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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 alkemy
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy gold to orange color with about two fingers of white with not a lot of retention. Spicy nose mostly of clove. There's also candy-like sugars, banana, oranges, and some apple. Taste is similar to the aroma except that the fruit is more prominent. Sweetness is a bit in your face initially. Lots of fruity notes...a bit of an inkling of Juicy Fruit gum. Some warming alcohol on the end and then the sweetness kicks back in and lingers. Lots of carbonation helped this to go down easier for me.

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

Served in a goblet at Yard House in LA.

A: Pours a translucent gold with a thin head that leaves good lacing.

S: Biscuity malt and spicy Belgian yeast.

T: Sweet and complex. The malty front goes over to a peppery, spicy center as the Belgian yeasts kick in.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. I had this in lieu of a dessert, and it was perfect for the job.

D: Great for the ABV.

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Photo of pnwclimber
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I lucked out and found a bottle of this in my 4 pack of Old Rasputin. I wasn't in the mood for a Belgian, but I am glad I had it ..

A: Nice golden color, but a bit hazy. Moderate head and retention.

S: Esters are the most dominant. A bit of a alcohol smell.

T: I really like the taste of this beer, it hits the style spot on. Fruity and smooth. Really good aftertaste.

M: Smooth and fairly high carbonation.

D: Too good. I could see myself having a few too many of these, especially in the summer time!

I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes Belgian beers.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nhindian for this gift!

A: Hazy golden pour with a small white head with minimal retention and decent lacing.

S: Floral, belgian yeast and spices.

T: Spices and some alcohol up front followed by the citrus and spices. Crisp smooth finish.

MF: Tangy carbonation and light body make this drink extremely refreshing.

D: Smooth, refreshing, intricate, delicious.

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Photo of Solafide
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was impressed by this beer. I usually do not like belgian style beers but this one has won my respect.

The appearance is a golden body with a white medium size head

The smell is consistent with the belgian style... horrible

The taste to me is a crisp blend of malted sweetness, slight hop flavor, and present but not overbearing alcohol finish

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that slowly faded away leaving lacy patterns of bubbles. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles. The beer is slightly hazy and some yeast particles are floating in suspension.
S: There is a light aroma of spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is surprisingly malty for the style and also has some associated sweetness. There are also flavors of apples and some notes of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, particularly as it warms up. I'm not sure if I would want to try this again because nothing really stood out as being interesting in the taste.

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Photo of SirRuss
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Surprinsingly telling of the experience to come. The strong golden haze - to which this style owes its name - is, in this instance, concerningly corrupted by a bright orange tinge. The carbonation immediately confesses itself as the crudest element of this brew, as it expresses inelegant, chubby bubbles in the pour, which inevitably indicates thin structure - when the head is so weak that it dissipates almost at once.

S - Authentic accents of brett opens the way for a somewhat disappointing soda-diluted orange juice scent from some weak yeasty esters. Beyond this, lies a pleasing complexity offered by aromatic herbaceous elements - coriander? some chamomile even?

T/M - The coriander is even more expressive on the palate than the nose, but the timid seltzer orange unfortunately remains a watery impression. In its favor, additional citric notes pitch forth to create a slightly more interesting profile. But as soon as the flavours register, that pesky, brash carbonation interrupts enjoyment once again as the nucleation strikes seconds after the beer hits your mouth, wisping away the taste in an airy cloud akin to the vacuous froth of a poorly pulled pint of lager. Thankfully, the aftertaste rescues the opportunity for satisfaction. The brett arrives back on the scene not a moment too soon, creating an atmospheric horse-blanket that embraces the fading notes mentioned above, throwing them a lifeline to extended longevity, and finally integrating them in a meaningful way.

D - easily goes down due to its light simplicity, and its dryness lends a refreshing characteristic.

0 -Even though many aspects are disappointing, overall this isn't a bad brew, but compared to its European counterparts it's dead in the water.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. No bottling date because North Coast refuses to provide this information to its consumers.

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel orange color with a 1 finger foamy white head. Minimal bubbly lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast, fruit juice and spice. Very sweet aroma.

Taste: Belgian yeast with a hint of citrus up front followed by sweet malt in the middle and mild hoppy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is dry and light. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma indicated.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could drink a couple of these over the course of an evening.

Overall: Good beer overall. I would recommend giving this beer a try.

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Photo of cwguy5
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip. Enjoyed on 10/28/10.

A- poured a hazy copper color; one finger white head that faded to thin cap; some lacing on glass

S- small overall nose; light floral and/or herbal, yeast, salty(?) or light mineral aroma

T- some sweet dark fruit/banana; small citrus; typical Belgian spices

M- fine carbonation; smooth and consistent from beginning to end; balanced drying finish with herbal finish

D- This is a very drinkable beer that seems to fit nicely in the style. I personally liked the lack of a strong herbal, dry finish that some Belgians leave. This seemed very balanced and very good though not great in almost every category.

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Photo of Chaney
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had a North Coast beer in a while, so I picked this up as a single. I've only tried this particular brew one other time in my life.

A: True to style, this in a very cloudy yellow... gold if you will, with lots of carbonation and a yummy-looking frothy head that lingers throughout the session.

S: Very subtle on the nose, but I'm getting a hint of apricot, followed by Belgian yeast, and the glorious fresh smell of filtered water.

T: Taste descriptor: Naturally sweetened orange juice, pixie stick dust, Belgian yeast, and kitchen dessert spices. Delicious!

M: Smooth as silk and any alcohol that this contains is hidden under a bed of yeast and bubbly, champagne-like carbonation.

D: Drinkable and then some! This may be my new North Coast "go to" beer.

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

Awww. Pranqster. Gotta watch it at all times.

Pours a golden/bronze colored ale with a nice bright egg white colored foamy head which slowly dissolves to a ring around the glass. Fresh pears anyone? Great pear aroma with some slight apple whiffs. Light malt in the aroma also. Malty taste with some spicy tones on the swallow followed by a nice fruity (orange) aftertaste. Slight spice in the mouth well after the swallow. Dry mouthfeel but just keeps the buds wanting more. I took down a 750 with no problems whatsoever. This is a great anytime beer and widely available.

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Photo of nhindian
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

Got this in a trade with Exiled. Thanks Jason!

A - Pours a straw, light amber body that is muddy from the yeast. Even after a hard pour it only built a one-fingered head that is gone in seconds. No lacing to be seen at all from this one.

S - A fairly complex nose, typical of strong Belgians. A whole bouquet of orange rind, peppery spices, Belgian yeasts. Very enjoyable.

T - The spices and alcohol take the forefront of the taste, but quickly fade between the apple and orange flavors, then finally the alcohol returns with a hint of cloves. Dry, yet refreshing and keeps you coming back for more.

M - Light-bodied and fairly low in carbonation considering the style. Not a bad thing, however, as many Belgians suffer from over-carbonation.

D - Drinkability is insanely high. The dryness keeps the palate clean and refreshed. Could easily drink these all night!

A great beer and I'm glad I have a few more of these to drink in the coming weeks!

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Photo of tylernim
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange into a tulip glass. Foamy wide head that holds for a decent bit.

S - Slight malts with some floral notes.

T - Light yeast with citrus flavor. Sweet malts.

M - Great carbonation on the tongue. Light to medium body

D - Good drinkability. Wish I had a few more.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - fairly clear light golden color with a modest head that dissipates quickly

S - modest yeasty esters with sweet malt and a touch of hop

T - sweet malt at first that carries through to the finish; slight hop flavor accents the malt (goldings?); moderately low yeast esters; alcohol character notices on finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, alcohol dryness

D - This is a decent beer. The hop quality isn't unwelcome, but the balance could be shifted a bit more toward the malt. The yeast esters are lacking here from some of the better examples of the style as well. The head retention is really lacking as well in comparison.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden color with a slightly smaller than average, foamy, bubbly, white head. Disappears pretty fast with very little lace left. Very bubbly and carbonated.

S - Sweet golden fruit with apple being dominant but some orange and apricot. Sweet bread and malted wheat aroma also pretty strong. Vanilla and spice also pretty strong along with candi sugar and a touch of Belgian yeast.

T - A lot of malty flavors with some breadiness and a lot of graininess. Yeast, candi sugar, and spice (pepper, some clove and coriander) are also fairly strong. Some golden fruit comes out mid sip. Slight citrusy flavor toward the finish. Grainy flavors are pretty dominant throughout.

M - Lighter side of medium body with a bit more than average carbonation. Light, spritzy, crisp feel.

D - Easy to drink with alcohol well hidden and not too cloyingly sweet. Good amount of spice breaks up some of the sweetness, but the sweet grainy flavors get old. Would maybe want a second one in a night, but that might be it.

Notes: Grainy flavors were pretty dominant, not quite what I was expecting from the style. Fruitiness was present, just not as much as I would necessarily like. Also a touch thin for the style. It was a good tasting beer, though, just not what I was expecting given the style.

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Photo of CHickman
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold in color with a huge 2 finger cloudy white head that fades very slowly; great lacing that sticks to the glass and leaves foamy rings. A good looking beer!

Smells of yeast, coriander, wheat, sweet malt, pepper, faint citrus hops and light spices.

Tastes like it smells, with yeast, lemon, orange peel, coriander, wheat, sweet malt, pepper, citrus hops and light spices. Really tasty and mellow with a well balanced feel that's equal malt and hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily, with a light, crisp feel and medium body that goes down easy.

Really great Belgian by a US brewer that is highly drinkable and very tasty; a beer I could drink all night.

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Photo of choyhosoi
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Nice sugary tones. Head dissipates quickly. Nice bronze color. Alcohol is apparent right into your first sip. Kind of wished it was smoother like the other Belgians I have had.this isn't a great one but in my opinion it isn't a bad one at all kind of in the middle for me.

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Photo of drizzam
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First of all, I just have to say I'm terrible at remembering which one of my good friends hooks me up with good beer on different occasions. To whoever it was that gave me this beer, I say thanks, and I owe ya one!

A - Pours a nice cloudy light orange in color, topped by a thin white head that recedes quickly to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing is left behind by the thin head.

S - Nice aroma, apricot or peach is accented by a bit of a spicy coriander background. Smells like this should be a tasty brew.

T & M - The taste largely emulates the aroma. That fruity apricot taste (as well as some slight banana) rides along on a bready backbone. Coriander provides a nice complement and adds a little complexity to the brew. Medium bodied and creamy, and it finishes very nicely...very crisp!

D - I think this is a brew I could drink all day long! I'm very impressed by this interpretation of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and I could see myself stocking this as a regular staple in my refrigerator. Kudos to North Coast...very nicely crafted!

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Photo of littlesgtpepper
4.87/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this beer at the North Coast Brewery 09/22/10 in a snifter glass.

This beer has a foamy white head with fairly large bubbles. It gets the scent across very well, which consists of banannas, cloves, honey and a moderate amount of apples. I could sniff this beer all day.

This is simply an amazing beer. It actually tastes like everything described above, along with an herbal spiciniess that lasts through the finish. It's extremely sweet and ever so slightly hoppy. The light carbonation provides a perfect smoothness and makes this beer very easy to drink. There is so much going on here. It finishes with a clean finish and not at all dry.

At the end of the day, I could drink this beer all day. This is a truly fantastic beer and everyone should try this at least once.

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

Popped the cork, poured into a tulip.

The appearance is a hazy gold straw color, mild carbonation bubbles rise up, no head to speak of after the white fizz dies down.

Aroma is sweet and bready, yeasty, a hint of lightly toasted grain.

The flavor balances very well between a bready flavor and a boozy sweet light malt. The finish comes in a bit bitter from the hops, but is overshadowed by the alcohol in the forefront.

The feel is hot and fizzy, wild and heady.

I say this a lot about certain beers, where the summation of the elements make for a greater drink than the individual elements deliver. A delicious example here.

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

A: Unfiltered honey color with extremely wimpy head.
S: Saddle leather, wet towels, Petit Basque cheese, iron earth.
T: Citrus, moldy honey, brambles, malt, white pepper
M: Turbulent, medium body,
D: Great deal at 8 bucks. Hard to find another 8 dollar 750 that has this much flavor. I am not sure it really fits the style though.

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Photo of andyfrancis
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hardest I've ever had to work to get a cork out of a bottle.

has some tiny bubbles, but the head disappeared almost instantly. cloudy gold.

Yeasty, sweet funk on the nose. Hints of spiciness.

Pretty tasty. Tangible mouthfeel without being too chewy. Sugary sweet aftertaste.

Pretty drinkable. The 750ml are all doable. Alcohol is nicely disguised.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard this beer was comparable to Duvel, so far in the appearance... Not so much. The head lacks any retention and the body is very murky. What is there in the way of cranium is white, and shrinks into fine lacing in the blink of eye. The body is orangish gold in color.

The aroma is more than on par. Lots of yeasty goodness along with variations of coriander, orange peel, and bubble gum. This is a refreshing beer in the way of fragrance.

In the taste I get the bubble gum, along with some citrus notes such as an over ripe orange. There is a lot of candied sugar taste in there, which leaves the palate with a powdery feel in the end.

Overall this is a good beer, but I would not put this up to Duvel... Apples and oranges in my opinion.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So, although I'm of the opinion that they have, ahem, adjusted the recipie over the years, here goes...Pours a crisp yellow gold with amber highlights, not much of a head nor lacing. Fairly well carbonated. Nose bears forth cinnamon, Belgian yeastiness, cantaloupe, and a hint of pineapple. Nose is subtle, however...gotta kinda search for it. Flavor is exceptionally well balanced between the yeast and malt. Not very hoppy. The cinnamon and cantaloupe flavors arethere, but in the background. The flavor evolves into some unique stuff, hard to place, but very unique. Rounded of by a very clean finish that makes this well priced beer amazingly quick-drinking, and at the somewhat high ABV of 7.6% that makes this one dangerous. Very good and a must try folks.

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

12-oz bottle. I agree with "Nate" and have used some of the words in his description: "Great tripel aroma, sweet honey and citrus oil, candi sugar, Belgian yeast and bit of funk. Golden amber cloudy, with thin off-white head. Medium bodied with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts with grainy sweetness, candi sugar, funky yeasty chalk and light honey. Mild fruity hops and rind bitter in the finish. Sweet tripel aftertase. Nice alcohol warming." This beer is surprisingly refreshing for a tripel. The high carbonation and light texture make if very drinkable.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,392 ratings
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