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RATINGS: 1575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
Belgian Ales represent the height of the brewers’ art. Sophisticated brewing techniques, yeast blends and unique flavoring elements have elevated the beers of Belgium to the status enjoyed by wine in other countries. PranQster follows in this tradition using a mixed culture of antique yeast strains that results in a floral nose, a full fruity flavor and a clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 14, 2004
(12 oz bottle) Solid effort at a dry Belgian golden ale for an American brewer; The spicy and yeasty flavor is quite prominent from start to finish, but the mildly sweet, apricot fruit flavor is quite apparent as well; The aroma is lightly spicy and lightly fruity with also a mild sourness; Very carbonated mouthfeel with a nice, full palate that is slightly sticky; The color is a hazy, light golden; Some small chunky dark sediment floating near the glass edge, but most was left on the bottom of the bottle; White head is fairly small on the pour and fades to a sheen rather quickly; With almost no head, lacing is not applicable for this beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Poured a hazy orange with a small, 1-finger head with small particles. Spicy and musty (yeasty) aromas. Spicy tasting with hints of fruits (oranges and bananas). Watery body. Didn’t strike me as anything special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2004
To truly evaluate North Coast, I should have a beer of a style that is high on my list - right? First off, it is hard to believe that this is a 7+% Belgian. There is just a certain thin factor that has its positives and negatives in this one. The positive is that this is a very refreshing and drinkable beer. The negative is that the bang for the buck isn’t there in terms of pure flavor. This is clealy to style, but no more interesting than a decent homebrew. The only distinctive I could pull out of it was a rosewater sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Sweet, smooth and yeasty. Nice mellow hops and well hidden alcohol. Very fruity/apricot flavor. Peach colored and cloudy with ample head. Quite tasty and very authentic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2004
This was an interstng and suprising brew. Pors a nice deep golden color. Tons and I mean Tons of little yeast floaties. Nose is of candy sugar, rosemary, candy sugar and barley and yeast. Flavors are mainly of sugar. Not bad Not balanced but not bad at all G-rat

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Pours hazy light orange with a thin off-white head. Spicy (pepper) aroma with pineapple juice and pear syrup. Flavor is pretty well developed with fruity notes (peach, pear and white grape), citrus, spice (plenty of yeast phenols), and sweet bread. Medium-bodied. Quite a bit going on but nothing stands out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Cloudy yellow/orange color with a medium sized head. Yeasty, banana-like aroma. Nice pale malt flavor with a fruity undertone. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2004
06.24.04 12oz Bottle. Cloudy, orangish-golden color; small, fleeting head, tons of floaties and bits in suspension. Fruity, corriander, spice, orange, floral nose. Very sweet, Orange Julius flavor. Light body, tart astringency, nice hop bite. Quite reminiscent of other North Coast beers in flavor and body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Cloudy Orange Coloring. Good Head. Yeast. Fruit. Spice. A very good beer...but nothing distinctive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Orange peel and cloves very present in the nose, like with many good belgian. I drank it out of a Trois Pistoles grappist glass, and couldn’t see through the wonderful clowded orange color. With a light behind it, it almost looks luminous. The mouthfeel is very smooth at first then comes to a crisp middle then ends with a leafy sweetness. From the three beers I’ve had from this brewery, I need to get my paws on some more. All three have been much better than expected.

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