Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 jbfoley
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really happy to see this quality of classic Belgian in 12 oz bottles. Definitely one to savor, to take your time drinking. One of my " go to" Belgians when I want to just sit back and enjoy the style.

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Photo of llscotto
4.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fruity? Banana's? Heck I don't know. I'm not that does it taste? Wowee wow wow wow. Soon as the bartender gave me a sample I couldn't say "more please" fast enough. This is by far my new favorite beer. I usually don't care for beer with high Abv but there's always the odd one out, and this is it. To say this beer is yummy is an understatement. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Jerebeer
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I served the beer in a chalice, and it lured with a half inch of head. It has some turbidity and is a 9 on the SRM scale. I taste some fruity, maybe a hint of lemon, and a little bit of spice. This is a very balanced beer. I do think it lives up to the hype. This is up there with one of the best Golden Ales I have had.

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Photo of sphmiel
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at iTap Central West End.
In a goblet, hazy gold with quickly fading head. Fruity aroma, carried into the taste, more peppery, herbal flavors. Just enough carbonation, some lingering spicy notes.
Overall very solid.

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Photo of muckaduck
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent Belgian style ale, with an Abbey feel to it. Slightly fruit taste but with a good, dry finish. Hint of spices make it more bold. Excellent beer to drink at length!

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Has a dark golden body that is slightly transparent. Hard pour generates some head that doesn't stick around much.

Spicy, floral, banana on the nose.

Lots of coriander like spice on the flavor with some pepper. Also some banana and a slight citric element.

Slightly crisp and more body than expected. Ends dry.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look- solid golden color. I did not get much of a head out of this pour and the lace dissipated pretty quickly until it was gone throughout the rest of the drink.
Smell- fruity, bannana, pear, and alcohol.
Taste- phenolic, alcohol, fruity and spicy.
Feel- dry finish.

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Photo of dwmson1
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

True Abbey Ale quality & Flavor brewed right here in Cali, USA.... outstanding flavor finish look and feel. Beautiful cloudy hue...... and very potent

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; dull gold in color; 2 finger white head that receded to a thin film; nice Belgian lacing;

S: an initial burst of citrus, then coriander mixes in; a little peppery spice;

T: lemon up front; strong coriander by mid-palate - overwhelms everything else; a bit of banana at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; dry finish; alcohol is slightly warming;

O: much more coriander that I expected or wanted;

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Photo of leantom
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A classic finally reviewed. Here goes:

A: Only mediocre thing about the beer. Pours a small head but with adequate lacing. Also very cloudy and yellow but with good carbonation.

S: Very good. Bready Belgian yeast, candied sugar, coriander, clove, orange peel and lighter spices. Very complex, even if not quite as good as beers from other Belgian beer brewers.

T: Excellent. Bready Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, etc. Follows the nose really well.

F: Thick and bready. Good.

O: Good beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a classic for what it is, and probably the best, or darn near the best, belgian style beer made in the united states. one of the originals, thats for sure, and i think it has all the elements. its authentically belgian in appearance no doubt, with a foamy tall white head on it that doesnt fade a bit. the nose is a little sweet, a little bubblegum to it, but more refined fruit notes, pear and yellow plum, even apple to it, lots of esters there, and it translates to the taste, where yeast is really the primary flavor agent, although the beer is well hoppy for what it is, and has a rather sturdy grain base that provides structure and sweetness, almost like a tripel more than a belgian pale in the grain build. it all comes together really well though, a great unity, and this could easily pass as belgian truly. one of those beers that drinks so easy though you dont realize how strong it is. a specimen in that regard! look out! possibly my favorite all the time beer from north coast.

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Other than saying it is an orgasm in my mouth lol....

It has a buttery finish to a kicking strong taste.
It starts off to some with you being able to taste the alcohol.
if you let it sit in the "bitter" part of your taste buds (closer to the back) then you can experience a buttery finish.

Some people might not experience it, but to me it has a clean butter/cream white Belgium ale taste.

The alcohol content does take some getting used too!

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Photo of carenna
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Wine was giving me headaches so I wanted to like beer but it was not happening until... a friend introduced me to Pranqster. Wow, this beer is awesome. Then I had a friend who barely drinks try it and she ordered her own, which is very unusual for her. Great job.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pranqster has a smooth, subtly fruity taste that dissipates pretty quickly. It looks and feels like a nice Belgian ale should, and it isn't really lacking any one thing, but it doesn't hit you in the face with how good it is—it's a beer I'd drink more than once, but not one I'd gush over to friends.

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Photo of jimchuck69
1.38/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I tried Sierra Nev Heff after seeing all the great reviews...hated it. Same with this. I was blown away with their Scrimshaw Pils and decided to try the brewery's highest tastes EXACTLY like the S.N. Heff!!! Is this the "Taste" everyone looks for??? Don't get it....

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Photo of delta490
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear deep gold with a thin white head. The head dissipates quickly. The aroma is mild floral notes and the taste is light and fruity. The body has a light feel and weight and has a good clean finish.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready malt, spices and fruity esters. Body is full and crisp. Funky yeast, pale malt, spices and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Complex, tasty brew.

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Photo of cratez
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

North Coast Pranqster - 7.6% ABV Belgian Strong Pale Ale - Consumed October 31, 2014.

A: Golden amber hue with one finger of bright white froth and active carbonation in the body. Very clear appearance with some strands of lacing on the tulip glass. Head subsides to a thin ring about halfway through. Solid looking beer.

S: Bartlett pear, white grape, fruity yeast esters, light phenols, ripe banana, alcohol, red plum, champagne-like notes, and floral hops. A clean, complex and inviting nose.

T: Pear, yeast, wheat malt, alcohol, white grape, honey, candied banana, hint of peach with a spicy, off-dry finish and some warmth going down. Tasty stuff.

M: Fuller than medium-bodied, smooth and creamy middle, spicy-prickly hop bite transitions to a quick and mildly drying finish with some heat in the throat. A very good palate.

O: A lovely BSPA that hits most of the right notes. Floral, semi-sweet and fruity; this one's worth a try.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pranqster pours a cloudy golden color with a small but lacing head. There is a sweeter yeasty aroma. The taste has a nice sweetness, good yeasty and mellow Belgian candy flavor. Nice body and good flavors. Overall its a very well built Belgian strong pale ale.

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Photo of chogm54
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into tulip glass

L - straw coloured, clear. No head, but leaves a thin white lacing

S - Sweet sweet malts and belgian yeasts, honey and a hint of spice (clove, coriander)

T - Typical sweet malts with a reasonable fruity flavour (orange, white grape) and noted herbal (clove) flavours. Sweet, slightly acetic finish (like a chardonnay). Up to the finish, this beer tastes very similar to a witbeer.

F - low carbonation, medium bodied, creamy texture, alcohol is very muted.

O - tidy, not as sweet as other belgian golden ales, and the alcohol is very well hidden. Not the most outstanding belgian ale I've had, but it would be the most sessionable.

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Photo of giodinero
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

You cant find a better value for a corked brew, it has a citrus smell and after taste. This is how i start my weekend and how i spend my money while on budget. This is defiantly the lead off hitter.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Pranqster by North Coast Brewing.

Let me get out of the way that I'm a huge fan of Belgian style beers. No bias, I just want results!

Smells like orange peel, bananas, yeast, and a peppery note.

Tastes like those notes but there is just something that is off with this beer. Something just not right for this Belgian style. It has this taste that reminds me of BMC beers. An alcohol presence too that is masked (flavor wise) in very good Belgian style beers.

I had high hopes for this but I'm let down greatly. I've had some darn good Belgian offerings from the United States and from the homeland itself. I would not buy this again.

I'm not sure if I'm drinking this incorrectly though. Some beers I've seen recommend swishing the yeast around before adding it to your glass (like Hoegaarden for instance). I've also seen some beers tell you to NOT disturb the yeast when pouring the glass. Since these beer brewers did not specify what their vision is for their beer, I swished the yeast around and added it to the beer. If this substantially changes the overall taste of the beer in a negative way then tell the purchaser ON THE BOTTLE how to pour the beer. Because of this I'm not going to buy this beer again. The way I had it (adding the yeast) did not taste very good, I'm not sure if that changed the overall intended flavor of the beer. I'll never know I guess.

Let this be a lesson for you beer brewers. Adding relevant information to your bottle is significant to many of your buyers...

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Photo of Rob23
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

I expected more from this awesome brewery but not withstanding it is ok.Pours a very thin head that is gone before you can count to 10.Great color and smell throughout.To me it seems like a light Belgian if that is even a category.Rating is a 3.5 because of the brewery alone.Actual rating is a 3.0.They know what they are doing over there at North Coast but this could be a lot better.A mild Belgian that I would like to try on tap to give a more accurate rating.

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Photo of Capt_kirk
3/5  rDev -25%

Pours golden,thin white head, which does not last long. Not very complex in flavor, but good on a hot evening.
Overall, I had higher hopes for this beer.

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Photo of Wobbly
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Honestly, I was a bit disappointed by this beer. Definitely solid, but after reading some of the reviews, I expected a masterpiece. Compared to a Duvel or Delirium Tremens, this beer does not hold up. It lakes the buttery texture and complex flavor profiles of the Belgian originals. That said, this is a very good attempt at a difficult style. Aromatic but not pungent; fairly high in ABV (but lower than most Belgian examples). Main complaint would be the hop character is too pronounced for this style. Given that this is made in CA, I am not surprised by that. I would still say that Old Rasputin is the standard bearer for this brewery.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 3,314 ratings.
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