeel is great as I can taste every intended flavor at exactly the same time. It helps that there is not too much carbonation, head only half an inch lasting four seconds.

Drinkability, well, let's say that despite the high alcohol content, I insist on this being a session beer for the holidays (yes today included) and I'm only on my fourth. I got four more to go.

Noelito76, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice Belgian Style Ale. This orange-yellow ale has very little head with a zesty, fruity flavor with a slight carmel finish. The smell is also effervescent and fruity. The mouthfeel is medium to full. Sort of strikes me as a "Duchess de Bourgogne Lite".

TheEclecticGent, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, yet bright, light peach in color beneath a fizzy white head. Streaks of dark yeast sediment. Trails of beaded lacing throughout the snifter.

Light citric fruit with just hints of tartness: pear, orange, and apple. An underlying aroma of candied sweetness.

Moderate candied sweetness with a cutting-lemon-sourness that starts immediately. Pear, apricot, and apple fruit flavors. A distinct pepper/corriander spice at mid-sip that clears the sweetness of this Belgian, and leaves an earthy and almost musty aftertaste.

Light bodied; spritzy, almost powdery on the palate.

Very light, slightly tart, semi-sweet. A decent American brewed Belgian Pale with minor flaws, that are almost to be expected.

NEhophead, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of medic25
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Corsendonk glass, this poured a hazy orange-brown color, with little head. The aroma was typically pleasant for the style. Taste was quite good; not quite as complex as a Fin du Monde, but pleasant. Definitely a pepper-y quality. I thought it was a little dry for my taste, but not something I'd mind having again.

medic25, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of cooter
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The scent, the smell, the odor, the powerful nose-slamming aroma. Wow. I'll start with a quick negative aspect which keeps it from full smell marks--it's a trifle clean, without pine or thick pungency. But damn, it smells sweet sweet sweet, fresh like a detergent commercial, flowery, like raspberry syrup, blackberries, blueberries^5, and fake McDonalds strawberry sauce. Yeast, wheat beer, field of hay. Great smell.

Now I sip, and its mouthfeel jumps out. What an interesting beer. Tastes like granola, intensely. Slightly piney towards the very end.

Oh yeah--looks like a pale Belgian. Not much to say, standard for the style (which is like saying, "pretty average for a Penthouse pet"). Frothy but thin head, orange-pink color body. Too opaque/cloudy to see carbonation.

The front has intense carbonation, a weak tart fruitiness, and gives way to granola, flowery malts, slight alcohol, and a bit of blandness which promptly dissipates into a burst of pine in the back.

Like I said, it's incredibly interesting, partly because its strong points aren't basic traits like mouthfeel and flavor, but rather smell and drinkability. It's also interesting because it has an impressive transition of flavors (front to back), tastes great by using unusual flavors, smells erotic, has good but uneven mouthfeel, and is very imbibable. I think I'll let it warm up some more to get more nuance, which is its strong point. Looking forward to the rest of the 4pack.

cooter, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow, some carbonation, nice lacing. Scents of malt, fruits, and bready. This is a true belgian brew from North Coast sweet, and dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, reminds me of brews going for alot more money. Again very authentic, a very good representation of the style. Highly recommended.

Wasatch, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of BamaScholar
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

North Coast is doing a damn fine job. Excited to see a four-pack at Frugal McDougal's here in Nashvegas, I chilled and poured into a tumbler.

A dirty honey color settles with haze dominating the glass. Thin head, little retention, decent cling. Nice color though...like reading an old manuscript by tallow candle or such.

Nose is brisk, brimming with citrus fruit, spices, and yeastiness like a Hefe.

That familiar grassiness sneaks in on the sip, but doesn't overwhelm as lemon and clove rush on. There is some malt here...not sure what sort of O.G. is at work here.

It's satisfying on the palate...good carbonation, would prefer more thickness resulting from the head dept.

Happy happy happy with this creation. It's not La Fin du Monde, but at 7.6%, four of these are safer anyhow.

BamaScholar, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an apricot shade color of gold with not much head formation. Clear beer here.

Smell is spicy and very malty bordering on oppressive sweetness. Lots of clean honeysuckle and coriander scent with a touch of black pepper. If this was just a little more complex I would rate the scent higher but this is more of a super solid basic scent than an outstandingly complex one.

Taste is nicely balanced malt sweetness and spices in the first sip. After the first sip the malts are in the background and more complex flavors take over. Lots of coriander flavor mix with a good strong herbal hop flavor as the base flavor of this beer. Beyond the base flavor lemon, flowers, black pepper and a bit of honey are in this. More hoppy than most European versions, this is what it is supposed to taste like before the boat trip across the Atlantic.

Mouthfeel is good.

Super tasty Belgian style beer here. Very drinkable and not that expensive at all either. Now that I know this beer exists I have to seriously consider why I still buy Duvel.

Zorro, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a thick, frothy white head that retains ok. The aroma is authentically belgian, with biscuty malt, candy sugar, spices (anise and corriander), and a fruity yeast character. The flavor begins with a dry, bread like malt character, followed by some candy sugar, floral and mineraly hops, and a big yeast character with tangy citrus fruit notes and some light spices (corriander, clove and anise), very belgian. The mouthfeel is chewy but not thick or heavry and drinkability is descent. An excellent belgian style offering from north coast, authentic and delicious.

silver0rlead, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of sloejams
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Reached for one of the bottles in the 4-pack (yes, I wish it were 6 too). It pours a lovely golden haze, almost no head, just crisp little bubbles lining the rim of the glass. The aroma is nice: hints of sweetness – like most Belgian Strong Pales. It has a full taste, the sweetness hits the back of my mouth as I enjoy a few sips. The feel was perhaps not as carbonated as I would like, seemed a bit watery. As I finish the glass, I reach for another. It’s very easy-drinking and pleasant.

This is one of the finer American examples of a brilliant Belgian ale.

sloejams, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy faded apricot color, with some yeast essence swirling up from the bottom creating a spiral from bottom to top, looking like a twister forming inside the glass. No head to speak of, but spotty oily lace dots the glass. Aroma is thick, full of clove and fruit, some spices and yeast. Flavor is crisp and fruity, initially yeasty, with bits of lemon and clove, some sweet orange, some grassiness, and a tart finish. A bitter tang lingers, turning to yeast. An alcohol warmth rolls up the cheeks. Mouthfeel is full and round, moderately carbed, with a bit of a tingle in the finish.

far333, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange, average head and lacing. Aroma is ripe dates, and plums. Nice. Taste is smooth, mostly the ripe fruits up front, with a clean, minimally hopped finish. I also pull out some tropical fruit, perhaps pineapple?? Mouthfeel is okay, not outstanding. This is, to me, a good representation of Belgians. Not funky. I don't like Funky Belgians.

deejaydan, Nov 08, 2005
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,738 ratings.