Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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89
very good

1,172 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,172
Hads: 3,101
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 134
Gots: 430 | 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 Nugganooch
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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! (1,812 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.78/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

appearance; pours a heavy brown, with large bubbles, not much head but what pours retains very nicely.

smell; belgian yeast, pears, bananas,bread, hint of vague spiciness. bread.

taste. very much like smell, bread, belgian yeast, heavy bananas, pears, also melon.

mouthfeel; heavy, full body, not dry at all, mild carbonation, especially for the bubbles that you see.

overall; like goose iland matilda this is an exceptional american, belgian style beer. delicous, will absolutely buy again and heavily recommended. (520 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into New Belgium globe

A-The appearance has a hazy orange slightly golden looking colored body with less than a half fingered white foamy head that quickly disapates. Decent lacing.

S-The smell has Belgian yeastiness up front with a nice allocation of spices to compliment the aroma.

T-The taste is spicy yet somewhat sweet and a nice complimentary sort of under-shadowed sort of "sweet" tones to give a very nice sort of spicy/sweet/dry aftertaste with a quick dry finish.

M-The mouthfeel has a light to medium body and the carbonation is good for a Belgian Strong Ale.

O-Overall one of my favorite American Belgium Strong Ales. A must try! (663 characters)

Photo of mrmagoo157
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer as I tend to like most of the Belgian ales. This one has a nice golden hazy appearance and traditional ale smell. However, I expected the taste to be similar to Leffe or beers of that style. Instead, it is closer to an ale/lager mix that almost has a "stale" flavor that is complex & hard to describe. The higher alcohol content is masked well. This beer grew on me but not something likely to be on my list of buy again beers. Somewhat surprised at the exceptional ratings... (494 characters)

Photo of youknowmyname
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Odor: Heavy spices, Orange peel and a sweet yeast

Pour: light Milky orange, Unfiltered, No head, light lace. poured in a challis glass

Taste: Creamy Pepper start which changes to a citrus floral blend. Aftertaste of coriander and nutmeg. No bitterness.

This is one of those beers that I will come back to on many occasions. Love this beer. Almost like a citrus cider. Wish it came in 6 or 12 packs. (405 characters)

Photo of msquared36
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color.

Hint of apple in the scent. Traditional beer smell, in a good way.

Yeast comes through on the first sip. Follows with a balanced spiciness that is easily drinkable.

High carbonation that tingles all the way down.

Good beer that we'll be trying again. (273 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber/orange with a white head.

S: Mango, orange, sweet fruit, maybe peach and/or passionfruit, also some floral notes in the nose.

T: Pretty floral and malty, some grass and citrus as well.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and refreshing.

O: Not spectacular, but very good. I'd recommend trying it, just as I'd recommend trying anything from North Coast. They're an excellent brewery. (384 characters)

Photo of Flachs
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I know what I like and thus is one I like. Tasted great with the hot wings we had before the Super Bowl. Thus is one I buy when I can find it. Can't go wrong with this beer. I am not into all the categories but just know when I like a beer. This just tastes good. (263 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Crystal clear golden straw color. Looks a lot like apple juice. Constant streaming carbonation and small particles floating around. Very nice trailing and lacing.

S- Bread, banana, pear, apple, fresh hops, some spice, a little orange, and coriander.

T- Follows the nose pretty closely. Yeast, pear, over-ripened apple, spices, and slight grape up front. Banana makes a big appearance mid way. Nice earthy hops, peppery spice, coriander, and orange rind mingles around in the finish.

M- Medium body. Lightly creamy with crisp carbonation. Drying.

O- Very nice balance and complexity in this big fruity beer. Flavors all over the map. I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but I immediately considered going out to buy a six pack after I was finished. (760 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Deep bright golden color, hazy. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Foamy head.

Aroma:
Spices, coriander, hint of banana and orange peel. Sweet bread, cracker.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Spices and coriander through out the taste, there's some faint banana and orange peel. Rich malt character, sweet bread, cracker. Finish is tart, dry and crisp. Body is medium, creamy, warmth, dry, refreshing.

Overall:
It's an outstanding beer. (435 characters)

Photo of thepliceisright
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark golden color with white head about a fingernail length that doesn't disappear until about halfway through drinking

S - Belgian yeast hits first, then a fruit smell comes through. But, to be honest, all that really comes through for me is alcohol and yeast. It's not bad, but not what others have experienced.

T - Definitely a belgian ale. Yeasty (is this a word?) Maybe bread. But, also pretty sweet. I can taste a bit of fruit and spice in the back of my mouth. The moderate ABV is not noticeable at all. This is really delicious and refreshing.

M - Crisp and refreshing. Moderately carbonated.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. This would be a great summer beer. It was a bit sweeter than I anticipated, and was hoping it'd be a bit more "spicy" that comes from a lot of good Belgian beers. But honestly, this is really good. (889 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Label has very cool artwork and graphics that is very eye catching. Label has North Coast logo, ABV info, web info, and a bit of brewery info. Neck label gives a small description and back story on the beer, and has golden North Coast logo. Cap has North Coast whale on it.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 16oz snifter led to a 2 finger white head of a light airy density atop a hazy golden yellow/orange beer with a ton of carbonation bubbles rising from the glass. Retention was 3min 16sec before fading to a thick coating and ring with OK lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of belgian yeasts and spices. Clove can be detected as well as sweet fruits such as pear, ripe oranges, and banana. Slight floral hops and dry malts.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of light vanilla on the front end along with belgian yeasts an spices found in the nose. Midpoint is very clove heavy along with sweet fruits such as pear, ripe oranges, and bananas. Tastes like Tutifruity baby food. Back end has a nice slight hop bite and a bit of maltiness.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation for a smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This is an excellent brew that is a fine example of the style. It has all the traditional characteristics of the style that one would expect. A must try! Classified as a Belgian Strong Ale @ 7.6% ABV. Consumed 7/16/2013. (1,427 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is about a finger high, and white in shade. Retention is lacking next to the Duvels of the world, but it doesn't fizzle to nothing immediately. There are some splotchy patches of lacing left on the glass.

S: This really seems to hit more of the malty/bready notes instead of the estery ones. Prevalent notes of bread and black pepper comprise the majority of this beer's aroma. It's not entirely devoid of fruit, however - some nice apple, lemon, and grape skin tones come out when this beer warms up.

T: It starts off very bready, spiced with a touch of black pepper. This flavor sticks all the way to the finish, but there's a pleasant (yet subdued) flavor of fruit esters (like grape skin, lemon, and apple) to keep it somewhat interesting. Would be great with more depth; still pretty good.

M: Somehow, it's a little 'cleaner' than I like my Belgian-style ales to feel. It's got the crispness and carbonation nailed down pat, but it could also use a little more dryness, as well. I don't really get the feel of 'evaporating off of my palate" like I do with other BSPAs.

O: A solid 'Murican interpretation of the style. This one wasn't fully nailed in particular - it needs more complexity AND a drier back end - but it's reasonably priced enough where I'd gladly buy it again. (1,359 characters)

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A – Eyes are met with a beer which might disguise itself as a hefeweizen or a saison were it not permeated by such clarity and uniformly bleached-satsuma hues. Somehow slightly insipid though. A vanguard of furious silver-white micro-pearls surges upwards, dissipating rapidly as it crests the rim of the glass.

S – Fresh lemon, immature yeast, dewy grass-clippings from a clear and cool early morning gardening episode. Moist straw.

T – Follows the nose mainly: the wheatiness is interrupted by the arrival of a modicum of floral hoppiness mid-sip but, like a pebble tossed into a stream, vanishes as soon as it appears, leaving a rather feeble finish.

M – Pretty much on point; healthy effervescence, refreshing yet perhaps a tad fragile.

O - If I had to describe this beer in four words: almost but not quite. The most impressive thing about this beer for me was that it camouflaged its 7.6% abv., so effectively. There are much better authentically Belgian and/or Belgian-style offerings to be had. (1,014 characters)

Photo of Captain_Komamura
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - a cloudy dark golden color, with a light head.

Smell - It is a citrus/fruity, with some wheat.

Taste - It is just like the smell, but with the wheat more strong than the fruity taste.

Mouthfeel - it is a good bodied beer, with perfect carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty good Belgian style beer. (316 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger white head.

S - Nice aroma of yeast and spices (coriander and clove).

T - Nice sweet maltiness on the front. What follows is some yeast and mild citrus flavors. Finishes with some subtle bitterness. Very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Smooth drinking with a dry finish.

O - A very satisfying beer. Well balanced and very enjoyable. Good for summer or winter. (428 characters)

Photo of Curtis
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 22oz on a whim. Pours almost a cider gold that is quite clear, yet slightly dark. Half inch of foamy head that dissipates very quickly. Aroma is clean, slightly citrus and clear crisp hops. Mouthfeel has an initial tip of the tongue buzz of carbonation that is unsettling, but thankfully that fades quickly to reveal an excellant belgian style beer.. light citrus, somewhat dry, very drinkable. At 7.6 the alc content hits pretty quickly. Highly recommended. (467 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden colored hazy brew. Minimal wisp of head not covering much of the top. Light Belgian candy sugar and Belgian strong ale yeast give it a fruity but dry aroma. The taste is also quite sweet,but quickly follows up with a nice dry fade. Mouth is fairly dry. This is very easy going and pretty straightforward. (316 characters)

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured to snifter.

Appearance is clear, light golden. Tidy white head dissipates quickly.

Smell is light malts and banana esther, hint of hops.

Flavor is delicious, complex and spicer esther notes of clove, nutmeg, orange, coriander. Slight lingering bitterness, well balanced. Some alcohol bite

Mouthfeel is light, clean and refreshing.

A bit untraditional for Belgian style, not as sweet and lighter bodied then most. Refreshing like a kristal weizen, with more kick and less bubbles. A nice finisher for a summer evening's lighter beer fare, or a nice starter for a darker winter excursion (610 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

A- Pours a hazy bright yellow, more like a Hefe than a Belgian golden. High white head that dissipated to a ring.

S- Lots of fruity esters, overripe banana and orange peel, and spices of coriander and cloves.

T- Similar to nose, reminds me of more of a Hefe-weizen than a Belgian golden. Sweet banana, dried orange peel, and coriander. Get a slight bit of alcohol.

M- Medium to light heavy but refreshing with a nice slight yeasty sourness on the tongue.

O- A nice cheap American version on a Belgian beer. Didn't expect it to be as hazy or to remind me so much of a Hefe-weizen but still an great beer none the less. (672 characters)

Photo of Brandegee
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Hoegaarden curved chalice.

A; Wonderful finger-and-a-half bed of lacy foam caps a yellowy-gold brew.

S: Another pleasantry, with a strong and simple aroma of yeast, highlighted by some hints of pepper.

T: I like golden ales that balance the sweet maltiness with a certain sourness, either yeasty or citrusy. This one is heavy on the yeast, playing nicely off the malty sugars. Some apricots and banana notes are detectable but not dominant.

M: Smooth but carbonated at the same time. Pleasant.

O: Golden ales are not my favorite Belgian style, but the combination of sweet and sour is pleasing and this golden measures up nicely to the actual Belgians. A very satisfying representative of the style. (728 characters)

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,172 ratings.