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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Ales represent the height of the brewers’ art. Sophisticated brewing techniques, yeast blends, and unique flavoring elements have elevated the beers of Belgium to the status enjoyed by wine in other countries.

PranQster follows in this tradition using a mixed culture of antique yeast strains that produce a floral nose, a full fruity flavor, and a clean finish.

IBU: 20

Added by kbub6f on 06-01-1998

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger and half of head on a slightly hazy, light golden colored body.
The aroma is bright and sunny: light lemon, grain and flowers.
The flavor is lemon with a little malt, hardly any sweetness and finishes with a dry bitterness.
Smooth texture with a slight fizz. Moderate carbonation and medium body.
Quite delicious. Find it, buy it, drink it.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> World Market tulip.

This beer pours up a medium gold that is a little hazy due to suspended yeast. Not much of a head, no retention, and no lacing. The nose is floral and bananas. Taste is kind of lemon, clove, and banana on the frotn end morphing into a very dry not very bitter finish. Mouthfeel is excellent with a lot of carbonation. This one is okay. Not great, not world class, but not a cull.

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

A slow, relaxed pour yields a fleeting finger and a half eggshell white head that leaves only the faintest trace of lacing. Appearance is a cloudy golden hue with a small, suspended colony of yeast moving about. Smell is somewhat par for the course regarding the style, but there's something surprisingly complex about it. Banana and spiced clove hits you first, followed by some sweeter peach notes and a small stinging boozy note that meshes pretty well with the fruit notes (though I REALLY had to dig for it).

Banana hits the palate immediately, followed by the spiced clove. What follows is a somewhat lackluster middle that quickly returns to livelihood with a waxy, bitter finish. I do notice that the bigger sips you take, the bolder spiced fruits come to life and give this beer another dimension that's certainly worth experiencing. Carbonation is medium to light, and the mouthfeel is quite wet and slick. Overall, this is a remarkably drinkable beer that is ideal for sessions.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a banana yellow, cloudy wheat color. Somewhat volatile on the pour, producing a thick white head that settles pretty quickly; no real traces of lacing left behind. The aroma is on par for a BPA - full of some earthy but mainly fruity esters; bananas and slight pear. The Belgian yeast is apparent with the clove spice and ever-so-slight bubblegum hint in the background. On the palate, the fruitiness of the esters is somewhat subdued and the clove plays a larger role. Some slight white pepper comes out, along with a light phenol alcohol character. Midway through, a small, leafy hop character pokes its head in, bringing a little bitter bite to balance the estery sweetness of the brew. Heavy wheat, bread, and yeast flavors in the aftertaste, including the aforementioned clove spice; biscuity, somewhat dry. Thin-medium body, heavy dose of carbonation, to be expected from a Belgian ale.

Pretty good BSPA, although the flavor was a little toned down compared to some others. Clove was the lead-man in this one, which was nice for a change. Well made and well crafted, this is a very good beer that I'd never turn down if someone offered it.

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

Beer is light golden in colour. Moderate white head, fades very quickly.

Nose is quite floral, almost perfume like. Light fruits. A bit of spice and some yeast.

Taste contains light fruits, honey, yeast and some spices. For the style, slightly on the sweet side, but the finish is a bit dry.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated.

Overall, pretty good BSPA. Not excellent, but certainly good. I would be happy to have it again but wouldn't seek it out.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,468 ratings