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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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I took notes after discovering this on tap last night at Rocky's, my first time ever seeing in on tap.

This beer on tap is similar to its bottled counterpart with a few exceptions. In a richer, deeper and more complex flavor, the banana component from the Belgian yeast is just slightly stronger, adding just a touch more balance and a ghost more sweetness to it. A very gentle spiciness is able to mingle a bit more with the rest of the flavors without overpowering them. All in all, this already fantastic and delicious beer becomes even more flavorful and subtleties are better appreciated.
As creamy smooth and yet crisp as from the bottle, this is even more extravagantly lush on tap. This flows as beautifully as any beer I've ever drunk, and no crispness is lost. A true beauty.
This is, generally speaking, an accessible beer. Buy it. If you ever see it on tap, though, do yourself a favor and don't pass it up.

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

A- 12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
Pours a slightly cloudy, light amber gold color topped by a one finger offwhite head that hangs around a bit. Very light lacing.

S- Yeast, citrus and clove spice.

T- Lemon and clove spice. A little floral, I guess. Nice sweet and spicy taste.

M- Very fine, light tingly carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O- Very light and easy to drink. Refreshing and clean tasting. Reminds me of Delirium Tremens. Perhaps a tad better than that.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottled poured into a crystal mug.

Poured as a golden amber color with a good 2-3 fingers of off-white head which had good retention. Plenty of thick lacing throughout the drinking. There was a slight citrus taste that seemed to increase as the beer warmed. A moderate to low hops flavor with medium carbonation. This is a pretty good beer for its style and very drinkable. In fact it was so good I had two of them.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the George St Alehouse in New Brunswick. Arrives in a pint glass with a half finger of foam. Extremely cloudy, almost milky - not very appealing. Aroma is yeasty, banana, slightly phenolic.

First sip is again dominated by yeasty, spicy flavors. Banana and phenols are the primary flavors. It certainly resembles a Belgian pale ale, but I prefer mine with some more hop flavor, and a nice malty sweetness. This one just tastes like yeast to me. Not my personal preference.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Medium to burnished gold in color with a slight cast of haze, perhaps chill haze tho. Medium low white head with fair retention and some wispy lacing.

Aroma-Perfumy, almost soapy floral alcohol/yeasty aroma up front. Behind are some pear esters with a trace of lemon citrus character. Faint orange blossom honey. Moderate spicy/herbal hop aroma and a bit of black pepper alcohol character.

Flavor-Low malt sweetness up front with white bread and honey characteristics. Plenty of fruity esters with orange, lemon, and a white wine grape flavor as well. Soapy perfume and white peppery booze close out the palate, and it finishes rather dry. Moderately low hop bitterness complements the alcohol and there's a slight woodsy/resinous/herbal character from the hops as well that lingers on into the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Almost effervescent. Very slight warming at the back of the throat.

Doesn't quite stand up to it's Belgian counterparts, but it's still a pretty good beer in it's own right. Interesting yeast derived profile with some good ester and alcohol characteristics. Solid and quite drinkable, though not my favorite North Coast offering.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,410 ratings