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Épluche-Culotte - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

72 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 24
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The name of this beer has been changed to it's English translation "Panty Peeler". However, because the recipe was altered by the brewery, at the time of the new labels, we are listing both as separate beers.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 02-01-2003)
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Photo of Sammy
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

White, quick disapearing head. Reasonabvle smell and appearance. A nominal yummy fruity and smooth Belgian. Goes down great, and 9% is tolerable. Aggressive carbonation, otherwise wuitre drinkable with meat.. A very good beverage.
Another great trade with Hopdog, thank you sir!

Sammy, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy light head that leaves dancing shards of lace around the chalice

Smell: Funky melange of coriander, clove, bitter orange peel and yeast

Taste: Kicks off the culottes with a mirror of the aroma - yeasty and spicy; after the swallow, the green apple and bitter orange flavors drive in to join the fray; unfortunate, harsh finish detracts and lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and fizzy - appropriate to the style

Drinkability: Very interesting - brew it like a tripel and spice it like a wit

Thanks, msubulldog25, for the opportunity

brentk56, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Sparkling, bright, ripe apricot with a furious wave of bubbles rushing up to an orange-tinted ivory head. A head that is epic in size, if ultimately too soft and too unsticky to deposit much lace. The appearance is as Belgian-like as any non-Belgian beer that I've ever seen. I have no doubt that the ABV is doing its part to dampen head and lace formation. Even so, it's a good look.

The nose contains all of the requisite style elements. The main thrust is the classic triad of fruit, spice and alcohol: peaches and oranges that have been macerated in sugar syrup and in their respective fruit brandies, with a sprinkling of clove and white pepper for good measure. It could stand to be a bit more aromatic, but it's a wonderful nose all the same.

Now we're talkin'. Epluche-culotte has a huge amount of aggressive flavor that grabs the taste buds and makes them beg for mercy. It's still peachy and is now apricoty and appley as well. The spices have more free rein on the palate than they did in the nose, but they're still exceptionally well-integrated with the fruitiness.

The malt presence is spot-on... as is the degree of hoppiness... as is the sweet-bitter interplay... as is the fruit-spice interplay. This beer is exceptionally well-balanced in all sorts of ways. The finish is long and lingering with a modest amount of mouthcoating born of a similarily modest candi sugar load.

The body is medium in a general sense with a smooth, slick, lively mouthfeel that is a study in contrasts. Sugar creates the vicosity and carbonation keeps things from getting too serious. Alcohol is noticeable, but is a welcome contributor to a fabulous flavor profile.

Epluche-culotte means, literally, 'peeled undergarments'. Now, if I understand the deviant minds at Midnight Sun Brewing, and I think that I do since, as they say, it takes one to know one, what I believe they're getting at is that if your wife/girlfriend drinks this entire bottle of fine, high-ABV ale, complete with an au naturel woman riding a reindeer on the label, then you will, in short order, find that you'll be able to epluche her culottes without any difficulty whatsoever (assuming that she wears any of course), or if you're really lucky, you'll be treated to a floorshow and she'll do the honors herself. Or something like that.

If I didn't know better, I'd swear this Belgian-Style Ale came from Belgium itself. I'm not an expert by any means, but it seems to me to be a faithful reproduction of the tripel style and a delicious one at that. E-to-the-C is very good beer and further cements the notion in my mind that Midnight Sun knows what the hell they're doing.

BuckeyeNation, May 29, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a slightly cloudy bright yellow color ale with a super huge foamy pure white head with great retention and great lacing. Aroma of spices (pepper?) and floral malt is quite enjoyable. Taste is surprisingly dominated by spices, sweet floral malt and huge alcohol which really destroyed the beer. Body is about average with some aggressive carbonation and alcohol is way too prominent. If there was a way too take some alcohol out of there and reduce the level of carbonation, I believe I could have found one good trippel with a good balance between floral notes and spices.

Phyl21ca, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -3.6%

strong light brownish amber with a big, two inch off white head. Lots of foam and lace left over from this one. Lots of visible carbonation was readily apparent. Smell was full of yeast and grain, a touch of alcohol was also present. Picked up some grassy aroma as well. The flavor was a classic tripel. Lots of yeasty flavors, plums, a touch of peach. A lot of bready grains mixed in as well. A touch of alcohol was definatly there and made its presence well known. Great smooth feel due to lots of carbonation. This was actually not as much of a sipper as I would have thought. I was easily able to drink this while walking around no problem. Not saying it would be a session beer, but not a snifter eaither

mikesgroove, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +6%

Carefully poured from its lees, it's a very clear deep-golden color beneath a huge head of off-white foam that holds exceptionally well, buoyed by the effervescent, streaming bubbles rising from beneath. It doesn't leave any sticky lace about the goblet, however, but that's probably due in part to its higher level of alcohol. The nose is interesting with a distinct note of clove (more clove aroma than spiciness), and some dried apple character that catches you off-guard and makes you sniff a little more. There you find a softly sweet background hint of cocoanut (and other tropical fruits) that's comforting. The body is light/medium, and it's zesty on the tongue. The flavor delivers a light tartness upfront, but softens as it warms across the palate. It's tart note turns to fruit but it's gently spicy, cloveish character continues. There's some mildly sweet and candyish malt underneath, and as it warms it becomes peachy and apricot-like. The bitterness is minimal, but the sutle spiciness, drying alcohol, and powdery yeastiness keep it from becoming cloying. An interesting and somewhat complex tripel that hides its alcohol well, but still delivers enough to hinder its drinkability a bit.

NeroFiddled, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

22 oz bomber with a bottled on date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Big pssst when I popped the cap, as soon as the liquid hit the glass it foamed about half way. The head remains rocky from the very active carbonation; the dull hazy orange golden hue still shows the rush of bubbles racing to the top.

Smell: The initial smell off of the foam was apple skin, powdery yeast and cloves. A near perfect aroma for a trippel.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Peppery, yeasty, clove-like, peachy. A good amount of volatiles from the phenolics yet they don’t dominate. Mild fruitiness with a hidden alcohol, where is the 9% abv? Solid malt sweetness, a good plain base of pale malt as per style and just the way I like it in my trippels. Bit of a twang could show an addition of wheat malt.

Notes: $7.99 a bottle, I certainly thought it was worth it. Brewed to style, I would have not thought this was an American brewed beer in a blind tasting. I am sure this is quite the treat way up north in AK, I am just glad it has made its way here.

Jason, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

You’ve got to admire the pluck of the trouserless, flame-haired cartoon lass on the label, as she tosses away her clothing and rides a caribou into the wild, a distinct grin lighting her countenance. Did an ale like this give her the confidence and joie de vivre necessary to pull off so defiant an act with such gumption? Let’s crack the crown and find out!
She pours a slightly hazy perfect peachy shade, witha layer of solid, creamy foam, that slims down but never departs.
Aroma. bold citric, frank orange and lemon coupled with a funky, yet inviting sourness, all met with a cookie-dough-like yeastiness that further entices. I like it, I like it!
Great blast of flavor right on the tongue, floods the mouth with a wide, round, fully fruity flavor. Spices, and yeast also make up a large contingent in this taste barrage, and it all connects and washes up and down the palate. Zingy spice, plush, tasty, ever-pleasing citric fruit, long, luscious, still-spicy finish, and medium-to-full bodied. Flavor lasts long on the tongue, richly rewarding. Very nice. Very, very nice....
oh, how I wish this wasn’t such a rare bottle to enjoy...if only I had a case or two at my diposal...alas! I’ll just have to savor this bomber slowly and soak it all in...lest I go overboard like the Alaskan Lady Godiva who graces the label, Lord love her!

Big thanks, again, to weefisheads!

feloniousmonk, May 25, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

Bottled second Week of December, Sampled October 2005
This beer is highly carbonated, it shows no respect and after pouring with a four finger thick, tan head promptly oozes over the top of my glass. The beer is a hazy orangish light amber color. The aroma is sharp, spicy and herbal, when I go in for a deeper smell, I get notes of higher alcohols, and what seems like a bit of Brett; lightly musty, horse blanket, and even some barnyard character. The head on this just won't quite, I think this might be infected, though if it is it might work with this style of beer.

The taste is spritzy and quite sweet up front with notes of orange peel. The finish is funky with a cotton mouth quality to it, notes of dandelion, ginger, hint of cardamom, some clove, lemons, ripe cheese, and a musty slightly moldy note. This beer is quite interesting, I am pretty sure that the Brett character was not intended by the brewer, but, as in the case of Fantome, it works here. The funky note is in the background, and adds to the complexity of the beer. Though this is starting to be a pattern with the beers I have had from here recently.

Gueuzedude, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -3.6%

imperialking, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Spewed out of the bottle when opened, but settled down in the glass with a good, but not overwhelming head that sticks around for the duration of the brew. No real lacing. Typical Belgian yeast smells, but a bit more stone fruit and no banana. Sharper in the herbal department than some with a bit of coriander. Somewhat sweet in the nose, but less so than some. Taste is a bit sharper than some Tripels, and less sweet and again more herbal. There is also a peppery bite on the finish. Some fruit, grapefruit, lemon, bitter orange peel and maybe green plum. All of the fruit is tempered by a bit of sweetness and a big herbal hit. Not sticky sweet in the mouth, but somewhat tannic. A bit challenging, but a unique take on the style.

Georgiabeer, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

A 650 mL bottle served in a Troegenator seidel.

A: The tripel pours with a huge head, coming in at 3 fingers in size. The color itself is a hazy darker yellow, almost orange, tone.

S: The ale has a spicy aroma, with coriander, honey and a yeasty funkiness leading the way.

T: The tripel has a very sweet taste that immediately registers with the tastebuds. The flavor is honey-like malts, concentrated in its intensity. There is also a very apparent coriander pepper flavor that is nicely accentuated by a dry anise character and some curacao.

M: The mouthfeel is dominated by the spice profile and it doesn't disappoint. The coriander is pleasant and really stands out.

D: A well-made tripel, this beer provides a requisite spice profile with a nice increase in the coriander. The beer is worth a look just in case it lives up to its name, 'Panty Peeler'.

akorsak, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
4.4/5  rDev +6%

Light orange/ deep golden appearance. Big ass snow white head with awesome staying power. Carbonation looks to be quite vigorous from the appearance. Nice, sweet, candy-like aroma. A little sour apple as well on the nose. The mouthfeel is airy and light. The beer kind of melts in your mouth ala cotton candy. Sweetness plays heavy in this tripel. Candy tones, belgian malts, bubblegum esters. All quite nice. There's also a little peppery character and yeastiness as well. All in all a solid array of flavors. This is a nice tripel. And it's about 16 months old according to the bottle.

Thank you Mr. Bum for the Tripel that I cannot pronounce, but would drink any day of the week.

Bighuge, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of Gusler
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%

The beer pours very lightly hazed amber to copper color, the head is Brobdingnagian in size, creamy in texture, light tan in color, as the beer evanesces, and it leaves behind a thick glutinous sheet of lace that welds itself to the glass. The aroma of ripe fruit such as bananas, orange peel, vanilla, sweet malts also noticed a light hit of the hop flowers. Fresh and clean makes this an extreme treat for the schnozzle with the start ambrosial, lots of malt, the top middling in its feel to the palate, finish is purposeful in its acidity, the hops scrumptious, the aftertaste droughty and long lasting. The 9% ABV makes this a “Tummy Warmer”, and overall a real “yummy for the tummy”.

As a point of interest, some really neat artwork of a “Disrobed lady flying on a Caribou”, Midnight Sun Brewing makes a fine line of beers, just wish they were a bit more available here in the “Deserts of Arid-Zona”, my congratulations to the “Master Brewer”, and the other artisans at Midnight Sun Brewing for the beer and the artwork.

Gusler, Feb 11, 2003
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

KAF, Jul 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

WOLFGANG, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Appearance – Typical florescent orange in color with a monster head of tight, white bubbles. The carbonation was humongous, flowing like an underwater volcanic lava leak.

Smell – Extremely pungent aroma of orange peel and citrus hops and very spicy. The big yeast flexed its muscles early on even as the ale was cold.

Taste – This is terrific! The orange-flavored yeast comes out boldly at the tongue with a warning of alcohol. The banana and peach managed to squeeze through as well. The finish was a very peppery citrus hop.

Mouthfeel – Big, fluffy, and filled with quality carbonation. The high ABV was measured, making this one just right. This has to be some of the best carbonation that I’ve had coming out of an American brewery.

Drinkability – What a way to start off the evening. This is full and fluffy yet makes a great aperitif. It was reminiscent of a champagne cocktail with bold yeast added.

RoyalT, Dec 27, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Presentation: Another one of those weirdo 22.oz. Midnight Sun Brewery (or should I say Brasserie du Soleil de Minuit) labels. A Reindeer with what appears to be a naked woman, although on closer examination (for research purposes) it looks more like one of those cheap blow up Dolls (err, so I am told). Described as a Belgian-Style Trippel Ale, and called “Épluche-culotte”, does this really mean “peeled-off panties”?

Appearance: WTF? This pours with an absolutely gigantic enormous white frothy crusty sponge-foam head. Barely is my Goblet 10% filled with fluid, the head is already racing over the edges. The head tastes of vanilla, & after a time it settles to a more manageable 2". I can now concentrate on the beer. It has a clear Amber body with light Copper hints. Hefty inherent carbonation.

Nose: A huge yeasty dollop of spicy hops, strong aromatic floral waves, deep fruity aromas and a light roasted malt wrapped in orange peel – all smack you in the face at the same time.

Tastes: Well, “Hell Yeah!!” as the saying goes. This is a Belgium-Style Trippel for sure, and a bloody strong one at that. Warming sweet introduction reinforces the 9% alcohol. The start is malts mixed a fruity warming alcoholic-orange liqueur. Fruity, middle mingles with a yeasty heavy power finish.

Mouthfeel: Massive, but smooth. Solid dominating character.

Drinkability: The 9% ABV lends this a mighty punch! It is certainly not a BBQ beer. Sipped and slowly enjoyed, even taking its strength into consideration, I found it a little heavy going to be honest.

Overall: An excellent attempt at the Trippel style, highly commended. It reminded me very much of Kasteel Tripel, but where the Kasteel has balance and Drinkability – the Épluche-culotte is a little stodgy and heavy going.

Cost me $6.49 for the 22oz Bomber, a bit steep for a regular purchase, but well worth keeping a couple for those cold nights.
Superb. More Belgium than Tin-Tin.

TheLongBeachBum, Jun 11, 2003
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

popery, Feb 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

jophish17, Jun 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Whew! Explodes into the Duvel tulip glass with a thunderous, off-white, rocky head. Lots of bubbly going on. Body is golden mandarin with some suspended sediment. Big aromas coming from the big, frothy head. Sweet and fruity. Severely honey-dipped tropical fruits; ambrosia-like. Light spice and coriander, a hint of pepper, and some yeast. I like that it's not too alcoholic or medicinal on the nose. Makes me want to lap it up! Very lively mouthfeel up front; almost Pop Rocks-ish. It certainly woke up my tongue. Sweet, candy/honey over tropical fruit concentrate (bananas, pears, mangos, it's like a tropical farmer's market). Sweetness grows mid-palate, but doesn't get out of control, thanks to a spicy, peppery dryness that cuts in just before the finish. Bitter banana and yeast blend with a surge of warming alcohol in the finish, along with the steal-the-show tropical fruit malts. Very nicely avoids being cloying. Is this the best domestic Tripel I've had? Why yes it is. That is, if you count Alaska as "domestic." Haha, seriously though, give me another bomber...

alexgash, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of hopdog
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

22oz bottle.

Poured a hazy amber/orange with a large frothy white head. Smells of cloves, peppers, spices, yeasts and citris. Malty sweetness to start then tastes of bananas and spices. Lively carbonation and a dry finish. Alcohol present but well hidden.

Notes from 7/12/04

hopdog, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Tried this beer at a BA Gathering in Portland 23 Sept, 2006. Thanks to BA "MrNuggets" for providing the beer - also for the translation of "epluche-culotte" = "to strip one's clothes off", or thereabouts... Fortunately, there was none of that happening at our gathering...

A: Warm, clear golden Tripel with a sizable fluffy white head and gentle lacing.

S: Hefty fruit (pear, apple, orange peel) sweetness with substantial spiciness (zesty cinnamon & cloves) and esters of banana. Delicious smell, especially if paired with dessert. Discernable Belgian-ish yeast.

T: Similar notes as in the smell. Ripe sweet/tart fruit, a jolt of spice, some citrus zest and little bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied and with a bit of a syrupy mouthfeel. There is some lingering alcohol warth in the aftertaste to go along with the spices and esters.

D: A very enjoyable Tripel, one of the nicest US-made versions I've tried. Strong but within the style's range; not as well-masked as some "sneakier" Tripels that are so drinkable one winds up hammered almost without realizing it. Recommended - enjoy responsibly!

msubulldog25, Sep 25, 2006
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Épluche-Culotte from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.