Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

3,361 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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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a BIF from RobL, many thanks!

A - A nice yellow with a hint of orange haze, streaming carbonation forms an stark head that recedes but does not dissipate

S - floral funk with some pepper and strong banana esters

T - yeasty and some spice, some lemon zest with some ending bitterness

O - a really nice yeasty Belgian beer, its got lots of flavor and develops nicely as it warms, easy drinking and alcohol is well hidden

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4/5  rDev 0%

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

Looks the part, with a hazy, milky golden yellow color. Lots of carbonation, from the bubbles at the bottom that never stop swimming to the top to the thick, fluffy white head with good staying power.

Initial impression is that it's got pilsner malt, which I try to avoid. But as the head falls and the beer warms, it's more of the classic Belgian style with pepper, funky yeast and a lemony citric pop.

Tastes the part as well, as taste follows the lead of the scent. Pepper, yeast, lemon with a finish of hops and alcohol.

It's a strong drink, not so much from the alcohol, but it's highly spiced, very carbonated, slightly acidic, and yes, higher than average ABV. Nothing bad, just a bit to handle and nothing I'd consider an easy drinker.

Overall, it's not only a damned good beer, but a solid facsimile of a real Belgian.

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5/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While there are beers I prefer to Duvel, for several years I have said that if I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life, it would be Duvel. After trying this North Coast Brewing concoction, I now bestow that distinction to PranQster.
I admire those of you that carefully analyze all aspects of the beers you review. Try as I might, I am not that kind of beer connoisseur. I know what I like and what I dislike.
While I prefer many of the Imperial Stouts, IPA's and Belgian Strong Ales, this beer is ideal for almost any occasion.
In addition to being a slightly better "Belgian / Belgian Style Golden Ale" than Duvel, it is much more affordable.
Caution: the alcohol (7.6%) is so subtle that you need to savor this beer versus using it as a summer slammer.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -43.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 3,361 ratings.
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