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

Bottle courtesy bret27 I think. Pours light cloudy gold with a fluffy off-white head. Appley aroma, with almost an apple pie/apple crisp tartness to it. A Brett-like note as well which is probably just the bitter orange peel. Flavors of apples and bananas, very fruity with a touch of spice. Heavy on the palate with soft carbonation. A big bad tripel for sure.

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Photo of randawakes
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just a touch light, but great malt german style, with cream. Light fruits and spice, yeasty, orangy, peach. Might be the peals or zest of these fruits, but either way its very noticeable and compliments the body of the beer. Hides alcohol very well, very smooth making it deluctably? drinkable.


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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a frothy head that leaves some legs of lacing behind

Smell: Floral blast of orange peel and coriander, with the peppery yeast and candi sugar elements underneath

Taste: From the get-go, the orange peel and coriander make their presence felt, building to a peppery crescendo by mid-palate, though there are plenty of balancing sweet malt and tropical fruit flavors in the mix as well; after the swallow, the herbal/floral aspects of the beer shine through, with a complex finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with vivacious carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Much better than my memories of Epluche-culotte, this is among the best tripels out there, Belgian or American

Thanks, BrewsB4Shrews, for the opportunity

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Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a beautifully clear, light amber color with lots of carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. A thick 2 fingers of creamy white head forms. Decent retention - slowly recedes over a couple of minutes leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S - Yeasty, distinctly Belgian character. Very fruity, sweet, and spicy in aroma. Cloves, orange, coriander, candy sugar. Very good smelling tripel.

T - Very flavorful beer, as expected. Fruity with an air of alcohol, not sure if I'm tasting it or just getting it on the inhale. Cloves, spicy, sweet adn some citrus too - mainly oranges...other fruity flavors too - unidentifiable by me, maybe a touch of banana. Somewhat yeasty complimenting bready malt flavors.

M - Medium bodied...leaning towards full - rather thick and a little chewy. Lots of carbonation, gives an almost foamy feel to it in the mouth, and finishes a bit prickly on the tongue.

D - Quite a good Belgian tripel. Liking this beer a lot. Alcohol feels higher than the 8.5% on the bottle, limiting drinkability for me. Very good looking, smelling, and tasting beer. Would love to have this with a good selection of cheeses. Probably the 22oz bottle is going to be plenty for me in one sitting, but it is an enjoyable bottle.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Chalice.

A. 2 finger head of very fine bubbles. Well carbonated. Good retention. Pretty good lacing. Golden brown color.

S. Yeast, spices, clove, corriander, tropical fruit, some sweetness. A very pleasant smell.

T. Sweet malt, fruit, spices, a little peppery, some hops. Flavor is not as strong at the aroma would lead you to believe.

M. Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Very smooth. Nice semi-sweet finish.

D. Very drinkable. This is one of the better American Tripels I have had. Look forward to trying more from Midnight Sun.

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Photo of tpd975
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of mjl21
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland. 22 ounce bottle poured into a goblet. Comes in at 8.5% and 15 IBUs. Bottled on the 4th week of either March or February.

A-Pours a semi-hazy nectarine color. It has a half finger off white head that crackles and pops as it dissolves in the glass. The head reduces in half fairly quickly before slowly covering up the top of the beer.

S-Belgian yeast, green apples, spices, sweet fruit, and a little funk as it warms.

T-Belgian yeast and apple flavors are the first to hit. It has a peppery and spicy bite thanks to the corriander. The orange peel used adds some bitterness in the middle of each sip and on the finish. Like the nose, a little bit of funk comes out as it warms.

M-Medium bodied and crisply carbonated.

D-The abv is well hidden. It goes down easily.

This is an extremely easy drinking beer that does a good job of hiding the abv. I would gladly drink this again. Enjoyed this much more than their hoppier offerings.

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

22oz bomber poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a deep amber with no head and just a tinge of lacing. Slightly cloudy. Nose is sweet and pretty belgian, very nice.

Wow, taste is very sweet and fruity. There's a lot of honey and sharpness to it. Very tasty, and awesome Alaskan brew!

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Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Nick3. Thanks, Nick! Good old Panty Peeler - been looking forward to this one. Label art is great. Call me crazy, but I am a big fan of naked women.

A - Pours hazy golden with a large creamy white head and good lacing.

S - Great aroma, with yeast, pale malt, light fruits, and spices.

T - Flavor is slightly sweet pale malt, yeast, earth, citrus/orange, coriander and other spices. Pretty solid tripel overall, not surprising since everything I've had from this brewery has been very legit.

M - Palate is smooth and medium-bodied with soft yet lively carbonation.

D - Drinkability high for the style.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper color with one finger of fizzy white head.

Scent of spices, citric fruit, sugars and a hint of earth. A sweet and fruity aroma, good stuff.

Taste of yeast, spice, orange peel, bread and some funk. Seems to be more toward an authentic Tripel than more American versions I have had.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a good bite of carbonation, excellent.

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

Appearance: Pours a bright, orange-gold body with a tall, finely-textured, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, candyish nose of malts peppered with punchy notes of dried coriander and floral, bitterish orange peel.

Taste: Sweet, delicately bready malts stippled with traces honey and treacle. The herbaceous, spicy coriander adds a nice pungent accent. As does the added orange peels which combine with the sweet sugars to give off a taste of chilled marmalade. Additional fruitiness tasting of ripe white peaches. No more than the faintest hop bitterness at the halfway mark. Final touches of citrus and spice in the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some sugary stickiness to the luscious mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Recommended. Though a little on the sweet side, it was still quite enjoyable. A pleasant tripel from Midnight Sun.

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Photo of rye726
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden brown with a silky beige head. Great carbonation and nice lacing. Nose has orange, coriander, bready malts and spicy Belgian yeast. Taste has citrus, candy malts, white grapes, coriander, peppery alcohol and an herbal Belgian yeast presence. Lacks the complexity found in the aroma. Medium body is well carbonated, but a tad thin through the finish. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a rich honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get some maraschino cherry, dry orange peel, lime, honey and spice. This beer smells great. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, and I have to say this is really one of the better domestic versions I've had of a Belgian tripel. There is just enough hoppy bitterness to conter some of the rock candy flavor sweetness and spice in this beer. There is also some underlying orange peel and coriandor noticeable as well, further adding to the flavor complexity. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a mouthwatering component that is impressive. Drinkability is excellent, with the alcohol very well hidden and disguised.

This beer is just delicious, and my only regret is that it's so hard to come by. Yummy stuff.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of, if I'm not mistaken, alaskajoe. Thanks!! Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange body, largely transparent - though with the slightest amount of chill haze - moderately fully of relatively large-sized carbonation of average speed. The head - slightly offwhite, and a little dull - is incredibly fizzy, bubbly, seething and frothing and foaming down to a thin sheen fairly quickly. Huge floaties in the finish, thick, chunky, sheet-like.

Aroma: Spicy coriander, peaches, apricots, bananas, yeasty notes, a slight alcohol burn that blends with white pepper, big curacao orange, and tons of stray floral notes comprise the majority of this brew.

Taste: Grainy and very floral in the front, backed up by a lot of traditional tripel notes. Very strong in the citrus - pungent, robust blood orange - cloves, lemons, juniper berry, white pepper, strong coriander. Relatively dry and acidic. A little green and pithy. Slight peach. It's an interesting and varied taste, perhaps a little too spicy, green, and dry, but on the whole fairly interesting. Herbal, dry, almost slightly funky.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy, full-bodied, but still somehow rather even. The crisp, large effervescence noted above doesn't manage to destroy the smoothness of the body, probably because this brew's a little thicker than usual.

Drinkability: 8.5% isn't too high ... but it's high. This beer's not too amazingly awesome ... but it's authentic. Less green, acidic, and heavy spices and more sweet, varied, and fruity notes would be better. But this is still good. Hmmm, yes, good. I have another handful of Midnight Suns in my closet, and knew that this one likely wouldn't quite stack up to a lot of their other special brews, but I still enjoyed it.

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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 Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours attractive, though light golden yellow, with abundant white head. That head is musty funk initially, and then yeasty. Drinks very extreme corriander, orange in finish and aftertaste that is most satisfying. Above average mouthfeel. Midnight Sun has been doing a fine job with their Belgiums these days.

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Photo of brdc
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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

05/31/09- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with notched date strip on the side of the label..this one happened to be late October '08. Poured into my Don De Dieu tulip.

Appearance- Has a different color pour than I am used to for a tripel. Almost an amber colored pour. 3/4 inch semi rocky head and light lace patchwork and lines left behind.

Smell- Nice aroma of corriander, lots of spices and a bit of lemon.

Taste- Smells about the same as the aroma. Maybe a bit too much on the spices. Corriander is quite heavy, followed by a good dose of confectioniers sugar...lastly some light lemon rind and some peppery spice.

Mouthfeel- Tight and brisk carbonation feel. Fits the style perfectly. Ultra slight metallic note in the aftertaste, but that is nitpicking.

Drinkability- Good job at at an american made tripel. I bit too over the top on the spices, but still quite good and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this bottle from joe1510 in a trade. Thanks Joe!

22oz bottle, very cool label.

It pours a hazy orange gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is definitely of oranges and corriander. Hey, they mention them on the label, for Pete's sakes and they weren't lying. lol Nice nose.

The taste brings the coriander and oranges to the forefront and I'm very pleased they did. I get some notes of bready malt as well and a light dash of pepper. It is also pretty darned sweet so maybe some candy sugar is playing some games with my palate? Or honey? Whatever, I like the sweetness.

It's pretty light bodied with a low level of carbonation.

Drinkability? I get a touch of warming after the swallow but otherwise, the abv is well hidden. I think it's a bit different from the Tripels I've tried before and so, I'm going to be a little obtuse about how I feel about how drinkable it is until I finish the bottle.

Ok, done. Good drinkability. It's tasty, it smells good, it's different and... that's the bottom line but if you read the label before you buy, there's no unwanted surprise. A good Tripel.

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

First time ever trying any Midnight Sun beer, and this was a good one to try. Color was an orange color and a little haze. Nice white head that hung around a little while and good lacing on the side as the beer was drank. Nose was citrus and malt, with a hint of hop but barely detectable. The 8.5% of this beer was not detectable in the flavor, it had malt and spice and yeast notes. The mouthfeel was full good for the style and completely drinkable. Can't wait to crack the other 2 bottles in the fridge.

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Photo of kmadison
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice American take on a Tripel. Typical tropical fruits and sweetness to it, but a little more presence with the hops as well. Not in the mood for a story-length review, but a good brew from Midnight Sun and further upholds their reputation for solid beers.

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Photo of grub
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Panty Peeler from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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