North Coast Brewing Co.

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #20
Ranked #4,491
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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Pivopijak from Washington

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fine & thick off white head. Nearly clear deep golden/orange appearance. Sweet banana/clove & malt aroma. Subtle clovey & non-sweet malty character, with a light touch of hops that lends to a smooth flavor and finish. Possessses a medium light mouth feel.

Sep 19, 2020
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Wxb1111 from Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice golden ale. It would be great if we Could get more Belgian golden ales from other breweries. Excellent value at about $10 a 4 pack.

Aug 02, 2020
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hk117 from Hong Kong

3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle - Caramel yet fruity smell and flavor with an almost syrupy mouth feel. Reminds me of a sweeter wheat and borderline too sweet for my taste

Jul 30, 2020
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spectru from Florida

2.69/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

7-24-2020: Hazy amber, the head vanished before I could even pick up the glass; Not much smell, but that could be my inept smeller; Tingly, not flat but very fine carbonation; Interesting flavor, very mild, yet not light. Yeah, the light carbonation is not what I prefer. Well, I learned to like stout, so maybe I'll learn to enjoy this, but initially, after one swig, it's not on the favorites list.

Finished it. I hope this is a bad bottle of beer. By the time I finished it, it was flat. So, I'll have one more, but not tonight. If it's bad, or if it's good, I'll try to remember to come back and update this review.

Update 7-31-2020: It fizzes when it pours. The head dissipates rapidly, so it looks flat. The taste is peculiar but not bad. This is not a bland beer. This second bottle leaves a better impression than the first. Definitely not a favorite, but not horrible. I drank this one fairly quickly. It didn't go flat. I'll probably finish the six rather than throw it out, which is what I was thinking of doing.

Jul 24, 2020
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Yaroslav from New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

It's a pretty good representation the this style of brew. I like it a lot but had to get used to the prominent apple flavor that in the beginning fooled my senses and I felt I was drinking hard cider. As I continued to sample Pranqster it really is nicely balanced without too much spice, especially "Christmas" spices that I loathe.

My only complaint is that I prefer more carbonation. Always my standard is Duvel.

Apr 27, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. It is what it is. You get what you came for and all that. It doesn’t blow up all cool like the Death Star, it kind of just chills like Yoda after clearing the chamber of his bong. It’s clean and light like Princess Leia in a string bikini... Wish it had a lil more boom boom in the zoom zoom, but Raul will be ok.


Apr 27, 2020
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gvickery from Texas

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy, medium gold.
Smell: Band aid
Taste: Nondescript fruit, caramel, semisweet, goat, leather, barnyard. Awesome.
Very very sneaky, it doesn’t taste like a 7.6 abv.
Enjoyable, if you like saisons. It’s got the typical Belgian yeast flavors.
Good job on this one, it’s a winner.

Apr 19, 2020
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entheos from California

4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very delicious golden ale. It would be delightful to be a monk and reflect on life after drinking this gem of a brew. It warms the palate and brings breath to the soul. Awesome!

Mar 07, 2020
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours as a hazy yellow with lots of carbonation and a thin white head. Aromas are a light hints of wheat and yeast. Taste is slightly malt-forward, but with lots of apple, pear, bread/yeast, and cloves. But despite all these complex flavors, this beer is disappointingly watery.

Feb 19, 2020
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hreb from Washington

3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (costco size, regular cap) served in a chalice. Bottle has visible sediment in the bottom, but the first pour is relatively clear, golden and only slightly hazy, with a nice white foam. Estery, Belgian golden ale aroma with caramel and candi sugar. Flavor is significantly sweet. Yow, this could be a serious hangover. Grainy, yeasty flavors are good. A little bit of clove, but not overpowering. Carbonation a bit heavy, especially at low temps.

A great American take on the classic Belgian style.

Feb 10, 2020
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Freonicus from Tennessee

4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really good. My local Total Wine store can hardly keep it in stock. Its subltle, fruity, IPA-ish. One of a kind. Very smooth and a joy to drink. Love it.

Dec 19, 2019
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sjdevel from Utah

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!

Aug 30, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

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.

Aug 25, 2019
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jjamadorphd from Florida

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...

Aug 03, 2019
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mschenk from Virginia

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.

Jul 29, 2019
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eugene17pluto from New Jersey

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

Jun 16, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

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.

Jun 14, 2019
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

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.

May 02, 2019
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MercInc from Wisconsin

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.

Apr 24, 2019
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distilled405 from Texas

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.

Apr 20, 2019
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sokol_1993 from California

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!

Mar 19, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

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.

Feb 24, 2019
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

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.

Jan 25, 2019
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mpyle from Maryland

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.

Jan 20, 2019
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brother_rebus from Maine

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.

Dec 26, 2018
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
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