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Panty Peeler - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

225 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 60
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: ccrida on 09-21-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Kuaff:
Photo of Kuaff
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Kuaff, Jun 10, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet a deep oranged tinged golden with a large fluffy white head that held well leaving multiple rings of lace behind.Deep orange in the nose along with some pheolic spice,a noticeable and annoying salty brine- like note was there as well,wich was quite odd.Flavors are sharp and spicy up front,the coriander and some white pepper flavors really stand out,some citrus fruit,and phenols round out the palate.This is a hardcore tripel,not bad but a bit harsh for me.

oberon, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Bubbly and mildly hazed golden orange; thin lacing still leaves a trail down the glass. Papaya, mango, star fruit, peppercorn, orange peel and coriander with a faint, honey-like malt make for big expressive nose. The big carbon- ation fluffs the medium body out. Spicy with peppery alcohol, obvious coriander and orange peel and a touch of herbal hop. Alcohol is very warm. Exotic fruity esters run a bit wild with a nutty maltiness and chalky yeast, which rounds out the dry finish. This Tripel is spot-on and grew on us with each sip.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of gregmoscetti
4/5  rDev +2.8%

gregmoscetti, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

SmellsofMahagony, May 16, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  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.

Billolick, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of JupiterJesus
3/5  rDev -22.9%

JupiterJesus, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a deep amber with no head and just a tinge of lacing. Slightly cloudy. Nose is sweet and pretty belgian, very nice.

Wow, taste is very sweet and fruity. There's a lot of honey and sharpness to it. Very tasty, and awesome Alaskan brew!

kingcrowing, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Cynic-ale, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of hughesm4
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.
a-Pours a nice hazy brown red with a nice retaining head.
s-Very sweet, yeasty and fruity.
t-Floral and fruit tastes up front, orange peels are the most dominant.
m/d-Full bodied with a sweet fruity coating in the mouth. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

hughesm4, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of degerbah
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orangish yellow with very little head. The taste is vaguely fruity and spicy with no one flavor dominating. Mostly the flavors I get are berries and citrus. I think that based on the name of the beer, the idea was for a very drinkable high abv beer, they've hit hit the nail on the head. It's not available in my part of the world and I appreciate the opprotunity to taste it.

degerbah, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +2.8%

InfernoBoss, May 23, 2013
Photo of AdamF625
4/5  rDev +2.8%

AdamF625, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Guess it's time i reviewed one of these with the new "altered" recipe.

Pours a nice slightly hazy orange yellow with a nice stark white head that retains well and leaves excellent lacing.

Nose is full of ripe pears and apples, slight peach, good fruity esters, belgian yeast makes its way through and there does seem to be a touch more spice in this than I remember in epluche.

Wow. I really like this brew. One of the best and most underrated tripels made in the US IMO. The fruit flavors are so strong and the belgian yeast is pronounced. There is a significant spice presence, but it melds very very well. Some pepper and coriander most noteably. A good bit of citrus presence here, but it is more of a sweetness, not an astringent flavor. Apple and some pear and peach flavors are noticeable to me here as well. Such a flavorful beer. The finish has a nice crispness to it, but I would like it to be just a touch dryer. Fruit flavor and some spice linger on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a touch too thick here, and this one could use just a splash more carbonation as well. It is great how it is, but could use just a tweak of adjustments in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability is solid. The abv does not show up at all. Again a slight boost in carbonation, and thinning it out just a touch could help here, but so good how it is.

Overall. This is one beer I really take issue with the rating on. Oh your bias to midnight sun, blah blah blah, Ive heard it all, but I still stand by the fact that this is one of the best tripels out there. Granted, I am not exactly a Tripel connoisseur, but this one just rubs me the right way in almost every aspect. Defenitely Midnight Sun's most underrated beer, IMO. Great, great beer. A classic growler fill when I just can't decide...I suggest you do the same.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours attractive, though light golden yellow, with abundant white head. That head is musty funk initially, and then yeasty. Drinks very extreme corriander, orange in finish and aftertaste that is most satisfying. Above average mouthfeel. Midnight Sun has been doing a fine job with their Belgiums these days.

Sammy, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Kevin73
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Kevin73, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of RickS95
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

RickS95, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Gonzoillini, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of nickd717
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Nick3. Thanks, Nick! Good old Panty Peeler - been looking forward to this one. Label art is great. Call me crazy, but I am a big fan of naked women.

A - Pours hazy golden with a large creamy white head and good lacing.

S - Great aroma, with yeast, pale malt, light fruits, and spices.

T - Flavor is slightly sweet pale malt, yeast, earth, citrus/orange, coriander and other spices. Pretty solid tripel overall, not surprising since everything I've had from this brewery has been very legit.

M - Palate is smooth and medium-bodied with soft yet lively carbonation.

D - Drinkability high for the style.

nickd717, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one fro joe1510, Cheers Joe! looks like this from August 02 or 07??

Pours apricot/honey with a pinky of beige head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Apples, pears, dirt

T: Apricots, green apples, a bit of dirt & a touch of lemony hops up front. Much dryness, a bit of dry cider vibe here, plus just a touch of estery yeast that grows stronger as this warms, I start getting some curacao & orange zest. Finishes dry, with estery apple, a touch of grapefruit & orange zest & a kiss of booze. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Somewhat sticky, there is fairly strong carbonation, medium bodied

Drinks fairly easy, if you can get past the estery character of this, this is a nice complex & earthy tripel

russpowell, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Glibber
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Glibber, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Kegatron, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of FalconOne
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

FalconOne, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev +2.8%

falconxman, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color. There is a small wispy white head that is very short lived and settles into a thin ring. Almost flat looking for a style that usually has a nice head.

The aroma is quite nice. Juicy fruit gum notes are strong to go along with some clove. The coriander is kept in check, which I appreciate. Some dry cracker malt notes as well.

The juicy fruit flavor is strong in the flavor as well. A significant amount of sugary sweetness in this brew but not cloying. There is a general fruitiness to this beer which is enjoyable. Appropriate amount of medicanal phenols for the style.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate but not cloying or syrupy. Could use a peppery hop balance.

Well made American tripel, not grossly sweet, with spot on flavor.

Gmann, Feb 19, 2012
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Panty Peeler from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.