Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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IBU's: 20

Added by kbub6f on 06-01-1998

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a. poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet, yielding a beautiful two-finger head of a lemony cream with decent retention sitting atop a light golden straw body with a touch of haze and hints of mandarin hues. The head dissipated without much of a fight, leaving behind a beautiful ring of foam and a light webbing atop the ale that stays with it to the bottom of the glass.

s. cardamom, coriander and grapefruit augment a strong belgian yeast aroma and hints of lemon zest and a few other spices. Subtle banana as it warms and opens up, along with more citrus, bread, and crackers. A bit of straw keeps the citrus/spice from overwhelming the nose.

t. Fairly similar to the nose, in a beautiful way. Citrus, spices, and bready, cracker malts blend together perfectly. The dominant spice in the nose takes a back seat to the Belgian yeast and citrus flavors. Grass, straw, and wheat balance nicely.

m. creamy with nice carbonation. Earthy tasting, and the slight haze in the appearance translates nicely to the mouth. Light but creamy... close to perfect. Carbonation may be a touch high, but given the right mood, it might be perfect. More refreshing than I'm requiring at the moment, but awesome none the less.

d. Highly drinkable. Earthy, citrusy, malt, just a subtle bitterness, and some strong belgian yeast blends together perfectly. Just the right amount of spice given the other flavors... and I'm generally sensitive of the balance of spices. This one is spot on, and perfect for the style. Definitely worth trying, if not hoarding.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pours a murky mango juice color with largish sediment coming into the glass and settling in. Not as much head as many of its Belgian kin but solid lacing down the glass.

Smell has a hint of honey, fruity esters, a slight spice to it, a tinge of the herbaceous.

The strength I think is in the flavor. It moves from standard Belgian fare with yeast dominating to a morphing saison spiciness to a citrusy tang and back and forth. The bottle states there is an art to yeast combinations and perhaps that is the reason for the variety of tastes. It's kind of a trickster that way.

Good carbonation, though not too crazy, solid drinkability. A 4pk of this would do you in good stead on a nice summer evening like this one.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a wonderful foggy orange color with big bubbles in the quickly disappearing head.

With a smell I am pleased to detect a delicate Belgian yeast. There‘s a good malty smell along with wheat. There‘s also a bit of citrus.

It’s a bit of a journy to wade through the malt flavors in this one. There are a lot of great flavors, but they don’t blend together all so well. All the better for my palat. Spicy yeast, wheat, and some other different spices. It Really warms my throat up when I drink it and its very active in the mouth.

Good small bubble carbonation and nice thickness. Hits the stomach a little hard. Wouldn’t want to go through a sixer of this.

Good Beer!

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Photo of mrgondolier
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justmebro
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of notchucknorris
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bankers Hill Bar and Grill

A: Hazy golden color with a 2 finger white head.

S: Spicy belgian yeast with some light fruit notes. Golden raisin and golden apples along with some pale malt.

T: I really loved this beer. Pale malt with a nice mild fruitiness of spiced apple and maybe some apricot. The belgian yeast gave it a great subtle funk. Drinkable for days.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy bright yellow-orange color with tons of visible carbonation. Big and fluffy white head sits on top and dissapates slowly leaving a good amount of lacing with it. Bright citrusy, flowery notes meet the nose with hints of coriander and peppery notes. Light amount of floral and herbal hops in the background as well. Not bad.

Not too much or too little in any aspect of the taste. Medium body that lets peppery notes come to the forefront and then recede for fruity citrusy tones to come forward. Not quite juicy as it remains pretty dry throughout, coming into a clean and effervescent finish. Coriander lends a big hand in the flavor, providing that peppery bitterness. The hops are light but perfectly balancing in the back, not outdoing the pepper and citrus notes. Healthy hint of alcohol in the breath, hiding well but still a part of the profile. Definitely a uniqueness here that is most likely from the yeast strains used to give it that extra Belgian flourish.

Good beer here, nothing out of this world to me, but a well balanced Belgian style gold ale that is easy to drink but still complex.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: opaque golden/light-orange color with a thin head. A light lacing is left as I drink.

Smell: malt, wheat and orange aromas.

Taste: sweet and heady. Notes of wheat, orange and honey. Hops are floral but not overly present; nevertheless, there is a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: thick enough to be satisfying, but not too heavy. An appropriate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: while the alcohol content holds this down a hair, I think the flavor profile and mouthfeel make this a pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of dbauer
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an Allagash tulip. Yeast roused and poured.

A: Golden-orange color. Very hazy with some yeasty silt in suspension. Fine-bubbled white head holds on at a half inch in height. A thin sheet of delicate lacing eventually slides down the glass, forming rings in its wake.

S: Very floral. Esters of star fruit and pithy orange. Chalky yeast, slightly musty. Light minerality. Browned biscuits and wheat. Zesty little wheat snap. Faint alcohol and medicinal phenol.

T: Pithy orange and lemon, star fruit. Floral hops. Chalky and musty yeast. Toasted biscuit and some creamy wheat. Coriander? Very faint alcohol. Medicinal phenols are tame. Dry finish of yeast, biscuit, faint phenol and pithy hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a sense of weight. Wheat adds a frothy and creamy feel. Lightly scrubbing carbonation still allows the beer to press down on the tongue.

O: The curveball here is all the wheat character. It's not expected, as when you're drinking a Belgian Golden, you tend to look to Duvel for comparison. It really works though. While Duvel is all about clean pilsner malt character and great balance, Pranqster achieves a similar balance, albeit with a wheaty approach and perhaps a bit more complexity because of it. Yeast, malt (and wheat adjunct), and hops all work very harmoniously together, and this ends up being far too easy to finish.

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Photo of toronadotornado
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Filling Station, LAX - Los Angeles, CA - 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

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Photo of rangerred
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at mellow mushroom in Johnson City, TN.

Arrived a clear golden yellow with a pretty thick white head.

Wonderful fruity aroma that definitely lets you know it is a Belgian style ale. Clove and banana along with a bit of grainy malt.

The flavor is full of wonderful maltyness. Lots of grain and almost a slight bit of chalkiness. Lots of fruit; pears, peaches, grapes, and bananas. There is a nice crispness to the beer and it is quite dry. Alcohol is very well hidden making this a fairly refreshing beer. Something I will definitely have to pick up again.

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Photo of kshankar
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color with a nice head. Lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Yeast, cloves..some fruity smells

Taste: Excellent, there is the yeastiness, of course. And the cloves as well. Somewhat of a spice flavor. Mild bitterness at the end to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel: On the medium bodied side with a good creamy feel. Goes down well.

Drinkability: Relatively high ABV, but tastes good and most of the flavors mask the alcohol taste, so it wouldn't be hard to drink a couple.

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Photo of vienna_mantrap
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of washburnkid
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bomber when I visited the brewery last month. Poured into a tulip and enjoyed with some friends. I had it on tap at the brewery, but the person pouring it overpoured like hell and wasted about half a pint of brew. It was a pretty bad experience, but I'm so glad I bought this 22oz to take home with me!

A: Cloudy golden color with one finger of off-white head; not a ton of lacing to speak of
S: Sweet malts mostly dominate, some spice comes through
T: Sweet malts with spice; immediately reminiscent of Hoegaarden, so I immediately guessed coriander; slightest alcohol coming through, balanced out by this amazing roasted grain. At the time, here's what I said about the taste: "If you were able to blend a giant field of wheat and hay and grains and animals and put it all in a glass, this would be the result." (note: no animals were harmed in the tasting of this beer)
M: Heavy carbonation, medium-bodied; thick hoppy residue left everywhere in my mouth and I didn't mind it at all
D: This beer is complex. There are flavors I weren't able to pin down, but I loved every second of it.

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Photo of rw1992
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Asics
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the Farmhouse of Emmaus, PA poured into a wine glass

Appearance - straw colored with fine bubbles. Little head with no residual head and no lacing. Very clear and clean.

Smell - Pleasant and easy. Yeast strains are evident as are light fruit and spice.

Taste - Well balanced and articulate. Bready yeasts, light citrus and hops. Belgian candi sugar shines through.

Mouthfeel - Perfect carbonation and astringency.

Drinkability - Very high and easy drinkability at 20 ibu's. Will return to again!

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Photo of brandoneast
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazed apricot hue with a light sheet of lace that hugs the stemless pinot noir glass. Feeble aroma but picking up sweet vanilla, little spice, and a surprising whiff of oaky chardonnay. Amazingly, the flavor makes up for everything the nose lets down. Pranqster lives up to its name by unveiling a world-class taste. Each sip brings a candi sugar that laces the lips, spicy hops, pale malt and that quintessential Belgian yeast flavor. This brew is full of flavor and a strong mouthful with an expected powerful carbonation. This brew has high drinkability, but consume with moderation, for Pranqster will fool you with its high alcohol content.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for 2.49$

Appearance – Hazy amber/yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. It's too hazy to see the carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, coriander/cloves, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with lemon and some faint yeast. There is also some coriander and clove mixed with something along the lines of medicine.. but not in a bad way. It ends with a lemony tart aftertaste with some dry yeast/spice bitterness.

Overall – Pretty good stuff here. It had a lot of wit beer flavours to it and the lemon/fruit notes were refreshing. Definitely a beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden-straw colored and hazy with a one-finger head which left a thin ring around the rim and no detectable lacing.

The smell is very aromatic: coriander and other sweet spices combine with a yeasty banana-nut bread flavor.

The taste is classic Belgian: bright with spiciness, plantains and a hint of tree nuts, and a good cutting of yeast. The mouthfeel is a tad watery, however, and this beer seems hollow on the swallow. Good carbonation and a clean character, but overall it left me wanting something a little more robust to fill my mouth with flavor and heft.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip with the Superman logo (don't ask).

Immediately pours a delightful golden blonde haze with sediment floating and settling simultaneously as the head develops into a creamy 2 finger form. It disappears as soon as it appears however and leaves a small ring of bubble circumferentially in the glass.

Aroma is of cheaply spiced yeast and biscuit malt, a high floral bill, along with some hallertau hops and faint ginger.

The taste is a totally different animal. Just floored. It starts out with some banana rum-alcohol flavors, and counters with light floral hops and a crisp malt backbone. The finish is of warm alcohol and chewed bubblegum.

Feel is gloriously carbonated, with delightful shelving of the body stacking in at about medium weight, and finishing light, fruity, crisp, and semi-dry.

This is a beer I will seek out and drink again. A new favorite for a pale ale.

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Photo of drperm
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Ap: All these comparisons to Duvel got my hopes up. I even brought out my Duvel glass for the occasion...only to find:
1) Dark! It's almost apricot in color. Pretty enough, but not pilsnery like a Belgian Strong Golden should be. 2) Where's the foam? I was longing for some billowy, rocky, over-the-top meringue, and instead got a lacing. It is nice and white, though.

S: Yes. Here is more like it. Yeast, candy apple, chamomile, horse blanket, persimmon, (WHOOPS I got beer on my nose from smelling too deeply!), coriander, mace, caramel.

T: Nice. But sweet. Bigger, bolder, brasher, more warming....more "American" than Duvel. Not at all unpleasant, but there's a hairline of funk not 100% in keeping with what I'd expect, and something of an overly-sweet lingering at the very end. Still, it's more than worthy. A winner with food, too.
A bit of cassia on the tongue that I didn't get on the nose, and lots of that mace and persimmon shines through, too.

M: A bit sweet, a bit sticky. Not bad, though.

D: I wouldn't think, "Hmm....Duvel. Compare to Duvel!" other than its designation as a BSGA. I'm more prone to call to mind certain Unibroue offerings first. To me, more like La Fin du Monde than Duvel. North Coast does stellar work, and considering the breadth of their brewing opus, I'd say they've done a knock-out Belgian style here. I'd have this again, but probably not until after I've sampled some more offerings in this vein. Although, as I continue to work through my's *very* warming on a cold rainy night, and it's highly addictive. I'm dreaming of food pairings....good cheeses (Irish cheddar is what I've got on hand), lemony shellfish, pasta salad, certain (non-chocolate) desserts, lighter-prepared duck, wildfowl, maybe even Thanksgiving dinner if I were pressed for a brew.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy tan color with a thin lace, not the characteristic fluffy white head I expected. Wonderfully sweet nose, fruity, spicy with a touch of malt. Tingly mouthfeel but not a powerful carbonation that is often typical of this style of "Belgian" brews. Spicy coriander flavor with a nice smooth malty profile. Not much hint of the 7.6% ABV. Clean, citrusy finish. Not as spicy or alcoholic of many of it's exported "imperial hefeweizen" to me, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of WesWes
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy/cloudy golden color with a thick white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a really fruity banana type scent that is very pleasant along with a pale malt aroma. The taste is good. It is rich with fruitiness and spice. It has Belgian yeast flavor on top of a pale malt base. It goes down easy, but finishes a bit dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks well. It has tremendous aroma and taste; a good sessions brew.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,457 ratings