Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

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North Coast Brewing Co.
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Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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IBU's: 20

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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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Photo of Citadel82
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine Belgian style strong ale.

Pours a hazy orange with a thick creamy white head that left abundant lace as it withdraws. Head fades to a thin crown that sits on top as the beer is consumed. Quite a bit of sediment if you do not choose to decant.

Smell is floral hops with faint cloves and citrus. some Yeastiness.

Taste is balanced malt an and european hops. Some bitterness at the tail end. Not even a slight hint of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full. Not as light as one might expect given that pale coloration. But this in in perfect accord with the style, reminds me very much of Duvel.

This is a very drinkable brew, it hides its gravity well.

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.[email protected] coast. Has the same yeasty flavour of Duvel (i.e fair amount of character, but nice and soft. This was spicy, appley, lemony, yeasty, nice warming finish, not too bad. Pretty good crack at the Duvel? style, drinkable stuff, one of my faves at the north Coast taproom.

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Photo of trancefishy
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a nice semi-hazy orange colour, and in my case, with some large clumpy snot-viscosity yeast balls. oh well, more vitamin B for me.

aroma let's you know this a big juicy belgian right away. lots of yeasty smells, and certainly some vanilla floating around in there. spicy and bright. oh, my mouth waters...

oh yes, the taste. all over the place. sweet and orangey, with a nice finish that is not too dry at all. that vanilla is still there, along with lots of bread and a mild mild alcohol presence. the flavour and aroma compliment each other nicely. they are neither the same nor radically different and disconnected.

mouthfeel is nice and full. not wimpy thin at all. all the flavor is there to fill up that space entirely as well. carbonation does it's part satisfactorily.

wow. this is really good stuff. don't let anyone tell you i said this, but it's better than a few belgians from belgium i have had. perhaps that's just my USAian palette diggian USA beers, or just the fact that after nearly 7hours of physics work, i'm ready for some beer. This is not a cheesy beer, it's really good, so get some and drink it.

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

Pours a hazy golden color. No lace, but that was my fault (dirty glass...). Smells of lemon and yeast-nice. Taste is good, very good, with a lemony, yeasty flavor dominating, as well as some pear and apple (or did I imagine that?).

Very nice Belgian-style golden ale here. This one I'm definitely buying again, in place of some other, more expensive Belgians that shall go nameless.

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Photo of malthead
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice golden orange color, and poured in a Duvel tulip glass, I got a great big white/peach colored head. (when you pour this one, get some distance on it, otherwise the head won't show up) There's the usual Belgian candy-beer smell... predominantly sweet malt, but a surprising amount of fruit and hops - apricots, spices/pepper, and a bready yeast component. Taste is really sweet... there's the malt and other stuff noted in the aroma - floral/herbal/spicy, but still mostly just too sweet for me. I found this affected the mouthfeel as well - great carbonation, which made it very light for a beer like this, but overall, just too sickly-sweet and mouth-coating for me. Drinkability was good, I liked the alcohol content in this - not too strong, but warming in the background.

For what it's worth, I thought this one was better than Duvel or several others, and well worth its price. I guess I'm just more of a fan of saisons and strong dark ales.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,213 ratings.
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