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 OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz amber bottle with "gravitationally challenged" individuals enjoying themselves.

Appearance: Very cloudy golden on the pour. Thick and heavy white head with tolerable lacing of the glass.

Smell: Wonderful combination of sweetness, citrus, and hints of alcohol.

Taste: The aromas really transition nicely into the flavor. Fruity flavors abound, with the warming effect of the alcohol slightly making itself known. Also noted is some malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body but very full of flavor. Dry finish from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Careful with this one, gang. The alcohol is well-hidden. A very quaffable beer.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a thin, diaphanous, and surprisingly persistant head which leaves a bit of lace down the glass. Yeast and orange peel in the aroma, while the flavor is mildly spiced, a bit bready, and lightly citric. A bit on the light side of medium in body, with a dryish spicy finish. Aftertaste seems watery. A decent beer, and at 7.6ABV, it'll bring out the merry pranqster in you!

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Photo of cncbofh
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy and golden with lots of carbonation. Amazing amount of sediment.
There is an aroma of fruit and alcohol, with a permeating sweet malt.

There is a real candy taste with lots of fruit flavor on the palette, especially cantaloupe. Really quite flavorful and complex!
A dry and bitey drink which leaves a pleasant mouth feeling...
the alcohol content was high, and I could feel it halfway through my second (I bought a 4 pack). Made it through the 3rd and called it quits!

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Photo of 49degrees
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very fruity but well rounded belgian style golden ale that immediately reminds me of Duvel, La Fin Du Monde, and Don De Dieu in terms of its overall style, appeal, frankness and enjoyability.

Pours a very nice, mid-toned golden hue but failed to deliver much of a foamy head, despite the brewery stating that this beer is best enjoyed with a BIG head. The head gave way quickly to little more than a solid surface foam with no lacing on the glass. The collar was reasonably sized, but the perfumy aroma I had hoped for thanks to a large bubbly head never materialized.

Depsite the lack of a decent sized head, the aromatic essence of fruit, malts and some nice herbal blends (corriander appears to be heavily present -- which is nice) came through very well.

Taste wise, the pleasing bouquet left on the nose quickly attached itself to the palette in pleasing quantities. This is a very flavorful beer with lots of fruit flavors, that typical almost musty grab that most Belgian styled ales deliver, plus a real nice malt blend makes this a very pleasing drink.

I've rarely seen this brew offered in retailers throughout the Pacific Northwest, but if you by chance spot this little offering on the shelves, do yourself a favor and grab a bottle or two. The price is right and it certainly hits the palette very well.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 12 oz. Bottle / ABV: 6.9% / PRICE: $1.79 USD ]

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Photo of kbub6f
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought online, ground shipping (unrefrigerated), 2-3 weeks in my fridge, served cold.

Pours to a fairly large, bubbly head that collapses/condenses to half quickly. The color is orangey-gold, slightly cloudy with fine sediment.

Very sweet smelling: citrus, sugar, floral. The beer starts sweet and floral, but the sweetness gives way quickly to considerable hopping that lasts a long time. The "Belgian" taste is almost overpowered by the hops, but it has fairly well balanced complexity, I think. Smooth (almost foamy?) mouthfeel. Alcohol is definitely present, but not obvious.

Nice. Fresh.

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

Pours a deep gold, almost pilsner, in color. Small, short-lived head. Some yeast making an appearance. Subtle smell. Hints of malt, candy, and bright citrusy aromas are present. Tastes fruity, tart, and tangy. Banana, pear, bubbegum, and slight cidery flavors are present. Finishes sweet.

Not as sweet and candy-like as I remember from previous bottles. I've been sitting on this one for a while; not sure how this aging may have affected the flavor.

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Photo of maxpower
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy deep golden color, decent frothy white clingy head. Hoppy floral-citrusy aroma, fruity spicy balanced flavors and nice yeasty flavors, nice crisp finish. Full bodied and mouthfeel, pretty good overall for the style. I would buy this one aqian.

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Photo of marc77
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy golden hue, topped by a moderately thick, persistant head that manages loose lacing. Fresh, raw honey - like musty sweetness, bready malt, mellow ripe pear and citrus in aroma, along with a pleasant undertone of clove. Subdued grassy hop nose. Dryish notes of bread and peppery alcohol initially in flavor, ceded by green apple laced cidery sweetness and hints of black licorice. Pseuso biscuit malt impression from the suspended yeast lends a nutty, toast component to the malt profile. Hop bitterness cuts sharply into residual sweetness, helping lend both balance and a refreshing dry nature to this brew. Lightly bodied, yet full and dextrinous in mouthfeel. Long finish consisting of notes of citrus rind, clove and must. Pranqster embodies the style very well... complex, aromatic and deceivingly refreshing. Delicious and highly recommended.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden hue, bordering on orange, with a thick full crackling head.

Nose is fresh, sea-foamy, perfumey, gracious and elegantly aromatic.

Some spice, delicate fruit, orange, citrus, apricot, nectarine...sublime! Same beautiful and vibrant impact on the tongue as the best Belgians.

Nice, but too brief, finish and, ultimately, a touch too sugary-sweet

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

This beer sports one of my favorite labels, a colonial era beer hall scene with a lotta beer-induced merriment. North Coast's Ruedrich has even imposed his visage on one of the patrons. This brew pours a light gold in the glass with dense chill haze and wispy white head that disappears soon after it's poured. The aroma is very champagne-esque and fruity (especially pineapple). The taste is slightly winey and, again, fruity but there's also a corn-syrupy sweetness that immediately reminds me of those huge multi-colored suckers I used to get as a kid at the state fair. I was shocked, midway through drinking the brew and studying the label, to see the stated abv. of 7.6%. You don't really notice the alcohol. This has to be one of the most deceptively drinkable brews I've ever had.

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden-amber with a rich, off-white head that sticks pretty well.

Smell: Aroma of faint fruit and an earthy character that certainly comes from the Belgian yeast strain used. A touch of sweet malt too.

Taste: Sweet malt, spicy fruit, a musty, organic flavor, and a slight hop bite. I can taste the Belgian candy sugar as well. Quite the complex and well-done American-brewed Belgian-style beer.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp with a medium thickness. Highly carbonated. Leaves you wanting another taste. Good stuff...

Drinkability: Quite good considering the higher level of alcohol. This would be great for starting off a hearty meal.

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

On the pour, a bit hazy golden amber color, impressive frothy white head and quite fine sheets of sticky lace to coat the glass. Banana, bubble gum, with malt under tones in the nose, begins quite sweet, the top skinny, the finish has a purposeful carbonation, and a pleasing to the palate hop spicy bite, the aftertaste dry and long lasting.

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Photo of jackndan
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pranqster: OK name, great beer. I really enjoyed this beer for several reasons, and I’d buy this beer again. I know that is saying a lot given the competition. Cloudy orange beer, bottled conditioned. Nice big head, huge lacing. The smell and the taste were dominated by floral and particularly citrus notes. Clean, crisp taste. Very nice, with hints of bready malts in the aftertaste. Very nice.

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Photo of TXHops
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed in the tradition of Duvel, and with the same evilly-silly name of that particular genre of beer... Orangey-gold in color, with a heavy sediment of yeast (if you choose to pour the yeast) and a large, fluffy, small-bubbled blanket of a head, PranQster looks and smells the part of a Belgian style Strong Golden Ale. The nose, like a foreshadowing of the beer itself, is immensely complex, with a yeasty start, followed by a citrusy-sweet, doughy aroma. The yeast itself contributes a dry, grainy, horsey aroma, like several other Belgian ales I can think of. The body is sweet, yet deceptively light, with a grittiness from the yeast not found in other Belgian Golden Ales. I’m reminded somewhat of the gelatinous filling of a lemon bar when I first sip a PranQster…. The finish is rather long and sweet but not cloying, with some light spiciness evident. Pretty good, but not great like some of the Bosteels brews!

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Photo of Jon
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pranqster pours a golden orange with a nice, bubbly head that fades too quickly. The nose is quite yeasty with notes of citrus. The tastes of yeast, apricot, and other citrus present themselves quite nicely. This is a tasty brew. The mouthfeel is rather doughy. The carbonation, however, leaves a pleasant prickle in the mouth. The 6.9% ABV hides itself well; this is easy drinking. North Coast makes a nice American representation of the pale strong ale style, but it certainly isn't a Duvel.

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

Opaque golden-orange body. Barely resembles liquid. Shadowy yeast chunks floating around. Surprisingly small head, though it does retain well.
Earthy yeast smells mingles with lots of citrus and coriander. Zesty and appealing.
Lemony citrus tones initially. Yeast comes in with both barrels firing...musty dough and prickly spice. More spice ensues with notes of coriander, nutmeg and vanilla. Turns doughy once again, which mixes with an apricot-like sweetness and rides long past the finish. Vapors of gin-like alcohol as hops add bitterness and little in associated flavor.
Mouthfeel is a raspy smooth. Not as gassed-up as many pale strongs. But solid nonetheless.
A nice American version, not a classic overall, but a workhorse at its pricepoint and availability.

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Photo of ADR
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-brown with little head to speak of. Yeasty aroma with a little sense of mace. Subtly bitter early, unsweetened citrus, a little peach, and a straight up nutmeg cut. Full-bodied, some sense of alcohol in the stomach. Nice brew, nothing especially vinous, and an interesting "lava lamp" settling of the yeasty chunks. Some sense of esters as it warms up. Enjoyed this beer...

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Photo of Jordan
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious Belgian Strong. Robust notes of cloves spices and semi-sweet citrus fruits. Rich body, authintic belgian character. An absolute winner.

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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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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,411 ratings