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

A - Orange\yellow pour with a lively white foam that stays for a while. Laces rings on a tulip glass and has visible carbonation moving about.

S - Nice smell of berries and and fresh cut flowers. Has a little of the bubblegum smell common with belgian yeast.

T - Really enjoayable beer. Has plenty of sweet flavors and tastes of syrupy fruit cocktail, light grains, and fruit juices. Over time I found it to bring out more flavors of fresh bread.

M - This was extremely friendly to the palate, went great with food, and was light enough to have more then one. Masks the modest ABV very well.

O - wierd I never got around to this unitl now. Can hold its own with the more popular Belgian imports of this style. And its better on the price by me.

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look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Translucent golden orange, very small and quickly dissipating white head, no lacing.

S: Ripe, sweet fruit, almost like bubblegum, very bright and bold. Kind of artificial and one-dimensional.

T/M: As with the nose, this is dominated by flavors more usually associated with a hefeweizen than a Belgian pale: banana and bubblegum, along with sugary fruits, a touch of sweet malty caramel, and some peppery spices. The bubblegum is layered over everything else though.

O: Not really a fan of the flavor profile on this one. The bright, sugary, artificial bubblegum dominates both the aroma and the taste, and the result is just overbearingly fruity. A very simple brew in comparison to true Belgians, and pretty disgusting to boot. Couldn't even finish a bottle.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a yellowish-copper tone with about 1.5 fingers worth of head formation that is just a touch off-white.

S: strong Belgian yeast, along with a decent balance of lemon zest, citrus, and peppery spices. there is s very slight banana note, as well as a slight bread/biscuit.

T: similar to the nose with the yeast, pepper, lemon zest and orange peel really dominating the body. i also pick up on a slight honey sweetness, some banana, bubblegum, coriander and cloves. It is quite complex, yet very well balanced.

M: light to medium bodied. leaves a nice candy sugar and slight funky yeast on the palate. carbonation is also rather high.

O: solid offering and i thoroughly enjoyed the complexity and balance of the brew. i do wish there was a bit more body to it, but nonetheless, its very enjoyable and has high drinkability

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