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Panty Peeler - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Panty PeelerPanty Peeler

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very good

195 Ratings

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%

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)
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful orange hue with a nice tall white head. Excellent retention with some nice little chunks of lace.

S: Yeasty and spicey up front. Very bready with light notes of sweet fruits like apples and pears.

T: Very good. Apples and peaches up front. Notes of fresh squeezed orange juice. The finish is very yeasty with strong notes of corriander and clove.

M: Medium in body, wonderful carbonation.

D: Very tasty, sessionable. One worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 03:09:54 | More by tpd975
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland. 22 ounce bottle poured into a goblet. Comes in at 8.5% and 15 IBUs. Bottled on the 4th week of either March or February.

A-Pours a semi-hazy nectarine color. It has a half finger off white head that crackles and pops as it dissolves in the glass. The head reduces in half fairly quickly before slowly covering up the top of the beer.

S-Belgian yeast, green apples, spices, sweet fruit, and a little funk as it warms.

T-Belgian yeast and apple flavors are the first to hit. It has a peppery and spicy bite thanks to the corriander. The orange peel used adds some bitterness in the middle of each sip and on the finish. Like the nose, a little bit of funk comes out as it warms.

M-Medium bodied and crisply carbonated.

D-The abv is well hidden. It goes down easily.

This is an extremely easy drinking beer that does a good job of hiding the abv. I would gladly drink this again. Enjoyed this much more than their hoppier offerings.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 23:54:57 | More by mjl21
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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!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 00:08:03 | More by kingcrowing
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 16:48:41 | More by nickd717
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper color with one finger of fizzy white head.

Scent of spices, citric fruit, sugars and a hint of earth. A sweet and fruity aroma, good stuff.

Taste of yeast, spice, orange peel, bread and some funk. Seems to be more toward an authentic Tripel than more American versions I have had.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a good bite of carbonation, excellent.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 15:37:29 | More by paco1029384756
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bright, orange-gold body with a tall, finely-textured, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, candyish nose of malts peppered with punchy notes of dried coriander and floral, bitterish orange peel.

Taste: Sweet, delicately bready malts stippled with traces honey and treacle. The herbaceous, spicy coriander adds a nice pungent accent. As does the added orange peels which combine with the sweet sugars to give off a taste of chilled marmalade. Additional fruitiness tasting of ripe white peaches. No more than the faintest hop bitterness at the halfway mark. Final touches of citrus and spice in the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some sugary stickiness to the luscious mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Recommended. Though a little on the sweet side, it was still quite enjoyable. A pleasant tripel from Midnight Sun.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 17:59:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden brown with a silky beige head. Great carbonation and nice lacing. Nose has orange, coriander, bready malts and spicy Belgian yeast. Taste has citrus, candy malts, white grapes, coriander, peppery alcohol and an herbal Belgian yeast presence. Lacks the complexity found in the aroma. Medium body is well carbonated, but a tad thin through the finish. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 03:03:15 | More by rye726
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4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a rich honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get some maraschino cherry, dry orange peel, lime, honey and spice. This beer smells great. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, and I have to say this is really one of the better domestic versions I've had of a Belgian tripel. There is just enough hoppy bitterness to conter some of the rock candy flavor sweetness and spice in this beer. There is also some underlying orange peel and coriandor noticeable as well, further adding to the flavor complexity. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a mouthwatering component that is impressive. Drinkability is excellent, with the alcohol very well hidden and disguised.

This beer is just delicious, and my only regret is that it's so hard to come by. Yummy stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 16:18:34 | More by johnmichaelsen
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of, if I'm not mistaken, alaskajoe. Thanks!! Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange body, largely transparent - though with the slightest amount of chill haze - moderately fully of relatively large-sized carbonation of average speed. The head - slightly offwhite, and a little dull - is incredibly fizzy, bubbly, seething and frothing and foaming down to a thin sheen fairly quickly. Huge floaties in the finish, thick, chunky, sheet-like.

Aroma: Spicy coriander, peaches, apricots, bananas, yeasty notes, a slight alcohol burn that blends with white pepper, big curacao orange, and tons of stray floral notes comprise the majority of this brew.

Taste: Grainy and very floral in the front, backed up by a lot of traditional tripel notes. Very strong in the citrus - pungent, robust blood orange - cloves, lemons, juniper berry, white pepper, strong coriander. Relatively dry and acidic. A little green and pithy. Slight peach. It's an interesting and varied taste, perhaps a little too spicy, green, and dry, but on the whole fairly interesting. Herbal, dry, almost slightly funky.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy, full-bodied, but still somehow rather even. The crisp, large effervescence noted above doesn't manage to destroy the smoothness of the body, probably because this brew's a little thicker than usual.

Drinkability: 8.5% isn't too high ... but it's high. This beer's not too amazingly awesome ... but it's authentic. Less green, acidic, and heavy spices and more sweet, varied, and fruity notes would be better. But this is still good. Hmmm, yes, good. I have another handful of Midnight Suns in my closet, and knew that this one likely wouldn't quite stack up to a lot of their other special brews, but I still enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 04:47:39 | More by CrellMoset
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, here goes another American-brewed Tripel, lets see how this one is. 22oz bomber into a Duvel snifter pours a hazy, bubbly orange with a nice frothy khaki head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is loads of sweet malts, spices such as coriander and orange peel, and hints of citrus hops. The taste is loads of sweet malts and candi sugar with a decent amount of spice, but not enough for the loads of sweetness. The beer is medium bodied with slight alcohol presence and decent carbonation. This one seems a little over the top on the sweetness, a little more balance would do this one some good.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 08:32:32 | More by atsprings
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 04:05:32 | More by Sammy
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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large capped bottle poured into a goblet while listening to DFFD from The Dictators.

Dark golden, nearly orange color, with a dense, long lasting foamy white head that leaves nice, dense lacing, but not sticky.
Aroma is mostly made of sweetish candy sugar, orange notes, lots of spices.
Medium bodied, those spices (mostly coriander but other peppery flavors are around) here get a bit overwhelming. The orange notes are quite noticeable, lots of sweet touches, but the spices come in waves, at times obliterating some of the other flavors.
A good beer, but far from Midnight Sun's best. Not a lot of "peeling" will happen with this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 23:15:18 | More by brdc
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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/31/09- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with notched date strip on the side of the label..this one happened to be late October '08. Poured into my Don De Dieu tulip.

Appearance- Has a different color pour than I am used to for a tripel. Almost an amber colored pour. 3/4 inch semi rocky head and light lace patchwork and lines left behind.

Smell- Nice aroma of corriander, lots of spices and a bit of lemon.

Taste- Smells about the same as the aroma. Maybe a bit too much on the spices. Corriander is quite heavy, followed by a good dose of confectioniers sugar...lastly some light lemon rind and some peppery spice.

Mouthfeel- Tight and brisk carbonation feel. Fits the style perfectly. Ultra slight metallic note in the aftertaste, but that is nitpicking.

Drinkability- Good job at at an american made tripel. I bit too over the top on the spices, but still quite good and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 04:08:20 | More by GClarkage
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this bottle from joe1510 in a trade. Thanks Joe!

22oz bottle, very cool label.

It pours a hazy orange gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is definitely of oranges and corriander. Hey, they mention them on the label, for Pete's sakes and they weren't lying. lol Nice nose.

The taste brings the coriander and oranges to the forefront and I'm very pleased they did. I get some notes of bready malt as well and a light dash of pepper. It is also pretty darned sweet so maybe some candy sugar is playing some games with my palate? Or honey? Whatever, I like the sweetness.

It's pretty light bodied with a low level of carbonation.

Drinkability? I get a touch of warming after the swallow but otherwise, the abv is well hidden. I think it's a bit different from the Tripels I've tried before and so, I'm going to be a little obtuse about how I feel about how drinkable it is until I finish the bottle.

Ok, done. Good drinkability. It's tasty, it smells good, it's different and... that's the bottom line but if you read the label before you buy, there's no unwanted surprise. A good Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 20:58:04 | More by Bitterbill
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy orange with a medium size egg-shell head, and great lacing.

smell is of yeast, straw, fruit, and some spice.

taste is creamy, fruit, spice, and yeast, end is a little dry.

overall okay for a tripel not the best (i've had much better), but good to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 03:11:25 | More by froghop
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time ever trying any Midnight Sun beer, and this was a good one to try. Color was an orange color and a little haze. Nice white head that hung around a little while and good lacing on the side as the beer was drank. Nose was citrus and malt, with a hint of hop but barely detectable. The 8.5% of this beer was not detectable in the flavor, it had malt and spice and yeast notes. The mouthfeel was full good for the style and completely drinkable. Can't wait to crack the other 2 bottles in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 23:50:04 | More by alphanon
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice American take on a Tripel. Typical tropical fruits and sweetness to it, but a little more presence with the hops as well. Not in the mood for a story-length review, but a good brew from Midnight Sun and further upholds their reputation for solid beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 01:14:14 | More by kmadison
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled march 21/09.

pours nearly clear orangey-amber with a small white head. when held to the light you can see super fine particles throughout, lending just a touch of haze to the appearance. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass, but that ring lingers long down the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. actually reminds me a lot of the stone sawyer's tripel that we sampled before it. light tropical fruit - pineapple, papaya, mango. white bread and a touch of cracker. light alcohol. faint belgian yeasty spice.

taste is good. here the tropical fruit seems to fade a bit and is joined by tangerine and orange. there's a light floral component to it and a definite american hopping profile. nice honey, caramel, and fruity sweetness. gentle alcoholic warmth. whole wheat bread and cracker. bit of grain.

mouthfeel is good. medium body, not quite as dry as i'd expect for the style. medium carbonation, a little lighter than many, but i don't mind.

drinkability is pretty good. decent balance. a little sweeter than i'd like, and a decided american slant, but a nice attempt at the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 03:11:26 | More by grub
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, big thanks to googzoid10 for the bottle.

Pours a light hazed golden orange, very nice colour, thick white head forms, slowly settles to a very thick ring and thin layer, tons of chunky lacing sticks to the glass, looks like a good tripel. Smell is nice, very citrusy, some orange peel and spice, lemon, coriander, sweet malt, some honey and biscuit, floral/grapefruit hoppiness, light sour fruit, some acidity, pretty nice. Taste is real nice, mangoes, honey, very fruity, lots of sweet orange peel and grapefruit, yeast, wheat, some alcohol, lemon acidity, light toast and biscuit in the finish, bit of spicy bitterness but well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth going down but a pretty neat tripel, if a little hot. I like the citrus character in this one, good stuff. Thanks Greg!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 02:52:32 | More by Viggo
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4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden with a marvelous thick head that sticks around.

Definite citrus smell.

Very spicy taste with the orange, coriander, hops and malt in nice balance. The orange is present but not dominant.

A nice oily mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, dangerously so at 8.50% ABV. Very refreshing. The label made me buy it but the taste will keep me coming back. Another nice offering from Midnight Sun.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 22:36:12 | More by jsapunor
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased at John's Marketplace into Judas tulip glass.

Hazy orange with 2 finger, quickly dissipating head, no lacing to speak of. Big orange flavor up front, sweet orange aftertaste, a bit of coriander and sweet malt in the end. Fabulous carbonated mouthfeel. Not really a session beer, but pretty drinkable. A nice example of the style. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 02:06:00 | More by jdense
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4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great beer! Crystal clear dark gold color with a sticky white long-lasting head.

Subtle aroma with honey, spice and grain.
Taste is right on for a tripel. Spicy, hoppy and assertive with a nice malt balance.

Nicely fizzy carbonation with a smooth finish and aftertaste. Very drinkable even for a big beer.

Worth your effort to get some of this from Alaska.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 20:48:48 | More by joedon
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 06:27:38 | More by AKBelgianBeast


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell is abrubtly coriander based, but other things, like cherry pits and freshly felled white maple trunks suggest themselves, and a raw sourdough background is noticed as well.

Appearance is really nothing too special, particularly. Below average head, golden straw color. It could be anything.

The coriander is the loudest player in the band of flavors as well. Tart orange peels lend bitterness and balance to this tripel and keep it from going utterly bread roll. There are some unconsumed sugars lurking about that which cause it to lean precariously to the side of cornhusk at a couple of vulnerable moments.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy cumbersome side for the style. Some more CO2 would have helped both mouthfeel and flavor distribution.

Still, pretty drinkable. The orange peel tartness really saved the day. If not for that, it would have definitely been needing in the hops/CO2 department in a desperate way. Instead, it is quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 02:17:45 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
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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

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 04:59:08 | More by russpowell
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