Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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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 soper2000
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally took the plunge and brought home a 4 pack today having passed over this brew 1 time too many. As I was pouring I had my mind on other things, therefore the yeast ended up straight into the tulip glass along with a bright golden orange elixir which was guarded by a 2 finger white foam head. The haziness brought on by the addition of the yeast doesn't bother me and I seem to enjoy my Belgian Pales in this manner. Aroma was nice and spicy. Notes of bananna and clove dominate the nose (with the clove slightly edging out the bananna. Taste has a lot of that bananna flavor, the strongest that I've ever experienced outside of a hefe. Finish is slightly yeasty (thanks to me) but the flavor is not off-putting. Balance is nice. It also possess a nice medium mouthfeel. This is a very solid offering from North Coast which I'll be sure to enjoy more often. (863 characters)

Photo of kindestcut
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had walked past this beer many times and finally decided to pick some up. I am very glad I did.

The Pranqater pours a cloudy gold with a two-finger white head. The cloudy head subsides slowly leaving a nice lace.

The aroma is spicy with notes of yeast and hops. I definitely smell malts and a fruity hint.

The flavor is just excellent...excellent I say! This is a spicy ale that is rounded out quite nicelt with a sweetness that gives way to a very apparent alcohol burn. Even with the high abv, this beer is as drinkable as it is enjoyable.

I love this beer and would really like to ty it on tap. (611 characters)

Photo of diamonddave
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber color with a nice fluffy head and thick lacing.

Bit of apple and other fruits in the nose, along with (I'm guessing) clove. Smells inviting.

Tastes light and refreshing, fruity and spicy at first with a slightly bitter/hoppy finish and a little bit of a warming alcohol sting. This is more full-bodied and less carbonated than other beers I've had in this style, which is a plus because it won't give you the champagne burps.

I had never heard of this beer before this weekend, but I'll definitely be coming back to it. Highly recommended. (562 characters)

Photo of fandgale
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the my best beers.I bought a 5 gal. keg .As the label says golden ale ,orange in color with a big white head that stays long. Smells of citrus, spice, sweet and yeast .Great mouth feel warm frothy .You also get a yeast in the taste but not a bad one. at 7.6 on the label you can only drink a few glasses (318 characters)

Photo of zacharius
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of brewer27513
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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!! (434 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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 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. (627 characters)

Photo of Solomon420
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of Hefe
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of sacfly
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of TagoMago
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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! (833 characters)

Photo of filabrazilia
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
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.. (970 characters)

Photo of beerinator
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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'. (724 characters)

Photo of motleybrew
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%
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 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. (997 characters)

Photo of ngandhi
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
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.
ng (1,356 characters)

Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of Beersignal
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,170 characters)

Photo of cbl2
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of beertaster13
2.69/5  rDev -32.4%
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. (416 characters)

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