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

Pours a hazy gold with lots of little yeasties busily fullfilling their destinies and creating bubbles for my enjoyment. Fast, semi-furious white head sticks around a while and then forms a nice flat sheet of lace. smells strongly of the aformentioned yeasts.

Tatses nice and spicy with a bit of coriander and sweet malt. Almost a little too syrypy at the end, but darn nice nonetheless. Mouthfeel is of the medium body variety and it is a beer I could easily drink until the forces of nature prevail.

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Photo of pheurton
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy golden peach with almost no head to speak of. smells slightly spicey with a pronounced belgian yeast character. prickly carbonation keeps the brew somewhat refreshing. taste is very grainy and yeasty, kept in check by some bold spicing. the flavors mingle very well, and this ale seems put together better than say a golden monkey. sort of boozy and alcoholic, begin to feel it in the gut towards the end of the glass. a nice attempt, and one of the better american versions i've yet to come acrosss. recommended.

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

Pours a hazy tan color with a thin head and virtually no remants on the glass. Aroma is very sweet and fruity. Very electric mouthfeel that flows perfectly and hides the relatively high ABV. Spicy coriander flavor very in tune with style followed by a malt touch. Malt has a deeper flavor than color would indicate.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy tan color with a thin lace, not the characteristic fluffy white head I expected. Wonderfully sweet nose, fruity, spicy with a touch of malt. Tingly mouthfeel but not a powerful carbonation that is often typical of this style of "Belgian" brews. Spicy coriander flavor with a nice smooth malty profile. Not much hint of the 7.6% ABV. Clean, citrusy finish. Not as spicy or alcoholic of many of it's exported "imperial hefeweizen" to me, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy almost to the point of opacity, my glass is like a thick pumpkin-colored cloud. It has a cheery warm glow and a nice head. The fresh, crisp, spicy licorice scent makes me smile.

The taste, heavy with licorice and just slightly medicinal, cheers me as much as the smell. It's spicy, but posessed of a bitterness that couples well with the anise. The combination is lively and energetic. After further sips I notice a certain herb character that I can't pin down but which lends a freshness and insouciance to the whole affair.

As I near the bottom of the glass I notice some wispy, sparse lacing. At about the same time it becomes apparent that part of this beer's perkiness comes from the dryness at the finish.

I love this stuff. I expect to have one whenever the chance presents itself.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Spices such as coriander and clove, with a nice lemon zing. Smells like a cross between a wit beer and a Belgian. Has that banana/bubblegum smell going as well. Complex
Appearance: Deep hazy golden amber with a nice fluffy white head that filmed fairly quickly, but still fed by a good carbonation. There are about 1.5 million little sediment particles swirling around in there, in fact they seem to have settled into their suspended spots, giving the beer a speckled look
Flavor: The Belgian flavor wins out in the taste. Classic bubble gum citric fruit flavor with a mild dash of spice. The spices are much more in the nose than the taste. Balance is to the sweet, but it is held in check enough to allow the yeast and spice flavors to shine.
Mouthfeel: Heavy body triggers a chew and coats the mouth for a nice long aftertaste.
Overall Impression: A dangerously drinkable ale. At 7.6% I’m expecting this to suddenly hit me over the head, but I don’t taste, or yet feel the alcohol. The flavor is rich and the body is heavy, but I’m having a hard time letting it warm up without drinking it all. It’s going on my shopping list, GREAT BEER!

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

Poured a golden orange with an bold head that dissipated very slowly. Aroma is a strong sweetness with presence of malts, wheats, spices, and alcohol. Tastes of spices are very present with a nice maltyness throughout. Overall smoothness and not too overpowering finish. A good intro beer to the style,but will satisfy more than just the novice.

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

Pours to a cloudy dark orange, honey colored golden with a fine sediment of yeast, forming a thick foamy white head with excellent retention and very delicate lacing. Aroma is wonderful....truly a belgian ale aroma with crisp, dry wheat and delicate malts, a fragrant bouquet of Saaz and cloves, distant burnt rubber, and musty basement. Very nice. Carbonation is moderate for the style....Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium-dense body and silken drinkability. Taste begins with pale malts and toast, giving way to orange, spicy floral hops, a honey like sweetness, bread dough, a hint of dry hay, cloves, and a warm alcohol note. The alcohol is expertly hidden, although there is a slight metallic taste in the middle. The finish is complex, sweet, and smooth. Easy to drink.

This is an excellent Belgian Golden Ale. It hits the money on the mark, has rich complexities, and is easy to drink. I would gladly purchase this one again. Contrary to EyeChartBrew, mine was bottle-conditioned. Comparable to some of Unibroue's babies or perhaps Leffe, besting many of the Europeans in the same style. A solid brew!

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

Pours a terrific slightly cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head. Wonderful grassy sweet smells come bursting out of the glass, the smells just scream freshness. The flavor is very smooth and long lasting. The beer has a strong wheat and grass flavor, with slight fruitiness, possibly lemon. This is one really good beer, the abv sneaks up on you though. Overall this is one high quality product, if only it was sold in something larger than a 4pk locally.

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Photo of edchicma
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head and clor, but the floaty yeast was a bit of a turn off. Sweet, fruity smell that hit the nose quite nicely. Javen't had too many Belgian styles, so I will have to try others to be truly objective. Taste was beautifully rounded with an almost wine like excellent sweetness that ended in an alcohol kick on the palate. Smooth mouthfeel, considering the abv. For its strength, a smooth and very drinkable offering.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable and enjoyable Belgian Ale indeed!I liked this one from the moment I tasted it and I definitely would enjoy having this one again and again!It poured a small sized white head with fine-small sized bubbles that fully dissipated.The body was carbonated, clear with floaties and it had a golden hue.The nose was malty and fruity with a sweet and fruity flavor from start to finish.The palate was smooth, somewhat thin and light bodied.There was a fair amount of lacing with this beer.

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

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce short fat stubby thin neck brown bottle. Lots of jolly piss-heads reveling on the label except for one dude on the far right who looks positively restrained in character. Labeled at 7.6% ABV, no freshness date.

Appearance: A lucid lovely amber color, with a golden orange hue when back-lit. Solid levels of conditioning in the beer help to form the off-white head that looks excellent for a minute or two. Sadly, the head soon settles to a thin covering with a thick edged halo ring. Not much lacing but great looks in a Goblet.

Nose: Mmmmm, very Belgium – an aged musty hoppy aroma with some damp straw hints and spicy aromas.

Taste: Oooooh this IS good. A lovely spiced hop beginning, clean and inviting it begs you to guess the spice!? I went for Coriander, but I could be wrong. The malts are more perceptible in the middle, grain and some light biscuit. A warming feel in the middle – this is undoubtedly from the 7.6% alcohol. The end has a little yeast and sweetness. This is very much like a Kasteel Blond Lite, and I am not being facetious when I say that, moreover it is a compliment.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, Bold and certainly not afraid to say “Hey, I’m an American Belgium Strong Golden Ale”, nor should it be. Accomplished.

Drinkability: This was the last of the night and it served its purpose extremely well, sipped slowly it hit the spot and told my body to shut down for the ensuing sleep. Easily imbibed and seriously worthy of the title “Belgian Style”.

Overall: A very nice Belgian Style Golden Ale to finish the night with. Compared against the price of Belgium’s from the homeland, at less than $2 this is *well worth* the money. More of these are on order!

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Photo of Morris729
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep golden orange color with a tall fluffy white head that slowly recedes leaving behind spider webs of lace on the sides of the glass. Nose is sweet and fruity with notes of perfume and bubblegum. Fairly full-bodied and quite smooth in texture. Taste begins with flavors of sweet honey nectar and a good amount of spice (mostly coriander) followed by some yeasty notes. Some warming alcohol comes across towards the finish balancing the initial sweetness very well. I had never heard of this beer before noticing it at the store and deciding to give it a try. And, what a pleasant surprise it has been! This beer is simply fantastic and will now be a regular in my fridge.

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

This is a pretty good adaptation of a Beligian golden. Pours a golden yellow (obviously), no head or lacing. Smell is very authentic. Spicy apricot and apple. Taste is just like the aroma. Although a nice example of the style, it's a bit lacking in flavor and complexity. Just doesn't get my goat.
Weyerbacher's Merry Monks beats this one any day as far as inexpensive American/Belgian Goldens go.

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

12oz. bottle.

A very nice concoction by North Coast. Is this brewery just getting better and better? I have been a fan of their beers for years.

Pours a golden brown and orange. A decent head which leaves quickly and okay lacing. The scents are very nice. Sweet, sour, spicey and with a wheat background. Some apple, pare and pepper. A bit of grain too.

The flavors are very spicey. There is also some heavy fruit. Apples, pare and even some apricot in the background. Definate pepper and some clove along with a few other spices. The alcohol is warm and inviting in flavor. A nice dry grain and wheat flavor bring us to the end. A good buttery aftertaste leave the tastebuds happy and satisfied.

The mouthfeel is smooth and dry. The pepper gives it a nice bite. It drinks easy but leaves a bit of a heavy feel on the stomache. I would not drink more than two in a session before switching to another style of beer.

Overall a great version of a Belgian strong pale ale.

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Photo of marburg
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An eqsellant brew to be sure! Qolor is a honey squash yellow with a light haze. Pours with a surprisingly small head. Solidly aromatiq. Apple, pear, and assorted other estery fragrences. Deliciously fruity with a peppery, spicy attaq on the tastebuds. Very nice. Not awe-inspiring liq the "real deal" but eqceptionally enjoyably nonethless.

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

I've been sitting on this bottle for awhile now. Hazy golden apricot body with a voluptuous yellowish-white head. Good lacing. Smell is sweet, vinegary--almost winey--with tart fruit notes, and yeast. Taste is similar to the smell. Not too sweet malts, with tart vinegar, and a little barnyard funkiness! Alcohol-laced. Finish is acidic, yet kinda dry and wheat bitter. Lingering tart fruitiness and quite warming. Feels bigger than it looks and is not too cloying. I wish I had bought more bottles when I was in Cali.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, slightly cloudy. Medium head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Malty and slightly sweet. Full flavor. Hops are bright and slightly spicy. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and sweet.

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

Poured a hazed dark orange color tending toward caramel. Had a soft foamy head thet fell to a classic Belgian circle of foam in the middle. Some lace, too. Smelled of an enveloping malt scent, Saaz-like hops, grass, and some pear buried underneath it all. Strongly present alcohol scent smelled like honey and pepper vodka - kinda cool. Taste was honey and spicy, with a biting tartnedd and a flavor of fruit and alcohol swirled up together. The big pale malt held it all together. Creamy finish until the hops quickly had a takeover. With honey burning in my chest and stony dryness in my mouth, this beer had a great mouthfeel: a nice mix of slick, smooth, and full-bodied.

Nice but no Duvel.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Just a nearly opaque glowing orange golden hue with a nice sized white creamy textured foaming head, with lacing creeping at all edges of the goblet shaped glass. Aroma: Banana and spices galore slight citrus tone done to perfection, and if sampled in a blind tasting with a Piraat or Duvel this one may just take the cake not as alcholic in flavor as the latter two, but this one contains streaming tones of candied sugar and so much bubble gum esque tones with a undertow of mustiness to complete it. Taste: Flavor is sharply sweet but not cloying wow what balance between an unpronounced hop bitterness and spices and yeast characteristics that could make one melt away toward northern California. Speaking of Cali I am listening to Led Zeppelin's "Going to California", and don't aske why but lately I have been blending two of my favorite things together music and beer as one emotional experience. Mouthfeel: Is fluffy nicely textured full body, just coexists with my palate entirely too smoothly and exuberantly for being 7.6% by volume. Drinkability: Yes folks this beer is just as good as every North Coast offering and then some I love a good American Belgian style ale, spiced up reminiscient of mixture of tea drank to remedy the soul what a beer.

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Photo of putnam
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A "yeasterly" blew up from the south and I complied. The beer has deep, hard winter grain fragrance and floral, dense, caramel-vanilla sweetness. Duvel-Pranqster, Pranqster-Duvel... Imagine spit-roasted Duvel-infused pears, somehow, with lots of fat dripping off of them and you have Pranqster. Imagine Pranqster shaved, finely buttoned and repressed, and you have Duvel. Utterly convincing in its girth... fat, chewy texture defines abundant floral, sinewy richness.... wow! What a beer! How can you pass something like this up? I ordered it from my wine-obsessed wholesaler and it magically appeared... Thank you NCBC! (good at cleaning out the asbestos-laden breathing canals...)

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Photo of Mustard
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Had this on tap down at the Library Ale House in Santa Monica; happy hour price: $3 a pint.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, cloudy orange; fine, cream colored head; light to moderate lacing; not much in the way of head retention.

Aroma: Largely of light, sweet, bready malt; gentle spicy notes; perhaps a touch of fruit.

Taste: Gently sweet and spicy; predominant flavor characteristics were of: a) light, apricot type fruits, b) pepper, yeast and coriander, c) candy sugar; subtle phenol notes in the finish.

Notes: Tasty and easy going; at $5.99 (the Beverage Warehouse) to $6.49 (Whole Foods) a four pack, almost a session Belgian; look forward to drinking this again.

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

Picked this up at the local Cost Plus store. Appearance was apricot in color with a short lasting head and very little lacing. Smelled a conbo of fruits, nothing distinctive. Taste was very pleasant given the high abv; of malt and fruits-only thing I have had similiar is the New Belgium Biere de Mars offering. Suprisingly smooth mouthfeel. Overall a very drinkable beer that would be worth a second purchase.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice light yellow/orange colour with a large, frothy, white head. The aromas are of belgian candy sugar, yeast, malts, alcohol, various fruits and spices...The taste is a nice fruity mix, of alcohol, sugar, yeast, and malts, with a nice bitter, hoppy finish. This is quite the west-coast belgian stronge pale ale! The mouthfeel is a little thick and the drinkability isn't the best, but this stuff still rocks!


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

This certainly is a golden beer, in fact it's more orange/apricot in color. Aroma is almost wheat like actually. Taste is a mix of many different flavors: coriander, candy sugar, fruit (apple?), and just a smidge of alcohol to make you remember what it is you're drinking. Mouthfeel is good, almost more than medium, finish is lightly syrupy, but also ends dry(!).

Not bad. Very enjoyable. Drinkability would be higher if the mouthfeel was a bit thinner. pat

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,450 ratings