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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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very good

1,181 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,181
Hads: 3,171
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 19.55%
Wants: 144
Gots: 478 | FT: 2
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 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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Photo of SteveB24
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

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Photo of mrmagoo157
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
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...

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Photo of youknowmyname
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of msquared36
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Flachs
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of tmm313
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of mjurney
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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.

It's an outstanding beer.

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Photo of thepliceisright
3.63/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,181 ratings.