Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep cloudy yellow, with nice head and good lacing. Fruits, wheat, and yeast just like a Belgian should smell. A very nice and complex, yet balanced flavor. Banannas and clove are prominent. North Coast knows what they're doing.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, yellow/light-orange body with a huge, off-white, dense head. Tons of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Smells of yeast, malt, corn and vegetables. Taste is very strong: Yeast and grapes up front, then lemongrass and pine. The flavor's approach is very interesting. It offers a good amount of fruity, sweet malt then a weird sour/tart hoppiness. Aftertaste is rather light compared to the big taste, but still complex: corn, sour mix, bitter/drying coffee, and alcohol. Yeast sediment in bottom of glass. This was a perculiar Pranqster, very quirky and enjoyable. This is a complex beer from one of my favorite breweries. Check it out! I had mine from a 12oz bottle purchased at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, DC.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to elnadeau for this one
Appearance: The Pranqster is a hazy golden pour with a quickly dissapating white head.
Aroma: The nose has some candy, yeast & floral notes. It is a pleasant smell.
Taste: Oh my God, a Belgian session beer. Tasty but not overpowering. You certainly don't notice the alcohol in this one. Great job.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazed red gold and thick looking with a smallish head. Smells like some sort of Hi-C, straight outa the freshly opened can. Yeast bitterness fights with mango and mandarin orange on the fairly thick palate, and there is no winner, really, only tastebubs that have survived their role as battlefield. Interesting, kind of like La Chouffe, but not quite as good, not a real "gotta get this again" type beer, though I must admit I've had quite a few of these!
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Acidic, spicy (cinamon)aoma. Semi-sweet with a sour finish. Full flavored with a moderate body.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden amber hue. Orange, bubble gum aroma. A fairly full bodied flavor, expected a little more taste. Floral in the aftertaste, maybe a little honey. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice beer.
SDquaffer (18) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice sweet aroma greets you. pleasant flavors, belgian yeasts creating a fruit and banana top note.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very typical take on a style that they could have largely improved on. I expected more, but do not get me wrong, there were some good complexities here in the flavor, but nothing unique that makes it stand up above the rest.
JFGrind (1894) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2003 Very yeasty aroma and flavor. Pranqster only costs a $1.19 at World Market in Seattle and is a bargain. Should be able to match up to any true Belgian Ale. High alcohol is easily masked by complex maltiness. Worth trying!
Cobra (1100) - - JUL 7, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. brown bottle. Decanted off the yeast so I can make a starter for homebrew. Anyway, it poured out a dark golden yellow color, with a slight head that lasted to the end. Thick yeast sediment in the bottle. Aromas of Belgian yeast, malts, candi sugar, and bananas. Slight phenols in the background. Faint hops aroma, nothing spectacular. Average taste & mouthfeel. Nothing to write home about, however.