North Coast Brewing Co.

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #19
Ranked #3,992
4.06 | pDev: 11.58%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Notes: Belgian Ales represent the height of the brewers’ art. Sophisticated brewing techniques, yeast blends, and unique flavoring elements have elevated the beers of Belgium to the status enjoyed by wine in other countries.

PranQster follows in this tradition using a mixed culture of antique yeast strains that produce a floral nose, a full fruity flavor, and a clean finish.

IBU: 20
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Photo of sjdevel
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - low carbonation and almost 1 finger upon pour - but head performs a disappearing act - minimal lacing and slight foamy ring around the glass - Quite hazy / would have like to see it a bit clearer for a Golden

Smell - Belgian yeast - spices - chewing gum (juicy fruit) - herbal notes - bread - cracker - slight maltiness

Taste - comes in strong with the Belgian flavors (yeast and spices) - gets surprisingly sweet and a bit spicier - there is an interested caramel corn flavor that pops in at this point - it then starts to dry out and then spices, malt, and biscuit remain

Feel - Medium/Thinner bodied - seems on the mark for this style - but very low on carbonation

Overall - This is a great beer - had it at North Coast in CA and occasionally buy it in CO - it is a great tasting beer and it scratches that Belgiany itch that many of us get - pick up a 4 pack or a 750ml if you can!

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Photo of Parmesan
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L:. Pours a gold orange with a medium foamy head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Belgian yeast is foremost with hints of pepper and bubblegum, sweet cereal malt, spice.

T:. Sweet cereal malt, mixes with the Belgian yeast of pepper, bubblegum and coriander. Maybe a touch sweet for my taste but still gives me the Belgian taste I desire.

F:. Higher carbonation and medium body.

O:. This is an enjoyable Belgian Pale.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had many NC brews, but this one is about as good as Old Rasputin...

Right out of the bottle I noted the standard yellow color of what you find with Belgian Ales, it did have a frothy head, but there was no lacing to write about. The smell is about standard for the style but the mouthfeel was full-bodied and only moderately carbonated, which I liked. The taste was a nice mixture of malts, hops, citrus - all of it mild and neither one overpower over the other. Though I still believe Old Rasputin is their flagship brew, this certainly comes in a close second...

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Photo of mschenk
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow, slightly orange. Not a lot of head and what there is fades quickly. Not a strong smell. Has a sweetness to the smell that is also characteristic of the flavor. Flavor also has some yeasty notes. Mouthfeel is very good. Has a carbonated feel that is not evident in the look.

Overall not real happy with this beer, but the style is not my favorite either so take what I write with that in mind.

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Photo of eugene17pluto
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice aroma on the nose and gives this idea of sweet spices

this tastes as good as it smells and is very easy to drink owing to the low IBU 20

IPA drinkers might think the low IBU is too sweet

but I saw no imperfections with this beer other than North Coast not listing the bottle date so I can't tell if it's fresh or old

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy golden orange with one finger of white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Sweet malt, spices, orange peel, and mild hoppiness.

Taste: Sweet with a very mild hop bitterness that quickly fades. Lots of spice notes and that continuing citrus from the nose. Light fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Average body, with high and sparkly carbonation.

Overall: An excellent strong ale that definitely deserves to be bought in a 6-pack.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz brown bottle caged and corked

North Coast Pranqster Ale filled my tulip glass with a clear golden body forming a 2-finger foamy white head that had good staying power. The nose is dominated by light fruit, is floral and yeast is present. The taste is sweet and bready yeast up front followed by light fruit [peach, pear banana]. The finish is clean. Mouth feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Pranqster is flavorful, refreshing and so easy to drink.

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Photo of MercInc
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 45 Degrees, into a Belgian tulip glass. Light honey color and a small (1/4") head. Smelled a bit fruity. Taste was a balance of the sweetness with just the right amount of bitter. A smooth drinking ale.

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Photo of distilled405
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Just drank this beer and posted a review on Youtube. I thought I'd also contribute here as well.

If your looking for the short version, here it is. GREAT!

Here's the details.

Look: I thought it looked liked a very hazy lemon/orange look in the glass with a decent white head.

Smell: Refreshing! Very slight citrus notes with sweet candied fruit.

Taste: Incredible. Simply put. Very true to the Belgian style golden ale. Carbonated but nothing like St. Bernardus Apt 12. Full of flavor! Notes are identical to the nose and has a clean finish.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at Public House, La Jolla.
A bit flat, but is still a very complex beer overall. Fruitiness and maltiness combined together created a wonderful concoction. Is not as deep as its Belgian brethrens, but is nonetheless and excellent beer!

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Photo of defunksta
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle at 45 degrees into a tulip glass,

Look: Pours a golden yellow, slightly orange, intensely hazy color with a strong head.
Smell: I am picking up minimal aroma. Slightly sweet. Maybe some year, clove, or coriander? Minimal earthiness.
Taste: Yeasty with fruity flavor, possibly of pear. Bready malts flavors are present.
Feel: Moderate heaviness, not too light nor heavy. A well-balanced brew.

Overall: Not overly impressed by this one. It feels like a yeasty, dryer witbier. A yeasty, dry Belgian ale, but lacked flavor for me. Will give it another try soon though.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy but attractive lighter orange-gold with smaller white head that faded to nothing over 10 minutes or so. The aroma has an interesting yeast character with light bready malt, citrus, apricot, and floral notes, and an impression of a little tartness. The yeast also shows through in the flavor fairly strongly. A little pepper-spiciness. The malt character is light and bready. Lightish, yet somehow chewy body. Nice light to moderate bitterness. Dry finish but just a bit of tartness and sweetness in the aftertaste. It's downright shocking that this is 7.6%, as practically no boozy flavor makes it through this very light-tasting beer.

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Photo of mpyle
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color, quite pale, fairly small white head with minimal retention

Slightly floral nose, some citrus and sweet. Belgian yeast character with a bit of pepper and spice.

Delicate Belgian flavor with a bit of biscuity malt and spice notes from the yeast. Hints of pepper. Well attenuated and fairly dry in the finish despite not a lot of hop character.

Light to medium body and medium high carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden...minimal warming.

Didn't know what to expect with this one. Drinks a bit like a lower alcohol tripel, Appearance was the weakest aspect of it. Smelled and tasted pretty nice.

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Photo of brother_rebus
2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

kinda way too much going on. Has some esthers. Has some chew and malt body. Great carb and dismount. Just pulling in too many directions. Would drink again possibly.

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Photo of beergoot
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy, peach colored body with a somewhat thin yet lasting, creamy head. Fruity esters waft from the nose; peach and apricot. Sweet, candied sugar flavors offsetting the apricot flavor; fine, complementary hop bitterness. Heavy bodied; rich and full on the palate; semi-sweet finish.

A fine example of a Belgian golden ale, velvety and tasty on the palate with an excellent balance between fruity sweetness and ticklish bitterness.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 8/18/12: Pours an opaque ocher producing 2 fingers of frothy, lasting, white head that leaves nice rings of lace. Aroma is Belgian yeast esters of banana, clove, peach with vanilla and bready malt. Taste is similar with melon and honey notes and a dry, bitter,spicy, slightly boozy finish. Aftertaste is sweet with a rapidly developing and lingering bitterness. A highly drinkable and flavorful American version of the style.

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Photo of whitetale
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: pours straw color with a nice foamy head. Excellent lacing stays throughout.
Smell: light citrus and malt.
Taste: slight citrus with good malt character, slightly sweet. No alcohol taste for a high abv beer.
Feel: carbination is just right.
Overall: a very impressive example of a Belgian Strong. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of darktronica
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A classic example of an American-made Belgian pale, but not the best of such. Pale straw in color with half a finger of head. Malt-forward on the nose, with a heavy floral presence and light syrupiness on the palate. Mild Belgian esters, but not too aggressive in any dimension. Pleasant and very easy drinking for 7.6% ABV, this is a good introduction to Belgians for someone just getting into craft ales from macro lagers.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed medium golden pour with massive fluffy white head. Great retention and sticky lacing.

S: Yeast and sweets... fruity, lemon citrus, and spice.

T/F: Follows the nose. Light and grainy malts... sweet fruit, yeast esters, lemon citrus, and spice. Honey and white wine. Medium bodied... the finish is floral and fruity.

O: An outstanding Belgian Strong Golden ale. Ffruity, balanced, and delicious.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

North Coast Pranqster Golden Ale - 7.6% ABV - 20 IBUs
Date: 05/30/18, enjoyed on 08/25/18.
Appearance: Dark yellow to light orange in color, slightly hazy with a white head and some floating particulate.
Aroma: Belgian yeast, floral aromas, pear, some green apple, and ripe banana. It smells appropriately sweet, but there is a small amount of underlying bitterness coming through on the nose as well.
Taste: Belgian yeast is once again up front with some pear, apple, and sweet lemon mixed in. The mid palate is all about the lovely overripe banana sweetness before finishing dry with a champagne like spritz and slightly spicy character. Pranqster is well carbonated and has a medium mouthfeel that almost leans into the full category. The light body and the fact that the almost 8% ABV is undetectable, make this one dangerous. All of the complex fruity elements are here, in addition to an enjoyable dry bitterness as well. Pranqster seems to fit perfectly in the golden ale category as its sweetness and fruitiness are the main attraction, but the hops are still certainly a feature as well, lovely!
Biased comments: Firstly, the non-gmo certification is a very welcome sight as industry needs more transparency. Second, this is one of the best American attempts at a Belgian Style beer that I have found. Finally, the value, around $9 per four pack, makes this one all the more appealing.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a Hefeweizen and not a Belgium ale. Smells like bananas and overall fruity. The beer is okay, not great although I think improperly named. Have one remaining and not buy this again.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy, translucent gold with tons of floaties. A small white head, medium retention; a ring remains, leaving sheets of lacing.

S: Sharp tart red apple and pear, unripe banana, sugar cookie/vanilla wafer, hay, plum, coriander.

T: Lots of tart red apple skin, pear, unripe banana, and hints of lemon. Crackery/vanilla wafter malt backbone. Coriander and hay with hints of yeast ester spice, but a bit restrained on esters. Finishes lightly dry.

F: Medium, highly carbonated, smooth, crisp, clean, and lightly dry.

O: A really solid American Belgian strong pale ale. Recommended.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Foams at it pours but disappears almost immediately. Looks almost like soda. Hazy golden hue

S: Cloves, coriander, yeasty, malty. Smells like a classic hefe

T: High carbonation. Even though it smells like a hefe it tastes nothing like one. Complex flavors of malt, yeast, malt, and bread. Some spices, coriander, cloves, and citrus flavors. Doesn't really have a progression, just a jumbled mix of flavors. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: Was bottled on 2/7/2018, so it should still be fine to drink, but it almost feels like it's gone bad. Looking at the other reviews, maybe I got a bad batch. While the flavors are great, I'm not a fan of how it drinks like a beer/soda mix.

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Photo of timon
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like a tripel and a German banana-beer were mixed. Very nice, fruity flavor, dark amber murky color, and German banana wheat smell. Overall, nice, but not my favorite flavor. Well done, though.

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Photo of edc20
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Decently medium mouthfeel like a wheaty beer. Moderate carbonation. Higher ABV (7.56) and it tastes like it. Mild hop taste. Taste of spices. Decently bitter.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 3514 ratings