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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,879 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,879
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 114
Gots: 280 | 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 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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.55/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Rich amber/yellow/orange color / fairly clear / very mild carbonation and head

Tart and sweet – Belgian sugary sweet. Powdery and yeasty.

Powdery metallic first taste. (2) Sweet nutty sugary malt develops (2.5) More and stronger metallic off tastes. (1.5-) Really yeasty. (2) Bitter and tart. Fruity floral sugary sweet flavors develop. (2.5 - 3) Still so powdery and dry and unpleasant. (2.5)

This is hard to stomach. Needs a retry sometime far away. I am supremely disappointed.

Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a disappointing head, kind of flat for Belgian standards. The smell is rather faint, some light candi sugar funk aroma. The taste is more pronounced. A big hit of candi sugar, caramelized banana, a bit boozy, some tart apple but more on the sweet side. The feel is moderate and crisp, finishes more on the slick side. A good American version of the style, though it borders on the Tripel style. It could use more of a malt presence to offset the sweetness and hide the alcohol better.

Photo of cjhofelt
3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Giant head atop a pale golden, clear beer. Lots of sticky lace left behind. Head fades to a creamy pillow.

Not too much smell, sorta' like malt sugar and alcohol. Not too promising.

Tastes much better than it smells. I'm just not that big of a fan of the Belgian ales, but this has a bit of something I like. Malt up front with some sort of yeast flavor, then hop bitterness and hot alcohol in the finish.

A bit too syrupy in the mouth. It's like all of the Belgian ales I've had in the past, so I have to rate it as "Average", though I don't much like it.

This is probably much better with a meal. Something like a roast turkey. In fact, that does sound tasty with this.

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

Appearance - Very cloudy yellow-gold with a very thin head. Lots of floating yeast.

Smell - Sour almost reminiscent of a sourdough bread with a sweet hint to it.

Taste - Initially a slight spiciness with a very biscuitty yeast flavor. Hints of sweetness reveal themselves more as the beer warms. The malts are apparent yet not overwhelmingly strong. Very little hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and slightly thick and full.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, despite its complexities.

In comparison to something like Brooklyn Local 1, I actually enjoyed this slightly more due to it's drinkability.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.71/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a murky golden body with a fizzy white head.

Smell: A sour fruit funkiness with notes of candy and wheat.

Taste: Light, pale malt sweetness with strong, yeasty herb-stuffed dough notes and hints of honey, bubblegum, and pears. Finishes with a prolonged spicy, yeastiness and just a bit of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky palate.

Drinkability: Far too sour and yeasty for my tastes, I think I'll keep to their Old Rasputin and Old Stock Ale.

Photo of markaberrant
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear orange. Not much for head, quickly recedes to a ring. No lacing.

S - fruity (apricot) sweet

T - sweet and fruity upfront, then spicy yeast. Not much for aftertaste, it finishes quite clean. As it warms, more complex flavours are revealed.

M - Light, despite the minimal carbonation for a Belgian.

D - This isn't a terrible Belgian, but I've had better. I would probably choose something else if given the choice.

I was somewhat disappointed at first, but the flavours really came out as it warmed. The initial alcohol warmth had a bite, but it too mellowed. By the end of the glass, I was quite enjoying it.

Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet, Pranqster is a light gold with a small white head that fades to a taunt surface skim, with lots of active effervescence rolling off the etching on the bottom of the goblet. The lace is moderate.

The nose is distinctly Belgian, more grainy then sweet, with lots of spice, mostly yeast I'd think, but some coriander to account for the citrus. It's appetizing and beckons a deep sip.

Well, as they say, the nose knows, and in this case, it's spot on, as this is one tasty BSPA. The sweetness tempers the grain more then the aroma, and it has a nice yeasty spiciness. Any adjuncts are hard to discern, which is exactly the role they should be playing. If you know they're there, they're overdone, and that not the case here, tasty grains and esters. The overall effect is very smooth and clean. This has reinforced my recall of just how much I enjoy this BSPA, very well done and very much my cup of tea.

The mouthfeel is light and has a nice level of carbonation. When I think of the Belgian test of digestablity, this is a perfect example.

A fantastic beer, it really hits my sweet spot for complexity, body, and strength. Thank you sir, may I have another? Yes I can, I've got plenty! We'll see how long I can hold on to them, and how well they age...but if they get better then they are now, it's all gravy.

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

Pours a clear pale gold, then heavily clouded by the yeast pour. Three finger soap bubble head showing good retention and terrific patchwork of lacing. Spicy Belgian phenolics, Pilsener malt, and Styrian hops make up the inticing aroma, with a whiff of booze and tropical fruit becoming stronger as it warms. Sharp Pils, soft wheat and pale candy sugar upon the first sip. The aftertaste is quite dry with very light noble hop flavor and mild bitterness, but a showcase of bubblegum and spicy phenolics balance the malt well. Light and airy body, though it seems like a once heavy beer thinned out from simple sugars. The carbonation is aggressive and needle-like, which aids in lifting the strong malt presence and phenols from the tounge. The finish shows some earthy yeast tones, a little booze and some residual swetness, but the yeast character fades gracefully with the malt and never becomes significantly cloying or hot. An excellent american interpretation of the style.

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

From a 12 oz bottle with cap, into a cervoise. No freshness date noted. Slightly hazy golden color with tiny bubbles constantly forming. A bit of sediment remains in bottle. One-finger off-white head that fades at a moderate pace to a thin cap and ring, and scattered lace. Nose evinces coriander and clove and peppery spice. Citrusy hops also in evidence. Taste is as advertised by nose, citrusy-spicy with coriander and clove and a hint of warming alcohol. A bit of bready yeast. Very refreshing, almost like a flavored seltzer. Good carbonation adds to the refreshing zing, lightly viscous mouth and smooth feel on the palate keeps it going down easy. Very drinkable despite 7.6% ABV; I can see myself getting in trouble with this because it goes down so easily. Best suited for summer sippin’.

Overall: An outstanding golden ale/strong pale/etc. Well balanced and refreshing. Definitely worth the effort to go out and find one. An American brew that has certainly held up to classic Belgian standards. Two thumbs up.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky light gold color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, apples, spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with strong flavors of spice and Belgian yeast, then the mild sweetness of fruit and malt come in, followed by a light hops presence, nicely balanced. The after-taste is slightly bready and a little sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to stick with for an evening when you’re in a Belgian kind of mood but you don’t want to get yourself destroyed too quickly.

Photo of cpn920
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up at Premier on Elmwood Ave in Kenmore, NY. I really enjoyed this beer and found it to be not overly expensive. It poured a cloudy golden haze. I could smell the bananas and coriander. The taste was very good. I enjoyed it better than many of the ales that come directly from Belgium. The alcohol was understated so that I could enjoy the complex flavors. I could definitely drink a few of these and would want to come back for more. I would absolutely drink this again.

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

Aroma is strong, malty and yeasty with a hint of pear. It pours out a pretty clear golden color with a thick and fairly persistent head. Flavor is malty with fruity tones and a nice alcohol kick. On the tongue it feels smooth and rich, a satisfying ale that goes down the pipes very pleasantly and with just a touch of bitterness. Tasty and recommended.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy golden to straw color with a large head that fades quickly. Thin, broken ring of lacing adorns the glass.

S - Bananas, nutmeg, hay, sweet light malt, honey - very yeasty.

T - Sweet light malt, hay hops, honey, cloves, nutmeg, faint banana, coriander. The aftertaste is a hay bitterness lingering bananas and spices.

M - Slightly harsh, thick, moderately refreshing.

D - Not bad. I would prefer many other Belgian ales, but this is quite good for a brewery that doesn't specialize in Belgian styles.

Photo of mdm46410
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Pours a cloudy golden color with a small foamy tan head that quickly fades into a thin layer. Some light lacing around the glass. Aromas of orange, wheat, and some sweet banana. Flavors are clove, lightly bitter orange, and yeast. This is a medium to full-bodied beer. It has a nice crisp mouthfeel. Good dose of carbonation. You can taste a hint of alcohol at the finish. Overall, this is a good effort from North Coast.

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

Cloudy orange-amber with a big head that goes away quick and leaves only a bit to float around for the rest of the glass.

Smells yummy- fruity esters and yeast. Lots of banana with some candy sugar and alcohol coming through.

Tastes just like it smells- like a sweet hefeweizen. Maybe like a baby Don de dieu in taste?

In the mouth this stuff is aggressively carbonated and almost stings the tongue.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - poured at an angle into a sampling glass, this one needs no encouragement to whip up a quick three-finger froth of rocky white foam. Heading south rapidly, it dots a bit of lacing, not much. Golden straw color.

Aroma - grain and alcohol vapors almost hitting like a malt liquor, but the yeast element sets it apart and gives some notable distinction. Decent enough to hold my interest.

Taste - sweet, yeasty like sourdough. Tempered but tasty alcohol note. Turns winey/oak on the swallow with some mellow warmth and occasional light bitterness.

Mouthfeel - smooth, medium body, and very crisp.

Drinkability - a little elevated on the abv, still good for a few though...

Photo of SilentSabre
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's difficult to believe that this is the first time I have ever had this ultra-readily available offering from North Coast. My only regret is that I didn't try it sooner. It poured a cloudy orange juice orange with some very fine particles floating about. Pure white foamy head lasted all of about 60 seconds, fading away into a thin frosting over the liquid's surface. While the head was at its fullest, it appeared very thick. This thickness remained in the lacing. Smell was sweet fruit, yeast, and a damp cellar. I thought this combination was quite pleasant. Taste was sweet fruit up front, a tiny bit of that metallic taste that's so common among Belgians in the middle, and then a dry, corn-based breakfast cereal finish. Corn Pops, anyone? Mouthfeel was pretty average for the style. I must admit, I enjoyed this a bit more than I thought I would. This is a really nice attempt by Americans at a Belgian style.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.21/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a chimay chalice.

1/2 finger head,very golden body with some carbonation and a small patch of head.

Faint smell of yeast.

Lemony taste,corn,some pepper and maybe some berry.

Mouthful is very easy to drink,the carbonation is very smooth and the mouthful is dry.

I like this,its a smooth belgian.I will look for it again.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had this at Cowboy Monkey in dowtown Champaign IL. Served in a pint glass....probably not ideal, but whatever.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with a big foamy white head. This is so cloudy that it looks almost solid, like raw eggs in a glass.

S - Dusty yeast, honey, sugar, cornflakes, some bright fruits. Nice, but not as complex or fruity as others of the style.

T - Yeasty, sugary, much like the aroma. Malty with some grassy hops. OK, but it's way to sweet.

M - Soild foamy extremely ful mouthfeel. Like squirting canned whip cream in your mouth...it actualy feels like it's expanding.

D - Not so hot. This is really full and sweet, and though I like the full body, it combines with the cloyng sweetness to really make this seem like eating the icing off of a birthday cake.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
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
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
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
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,879 ratings.