Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

3,377 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 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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Photo of allanplaysguitar
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I has this on tap and was really looking forward to it, but was a little disappointed, not that is a a bad beer, but rather that it was a little better than average. The malt character was there as was the Belgium spice, but I didn't get any "strong pale ale" from the beer. Maybe it was a fluke, but I feel like it need to give this one another try just to make sure. Overall, just a little better than average.

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Pranqster jerk looks like a glass full of honey. Thick white head, nice sticky lace, spotty retention.

The polyps are winning today. I think I smell that good-time Belgian/yeasty/candy smell. I wanna say some caramel as well.

This is a full-bodied, creamy and smooth strong pale ale that is incredibly friendly. Notes of hops and malts, and again, that belgian candy/cake batter taste.

This a solid beer for sure, but doesn't really feel like a strong pale ale to me. Feels more like a Belgian IPA. With that said, it's good, tasty, and totally worthwhile if you likey the Belgy brew.

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Photo of nickp33
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice golden tone. The head was white and small. I would prefer a thicker head.

S: Spice and fruit ??

T: I do not drink a lot of Belgium Style beers, so it's hard for me to discern specific flavors in this style. I can definitely pick up on spices and dry fruit flavors.

M: The beer has a good fizzy feeling (as described by other reviewers) to the mouth. I really like the mouthfeel.

D: To me, this is nearly the perfect balance of alcohol and drinkability. The alcohol taste is not too strong but you can definitely tell it's there. I can polish off at least 4 of these in one sitting!

Okay, other than Hefes, Belgium Ales are probably my least favorite style of beer. However, in attempt to broaden my pallet, I've decided to take on a new style. I find the Pranqster to be a decent beer with great mouthfeel and drinkability. The flavors are not my favorite, but for someone who likes this style of brew, I'm sure it will be a fantastic beer. It's a little sweet for my liking, but I can definitely tell it's a well crafted beer.

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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into Bruges Tulip.
A: Pours a nice golden body, with a light white head. Head formation and retention is low, but lacing is left. Carbonation seems to be a little low.
S: Nice bold aroma, that has nice layers of bubblegum and apples. The aroma is very classic for style. Not too hoppy or fruity, nice balance of light malts and a hint at the strength.
T/M: A full body and a nice level of carbonation. The Spice picks up as the brew warms and is balanced nicely with the hops and malts. The strong character of this brew is very nice and welcoming, not hot or harsh. Nice fruit profiles of pear and apples. Not as dry as I would like, but the juicy element is not discouraged.
D: Overall I find this to be a very impressive brew and drinkable. Great effervescent taste and feel.

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Photo of KajII
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a cloudy golden amber with a very small white head that was fully diminishing and had no lacing to speak of. The aroma was of sweet straw-like malts, floral hops, and earthy yeast with notes on fruit. It tasted sweet and slightly bitter in the beginning and matured into a sweet-sour flavor with hints of dried fruits, that stayed with you for a nice while. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and dry in texture. Overall a nice refreshing Belgian Ale.

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Photo of RTJakarta
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a lovely golden blonde color with a half-finger head that seems to linger, leaving behind some nice lacing. Subtle visible carbonation.

Smell is a rich spicy/fruity one. Also some yeast prevalent.

Taste is lovely. A sublime blend of yeasty notes, spice and sweetness. Every little drink makes me find some new facet to ponder on. Love the slightly sour-ish finish.

Medium body and carbonation. Nothing objectionable. Nice.

Highly drinkable. Smooth as silk and really, really tasty. I could see myself going here often when I'm in the mood for a BSPA.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into snifter glass

A - Beer has a orange clear body; poured with half finger foam, which dissipated rather quickly; some carbonation was visible; low level of lacing formed on the glass

S - Spices; fruity & orange/citrus scents; yeasty fruit and flowery notes are prevalent in the beer

T - Coriander; spices; lemon and orange peel; brew-master struck a perfect balance of all those ingredients; they definitely hit the right amount for each flavor; tastes like a Belgian ale should

M - Smooth and effervescent; not much of a strong aftertaste, but very easy to drink and enjoy; thin consistency

D - Overall great drink; easy to enjoy which makes it perfect for any beer lover; a bit thin on texture; its lack of flavor bite is actually not a weak point for this beer, which means its meant to be enjoyed slowly to get the most out of every sip

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

Had this as part of a mix and match from whole foods with pizza for dinner. 12 oz. twisty bottle.

A: Pours a nice honey blond with a good head, some cling and lacing although not overly so. Opaque to clear coloration.

S: Biscuity and yeasty on the nose. Smells like a wet mule.

T: Slightly sweet on the frontend. Some hops in this one gives it a nice balance with a grapefruit rind middle, dried mango on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. More carbonation than expected for plenty of belly fizz. Alcohol warms throughout without being stingy on the tongue.

D: Drinkable but a little fizzy. Belching is a must. Was pretty good with my whole wheat pizza with bacon crumbles. A good solid Belgian style beer.

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

Poured into my souvenir Lord of the Rings glass goblet. Love the label, especially the one guy's face. Good stuff.

Appearance. Pours a golden straw with a finger and a half of bubbly white head. Lively bubbles flying from the bottom of the glass to the surface.

Smell. Sweet apricots, belgian yeast, light malt and a hint of belgian funk.

Taste. Tart, fruity belgian yeast. Nice herbal hop bite and some spice in the finish. Pretty complex for a pale ale. Real nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, nice medium-strong carbonation.

Drinkability. A good drinker. I'm ready for another ...which I don't have :-(

Even the wife liked this one. She tries them all, doesn't like many, but shows good taste with the ones she likes.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 3,377 ratings.
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