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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a white head. A nice sweetness to it from the malt and sugar. Plenty of citrus character and a bit of pineapple as well. A touch of yeast as well as a mild spiciness. The flavor is quite nice. Sweet fruit: both citrus and tropical fruits. Just a light spiciness and some yeast flavor to it as well. Pretty solid beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear light orange gold body. White head with ok retention and lace.

S - Peaches, curacao orange peel, minerals, banana, touch of greens.

T - Huge fruit profile of sweet orange peel, white peach, and tart apple, coriander, and sweet booze.

M - Lively carbonation on a medium frame. A shade syrupy.

O - A triple on the fruity side of the style.

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Photo of ksimons
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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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 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 Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, $9.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY
"Month and week bottled" info notched onto the side of the label.

Pours clear, dull tangarine amber, medium tan head, moderate in size, especially for the style. Head quickly going to a thicker collar and the remaining in limited fashion in tiny bits on the side of the glass.

Nose exhibits more then a hint of bubble gum fruityness, oranges, and a late wiff of peppery yeast.

Tasty and complex tripel, with ample fruitness, yeasty phenolics and a just satisfactory malt base going on. More oranges, honey, vanilla, again some pepper and drying hops late intot he finish. Somewhat sweet and carbonation is a bit on the tame side. I enjoyed it, I'd like to enjoy it again, perhaps with some mussels, or with some pungent creamy cheese.

Respectable American take on the classic Belgian style.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden orange pour into a tulip, head thins quickly - looked like a pumpkin ale

S: sweet, fruity - I picked up peachy notes more than orange

T: fruits and sugars, but not overly sweet - actually well-balanced

M: thinner and slicker than I expected

O: really cool - a good tasting tripel, interesting and flavorful, not too heavy, smooth and clean drinking - a good choice

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Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger NYC

Pours a reddish-orange colour, with almost no head at all, no lacing to speak of. Smell is full of esters, belgian yeast comes across followed by tons of fruit, some spice, citrus, orange, tropical fruits as well, light banana as well, light hop as well but a little more subtle than some tripels. Taste is yeasty, with plenty of fruit, more orange and banana, nice spices as well, coriander, lightly bitter in the middle, some decent malt flavour as well, some banana and estery flavours, clean fruity and yeasty finish. Medium carbonation, smooth and lightly creamy at points, med full body. Good stuff here, not the best for the style but it is an interesting take on it and glad I got a chance to try this, nice introduction to this brewery for me.

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Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Havent reviewed a beer in a long time, busy.
My birthday today, so picked a special one. Tripel Karmeliet is the standard, so see how this holds up.
Opening the cap(instead of cork?) poured out into a thin tulip, very thick head, orange tone, good carbonation, head stays around for a good amount of time, looks good.
Smells of meyer lemons, orange, the coriander comes through pretty strong, sour wheat, yeast sour leavened bread,
Malty with plenty of orange thrown in, sour citrus, good mix.
Flavor is upfront heavy on the citrus fruits, clementine orange, touch of lemon, coriander, nice mix of spice balancing the fruit.Actually makes a great Christmas beer, with the orange/spice mix
Drinks easy, Alcohol is well masked adding a touch of warmth in the finish.
Good beer, everything so far from Alaskan has been solid

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright amber, clear, pours 1 inch of thich off white head that fades slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: estery, spices, orange peel, coriander, curacao.

Taste: Coriander, orange peel, curacao, malty, sweet in the middle, citrus, caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp.

Overall: Very tasty, very drinkable, well balanced. A good tripple.

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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 cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Midnight sun panty peeler – semi clear copper color nice, good head, rebuild that shit with a swirl. Ooh, nice interesting smell, it is earthy but not overly so. Sweet, little hoppy, but mostly malty…really nice smelling. OH WOW. Taste is very citric, tropical on the lighter fruit side. solid brew, midnight sun coming through. Mouth is very good, overall…solid brew…sweet, tropical fruity beer happiness.

*** ** * ** *** edit 2012-04-24 revisited with a bottle acquired locally into a midnight sun glass. Same appearance, but the smell and flavor scream of orange peel and coriander. Has everything I love about a tripel but the added flavoring give it a unique twist. I can see why I remember this as such a highlight at Rossi. The favors really cut through as it is so unique and I remember it being a breath of fresh air that day. Body and look is a bit more syrupy than I remember, but overall, I agree with my original ratings of this beer. Very worth while even if you don't dig tripels.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split this with KevSal at City Beer Store in SF. Poured into a fluted glass.

4.0 A: Hazed orange brown color. Two fingers of off-white, creamy/frothy hybrid head. Good retention and some lacing.

4.5 S: Wonderful! Coriander comes through big time with orange peel on its heels. Solid peppery spiciness. Very clean overall with a "clean" peachy fruitiness. Light yeastiness.

4.0 T: Coriander is a big player in the taste as well and so is the orange peel. Peppery spiciness. Peach and lightly citrus fruitiness. Lightly yeasty with sweeter than average for the style maltiness.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Super smooth with a good creaminess.

4.5 D: Stellar tripel. Right up there with the best from Belgium.

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Photo of DCon
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood (St. Louis), MO. Poured into my 12 oz Schlafly cup and cherished every last drop!

Apperance- Received with a Semi-Dark Orange Body with 2 fingers of off-white head. Good retention and good looking carbonation when it comes to the visible bubbles. The lacing was minimal which came as a surprise but still a great looking tripel!

Smell- Starts off with a huge amount of orange/citrus aroma and then a good amount of holiday spice. This citrus sounds like it comes from the Curaco orange used in the brewing process. Didn't care for this as much and thought it was an average Tripel scent...

Taste- A very bold beer to start off with a mild fruity/sweetness (almost all tropical fruits mixed). This spiciness I pointed out in the scent came off well balanced and didn't particularly affect anything in the taste but made it more like a Belgian ale. Then the yeast came into play and this was an awesome characteristic! Very warming and added more character.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Nice amount of Carbonation, Lively, and very creamy all the way through. There may have been a touch of a sour taste as well.

Overall- Wow! After enjoying, this was my one word that can describe this Tripel. Great drinkability but then able to enjoy all the flavors and characteristics as it is very complexed. Very fruity and spicy at times and had a great ABV.

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and sexy strong golden ale.

Mid amber in the tulip glass, but not much head or lacing. Good enough carbonation and quite stacked, umm, full-bodied. Sweetness is the big initial taste. Lots of Belgian flavors with the back of the mouth prickle. Hard to pick out the swirl of fruity funky flavors-- cinnamon, persimmon pudding, spice cake. Yeasty like fresh brioche. French toast and apples. Salty aftertaste.

It's dessert. So sweet, yet highly sippable. Intense flavors and more than a mouthful. Just don't think of it as beer.

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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 loren01
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden color, bubbly white head with nice lacing down the glass
S: Spicy and honey sweet scent. Also Belgian yeastiness
T: Taste is sweet up fron with a nice spiciness toward the end.
M: Medium bodied, beer is well carbonated and finishes crisp.
D: Nice balanced Belgian beer, would buy this again. Went down real well for the ABV.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Tonight I reached for a new glass in my collection, a super cool Westmalle Belgian goblet that was made just for these styled ales. It has all different kinds of leafs and designs cut into the very thick glass which just adds to the overall beauty and always delivers a nice thick head. Before I pull off the cap I inspected the label for a few seconds and really got a nice laugh at the cartoon woman throwing her underwear in the air while riding a reindeer. Continuing on, I pulled the cap off the bomber and was greeted with a generous amount of hissing and carbonation which is great for this style of beer. On the pour I decided to tilt the large chalice making sure to not over flow it with head. When I was done, there was a thin half finger thick bone white head that dissipated very quickly to almost nothing after a few minutes. When I hold the chalice up to the light a beautiful deep golden slightly hazy orange colored ale glimmers in the light. This really reminds me of fresh orange blossom honey minus the thickness of course. On a quick check the viscosity appears to be pretty light and only leave a little bit of lacing on the walls.


Right off the start there is a huge waft of honey, lemons, and citrus peels wrapped around some spicy undertones. The Belgian yeast is working wonders here, lots of other grassy earthy aromas that play on the initial sweetness and round it out well. Very slight to no hop presence maybe something that resembles moss but nothing much. In the finish there is a touch peaches and slight warming alcohol that gives a final zing that I really like.


Just as great as the aroma! Full flavored fruit and sweetness are the main act here. Almost taste like I am eating those peach ring candies that were soaked in white grape juice. Once you cut through all the sugars, the spice follows up with faint black pepper and coriander zest that ups the complexity one more notch. Yeasty phenolic green apples, some tartness, and white wine round of the middle with just a touch of heat alcohol which is pleasant and warming. In the finish a floral taste is poking though which is almost perfumy but not off putting, just a strange warming delicious finish.


Overall this was a killer beer to give a try and I was ecstatic to get a few various Midnight Sun beers in my recent trade. Compared to other styles I feel like this was a little sweeter but still very delicious and very drinkable. As I am wrapping the bottle up now it just drinks so smooth and I could definitely enjoy another one real soon. If you are fortunate enough to have these beers in your area be sure to grab this one and give it a shot because it is very good and I feel like all kinds of beer drinkers will enjoy this one.

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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 flexabull
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of sgaloob
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served refrigerator cold into a room temperature pint glass.

A - Musky amber color. Pours an excellent head, with some lacing down the sides of the glass. Excellent head retention.

S - Light flowery aroma, no single aroma is overpower, which is surprising for a tripel.

T - Citrus and flowery overtones. Extremely well balanced for a tripel.

M - Strong carbonation, very refreshing mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. Tripels often overpower, but this is very well balanced.

Bottom line - using Fin du Monde as my watermark for tripels, I loved this beer. Uno mas por favor!

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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 jmperez
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed everything about this beer. from the name, the label and the brew. As per the label the orange is throughout. The aroma upfront is orange citrusy hoppy. the taste is orange and you can taste the character of the belgian yeast. At 8.5% this is an easy to drink belgian tripal.

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Photo of Ghenna
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow orange with a very dense white foam head which sticks around for a good bit.

Definite orange and citrus hops in the nose. In terms of flavor I would call it a very orange-y tripel. Plenty of Tripel spice coupled with a very obvious orange flavor. Kind of Like Victory brewing's Golden Monkey with the orange aspect on steriods. Very tastey.

MF is medium light, with no real head retention to speak of. All told, a very pleasing brew. I could definitely work through two or three bombers and enjoy my evening. A very pleasing beer, and plenty tolerable according to my wife- the 8.5% is very well hidden. Looking forward to the coffee porter I've got in my fridge next.

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Panty Peeler from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 269 ratings.
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