North Coast Brewing Company Pranqster – Belgian Strong Pale Ale at 7.6% ABV

North Coast Brewing Company Pranqster Belgian Strong Pale Ale at 7.6% ABV ($1.84 at Specs Main Houston, 355ml, no bottle date or best before)

Pours cloudy medium gold with a short, short-lived white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, patchy lacing. (3/5) Nose is bready malt, ripe fruit, banana and faint cloves. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderate bitterness. (6/10) Medium body, low carbonation, creamy and spicy finish. (3/5)

An acceptable – if not stellar – Belg-ish pale. A shade too sweet for my preference, and lacking the crispness and dryness I associate with BSPAs. A decent American interpretation of this Belgian style, especially for the price. (14/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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