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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,959 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,959
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 119
Gots: 333 | 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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Ratings: 2,959 | Reviews: 1,176
Photo of jeonseh
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottled and poured into a tulip glass

A - A dark golden yellow that reminds a bit of honey. Has a darker honey colored center within in the drink. See a good bit of carbonation trailing upwards as small bits of sediment float around in circles. There was a small dirty white head that existed for a few seconds before floating away.

S - First it has a bit of a biscuity sweet and malt odor that comes forth. Also was surprised by the fruit that came out such as banana and sweet cherry. There are also hints of peach and nectarine and clove as well.

T - The taste at first is sweet and bready as it reminds me a bit a fuzzy navel cookie. There is also the hint of banana and clove that I smelled in the nose. A slight yeast spice also sits in it. Overall, the beer on the sweeter end for the style and is really dominated by the sweeter fruit flavors of peach and a biscuit like malt taste. This is one of those beers where you can taste the fruit aspect but it seems a bit hard to put your finger on exactly which fruit you get. Sometimes I notice peach mostly and other times there is the banana and nectarine and even a few sips remind me of a tart cherry. One of the nice aspects of this beer is that each sip is a bit different and it manages to be sweet without being cloying or too sweet.

MF - Lightly carbonated and has a nice body to it that makes the mouth feel full. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth as the beer just comes in and coats over your tongue nicely.

D - Overall this is a very good beer that is easy to drink. Don't really notice the ABV in the taste yet it would stop me from having a lot of them. The taste, even though I had trouble describing it, is definitely a good one. This even reminds me a bit of a few tripels that I have had given the fruitiness in the nose and taste.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour itself reminds me of a tripel with quite a bit more carbonation. The head is very bubbly and there is quite a lot of action with this beer. If you hold it up to the light it looks like a pilsner. Its pale gold in color with lots of bubbles coming up from below.

The smell is actually faintly hoppy and citrusy, a bit yeasty and some sugary sweet malt. A couple more whiffs bring about some spiciness. All in all, a pretty decent smelling beer.

Taste is quite sweet and fruity. The carbonation pushes the taste over your tongue and the sweetness is very nice. This is a very balanced beer that is quite refreshing. I'm pretty amazed by the way the pour, the smell and the taste all seem to stand apart and yet they come together so well. This is a very bubbly , light looking, hoppy/citrusy/spicy smelling beer that has a lot of fruity and sweet tastes to it. All of the characters are very unique.

I'd have to say that I am a big fan of this one. Its such a great all around beer. Its very full-flavored with lots of character and yet it looks like an easy drinking light tasting beer. Don't let that fool you, the Pranqster is just that.

Photo of daythree16
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip and shared with my wife over dinner. Pours a hazy golden orange with a big foamy head that doesn't leave much lace when it fades.

The smell is orange and other citrus and coriander. Reminds me of a hefeweizen. The taste is definitely Belgian though. That sweet deliciousness up front followed by the spice and a light alcohol warmth.

The mouthfeel is a little sticky, but fairly light and really refreshing nonetheless. I could drink this all night.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a slight hazy golden-bronze with a decent size sticky 2 finger white head that left a nice lacing behind.

S: fresh bread and sour fruitiness (pineapples) from the yeast providing sweet and tart flavors. There was a light lingering clove spiciness as well detected.

T: The flavor starts out with sweet buttery hints with candi sugars, and sour fruit (pineapple). There were some apples as well fresh grains present and finished with a dry floral hopping. There was a bitterly sweetness on the tongue and makes you pucker.

M: dry and pungent at times full of sour fruitiness.

D: The beer drank pretty much the same from start to finish leading to a one dimensional profile with not much spicing. Ok just nothing nothing spectacular and gets boring after 1 or 2.

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

12 oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. I swirl the yeast in. An opaque gold liquid with a thin head. Light lacing on the glass. A bit of carbonation evident.

Smell is sweet malt, Belgian yeast, lemon and faint banana. A touch of candy sugar/caramel. Some yeasty esters mixed in.

Taste is honey sweet and yummy . A hint of banana. Sour apple and grapey fruits. A kiss of hops in the finish with light vinous/tannic drying on the palate. alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium and light at the same time. Gentle carbonation is clean and smoewhat crisp.

Drinkability is great. I could drink this all night and I mean more than three easily.

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

This poured a cloudy golden color with a really nice white head that dissipated to a thin film over top. Pleasant aroma is of fruit and floral note. Flavor is very fruity with a nice clean finish and notes of spice. Mouthfeel is nice and drinkability is pretty high for a beer of this style and abv. Good beer.

Photo of Offa
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding Belgian strong ale.

Dark gold, it's slightly hazy with a medium, off-white head slowly shrinking to a lasting thin top. It leaves a little foamy lace. For the style, it is rather weakly carbonated.

The aroma is very nice, with a strong quality of raw, dried grain along with pears, hints of lemon, pine sap, and bubblegum. It's rather similar to others of the style but among the best-smelling to me.

The taste is wonderful. It has full-bodied fruitiness with a light spiciness, some grain, especially in the finish, and a hint of lemon. This is rounded out with a light, nicely pungent alcholic body. It's rather sweet with no real bitterness, but this is good here and complemented by the firm character and zestiness. It's on the light side and slightly fizzy, but tasty and zesty.

Photo of JBogan
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange/golden color with a very large bubbly head which remained for a long time and left average lacing. Lots of active bubbles rising in the glass. An excellent looking beer.

Smelled a bit sweet and floral which was nice, but had a very slight metallic scent to it as well which brought the score down.

Tasted somewhat citrusy with some cinnamon in there too. Yet again it did have a very small metallic taste to it. Not much of an aftertaste after it goes down, it just kind of disappears.

Mouthfeel was very good, especially with all the carbonation present. Brought down one half point due to perhaps a very slight thinness in the body.

Overall this was an enjoyable brew, yet there's still some room for improvement. I'd have it again sometime, but wasn't knocked out by it.

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

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a hazy golden-yellow, with a decent white head.

S- Scent of yeast and spice, not noticeable hops, definitely a Belgian Ale.

T- Some banana esters and spice, the beer is yeasty and slightly sweet.

M- Medium body, not overly carbonated, but the bartender did have trouble pouring this and other North Coast beers.

D- A decent beer for the style, most of North Coast's beers are better though.

Photo of mhewes
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a nice golden color with a decent head that goes down rather quickly.

S : Typical Belgian Golden Ale smell, yeasty with some citrus notes

T : Sweet with plenty of fruit flavors. You can definitely taste the coriander. There is a slight alcohol taste on the finish

M : Dry with low carbonation

D : It's a good Belgian Golden Ale. Nothing spectacular but not something to turn down.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours Golden and produces a large head that fizzles to a small lace. The aroma is of yeast and natural scents. I also detect malts and fruits. The taste is of fruits,light malts,cloves,spice and sweet grains. The finish is crisp,with good carbonation and a nice sweet happy ending. The over all feel is that this brew is a winner.

Notes: A member mentioned that there was something missing?
I thought the same and I concluded that it was probably a little more malt and spice. None the less,I still enjoyed this smooth easy going brew. Wonderful interpretation and excellent balance.
I suppose that despite my what is missing? comment I really do not know enough about beer to say something is really needed,still an opinion is an opinion. This will be something to look forward to because I do not think the ABV is too high or too low. Maybe not session beer,but one could have a few.

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

Opened bottle, poured into snifter.

Formed head of 2", that dies down to layer of bubbly lace across top of slightly hazy golden colored brew.

Smells a tad bit spicy, some malt aromas also on nose. Taste is much better than smell with slight tropical fruit hints - that banana taste that comes from Belgian yeast. Nice bubbles and good finish make for a pleasant mouth feel. Easily drinkable... but there is something missing - can't quite place it.

Photo of QuentinCompson
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4 OZ bottle into a pint glass

A - Nice tall head easing into a finger-or-so-head, golden brew, a bit murky

S - Peppery, honey, tangerines

T-M - Nice blonde ale taste, reminding me of something like Leffe, except a bit more bite; alcohol is apparent, a bit metallic

D - Drinkable brew; possibly best American brew to taste like a Belgian blonde that I've tasted; Enjoyable

Photo of CrellMoset
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: A cloudy golden brew with a foamy, one-finger head, highly active effervescent carbonation, and splotches of lacing all over the sides of the glass. Attractive.

Aroma: Earthy barnyard smells - dare I say horseblanket? - a spicy, coriander presence, ethereal citrus zest, and faint alcohol. Very crisp.

Taste: Spicy and sweet, with a very warming alcohol presence that hits deep in the mouth and throat. The dry malt here definitely takes a backseat to all the yeast notes - there's some powdery, musty notes, a light banana ester presence, and lots of peppery spice here. Nice, with lots of mild complexities going on here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, clean and crisp, but the bubble size and the carbonation profile seem to be a little too over the top.

Drinkability: A very warming alcohol presence (7.6% abv) and a lot of spicy prickliness limit the drinkability of this beer somewhat, but it's still a very pleasant drink, with a lot of good yeast-imparted tastes and aromas.

I love it when domestic brewers get foreign styles right. Like all Belgian strong pale ales, there're a lot of flavors goin' on with this one. If the carbonation profile on this one were to be diminished slightly (and the alcohol hidden a little better), this would be a world-class American interpretation.

Photo of RThomas436
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great fruit nose with citrus hints. The finish is short and leaves much to be desired. Taste is sweet and malty and is easy drinking. Great flavor but it tends to disappear rather quickly.
Good beer to drink a few of if hte flavor lasted longer it would be much better.

Photo of KI9A
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Blue Agave in Belleville, IL.

A: Hazy orange, puffy head, sticky lace.

S: Common Belgian Ale yeasty, spicy. Very nice.

T: Corrinder, spice, maybe clove ?, banannas, bread, citrus near the end.

M: Excellent. Clean.

D: Best Belgian Ale I have had. Hides the ABV almost a bit too well, drank 3 of these pretty quick.

Photo of Hophead101
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Yard House in Las Vegas.

Great hazy golden color. nice head on the glass, but it didn't last too long. taste is very good. lighter on the palate than a normal belgian. not overly malty which makes for a real nice mouthfeel and drinkability. the taste leaves the mouth pretty quickly - but you still get the full flavor.

worth the price - good beer.

Photo of slvrmon82
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Wow. Wow.

This is great. The appearance is a hazy orangish yellow. There is a lot of head that stays for the entire time. The head is little orange as well.

The smell is amazing. It has all the yeasty characteristics but with a lot of hops and a sweet smooth after taste. The yeast fades away pretty quickly as well.

The taste is great. It is sweet and hoppy with lots of citrus and yeast up front and lots of floral hops at the end.

The mouthfeel is also great. Smooth with lots of carbonation. Not as syrupy as most.

The drinkability is also great. It is smooth and crisp and light. You can drink many of these. MANY.

Photo of joezak5
2.73/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter after swirling out all the yeast; a diry dark orangish honey with very little light passing through. White two finger head with no retention but decent lacing.

Smell: Yeasty banana and malt. A little funky.

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated, a little watery with a medium body.

Taste: This has a yeasty banana/apply cider taste to it. Some spicy bite on the swallow of coriander.

Drinkability: This one disappoints me, and I hate to say that because I love Old Rasputin RIS puts out. I always how this can be the same brewery when I have this. They deserve another shot, but this one isn't my flavor.

Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang goblet. Hazy, yeasty, straw color with a centimeter of white head. Thick lacing coats the glass.

Aroma consists of the typical BSPA notes banana and green apple. There's also some spice here, coriander and clove? Musty earthy yeast as well.

Flavor is an explosion of coriander and overripe fleshy fruit with a big clove note too. Quite sweet, with a touch of alcohol that manifests as white wine. Lots of cinnamon at the back of the palate contributes to a sense of too much spicing. It still tastes pretty good though.

Carbonation is a bit low for the style. Finish is bone dry, body is thinnish. Pretty drinkable but it's too sweet for my taste.

Photo of JDV
2.4/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bright golden pour with a frothy offwhite head. Smell is strongly metallic wtih a strong yeast smell behind that. Taste is decent, but bland. Very generic belgian strong ale flavor to me. Malty, yeasty and some detracting metallic flavors. Quite bubbly mouthfeel. Not particular spectacular.

Photo of Onslow
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ gingerman in austin for brians graduation...has a real upbeat honeyish smell...sweet and tangy first sip....slides beautifully down the tongue and into my gullot...smilers...quite delicious actually, had seen this in the store and was on my list for sixers but the tap was a great choice...orange colour..nice flavours....go have a pint..a great US brew!!

rerate: in the bottle... wow, a different story... ..seems to lose its sweetness in the glass.. a shadow if its beauty... ..should only be allowed on tap...

Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, golden, orange honey body - ample carbonation - nicely cloudy (slightly). Light 2-finger meringue head with good lacing.

A little horse-blanket funk - sour yeast with banana-vanilla ester, a little coriander - thick, mild malt

Clean, horse-blanket backbone - mild and pleasant. Tingles with carbonation and vanilla. Less of the tart and citrus than expected.

Tanginess comes out on the mouthfeel if not the taste. Tingly, carbonated mouthfeel.

Nice and clean as a light, sessionable(?) Belgian effort without as much of a typical complex flavor profile. Good gateway beer?

Photo of ndekke39
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this from a 12 oz. bottle. 7.6% ABV. Decanted into a pint glass.

A: Big, foamy white head on the hard pour. Descends to a thick layer of foam. Some sticky lacing on the glass. Slightly hazy. Straw golden color.

S: Bready, yeasty quality dominates the aromas. Overall sweet character. Some bananas. Some of floral notes.

T: Yeasty flavors up front. Blooms into kind of a typical "Belgian golden ale" flavor: bread, yeast, bananas, touch of soft apples, floral quality.

M: Overall smooth, with a small touch of fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

D: Yeah, pretty drinkable. Good Belgian Golden Ale, but nothing exceptional. Still, it's more than adequate.

Photo of littleg
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden orange into my Duvel tulip. Decent head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing. Smell was sweet and somewhat grassy. Taste was equally as sweet with a nice banana finish that did not linger. Overall a good brew, not my favorite Belgian Golden by any means butone that I wouldn't turn down and would recommend to someone who wasn't able to get a true Belgian golden such as Duvel or Delerium.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,959 ratings.