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Panty Peeler - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

240 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 60
Gots: 41 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 09-21-2008

Free spirited Panty Peeler Tripel pours rambunctiously into your glass, releasing its engaging aroma. Curacao (bitter) orange peel and coriander create a beautiful yet bolder tripel by infusing color, citrus and spice. Belgian yeast adds playful character. Bottle conditioning assures a perfectly heady experience.

Brewed as a Belgian tripel but with American boldness, Panty Peeler is delicious yet spirited. Originally named Extreme Polar White Bier, it got nicknamed "Panty Peeler" along the way. Then we translated it to French for a while: Épluche-Culotte. Now we're back to calling it Panty Peeler and we've kicked up the coriander and orange peel to represent its original design.

15 IBU
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Ratings: 240 | Reviews: 106
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Whole Foods on Columbus Circle in New York City, having never had this beer or anything from Midnight Sun before. Didn't know what to expect from this beer but after letting this warm up and swishing it around for a while, this beer grew on me. While not as good as an imported Tripel, this was solid and extremely enjoyable while having a recessed alcoholic presence.

Nice pour to this, as this beer had a deep goldenrod hue, frothy head, and ample carbonation. Must of the foam settled as lacing before sliding down the edge of my pint glass and settling around the edge of the liquid. Nice amount of manga and papaya to go with the blood orange feel of the curacao and dough that the yeast brought to the table. Nice, fully mouthfeel to this with a hint of lemon pepper and coriander to spice things up. Not a lot of Belgian funk and this has a very "wet" mouthfeel to it that reinforced the blood orange aspect while the bubbles kept this light from start to finish.

However, the alcohol was stronger in taste than it was in actuality - which wasn't necessarily a bad thing. I almost thought this was a Belgian Pale Ale. The yeast livened this nicely and there were more than enough flavors here to offset any heaviness from the alcohol and yeast. Good thing that this came in a big bottle - it grew on me as I worked my way through it and let it warm up and the sweetness of it tied everything in together nicely. Great stuff and maybe the most accessible example of the style that I've ever had.

Photo of Kuaff
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter at cellar temperature, but of course.

This one has a fizzy one-finger white head that's gone in seconds, and it's color is a crystal-clear, radiant tangerine orange. Numerous carbonation streams flow to the surface.

It smells like bread, orange zest, bananas, pears, cloves, coriander, and maybe a little earthy nutmeg. I really like the orange that come through.

What a sweet flavor profile! At first there's a light clove and banana taste, transitioning to a more zesty orange spiced up with the coriander and subtle nutmeg. The drier and more astringent orange peel turns up in the peppery finish, with a delectably sweet, doughy breadiness eventually taking over the aftertaste. An awesome herbal bitterness kind of hangs around all the while, balancing the sweetness. Superbly-concealed alcohol, I might add.

The feel is done just right, I think. A full medium with some vivacious carbonation.

I've baked rich white breads infused with citrus zest and spices, and that's precisely what this reminds me of. It's a very unique tripel, endowed with citrus, spice, and everything nice.

Photo of RickS95
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The color is pretty close to authentic Belgians, but a bit more orange. Not clear, a bit cloudy, the color isn't bad, but this beer is seriously lacking in head. There's almost none even with a vigorous pour and the little bit that's there has no retention. Each swirl leaves a light spotty lace.

It's got an Earthy scent, and both the coriander and orange peel are well represented. I can't pick up any malt presence and Belgian yeast is not there, at least in the smell.

The taste is where everything comes together. The coriander and orange meld perfectly with the candied sugar and yeast to give a really pleasant taste that would quench my dessert fetish.

Easy on the palate, it's got a citrusy sweetness that never goes overboard. The sweet and acid play nicely with the funky yeast strain. Reasonably high ABV is well hidden behind all the other stuff going on. There's more carbonation in the finish as it closes with a slight burn and some faint heat and bitterness lasting til the next sip.

It's a nice treat overall. There are some rough edges that need to be smoothed a bit, but aside from the look and smell, it's a nice facsimile of a real Belgian.

Photo of utopiajane
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazed orange color with a cantalope melon hue. Just wonderful to look at. Not a whole lot of lace from my lazy pour and it fell fast to a thin ring. Nose is vivacious and has plenty of exotic tropical fruit. Sweet and juicy. There's a touch of malt that hints at bread and offers just a light sweetness on the nose. No alcohol on the nose, but a nice bit of earthy coriander. The scent of orange is deep within the beer and there is an all around orange fruitiness.

Taste is wonderful. This beer offers a tremendous fruit sweetness with lush and heady tropical fruits and an all around orange flavor too. The malt suggests bread but does not become too heavy or too bready. Wonderful mouthfeel on this that is due to that malt. The coriander is earthy and lends a depth. There is a nice yeast dryness that takes the mid palate just as you are begining to swoon from all that wild tropical flavor. Then it finishes with a sweet and warming alcohol that has a spice and pepper of it's own. A lingering fruity aftertaste.

This beer is a delight!

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a bright, hazy, almost opaque, orange-copper coloring with a frothy, low profile, off-white head that quickly settles into a filmy surface coating. Aromas of sweetbreads in the backbone, supporting orange sweetness and a coriander and clove spicing. Flavors are tangy sweet on the forward tongue, with an effervescence that almost turns to sharp in mouth. Berry and citrus sweetness intertwines with bready notes, a solid spice blend, and a subtle Belgian funk. Berry, citrus, and tropical fruit sweetness blend with coriander and clove in the aftertaste, with a slick, smooth, slightly crisp finish. Solid brew and easy to drink.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellowish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of orange peels are present in the nose and become a little stronger as the beer warms up along with some notes of malty sweetness.
T: The initial taste is somewhat sweet and has flavors of orange peels; hints of coriander spices are also present in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For the most part, this beer manages to hide its alcohol rather well from the taste although you can definitely tell that it has some strength due to the sweetness from the malts. It's definitely a beer that you would want to sip at a relaxed pace. I found this to be a little more drinkable compared to some of the other beers in the style but felt it could have used a little more coriander to contrast with the sweetness.

Photo of DenverLogan
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Maudite tulip glass.
Gold color with small head.
Aroma of sweet malts, coriander, citrus zest, earthy notes & bubblegum.
Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of sweet malts, caramel, cactus juice or something a little funky, slight alcohol. Tasty and easy enough to drink, but missing some of the malt body and esters that most Belgian tripels provide.

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A nice golden orange amber body, but a bit cloudy and hazy. Head forms off white with some creamy retention, rises about three fingers and settles to a thin puck. Little rising carbonation that's hard to see.

Bit of a muted nose, and a wine like sense. Slightly citrus but with not much malt sweetness. Clean but sensing a little thickness perhaps coming, with a little bit of sweet bready taste perhaps.

Palate fills nicely but with a little bit of muted sense. Sweetness of malts and a little bit of Belgian sensing sugars come out a bit on the swallow with some bread. A little vinous sourness mixing in with a fruity character, but doesn't come out very distinctly. Good carbonation that doesn't detract, with maybe a bare hint of sour orange.

Overall it's a solid well made tripel, but it's unfortunately not that memorable for me to desire again.

Photo of n2185
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with half a finger of white head that fades into a sudsy ring with no lacing.

S: Belgian spices, candy sugar, bubblegum, a bit of lavender . . . not much else going on, but pleasant enough.

T: Belgian spices here as well with some candy sugar and bubblegum flavors. Light fruits are slightly present towards the finish with just a little bready flavor.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer avoids being too thick and sweet or watery. It could use some more carbonation, though.

O: Not a bad tripel overall, but a bit simplistic and undercarbonated. Still, it's nice enough.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Slight gusher upon opening, but not bad. Pours a lightly cloudy deep orange amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of peach, pear, orange peel, apple, clove, coriander, pepper, bread, honey, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of fruity and spicy esters; quite a bit more peppery than I expected. Taste of pear, apple, orange peel, peach, coriander, clove, bread, honey, pepper, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, coriander, clove, bread, honey, pepper, herbal, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy flavors; with a great balance between sweetness/spiciness; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice tripel! Great balance of fruity/spicy flavors with good complexity; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Kevin73
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The smell was ever so slightly skunky, meaning the bottle I picked up may have been an old batch. There is no brewed-on date on the label so I can't tell how old it was. But some of those sulfur-rich methyls and butenes were definitely starting to show through in the nose. Not so much in the flavor though, so I think I can at least offer a tentative opinion. That said, not bad! If I train myself to ignore the sulfur notes, I can tell this is a pretty good beer. Heavy on the malts and yeast with apricot notes. Dry with just enough sweetness to mask the alcohol. Hops are almost non-existent. Very low bitterness and a clean finish. Nice! I recommend it. And the overtly sexist label is fun too. I mean how many beers do you come across labels with women riding flying reindeer and flinging their underwear off? Not many! :D

Photo of sirtomtom
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Medium brown color, with a bit of haze. A nice white foamy head.

S: A bit of orange and just hint of spice. A bit of breadiness in the aroma as well

T: Again orange and a bit of spice. A nice breadiness, a bit of yeast.

M: A good medium body and a bit of chewiness, a bit more than I expected from it.

O: A very drinkable Tripel. A bit more body than I was expecting. The orange and coriander work very well here. Year round is definitely a plus. Definitely keeping a bottle of this around.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a murky orange/copper in color, a slight amount of head with otherwise no visible carbonation. smells of mango, peaches, carrots.. slight pepper spice in the finish. very weird smelling beer. the flavor is the same as the aroma, kind of reminds me of some of my son's baby foods. a hint of orange citrus with a pepper kick. low carbonation, medium body.. the alcohol warmth is quite present.

not sure if this one went bad with age, but i'm just not that impressed. flavor/aroma seems off.. again almost like my kid's baby food.

Photo of DelMontiac
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottles flown in straight from Anchorage. Pays to have friends in Alaska;)

I had to use a nonic glass since that's all we had available to us at the time. This beer pours a hazed golden orange with two fingers of white cap that fizzles down to a thin film which stays for most of the glass. Scant lace present.

The nose is mostly light fruity orange citrus. A hint of bubble gum, yeast rolls, and coriander lingers along with some grassy floral hops.

Strong citrus fruits up front with the spice of coriander in the middle and some banana and hop zing on the finish. More hoppy than most I've had in the style. I like it.

Medium body enhanced by appropriate carbonation without being prickly as I find in some triples.

Definitely would like to have more of this beer. Fire up the airplane, William!

Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can’t ask for this with a straight face. But joke name aside the beer itself is worth seeking out.
This pours a light cloudy golden with tight foam. It has an inviting aroma of clove and yeasty esters along with a bit of floral clove and vanilla. There’s a crisp, sweet and floral flavor on this. The clove and coriander notes come across as well as a citrusy-floral taste. Nice finish. Really tasty!

Photo of scootny
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely golden amber with a tight off white head that has good retention and leaves some good lacing on the glass. Beer stays covered as I drink. Color and clarity are exceptional. A gentle stream of bubbles rise up as it sits. Lots of good things in the nose. Banana and soft, warm, yeasty bakery bread. Sweet Belgian candi notes cover the light alcohol and drape it in a light peppery spiciness. Some light apple and pear fruitiness. The Spice blend of coriander and Curacao. Taste is solid and highly drinkable. A pale malt front gives a smooth smooth introduction to to the Belgian way. Light and malty with a gently sweet doughyness. Some of the coriander, orange, and peppery bitterness flex and flow into a light bitterness. This is a dry, quenching finish and swallow. Bitterness is low but still clean. Feel is smoothly carbonated and nicely weighted. Just enough to respect, light enough to go down too fast. Drinkability is quite high for a tripel. Carbonation is right in the pocket, enough to make foods creamy on the tongue with enough restraint to make for a quaffable high abv brew. I enjoyed it with cold sesame noodles and it was excellent. This is a super take on the style. The wit components add a great deal of intrigue and interest as you enjoy this well crafted brew.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear medium golden amber. Thin white head that quickly dissipated to a ring around the glass, no lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, orange and stone fruit, toffee. Flavor follows aroma, with caramel malt, orange and stone fruit, coriander and Belgian yeast. Finishes slightly dry with citrus and Belgian spices. Medium bodied. Pretty much nails the traditional tripel flavors, perhaps not quite as dry and spiced as Belgian ones. A pleasant tripel that does not stand out from the pack. Lost some points for low carbonation for looks and mouth feel, but may be an anomalous low carb bottle; Midnight Sun is usually good in this department.

Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Panty Peeler isn't exactly the sexiest looking beer. Although even the last pour produced very little sediment, the ale is freckled with tiny specs of something or other, enough of them so that transparency just ain't happening. It is bright, however, and its pumpkin orange tone does emit some glow. Still, the lack of head is concerning (especially as far as suggestive puns go, now I got nothing to work with).

The aroma is zestfully aromatic, as a Tripel should be. Infused with orange peel and coriander, you might assume this one would be doubly so, though proper Belgian yeast really needs no assistance in that area. Truly one of the most magical foodstuffs, certain strains of yeasts can be fruity, floral, spicy, and bready, and conjure to mind a near infinite number of flavours within each of those categories.

This particular yeast has a musky, very anise-like spiciness. With orange peel and coriander filling up the nose, that element was more or less lost in the shuffle until now. On the palate, however, a subtle black licorice note underlines any flavours of fruit compote or Moroccan stew. Nonetheless, tastes of apricot and marmalade remain prominent too, as does a splash of lemony acidity. Easily enough enjoyed, but not exactly tantalizing.

Despite all this yeast leaving the impression of fresh bread, the malts have much more of a communion wafer-like taste and texture. They are thinnish and quickly turn soft, lacking any meaningful sweetness (which is curious, given the beer weighs in at only 15 IBU). Still, the alcohol is considerably masked; it contains little more than a candle-level of warming and holds up well even after losing its chill.

I'm not sure that Panty Peeler is such an aphrodisiac, and it's definitely not the surefire chick-magnet its name suggests. It is, at best, a fair rendition of the classic Belgian style that nowhere close to stacks up to the best-known examples. That being said, I do like it. Not sure I'd call it again, but I had a nice time. Bottom line: there's more fish in the sea. The long distant relationship just isn't worth the hassle, not for this one...

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in a glass chalice.

L - hazed orange/copper color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring.

S - sweet and fruity with a little spice in the background.

T - starts out sweet upfront with a blast of harsh alcohol that lingers for a while.

F - medium bodied with dull carbonation.

O - I'd like to try a fresher bottle than what I had (1+ yrs) but I really wasn't thrilled with the beer I drank.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a white head. A nice sweetness to it from the malt and sugar. Plenty of citrus character and a bit of pineapple as well. A touch of yeast as well as a mild spiciness. The flavor is quite nice. Sweet fruit: both citrus and tropical fruits. Just a light spiciness and some yeast flavor to it as well. Pretty solid beer.

Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear light orange gold body. White head with ok retention and lace.

S - Peaches, curacao orange peel, minerals, banana, touch of greens.

T - Huge fruit profile of sweet orange peel, white peach, and tart apple, coriander, and sweet booze.

M - Lively carbonation on a medium frame. A shade syrupy.

O - A triple on the fruity side of the style.

Photo of ksimons
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a clear organish golden color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-pale malts, coriander, yeast. Has a very earthy smell to it

T-pale, breadlike malts, coriander, light citrus, green apples, some peppery spice, and a light yeast funkiness to it

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall probably not the best Tripel I have had but a decent tasting beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Served in a Midnight Sun goblet.

Pours a clear deep golden color with a single-finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a thin collar. Plenty of bubbles visible in the glass. Given the look on this and Fallen Angel, I'm thinking there must be nucleation spots on the bottom of this glass. Still, very nice looking.

The nose carries a bit of earthy mustiness along with a touch of citrus and spice. Nothing too exciting. Really muted. The flavor has some mild phenols plus a touch of citrus and some backing grain. Nothing too interesting, unfortunately.

Body is light-medium with a hefty dose of carbonation and a dry finish. There's a touch of chewiness. Mild alcohol as well.

There wasn't anything particularly wrong with this one, I just couldn't find anything about it to really like.

Photo of SHODriver
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a small white head with minimal retention
S: Smells sort of grassy with plenty of fruitiness and some spice
T: slight zestiness and fruitiness, a bit of lemony flavor, some spice and overall sweet. Aftertaste is sweet and slightly fruity
M: full bodied with moderate carbonation. slightly syrupy
O: Not a bad trippel but not great either.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, $9.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY
"Month and week bottled" info notched onto the side of the label.

Pours clear, dull tangarine amber, medium tan head, moderate in size, especially for the style. Head quickly going to a thicker collar and the remaining in limited fashion in tiny bits on the side of the glass.

Nose exhibits more then a hint of bubble gum fruityness, oranges, and a late wiff of peppery yeast.

Tasty and complex tripel, with ample fruitness, yeasty phenolics and a just satisfactory malt base going on. More oranges, honey, vanilla, again some pepper and drying hops late intot he finish. Somewhat sweet and carbonation is a bit on the tame side. I enjoyed it, I'd like to enjoy it again, perhaps with some mussels, or with some pungent creamy cheese.

Respectable American take on the classic Belgian style.

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Panty Peeler from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.