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Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,216 Reviews

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

Added by kbub6f on 06-01-1998

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Reviews: 1,216 | Ratings: 3,325
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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Photo of pheurton
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy golden peach with almost no head to speak of. smells slightly spicey with a pronounced belgian yeast character. prickly carbonation keeps the brew somewhat refreshing. taste is very grainy and yeasty, kept in check by some bold spicing. the flavors mingle very well, and this ale seems put together better than say a golden monkey. sort of boozy and alcoholic, begin to feel it in the gut towards the end of the glass. a nice attempt, and one of the better american versions i've yet to come acrosss. recommended.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy tan color with a thin head and virtually no remants on the glass. Aroma is very sweet and fruity. Very electric mouthfeel that flows perfectly and hides the relatively high ABV. Spicy coriander flavor very in tune with style followed by a malt touch. Malt has a deeper flavor than color would indicate.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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 counterparts...an "imperial hefeweizen" to me, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy almost to the point of opacity, my glass is like a thick pumpkin-colored cloud. It has a cheery warm glow and a nice head. The fresh, crisp, spicy licorice scent makes me smile.

The taste, heavy with licorice and just slightly medicinal, cheers me as much as the smell. It's spicy, but posessed of a bitterness that couples well with the anise. The combination is lively and energetic. After further sips I notice a certain herb character that I can't pin down but which lends a freshness and insouciance to the whole affair.

As I near the bottom of the glass I notice some wispy, sparse lacing. At about the same time it becomes apparent that part of this beer's perkiness comes from the dryness at the finish.

I love this stuff. I expect to have one whenever the chance presents itself.

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

Aroma: Spices such as coriander and clove, with a nice lemon zing. Smells like a cross between a wit beer and a Belgian. Has that banana/bubblegum smell going as well. Complex
Appearance: Deep hazy golden amber with a nice fluffy white head that filmed fairly quickly, but still fed by a good carbonation. There are about 1.5 million little sediment particles swirling around in there, in fact they seem to have settled into their suspended spots, giving the beer a speckled look
Flavor: The Belgian flavor wins out in the taste. Classic bubble gum citric fruit flavor with a mild dash of spice. The spices are much more in the nose than the taste. Balance is to the sweet, but it is held in check enough to allow the yeast and spice flavors to shine.
Mouthfeel: Heavy body triggers a chew and coats the mouth for a nice long aftertaste.
Overall Impression: A dangerously drinkable ale. At 7.6% I’m expecting this to suddenly hit me over the head, but I don’t taste, or yet feel the alcohol. The flavor is rich and the body is heavy, but I’m having a hard time letting it warm up without drinking it all. It’s going on my shopping list, GREAT BEER!

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

Poured a golden orange with an bold head that dissipated very slowly. Aroma is a strong sweetness with presence of malts, wheats, spices, and alcohol. Tastes of spices are very present with a nice maltyness throughout. Overall smoothness and not too overpowering finish. A good intro beer to the style,but will satisfy more than just the novice.

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

Pours to a cloudy dark orange, honey colored golden with a fine sediment of yeast, forming a thick foamy white head with excellent retention and very delicate lacing. Aroma is wonderful....truly a belgian ale aroma with crisp, dry wheat and delicate malts, a fragrant bouquet of Saaz and cloves, distant burnt rubber, and musty basement. Very nice. Carbonation is moderate for the style....Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium-dense body and silken drinkability. Taste begins with pale malts and toast, giving way to orange, spicy floral hops, a honey like sweetness, bread dough, a hint of dry hay, cloves, and a warm alcohol note. The alcohol is expertly hidden, although there is a slight metallic taste in the middle. The finish is complex, sweet, and smooth. Easy to drink.

This is an excellent Belgian Golden Ale. It hits the money on the mark, has rich complexities, and is easy to drink. I would gladly purchase this one again. Contrary to EyeChartBrew, mine was bottle-conditioned. Comparable to some of Unibroue's babies or perhaps Leffe, besting many of the Europeans in the same style. A solid brew!

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Photo of usualpulp
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a terrific slightly cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head. Wonderful grassy sweet smells come bursting out of the glass, the smells just scream freshness. The flavor is very smooth and long lasting. The beer has a strong wheat and grass flavor, with slight fruitiness, possibly lemon. This is one really good beer, the abv sneaks up on you though. Overall this is one high quality product, if only it was sold in something larger than a 4pk locally.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 3,325 ratings.
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