Beer of the Week 52: PranQster

 

North Coast Brewing Company’s Pranqster Belgium Style Golden Ale

From the bottle:

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.

From my notes:

Cloudy, with a straw-like complexion. Thin fine white head. High carbonation. Malt sweet, spices, yeast. Tastes delicious. Tropical fruit, malt sweet, pepper, and cloves on the tongue. Did I saw it was delicious? Crisp finish, smooth, no hops.

Did I say it was delicious?

Belgian Ales are strong and complex enough to stand up to whatever you want to pair them with. PranQster is an excellent example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, lots of flavor and spice in the brew. Just be careful because with an ABV of 7.6% you’re not going to be chugging these down. PranQster is a sipping beer!

In other news, this is my 52nd beer. A year in beer if you will. And as much as I enjoy beer and writing up these short reviews. I think a 52 is a good number to end on. Thanks for following the blog as I reviewed them. I don’t know what my next project will be but I hope you’ll continue reading!

Rating (out of five):

Beer of the Week 46: Le Merle

North Coast Brewing Company’s Le Merle

From the bottle:

Le Merle is an elegant ale, pale in color, inspired by the rich brewing traditions of the Flanders region. Abundant hops and a Belgian yeast strain contribute the exotic aromas of tropical fruit.

From my notes:

Clear, straw color with a thing, fine, bright, white head. Medium carbonation. Floral, tropical fruit and yeast on the nose, mild hop taste immediately on the tongue that settles into bread, pepper, and lemon. Clean, dry finish.

 Saisons were traditionally brewed by the drinker over the winter and then opened and drank through the spring and summer. When you drink a a good saison you should be able to smell fruit and yeast on the nose and have that reflected in the taste backed up with spice, tart, and some mild to medium bitterness. They are usually dry. Saisons are versatile for pairing with foods. They go well with spicy foods, and do great with BBQ, pair with bold flavorful food that matches the complexity of a Saison has more delicate food’s flavor may be overwhelmed by the beer.

Rating (out of five):