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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,718 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,718
Reviews: 1,145
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 104
Gots: 206 | 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 zacharius
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy golden color with a white head and belgian lace on the sides of the glass. Smell is spicy, acidic and slightly funky. Taste is of spice, sweet malt with hops there for bitterness only. Alcohol is present, not the smoothest for its abv.

zacharius, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a cloudy orange color with a fizzy, bubbly head. Nice and lasting carbonation with a bit of lace. A peppery, spicy aroma dominates the smell. Phenolic and yeasty….with a nice background of alcohol. Taste is a mix of fleeting maltiness with lots of spice. Rather full mouthfeel, especially in the id-taste. Nice, crisp hop finish. Mix of spices flows nicely. Well done American Belgian pale.

Suds, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark carmel brown hazy color, lots of visible carbonation. Head is about 3/4" which has good retention. Smells slightly of alcohol,w tih hints of banana and clove spice, and some malt. Taste is also very much like a weat beer, in the banana flavors. Alcohol is present, not dominant. Hops are also not very prominant.

TastyTaste, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of brewer27513
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head dissapates quickly and does not return..

Aroma: is malty with slight phenols, moderate esters, slight peach aroma, slight sweetness and moderate hop aroma, which maybe more hop aroma than expected for this style.

Taste: has the malt character that dominates. Wonderfull balance, very easy to drink. Has a warming alcohol feeling at the end.

Overall: A golden ale with complex flavors, mild hop aroma. Great beer!!

brewer27513, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had the Old Rasputin and Red Seal previously and enjoyed them both..so I have high hopes for this ale. Poured from the bottle with a very cloudy orange color....nice one inch head as well. Smells spicy and fruity and tastes the same. Wow, quite an interesting flavor. The peppery taste comes through as well as a fruity citrus flavor. This is a new taste for me and I am enjoying it. The 7.6% abv can be felt after about half the bottle...nice and warming. This would be good on a cold night. I like this belgian ale and I look forward to trying more of this style. Kudos to North Coast Brewing Co. for another great beer.

orbitalr0x, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of Solomon420
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received a 4 pack (nicely aged, I might add) from a friend. Poured into the snifter well and has a nice golden appearance, with a nice light head. A bit hazy, almost like a Heffie type beer. General aroma was nice and fruity. I was excited to sit and watch the thunder storm roll in whilst enjoying this beer. Drank it slightly chilled, but not cold, to savour the true flavours....which were nice and robust. The taste is very good, and not overpowering like some in its style class, but still enough flavour so you take notice. Definately becoming a favourite of mine. Will need to get my hands on more for sure. Not a food beer, but better after dinner sitting with friends on the porch.

Solomon420, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of Hefe
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 8/10/04 from 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazy luminescent gold, with a thin white head that quickly fades to sticky lacing.

Smell: Incredibly estery/fruity, apricot, honey, white peach, lemon curd. Yeast and spice notes follow.

Taste: Candied orange, apricot, allspice, overripe banana. The finish is yeasty with a honeyed sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, with delicate carbonation. Perhaps a touch cloying.

Drinkability: Not a session brew for sure, but a great food beer, or after dinner sipper.

Hefe, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of sacfly
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold, somewhat cloudy. Musty, spicy smell. Taste is reminiscent of ginger ale. As the beer warms, the ginger smell and flavor become stronger. Clean finish, easy to drink. No alcohol aftertaste.

Not what I was expecting- not as complex or fruity as other Belgians.

sacfly, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’ve always found PranQster to be one of the smartest 12 oz. bottles of beer you can keep on standby in the fridge. It has a lot of taste and character and it’s real easy to drink. It’s clear, pale sunset or peach-like in color, with a well sustained pearly white head and profuse carbonation. The aroma is crisp, scintillating, and speaks of grapefruit-citrus and those musty Belgian yeasts.

PranQster (with a capital Q) is an honest replication (oxymoron?) of a Belgian golden ale. It is composed of clean lines with a spry animated body and a punctual bitter finish. This Mendocino classic is ironically a better Belgian than many Belgian Belgians.

RedDiamond, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of TagoMago
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. stubby bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange. Pours with nice off-white head that fades to a creamy foam, leaving behind a fairly decent lacing.

Smell: Fruity upfront: elements of peach and mango. Some citrusy hops detected, along with some lemon peel and corriander notes. Sweet malts are also noticeable. A musky Belgian yeast-like aroma is also clearly evident.

Taste: Spicy, with some tart, lemony hops. Spicy corriander and pepper are also noticed. There is a rather sweet, nectary, fruity taste upfront - primarily peach and banana. This is coupled with a musky Belgian yeast profile. A nice smoothness is present. The finish is rather sweet, though quite flavorful and nice.

Overall: This is one of the best American, Belgian-style golden ales I've ever had. Nearly flawless!

TagoMago, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glorious copper golden with a nice white head.

Nice raisany spice aroma that blends with a touch of malt.

The grape like flavor is matched by a traditional Belgian spice. This is very much like an authentic Belgian ale.

Thin mouthfeel that is nice crisp and refreshing.

All the elements to enjoy in a quality brew--depth of flavor and aroma and infinite drinkability. I will run out to get a six pack of this delicious elixir.

filabrazilia, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange in color with a thick 2 inch head. Lacing was nice. Carbonation level were slightly high. The aroma was of yeast and bananas. The flavor was malty, but nice strong spice and yeast tones rounded out the flavor. Very little bitterness.

The mouthfeel was smooth at the start with a creamy smooth finish with a bit of crispness. The yeast and spices lasted shortly on the tongue. Nicely drinkable and a nicely enjoyable beligian ale.

Gavage, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark golden amber color with a firm white head about an inch thick. Head recedes quickly but leaves a nice lace.

Smell: Lemon peel and coriander are most dominant in the nose. Also a little citrus, pepper, and general aroma of sweetness (if that's possible)

Taste: Up front this beer hits up spicy. Coriander, pepper, and some bitter lemon peel are the most dominant flavors. Following there is some sweet sugars, a lil malt presence, slight banana, and yet more spice. Finishes with a nice light warm alcohol presence and even more spice.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a nice full body to it for a belgian, but the spices almost override it.

Drinkability: Unfortunately this beer is better on draft, just seems like this bottle has a little to much spice for my own taste buds. Needs a little more smoothness and a little less spice to have a better drinkability.

For those who do like a lot of spice in a belgian, this is the one to try..

bigbeerdrinka, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of beerinator
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy brownish banana colored. Nice frothy white head.

Aroma: Heavy duty banana and sweet malt smells. The spicing is there too, mostly banana's normal comrad, clove. The clove seems especially strong as the sweetness fades.

Taste: The sweetness seems muted more than the aroma would let you believe. The spicing comes out a bit more on the tongue. There is very little bitterness in the finish, and the beer seems to be balanced very nicely between sweetness and the drying finish. The mouthfeel is very sturdy and slighly bubbly. The banana peeks through near the finish, and is very pleasant.

Notes: Very good beer. This would be a good beer to introduce newcomers to the world of 'belgian spicing'.

beerinator, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of motleybrew
2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While I may not have had this under optimal conditions (I'm not positive it wasn't sitting in a too-hot car before being delivered to me), I was not entirely impressed. The rolling bubbles seemed to suggest it was too carbonated...it helped cloud the beer on opening, and lent a message that I remember from the one brew I did that seemed to have been infected with a wild yeast: the flavor pitched too much toward fruit. In this case it wasn't entirely unpleasant, more like banana, but that isn't one of my favorite hints. I was expecting maybe a little more malt in my yeast--and perhaps more in the scent as well. Hops were almost absent. The best part was definitely the mouth where even the volume of carbonation didn't seem harsh--as it often can when there is too much. Just slightly sticky with sweetness, and full. For 7+ABV it was gentle, and I have no doubt the quality was there if not the flavor i prefer. I won't be going out of my way to bring this home, but I wouldn't refuse one.

motleybrew, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm nippling this to my first-born child. There is so much yeast here -- spicy phenols on the nose and an apple/banana smoothie on the tongue -- that my first thought about this beer is not its hops, its malt, or how Belgian it truly is; all I can think about is how healthy this must be and rich in Vitamin B-12.

To say Pranqster is laden with yeast would be an understatement and to say the yeast isn't Belgian enough would be a lie. The underlying fruitiness of this beer, however, without any really sharp bite from the phenols or alcohol is what makes this an exceptional example of the style.

Of course all there is is yeast -- the hops are meant to be relatively mute, even a little stale, and the malt can only lend a little body. Had this been better hopped, there would have been a clash between yeast and hops that could have made this beer astringent or, at best, unresolved.

No, the yeast is indeed left to shine in this brew backed by what could be a fruitiness from any of the ingredients in this beer that verges on being tropical, but steps back to offer full flavor that's never cloying.

The finish is surprisingly syrupy, almost nectarous, while managing to stay dry with grain. There is a mystique to this beer that I've not tasted in any of the trappist trippels from which this beer seems inspired.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Jun 29, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly small head but not a flat beer, looks like peach juice. Could barely detect a mellow fruity smell. Has refreshing clean spicy lemony taste, nice yeasty aftertaste. This is quite a drinkable beer, especially with the lower ABV (this style, that is.) Still, didn't blow me away, but a good example of a strong Belgian. I will certainly buy one again since the bodega on the streetcorner carries them for some miraculous reason.

PopeJonPaul, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of Beersignal
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful, and appetizing beer. Poured a stunning golden peach flesh colour with toffee highlights. The opaque liquid was momentarily adorned with a white cap of foam that unfortunately did not stick around and left no lace.

1st nose: Sublime! Spicy coriander and very fresh hops followed by hits of ripe citrus and other tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, banana) all seductively blended together into an enticing harmony of complexity. Mouthwatering.

Dense but fine carbonation is released in the mouth upon the first sip. A firmly textured but dryish beer expresses itself without at all being watery, showing assertiveness. Firm notes of pepper over a soft maltiness are attenuated by heady hints of alcohol. One notices the signature of multiple yeast strains doing their magic. The finish hints at dry hopping and is buttressed by a yeasty and alcoholic bitterness. Spicy and firm... agressive beer that will age magnificently.

This is a beautifully executed belgian ale reminescent of the great trappist ales of Belgium. I find its assertiveness and complexity remind me of young examples of Westmalle Tripel. I think this will age beautifully.

Beersignal, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of cbl2
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A pleasantly hazy brownish golden color what is quite still, with a fair amount of yeasty sediment.


Yeast, yeast and more yeast predominate the nose of this one with a fruity bread-like undercurrent present.


A bit too tart to begin, followed by that nice yeasty bread-like quality that was hinted at in the aroma. Alcohol is nicely masked, and the finish is slightly hoppy, though pleasant, beckoning you to take another sip.

cbl2, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a belgian styled beer that is ment to truly express the impact belgian yeast has on a beer. All belgian beers are characterized by the indivdiual flavors imparted by the yeasts each brewery uses. North Coast brews a fresh, domestic beer that dosen't comprimise the extreme yeast flavors of belgium. Sweet flavors on the initial taste segue into a spicy citrus flavor finishing with a clean but alcoholic presence. Lower than true belgian carbonation leaves this beer with less of a head than should be expected from the style and there is no belgian lace to be seen.

RenoZymurgist, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
2.65/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've seen this beer at the local beer store a few times but passed, finally picked one up. The name of the beer is clever, love the label. Pours a foggy gold with a white head that dissapates quickly. The smell is very funky, almost smells of game or wild animal. Taste is very strong, yet the spice and strongness didn't do well on my palette. Feels dense but lacking pizazz in the mouth. Couldn't drink this again.

beertaster13, May 30, 2004
Photo of chilidog
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pranqster was a goal beer for me and when I finally found a four, I jumped on it. I found it to be more mild than I thought it would be, but thats not so bad.
The beer poured a hazy apricot tinted gold. The head was white, carbonated and did not leave much lace, only in sticky spots. The aroma was sweet sugar malt. The taste carried some sweet malt along while blended with a nice hop balance. An easy alcohol warmth is felt. A spicy favor to the taste is noticed with hints of citric & coriander Over-all, not a bad beer for the style to be had.

chilidog, May 26, 2004
Photo of garymuchow
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is a sweet light malt, sugary, fresh light fruit. Some phenol.

Orange gold, fizzy sound but never a head to speak of. Cloudy.

Flavor is low in alcohol. Seems to have an "orange" quality about it. Low on candi sweetness. Flavor seems a little flat. Mild dryness on finish. Lacks complexity.

Feels holds a slight fizzy-tingly from carbonation, yet decent smoothness.

Overall this was a disappointment. I've have better luck tasting other beers from this brewery. This beer has some tasty qualities, but isn't busting with flavor as many in style can be. This boarders on being an easy drinker, which for style seems odd.

garymuchow, May 20, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a good orange color but the head was pretty minimal. There wasn't too much lacing to speak of either.

The smell is potent and appropriately hinting at bananas and high alcohol content. The taste is fairly simply by comparison, but at the same time that makes it dangerously drinkable.

This is a very accessible and nicely done interpretation of this classic style.

watermelonman, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear apricot amber.
Small bubbly head that’s short lived and recedes to form a ring around the perimeter of my glass.

A rather fruity tart and hops laden nose.
Flavor comes on strong with a tough standing with the nose being a harbinger of what’s to come, but the flavor profile dissipates quickly.

Flavor is hoppy, with smatterings of spice- almost like pepper sparking the predominantly hops like character. Yeasts and hints of malt round out the flavor body.

I find that the flavor is short lived. Just as things “get going” and my taste buds probe deeper into the flavor and its character, it disappears from the scene. The finish lasts, but merely by leaving a clean and tidy stage. No tid-bit souvenirs to remind me of the robust flavor opening scene.

Mouthfeel is great at the beginning with a hearty stance upon my palate, but very quickly becomes a meek and mild wall flower...

Drinkablility seems “just fine”—mainly because the ABV is below 10% and I’m not welded to my seat after a pint or two...

I’d rate this Belgian style ale as OK, but I’m not flying banners from the ramparts...

gueuzeonhigh, Apr 22, 2004
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,718 ratings.