Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

3,370 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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Captain_Komamura
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - a cloudy dark golden color, with a light head.

Smell - It is a citrus/fruity, with some wheat.

Taste - It is just like the smell, but with the wheat more strong than the fruity taste.

Mouthfeel - it is a good bodied beer, with perfect carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty good Belgian style beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger white head.

S - Nice aroma of yeast and spices (coriander and clove).

T - Nice sweet maltiness on the front. What follows is some yeast and mild citrus flavors. Finishes with some subtle bitterness. Very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Smooth drinking with a dry finish.

O - A very satisfying beer. Well balanced and very enjoyable. Good for summer or winter.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Curtis
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 22oz on a whim. Pours almost a cider gold that is quite clear, yet slightly dark. Half inch of foamy head that dissipates very quickly. Aroma is clean, slightly citrus and clear crisp hops. Mouthfeel has an initial tip of the tongue buzz of carbonation that is unsettling, but thankfully that fades quickly to reveal an excellant belgian style beer.. light citrus, somewhat dry, very drinkable. At 7.6 the alc content hits pretty quickly. Highly recommended.

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3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden colored hazy brew. Minimal wisp of head not covering much of the top. Light Belgian candy sugar and Belgian strong ale yeast give it a fruity but dry aroma. The taste is also quite sweet,but quickly follows up with a nice dry fade. Mouth is fairly dry. This is very easy going and pretty straightforward.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured to snifter.

Appearance is clear, light golden. Tidy white head dissipates quickly.

Smell is light malts and banana esther, hint of hops.

Flavor is delicious, complex and spicer esther notes of clove, nutmeg, orange, coriander. Slight lingering bitterness, well balanced. Some alcohol bite

Mouthfeel is light, clean and refreshing.

A bit untraditional for Belgian style, not as sweet and lighter bodied then most. Refreshing like a kristal weizen, with more kick and less bubbles. A nice finisher for a summer evening's lighter beer fare, or a nice starter for a darker winter excursion

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 3,370 ratings.
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