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

A - Pours an opaque golden color. There is a one and a half finger, off white head, that has sub-par retention. No lacing, but persistent carbonation bubbles.

S - Smells of sweet yeast and wheat. There are some light lemon and citrus notes.

T - Upfront there is some wheat with a yeast backbone. This layer gives way to a layer of grassy lemon with almost a creamy feeling. There is a very, very slight hop presence towards the end.

M - Great amount of carbonation makes for a smooth Ale.

D - This tastes great and has a way of going down easy. For the price, it's not bad at all.

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

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

Photo of Resuin
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a 4-pack poured into a Golden Monkey Goblet. Dusty bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold with a solid inch+ of white fluffy head that doesn't hang around too long but looks wonderful before it fades. Looks pretty well carbonated and light-bodied.

Smell: Banana and bubblegum up front - smells like a hefe. Very pleasant and not overbearing at all.

Taste: After a sip I feel deceived by my nose. This tastes like a belgian ale, not as much like a hefeweizen as the smell indicated. A bit of the banana, bubblegum flavors stick around but they are definitely in the background. Maybe some lemon in there with the bread and yeast tones.

Mouth-feel: Pretty well carbonated and relatively light bodied. It does not feel like it is 7.6%, it's very light and fluffy.

Overall: A surprisingly adequate beer. Overall, I was impressed. Extremely drinkable and refreshing, I would call this more of a Belgian Pale Ale (leaving out the strong), but it is not a conventional pale ale.

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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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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,416 ratings