Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

3,381 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

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Photo of mryuk
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an unfiltered orange with little head.

smell is sweet and orangy.

taste is light and sweet with quite a bit of sour.

mouth is medium with low carbonation.

overall drinkability is ok but really not my favorite as far a flavor combinations go.

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

Poured a hazy orange color with slightly more than a suggestion of light tan head. Aromas of candi sugar, Belgian yeast and bubble gum. On the palate, this one is light to medium bodied, drinkable and well-made, with flavors of Belgian yeast, candi sugar and some fruitiness.

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Photo of yusef
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: pours a hazy golden burnt orange color with a nice sized white head. can hear the carbonation buzzing and can see bubbles shooting up the glass. leaves a nice lacing on the glass

S: lots of Belgian yeast and a fruit element consisting of pears, apples, and grapes.

T: everything i got in the smell i am getting in the taste, but nothing is really jumping out at me. big yeast and fruit component also has a little bit of a boozy taste, but not noticeable enough to be unpleasant.

M: medium bodied. well carbonated and pretty refreshing

O: a worthy beer and definitely something i am glad to of tried but not in my top tier of the style.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold/amber with a small head.
Nose shows Belgian doughy yeast and light sweet fruit (apples, white grapes).
Flavours are rather tame for the style. Very sweet, some of the doughy yeast shows but otherwise sort of boring...
Too much carbonation, very light body.

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Photo of ADZA
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a murky honey hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head that stays and leaves some sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is typically Belgium with hints of bready malts,fruity yeast and banannas,it has a medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of sweet raisin bread,redgum honey,banannas in cream and finshed with a floral,fruity hoppy dryness and overall a nice drop thats quite tasty.

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Photo of atowle25
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a westmalle goblet, not much head, but that tends to be the case with goblets. Small amounts of lacing on the glass, but disappears pretty quickly. It's a bright golden color that is just hazy enough to keep you from seeing through the glass. I really dig the can tell it is well carbonated.
Smells like lemon, spices and a little bit of alcohol. I get a little bit of tart apple smell too, which I quite like. Taste is cloves, a little bit of banana and a slight alcohol burn too, but not enough to be unpleasant. I'm not detecting any of the apple that I got in the's very dry and the mouthfeel is well carbonated. Very easy to drink and very smooth.

This is a really excellent American made Belgian Pale. Very affordable, lots of taste, fairly complex. It's not blowing me away or anything, but this is just solid all around...really no complaints at all.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy orange, i finger or soapy head that recedes to a sheet and ring...want a little more froth from the style not a huge knock...leaves good lacing

A - light yeast notes, banana with some clove spices, bubblegum, sweet and yeasty combo with hints of spices. pretty subtle aroma but it is there in a good way not in a lacking way.

T - follows the nose with much more intensity on the bubblegum and banana aspects, notice a touch of vanilla flavor. great taste. not much of an alcohol presence along with a very subtle hop flavor...

M - medium body, very light carbonation. very refreshing and highly drinkable.

O - solid buy, will go back for more, a stronger hop presence i would love although that would get away from the representation of the style which is does rather well...this brew reminds me of candyland or candylane the board game and i hate that game, good thing i love the beer...drink it ya prick!!!

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pokal. Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold with a strong head to start, not much lace.

The smell starts with grain and a light lemon, some yeasty notes of a fruity nature follow and a tiny bit of peppery spice ends it.

Pale malts are quickly followed by spice and lemon rind, spice might be cloves. Not as peppery as the scent but the underlying spices perk this BSPA up quite a bit. Ultra easy sipping, perfect carbonation, mmm.

A top choice for as strong pale, and it isn't super heavy on the ABV. I'll be hitting this brew up more often.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy, dark golden color with a medium sized white head. The head fades quickly but retains a 1/8 in puck throughout drinking. It looks very carbonated.

S: The spices come through a lot in the smell, mostly cloves and some corriander. There is also some sweetness and a floral aroma present.

T: The spices are very present in the taste as well. The cloves are quite noticeable. Despite the higher alcohol content, it is hardly noticeable. There are also some hints of citrus.

M: It has a kind of chewy mouthfeel with its medium body. It is quite carbonated so it leaves you with a light, refreshing feel.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. The alcohol is masked very well through the spices. I could see how this could definitely sneak up on you. Nevertheless, I will definitely have more of these soon.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautiful golden color, short white head that dissipates fast, leaves little lacing

Smell: Fruity. Pears, apples, and spice.

Taste: A bit more spice and bitterness up front than the smell would suggest. Still has the fruitiness, and some sweetness. A little bit of booze in there, but not a bad level.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, high crisp carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good. For the category, I like Duvel better, but this wins in price. This encourages you to drink it much slower than Duvel does, my guess would be it has less (or none) Belgian candy sugar than Duvel. A solid brew that I would consider getting again.

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Photo of Mozz74
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice fresh beer! I wanted a beer today that wasn't as potent as an IPA. This falls nice on the tounge, as well has a citrus/ oak taste. Color is nice and gold but transparent . Good for a cloudy hungover afternoon. I have to say for being such an above ABV, it taste very light and quite smooth!

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

Translucent golden blond body with about a finger of head that laces nicely.

Nose is nice and Belgian, tart and a bit yeasty with faint sour apple and faint alcohol.

Taste-wise it's great; not inaccessible at all, kinda sweet pilsnerish and the tartness and yeast of the nose. Faint metallic aftertaste, but otherwise no complaints to speak of.

Mouthfeel is among the creamiest I've ever had from a bottle, ever.

Overall very drinkable and a good go-to for a Belgian golden; not bizarrenor prohibitively complex.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew came to me on tap at the Bethlehem Speakeasy and I had been looking forward to trying it for a while. The beer was a golden color from what I could tell. The head was thin and left just a little lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was a little spicy and mostly made up of Belgian yeast aromas. The flavors of this beer are what I thought was pretty standardto the style. It was big ion the bread yeast flavors which brought along some banana and clove. The hops weren't overly powerful here. This brew was overall a pretty good attempt at creating an authentic Belgian ale. I just wasn't overly thrilled by it.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap @ the House Pub.

This one pours a very cloudy amber orange with a fluffy 2 inch stack of head. Sporadic spotty lace.

The nose is full of clove and Belgian spice. Some bananas and grassy notes are most prominant.

The flavor of this brew represents the style nicely for an American made Belgian. All the Belgian spices are very bold and portray fruity characteristics such as bananas and granny smith apples. Some bready malt is noticed on the back end.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a smooth finish that has a toght amount of carbonation.

Overall, I had this once in the bottle and wasnt nearly impressed. One things for sure tho, it's bomb on draft.

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Photo of postalroger
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large Sam Adams "perfect" glass. A hazy, golden color with a huge frothy white head which dissipates quickly.
It has the classic Belgian yeast aromas and is very smooth. A definate spice flavor, coriander among others. Very flavorful and very drinkable. I'd have this anytime it is available

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Photo of abrand
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. No dating on bottle but this one has been aged for 1+ years.

Pours a hazy amber to orange color with a small cream colored head that doesn't leave much lacing behind. Nose is yeasty, bready, and wheats. Some banana sweetness as well. Taste is pretty mild with bready malts and a subtle hop finish. Spices are also on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some carbonation.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Looks like any other Belgium pale. Orange/golden color and hazy from the yeast. Small head that dies down to form a ring on the outer edges of the glass. Little to no lasing.

S: Quite phenolic. Huge banana aroma. Slightly bready and malty aroma. Don't get too many spices though. Fruity esters coming from the Belgian yeast. Slight alcohol.

T: Banana, bready taste like the aroma. Finishes clean. Slight lemon taste in the finish along with a drying alcohol effect. Makes you thirsty for more.

M: Medium mouthfeel, slightly thinner than what I was expecting, especially once the carbonation is gone.

Overall I was slightly disappointed in this beer. It was good, but it was not amazing. I want this brew to go one of two ways, either have a bigger malt presence, or have a lower alcohol content to be more of a session beer. I think if the alcohol was better hidden it would be a better brew, but that's just me. That being said, drinkability was good overall.

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Photo of pants678
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden-amber body with a thin white head. Not dense or fluffy, but it'll due, though it doesn't retain.

Smells of grapes and garlic, wheat, very grainy.

White grapes and apple through out, a strong honey that isn't too sweet. Not getting anything citric or spicy, but bready and floral. There's a maple-type thick pungency.

Bubbles are strong, dry, cleansing and champagne crisp. Little stickier than Duvel, lingers a bit.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: 22oz. Bottle

S: Candied orange/lemon zest but retains a certain tartness, bright and fresh lillies, day old graham crackers, deep and complex spiciness that’s a little bit clovey, light banana-peach, a wiff of spicy alcohol as it warms. Balanced, complex, fairly intense, and delightful.

T: Complex, deep spiciness balances with pineapple citrus and toasty bread up front. Clean bitterness keeps it only a touch sweet throughout with everything precisely balanced and able to shine without overwhelming. Middle is citrus/apple fruity and also bready with undertones and a brief burst of spice and almost imperceptible Brett funk and alcohol in the background. Carbonation scrubs the tongue with perky bubbles (almost too much, but not quite) and has a medium-light body. Finish is dry and spicy with lingering oily citrus (pineapple and orange) and a touch of Brett coming through perhaps. Quite warming at 7.6%.

Notes: Great beer with seamless complexity and great drinkability. At under $6 for a 22oz bottle its a great value too.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy sunset golden yellow with 2 fingers of fizzy bright white head. The head sticks around for a good while leaving blotches of lacing down my glass

Smell is definitely the highlight of this beer. Smells of sweet candied belgian yeast, citrus/apricots, vanilla and a subtle hint of spice that really brings it all together

This beer is delicious. Follows the nose but enhanced. I'm having a harder time picking out all of the flavors individually but I'm getting all of the notes my nose picked up, just blended together very nicely

This is a medium to light bodied beer with ample amounts of carbonation. Has a very nice after taste that sticks to your tongue

Overall, this is a very delicious beer. I can't count how many times I've passed it up on the shelf before I gave it a try... It was well worth it. I will be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Golden yellow color with little to no head. Smell is bready/biscuity up front with spices, and floral nature in the back. Tastes like the same bread and biscuits to begin with more floral and some pine bitterness to finish. Feel is amply carbonated and crisp, almost dry. Overall a good beer though I tend to appreciate a little more smoothness.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 10/4/10

Appearance: Hazy blonde/orange/gold color with an average head and some nice lacing

Smell: Somewhat mellow - pale malts, some hops, hints of alcohol, some fruity esters in the mix, and an obviously Belgian yeast strain

Taste: Mellow yet complex - malts are pale and biscuity, some interesting spices, hints of alcohol, and Belgian funk - some interesting fruit flavors pop up as this gets warmer - nicely tart - kind of makes me think of a toned-down tripel (as opposed to a strikingly obvious Duvel clone)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, personally I think it could use some more carbonation

Overall: A great interpretation of the style

I had low expectations for this beer, but it honestly caught me by surprise. It was interesting enough to make me want more. North Coast is really a versatile brewery.

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Photo of Brunite
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy straw yellow with white head that does not last.

Smell: Definite Belgian yeast. Spice notes along with fruitiness. Very floral.

Taste: Taste of green apple and green grape. Some spice. Can taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light. Almost too much carbonation.

Overall: I don't love this as much as others seem to. Great brewer to be sure. But this one is lacking compared to other Belgians. I'd rather have a Duvel or Don de Dieu or Matilda.

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Photo of match1112
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into goblet.

A: cloudy orange with hints of yellow around the edges. no head or lacing.

S: awesome! picking up spices, maybe coriander and or clove. some fruits and sweetness from malts maybe.

T: the spices hit you upfront, followed by yeast, fruit with a sweet finish.

M: creamy and bubbly with the spices tickling my tongue.

O: outstanding beer, would definatly recommend to anyone.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy pale straw colour with an orange hue, no head and no lacing.

S - Musty citrus and sour mash, but quite fruity with bananas and apples.

T - Apple cider comes to mind, also detect some cloves and bananas, yeast esters take a presence alongside some peppery spice. A touch of caramel lingers on the palette.

M - A lighter bodied ale that could use a bit more carbonation for some lift.

O - A tasty Belgian with some definite fruit characteristics, though is somewhat reminiscent of a cider. The higher ABV is nicely hidden and it would make an ideal summer patio drink.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 3,381 ratings.
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