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

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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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Photo of hiku7
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split with my wife, poured in a tulip glass. Overall, I liked it but I wasn't as impressed with it as I was expecting to be. A bit more phenolic than I was expecting for a Golden. That said, it's a fine beer, even though full bodied, still light enough to enjoy with fish after a moderately warm California spring day. My wife, by the way, loved the beer and would rate it higher than I am rating it.

A - Pours gold-orange with a quickly dissipating white head. It was a bit more cloudy than I expected.

S - Light fruity smell, almost like white wine grapes. A little bit phenolic coming through.

T - Very similar to the smell, fruity and reminiscent of grapes, with some peach flavor coming through. Phenolic, but a bit more like a trippel than a golden in that respect.

M - Fairly full bodied and creamy/syrupy. Solid carbonation balances the syrupyness.

Overall solid, but it's not Duvel, though not much is.

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Photo of Preismj
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: orange-red pour...darkish with a touch of haze. Light head that quickly fades with minimal lacing.

s: spicy yeast. reminds me of most belgian brews in the intense yeastiness. cloves and honey-like sweetness (raw sugar, really) at the front with a fruity apple scent and a waft of banana creaminess as the nose fades out.

t: clove and sugar up front...tastes like honey sweet for sure, similar to the catch in the nose. very very yeasty in here and i love that about it. tastes like what I'd imagine a christmas cake would taste like. the cloves are strong and fade fast which is great as that can be an overpowering spice...only a little is a nice. sweet all the way to finish where you get a bready fruit flavor...more apple here at the end.

M: syrupy followed by an outburst of fizz...finishes cleanly.

O: Shocking fantastic beer. I love belgians for sure, and this one has a great profile. A real lack of hops and I'm perfectly fine with that as it lets the fruity clove and honey shine the whole way through. Nice hearty bread finish keeps me coming back. A great belgian gold.

Thanks KYBrewgrass for this one.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 4 The Pranqster pours a pretty and just clear burnt orange color. There's a minimal head on the pour. There's a fizzy off-white ring of bubbles around the edges of the glass with sparse bubbles in the center. I feel like I can see every bubble that makes up its head individually. It also has smooth, slippery lacing. Doesn't look all that heavy.

S- 4.5 I'm enjoying this aroma of clove-spiced bread (yeast) and floral hops. I get a bit of dark fruit here as well, and maybe a little banana. Very inviting smell.

T- 4.5 Like it was suggested by the nose, there is a clove spice and yeast up front. I definitely get more dark fruit reminiscent of the style in the taste of the Pranqster, and it coats the mouth nicely on the finish. Just a tinge of metallic taste occasionally finishes the drink which leaves it just short of the top for me. That said, this is a very good-tasting ale.

M- 4.5 Pranqster is clean, creamy, smooth and crisp. Yes, all come to mind. It is medium in body and the carbonation is just right.

D- 4.5 I finished this brew too fast... That was a mistake! I want more of it... This ale has a very good aroma and taste and each is well-balanced. I could session this beer for sure. I'd definitely recommend this to try if you can obtain it.

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Photo of deadbody
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice cloudy dark gold, with a good head that quickly recedes, but leaves a very nice amount of lacing.

Smell is a good yeasty, fruity smell. Makes me think of good belgian beers.

Taste is very good complex with some good fruit undertones and a good malt base.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but decent,

Overall, a very good beer. Glad I picked it up on sale.

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Photo of bum732
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Soft clove and pils malt, subtle stone fruits, apple and pear mostly.

L: Cloudy golden yellow, dense head that dissipates.

T: Vanilla right off the bat followed by a pear compote followed by a medium-low herbal bitterness. Quite pleasant and subtle. Fairly clean semi-sweet finish.

M: No alcohol detected, medium-high carbonation, medium bodied.

Love how the clove is muted, different from most American "Belgians." I also loved the vanilla notes as soon as the beer hits the tongue. Very smooth and subtle fruit tones, really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Briken
3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange amber with thin tan head after an aggressive pour with no retention or lacing. Strong floral, fruity aroma. Peppery, spicy yeast with fruit finish and light dryness. Sharp carbonation, a little foamy, and a fuzzy linger.

Nice flavor up front but thins out and disappears in the feel. As it warms further, the flavor returns with a smooth balanced character. There's no alcohol or strong yeast flavors which makes for a balanced and decent beer.

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

This was a random pick at Beertopia for 1.99

The beer is proving to be a nice find. It's a cloudy copper color with a good amount of carbonation and white foam that last almost the entire glass. The aroma is a medium level of citrus leaning towards honeydew. The taste is fairly sweet with hints of floral and citrus and honey. The body is a tad on the light side for the style but it works. The finish leaves a sweet aftertaste with a mild tingle from the hops.

I would sum this up as the poor man's Delerium Tremens, a decent representation of the style.

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Photo of bbb099
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Relatively clear and bubbly pale amber color. Foamy white colored head that dissipated fast.

S - Citrus (grapefruit and lemon) and belgian yeast aroma. Quite pleasant.

T - Only trace amount of the citrus is present in the taste. Small bits of hops combined with the bready malt and some cinnamon-like spices. A little bit of alcohol is also present.

M - Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation.

D - Not bad, not great. A good, drinkable belgian but not exceptional.

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Photo of DCon
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO. Poured Ale into a Pint Glass and drank over an hour of time.

Appearance- Poured cloudy and the whole night was anywhere from 2-4 fingers of head. Very head head as well. Good retention, sticking around for a good 5 minutes or so. Orange in color and cloudy. Looks like a Dark, Belgian White.

Smell- There is Orange-Citrus aroma with a ton of yeast. Nothing else came to the smell... Not great, but above average.

Taste- Lemony, citrus and has a hoppiness that had a lemon background as well... Good Strong Pale Ale!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Foamy, and Tingled the Cheeks. Small amount of carbonation but was decent on the mouthfeel.

Overall- Decent ale, can't say that I've ever had a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but it was alright. Wouldn't have shocked me if this was a Belgian White style beer... Can't say it was a ale I'll be having again.. It might have been too high of an ABV% for this ale being at a 7.6%... Will be trying in bottle sometime soon and give it another chance.

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Photo of Phelps
3.04/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from one of Mellow Mushroom's many taps, poured into a shaker pint.

Honey-hazed pale orange, topped with a one-finger head of fuzzy off-white that slowly dissipates to a silky top layer and sticky ring. Both linger forever.

The nose: pear, apple, wheat bread. Fruity and smooth but a bit too subtle.

There's a slight awakening in the flavor, though it's still a bit light. White peppercorn, pear juice, a bit of bread. Drying finish.

High, prickly carbonation is a bit painful as the body -- smooth and a notch under medium in fullness -- moves around. It's actually pretty hefty for the style. Nice, crisp, peppery. Pops in the mouth.

Pranqster left me feeling tricked. It's just too light in flavor for me, and there's no depth or complexity.

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

poured from a bottle.

A - Amber orange in color, slight white head, little to no lacing.

S - Cloves,orange and moist bike shoes.

T - Very nice taste, cloves,orange, slight hops onthe finish with the spices carrying through.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very nice beverage, one you can drink more than one at a sitting.

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Photo of alejandrostyle
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

FAN-FRIGGIN-TASTIC. Strong, spicy, yet very smooth and no hop (which I enjoy). Phenomenal beer. Serve very chilled. Doesn't seem to have that "metallic" taste that some Hefs tend to have. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Belgian-Style Golden beers.

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Photo of Glibber
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been drinking alot of Belgian Style beer lately, and this one poured well, nice light orange/red color with ample frothing that dissipated and left very little lacing on the glass. Not much of a smell, and not any real big flavors other than a peppery warming with faint malt, and some light hop/dryness on the back end. A really wanted to like this one more, and it was nice, but after having some of the best Belgian style beer out there, this one was just OK.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an amber colour with a fluffy white head.

S: Smells of lemon, funk, and cloves.

T: Hops come through here, but the original flavours in the smell are present as well.

D: Drinks easy and alcohol is well hidden. I think I'll have another.

Overall: A good BSPA, but the only problem with this style is that every one made seems to be overshadowed by Duvel. Nothing seems to come close to the original.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the Farmhouse of Emmaus, PA poured into a wine glass

Appearance - straw colored with fine bubbles. Little head with no residual head and no lacing. Very clear and clean.

Smell - Pleasant and easy. Yeast strains are evident as are light fruit and spice.

Taste - Well balanced and articulate. Bready yeasts, light citrus and hops. Belgian candi sugar shines through.

Mouthfeel - Perfect carbonation and astringency.

Drinkability - Very high and easy drinkability at 20 ibu's. Will return to again!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Out of the bottle she pours straw, and hits the body with a simple clear gold. Some tiny visible carbonation from the bottom on with a rock tight head that disappears fairly quickly with some minor sticking.

Chewy candy, spices of very dried sweet cardamom, muted soft cinnamon. A serious candied bouquet here I am impressed, I want to nose this all day long. I don't even want to drink it, I just want to smell this ALL DAY... After drinking nose brings out hints of clarified ghee (butter).

Taste is surprisingly at first... bread, then a sweet chewy sugar and a killer bread yeast finish. Hints of durum semolina pasta or wheat like Chinese noodles on the swallow. Really hard to pinpoint this but flat out enjoyable and impressive. Clove in taste also. Mouthfeel is good and solid and expected for this one, feels really balanced, a bit prickly, also a tad dry and a fun novocaine numbness at the end.

I am really impressed by this beer it's just flat out great, I have to have it again.

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Photo of kagent777
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz from the Utah state store. Poured into my goblet.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden colored with streams of carbonation that make small islands on the surface.

Smell: Sweetness and some spice. This one smell like a Belgian style beer. There is a lot going on in the smell but I cannot describe it all.

Taste: Complex and tasty. The malt character is sweet but not long lasting. The sip finishes with spice and a subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth coating medium length finish but prickly carbonation balance this beer nicely.

Drinkibility: This one is way up there on drinkibility, with it's lower price and level setting quality, this one is a go to for me.

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Photo of dcook11
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a yeasty pale yellow with ample carbonation, minimal head and lacing. The smell is of belgian yeast, citrus, sweet malt and faint hops. The taste is crisp due to the carbonation with belgian yeast, malt, citrus and a faint hop bite. The mouthfeel is light and the drinkability is high

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Photo of zrab11
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a nice golden color with good 2 finger head

S-Smeels of rich spices and fruits

T- Has a lovely blen of spice and sweet fruits.Can also taste alittle yeast and has a nice sour bite at the end

M-Medium Body with good carbonation

D- This is my fav. beer in this style soo far. Got this beer to end the night and man did i wish i would of started with it so i could have had 2 more. Loved how the spices and sweetness mixed well and the sent was heavenly. Will grab this beer again.

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Photo of stephens101
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite warm-weather brews that I'm just realizing I've never reviewed.

Almost pure gold in color with a thin off-white head. Speckled lace around the snifter.

Light fruits (green apples, pears, oranges) to the nose with a pleasant floral background. A distant sourness exists.

Grapefruits and malt on the palate with some spice and grain coming in after a few sips.

Dry, crisp and airy, leading to superb drinkability, despite the potency.

Picked up a 4 pack of 12 oz. bottles for 7 bucks, and that my friends, is possibly the deal of the centruy.

Dig it the most.

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