North Coast Brewing Co.

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #17
Ranked #4,734
4.07 | pDev: 11.55%
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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1BrewBacca from Georgia

3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pale amber liquid with a white head. I was expecting a more robust color for a strong ale.
Smell and Taste: Resembles mor of a citrusy IPA to me.
Feel: Dry, crisp and quite refreshing.
Overall: I like many strong ales however, this ones not for me.

Saturday at 11:46 PM
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orange amber color with a thin off white head. Aroma of fruity esters, banana, clove, and apple cider. Taste is fruity, orange zest and apple cider with a hint of honey sweetness from the malts. Well balanced and goes down clean. Finish is slightly warming with just a mild sour quality. Feel is just slightly oily. Excellent ale.

Oct 15, 2021
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Iamaskier from Idaho

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Minimal head, lovey hazy orange body. Bread, banana, light esters, and light pine aromas. Taste follows suit, with bready malt, mild piney hops that produce a well balanced bitterness, becoming sweet banana and fruit esters, finishing with orange peel and hints of clove. Feel is wet and creamy, and the alcohol is present throughout the sip (though not strongly so).
Fruit, spices, and cream. Nuff said.

Jun 21, 2021
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really well done Belgian Ale. Yeasty and sweet, grassy, earthy but enough hops to balance it out. I've been in craft beer sampling for over 10 years now and I can't believe this North Coast beer has missed my radar all this time. I'll really enjoyed it and recommend.

Jun 10, 2021
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden with a good amount of clarity and a small white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind minimal lacing
S - Tons of Belgian yeast and fruity esters, sugar, and spices
T - Follows the nose with Belgian yeast intermixed with fruity esters (light fruits such as apples and pears) throughout along with candi sugar as light spices
F - Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation
O - A solid Belgian ale, but nothing spectacular

May 30, 2021
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stortore from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Had 2/1/21.

Pours a bright yellow, pretty clear, with a half inch foamy head and light, foamy lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, malt, candi sugar, some wheat, light spices, light funk as it warms. Flavors of malt, candi sugar, wheat, light spices, light Belgian yeast. Smooth, a very good lighter body, well carbonated.

Maybe not top tier for the style, but well made and enjoyable. A fairly classic interpretation of the style that’s worth a purchase at a great price point.

May 25, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It smells sweet like apples, pears and yeasty bread water. Maybe even a little grapy.

It's as sweet as it smells with the funky yeasts of a Belgian ale.  It's got the taste of wine.

The mouthfeel is thin and really bubbly with carbonation.  The finish is long, clean and fruity with a little bite of bitterness.

Overall it's a very drinkable Belgian ale. I give it a 5.1 out of 6.

May 21, 2021
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BillAfromSoCal from California

3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle brought from room temp shelf, chilled, then poured into a goblet. Orange, slightly hazy, with 1+ finger of dense white foam. Smell is spicy, malty, bready but somewhat subdued. Same with taste. Pleasant, light carbonation in mouthfeel. Overall not bad but just not as in-your-face Belgian impressive as I had hoped for.

May 05, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow/light orange in color with a bitchin white head that rises in the glass. Smells of sweet-grains, clove, spices, yeast. Taste very much follows the nose, fruity & somewhat spicy. Medium-bodied, high carbonation, crisp finish, warming. Not typically a fan of Belgian style, but i found this one enjoyable.

Mar 13, 2021
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OllieStalz from New York

4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There isn't much to say about this beer that already hasn't been said. It's good! The dangerous part about it is that it is way too smooth for the ABV. you could definitely be on your behind if you're not careful.

Mar 08, 2021
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simonrgilbert57 from California

3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Translucent beer with an unfiltered look. Light head without much lacing. Smell nicely previews the yeastiness that comes about in the front and back of the beer. Taste is smooth and interesting, as the full malty flavor of the ale comes in the front and stays in the back of the mouth throughout. It's a bit overcarbonated for my taste, but that might be a function of me being less familiar with Belgian style ales. Overall a decent beer you should pick up if it's in front of you.

Feb 26, 2021
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how I don't have a review for this
Pours a light fizzy head with lower retention, low lacing, hazy med golden pale color with sediment

Nose sweet Belgian blonde malt, grainy sweet, straw, lots of fruit, apple, pear, apricot, a little oxidized aged malt

Taste brings sweet malt, grainy, straw, Belgian golden malt and little candy like, more fruity esters, pome fruit, dried apricot, touch of spice, lighter herbal bitterness, little waxy aged sight oxidized malt, drier finish, quite fruity

Mouth is med bod, med higher frothy carb

Overall solid Belgian golden, I think this has some age to it, bit still good

Feb 22, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle coded 01151124 (almost a year old & unrefridgerated until yesterday) poured into a tulip glass at just above fridge 7.6% ABV. The beer pours hefe-hazy in light orange & yellow color with off white head. The head maintains at a steady quarter inch fed by a ton of bubbles from the bottom of this North Coast tulip. The aroma is soft pale malt accented by fruity and floral notes. The taste is semisweet malt and candi sugar with hints of banana, clove, pear and white pepper. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, good.

Feb 09, 2021
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BNSlums from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Separating a 4-pack of 12oz bottles. North Coast Brewing's Old Rasputin is one of my all time favorite beers. I am excited to mull this over.
Pours a vibrant copper-orange, SRM 8. with an active, mousse-like off-white head, thin. Bubbles are small and fast to rise. There is a bit of cloudiness, but it is still clear. On the nose I get ripened banana and honey grain. Coriander with clove? A blanketing bouquet of flowers. All the notes are rather humble but synergize complexly. It tastes zingy upfront, but very rapidly mellows into sweeter baked goods. Banana again. It almost tastes like a shocktop with added dimension. I swear there are micronotes of coriander and orange peel. Hop bitterness (Saaz) short-lived next to the slurry of malt and corn. It has a body to it, and medium-high carbonation. Oily yet soft.
I am thoroughly impressed with this Belgian Golden Ale. All reminiscent of Belgian styles, softer, sweet bread, subtle ester combinations. It is fruitier, with less caramel, compared to say, a tripel. And not as hefty. Let us not be deceived by the 7.6ABV, I wouldn't have guessed blindfolded, it is much smoother. A yeasty, golden bouquet to satisfy any palate.

Feb 09, 2021
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SB2017 from Iowa

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Banana, spice, crisp fruits. Pretty much just a boozier, funkier blue moon with an incredibly silky texture. What more can you ask of a strong Belgian?

Feb 04, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a hazy pale red-tinged orange body with a small white foamed head that has low retention and leaves only occasional splatters of lacings as it settles to a thin cap with a defined halo

aroma is a floral lush citrus with lowkey Belgian spices (clove, caramelized banana) and obvious nod to Belgian yeast of the barnyard variety

as far as taste goes, the bright, floral and lush citrus form the majority while leaving room for the Belgian yeast, and having a background spice spread that is enhanced by a low grade caramel sweetness. an earthy dose of hop hangs around as well, providing a rounded out bitterness to balance the sweetness of the the citrus.

feel if high carbonation, medium-light body. runs smooth throughout and finishes slightly earthy bitter

fruit forward with a rustic barnyard Belgian yeast funk and spices coming last along with earthy hop.
it's an agreeable but somewhat funky sipper that keeps the hallmarks of the style but is far closer to a fantastic tribute than being the real deal. that's not necessarily bad, however. just is what it is. I enjoyed it tremendously.

Jan 24, 2021
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Pivopijak from Washington

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +5.4%
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 -8.8%
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 -33.9%
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%
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 -5.7%
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 -0.2%
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 +7.4%
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 +0.2%
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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