Panty Peeler
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #82
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #13,783
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 10.74%
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
282
From:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  60
Gots
  55
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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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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russpowell from Arkansas

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Dec 04, 2008
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PurpleMonkey81 from Washington

4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Mar 29, 2017
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hayesjw from California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Feb 14, 2013
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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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grub from Canada

3.97/5  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.

Mar 22, 2009
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BigRipCity from Alaska

4.66/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 22, 2018
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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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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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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Jul 23, 2010
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biegaman from Canada

3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Panty Peeler isn't exactly the sexiest looking beer. Although even the last pour produced very little sediment, the ale is freckled with tiny specs of something or other, enough of them so that transparency just ain't happening. It is bright, however, and its pumpkin orange tone does emit some glow. Still, the lack of head is concerning (especially as far as suggestive puns go, now I got nothing to work with).

The aroma is zestfully aromatic, as a Tripel should be. Infused with orange peel and coriander, you might assume this one would be doubly so, though proper Belgian yeast really needs no assistance in that area. Truly one of the most magical foodstuffs, certain strains of yeasts can be fruity, floral, spicy, and bready, and conjure to mind a near infinite number of flavours within each of those categories.

This particular yeast has a musky, very anise-like spiciness. With orange peel and coriander filling up the nose, that element was more or less lost in the shuffle until now. On the palate, however, a subtle black licorice note underlines any flavours of fruit compote or Moroccan stew. Nonetheless, tastes of apricot and marmalade remain prominent too, as does a splash of lemony acidity. Easily enough enjoyed, but not exactly tantalizing.

Despite all this yeast leaving the impression of fresh bread, the malts have much more of a communion wafer-like taste and texture. They are thinnish and quickly turn soft, lacking any meaningful sweetness (which is curious, given the beer weighs in at only 15 IBU). Still, the alcohol is considerably masked; it contains little more than a candle-level of warming and holds up well even after losing its chill.

I'm not sure that Panty Peeler is such an aphrodisiac, and it's definitely not the surefire chick-magnet its name suggests. It is, at best, a fair rendition of the classic Belgian style that nowhere close to stacks up to the best-known examples. That being said, I do like it. Not sure I'd call it again, but I had a nice time. Bottom line: there's more fish in the sea. The long distant relationship just isn't worth the hassle, not for this one...

Oct 16, 2012
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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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ReverendJon from Alaska

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Oct 03, 2013
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Latarnik from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

May 23, 2014
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ksimons from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a clear organish golden color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-pale malts, coriander, yeast. Has a very earthy smell to it

T-pale, breadlike malts, coriander, light citrus, green apples, some peppery spice, and a light yeast funkiness to it

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall probably not the best Tripel I have had but a decent tasting beer.

Jun 03, 2012
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Jan 11, 2012
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zeff80 from Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, straw yellow color with a large, very bubbly, white head. The head had a crackling presence of carbonation that receded to leave some soapy trails of lace.

S - Good Tripel-aroma. Yeasty and fruity with a caramel and grain backbone.

T - The taste matches the aroma. Good yeast and spice upon first sip with a fruity flavor - mostly apple. The is a nice malt backbone of caramel and some grains.

M -It was crisp, sharp and dry. A medium bodied ale that had a good bite of carbonation.

D - This is a very fine tripel. Midnight Sun continues to impress. I must find more!

Aug 02, 2010
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clickpush from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Into tulip glass. 3.5 fingers of beer topped by 3.5 fingers of just off-white head. Beautiful bubbly body, a touch cloudy, peach color. Head is sticky, long lasting. Really beautiful.

Nose: Yeast, bread, spices, grassy hops.

Flavor: White peach, white pepper, yeast, super dry finish. Beautiful! Mouthfeel is sparkly, full bodied.

This beer is AMAZING.

Jun 30, 2010
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flexabull from California

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of pwoody11, thanks again!

Beer pours a hazy gold color, with a solid white head.

Aromas are grassy and doughy up front, the background has complex spices, grains and sugar.

Taste is crisp, and dry with a lemon zest note in the background. Beer has a general malty, creamy, and grainy sweetness, then settles into a dry finish, with mineral, spicy finish. There is a touch of yeasty, doughy spice flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, full, smooth, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good. This is definitely an American take on the style, the hop flavors suggest that. But this is still a tasty and interesting beer.

Jan 21, 2011
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brdc from Wisconsin

3.8/5  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.

Jun 13, 2009
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bonbini26 from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Jul 26, 2012
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ccrida from Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the new name for Épluche-Culotte. There's also a slight change to the recipe, more orange peel and coriander, like it apparently had when it was first released. Classy cartoon label with a naked chick riding a reindeer. I guess after spending a a long dark winter drinking Midnight Sun's heady brews, that might seem like a good idea, although guys might want to be mindful of frostbite!

Bomber poured into my Lost Abbey goblet, Panty Peeler is clear dark golden copper with a very large, dense, off-white head that leaves decent lace. Not a fan of darker tripels.

Smell is citrusy, no doubting the increased spices, with some vanilla, orange creamsicle like. Served about 60F, it gets a bit cloying and boozy as it warms.

Taste is also heavy on the citrus spices initially, quickly cut by a metallic, dry dusty sharpness, maybe the coriander, or abbey yeast, probably amplified by the alcohol, with a pretty abrupt finish. I like the contrast, and the depth from the orange peel is nice, but could do without the tinny, blood like aftertaste. Overall, a pretty tasty, full flavored tripel, the more I drink the better it gets. I put off buying a bottle of Épluche-Culotte for a formal review for years, and now it's gone, so I can't really compare my notes, only vague memories, but I'd probably prefer less spices - as is almost always the case.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, medium bodied, a bit yeasty towards the end.

Drinkability is pretty good, I like their amped up take on a tripel. Normally, extra spices trouble me, but here I think they put the emphasis on the curacao rather then coriander, which worked well with the sweet malt and peppery abbey yeast.

Sep 22, 2008
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Beerenauslese from California

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light cloudy amber gold with a huge white foamy head that leaves chunks of foam and clouds of lacing on the glass. Eventually, the sudsy foam dissipates into a fine layer of bubbles that lasts 'till the last drop.

Tripel aromas of sweet malt, tropical fruit, and ginger.

The tropical fruit smells come through in the taste, ending with a peppery, mildly hoppy finish that ends on the dry side. It is in the tripel style, but lacks a bit in acidic fruitiness, leaving an overall impression of sweet maltiness and brown sugar. There is a spicy, peppery element that is, I think, a combination of ginger and coriander, maybe more the latter.

Body is medium, and moderate carbonation gives it a refreshing mouthfeel.

A tripel from an Alaskan brewer that is aiming to the Belgian style. It's not making me peel my panties, but it could have that effect on the more susceptible due to the noticeable alcohol presence.

May 06, 2010
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tpd975 from Florida

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Nov 17, 2009
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Gmann from New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Feb 19, 2012
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