North Coast Brewing Co.

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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #21
Ranked #8,892
4.04 | pDev: 11.63%
Oct 20, 2022
Jun 01, 1998
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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Reviewed by LucidoMMA from California

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a pale golden color with a half a finger pillowy head.

Smells very bready, hoppy, and very wheaty.

Goes down smooth, yeast and wheat dominate the flavor. Medium carbonated leaves minimal lacing. Reminds me of a good festbier.
Oct 20, 2022
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Reviewed by JesseJames81 from California

3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with an off-white foam head that lacks retention.

Aroma: Belgian esters. Apple cider, dark fruits, honey and biscuit.

Taste: Sweet honey and candy up front, then fades into dark fruit. Notable bready, yeasty undertones throughout.

Overall: Not my favorite beer style, but is a good experience when looking to explore. This one has a little complexity to it.
Oct 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Cm55

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L-indeed golden. Cloudy. Minimal head fades rapidly
S-funky with Belgian esters, mineral tones predominating. Less fruit than typical for style
T-surprisingly well balanced given the nose. There is an undertone of yeast and bread, and a flavor led by clean minerals and fruit (banana?) flavors are now present (unlike the nose)
F-smooth, medium bodied, with a little stickiness
O-a successful American beer that gives a successful homage without being a copy.
Jul 25, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by Mac_Cheesin from Maryland

Jul 01, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by cold_beer

May 20, 2022
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a pint glass: color is straw gold, slight haze, head pours 1/2 finger thick and dissipates quickly to nothing except thin ring along the glass side, limited lacing on glass sides.

Smell is Belgian esters, lighter phenols, bubble gum, toast, bread, yeast byproduct, honey and fruitiness from yeast.

Taste is similar with esters, light phenols, Belgian yeast byproducts, bread, candi sugar and some honey, stone fruit, straw, bread/wheat.

Mouthfeel is lower carbonation, moderate sweetness, low/moderate bitterness, drying from the fermentation/finished gravity, then some lingering sweetness.

Overall a very pleasant, sweeter Belgian golden ale - yeast and esters are subtle but enticing, sweetness counters dryness, but still overall an interesting ale.
Apr 18, 2022
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Reviewed by saisondetre

5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I love Pranqster and think it's an underrated beer. Beer ratings are an odd thing--belgians seem to trend lower on average than IPAs for example. Pranqster sparked a real affinity for belgian golden strong ales for me. Since trying it for the first time, I've sought out many Belgian style ales, and I think that Pranqster compares favorably to belgian ales priced far higher. I've tried many different Belgian ales, but the understated complexity of Pranqster, its price, and its availability in California always keeps me coming back. Sure, you can find better strong golden ales than Pranqster for a far greater price, but they aren't that much better. Because of that, I think this beer drinks more like a 93-95. If it were an IPA instead of a belgian strong golden, I would expect that rating.
Apr 12, 2022
Rated: 3.78 by Chipwells from Georgia

Apr 09, 2022
Rated: 3 by prisdefer from New York

Feb 27, 2022
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Reviewed by MistaT from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A decent (strong) Belgian pale, but I found it lacking in any particular (single) strength. Nothing was off but nothing stood out.

Slight taste of rock sugar also threw me off.
Feb 04, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle served in a snulip. Don't see a date on it. Left about a half inch in the bottle so there's not much sediment in the beverage I'm reviewing. I've had this many times, but not for many years.

Pours a clear deep golden with a smallish head. Collapses into a frothy ring and dusty wisps streaking across the surface. Not much active carbonation. Smell is light banana / yeasty esters, something else in there that I can't put my finger on. Fruity. Maybe pear.

Taste is following along pretty closely, but there's an oaky astringency and a woody bitterness, too, making it much less one-note.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, this is a nice beer. As good as I remember it being.
Feb 03, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by irishevans from California

Feb 02, 2022
Rated: 4.07 by Resistance88 from California

Jan 20, 2022
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Rated by barneyrubble from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
creamy cloudy
yeast grain nana ester
sweet lt banana
pretty good a bit sweet and soft.
Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.22 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Nov 05, 2021
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Reviewed by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
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.
Oct 23, 2021
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Reviewed by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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
Rated: 3.75 by QuintusHorace from California

Aug 04, 2021
Rated: 4.47 by cwm51662 from Indiana

Jul 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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
Rated: 4.18 by htownbeerhound from Texas

Jun 21, 2021
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A very good well made American example of the style.
Jun 19, 2021
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Reviewed by bubseymour from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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
Rated: 4.43 by chiefz1 from New York

May 29, 2021
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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
Rated: 4 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
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Reviewed by BillAfromSoCal from California

3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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
Rated: 4.06 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio

Apr 03, 2021
Rated: 3.86 by JRL5043 from Pennsylvania

Mar 21, 2021
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Reviewed by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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
Rated: 4.1 by Taenim from New Jersey

Mar 12, 2021
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Reviewed by OllieStalz from New York

4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Reviewed by simonrgilbert57 from California

3.92/5  rDev -3%
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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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Reviewed by BNSlums from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Reviewed by SB2017 from Iowa

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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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