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RATINGS: 1481   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2002
This is the least favorite of the North Coast Brewing beers that I’ve tried. This beer absolutely bears no resemblence to any Belgian Ale that I’ve tried. Very bland to the palate, with an odd acidic, slightly sweet flavor. Hardly a hint of carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kodos (200) - USA - JAN 31, 2002
Noticeably no carbonation for a Belgian Ale style. Very sweet and acidy. A decent copy but not the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2002
I have recently found this beer too sweet for my taste. Also, it lacks the typical big carbonation characteristic of this style. I agree with others: this is very similar to a white ale. I still find it a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6161) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2004 Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly hoppy (flowers), moderately yeasty (mold, cobwebs), lightly malty (cookie, toasted grain), with notes of clove, pear, coriander. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A seemingly oversimplified example...it has some obligatory moldy/cobwebby yeast and clove, but there's nothing stylish or distinctive about this. Too sweet. It's not bad, but it seems like this is just a checkmark next to "make a Belgian beer" on a brewer's style list.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2001
Nice sweet, citrusy clean taste. OK aroma, average head, melts down quickly. The faintest off flavor at the finish. A nice version of a Belgian golden ale. It does fall short of similar microbrews - La Fin du Monde or Hennepin, for example, and true Belgians, specifically, Duvel. Nonetheless, a nice beer, any fan of Belgian beer should enjoy. One guy mentions Wit beers here, I think this beer is an excellent warm weather beer served chilled - just remember the alcohol content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 18, 2001
Yeasty, buttery aroma. Malty, spicy, taste with a hint of fruitiness. A sweet heavy beer balanced somewhat by a dry hoppy finish. Tastes like a Duvel/Chimay White cocktail. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2001
Inviting initial smell. Hazy apricot color with densely packed white head. Friendly aroma. Shovels of complex fruit flavors. Rich and full tasting with a fairly heavy mouthfeel. Just slightly cloying - I thought it left behind a little ’cobweb of honey flavor’ in the back of my throat, but it wasn’t really a problem. Loved the yeast’s contribution to the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2001
Not incredibly impressive for this style...seemed overly yeasty and pretty bland. Covers the alcohol fairly well but there was some sort of an aftertaste that I didn’t enjoy that I can’t quite put my finger on...good, but not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2001
A very average Belgian style ale. In all honesty this smelled, tasted, looked, and felt more like a wit. Very yeasty aroma and somewhat creamy yeast flavors. Coriander and possible orange zest in the nose as well. Not very impressed, but you might want to consider this if you are looking for a decent wit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4062) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2001
A clean Belgian strong. Methinks that I’m going to make this my benchmark American Belgian. Cidery, yeasty. Reminds me of a couple of Unibroues varieties..

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