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 codfeast
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to chalice.

A: Hazy orange, minimal head and lacing.

S: Not really picking up any dominant scents, but hints of Belgian yeast, apple, clove, cotton candy, cherry.

T: Starts a bit sweet and fruity, turns a bit spicy, then finishes bitter

M: High carbination, full bodied, with a bone dry finish.

O: No real big flavors but what is there runs the gamet, for a complex tasteing beer. sweet spicy and bitter you get them all.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared ale glass

A: huge bloom of carbonation; thick head; pale, cloudy yellow color; lacing decent for this style
S: pear, bottle conditioning of a Belgian
T: very, very yummy; what you might expect in a Belgian; very yeasty, floral, but with a salty/savory component
M: razzes nicely in the mouth

This is quite a fine beer; cheers!

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at St Augustine's in Vancouver.

A: 1/4" white head over cloudy straw coloured liquid.

S: Floral hops, yeast and wheat.

T: Floral and citrus hops up front with a wheaty and alcohol finish.

M: Thick viscosity and a high level of carbonation.

O: Very floral and thick Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of musicman575
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The hazy golden color and nectary, spicy smell make me think Belgian trippel. Though the aroma is sweet and fruity, it is immediately dry to the taste with a moderate amount of hops. Compared to other california beers the hops are delicately blended within the other flavors instead of being a separate presence from everything else that is happening on the palate. Spicy phenols are constant, as is some fusel (one can tell all the sugar has been converted in this beer). Finishes warm and dry. Overall, a great beer that anyone can afford and find pretty easily.

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Photo of agomega
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle in a Rare Vos pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden yellow with a huge white head. Head dissipates relatively quickly and not much lacing is left behind.

Smell: Smell is a mix of orange citrus and floral with hints of coriander and yeast.

Taste: The taste is similar to the smell with strong citrus and floral notes and a pleasant maltiness with a well rounded bitter finish. A little bit of yeasty funkiness that is not really sour but almost makes you pucker a little bit at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall: This is a good beer and I enjoyed it, but there is a little bit of funky flavor to it that made it a little hard to finish. It is definitely worth a try, but it probably isn't one I am going to add to my daily drinker list.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden straw color with a bit of white head that disappears quickly

S: Floral, orange/lime zest, some candy sugar, and some spice

T: Lots of green apple and citrus going on up front, which transitions into a peach/pear in the middle, and a nice hoppiness at the end. Very nice flavor.

O: Quite the great take on a belgian golden ale. I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deeply orange/gold beautiful sticky lacing with a medium head

smells just like blue moon. citrus and hint of spice

wow. almost a FIN DU MONDE clone. clovey and citrucy.... this is AWESOME!

feels like im drinking silk

this beer is ridiculously good. they have the posters for it in the bathroom at my local BWW (buffalo wild wings) and ill be sure to get this there next time with my garlic parmesean wings... (8

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Photo of bayougutter
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden orange with a 1 and 1/2 inch white head that had good retention, not a lot of lacing, but some. A little cloudy.

The first smell is sweet malts with spices. Then yeasty citrusy spices. Nothing overpowering but a good balanced presence.

Taste is the balanced malts/belgium yeast with the spices, a little of the citrus in the middle with a nice belgium yeast/spice on the finish. All balanced with nothing over bearing.

Mouthfeel is right on for a dubbel. Nice carbination bubbles rising from the bottom of glass thru out the drink.

Overall I was impressed with this one with it's balance. This has got to be the one to introduce soneone to the belgium style. Balance.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Appearance: golden, opaque, half finger head that quickly fades into beer heaven; bit of sediment throughout. Love the label.

Smell: floral, oranges, coriander, yeast. Very fresh

Taste: Same as nose: floral, fruity, yeasty; excellent finish

Mouthfeel: light, strong carbonation; those bubbles just do a tarantella on my tongue.

Overall: I love that Belgian yeasty taste. Just pops in your mouth. Great with baked chicken. Would definitely drink again. No Pranq here; just fine drinking pleasure.

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Photo of BlastBeats
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured an unblemished white and fluffy two finger head. Initially, my Pranqster had a clear, filtered looking golden hue.. then I shook the remaining drops from the bottle into my glass and the bottom dwelling sediment cascaded downward, which clouded the beer.

Smell: the first scent I picked up reminded me of white grape juice. Then I detected the faint spiciness that's characteristic of many Belgian style beers.

Taste: the blend of Belgian yeast imparts a balanced spiciness and soft fruit flavor. Finishes clean. By my estimation, the Pranqster is not unlike a well crafted tripel, though it is classified as a Belgian Style Golden Ale.

Mouthfeel: crisp and well carbonated. Medium bodied.

Overrall: I will definitely buy this one again. Although the only other beer I've had from North Coast is Old Rasputin, I feel compelled to explore their lineup because both offerings have been excellent.

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Photo of BB1313
2.83/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

What happened here?? It's been awhile since I've had Pranqster, but I always remembered enjoying it. I don't know if it's my palate, or maybe I picked up a bad bottle, but it's not at all how I remembered. Anyways, 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy, cloudy burnt orange, head disappears quickly and little lacing. The aromas are very sour, almost wine like. Lots of green apple, pear, white grape, and yeast in the nose and flavors. It tastes better than it smells. There's a nice sweetness in the taste that keeps me coming back for more. Mouthfeel is fizzy and very carbonated, but it works; pretty smooth. It finishes dry, but remains slightly juicy. Alcohol is noticeable, but not boozy or overboard by any means.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed. I'm really wondering why I'm not enjoying this one, considering I have in the past. At the end of the day though, this is still a beer everyone should try at least once. It's drinkable, don't get me wrong.

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic, hazy yellow pour, medium white head. The aroma is yeasty, sweet, light fruit notes. The taste has prominent belgian yeast, sweet peach. It finishes with lots of sweet yeast, dry finish. A good beer, solid Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of olympicgatorade
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Golden with some copper, nice healthy head, lacks the cloudiness I like in BSPAs.

S: Pretty tame, hints of green apple and grains, not very bready.

T: Not many big flavors here, almost drinks closer to a sweeter high-alc pilsener than a belgian strong. Odd sweetness towards the end, somewhat off-putting hoppy finish. Flavors don't stick, not very dynamic.

M: Nicely carbonated, easy to put down.

O: Big fan of the style, not a big fan of this beer. Would drink it again as a session, though will not buy again.

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

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a half finger of head that dissipates quickly.

S: Horse smell with belgian yeast

T: Spiced peach and apricot tastes. Yum. A little bit of clove.

M: Lots of carb ,tiny bubbles dance on my tongue.

O: This beer is going to pull me more into Belgian beers. I really was surprised how much I liked it.

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Photo of brystmar
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at Mugs. Pours hazy orange with literally zero head. Zero. No lace, nothing. That means the smell is weak and hidden. What's here is good though, fruity and sweet, hints of yeast. More aroma please!

Really sweet, super fruity, strong yeast with hints of funk. Sweet start to finish, great for people who are new to beer and like sweetness. Nice, full body; pretty active carbonation. I normally don't like this but it works well.

Easy drinking here. Could easily down another pint.

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

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Pours a murky tangerine-ish orange. Big sticky white white head.

S- Fruity. Green apple, maybe some pear. Some spicy Belgian yeast notes. This could pass as an actual Belgian beer. Very nice.

T- In line with the smell, but with the yeast notes standing out over the pear/apple fruitiness. No hop presence to note. The 7.6% abv is completely hidden.

M- On the heavy side of medium. Coats the mouth with a nice yeasty flavor.

O- Pranqster isn't a beer I drink all that often, but I really don't know why. It's damn good and always available.

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Photo of HotHands
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden orange color, not very transparent, with a small white head that dissolved quickly.

S - green apple, pear, golden raisin, bit of Belgian spiciness. Nice, but could be stronger.

T - Sweet malts come forward first, with complementing flavors of the aformentioned apples, pears, and raisins. A bit of spiciness - probably coriander, and the yeast contributes some clove flavor as well.

M - well carbonated, which helped balance the sweetness.

Overall - this is a well-made beer that is easily drinkable. I can see this appealing to a wide audience because it isn't quite as funky as traditional Belgians and it has a nice approachable flavor. I would appreciate an improvement in the looks department, though.

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Photo of BeerBoss
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just returned from a tasting at my local package store...Northcoast gave a wonderful presentation.

Served from a bottle to a chalice glass

A: A deep golden/amber color with decent clarity. minimal head with steady lacing.

S: Noticible sweet notes with a hint of clove

T: Very nice....apparant fruity notes with a citrusy clean finish

M: Very clean on the tounge, smooth finish

O: A very sessionable brewski...clean, complex and smooth

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Photo of bubtronic
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A: Clear golden, hazy with yeast poured in. 1-finger medium-density head that persists for a minute or two and leaves a minimal amount of lacing.

S: Very forward green apples and grainy malt. Obvious Belgian yeast character. Hints of other underripe fruits, golden raisins. Faint spiciness.

T: More green apple and pilsener(?) malt. Underlaid with lemongrass, yellow plums, golden raisin and a distant black pepper. Low bitterness. Alcohol blends well with the other flavors.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation (a little low for the style), sweet finish (could be a little drier)

O: Drinkable, but the overly forward apple character turned me off of this one. It just feels unbalanced. Some of the complexity I'm looking for is there in the background, but it's understated. With aging, a little more attenuation and higher carbonation, I think I'd appreciate this beer more.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wine glass, not sure of the freshness.

This pours a cloudy light golden color, with white head which doesn't seem to have good retention. The smell is a little bit of funk, some fruity notes like banana. Feel is medium with good carbonation. The taste is a little sweet, some banana, its a little earthy, a little spice and pepper and it finishes with a mild hop bite and some dryness, some complexity there. Overall this is a fine American Belgian, I like the Ommegang BPA a little more but this is a brew which I'd definitely get again.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours out a dark yellowish orange with a foamy white head that has good retention and lacing.
S. Has a fruity, caramel and barnyard smell
T. The taste starts out with a fruity taste (apples, pears), caramel, some citrus and more sweet malts. The taste is well balanced and consistent through out.
M/O. the mouthfeel is smooth, soft and is rather easy to drink for the amount of alcohol in it. A decent strong beer that is worth a try especially if your a fan of this style of beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another beer that I picked up at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge a few weeks back. It had been ages since I tried one of these and I figured that if this was half as good as the Old Rasputin, then I had nothing to worry about. Sure enough, this was! North Coast even had a label as funky as the beer itself, which is always a plus when taking a crapshoot on something in this style.

The pour to this was wonderful - with a cloudy, dark golden hue and sediment on the bottom of the bottle that had to be swirled out and poured in. There wasn't much of an aroma here but the taste was quiet enjoyable, with banana and crystalline sugar up front followed by lots of funk and a bit of peppery spice underneath everything. I have to add that the head was amazingly long-lasting and even left its mark on the side of the glass, via the lacing that indicated the level of my beer after each sip. The mouthfeel was good, with much of the reason for that because of the carbonation, which was strongly present throughout my session.

This was a tad strong in the alcohol department but I never felt that it overpowered the taste. There's not doubt that this beer can match up to Duvel or any other imported Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Fans of Belgian beers will not be disappointed in this offering and may be surprised to find out that it's from the West Coast of the United States. North Coast has a winner here that's a textbook example of this style.

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Photo of lazjuarez
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a clear golden color with about 1 1/2 fingers of frothy white head, leaving behind minimal traces of lacing. Very small carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Nose is fruity, filled of light fruits and citrus notes. Nice breadiness and earthiness coming from the yeast as well. I'm picking up some peppery spice, albeit very faint.

T: Taste is less fruitier and more spicier than the nose. Big earthy notes, which in turn accentuate the peppery notes.

M: Medium bodied, nice biscuity mouthfeel. The carbonation and alcohol help keep the palate refreshed. Very light alcohol burn, but not boozy whatsoever.

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Photo of KMcG
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large wine glass (that's alli had on hand!)

A: Pours with a nice 1 finger head and hazy golden color. There is some nice bubble action that settled down quickly. The head damped down to yield a diverse distribution of bubble sizes. 

S: Lemon, fruity yeast, orange peel

T: Complex.  Malty with mild hops. I taste tart banana and black pepper early and it finishes with clean, crisp peach tone. 

M: Nice balance. Good carbonation, full body and quite drinkable. This is a winner. 

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Photo of PCampbell
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Has a nice light gold / amber when poured with a thin ring of head.

Has a great belgian yeast smell to it: coriander, spices, some clove and citrus notes as well. Tastes just as it smells: spicy yeast, some coriander, some citrus and a little bit of malt to balance it all out. has a nice bit of lingering sweetness to it as well. A thin mouthfeel to it as well as good carbonation.

A nice beer overall, very refreshing and tasty with all the Belgian characteristics it has going on.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,426 ratings