Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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4.18 | pDev: 8.37%
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: The name of this beer has been changed to it's English translation "Panty Peeler". However, because the recipe was altered by the brewery, at the time of the new labels, we are listing both as separate beers.
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

strong light brownish amber with a big, two inch off white head. Lots of foam and lace left over from this one. Lots of visible carbonation was readily apparent. Smell was full of yeast and grain, a touch of alcohol was also present. Picked up some grassy aroma as well. The flavor was a classic tripel. Lots of yeasty flavors, plums, a touch of peach. A lot of bready grains mixed in as well. A touch of alcohol was definatly there and made its presence well known. Great smooth feel due to lots of carbonation. This was actually not as much of a sipper as I would have thought. I was easily able to drink this while walking around no problem. Not saying it would be a session beer, but not a snifter eaither

Oct 02, 2011
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Beertracker from Oklahoma

3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

MSB Épluche-culotte Trippel pours up rather strongly with a moderate white head that rises above the slightly hazy, deep sunset-peach golden body. The lacy, white head dissipates rather quickly leaving some Brussels lace in its wake. The aroma is ripe with fruit (bruised banana, peach pit, blood orange) which emerges more as it warms along with some earthy (cilantro, grassy, leafy), floral (hibiscus, redbud, rosehip) & spicy (black peppercorn, coriander) notes from a combination of the abbey yeast, hops & spices. Alcohol is notable, but doesn't detract. The flavor starts off with some honey & candied fruit sweetness which is barely underscored light bitterness that carries towards a cloying, fruity, cheek warming finish. This bottle may be past its prime? Panty Peeler is certainly worth seeking out. Here's to the "spirited" tripel brewed in America's last frontier!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Taster's Note: Thanks to Grumpy for the opportunity!

Jan 24, 2009
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Poured a hazy amber/orange with a large frothy white head. Smells of cloves, peppers, spices, yeasts and citris. Malty sweetness to start then tastes of bananas and spices. Lively carbonation and a dry finish. Alcohol present but well hidden.

Notes from 7/12/04

Nov 09, 2008
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cswhitehorse from California

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Epluche-culotte pours an orange hazy with a normal center bubble fountain in the middle of the glass which I am used to seeing with the Tripel's. As I opened it, it went crazy wanting to jump to the glass and kept flowing like old faithful.

It was spicy to the nose as well as yeasty, orange and sour apples. The taste was strongly yeasty with a nice fruitiness to it. In the mouth you are left with sour taste on the finish. Seemed to be a little wild yeast in this one...

I found it to highly refreshing and was highly carbonated. The abv was pretty well hidden and maybe I should get my wife to drink a bomber to see if name holds true.

Sep 02, 2008
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Murchmac from California

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Beast for the bounty I am about to drink.

Pours a big big head, lots of carbonation, POPS! out of the bottle, like sugar smacks, dig em.

Smells like chiquita bananas perfume. Sweet, fruity, and spicy.

This beer is chock full o flavor. Tastes like it smells, sweet, fruity, and spicy.

Has a smooth sweet faint peppery aftertaste that lingers. It just keeps on getting better as you drink it down.

Can I get an amen? Testify to how good this alaskan belgian is. Praise beer.

May 18, 2008
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spewed out of the bottle when opened, but settled down in the glass with a good, but not overwhelming head that sticks around for the duration of the brew. No real lacing. Typical Belgian yeast smells, but a bit more stone fruit and no banana. Sharper in the herbal department than some with a bit of coriander. Somewhat sweet in the nose, but less so than some. Taste is a bit sharper than some Tripels, and less sweet and again more herbal. There is also a peppery bite on the finish. Some fruit, grapefruit, lemon, bitter orange peel and maybe green plum. All of the fruit is tempered by a bit of sweetness and a big herbal hit. Not sticky sweet in the mouth, but somewhat tannic. A bit challenging, but a unique take on the style.

Mar 08, 2008
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SargeC from California

3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thick white head and rapidly flowing carbonation.

Smell: Yeast, citrus and malt.

Taste: Solid, bready flavor embraced by tangy citrus. Finishes with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Lively carbonation adds fullness.

Drinkablity: An easy drinking and mild tripel that masks its alcohol content well.

Feb 17, 2008
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tayner from Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 finger foamy, rocky, white head with a film that laced nicely

Cloudy wheat yellow color

bready yeast, peachy, clove spice dominates nose

spicy hop, nice malt backbone, bready yeast flavors, all very nicely balanced. I cant taste a hint of alcohol, where is the 9%???

mouthfeel is nearly perfect for a tripel, coating but not too heavy.

This is the easiest 9% abv beer i have had in a long time.

Midnight Sun has produced another winner!

Jan 30, 2008
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AKBelgianBeast from Alaska

4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive for an american brew. This triple pours slightly more transparent than id like to see a triple, but a beautiful golden, yellowy orange. The head was quality and fluffy like it was straight out of the ardennes. The nose reeks of citrus fruit and coriander. Spices and hops delight. At first taste the spices and citrusy mellow creamy hops dominate. The high carbonation makes it slightly abrasive going down, but by slight I mean very slight. the finish is hoppy with a little orange peel flavor. fructosey residue on the lips. The mouth feel is quite smooth and bites a bit. (in a good way). very drinkable. The one amazing thing about this beer is that you would never guess ( that is if you didnt know it was standard) that this beer is 9% abv. Another good one from m sun, has some belgian characteristics. a good shot. Real good.

Dec 19, 2007
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Westsidethreat from California

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy apricot juice color with floaters. The head is sudsy but full, almost totally snow white.

S: White grapes, peach, coriander, orange peel and wheat.

T: Begins seductive and sweet, yet dry and commanding. Yellow fruits such as apricot, banana and white peach tantalite the tip of the tongue. Floral dryness comes next, working its way towards the center of the tongue. Just when I thought the sweetness had subsided, honey swashes explode in the mouth, bringing with it new complexity. Flavors of apple, guava and papaya swirl about the palate, mixing with a newly awakened simple malt backbone. Finishes with licks of vanilla around the sides of the tongue, biscuity malts and soothing pear.

M: Medium body, sort of syrupy.

D: Wow, this stuff is good. I don’t generally consider triples a style I enjoy, but it just goes to show you that a well made beer…regardless of style…is good. If you like triples, find this beer.

Nov 18, 2007
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rallison from California

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening, this beer just gushes out of the bottle. So, after losing a few ounces, I get the bottle to the glass (let this be a reminder to always have a glass ready!). Pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber color with a 1 finger somewhat fizzy head that stays around pretty well but doesn't leave much lacing.

Smells of light, sweeter citrus and some pineapple. Light, but nice.

Taste is very gentle. Pineapples, light toffee sweetness and a touch of yeast character. Hints of spices. Very delicate and pleasant, yet I wouldn't mind a touch more complexity.

Mouthfeel is very light on the tongue, but also with a nice touch of creaminess and the right level of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good - alcohol is not noticeable and this drinks very easily.


Edit: After finishing the glass, I realized the flavor was deserving of a higher score. The delicacy on this is superb with a respectable level of complexity. Nicely done!

Oct 02, 2007
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dnichols from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I poured a 750 ml capped bottle into a challis.

A: It poured a bright yellow with an orange hue. There was a healthy off white sticky head of about two fingers. The head receded leaving a rich thick lacing down the side of the glass.

S: It had a citrusy spicy aroma heavy with sweet malts and bready yeast.

T: Nice sweet light malts with an orange citrus flavor. There were hints of white pepper and coriander. It remined me of a glass of tang....sweet yet tangy. Well balanced blend of malts and hops. Not overly spicy.

M: Very full and creamy mouth feel. It has a nice hoppy tang without the bite of hops. The aftertaste is sweet and creamy without any sourness.

D: Very enjoyable brew. Well balanced and creamy with an excellent aftertaste. Might be a bit too filling for multiple bottles in a single session.

Comment: This is a nice brew that stands up well with any domestic tripel. I will buy this one again and again.

Sep 30, 2007
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

White, quick disapearing head. Reasonabvle smell and appearance. A nominal yummy fruity and smooth Belgian. Goes down great, and 9% is tolerable. Aggressive carbonation, otherwise wuitre drinkable with meat.. A very good beverage.
Another great trade with Hopdog, thank you sir!

Sep 23, 2007
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kkipple from South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split this one with my buddy Khiasmus, as usual.

An Alaskan Tripel, eh? With a... wait, is that a nude woman riding a reindeer? It certainly appears to be. Obviously the label censors don't visit Alaska, 'cause this bottle would never fly in SC. Heh. Curious. Into my Karmilet glass it goes!

I'm looking at a pale gold brew with a 3cm tight white head. The beer is a little cloudy. The head is pretty big and lasts a while. They got this part right fer shure.

Smells pretty sweet... but there's that peppery-clove smell I'm used to in the style, along with sweet floral notes and honey. Noticeable alcohol. Lacks some complexity and character more notable Tripels have, but it smells alright.

Hmm... yeah, this is sweet... lots of bright malt in this one. Not cloying, thankfully, but needs more balance. It's boozy, with some sour-apple esters and spice hints. Nutmeg, clove, pepper.

Slick and smooth in the mouth, maybe a little heavy (syrupy?). Warming and finishes sweet-sour.

I'm going to break with all the other reviewers and say Epluche-Culotte is... just okay. I do have to give props to those Alaskans for making Tripels about as far away from Belgium as it's possible to get. It's still worth a shot, 'specially if you're snowed under and the nearest beer store is 150 miles away.

Thanks to Edgelow for the trade!

Sep 18, 2007
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber
Liquid Solutions

Bottled the 2nd week of June according to bottle. '07 I'm assuming

Epluche-culotte pours a deep golden with tiny floating particles you really have to look to notice which creates a slightly hazy appearence. Five or six streams of carbonation bubbles race to the surface. A one finger white head formed on the pour that quickly fell to a skim coat with a thicker ring around the glass. Leaves some patchy lacing.

This beer has a really uniue aroma for a tripel, one I wasn't at all expecting but is very welcomed. The aroma is loaded with a berry sweetness. Strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, and (last but most noticeable) blackberry. A mild spicy dose of alcohol compliments the berry medley. Very interesting aroma and something I'm very fond of.

Flavor goes hand in hand with the aroma. Berry flavors abound. Blackberry kicks things off along with some mildly sweet raspberries. Strawberries come along on the finish with an appropriate pale/biscuity maltiness that's hardly noticeable but keeps things from being too fruity.

Medium bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Glides through very smoothly with a pleasant warmth on the swallow from the alcohol.

I could drink this beer all night until I couldn't drink anymore. With all the berry flavors present I would think it would start to get too sweet but this beer hits the mark just before it turns too sugary.

A great tripel from Midnight Sun. Not at all what I was expecting from a tripel. The fruitiness is there but in a much different form from the fruitiness I'm used to seeing in other tripels. Great example!

Sep 16, 2007
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khiasmus from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Edgelow for the trade on this one.

A- Looks like an Allagash tripel. Huge, pillowy head that lasts forever, and laces a bit. Slightly hazy, yellow/orange.

S- Clove, honey, malt, pepper, pine, alcohol, grapefruit, cane sugar, orange peel. Nose is excellent...

T- Much like the nose in all of the tinges, but finish is very sweet, too sweet. Fruity notes and a bit of spice.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, and a lingering smooth, velvety finish that continues to hold the sweet flavor on your tongue.

D- Quite good, but barely garners an average in the style of tripel, mainly because of it being too sweet.

Aug 23, 2007
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.29/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a slightly cloudy bright yellow color ale with a super huge foamy pure white head with great retention and great lacing. Aroma of spices (pepper?) and floral malt is quite enjoyable. Taste is surprisingly dominated by spices, sweet floral malt and huge alcohol which really destroyed the beer. Body is about average with some aggressive carbonation and alcohol is way too prominent. If there was a way too take some alcohol out of there and reduce the level of carbonation, I believe I could have found one good trippel with a good balance between floral notes and spices.

Jun 29, 2007
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Boto from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: This one pours with a HUGE off white head. It does linger for awhile. The color is very hazy orange-tinged dark golden hue. This one has a very nice aroma. Some spice, orange, banana and yeastiness. Very smooth taste. Flavors are very typical of a good tripel. A slight touch of alcohol in the finish, with maybe even a twinge of pineapple. A very nice rendition of the style.

May 18, 2007
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled second week of June, presumably in 2006. Been beckoning me for a while now, and I thank msubulldog25 for the generosity!

Huge release of gasses as the cap comes off, so a big sizzling head is no surprise. The bubbles number in the zillions, and the head becomes soft and creamy in no time. Color is a sunny toasted golden with amazing clarity. No chunks or floaters here.

Aroma is magnificent, if favoring the fruity side. Definite banana and apple esters, but all is not totally bright, as there's a dirty element swinging in the background, probably the combined efforts of yeast and alcohol.

Flavor is incredibly solid and well-balanced, with apple, banana and white grape supercharged by funky yeast and candylike maltiness. Finish is a little sticky, and here the stranger aspects of the flavor take hold. Not so bright and fruity anymore, is it? Don't even know how to describe the finish. Definitely bitter, definitely a little hot, definitely like spicy rotting fruit.

Mouthfeel achieves excellent balance between nippy carbonation and smooth creaminess.

A unique yet "true" tripel...no doubt what style it is, but it also sticks its neck out a bit. Have to drop the drinkability rating slightly, what with the high alcohol and unusual finish, which is slightly overbearing if you're doing this whole bomber alone. No big complaints, though...I'll work through this big bottle somehow...

Apr 02, 2007
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle served in a Troegenator seidel.

A: The tripel pours with a huge head, coming in at 3 fingers in size. The color itself is a hazy darker yellow, almost orange, tone.

S: The ale has a spicy aroma, with coriander, honey and a yeasty funkiness leading the way.

T: The tripel has a very sweet taste that immediately registers with the tastebuds. The flavor is honey-like malts, concentrated in its intensity. There is also a very apparent coriander pepper flavor that is nicely accentuated by a dry anise character and some curacao.

M: The mouthfeel is dominated by the spice profile and it doesn't disappoint. The coriander is pleasant and really stands out.

D: A well-made tripel, this beer provides a requisite spice profile with a nice increase in the coriander. The beer is worth a look just in case it lives up to its name, 'Panty Peeler'.

Feb 05, 2007
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bjohnson from Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2001 version. $1.99, you heard it here...
Sampled in an Ommegang chalice.

A: After a vigorous pour the two finger head dissipates quite slowly. Frothy at first before it bubbles down. A murky dark grapefruit color--almost rust color. Excellent retention.
S: Apple cider notes with belgian notes behind. Slight pear aroma also. Nice yeastyness with a swirl. Apple notes are a bit too strong.
T/M: Apple notes with a yeastyness too them. A bit too carbonated--burps galore. Thin with a slight hop presence in the finish. The "normal" yeasty belgian flavors are noticeable in the aftertaste.
D: Possibly a bit to appleish for me. Not many flavors in there--they're all sort of muddied together. Carbonation was also a bit to much. It is 5 years old so...I can't complain that much. Not bad for the age...

Jan 15, 2007
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy light head that leaves dancing shards of lace around the chalice

Smell: Funky melange of coriander, clove, bitter orange peel and yeast

Taste: Kicks off the culottes with a mirror of the aroma - yeasty and spicy; after the swallow, the green apple and bitter orange flavors drive in to join the fray; unfortunate, harsh finish detracts and lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and fizzy - appropriate to the style

Drinkability: Very interesting - brew it like a tripel and spice it like a wit

Thanks, msubulldog25, for the opportunity

Jan 11, 2007
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msubulldog25 from Oregon

4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer at a BA Gathering in Portland 23 Sept, 2006. Thanks to BA "MrNuggets" for providing the beer - also for the translation of "epluche-culotte" = "to strip one's clothes off", or thereabouts... Fortunately, there was none of that happening at our gathering...

A: Warm, clear golden Tripel with a sizable fluffy white head and gentle lacing.

S: Hefty fruit (pear, apple, orange peel) sweetness with substantial spiciness (zesty cinnamon & cloves) and esters of banana. Delicious smell, especially if paired with dessert. Discernable Belgian-ish yeast.

T: Similar notes as in the smell. Ripe sweet/tart fruit, a jolt of spice, some citrus zest and little bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied and with a bit of a syrupy mouthfeel. There is some lingering alcohol warth in the aftertaste to go along with the spices and esters.

D: A very enjoyable Tripel, one of the nicest US-made versions I've tried. Strong but within the style's range; not as well-masked as some "sneakier" Tripels that are so drinkable one winds up hammered almost without realizing it. Recommended - enjoy responsibly!

Sep 25, 2006
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Crosling from Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color. Lightly hoppy aroma, which remains very fruity and yeasty, giving a nice blend of apples ,oranges, and pears, along with a touch of honey covered Belgian malts. Flavor is heavily sweet, overly so, but still full of rich toffee and caramel malt flavors. Full of alcohol, light fruits, light yeast, combined with a fairly watery texture. A nice, straightforward Tripel.

Mar 27, 2006
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edchicma from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper in appearance with a nice head that is supported by very active carbonation...very inviting.
Smell is a very nice blend of fruit, alcohol and spice.

Taste is a very unusual blend,,,malt...alcohol...spice...that blends together nicely.

Mouthfeel is a follow up of the taste. It satrts with some maltly, full bodied oily aspects but then morphs into dry, alcohol and tart aspects...very interesting.

Very drinkable for a 9.0 abv...A different tyype of offering that is deinitely worth a try.

Dec 29, 2005
Épluche-Culotte from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 72 ratings