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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,192
Hads: 3,214
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 19.55%
Wants: 144
Gots: 522 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 Fear4Beer
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Pranqster by North Coast Brewing.

Let me get out of the way that I'm a huge fan of Belgian style beers. No bias, I just want results!

Smells like orange peel, bananas, yeast, and a peppery note.

Tastes like those notes but there is just something that is off with this beer. Something just not right for this Belgian style. It has this taste that reminds me of BMC beers. An alcohol presence too that is masked (flavor wise) in very good Belgian style beers.

I had high hopes for this but I'm let down greatly. I've had some darn good Belgian offerings from the United States and from the homeland itself. I would not buy this again.

I'm not sure if I'm drinking this incorrectly though. Some beers I've seen recommend swishing the yeast around before adding it to your glass (like Hoegaarden for instance). I've also seen some beers tell you to NOT disturb the yeast when pouring the glass. Since these beer brewers did not specify what their vision is for their beer, I swished the yeast around and added it to the beer. If this substantially changes the overall taste of the beer in a negative way then tell the purchaser ON THE BOTTLE how to pour the beer. Because of this I'm not going to buy this beer again. The way I had it (adding the yeast) did not taste very good, I'm not sure if that changed the overall intended flavor of the beer. I'll never know I guess.

Let this be a lesson for you beer brewers. Adding relevant information to your bottle is significant to many of your buyers...

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Photo of Rob23
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

I expected more from this awesome brewery but not withstanding it is ok.Pours a very thin head that is gone before you can count to 10.Great color and smell throughout.To me it seems like a light Belgian if that is even a category.Rating is a 3.5 because of the brewery alone.Actual rating is a 3.0.They know what they are doing over there at North Coast but this could be a lot better.A mild Belgian that I would like to try on tap to give a more accurate rating.

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Photo of Capt_kirk
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Pours golden,thin white head, which does not last long. Not very complex in flavor, but good on a hot evening.
Overall, I had higher hopes for this beer.

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Photo of Wobbly
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Honestly, I was a bit disappointed by this beer. Definitely solid, but after reading some of the reviews, I expected a masterpiece. Compared to a Duvel or Delirium Tremens, this beer does not hold up. It lakes the buttery texture and complex flavor profiles of the Belgian originals. That said, this is a very good attempt at a difficult style. Aromatic but not pungent; fairly high in ABV (but lower than most Belgian examples). Main complaint would be the hop character is too pronounced for this style. Given that this is made in CA, I am not surprised by that. I would still say that Old Rasputin is the standard bearer for this brewery.

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Photo of jjam1266
4/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Color is golden. Somewhat of a white head that quickly disappears. Very little lacing.
S - Yeast, malt
T - Spices, sour towards the end. Hardly any alcohol taste. Somewhat sweet. Not allot of complexity.
M - Some carbonation, but not allot. Fairly light, very smooth.

Overall I gave it 4.0. Beer is very smooth and quite nice, but not very complex. Seems like a conservative copy of a Belgian. I would buy again but wish the flavor was a little more unique.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Sampling eight now on 8/14/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "CHEERS - BOSTON" handled glass stein.

Pours nice golden yellow in color with about a good half a finger of a white foamy head that settles to just a thick layering around the sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped but that is about it. The aroma is just malts for the most part with a hint of some sweetness, like honey. More going on with the taste with the malt up from followed by some spice, maybe coriander. Finishes with a slight sweet that is a tad dry also. Overall, not really my style of brew.

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Photo of ewvanconant
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pobably the best American version of a triple I have had to this point. Has great bubble gum and banana notes along with the crispness you would from a triple. What makes this better than the average American interpretation is the complexity of flavor. Most American triples are a simple dry version of what the Belgian's do. This triple (while possessing the simple character of the triple) has the soft complexities that you get from the best Belgian's in this category. My only disappointment with this beer is that the head dissipates far faster than a Delerium or Duvel. It is gone in seconds and I expect a beer of this type to create a head that lasts.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Light hazy, straw color, some yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose and flavor is yeasty, orange/lemon with light sour finish. $3.55 for a 12oz bottle Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of DIM
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a hazy pale golden color, it came with a nice frothy head. Nice nose consisting of soft fruits like pears and apricots plus light spice and bubblegum.

Sweet tasting overall, more fruity than sugary. Mild clove and some other spice at the finish. This has a nice feel. Good stuff.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an Allagash tulip. Yeast roused and poured.

A: Golden-orange color. Very hazy with some yeasty silt in suspension. Fine-bubbled white head holds on at a half inch in height. A thin sheet of delicate lacing eventually slides down the glass, forming rings in its wake.

S: Very floral. Esters of star fruit and pithy orange. Chalky yeast, slightly musty. Light minerality. Browned biscuits and wheat. Zesty little wheat snap. Faint alcohol and medicinal phenol.

T: Pithy orange and lemon, star fruit. Floral hops. Chalky and musty yeast. Toasted biscuit and some creamy wheat. Coriander? Very faint alcohol. Medicinal phenols are tame. Dry finish of yeast, biscuit, faint phenol and pithy hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a sense of weight. Wheat adds a frothy and creamy feel. Lightly scrubbing carbonation still allows the beer to press down on the tongue.

O: The curveball here is all the wheat character. It's not expected, as when you're drinking a Belgian Golden, you tend to look to Duvel for comparison. It really works though. While Duvel is all about clean pilsner malt character and great balance, Pranqster achieves a similar balance, albeit with a wheaty approach and perhaps a bit more complexity because of it. Yeast, malt (and wheat adjunct), and hops all work very harmoniously together, and this ends up being far too easy to finish.

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Photo of TheGenesisOfElegance
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Orangish-yellow, cloudy. Head disappeared quickly, no lacing.

Smell: Malt, yeast, spices and honey.

Taste: Floral, good yeast and fruitiness; melons and pears?

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation. kind of dry.

Overall: Very tasty. Being my third or fourth Belgian, I'm starting to find that I really enjoy this style the more I drink it. Hides the 7.6% abv very well.

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Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Pours a pale straw yellow with three finger fluffy white head.

S: Nose is dominated by yeast esters. Just a hint of spices in the background. Clove and maybe pepper.

T: Ripe Banana, clove, and sweet malts. A little earthy funk at the end.

M: Full bodied but light and refreshing. Subtle sweetness.

O: Outstanding Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-06-08 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge.

A - Cloudy golden-orange with a short white head and light lace.

S - Light Belgian yeast, sweet fruit, light malt. Mild but pleasing.

T - Lightly toasted bread with a touch of orange marmalade. Light spice/pepper. Touch of sour in the finish. Light bitterness. Well balanced.

M - Light-medium body and light carbonation. Smooth.

O - A tasty Belgian Golden. Kind of a cross between an American Blonde and a Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of mabermud
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Body is golden/bronze. White minimal head that turned into a white ring around the glass. Lacing was insignificant with almost no stickiness.
S - Yeast, banana, tartness
T - Herbal, a little sour with spice.
M - Light body, smooth, and flat.
O - I'm not into Belgians.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(poured into a balloon)

A: light, yellow-orange liquid, slight sediment haze... tall, poofy, sizzly white head - looked like it might stay, but it ended up dropping fast into a sudsy film atop... minimal lace... doesn't say it on the label, but the beer is bottle-conditioned

S: powerful, textbook spicy yeasty phenolics, however, a bold honey and white cracker malt backing to give it some counterpoint... very inviting... faint, pear-like ester later on

T: a lot more malt flavor than the norm for the style - which isn't a bad thing here - kind of a white-toasty, cereal quality to the malt - adds a touch of sweetness to the end... mildly flower, fruit (mix of melon and pear), and a mellow spice in the aftertaste

M: light-moderate, snappy-sharp prickle on the tongue up front... tight, round, light-medium-bodied flow, drying out beautifully in the finish... minimal heat or burn... wonderfully light

O: I get this damn beer mixed up with their Old Stock all the time... very nice homage to Duvel - one of the more well-rendered copies... marks may be a bit low here

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Photo of jellikit
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: yellow. Cloudy. Thin, foamy head. Sweet lacing.
S: apple. Banana. Small spice notes.
T: essence of banana. Light phenolics. Ever so slight bittering at end. Mellow alcohol. Definite Belgian.
M: medium-high carbonation. Medium light body.
O: great beer. Will buy again.

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Photo of Redrover
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

North coast Pranqster was a guest tap at the Broadway Brewery in Columbia, MO.

It was served in a 10 oz snifter, the beer is a chill hazed dirty yellow with a skim of sticky off-white lace.

Nose of clove, grass and a bit of raw sugar.

Taste is slightly tart and a bit sweet. There is some straw and a bit of funk. Turns puckering after a few sips.

Mouth is slick with low carbonation.

Glad I got to try this beer as I have heard good things about it.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours dirty and cloudy golden, real stormy appearance, with strong aroma of Belgian yeast and malt. It has a strong taste of malt and wheat, with strong traces of lemon and peper. It had average carbonation, with nice head, and no lacings. Goes down smooth, but has a light edge, and is pretty light on the stomach.

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Photo of LovingCup
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My local store sells this as singles. I got it once, then again, and again. Now I buy for packs as I have come to the realization that this has become a "go to" beer for me. It's a good change of pace from ipa's and stouts/porters. I would like to have a taste test with this and Bedlam from Ale Asylum as they are comparable but I realize I am rating the Pranqster higher. I have only had Bedlam the one time I reviewed it, and have had Pranqster many times. By this I mean they both have qualities of a trippel, a road less traveled albeit enjoyed from time to time. However they both are mellow, more approachable incarnations. Though of course, Pranqster is listed as a "Belgian Strong Pale Ale."
It pours a hazy robust golden ale color with little to no head. Very purdy. Smells tasty. Is tasty. Very light and crisp; carbonated. It goes down easy peazy like a pilsner or something but packs a punch at 7.6%. I imagine it would go well in spring or summer, but it has a richness that makes it good anytime. It's highly drinkable but not really sessionable, per se. It is sweet and fruity and bubblegummy and clovey maybe? Read other reviews if you want that detailed stuff. This would be a great introduction to trippels or the Belgian style as it is so approachable but funky and complex. All I know is, at least in the last 6 months or so, I find myself coming back to this one time and again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a super hazy orange amber color with a two finger head of a pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention fading over time to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big and bready with lots of yeasty smells mixed within. Along with these smells are some biscuit and orange smells along with a rather strong showing of a Belgian spice smell of clove and coriander. Some light bubblegum and a bit of a grainy and grassy smell round of the aroma producing a rather bready and malty triple smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a thick biscuit and slightly grainy taste with a whole lot of yeastiness mixed within. As the flavor advances the graininess increases with the biscuit growing a bit lighter. The yeastiness of the brew remains relatively constant, but flavors associated with the yeast increase as the taste moves on. Spice flavors of clove and coriander, which are light upfront, get stronger and stronger as the taste advances to the end. Along with the spice some sweeter flavors also grow with some candied sugar and a bit of an orange growing in potency. Some grass and hay join the taste at the very end with the grainy tastes at this point on the quite high side, which when mixed with all the other flavors of the brew, leave one with a somewhat oddly bready and grainy malted Belgian triple flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly lower side. A higher carbonation and slightly thinner body may have been nice for the fruit and yeasty flavors for the brew, all while both downplaying the graininess a bit, which would have been more appropriate for the style.

Overall – A pretty interesting Belgian style ale. A bit more on the grainy side with a somewhat drier taste but all the while pretty easy drinking. While nothing super extraordinary it was rather tasty and is at least worth a try if you have never had it.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to my Chimay Goblet

A: Pours a rich golden ale in the glass with surprisingly bright clarity for a Belgian. Half finger of choppy white seam foam appears for a few moments before resting out to a thin collar. Some light webs and scattered dots of stick left behind.

S: Smells of ripe golden stone fruits with banana peel, coriander spice, and a dash of lemon pepper. There is something slightly musky about the yeast with a dry grass likeness. Bit of underlying white bread and caramel malt sweetness to the nose as well. Overall very clean aromatics with lots of yeast character manifesting.

T: Taste is a very smooth Belgian Style Pale delivering lots of ripe apricot flavors and vibrant yeast notes with a low amount of perceived bitterness. Banana peel, coriander, lemon peel, and cracked pepper come together in unison with some grassy hops and just a slight hint of clove. Touch of grainy malt adds in some light caramel sweetness to balance all of the peppery spice. Getting a soft hint of vanilla mixed in as well. Very nice and refreshing with a tight balance amongst all the flavors and the alcohol kept well in check throughout.

M: Moderate to light body with a mostly smooth consistency. Slightly higher levels of carb give a prickly bite on the palate that accompanies the peppery spice so well. Nice drying crisp action on the finish. Very clean overall.

D: This particular BSPA comes off a bit simple although that might just be the style in general. It is however very refreshing and enjoyable. Just like all of North Coast’s offerings this is a well crafted brew with great balance to it. Would recommend for anyone getting into Belgians like myself.

The real question is who is the Simon Cowell looking dude with the smug look staring at you on the label??? Pranqsters!

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Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden lemon with a frothy, billowing white head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Apricot, pear, tangerine, green apple, and must form the aroma, with a touch of banana and clove adding complexity. Smells like a fruit salad.

Flavor reveals peach as the dominant fruit, underlying a slightly bready malt backbone. There's a bit of coriander and clove at the finish. Notes of pear and green apple distinguish themselves late.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch high, and light alcohol warmth.

Probably the most fruity Belgian golden I've tried. Flavor and aroma match very nicely. Just enough malt to add structure. Delicious brew. May be too sweet for some, but I like it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

North Coast Pranqster on tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington.

Very hazy yellow-gold with a durable head and excellent lacing.

The aroma is surprisingly subtle and mild but the spicy Belgian yeast does show. Otherwise, sweet and fruity (mostly lemon).

The flavor largely follows, albeit with more yeast evident . A bit peppery, lemony and grassy.

Light body seems a bit thin, but has fine, soft carbonation.

O: refreshing, tame and highly drinkable.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Nice bright golden wheat color. Vibrant. Good white foam built up on the pour, but dissipated quickly. A little bit of haze.

S: Yeasty. White bread. Banana and coriander. Sweet and buttery.

T: Starts off with bread, biscuit and vegetable crackers. A little sweetness of honey and malt. Butter. Sugar cookies and banana bread. Sweetness is very small and short lived. A tanginess of sour white peach, apricot and white vinegar overpowers the malt and sweetness. Definitely finishes with a little bit of fruitiness on the end augmented with a subdued wild yeast. Theres a tiny bit of mineral tasting graphite taste at the end. Mild oily taste lingers after the finish.

M: Again slight dry and with a slight vegetable oil aftertaste. Crispness finishes the beer cool and refreshing; really nice.

O: I really enjoyed this Belgian style Californian beer. I would swear this recipe could have been perfected for 100 years in an old world brewery. It has great balance with a good amount of sweetness and excellent finish.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another nod to fosterjm for hooking up a north coast tulip and some brews to go with.

Brew poured a murky orange with minimal head. Fairly opaque. Nose is bubblegum clove banana and fairly sweet. Body is a bit thin and fizzy. The taste is a watered down version of the nose. Nice favors but a far cry from the Belgian Classic and even some of the non Belgian rakes on the style. Not a bad beer by any means, but if you are looking for a Belgian strong pale, you would probably look elsewhere...but this one carries some heffe like characteristics with wheat and orange. Not really my thing.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,192 ratings.