Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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3,078 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,078
Reviews: 1,204
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 135
Gots: 417 | 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 rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a Chalice)

A- Golden orange color body with nice effervescents. The head was a medium size soapy head that faded to a thin layer. Good Belgian lace with each sip.

S- Nice fruity aroma of pears and apples with a sweet and spiciness to it. A nice malt character with a little bit of perfume but no hops or alcohol in the nose.

T- Very fruity with strong pear sweetness and hints of apple and even some orange. It has a cloy sweetness to the taste. Soft malt finish that is very gentle. Finishes pretty sweet with a tiny bit of pepperyness.

M- medium body with a fizziness in the finish. No alcohol warmth or astringency is noticed.

D- This is a good beer but it is very sweet and is missing much of the complexity that I come to expect with Belgian golden ales. It has a nice smooth body but I would like it to have more spiciness or a bit more alcohol warmth to balance the sweetness.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from box to mouth in under 15 minutes.. thanks hardtarget for this and all the rest.

pours into a duvel tulip glass with a thick, hazy body. most likely a yeast cloud, but still beautiful. yellow gold with orange tinge and a healthy froth and carbonation to it.

aroma is lemon and yeast, very BGA. very unibroue, very duvel. buttery and not too strong. inviting. not overpowering with sourness like other american versions of similar style brew.

taste is mellow and refreshing. mouthfeel and body are pretty thick for the appearance of carbonation and light color it exudes. the abv is completely hidden and the flavors of banana, bread, citrus and butterscotch combine nicely for a positive drinking experience. no gross or sour aftertaste.. very little aftertaste actually.

super drinkable and looks great, comparable to duvel and la fin du monde. taste profile for the style falls somewhere at the top of americans and the lower-middle of belgians. overall, my favorite north coast brew so far.

Photo of mgdeth
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy golden color. Reasonable head at first, but it fades quickly. No lacing - what a bummer.

Smell - Sweet, almost candy-like, with a slight tang in the background. There is also a fresh grassy or grainy smell mixed in with delicate spices.

Taste - This beer has the typical "Belgian sweetness" some commonly found in Beligian ales. I also pick up on a number of spices that are hard to place. They sure seem to be fresh. The beer is similar in taste in saome ways to a Belgian wit (as far as the spices go). Some hops tingle the tongue while alcoholic warmth makes its way in as well. Delightful.

Mouthfeel - Strong body, with relatively low to medium carbonation. The feel of the beer conjures up thoughts of how ale of this variety might have tasted a long time ago.

Drinkability - This beer is thick and sweet, and has a really complex flavor. This is definitely a beer you want to have more than once.

Comments - I'd put this beer up against any other golden ale from Belgium any day of the week. Outstanding, aside from the lack of head retention.

Photo of SupaCelt
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful orange liquid with a good curtain of debris preventing my gaze from exiting through the other side. Two finger tannish orange head with nice retention. Sloppy runs of lace are notable. No carbonation plumes are visible.

The nose is sweet and yeasty. Fairly strong spice aromas are what I am feeling. Faintly malty.

The taste of this ale has the best (coriander?) spiced flavor of any beer that I have encountered thus far from a spice aspect. The malt profile is relatively mild and allows the spice aspects to flourish. The body is light and bubbly. Not bad.

Photo of beertastegood
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a gold-orange color with a small head. Smells of molasses, caramel and brown sugar...very sweet. Tastes like molasses, with a bit of yeasty overtones. Finishes with a slight sourness toward the end. Aftertaste is slightly metallic, don't know where that came from. I think that this beer has potential, but the finish just leaves a lot to be desired. Not a really outstanding brew.

Photo of Hunter
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good representation of the style, no doubt. Light haze/gold color brew, supporting a thick white head.

Notes of banana and other esters in the nose, wheatgrass and malt.

Tasty stuff. Not as complex or spicy as I like in Belgians but certainly drinkable. Light mouthfeel, finishes clean and entices one to go for another.

Found this as a single bottle at Cost Plus Imports. I'll make an effort to find it again and re-review.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best bang-for-your buck purchases you can find. At around $7/ 4-pack you can't loose on this one. This pours a wonderful light golden color with a nice white head that thins very quickly. The smell is very estery with a banana presence. The taste is crisp with a dry finish and the belgian candy sugar stands out. A very nice belgian style ale at a resonable price.

Photo of palma
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange tan body. Almost no head. Umm, head please? Fruity aroma with grape, apple and big malty notes. Very sweet smelling. Almost reminds me of a stick of bubblegum. Taste is fruity with pear and corriander standing out. Sweet, bold malty backbone. Tart, citric finish. Very complex tasting. A lot of flavor in this brew. This is a slow sipping brew not because of the abv, but because of the strong and complex flavor. I'm giving a 3.5 for taste, with much of that point value given with a lot of weight considering the style. Personally, I dont really care for the flavor that much. High carbonation mouthfeel so it was odd to see virtually no head develop. I think Duvel is a much easier drinking golden ale. This is a decent Belgian in my opinion. Though I dont really care for the flavor, I know others probably love it.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured vigorously into a Leffe goblet because it was obvious from the first that this one had no head or carbonation. And I mean none. I've tasted this one before, so I know it has the potential for some slight white head, but never much. Partly due to colder than optimal temperatures perhaps, but still nothing or not much in my experience. Medium golden color typical of the style, with tiny flecks of yeast floating around (not causing a haze to the beer, there are discrete flecks). Another reviewer suggested they look like pepper floating in the beer- a very good description.

Aroma is mostly sweetness, with a slight pepper/spicy overcoat (there's that pepper again). None of the typical strong citrus nose, but some vague fruitiness is there. Decent, but not overwhelming.

Taste- much as in the aroma, the first thing noticed is sweetness, although not as strong in the flavor. Spicy herbal notes bounce around the bright, clean finish.

Mouthfeel is full and pleasant. Drinkability is good, but I would note that this, a decent beer, has a lot of competition that I prefer. Good stuff, but I'll find others that I would go back to first.

Photo of yoko
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We all know the bottle and the team of happy fellows sporting their beers and jolly. Poured a milky golden-orange with suspended specks of ground pepper like particles (despite holding a 1/2" in the bottle). Even with a hard pour it mounted a small head that quickly disappeared to a reminiscent white wash cloud up top with a slight stick of head that left a delicate and hoped for lace. The nose was a delight - "yes, a Belgian"... dry malts, sour horse/straw in a very good way. Carbonation carried the libation from start to finish. Malts and sour with a hop spice lite bite finish...ahhhh.

What a delightful surprise.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light and cloudy sun yellow in hue, very thin dissolving head. Belgium spices, 30 second old chewed bubble gum and banana peels on the nose. Up front, decent medium based BSPA, if there is such a thing. Chewy and peppery, spices quite noticeable and in your face; yeast and coriander in the body, fresh bananas and orange peel to boot. Mildly carbonated and a bit creamy, hard to detect, yet perfectly disguised 7.6 ABV. Drinkable, yes, tasty, yes! NothinÂ’ wrong here!

Photo of Citadel82
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine Belgian style strong ale.

Pours a hazy orange with a thick creamy white head that left abundant lace as it withdraws. Head fades to a thin crown that sits on top as the beer is consumed. Quite a bit of sediment if you do not choose to decant.

Smell is floral hops with faint cloves and citrus. some Yeastiness.

Taste is balanced malt an and european hops. Some bitterness at the tail end. Not even a slight hint of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full. Not as light as one might expect given that pale coloration. But this in in perfect accord with the style, reminds me very much of Duvel.

This is a very drinkable brew, it hides its gravity well.

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.Tap@North coast. Has the same yeasty flavour of Duvel (i.e fair amount of character, but nice and soft. This was spicy, appley, lemony, yeasty, nice warming finish, not too bad. Pretty good crack at the Duvel? style, drinkable stuff, one of my faves at the north Coast taproom.

Photo of trancefishy
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a nice semi-hazy orange colour, and in my case, with some large clumpy snot-viscosity yeast balls. oh well, more vitamin B for me.

aroma let's you know this a big juicy belgian right away. lots of yeasty smells, and certainly some vanilla floating around in there. spicy and bright. oh, my mouth waters...

oh yes, the taste. all over the place. sweet and orangey, with a nice finish that is not too dry at all. that vanilla is still there, along with lots of bread and a mild mild alcohol presence. the flavour and aroma compliment each other nicely. they are neither the same nor radically different and disconnected.

mouthfeel is nice and full. not wimpy thin at all. all the flavor is there to fill up that space entirely as well. carbonation does it's part satisfactorily.

wow. this is really good stuff. don't let anyone tell you i said this, but it's better than a few belgians from belgium i have had. perhaps that's just my USAian palette diggian USA beers, or just the fact that after nearly 7hours of physics work, i'm ready for some beer. This is not a cheesy beer, it's really good, so get some and drink it.

Photo of skybluewater
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color. No lace, but that was my fault (dirty glass...). Smells of lemon and yeast-nice. Taste is good, very good, with a lemony, yeasty flavor dominating, as well as some pear and apple (or did I imagine that?).

Very nice Belgian-style golden ale here. This one I'm definitely buying again, in place of some other, more expensive Belgians that shall go nameless.

Photo of malthead
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice golden orange color, and poured in a Duvel tulip glass, I got a great big white/peach colored head. (when you pour this one, get some distance on it, otherwise the head won't show up) There's the usual Belgian candy-beer smell... predominantly sweet malt, but a surprising amount of fruit and hops - apricots, spices/pepper, and a bready yeast component. Taste is really sweet... there's the malt and other stuff noted in the aroma - floral/herbal/spicy, but still mostly just too sweet for me. I found this affected the mouthfeel as well - great carbonation, which made it very light for a beer like this, but overall, just too sickly-sweet and mouth-coating for me. Drinkability was good, I liked the alcohol content in this - not too strong, but warming in the background.

For what it's worth, I thought this one was better than Duvel or several others, and well worth its price. I guess I'm just more of a fan of saisons and strong dark ales.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a stubby 12oz bottle and poured into a tulip glass. Pranqster had a cloudy dark golden color and lots of fine, tightly packed carbonation but only a wisp of an off-white head. Swirling the glass caused the head to briefly flare up but no lacing was deposited.
The smell had a solid yeasty aroma with a substantial level of fruitiness and solid spicy notes. The bready malt taste played briefly over the tongue before giving way to the flavors of tropical fruits. This, in turn, promptly stepped aside for the strong spicy bite of pepper and a touch of herbal hoppiness. Might also have a bit of ginger, it was hard for me to place. The feel was medium bodied, initially prickly, but then velvety smooth.
Pranqster was pretty darn tasty and easily quaffable. The alcohol is well concealed and can really sneak up on you, as I found out as I went back to the glass with increasing rapidity. A well-crafted American version of the style and worth picking up.

Photo of Southernbrew
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-gold with a slim head, lots of bubbles in the glass.

Aroma shows off the malt as well as weak fruits and a touch of alcohol.

Medium body, light floral flavor comes first followed by a flowery spiciness. A pleasant warming from the alcohol comes along as the sweet finish comes around.

Pretty nice Belgian stong pale. Nicely priced too, I think this single bottle cost me less than $2.

Photo of santoslhalper
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a very solid west coast belgian style ale. Bright gold with a huge head. The smell and taste were both extremely hoppy, but well balanced. I was suprised that this was 7.6%!! Doesn't taste like it at all. It's got almost a tripel like fruitiness to it. Another North Coast offering that I've had the pleasure to enjoy.

Photo of JackStraw22
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer has a cloudy golden/orange body with moderate white foam. A little bit of lacing, ok head retention. The aroma is very sweet, a lot of apples. It also smells "spicy", though I'm not sure if that's the right word, almost gingerish. It tastes a lot like it smells. A kind of sticky sweet feeling in the mouth. A little bitterness at the end, but not much. The aftertaste is sweet. Excellent drinkability.

Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my Duvel tulip a cloudy golden-orange with a one-inch, creamy white head. Spicy aroma of coriander, black pepper, curacao orange, and Belgain ale yeast. Palate holds mostly coriander up front, with a nice spicy, hoppy, yeasty backbone. Very nice creamy body. Finishes fairly dry, with a lingering aftertaste of European hops. A nice, nice beer.

Photo of GClarkage
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

01/04/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no kind of dates. Consumed from my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden-orange coloring with a white creamy head and average lacing.

Smell- Very soft scented. Maybe some banana and other poptpuri spice scents.

Taste- Let this one warm up. I made the mistake of starting it out at about 40 degrees. Once it hit about 50 degrees the flavors came out much better. Decent amounts of corriander, banana, maybe a bit of cloves. Very yeasty tasting as I watch the chunks swirl around.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation and a medium-high thickness here.

Drinkability- A American Belguin beer! Brilliant! They did a pretty damn good job on this one. Plus the alcohol is just about right where a few of these won't knock you out like those 10% beers.

Photo of scratchchance
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Living in Hawaii it is hard to get good beers seeing as there is only a few brewerys and only one good store that specializes in importing beer and wine. When I tried this belgian style beer, one because of the price, I was amazed. The colour is an almost orange/amber in apperace with a light head and efervecent as many Belgins are. What strikes you first is the complexity of the taste a sweet but not sweet, citrus but with something else I cant quite describe. From the front to the back of the palate there is a different taste. I honestly cant get enough of this beer and usualy buy two when I visit my favorite beer store in town.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who remotly likes Belgin style ales, and the price cannot be beat. I am looking foward to trying this on tap at the brewery some time. It would be worth the drive.

Photo of jahred
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pranqster pours as an extremely cloudy beer, orange in color, with a thick white head sitting at the top of my glass, leaving nice trails of lace as I drink. There's a good amount of brown, yeast sludge at the bottom of my glass, despite my best attempts at swirling the beer to dissolve it all. The scent is heavily - yeasty, fresh-baked bread, and lemon/orange peels.

As for the taste, it's magnificent. Bubbly orange up front, then the warm, crusty fresh-baked bread flavors, followed by a slight, hoppy citrus aftertaste. As the beer warms, the orange tastes gets stronger and a bit more sweet, and almost Mandarin orange-like. There's something about this beer that I can't quite describe - it's related to its sweet,ness, but that's not quite it. Maybe brightness (without really knowing what that means)? There's also an almost saison-like spiciness that's hinted at in my last few sips.

Delicious, smooth, and easy to drink. It'll be difficult to find equally good Belgians at Pranqster's price!

Photo of Sammy
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive yeast, in terms of aroma and taste for a Belgium, but otherwise true to its style. An interesting and worthwhile addition to its style. Coriander, vanilla, nutmeg. Quite quafable. Sweet-spicy. Medium-full mouthfeel. Cloudy golden appearance.

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,078 ratings.