Panty Peeler | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Panty PeelerPanty Peeler

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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

Added by ccrida on 09-21-2008

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Photo of 4000qtrap
1.92/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Coriander, orange flavors, belgian yeastiness, and some brown sugar. Overall fairly deep, dark flavors.

Taste: Quite sweet up front with pronounced coriander. The middle doesn't really go anywhere, just sustained - or even more - coriander. Perhaps there is a ephemeral note of some ripe fruits and alcohol. Disappointing. Finish is oddly bitter, noticeable alcohol and has a slightly off spiciness.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.43/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

OK, I love the label artwork and name of this beer. Pours a super-carbonated and hazy gold-yellow. Nice soapy head with plenty of lacing. Nose carries some hefeweizen type characteristics - tanginess, some metallic characteristics, and some of the orange peel touted on the label. Not as Belgian as I expected. Flavor is VERY orange-ish right up front, and you get a hint of the coriander. You get a load of the Belgian yeast in the finish that is almost cloying as it morphs from the tangy orange. Weird flavor and not sure it's something I like. At $9.99/bomber, way too expensive given what it is: a weird take on Belgian. Don't bother.

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Photo of impending
2.97/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz into a tulip. Pours a nearly transparent amber copper. Minor head even with an encouraging pour, ok lacing.

Aroma is sweet yeasty fruits with the curacao and coriander upfront and unrestrained. Nice depth.

Sweetness begins followed by the curacao, a dominant flavor. Contains a hint of zinc. Cloying sweet finish, not its strength. Aftertaste needs to go away quicker, over stays its welcome from the moment it begins. Full bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Served in a Midnight Sun goblet.

Pours a clear deep golden color with a single-finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a thin collar. Plenty of bubbles visible in the glass. Given the look on this and Fallen Angel, I'm thinking there must be nucleation spots on the bottom of this glass. Still, very nice looking.

The nose carries a bit of earthy mustiness along with a touch of citrus and spice. Nothing too exciting. Really muted. The flavor has some mild phenols plus a touch of citrus and some backing grain. Nothing too interesting, unfortunately.

Body is light-medium with a hefty dose of carbonation and a dry finish. There's a touch of chewiness. Mild alcohol as well.

There wasn't anything particularly wrong with this one, I just couldn't find anything about it to really like.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in a glass chalice.

L - hazed orange/copper color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring.

S - sweet and fruity with a little spice in the background.

T - starts out sweet upfront with a blast of harsh alcohol that lingers for a while.

F - medium bodied with dull carbonation.

O - I'd like to try a fresher bottle than what I had (1+ yrs) but I really wasn't thrilled with the beer I drank.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at City Beer in SF. Available the following day.

A - Pours copper with 1 finger of off-white head. Dissipates fast and leaves no lacing.

S/T - Honey wth gum and banana esters.

M - Moderate to full-bodied, malt dominated, and sweet.

D - Not bad, but this beer lacks any complexity. More hops, more malts, a tripel cannot live on yeast alone.

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Photo of n2185
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of froghop
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pour is a bright, sunlit orange with a huge head and some scary floaters.

Smell: Candy/crystal malts, lemon & honey, pepper, clove, coriander, and orange pith

Taste: Candy/crystal/bread malts with orange pith, corainder, clove, and pepper. SOme honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium-agressive carbonation, light mouthfeel

Drinkability: These are the nastiest floaters I have seen, otherwise average tripel

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Photo of popery
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft, City Beer Store. This beer poured a hazy orange-ish yellow with a pretty good white head. The aroma was a bit musty but mostly coriander and orange peel dominant. Some caramel malt backs the whole thing up. Not enough depth of earthy Belgian yeast for my tastes. The flavor was medium sweet but too much for me. It's not cloying or unpleasant, but the sweetness makes the beer feel simpler/shallower than it might otherwise. There's a fair bit of spice, but it's a pretty standard mix for the style. I guess I just had my expectations set a bit high for this brewery. Happily, I have a number of their bottles to improve my opinion.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: hue is a rich golden color starting to fade into the orange range. Body has a light haze and a ton of effervescence, and the head is a Brobdingnagian 4+ fingers of creamy ivory foam. Lookin' slammin'!

Smell: sweet orchard aroma of apples and pears. Nose is a little light, but the composition is classic. I like it a lot.

Taste: whoa, this guy is a bit of a butter bomb. OK, I take that back; not a bomb, but there's definitely a buttery presence here which I don't particularly enjoy. Some of the orchardiness remains, and other than the diacetyl, I like this beer; but man, I just can't get past the butter. And I so wanted to like this beer!

Mouthfeel: rich, creamy, smooth, supple; the head was a dead giveaway. This has a wonderful mouthfeel which I absolutely love. Too bad I don't love the taste as well.

Drinkability: this beer has so much going for it. Why, diacetyl, why?!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a light orange with a frothy white head, leaving good lacing, solid retention.

S: Pear city, very estery with a hint of spice and coriander.

T: The straight apple and pear flavour dominates the overall flavour with secondary flavours of honey, peach and apricot. The overall sweetness tends to take over and make the beer awkward and choatic at times, but the flavour is nice.

M: Crisp, biting carbonation, clearly American here, a little cloying for sure. Medium to full-bodied.

O: This is a nice American made tripel, there certainly a lot worse out there, but this is not in the ballpark of the better Belgians. Love to see this with some age though.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber/golden color with three fingers of airy head that quickly recedes, leaves no lacing on the glass.

Aroma is fresh oranges, coriander (citrusy itself), some light malt, a wee bit of honey and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is thin bready malt, some honey, oranges, spice and coriander. The finish leaves a bit of sweet malt (just a hint) and orange flavors lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall this beer is a bit simple, especially for a Tripel. No off flavors or anything really wrong with it, just not great.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Kevin73
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of 303beer
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of philbertk
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brasserie du Soleil Minvit--Epulche - culotte Trippel--A Belgian Style Ale--2006 22 oz. Bottle. 9.00% ABV. 25 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Trippel. Mild lacy head. Cloudy bright yellow gold color. Spicy coriander ester mild Belgian hop front. No sediment. Tangy rich banana wheat ester dry sweet clove mild fruit body. Rich tart mild EtOH clean tasty end. Sampled 7/2/2006. Epluche-culotte Trippel--A Belgian-Style Ale 2007--2007 Dated 22 oz. Bottle. 9.00% ABV. 20 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Trippel. Foamy Head. Clear bright gold color. Crisp rich Belgian yeast ester coriander wheat mild hop front. Mild hot big dry sweet Belgian Candy nutmeg coriander body. Hot spicy mild hop Belgian spicy EtOH end. Sampled 3/13/2007.

Earlier Rating: 4/21/2010 Total Score: 4
Extreme Polar White Ale--Brewer's Reserve--Batch 103, Bottle 74--Signed--2001 22 oz. Bottle. 9.00%. (4.0 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Trippel. Clear bright thin light amber golden color. Big lacy loose head. Malty Belgian floral mild hop front. Sweet thick hot malty mild Belgian fruit ester caramel cinnamon banana body. Hot sweet mild hop end. Sampled 8/10/2003.

Midnight Sun Brewing Company--Panty Peeler Belgian -Style Tripel--Ale Brewed With Orange Peel & Coriander--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 8.50% ABV. 15 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Lacy lasting thin white head. Clear pretty bright cold hazed ripe peach gold color. Aromatic Belgian yeast fruit ester front. Tangy dry sweet thin textured richly flavored Belgian Tripel banana coriander orange hint body. Dry hot coriander spice malty end. Sampled 9/17/2010. Purchased at Fred Meyer. Ballard, Seattle for $8.49.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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

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Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a finger and a half of head but left quite a bit of lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was big on the belgian yeast alongside orange peel, spice, slight pear esters, pepper, and lots of sweetness from the malts. The flavor was also big on the belgian yeast with citrus, pepper, spice, and pear accents which had lots of malt character but was kinda of grainy at the same time. The brew was medium in body with lots of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, yeasty, spice, and grainy finish. It drank pretty good but was just an average tripel. I was expecting this beer to be at least above average for the style but was let down. I guess you can f#ck with belgians when it comes to tripels.

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