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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3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

North Coast Pranqster on tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington.

Very hazy yellow-gold with a durable head and excellent lacing.

The aroma is surprisingly subtle and mild but the spicy Belgian yeast does show. Otherwise, sweet and fruity (mostly lemon).

The flavor largely follows, albeit with more yeast evident . A bit peppery, lemony and grassy.

Light body seems a bit thin, but has fine, soft carbonation.

O: refreshing, tame and highly drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Nice bright golden wheat color. Vibrant. Good white foam built up on the pour, but dissipated quickly. A little bit of haze.

S: Yeasty. White bread. Banana and coriander. Sweet and buttery.

T: Starts off with bread, biscuit and vegetable crackers. A little sweetness of honey and malt. Butter. Sugar cookies and banana bread. Sweetness is very small and short lived. A tanginess of sour white peach, apricot and white vinegar overpowers the malt and sweetness. Definitely finishes with a little bit of fruitiness on the end augmented with a subdued wild yeast. Theres a tiny bit of mineral tasting graphite taste at the end. Mild oily taste lingers after the finish.

M: Again slight dry and with a slight vegetable oil aftertaste. Crispness finishes the beer cool and refreshing; really nice.

O: I really enjoyed this Belgian style Californian beer. I would swear this recipe could have been perfected for 100 years in an old world brewery. It has great balance with a good amount of sweetness and excellent finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another nod to fosterjm for hooking up a north coast tulip and some brews to go with.

Brew poured a murky orange with minimal head. Fairly opaque. Nose is bubblegum clove banana and fairly sweet. Body is a bit thin and fizzy. The taste is a watered down version of the nose. Nice favors but a far cry from the Belgian Classic and even some of the non Belgian rakes on the style. Not a bad beer by any means, but if you are looking for a Belgian strong pale, you would probably look elsewhere...but this one carries some heffe like characteristics with wheat and orange. Not really my thing.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,426 ratings