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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 WilliamPhilaPa
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy peach / gold color, with a foamy white head that leaves a nice lace. On the nose it is fruity and slightly spicy. On the palate the spiciness is more evident, malty, fruity, apple notes, slight alcohol warming, slight tanginess. Nice sweet finish. I can hardly detect the higher abv…. blends in so good. This brew is not only one of the better US Belgians…but an overall great one in its own right.

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Photo of budgood1
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

the comparisons to duvel are accurate. i like this better. cloudy deep golen color. very spicy nose...lots of hefe characteristics. tastes great....just the right amount of carbonation lets the yeast and spice shine, with a nice fat, full body. this american belgian exceeded my expectations. a great brew. a must for summertime quaffing! skol!

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Photo of BeerManDan
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutly one of my favorite beers. I could taste fruit with a fruity smell on top of a pleasent yeasty flavor. Well blended with little bitterness in the after taste. This is another beer that I will keep in my fridge when ever possible! My all time favorite American,"Belgium Style Golden Ale". This should be one on the top 50 American Belgian Strong Ales. In fact, it should be in the top 10 for American Belgian Strong Ales.

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

Nice fresh yeasty taste.Fruity smell and the fruity taste mingled well the yeast tones.I like Bells sparkling a little better but all in all a good brew.

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Photo of Brent
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of yeast - thats what hit me in the aroma and in the flavor - almost more like a wit than a strong pale - but very tasty, nonetheless. Nice sharp carbonation, sweet as one would expect. The play between the spice and yeast flavors was not quite as complex as I might hope, but this is certainly a fine beer.

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

Pours a golden yellow to orange color depending on the light. Full white head, with staying power. Carbonation was right on. Very strong spicy citrus and floral smell. Extra good full yeast flavor, with spicy taste, citrus, undertones, and crisp finish. Medium body, and full cloudy yeast flavors make this a winner. Very easy to drink. Right up there with the golden monkey, IMO, and much better than the Orval, Duvel, and other overly carbonated ales. A good example of the style.

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Photo of Mark
3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first foray in to the world of Belgian ale's. Cloudy golden color with a nice head, lacing was very good. I had a fresh sample because I purchased it at North Coast. Smell was faint but unfamiliar, the mouthfell was thick but smooth,and the taste was dominated by a spicy clove accent.
Obviously a well made and complex brew but I am going to have to acquire a taste for it. Not my favorite as of now.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's a nice orangish-gold with a pretty solid white head that fades quickly. Small pieces of yeast float throughout the glass. The smell and taste are spicy with hints of citrus and subtle alcohol (my bottle said 7.6% abv). It has a very nice mouthfeel and is quite drinkable for a 7.6% beer. I was surprised to find that I liked this better than most Belgian brews: a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of tigerpaws
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

North Coast version of a belgian would be a good place for a novice drinker of belgians to start. Deep golden color is very pleasing on the eye and the aroma is there though faint. Of course it doesn't have the alcohol kick that your normal belgians have but I enjoy this beer very much............CHEERS

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

Pours a cloudy apple juice color with a smaller head than I was expecting which quickly dissipates. I expected more head for the style. Nose is dominated by the spicy yeast flavors with some estery hints underneath. On the tongue, the change dominance with an apricot-like esteriness trying unsuccessfully to hide the spiciness. The Pranqster has more esters than most of the Belgians pales I've had, but the spiciness and flavor isn't as subtle as La Chouffe. Leaves a bit of a sour aftertaste in the back of the mouth. Not bad though.

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

Okay, this beer poured out a golden color. White head that didn't hold. The beer was cloudy with evident sediment floating in it. A citrus and spice smell with some elements which are probably yeast. The taste of it definately had some citrus elements. The overall taste is pretty good. For a strong ale style, it hid it's alcohol well.

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

Poured with yeast. Nice deep yellow/light orange and moderate lace. Spicy fruit nose. Light, tangy citrus and spice and yeasty flavors frolic on your buds. Tasty and refreshing, but more like a highly charged Belgian Wit than anything.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle

Pale hazy with a grey lace to the glass. No real head to speak of.. slight smell of orange. Malty wheaty taste with hints of citrus (orange). Slight undercarbonation. Respectful to the style but no comparison to a real belgian pale or a beer of unibroue quality.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with quite a bit of sediment floating around. (Could be due to the fact it was stored on its side in the fridge.) White head is gone in seconds. Aroma can be described as a "light" hefe-weizen one. Slight banana and clove. Very slight alcohol taste sandwiched between wheat maltiness and refreshing tanginess. Pretty easy going. Wouldn't guess it was 7 1/2 a/v (as my bottle indicates).

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Photo of Murph
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a little big for the style but I do like it. Deep golden orange in color with a head that ran away too quickly for my tastes. The smell is very yeasty. Big yeast taste with some complex fruity sweetness. Slightly efervescent across the palate, pretty clean. Not highly drinkable, although it isn't full bodied it definitely has a little bit of an impact, not quite letting you put away too many.

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Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a Belgian-style strong golden ale, Pranqster compares favorably with Huyghe's Delirium Tremens or Liefman's Lucifer. A hazy golden color with only moderate carbonation, my latest sample did not have the massive head of Duvel. The yeasty flavor was dominant and almost overwhelmed the fruitiness that was first experienced in the nose. Medium-to-heavy body and, according to the label, 7.6% abv. I've got to admit, though, that I'm a Duvel guy at heart and I don't like the comparisons to Duvel. This beer is so different from Duvel that it almost deserves its own style -- or maybe Duvel is so unique that it is a style unto itself.

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Photo of hooligan
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a thick white head on top of a darker shade of gold for the style. Thick sweet malty smell with a buttery yeasty scent as well, and faint notes of pepper and citrus rind. The taste is heavy on the malt profile with a strong belgian yeast character, finished by a hoppy citrus note. Crisp clean mouthfeel, and very high in alcohol, be ready to drink no more than 3 of the 12oz before retireing... it is a strong beer, excellent beer.

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Photo of Todd
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz fat twisty with a black&white of a bunch of fat jolly beer drinking blokes. The cool part is that we spotted a photographic style head that is a bit out of place. A guy on the right hand side of the label stares at you with a beer (the brewer?).

Appearance: Hazy, bubbly gold. The rushing carbonation creates a foamy white head that sticks slightly.

Smell: Horsy, animal smell (a common Belgian yeast trait) with notes of dry malts.

Taste: Definitely spiced, with coriander most likely. Sweet malt, then the spice, turning a tad grainy. A warming alcohol is present and hides perfectly amongst the malty mouth-feel. You can feel its 6.9% abv strength, yet it is highly drinkable. Finishes sweet.

Notes: For a lighter coloured Belgian style ale, this kicks the dregs out of Duvel. More character and complexity than their exports could ever dream of. So if you like Duvel, or similar, you will be in bliss with this brew. Available in a 4-pack for about $7 US.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,393 ratings
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