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

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IBU's: 20

Added by kbub6f on 06-01-1998

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Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Golden and somewhat hazy with a few yeast particulates floating around, nice sediment layer remains in the bottle. Bright white head fades to a fine, soapy residue surrounded by a bubbly ring. Orange peel and pears are hinted at in the aroma along with a very light presence of pepper. Lemon and oranges are the flavor upfront, fading to a cantaloup and the slightest spice. Effervescent and light, finishing slightly dry.

Stylistically, it could be brighter but a spot-on Belgian flavor/aroma profile more than make up for that. A delicious American-made Belgian-style golden strong ale.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 7/10/2011 date stamped on the bottom. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big apple, pear, pepper, clove, banana, grape, wheat, earth, and yeast spiciness. Pretty nice aromas with good complexity and decent balance. Taste of big apple, pear, wheat, bread, pepper, earth, grape, clove, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, wheat, bread, pepper, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a light, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian strong pale ale. Nice complexity and balance of flavors; very smooth and crisp to sip on. Nicely enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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

12 oz.

Pours a hazy lemon gold, white sudsy head dissipates to lacing quickly.

Smells of lemon, coriander, grassy herbal malts, and a hint of candi sugar.

Tastes of lemon, lemongrass, coriander, candi sugar and a light grassy herbal dryness.

Fuller body with prickly fluffy carbonation on the tongue and the roof of the mouth.

A good, flavorful ale, more in the vein of a saison but stronger than that would normally be and sweeter. Easy to drink. Not bad, would definitely have this again.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of JohnnyJam
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with no date code into a pint glass.

A: Poured aggressively and got 1 and 1/2 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Pours a golden orange color with nice lacing at first but it doesn't stick.

S: Horsy (which is a common trait for this style) with a malty smell in the background.

T: The first thing is spice: peppery. Then malt then sweet then spice. Very interesting.

M: Meduim-bodied. Goes down easy and really warms you up.

O: I like it! This is not a style that I am very familiar with. Goes down easy but I will have to enjoy it only at night. The alcohol content of 7.6% of this beer affects me more than I would have anticipated.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of gcamparone
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a very hazy, orange-straw color with a 1.5" head with low retention and lacing.

S- Yeast, belgian funk, wheat, slight citrus

T- Quite flavorful. Starts with some wheaty, clovey, spicy notes (quite comparable to a hefeweizen). Ends citrusy and malty. Nice job masking the fairly high ABV with some nice belgian flavors.

M- Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Crisp

This is a highly complex, nicely balanced brew. Rich, smooth, refreshing, highly flavorful . Recommendable.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a large, creamy, and bubbly white head that leaves a little bit of spotty lace as it dissipates.

Smell: Musty belgian yeast dominates with some floral and white grape notes behind it.

Taste: Begins bready, and the breadiness rounds out through a sip until it yields the distinctive belgian farmhouse flavor. Finish has a clove sweetness alongside spiciness. A hint of bittersweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thicker body with smooth, natural carbonation. Sticky finish.

Overall: An excellent American answer to Duvel at only a fraction of the cost! This is damn good and pretty damn drinkable for a higher ABV brew.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of pkalix
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i guess 'straw' describes the color. the head was generous, but dissipated quickly. murky, thick and heavy. but then, i swished the sediment around and poured that in also . . . and it is a beautiful beer as it sits in my GOLDENHARVEST glass mug.
smell is typical belgian 'style'. fruity, slightly sweet.
taste is . . . . also . . . fruity and sweet with a slight bitterness at the finish.
mouthfeel is typical 'trying-to-be' belgian heavy and thick.
overall, maybe i'm just about having my fill of belgiums, particularly after visiting the belgium pub with 18 on tap last weekend. but it's a really decent brew and i like the style. i think i may also be spoiled having had so many excellent (as rated by BA, also) brews. but it seems to compare well with what i've been having from belgium and the abv is a plus. i've had it before and i like it each time i have it.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,437 ratings