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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

BEER STATS
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#2,886
Reviews:
1,233
Ratings:
3,401
pDev:
11.63%
Bros Score:
4.7
 
 
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Photo of strangemusic
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a small white head that disappears quickly... A little bit disappointed!

The aroma is characteristically Belgian yeast and "hayloft" smell with orange and brown sugar to balance it out. No problems here.

The taste is very crisp and citrusy, big splash of orange with a spiciness to it as well. Apple after-notes. I can taste a little bit of the so-called Belgian "bubblegum" character in this beer. Complex, but primarily juicy and bright and fun, which is really key for this style. Other reviewers have noted a "smoky/meaty" quality, which I barely, barely detect.

The mouthfeel, as expected, is equally crisp and bright to match. Sweetness abundant in the finish. A little bit on the thin/flat side though.

This is not a super-potent beer in terms of ABV, but a decent amount of alcohol punch comes through in the glass. It's very refreshing but a little on the boozy side... dangerous! Not so much as its cousin Delirium Tremens, but still a heady brew.

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Photo of Lucular
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Big thick head that is quickly gone, leaving no traces. Strong
aroma, candy apples and bananas. Spicy banana and cloves flavor characteristics with a fair amount of sugar, not cloyingly sweet, though. Hops nowhere to be found. Plenty of carbonation gives the mouthfeel lots of life. Medium light body.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kyle86
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Phigg1102
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

pours out a nice semi-hazy orange colour, and in my case, with some large clumpy snot-viscosity yeast balls. oh well, more vitamin B for me.

aroma let's you know this a big juicy belgian right away. lots of yeasty smells, and certainly some vanilla floating around in there. spicy and bright. oh, my mouth waters...

oh yes, the taste. all over the place. sweet and orangey, with a nice finish that is not too dry at all. that vanilla is still there, along with lots of bread and a mild mild alcohol presence. the flavour and aroma compliment each other nicely. they are neither the same nor radically different and disconnected.

mouthfeel is nice and full. not wimpy thin at all. all the flavor is there to fill up that space entirely as well. carbonation does it's part satisfactorily.

wow. this is really good stuff. don't let anyone tell you i said this, but it's better than a few belgians from belgium i have had. perhaps that's just my USAian palette diggian USA beers, or just the fact that after nearly 7hours of physics work, i'm ready for some beer. This is not a cheesy beer, it's really good, so get some and drink it.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with lots of little yeasties busily fullfilling their destinies and creating bubbles for my enjoyment. Fast, semi-furious white head sticks around a while and then forms a nice flat sheet of lace. smells strongly of the aformentioned yeasts.

Tatses nice and spicy with a bit of coriander and sweet malt. Almost a little too syrypy at the end, but darn nice nonetheless. Mouthfeel is of the medium body variety and it is a beer I could easily drink until the forces of nature prevail.

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Photo of samtrillo
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fatehunter
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger and half of head on a slightly hazy, light golden colored body.
The aroma is bright and sunny: light lemon, grain and flowers.
The flavor is lemon with a little malt, hardly any sweetness and finishes with a dry bitterness.
Smooth texture with a slight fizz. Moderate carbonation and medium body.
Quite delicious. Find it, buy it, drink it.

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Photo of branimal9
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle shared with Andre - 6/10/2010.

Cloudy golden orange in color, with a fluffy white head. Aroma carries estery fruitiness and a bit of the banana & clove of a hefeweizen. Flavor displays some sweetness though smooth butterscotch & wheatiness, with a slightly boozy & warming finish. A great go-to american belgian style ale.

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Photo of rwill2001
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light and cloudy sun yellow in hue, very thin dissolving head. Belgium spices, 30 second old chewed bubble gum and banana peels on the nose. Up front, decent medium based BSPA, if there is such a thing. Chewy and peppery, spices quite noticeable and in your face; yeast and coriander in the body, fresh bananas and orange peel to boot. Mildly carbonated and a bit creamy, hard to detect, yet perfectly disguised 7.6 ABV. Drinkable, yes, tasty, yes! Nothin’ wrong here!

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Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Pours a pale straw yellow with three finger fluffy white head.

S: Nose is dominated by yeast esters. Just a hint of spices in the background. Clove and maybe pepper.

T: Ripe Banana, clove, and sweet malts. A little earthy funk at the end.

M: Full bodied but light and refreshing. Subtle sweetness.

O: Outstanding Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of Murph
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a little big for the style but I do like it. Deep golden orange in color with a head that ran away too quickly for my tastes. The smell is very yeasty. Big yeast taste with some complex fruity sweetness. Slightly efervescent across the palate, pretty clean. Not highly drinkable, although it isn't full bodied it definitely has a little bit of an impact, not quite letting you put away too many.

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Photo of dutesanch
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcalabre
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The Pranqster is a hazy golden pour with a quickly dissapating white head.
Aroma: The nose has some candy, yeast & floral notes. It is a pleasant smell.
Taste: Oh my God, a Belgian session beer. Tasty but not overpowering. You certainly don't notice the alcohol in this one. Great job.

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brurevu
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the Pranqster poured a honey gold color with a nice head and that signature Belgian yeast aroma. The taste was of sweet malt and a slight citrus tang with the Belgian yeast clove and banana. The PranQster was a delicious beer that satisfied all my Belgian beer tastes. I highly recommend it for anyone with a love for Belgian style beers.

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Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a lightly hazed golden apricot color with a persistent ½" off-white head and lots of small streams of carbonation. The foam is smooth and creamy with sheets of foam that turn into patterns of leggy lacing and speckled spider web lacing. Eventually the head recedes to a ring of foam around the glass with a thin surface layer of foam but even then sipping leaves patterns of leggy and speckled lacing.

Smell: The aroma is soft fresh and floral. There is a touch of mild yeast, a hint of spice and some orange zest but it is all quite subtle and restrained.

Taste: The flavor is lightly sweet and then becomes fruity with some pear, lemon and apricot putting in an appearance. Then there's also that touch of spice, most likely clove. Neither the yeast nor the alcohol play a prominent role in the flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with the medium carbonation. The finish is clean and medium length with the fruits gradually fading out so that the beer ends on a dry note but without much bitterness.

Drinkability: A nice drinkable Belgian style and well before I finish it I'm wishing I had chilled a second one. I'll definitely be having this one again.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of anthony-martinez
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat-hazed golden color with a nice white head. Nose is mostly Belgian yeast with bits of clove, orange, spice, and coriander. Taste is similar with some malt sweetness coming through in addition to the fresh fruits coming from the yeast. Moderate body with good carbonation; very nice drinkability on a hard to nail style, especially outside of the better Belgian breweries.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,401 ratings
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