Puck The Beer Petite Saison – North Coast Brewing (Fort Bragg, CA, USA)

Puck The Beer Petite Saison – North Coast Brewing, 4% ABV, 12 oz., (Fort Bragg, California, USA)


description from ratebeer.com

“First brewed to celebrate our 25th anniversary, the beer now known as PUCK, a petite saison of just over 4% ABV, won a place in our hearts and in our year-round portfolio of beers. Brewed with premium Pils and wheat malts and fermented with the same yeast strain used to make our renowned Saison, Le Merle, Puck is sharp and spritzy with a delicious flowery, spicy dry-hop aroma—the perfect accompaniment to any celebration, big or small.


  • Style: (session) Saison
  • Taste: Sessionable crisp mandarin orange grainy lager malt slight tart rough
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $3.50 CAD (7.5% off) – 12 oz.,  September 2015
  • Do I love this enoughto drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sessionable and forgettable

Visual: Pours golden orange-yellow with no real lasting head, a thin hazy layer of retention, singular small bubble streams all around.

Nose: orange citrusy barley malt, notes of florals and honey. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: super crisp bite, thinner body entry

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), mandarin orange, grainy lager malt, tingly-fizzy CO2, short sour tangy

Finish: light metallic pils malt, subtle bitter hops, mild wheat malt rough

Summary: Very nice execution of a 4% beer – good crisp drinkability with orangy malt flavour with just enough depth of body. A bit thin at the start but picks up in the mids and finishes with a gentle hop bitterness. Good quality but not exceptional.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout – North Coast Brewing (Fort Bragg, California, USA)

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  • My Rating: B

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout – North Coast Brewing, 9% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (Fort Bragg, CA, USA)

on the neck, front label:

“Brewed in the tradition of the 18th century English brewers who supplied the Russian court of Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin develops a cult following wherever it goes. It’s a rich, intense brew with big, complex flavours & a warming finish.”

  • Style: (Russian-style) Imperial Stout
  • Taste: creamy bitter -> burnt malts/dark roast/chocolate -> lingering bittersweet hopped finish.
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $3 (after 10% off) – 12 fl.oz., February 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, definitely for stout fans

Visual: Good ‘ol Rasputin on the front label. Makes me wanna sing “Ra, Ra, Rasputin, lover of the Russian queen…” Love the 70s jams. Nonetheless, this pours almost pitch black with some brown in there, a large sized dissipating creamy head, lots of sticky lacing, decent retention, lots of activity.

Nose: roasted malts, cacao, burnt coffee. (6/10)-pungency

Attack: cream-foamy, incoming biting bitter-sweetness

Mid-palate: (6/10)-sweetness, high bitterness, light sourness, (MAIN) burnt malts, bitter roast, dark chocolate

Finish: long roasted bitterness, bittersweet light-medium-hopped finish.

Summary: This one is all about dark roast with extremely well-hidden alcoholic background. It’s quite smooth and a touch lighter than other Russian Imperial Stouts I’ve tried.

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

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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.

Old Rasputin XII (12th Anniv.) – North Coast Brewing (USA)

Old Rasputin XII (12th Anniversary) – North Coast Brewing, 11.2% ABV, (Fort Bragg, CA, USA)

From ratebeer.com:

Seems hard to believe that we’ve been making Old Rasputin for 10 years now, but that’s what’s happened. And, to celebrate the occasion, we’ve brewed a special small batch that’s been aged for 9 months in some 12 year-old bourbon barrels. It’s bottled in 500 ml bottles with a cork and wired finish and a special commemorative label —— and it’s amazing. The depth, intensity and complexity of the flavor profile make it a worthy tribute to this fine beer.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: A
  • Why I like it: Rich, deep, smooth, creamy
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?), 2011
  • How much: $24, 16.9 fl.oz.
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours plasma TV black, small head, nano CO2 foam, ringed retention, sticky lacing. Light coffee malts on the nose. Delightfully creamy at the start, medium thick viscosity, mild & gentle roasted coffee throughout, 5/10 sweetness, transitions beautifully into a soft bitter chocolaty finish. Notes of vanilla, almond, and cherries. High complexity, med-high length, fabulous transitions, high depth, long length. Almost perfect but a bit of ethyl alcohol detection at the 2/3 mark; probably can’t be helped but still detracts from the tasting experience. Be careful with this one, 1/2 bottle through and it is on.