Panty Peeler
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #83
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,309
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 10.74%
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
284
From:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  60
Gots
  54
SCORE
87
Very Good
Panty PeelerPanty Peeler
Notes: 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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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this is more like an imperial wit than a tripel, with the additions of orange peel and coriander, its sweet, malty, boozy, and assertively flavored, its coriander heavy, ester driven, spicy and hot, lots of beer in the glass here. the aroma and flavor are the same from the tap, generic citrus, toasted coriander seed, a light fennel note, some floral honey, green pear, brandy, confectioners sugar, and dried stone fruit, really pretty intense. its certainly wheat based, but might have an additional sugar spike as well, lots of body but not heavy in the traditional sense. i think this intentionally pretty boozy, and i dont dislike that part of it, but its a lot, and a little of this goes a long way. lemon and orange zestiness, slight malt oxidation, fortified white wine, and white pepper all come out as it warms, and this is a slow sipper despite it having nice carbonation. these guys are making some pretty out there beers, and this is a good example of that, bold in every way and not like other tripels ive had. its a little clunky to me though, not as expertly refined as it could be, and maybe a little overdone on the whole, but its a cool style twist and i enjoyed getting to drink on this. definitely one of a kind.

Jun 28, 2021
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ctbeergeek from California

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy, orange/amber color with a bit of a white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma was mainly sweet, malty with some orange peel. Taste was malty with a good hit of Belgian yeast and orange peel, with a small hint of coriander spice - pretty sweet. Thin mouth feel. Overall a good beer that I would try again.

Dec 02, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, the appearance was a hazy golden yellow/orange/amber colored body with a half finger white head that quickly dies leaving some super light lacing.
The aroma has a little bit of orange peel, some coriander that adds a bit of spiciness, a little bit of lemon all backed up with some light Belgian yeast.
The flavor is sweet yet spicy and somewhat malty, orange/coriander aftertaste, dry spicy finish.
Its somewhat easy on the palate, almost medium bodied and had a good carbonation about it.
Overall, good somewhat sessionable tripel as the ABV didn't seem like it was felt. I'd have again.

Jun 30, 2017
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Viaduck from California

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ample cream colored head with a hazy orange body. Very yeasty & orange aroma. Bread & orange flavor initially, with a salty bitter finish. I think I'd like it better if it were sweete & less bitter. Very good.

Aug 27, 2016
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SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is massively carbonated as I easily achieved three fingers of solid foamy head. The bubbles turn to Rocky off white fuzz as they ever so slowly fade. Waves of lace are left behind. Body is a golden orange amber in tone that actually looks like orange marmalade. The nose is dominated by the orange peel but also brings some soft hop and mineral notes that add a bit of spiciness. With the first sip the mineral-based spiciness is the front runner in the flavor category. It is very earthy, sweet bread like and flowery with the coriander playing nicely. There is a nice complexity to this brew without being heavy or overwhelming. Hops punch in towards the end of the palette to add just a touch of balance. This really has a wonderful mouth feel, as it is all tingly and metallic but not offputting. This is what I call a perfectly drinkable triple.

May 06, 2016
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Sound_Explorer from Washington

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really get a lot of apple in this, that was my first reaction. Quite flavorful and light, I would like a little more meat on it when it goes down but overall a really good tripel that I can drink quite fast.

Sep 27, 2015
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303beer from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a hint of red. Has a light nose. Leaves some lacing in the glass. The flavor is of Belgian yeast and a touch of citrus on the backend.

Sep 16, 2015
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CHickman from New York

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper amber color with particles floating in it leading to a 1 finger foamy beige head that faded and left decent spotty lacing.

Smells of caramel, brown sugar, sweet malt, candied sugar, orange, pear, gummy bears, apple, graham cracker and musty funk. Very sweet overall with the orange and coriander coming through for nice strong accents.

Tastes like it smells with green apple, rotting pear, caramel, brown sugar, sweet malt, candied sugar, orange, gummy bears, graham cracker, honey, coriander and other light spices like pepper and cinnamon add nice accents, followed by a mild musty funk that is like wet cardboard or wet farm animal hair. Like the nose it's very sweet overall with the orange and coriander coming through with the mix of malts, sugar and light spices. This hides the ABV and is much mellower than most Tripel's, easier to drink.

Mouthfeel is slick and buttery smooth to the point of being thin and watery, it has a lot of sweetness and some fruity flavors/smells that let it flow down with ease while covering the 8.5% ABV. Body is medium, almost chewy and sweet, yet somehow this felt easy to drink and had enough complexities and balance to keep my interest. A solid beer that I've had before tonight and have enjoyed every time I've drank it.

Jun 20, 2015
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Oct 08, 2014
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Kuaff from Alaska

4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Jun 10, 2014
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RickS95 from Indiana

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Mar 09, 2014
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utopiajane from New York

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

Jan 25, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Jul 18, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Jun 27, 2013
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DenverLogan from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Mar 24, 2013
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Mar 22, 2013
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Mar 08, 2013
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superspak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Mar 07, 2013
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Kevin73 from Washington

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Jan 20, 2013
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unclekeith from Alaska

3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into IPA glass - very fresh

L: Hazy amber, with a big stubborn off white head
S: Banana, orange peel
T: Overly sweet, nice Belgian esters, low bitterness
F: No heat from the alcohol, full body,
O: Pretty good, worth grabbing a couple of cans every now and then

Jan 20, 2013
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sirtomtom from California

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Jan 18, 2013
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Dec 13, 2012
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DelMontiac from Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

Dec 08, 2012
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elNopalero from California

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

Dec 02, 2012
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scootny from New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Nov 14, 2012
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 284 ratings