Panty Peeler - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

244 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 60
Gots: 44 | 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: 244 | Reviews: 108
Reviews by degerbah:
Photo of degerbah
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of hughesm4
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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 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 nickd717
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  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

Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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 beerthulhu
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a muddled orange with antique-gold highlights. A four finger monster of a head sits atop, foamy and off white by color, that displayed a good deal of activity on the surface which lead to small cavernous pits developing. Retention was good, but maybe less so considering the initial size while leaving no appreciable lacing. Visible carbonation was a steady uniform show of macro bubbles that rushed to the surface in almost single file fashion. Note the visible carbonation was observed on the initial pour which had a fair clarity vs the second pour which deposited the mass product of bottle conditioning.

S: The nose released a aromatic sense of a fresh loaf of white bread with a light perfumy touch of citrus (semi-dry lemon pulp). Estery notes from the yeast produced a light essence of sour tropical fruit that combined nicely with the spicing of curaco bitter oranges.

T: The flavor was spritzy and lively, bursting with an initial sweet fruitiness of apricots, white grapes and mangos. Wet citrus needles and a lemony-pepper touch adds some counter spiciness and balance. A feathery touch of fresh greenery and a light showing of musky grains adds a subtle dampness and musky quality. The beer rounds out with a strong showing of curaco oranges (especially upon warming) with some sour pineapple. Fruity, spicy and clean ensures a outstanding quality and experience here flavor-wise.

M: A nice tingly sensation form the carbonation adds life and vigor along with a slight edginess texture wise to the mouthful. Slightly creamy and bubbly with a light to medium fullness adds just enough resistance as it rolls around the tongue to keep things interesting. Some warming of sour fruit appears on the swallow.

D: Nice drinkability per style and comes off as a solid good American interpretation. The alcohol of 8.5% hardly hinders things while the flavor is the highlight with a smoothing and easy sense of consumption.

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 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 JohnGalt1
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 picked up today at Brewforia...

Pours with a 3 finger off white head... very carbonated.. hazy orange... Fantastic retention with good crusty lace.

Great fruity esters in the nose show as pear and some apple essence... bit phenolic... and the coriander raises it's head nicely.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose... Plenty of Belgian characteristics.... some white pepper and an odd floral note help round out a nicely complex beer...

Body seems a tad thick for a standard Triple, but the carbonation helps push things along.

I like this more than my memories of Epluche-culotte.. a bit pricey down here in Boise, but I will pick it up again to drink and probably offer it out there for trades once I have a couple in the cellar.

4.5/4/4.5/4/4

Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden orange pour into a tulip, head thins quickly - looked like a pumpkin ale

S: sweet, fruity - I picked up peachy notes more than orange

T: fruits and sugars, but not overly sweet - actually well-balanced

M: thinner and slicker than I expected

O: really cool - a good tasting tripel, interesting and flavorful, not too heavy, smooth and clean drinking - a good choice

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 mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes out to Frank for sending me down this gem. I had the original a long time ago so I was thrilled when I saw this one coming out with not only a new name but a new recipe as well. Put this one immediately into the fridge and decided to feast upon it last night. Served chilled to cellar temp and poured into a snifter. Consumed on 09/22/2008.

The pour on this one was very nice. Rich dark yellow in color with a good amount of haze and cloudiness built into it. Lots of carbonation streaking up toward the top of the glass, converging into a large, easily two inch high head of white foam that gracefully sat on top of the glass dropping tons of sticky side glass lace in its wake.

Huge citrus nose on this one. Very pungent with orange peel and lemon zest clearly represented on top on a nice Belgian ale. Some light notes of grass, peaches, and maybe some light grain all coming together quite nicely to provide a well balanced attack on the senses. The flavor was just as solid here. Rich notes of biting citrus just came ripping through your tongue, shredding the taste buds initially before relaxing into a mellow, but still highly floral Belgian ale. Some light notes from the alcohol and the yeast started to peak through as it warmed, hinting at some depth. Letting it come close to room temp is where you really start to find that depth. Some light grain like malts, hints of peaches and bananas and just an all out really nice profile. One of the brightest tasting Belgian ales I have had in a very long time. Medium bodied feel was never dull with a more then adequate carbonation profile that was just wonderful. A sure fired sipper, I enjoyed this one tremendously over the course of the evening.

Overall I cannot say enough good things about what they are doing over at Midnight sun. One of the best breweries out there right now for sure. Just wonderful stuff and this was one of the best Belgian inspired beers I have had in a good long time.

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 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 NittanyBeerFan
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer that arrived the day of the tasting from the very generous BA randawakes. Consumed as the sixth beer on the first night of the Most Epic Fucking Tasting in History. Thanks, Kyle!

Color is uncharacteristic of a tripel. Instead of the pale golden straw color, this beer possesses an almost hefe-like cloudy orangey color that is hazed by the presence of ample yeast sediment.

The aroma follows more to style, and it presents a dry maltiness that is accompanied by orange zest, pepper, coriander, and clove. This really smells like a hefewiezen brewed with Belgian yeast. In the tastes, the spicy and fruity character of the Belgian yeasts really come through. In addition to the orange and the coriander, the clove pairs up with a previously muted banana flavor, producing the classic hefe flavors we all know and love.

Medium boided and mid-range carbonation which is right on for the style. This Belgian hefeweizen is intriguing. I really am enjoying the combination of Belgian with German. It has inspired me to experiment with my next homebrew.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split this with KevSal at City Beer Store in SF. Poured into a fluted glass.

4.0 A: Hazed orange brown color. Two fingers of off-white, creamy/frothy hybrid head. Good retention and some lacing.

4.5 S: Wonderful! Coriander comes through big time with orange peel on its heels. Solid peppery spiciness. Very clean overall with a "clean" peachy fruitiness. Light yeastiness.

4.0 T: Coriander is a big player in the taste as well and so is the orange peel. Peppery spiciness. Peach and lightly citrus fruitiness. Lightly yeasty with sweeter than average for the style maltiness.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Super smooth with a good creaminess.

4.5 D: Stellar tripel. Right up there with the best from Belgium.

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Panty Peeler from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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