Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

3,356 Ratings

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 20

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a belgian styled beer that is ment to truly express the impact belgian yeast has on a beer. All belgian beers are characterized by the indivdiual flavors imparted by the yeasts each brewery uses. North Coast brews a fresh, domestic beer that dosen't comprimise the extreme yeast flavors of belgium. Sweet flavors on the initial taste segue into a spicy citrus flavor finishing with a clean but alcoholic presence. Lower than true belgian carbonation leaves this beer with less of a head than should be expected from the style and there is no belgian lace to be seen.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.69/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've seen this beer at the local beer store a few times but passed, finally picked one up. The name of the beer is clever, love the label. Pours a foggy gold with a white head that dissapates quickly. The smell is very funky, almost smells of game or wild animal. Taste is very strong, yet the spice and strongness didn't do well on my palette. Feels dense but lacking pizazz in the mouth. Couldn't drink this again.

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Photo of chilidog
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pranqster was a goal beer for me and when I finally found a four, I jumped on it. I found it to be more mild than I thought it would be, but thats not so bad.
The beer poured a hazy apricot tinted gold. The head was white, carbonated and did not leave much lace, only in sticky spots. The aroma was sweet sugar malt. The taste carried some sweet malt along while blended with a nice hop balance. An easy alcohol warmth is felt. A spicy favor to the taste is noticed with hints of citric & coriander Over-all, not a bad beer for the style to be had.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is a sweet light malt, sugary, fresh light fruit. Some phenol.

Orange gold, fizzy sound but never a head to speak of. Cloudy.

Flavor is low in alcohol. Seems to have an "orange" quality about it. Low on candi sweetness. Flavor seems a little flat. Mild dryness on finish. Lacks complexity.

Feels holds a slight fizzy-tingly from carbonation, yet decent smoothness.

Overall this was a disappointment. I've have better luck tasting other beers from this brewery. This beer has some tasty qualities, but isn't busting with flavor as many in style can be. This boarders on being an easy drinker, which for style seems odd.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a good orange color but the head was pretty minimal. There wasn't too much lacing to speak of either.

The smell is potent and appropriately hinting at bananas and high alcohol content. The taste is fairly simply by comparison, but at the same time that makes it dangerously drinkable.

This is a very accessible and nicely done interpretation of this classic style.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear apricot amber.
Small bubbly head that’s short lived and recedes to form a ring around the perimeter of my glass.

A rather fruity tart and hops laden nose.
Flavor comes on strong with a tough standing with the nose being a harbinger of what’s to come, but the flavor profile dissipates quickly.

Flavor is hoppy, with smatterings of spice- almost like pepper sparking the predominantly hops like character. Yeasts and hints of malt round out the flavor body.

I find that the flavor is short lived. Just as things “get going” and my taste buds probe deeper into the flavor and its character, it disappears from the scene. The finish lasts, but merely by leaving a clean and tidy stage. No tid-bit souvenirs to remind me of the robust flavor opening scene.

Mouthfeel is great at the beginning with a hearty stance upon my palate, but very quickly becomes a meek and mild wall flower...

Drinkablility seems “just fine”—mainly because the ABV is below 10% and I’m not welded to my seat after a pint or two...

I’d rate this Belgian style ale as OK, but I’m not flying banners from the ramparts...

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Photo of WesWes
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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 granger10
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden orange color with a frothy white head and tons of sediment floating in the glass. Smell is really nice. Belgian yeast dominates the nose along with a slight notes of various spices. Taste is malty sweet upfront, fruity sweet in the middle combined with a wheaty precense, and very yeasty with spices in the finish. Very dry finish. The fruit flavors are akin to banana and apricot which is an interesting combination. Quite thick yet smooth. A nice American-made Belgian.

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Photo of Samdaddy
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the general cloudy yellow one would expect from most belgians except that there were small particles/flakes floating throughout the brew. Easily drinkable considering its clean almost ocean-like taste. Suprisingly, this belgian packs some bite which is noted in the fruit-filled hoppiness (I'm not sure if that is even a word) of the mouthfeel. Worth trying especially if your looking for something different from the standard Sarah.

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Photo of Winter
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy peach-amber with a thin bubbly white head. Aroma consists of spicy yeast, malt, alcohol, and tropical fruit. Very appealing. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and nicely carbonated. Flavors of mango and malt upfront. Fruity sweetness carries through the middle. Peppery yeast and corriander are noticed toward the back. Alcoholic vapors linger long after the finish. Slight warming sensation as it glides down the throat. Nicely done!

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have never been a fan od belgian style beers. This is the first. The pour was a hazy orange color with no head to speak of. The aroma was strictly fruity. Apples was the dominant smell. The taste was like a bitter sweet aplle cider with just a hint of banana. This was a wonderful beer that is hands down the best that I have had in its style.

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Photo of merlin48
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stubby, 12 oz bottle pours a hazy, peach color, with a minimal head, and a few yeasty "floaties" in the body. Minimal lace effect.
Aroma is quite Belgian in nature. Lots of yeasty, wet dog mustiness starts things off. Mango, tangerine, and a hint of banana, add to a typical Belgian clove and coriander spice presence.
Mouthfeel is not over the top with Belgian ale fizz, but comes close.
Tatse is very much like a Belgian pale. Clove, coriander, and nutmeg provide a spice array to carry the fruit complexities comfortably. Mango, peach, and apricot offer the fruit presence, and there is a hint of bubblegum or honey in the background. Very well done, overall.

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Photo of surfmeister
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: murky brown, firm, fuffy head with staying power
Smell: very fragrant, fruity, spicy, The smell caused real anticipation
Taste: dried fruits, spices with a dash of hops, with one fatal flaw, Cloying sweetnes! if this brew would have just finished drier, it would have been awesome, the sweetness just killed it for me
Mouthfeel: smooth, foamy, full, very nice
Drinkability: exotic taste, but oh so sweet, didn't want another

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Photo of twilight
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a golden orange color with white bits of yeast floating around in it. Smell is very fruity, almost too rich and round, which leads me to believe the brew will be overly estery. Wrong. The taste is a slightly subdued sour fruit taste typical of tripels without the carameled unfermentable sugars, leading to a dry finish, but and a slightly harsh alcohol aftertaste that burns the throat, not altogether enjoyable, particularly for something with this moderate amount of ABV. Mouthfeel and carbonation are light, and just so-so. An okay offering, good, not great, but ultimately, so-so.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at MacGregor's, this Belgian was true to its heritage:spicy. It poured a mysterious, musty copper, and the thin off-white head left only a tentative, spotty lacing. The Pranqster smelled of very sweet hay or sweat, and yet it tasted distinctly of spiced cherries, with lots of honey alcohol esters, and (dare I say it) a rather hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was of medium body with only a touch of noticable carbonation.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty decent interpretation of a belgian pale. Poured a cloudy golden color with a white head that receded rather quickly. Sadly there was little lacing to be seen. Smell was sweet with scents of orange peel and musty yeast. Tasted of sweet honey and standard belgian notes of slight spiceyness, malts and a nice alcohol warmth. Nothing to write home about, but a good west coast interpretation of the style.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at MacGregors. As always it was served properly, cool and in a chalice. Came a cloudy dark tea color with a nice thin coating of foamy head. The smell was very nice, with yeast present, and a certain saltiness. The smell was rounded out by some cherry and pineapple. Reminded me of a much lighter Three Philosophers. Taste again was cherrys, and a bit of saltiness. The malts made their presence also. The taste made a very pleasant balance. Felt very appropriate in the mouth, being very smooth, and having just a bit of carbonation. A very good beer.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a well made American take on a Belgian Ale and that means that a six pack of this beer costs almost the same as a 750ml Chimay. The cloudy golden haze and the fresh yeasty nose are present and so is a well constructed main body. This is not the best Belgian style beer in North America( Unibroue, Ommegang, New Belgium) but I would pick up a 6 pack to satisfy that Belgium craving without breaking the bank.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours a nice golden orange with a crisp white head, which slowly morphs into a tiny bubble coating and leaves nice lacing. Fruity, yeasty, spicy nose. Nice crisp and spicy mouthfeel. Typical Belgian flavors, sugar, hint of bubblegum, yeast spice etc. A nicely turned out American take on the style.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A darker cloudy yellow with a perfect head.

Smell: Fruity like Golden Delicious apples and moreso than most beers of its kind. I take this as a good thing.

Taste: A little bit of a dropoff here. The fruitiness has transformed. I think the main problem is the dominant taste of the yeast. Alcohol is not noticeable until the last quarter of the glass.

Mouthfeel: Almost too tingly from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Okay but I'd probably stop at one.

Beef Notes: This one wasn't bad, but I don't think I'll be getting it again. It's just not what I look for in the style. I'm sure some people like it a lot more than me. It's definitely worth the try and something I wouldn't turn down if offered it.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a four pack at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Pours solid gold with a heavy cream -- not too tall -- head.

Smell is of cotton candy and peppery spices all at once -- also picking up on dried apricots and bananas.

Taste opens with big malts (canned peaches, bananas, alcohol drenched orange peels), followed by a peppery hop bitterness crackling around the circumference. Aftertaste is all peppery spice with malt sweetness sticking to my palate, and an agreeable alcohol warmth spreading throughout my throat and stomach.

Mouthfeel is rich -- like whole milk -- and works well with the big flavors.

Another great beer from North Coast.

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Photo of pio
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

has an exceptional light yellow head, whitch is reluctant to stay but is pretty just the same... not so golden orange liquid has medium haze and sparce activity. decent lace in the form of short banners.
the perfume is the most convincing of the belgian styles i've had so far. gumdrops, a note of orange blossoms and a nice belgian earthy yeast scent, impressive. only a tiny spice charecter and a hint of light caramel. also an alluring green apple there somewhere.
the flavor has a sweet pear start and goes to the earthier and loamy flavors, herbal charecteristics make certain that this is plesant. tastes like a belgian style should, this is one of the best that i've yet had for sure. it has a real nice twang when it switches gears. it leaves the palate a touch on the sweet side. i hope they keep the belgian and the belgian style apart because i'm judging this as a belgian styled ale.
the carbonation is mild but not weak. the body is just a tad coating yet forgiving in the end.
tastes real good, easy to sip but i'd rather have two and get warmed up! great job emulating the style:bravo!

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

This beer when held up to the light appeared to have a mix of colors, gold/brown/yellow and hints of red on the edges. It was fairly clear and well carbonated. The head that was created was off white colored and sticky, full and thick in nature. It seemed to last fairly well until it finally fell. There was lace present, sticky and somewhat complex, and as it was drank, the lace dried to a film on the sides of the glass. The aromas that came from the glass were of some spices, lots of Belgian yeast, malt, and touches of sweet fruits. The tastes were full of spices, sweet malts, yeasts (earthy), notes of alcohol, pepper then it finished on the sweet side. The body was medium. This beer was very warming and sneaky. I rather enjoyed the different flavor combinations and the spiciness of the beer. The warmth of the alcohol makes this a good beer to sit around and drink slowly. A very pleasant, drinkable beer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice ale!

The hazy apricot-colored body is topped by a great ivory-colored head of creamy foam. The head lasts long and hardy, and sheet laces the glass. This is a great looking beer with lots of rising yeast bubbles.

Aroma of yeast and malty notes to boot. Flavor that is rife with coriander and the yeast goodies. Very warming and peppery in a good way. This is a fun beer to drink.

The feel is medium with a nice lingering tartness. Great drinkability despite the strong spiciness and high ABV.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 3,356 ratings.
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