Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 20

Added by kbub6f on 06-01-1998

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3,370
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4
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
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Photo of Carsonbros
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A-pours a golden hazy color with a white head doesn't linger for long.
S-Lots of yeast, some banana, lemon and pine in the smell.
T-Malty sweetness, Banana, nutmeg, and a sweet peppery flavor.
M- On the heave side but a creamy body, very crisp and refreshing. Slight alcohol warming once it goes down.
O-Great Belgian Ale that I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice, fairly clear, golden color. Minimal white head, but nice carbonation bubbles rising in the glass.
The nose has a nice rich malt smell. There's also a hint of sweetness to it.
The taste is pretty complex. It starts off a bit mellow. Hardly there. Then it starts kicking in with a malt and sweetness that you taste, and feel all the way down.
This is a very full bodied beer. No watery feeling at all. Nice feel of the carbonation bubbles going down.
Damn delicious overall. So glad I decided to buy it, and try it. Solid beer.

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Photo of mwvman
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnyminor
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RandyCongdon
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have always liked this one and finally have a chance to rate it.

Look- Cloudy yellow/gold. There is thin white head around the rim of the glass, and the top of the brew is always in motion from the bubbles underneath.

Smell- Malty, tangy and just a whiff of clove.

Taste- Higher marks than aroma because the smell could be a bit more pungent, if I had my way. There is a bittersweet, spicy maltiness that dominates immediately. The clove aspect at just the right balance for this beer. There is also just a touch of banana. The bitterness Is pretty mild. I would classify the strength as medium.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth. Not much of a bite. The aftertaste is pretty malty, clovey and pleasant.

Overall- A great example of the style. I have had some that were stronger, ( and I prefer strong tasting beers.) That being said , I really enjoyed it. I have paired it with baklava in the past, as was suggested by an online recommendation, and it was a perfect combination. This is definitely the best Belgian Ale available in my area. I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance has a hazy orange slightly golden looking colored body with less than a half fingered white foamy head that quickly dies within a half a minute. The smell has Belgian yeastiness up front with a nice allocation of spices to compliment the aroma. The taste is spicy yet somewhat sweet and a nice complimentary sort of under-shadowed sort of "sweet" tones to give a very nice sort of spicy/sweet/dry aftertaste with a quick dry finish. The palate has a light to medium body and provides a decent sessionability that could definitely go with its respected food. Carbonation is good for a Belgian Strong Ale. Overall, I’d have this one again and would absolutely love to put this up with its respected food.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a white head. Smells of esters, yeast, and some malt. Tastes of slight banana esters and Belgian yeast. Medium creamy body with medium carbonation. This is one of the better Belgian pale's that ive had and I'm not usually a fan of the style.

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Photo of scottspencer
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tlema1
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: hazy, yellow gold color, minimal head and lacing, lots of carbonation
S: faint Belgian yeast, some fruitiness
T: nice flavor, apples and pear notes
F: nice tongue coating
O: very well made

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Photo of Nrod
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Calabash
4.89/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of tjmiller718
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of red_5_sooner
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abcsofbeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hawkssb04
2.65/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Tohibii
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this is just absolutely lovely - compared to Duval by some, but it's much more yeasty sweetness and delicate without any real bitterness. It's a totally different style, being almost like a lighter, lower ABV tripel.

Very rich, creamy mouthfeel with a great deal of complexity that still brings and almost light mildness despite it's fairly heavy body and alcohol content.

Fantastic beer that that I plan to make a staple. As my first North Coast, I'll be checking out all the offerings I can get from that brewer as well. It's really one of the best beers that I've ever tried.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange gold color,fruit yeast aroma.this is a great version of a Belgian. What made it unique is that it wasn't too spicy or Laden with orange like so many other brewerys copying this style. Very enjoyable and way too easy to drink more than one which is when the abv starts to hit you. Even that is well balanced as it's not so high that you regret having more than one

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass, from a bomber, cork and cage affair. Enjoyed in the shade of a sunny garden.

Murky gold. The thin head & little lacing do not last. Bubbles begin in a chaotic swirl, then brisk, steadily slowing streams.

Smells of stale, malty lemon peel & that unique Belgian yeast.

Tastes follows the nose: golden ale mixed with (that legendary yeasty, beastly dense Belgian cornucopia ... )
with a murky malt, creamy tang aftertaste.

Hard to believe this is but a 7.6% Fairly mellow, well hidden booze.

I respect this brew, but I find North Coast's Le Merle is more to my liking. Golden Ale can be quite good, and Belgian yeast is unique and desired, but the two combined fails to inspire.

By all means give PranQster a try!!

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Photo of rickklein9
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap at NCBC in Fort Bragg. I'm not very familiar with this style, but it's really good. Definitely warms me up with the fruity warmth. Glad to have tried it!

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