PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale – North Coast Brewing (USA)


PranQster – North Coast Brewing, 7.6% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (Fort Bragg, California, USA)

On bottle neck label:

“Belgian ales represent the height of the brewers’ art, with sophisticated brewing techniques, yeast blends, and unique flavorings. PranQster follows in this tradition using a mixed culture of antique yeast strains that produces a floral nose, full fruity flavor, and clean finish.”

  • Style: (Belgian-style) Strong Ale
  • My Rating: C
  • Taste Profile: Sweet wheaty malts -> fizzy/tangerine/yeast/coriander/SALT -> alcohol/clean finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$14/6pack, December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not fully

Tasting notes: pours almost clear light pale orange, very small head, thin ringed retention, lots of active streams. A very citrus-lemon/orange nose with hints of wheat. Drinks with a  6/10-sweet maltiness up front, quite fizzy/light creamy mouthfeel, tastes of light tangerine, wheat-beer like wheatiness, coriander, almost-SALTY (strange) in the mids, yeasty, mild peach, finishing med-alcoholic and clean light-malty. Low-medium complexity, medium depth, okay carry, okay transitions, okay drinkability. Can’t say I like or am impressed by this one.