Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

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4.04 w/ 3,384 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

Added by kbub6f on 06-01-1998

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep bright golden color, hazy. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Foamy head.

Spices, coriander, hint of banana and orange peel. Sweet bread, cracker.

Spices and coriander through out the taste, there's some faint banana and orange peel. Rich malt character, sweet bread, cracker. Finish is tart, dry and crisp. Body is medium, creamy, warmth, dry, refreshing.

It's an outstanding beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark golden color with white head about a fingernail length that doesn't disappear until about halfway through drinking

S - Belgian yeast hits first, then a fruit smell comes through. But, to be honest, all that really comes through for me is alcohol and yeast. It's not bad, but not what others have experienced.

T - Definitely a belgian ale. Yeasty (is this a word?) Maybe bread. But, also pretty sweet. I can taste a bit of fruit and spice in the back of my mouth. The moderate ABV is not noticeable at all. This is really delicious and refreshing.

M - Crisp and refreshing. Moderately carbonated.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. This would be a great summer beer. It was a bit sweeter than I anticipated, and was hoping it'd be a bit more "spicy" that comes from a lot of good Belgian beers. But honestly, this is really good.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Label has very cool artwork and graphics that is very eye catching. Label has North Coast logo, ABV info, web info, and a bit of brewery info. Neck label gives a small description and back story on the beer, and has golden North Coast logo. Cap has North Coast whale on it.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 16oz snifter led to a 2 finger white head of a light airy density atop a hazy golden yellow/orange beer with a ton of carbonation bubbles rising from the glass. Retention was 3min 16sec before fading to a thick coating and ring with OK lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of belgian yeasts and spices. Clove can be detected as well as sweet fruits such as pear, ripe oranges, and banana. Slight floral hops and dry malts.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of light vanilla on the front end along with belgian yeasts an spices found in the nose. Midpoint is very clove heavy along with sweet fruits such as pear, ripe oranges, and bananas. Tastes like Tutifruity baby food. Back end has a nice slight hop bite and a bit of maltiness.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation for a smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This is an excellent brew that is a fine example of the style. It has all the traditional characteristics of the style that one would expect. A must try! Classified as a Belgian Strong Ale @ 7.6% ABV. Consumed 7/16/2013.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is about a finger high, and white in shade. Retention is lacking next to the Duvels of the world, but it doesn't fizzle to nothing immediately. There are some splotchy patches of lacing left on the glass.

S: This really seems to hit more of the malty/bready notes instead of the estery ones. Prevalent notes of bread and black pepper comprise the majority of this beer's aroma. It's not entirely devoid of fruit, however - some nice apple, lemon, and grape skin tones come out when this beer warms up.

T: It starts off very bready, spiced with a touch of black pepper. This flavor sticks all the way to the finish, but there's a pleasant (yet subdued) flavor of fruit esters (like grape skin, lemon, and apple) to keep it somewhat interesting. Would be great with more depth; still pretty good.

M: Somehow, it's a little 'cleaner' than I like my Belgian-style ales to feel. It's got the crispness and carbonation nailed down pat, but it could also use a little more dryness, as well. I don't really get the feel of 'evaporating off of my palate" like I do with other BSPAs.

O: A solid 'Murican interpretation of the style. This one wasn't fully nailed in particular - it needs more complexity AND a drier back end - but it's reasonably priced enough where I'd gladly buy it again.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A – Eyes are met with a beer which might disguise itself as a hefeweizen or a saison were it not permeated by such clarity and uniformly bleached-satsuma hues. Somehow slightly insipid though. A vanguard of furious silver-white micro-pearls surges upwards, dissipating rapidly as it crests the rim of the glass.

S – Fresh lemon, immature yeast, dewy grass-clippings from a clear and cool early morning gardening episode. Moist straw.

T – Follows the nose mainly: the wheatiness is interrupted by the arrival of a modicum of floral hoppiness mid-sip but, like a pebble tossed into a stream, vanishes as soon as it appears, leaving a rather feeble finish.

M – Pretty much on point; healthy effervescence, refreshing yet perhaps a tad fragile.

O - If I had to describe this beer in four words: almost but not quite. The most impressive thing about this beer for me was that it camouflaged its 7.6% abv., so effectively. There are much better authentically Belgian and/or Belgian-style offerings to be had.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83.1% out of 100 with 3,384 ratings
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