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Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 20

Added by kbub6f on 06-01-1998

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Photo of dwmson1
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

True Abbey Ale quality & Flavor brewed right here in Cali, USA.... outstanding flavor finish look and feel. Beautiful cloudy hue...... and very potent

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; dull gold in color; 2 finger white head that receded to a thin film; nice Belgian lacing;

S: an initial burst of citrus, then coriander mixes in; a little peppery spice;

T: lemon up front; strong coriander by mid-palate - overwhelms everything else; a bit of banana at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; dry finish; alcohol is slightly warming;

O: much more coriander that I expected or wanted;

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Photo of leantom
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A classic finally reviewed. Here goes:

A: Only mediocre thing about the beer. Pours a small head but with adequate lacing. Also very cloudy and yellow but with good carbonation.

S: Very good. Bready Belgian yeast, candied sugar, coriander, clove, orange peel and lighter spices. Very complex, even if not quite as good as beers from other Belgian beer brewers.

T: Excellent. Bready Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, etc. Follows the nose really well.

F: Thick and bready. Good.

O: Good beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a classic for what it is, and probably the best, or darn near the best, belgian style beer made in the united states. one of the originals, thats for sure, and i think it has all the elements. its authentically belgian in appearance no doubt, with a foamy tall white head on it that doesnt fade a bit. the nose is a little sweet, a little bubblegum to it, but more refined fruit notes, pear and yellow plum, even apple to it, lots of esters there, and it translates to the taste, where yeast is really the primary flavor agent, although the beer is well hoppy for what it is, and has a rather sturdy grain base that provides structure and sweetness, almost like a tripel more than a belgian pale in the grain build. it all comes together really well though, a great unity, and this could easily pass as belgian truly. one of those beers that drinks so easy though you dont realize how strong it is. a specimen in that regard! look out! possibly my favorite all the time beer from north coast.

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Other than saying it is an orgasm in my mouth lol....

It has a buttery finish to a kicking strong taste.
It starts off to some with you being able to taste the alcohol.
if you let it sit in the "bitter" part of your taste buds (closer to the back) then you can experience a buttery finish.

Some people might not experience it, but to me it has a clean butter/cream white Belgium ale taste.

The alcohol content does take some getting used too!

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Photo of carenna
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Wine was giving me headaches so I wanted to like beer but it was not happening until... a friend introduced me to Pranqster. Wow, this beer is awesome. Then I had a friend who barely drinks try it and she ordered her own, which is very unusual for her. Great job.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pranqster has a smooth, subtly fruity taste that dissipates pretty quickly. It looks and feels like a nice Belgian ale should, and it isn't really lacking any one thing, but it doesn't hit you in the face with how good it is—it's a beer I'd drink more than once, but not one I'd gush over to friends.

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Photo of jimchuck69
1.38/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I tried Sierra Nev Heff after seeing all the great reviews...hated it. Same with this. I was blown away with their Scrimshaw Pils and decided to try the brewery's highest rated...it tastes EXACTLY like the S.N. Heff!!! Is this the "Taste" everyone looks for??? Don't get it....

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Photo of delta490
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear deep gold with a thin white head. The head dissipates quickly. The aroma is mild floral notes and the taste is light and fruity. The body has a light feel and weight and has a good clean finish.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready malt, spices and fruity esters. Body is full and crisp. Funky yeast, pale malt, spices and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Complex, tasty brew.

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Photo of cratez
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

North Coast Pranqster - 7.6% ABV Belgian Strong Pale Ale - Consumed October 31, 2014.

A: Golden amber hue with one finger of bright white froth and active carbonation in the body. Very clear appearance with some strands of lacing on the tulip glass. Head subsides to a thin ring about halfway through. Solid looking beer.

S: Bartlett pear, white grape, fruity yeast esters, light phenols, ripe banana, alcohol, red plum, champagne-like notes, and floral hops. A clean, complex and inviting nose.

T: Pear, yeast, wheat malt, alcohol, white grape, honey, candied banana, hint of peach with a spicy, off-dry finish and some warmth going down. Tasty stuff.

M: Fuller than medium-bodied, smooth and creamy middle, spicy-prickly hop bite transitions to a quick and mildly drying finish with some heat in the throat. A very good palate.

O: A lovely BSPA that hits most of the right notes. Floral, semi-sweet and fruity; this one's worth a try.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pranqster pours a cloudy golden color with a small but lacing head. There is a sweeter yeasty aroma. The taste has a nice sweetness, good yeasty and mellow Belgian candy flavor. Nice body and good flavors. Overall its a very well built Belgian strong pale ale.

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Photo of chogm54
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into tulip glass

L - straw coloured, clear. No head, but leaves a thin white lacing

S - Sweet sweet malts and belgian yeasts, honey and a hint of spice (clove, coriander)

T - Typical sweet malts with a reasonable fruity flavour (orange, white grape) and noted herbal (clove) flavours. Sweet, slightly acetic finish (like a chardonnay). Up to the finish, this beer tastes very similar to a witbeer.

F - low carbonation, medium bodied, creamy texture, alcohol is very muted.

O - tidy, not as sweet as other belgian golden ales, and the alcohol is very well hidden. Not the most outstanding belgian ale I've had, but it would be the most sessionable.

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Photo of giodinero
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

You cant find a better value for a corked brew, it has a citrus smell and after taste. This is how i start my weekend and how i spend my money while on budget. This is defiantly the lead off hitter.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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 -12.5%

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 -25%

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 -2.5%

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%

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 -18.8%

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%
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 ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Nice sweet aroma of honey with malt and yeast backdrop Appearance- A really great Orange-yellow color with a murky appearance, Taste- Excellent, sweet and dry well balanced Palate- Dry, low carbonation medium bodied Overall- A great Belgian, highly recommended for everyone to try

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
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 -0.7%
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%
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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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
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