Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

1,218 Reviews

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 Gueuzedude
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazy copper-gold color and is topped by a frothy, pale cream colored head. The aroma is spicy and herbal with an nose that makes me think that the Chimay strain of yeast was used to ferment this beer. The taste is lightly sweet with a medium fullness on the palate, that is typically a little to heavy, but well within the American interpretation of a Belgian beer (afraid to use adjuncts/sugar?). The taste has notes of ginger, a grassy herbal character, coriander, lemon, and pears. This beer has some nice flavors (though I am not a huge fan of the Chimay signature), but is a little too full on the palate and missing a little something else that would make this beer really good.

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Photo of dgallina
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. No bottled-on or best-before date.

Poured from the bottle a clear peach. Light-to-moderate carbonation in the Duvel glass, but unnaturally small head and only a light film of insignificant lace. Smells grainy, slightly spicy, with a touch of alcohol in the nose. Tastes mostly grainy and fairly bland at first. Begins to develop some drying hops and spice as the beer warms. Finishes medium-dry, with notes of solvent-like alcohol. Lightly carbonated and relatively light in body.

Not the best strong Belgian-style ale. Brought down by average appearance and only slightly-above-average flavor. Could be an old six-pack since there was no dating on the bottles.

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

Pours a nice honey-orange. The bottle conditioning contributed to some haze, but my sloppy pour didn't help. :) Nice healthy creamy-white head, which held for a little while before disappearing.

Nice fresh aroma, with a spicy bottom, covered over by a smell that's all about canned pineapple (not unpleasantly so- I rather like this smell in this context). It's also got some banana tones in it.

The flavour has an intial spice, followed by a hit of banana and a hint of orange, then more spice. The end and aftertaste are kind of woody, with the alcohol rising a bit at the end. The spicy tonestend to stay on your tongue even when you're not drinking.

On the tongue, there's a medium fizz initially, which grows quickly. Underneath that, it has a nice medium body that gets just SLIGHTLY slimy at the end.

I like this one a good bit. It seemed to get more intense as it went on, making me think it may not be a good session beer. However, that could have to do with how I feel in the moment- and maybe at another time I might think differently.

Be well

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Photo of jamesclark
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is light orange, and very cloudy. The cream-colored head formed quickly, but disappeared just as quickly, and my beer is left with a light crown.

The smell is citrusy, with a malty sweetness; it is reminiscent of a witbier, though a bit darker.

The taste is tangy - a balance of malt and hops, with a significant fruity and citrusy flavor. There is a significant spiciness, and some sour sweetness. This beer has a subtle complexity to it - a woodiness, maybe. The finish is particularly spicy and dry, leaving a tingle in the mouth, along with a little hops and citrus. The alcohol is finally, but barely, noticeable.

The carbonation is on the high side, which provides that tingle at the finish, and throughout - making the beer feel somewhat dry. It also feels medium-bodied, and not at all syrupy.

A good beer, it hides the alcohol well. I would tend to want something to eat with this, because of the dryness and sourness, but this drink does well enough on its own.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz with no dates poured into a chalice.

Hazy amber orange with a white, one finger head that coats the glass and never really dies.

Smells of funky yeast, coriander, and some dry hops. Has a tart aroma.

Dry malts upfront when tasted. Then the spice kicks in paired with a lemon tartness. The finish is dry and spicy. Very well balanced with a somewhat light mouthfeel. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz., bottle conditioned - served slightly chilled in a Chimay chalice. It is a translucent amber/gold with a one finger head that is just a shade away from white and leaves slight lacing. Lots of phenols in the aroma - bananas, cloves, spiciness - and a touch of orange. The flavor is also heavy on the phenols along with some sweetness and yeast. Very malty with some hops in the aftertaste and there is an alcohol warmth. It is pretty thick and smooth. Delicious.

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Photo of TheJudge
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden yellow, THICK looking ale with a firm white head that holds very well. Looks like a lemon/orange has been stuffed in the glass. That isn't as bad as it sounds. Smells lemony. Not too much, what I expected. Tastes thick and heavy, again no surprise. But not bad. It does take from the mouthfeel. And it is just too thick to drink more than one or two.

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

Pours very dark for the style. More like an APA than Duvel: dark amber with only a small head.

Smells very, very spicy. Tons of cloves and ginger. Actually smells like a gingerbread cookie.

Tastes spicy with hints of fruit. Cloves and white pepper up front, just a hint of banana added to the mix in the middle and retaining that flavor up until a juicy splash hits you in the middle and leaves your tongue burning. Fantastic.

An exceptional and easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.77/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a fuzzy orangey/amber color ale with medium head with poor retention. Nose of light spices, fruit and some malt, though a tad too discrete. Taste is quite mild with the fruit aspect quite evident; yeast is almost undetectable. Body is average and carbonation is way too low. Overall, this is a below average Belgian ale.

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Photo of asabreed
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. bottle. 4-pack for around $7.

Appearance: I don't think I've seen a BSPA that I didn't like as far as appearance. Frothy white head, many bubbles coming to the surface. Hazy lemon yellow color. Pretty fantastic to look at overall.

Smell: I sense the balance, but nothing really completely perks me into diving into the glass again and again. However, the banana and candi sugar aromas are there, and like I said they're very balanced. Slight yeast and cirtus, too.

Taste: Once again, everything comes through pretty well. And yet again, though it's balanced -- which makes it great all the way through -- I wish there was something else going on, though I don't exactly know what. It's crisp, smooth, and delicious, but somehow it's really begging for something that's going to amp it up. Still, the sugars and flavors come through well from the aromas, and it's very nice.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, but full of complexity with the balance of lighter to medium carbonation. I realize maybe that made no sense, but swish it around a bit, and lightly, and you'll know what I mean. Nice overall for sure.

Drinkability: I almost feel that if there WAS that one element that would make this a stellar beer WERE there, the drinkability may be less than my rating. However, due to the 7.6% ABV, which certainly isn't outrageous for a beer of this style, this is a beer that I could drink all the time. Certainly I wouldn't make it a session beer, but it's crispness and cleanness is extremely balanced.

I would personally like to see this tweaked in the future, as this has the potential currently to be beyond many Belgians of its style. North Coast knows what they're doing -- now they just need something (slightly) extra and they can be one of the heavy hitters.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While this unfortunately named beer sounds like the opening act for White Lion on their 1986 tour, it comes from a great brewery--hopefully it's not a bad omen.

Appearance: Eh... almost. A much deeper gold than I might have expected, slightly cloudy as well. Pure white head, but a bit smallish for the style--too cold, perhaps? Retention, hmm, how can I put this, sucks. Fine, fairly active carbonation. Some lace, but not the opaque sheets you often see from this style.

Smell: Boo-yah! Damn explosion of sweet spiced bread, clove yeast spice, honey and a tart, ripe juiciness. Big blast o' Belgian.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Solid exercise in pale malt. Citrus rind hop with a big slap of yeast off the bat. Body of sweet orange juice, honey, scone, gingerbread, a hint of clove-or-something-like-it spice and maybe a touch of diacetyl--good stuff. The mouthfeel is just right; smooth, a bit full, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Great, considering a four-pack is $3 less than one 11.2 of some other strong pales. This is very correct, but very big and bold at the same time. Works for me. I think it's their best beer.

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

12 oz. brown bottle with no dates.

Poured a clouded orange color, crowned with a large bubbled white head.

Peach and assorted tropical fruits in the aroma. Malty sweetness, an alcohol snap, and a touch of funk.

Grainy and full bodied. Spicy and fruity at the top, crisp and carbonated in the middle, very nice malt flavor and a touch of alcohol spiciness in the finish. Boozy, lemon burps.

This beer was as good as any Belgian of the style and better than some. Judging from this beer and Old Rasputin, NWBC has got their stuff together. Kick ass.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In to my St. Bernardus goblet, I pour a radient, golden apricot colored beer wearing a 1 inch head of pure white. Head fizzles down to a ring in a disappointingly short time. No lace to speak of.

The aroma is sweet malts, yeasty spice, pear, peach/apricot, and marshmellow. It is sweet and quite inviting.

The flavor is heavy with summer fruits, wildflower honey, doughy yeast, exotic spice, and has a distinctive floral hop finish. Alcohol is barely noticable.

Mouthfeel is medium towards full, richer than some other "Belgian" ales. Yet it retains high drinkability and is thirst-quenching. It finishes light and airy with a touch of fruity sweetness and trailing spicey hops. A very good interpretation of the style.

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

This golden yellow beer has a modest head with a fair amount of lacing. The head seems to last for a better than average time. This pours a bit cloudy if you are not careful to watch teh sediment.

This one has light odor of malt. It has a medium body with a livley carbonation.

The best part is the flavor. This is a good representation fo a belgian style. It has that acidic taste and light hop. It is moderatley sweet and has a good acidic after taste that has is a little acidic.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a Chalice)

A- Golden orange color body with nice effervescents. The head was a medium size soapy head that faded to a thin layer. Good Belgian lace with each sip.

S- Nice fruity aroma of pears and apples with a sweet and spiciness to it. A nice malt character with a little bit of perfume but no hops or alcohol in the nose.

T- Very fruity with strong pear sweetness and hints of apple and even some orange. It has a cloy sweetness to the taste. Soft malt finish that is very gentle. Finishes pretty sweet with a tiny bit of pepperyness.

M- medium body with a fizziness in the finish. No alcohol warmth or astringency is noticed.

D- This is a good beer but it is very sweet and is missing much of the complexity that I come to expect with Belgian golden ales. It has a nice smooth body but I would like it to have more spiciness or a bit more alcohol warmth to balance the sweetness.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from box to mouth in under 15 minutes.. thanks hardtarget for this and all the rest.

pours into a duvel tulip glass with a thick, hazy body. most likely a yeast cloud, but still beautiful. yellow gold with orange tinge and a healthy froth and carbonation to it.

aroma is lemon and yeast, very BGA. very unibroue, very duvel. buttery and not too strong. inviting. not overpowering with sourness like other american versions of similar style brew.

taste is mellow and refreshing. mouthfeel and body are pretty thick for the appearance of carbonation and light color it exudes. the abv is completely hidden and the flavors of banana, bread, citrus and butterscotch combine nicely for a positive drinking experience. no gross or sour aftertaste.. very little aftertaste actually.

super drinkable and looks great, comparable to duvel and la fin du monde. taste profile for the style falls somewhere at the top of americans and the lower-middle of belgians. overall, my favorite north coast brew so far.

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Photo of mgdeth
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy golden color. Reasonable head at first, but it fades quickly. No lacing - what a bummer.

Smell - Sweet, almost candy-like, with a slight tang in the background. There is also a fresh grassy or grainy smell mixed in with delicate spices.

Taste - This beer has the typical "Belgian sweetness" some commonly found in Beligian ales. I also pick up on a number of spices that are hard to place. They sure seem to be fresh. The beer is similar in taste in saome ways to a Belgian wit (as far as the spices go). Some hops tingle the tongue while alcoholic warmth makes its way in as well. Delightful.

Mouthfeel - Strong body, with relatively low to medium carbonation. The feel of the beer conjures up thoughts of how ale of this variety might have tasted a long time ago.

Drinkability - This beer is thick and sweet, and has a really complex flavor. This is definitely a beer you want to have more than once.

Comments - I'd put this beer up against any other golden ale from Belgium any day of the week. Outstanding, aside from the lack of head retention.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful orange liquid with a good curtain of debris preventing my gaze from exiting through the other side. Two finger tannish orange head with nice retention. Sloppy runs of lace are notable. No carbonation plumes are visible.

The nose is sweet and yeasty. Fairly strong spice aromas are what I am feeling. Faintly malty.

The taste of this ale has the best (coriander?) spiced flavor of any beer that I have encountered thus far from a spice aspect. The malt profile is relatively mild and allows the spice aspects to flourish. The body is light and bubbly. Not bad.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a gold-orange color with a small head. Smells of molasses, caramel and brown sugar...very sweet. Tastes like molasses, with a bit of yeasty overtones. Finishes with a slight sourness toward the end. Aftertaste is slightly metallic, don't know where that came from. I think that this beer has potential, but the finish just leaves a lot to be desired. Not a really outstanding brew.

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Photo of Hunter
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good representation of the style, no doubt. Light haze/gold color brew, supporting a thick white head.

Notes of banana and other esters in the nose, wheatgrass and malt.

Tasty stuff. Not as complex or spicy as I like in Belgians but certainly drinkable. Light mouthfeel, finishes clean and entices one to go for another.

Found this as a single bottle at Cost Plus Imports. I'll make an effort to find it again and re-review.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best bang-for-your buck purchases you can find. At around $7/ 4-pack you can't loose on this one. This pours a wonderful light golden color with a nice white head that thins very quickly. The smell is very estery with a banana presence. The taste is crisp with a dry finish and the belgian candy sugar stands out. A very nice belgian style ale at a resonable price.

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Photo of palma
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange tan body. Almost no head. Umm, head please? Fruity aroma with grape, apple and big malty notes. Very sweet smelling. Almost reminds me of a stick of bubblegum. Taste is fruity with pear and corriander standing out. Sweet, bold malty backbone. Tart, citric finish. Very complex tasting. A lot of flavor in this brew. This is a slow sipping brew not because of the abv, but because of the strong and complex flavor. I'm giving a 3.5 for taste, with much of that point value given with a lot of weight considering the style. Personally, I dont really care for the flavor that much. High carbonation mouthfeel so it was odd to see virtually no head develop. I think Duvel is a much easier drinking golden ale. This is a decent Belgian in my opinion. Though I dont really care for the flavor, I know others probably love it.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured vigorously into a Leffe goblet because it was obvious from the first that this one had no head or carbonation. And I mean none. I've tasted this one before, so I know it has the potential for some slight white head, but never much. Partly due to colder than optimal temperatures perhaps, but still nothing or not much in my experience. Medium golden color typical of the style, with tiny flecks of yeast floating around (not causing a haze to the beer, there are discrete flecks). Another reviewer suggested they look like pepper floating in the beer- a very good description.

Aroma is mostly sweetness, with a slight pepper/spicy overcoat (there's that pepper again). None of the typical strong citrus nose, but some vague fruitiness is there. Decent, but not overwhelming.

Taste- much as in the aroma, the first thing noticed is sweetness, although not as strong in the flavor. Spicy herbal notes bounce around the bright, clean finish.

Mouthfeel is full and pleasant. Drinkability is good, but I would note that this, a decent beer, has a lot of competition that I prefer. Good stuff, but I'll find others that I would go back to first.

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Photo of yoko
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We all know the bottle and the team of happy fellows sporting their beers and jolly. Poured a milky golden-orange with suspended specks of ground pepper like particles (despite holding a 1/2" in the bottle). Even with a hard pour it mounted a small head that quickly disappeared to a reminiscent white wash cloud up top with a slight stick of head that left a delicate and hoped for lace. The nose was a delight - "yes, a Belgian"... dry malts, sour horse/straw in a very good way. Carbonation carried the libation from start to finish. Malts and sour with a hop spice lite bite finish...ahhhh.

What a delightful surprise.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light and cloudy sun yellow in hue, very thin dissolving head. Belgium spices, 30 second old chewed bubble gum and banana peels on the nose. Up front, decent medium based BSPA, if there is such a thing. Chewy and peppery, spices quite noticeable and in your face; yeast and coriander in the body, fresh bananas and orange peel to boot. Mildly carbonated and a bit creamy, hard to detect, yet perfectly disguised 7.6 ABV. Drinkable, yes, tasty, yes! NothinÂ’ wrong here!

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 3,343 ratings.
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