Épluche-Culotte | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by purplehops on 02-01-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 64
Reviews by MrNuggets:
Photo of MrNuggets
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick white foam atop my glass
subtle notes of lemon grass
such full aroma brings much pleasure

pungentcy looms
fruity treat
bitter orange and yeasts galore
a zesty bite, I want more
sweetly complex
bold and strong, I wonder what's next

somewhat heavy for the style
have no had one for while

why I love it? so many ways
give me more, I'll drink for days

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Typical florescent orange in color with a monster head of tight, white bubbles. The carbonation was humongous, flowing like an underwater volcanic lava leak.

Smell – Extremely pungent aroma of orange peel and citrus hops and very spicy. The big yeast flexed its muscles early on even as the ale was cold.

Taste – This is terrific! The orange-flavored yeast comes out boldly at the tongue with a warning of alcohol. The banana and peach managed to squeeze through as well. The finish was a very peppery citrus hop.

Mouthfeel – Big, fluffy, and filled with quality carbonation. The high ABV was measured, making this one just right. This has to be some of the best carbonation that I’ve had coming out of an American brewery.

Drinkability – What a way to start off the evening. This is full and fluffy yet makes a great aperitif. It was reminiscent of a champagne cocktail with bold yeast added.

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Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber with a bottled on date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Big pssst when I popped the cap, as soon as the liquid hit the glass it foamed about half way. The head remains rocky from the very active carbonation; the dull hazy orange golden hue still shows the rush of bubbles racing to the top.

Smell: The initial smell off of the foam was apple skin, powdery yeast and cloves. A near perfect aroma for a trippel.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Peppery, yeasty, clove-like, peachy. A good amount of volatiles from the phenolics yet they don’t dominate. Mild fruitiness with a hidden alcohol, where is the 9% abv? Solid malt sweetness, a good plain base of pale malt as per style and just the way I like it in my trippels. Bit of a twang could show an addition of wheat malt.

Notes: $7.99 a bottle, I certainly thought it was worth it. Brewed to style, I would have not thought this was an American brewed beer in a blind tasting. I am sure this is quite the treat way up north in AK, I am just glad it has made its way here.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Fl oz bottle, bottled the 3rd week of March. This is either extremely fresh or a year old. Naked red headed woman riding a flying reindeer on the label. Brewed by Midnight Brewing in Alaska.

Poured a crisp golden orange with a a three finger thick and creamy head. Fine lacing decorates the sides of the glass. Smells good, just like a trippel should with some sweet citrus on the nose. Tastes of citrus and alcohol and is sweet enough to win me over. I haven't met too many Belgian Trippels I don't like, and this one didn't disappoint.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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...

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured from its lees, it's a very clear deep-golden color beneath a huge head of off-white foam that holds exceptionally well, buoyed by the effervescent, streaming bubbles rising from beneath. It doesn't leave any sticky lace about the goblet, however, but that's probably due in part to its higher level of alcohol. The nose is interesting with a distinct note of clove (more clove aroma than spiciness), and some dried apple character that catches you off-guard and makes you sniff a little more. There you find a softly sweet background hint of cocoanut (and other tropical fruits) that's comforting. The body is light/medium, and it's zesty on the tongue. The flavor delivers a light tartness upfront, but softens as it warms across the palate. It's tart note turns to fruit but it's gently spicy, cloveish character continues. There's some mildly sweet and candyish malt underneath, and as it warms it becomes peachy and apricot-like. The bitterness is minimal, but the sutle spiciness, drying alcohol, and powdery yeastiness keep it from becoming cloying. An interesting and somewhat complex tripel that hides its alcohol well, but still delivers enough to hinder its drinkability a bit.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Pulled a bottle of this out of the cellar (well, closet) on a whim this evening. Pours a brilliant deep orange with a huge white head. Carbonation just keeps on coming. Aroma of orange peel, peach, apricot, and Belgian yeast. Taste is more of the same - brilliant peach/apricot flavor, assertive yeast, a hint of hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is more like champagne than a beer (even a Belgian ale) - very carbonated and light. It's STRONG, too - the 9% abv makes it easy to see why they named it the "panty dropper". I'm very impressed by this one - if you can still find it on sale anywhere, by all means pick it up.

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Photo of bditty187
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful amber honey-amber gold in hue. Holy shit does this beer look awesome when it is backlit. I can’t stop staring at the gorgeous liquid. There is tons of animation racing towards the talkative white head. At the apex the foam was two-fingers in height, there is excellent head retention, it faded quickly to one finger and that finger just sat there. Fantastic. Subsequent lacing was spotty and it clung poorly. Still, the appearance is fantastic, the head retention was awesome and the color was pure eye-candy. If this beer left lace it would have been beer pornography. The first few sniffs supplied ample layers of fruit, melons and strawberries with a smattering of apples and peaches. Once my olfactory adjusted I detected strong notes of bubblegum with hints of cloves and pepper. There are kisses of cookie in the middle. Spiced apples at the finish. I can’t smell the alcohol. For a Trippel there isn’t much rawness to it, it is working well in this beer. While it is not funky, it is well rounded. I wish the potency were louder; still, it was plenty eloquent. Inviting. Where did all that heat come from? The nose gave no indication of alcohol or rawness. The palate has both. Wow. My goodness, there are tons of tropical fruit flavors: melons, guava, papaya, bananas, oranges, and so much more. Vanilla with hints of leather. The clove flavors are soft and very secondary. The malt base is fairly sweet, not very grainy; in fact it is pretty neutral. It works though as other flavors as allowed to shine. The hops supply a fantastic bitter, citrusy bite and the finish and this cuts the overall sweetness well. This Trippel is a little too clean but the overall flavor complexity makes up for that. This beer is excellent; there is no two ways about it. Give me a bottle, a glass, a plate of cheese and fruit and I will go to town! I am quite impressed with this beer. I see why this beer is a winter seasonal as it warms the belly and melts the brain! With that said, the raw alcohol flavors are minimal. Impressive. Medium/medium full in body, the mouthfeel is fairly hearty, the carbonation is moderate, it could be a bit livelier but that is just my personal preference. Relaxing, which I suppose is more appropriate for a beer of this power. Excellent mouthfeel. I bought three beers from Midnight Sun; this is the best of the bunch – by far! This beer is very impressive. Supremely drinkable, I wish I had more. Seek this beer out if you like Belgians and specifically tripels. Purchased on-line from Liquid Solutions.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
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!

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Photo of edchicma
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This triple has one hell of a name! It pours a nice orange color. There was an explosion of tight white foam at the top. It is very persistent at first but as the beer seem to warm, it left. Mild fruity nose meets the senses, a bit of citrus, clove and yeast. The taste is malt with some of the fruit tones mixed in, a bit of sweetness and alcohol. A nice smooth feeling in the mouth and even though I mentioned the alcohol in the taste, it is barley noticed. Overall…YUM! Try it if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark orange, with light, bubbly head.

Smell: Vinious, maybe my sample was getting a little old. Physallis, a little balsamic twang and some peach gives this a very "fresh" feeling that I enjoyed.

Taste: Honey sweet, with a powerful alcohol feel that dries out your mouth. Maybe a bit too carbonated for the style, but it helped balance out the aridity somewhat.

An interesting tripel, even if I'm not too fond of the style in itself.

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
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'.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very deep orange with golden highlights. Hug bubbles with a thcik creamy off-whote head and thin silky lace on the glass.
Aroma is spicy yeat, wheat bread and citrus tang.
falvor of orange citrus, pale malts, coriander, some wheat, candy sugar and a hint of citrusy hops.
Mouthfeel is very full and alive with tremendous effevescence. As it warms really releases the tanginess and subtle spices.
Drinkability is not typical for style with little dryness and more succulent fruit twsit but really delicious beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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Photo of rallison
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a hazy orange copper with a huge white head that lingers forever. Nice amounts of carbonation.

Smell: The smell is pretty alcoholic, but decently balanced by citrus. floral, and fruity notes. Spiced, with clove and cinnamon notes, as well as a nice amount of banana.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A very unique taste for a tripel. The spicy notes that hit you're tounge first are mainly from the alcohol, but are balanced out by cinnamon and clove type notes. It eventually becomes a fruity mix, leaving banana notes in the mouth when swallowed. The mouthfeel is dry, but medium-bodied.

Drinkability and Overall: Another winner from Midnight Sun. Arctic Devil is one of my all time favorites, and this one, while not as good, is a killer tripel. It seems like damn near every American brewer does a tripel, as though it's the new IPA or something, and not too often do you find one as stunning and unique as this. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of Gusler
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours very lightly hazed amber to copper color, the head is Brobdingnagian in size, creamy in texture, light tan in color, as the beer evanesces, and it leaves behind a thick glutinous sheet of lace that welds itself to the glass. The aroma of ripe fruit such as bananas, orange peel, vanilla, sweet malts also noticed a light hit of the hop flowers. Fresh and clean makes this an extreme treat for the schnozzle with the start ambrosial, lots of malt, the top middling in its feel to the palate, finish is purposeful in its acidity, the hops scrumptious, the aftertaste droughty and long lasting. The 9% ABV makes this a “Tummy Warmer”, and overall a real “yummy for the tummy”.

As a point of interest, some really neat artwork of a “Disrobed lady flying on a Caribou”, Midnight Sun Brewing makes a fine line of beers, just wish they were a bit more available here in the “Deserts of Arid-Zona”, my congratulations to the “Master Brewer”, and the other artisans at Midnight Sun Brewing for the beer and the artwork.

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Photo of carln26
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold to copper color with a thick dense white head that settles quickly. Not really much lace to speak of. The nose has a lot of citrus with lemon and orange peels. There’s a definite bread dough character there too. A little bit of candy sweetness. The taste has a candy sweetness up front with more of the orange character. There is also granny smith apples, a little pear character. Mild spiciness, just a hint of clove in the beer. Slick mouth feel. Nice drinakbility

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Photo of Murchmac
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If the label didn’t say it was made in Anchorage Alaska, there is no way you could tell this beer didn’t come from Burgge or Flanders.

Dead-on Belgian Triple style. Fruity in aroma and flavor (apricot / banana); the body was smooth; the head was sufficient and persistent, slightly sweet. It hides the alcohol well. All in all a very impressive Belgian beer from Alaska.

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Photo of jcalabre
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy apricot colored hue with a bullwinklian sized off white head. The aroma is floral & peachy. Lots of sweet and tangy flavors bounce off your tongue as you sip this one. Very enjoyable. It definitely makes you think that you are drinking one made in belgium

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Épluche-Culotte from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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