Épluche-Culotte | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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4.15 w/ 72 ratings

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
Photo of beerceller99
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle cellared since 2003. Clear honey orange hue with a white head. Spicy sweet honey and blackpepper smell. Medium bodied with a lively, bubbly yet rich mouthfeel. Taste is a rich honey butter,bready yeasty flavor. Finishes with a nice hop/alcohol tang.
A year plus time in the cellar has greatly improved the overall character of this brew. Excellent.

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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 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 aracauna
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is a dark, cloudy amber with a smaller head than the Maitresse du Moines, but still sizeable. The aroma has a huge touch of lemon fruitiness with a backing load of apricots followed up by a yeasty spiciness that is just wow. The tingling touch of alcohol in the background just adds to the aroma. The flavor has a bit of toasty malt in it and is lightly sweet. The yeasty flavors flow and intermingle wonderfully to make perhaps the best Belgian tripel-style beer brewed in America. Better than even the Maitresse overall.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, into a Duvel tulip. A voluminous soft head formed, and loitered around till the end. The beer was a slightly hazy golden orange color. The nose was incredibly spicy, bursting with coriander, coconut, dried apple, dry yeast, and subtle citrus. The taste was spot on...and then some. The first flavor hit is of luscious peach, which transforms into a basket of tropical fruits, such as mango and papaya. The tropical flavors lingered on and were joined by a delightful wheat beer-like tartness. The mouthfeel was fluffy yet crisp thoughout, promoting drinkabilty. A very well done tripel. The spices and fruity esters are well integrated and delicious.

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

I would never have expected such an impressive triple to come from Alaska, but I'll try any beer with a label depicting a naked woman riding a jumping reindeer. Fortunately, I stumbled onto a beer that looks, tastes, smells, and seems Belgian. It pours a dark golden color, forming fingers of head with good retention, and excellent lacing. The aroma is of cloves, and pepper. The flavors are a complex wash of spices and sweetness. It's a complicated beer. I enjoyed the full body, and hope to pick up a few more bottles.

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Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Whew! Explodes into the Duvel tulip glass with a thunderous, off-white, rocky head. Lots of bubbly going on. Body is golden mandarin with some suspended sediment. Big aromas coming from the big, frothy head. Sweet and fruity. Severely honey-dipped tropical fruits; ambrosia-like. Light spice and coriander, a hint of pepper, and some yeast. I like that it's not too alcoholic or medicinal on the nose. Makes me want to lap it up! Very lively mouthfeel up front; almost Pop Rocks-ish. It certainly woke up my tongue. Sweet, candy/honey over tropical fruit concentrate (bananas, pears, mangos, it's like a tropical farmer's market). Sweetness grows mid-palate, but doesn't get out of control, thanks to a spicy, peppery dryness that cuts in just before the finish. Bitter banana and yeast blend with a surge of warming alcohol in the finish, along with the steal-the-show tropical fruit malts. Very nicely avoids being cloying. Is this the best domestic Tripel I've had? Why yes it is. That is, if you count Alaska as "domestic." Haha, seriously though, give me another bomber...

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

You’ve got to admire the pluck of the trouserless, flame-haired cartoon lass on the label, as she tosses away her clothing and rides a caribou into the wild, a distinct grin lighting her countenance. Did an ale like this give her the confidence and joie de vivre necessary to pull off so defiant an act with such gumption? Let’s crack the crown and find out!
She pours a slightly hazy perfect peachy shade, witha layer of solid, creamy foam, that slims down but never departs.
Aroma. bold citric, frank orange and lemon coupled with a funky, yet inviting sourness, all met with a cookie-dough-like yeastiness that further entices. I like it, I like it!
Great blast of flavor right on the tongue, floods the mouth with a wide, round, fully fruity flavor. Spices, and yeast also make up a large contingent in this taste barrage, and it all connects and washes up and down the palate. Zingy spice, plush, tasty, ever-pleasing citric fruit, long, luscious, still-spicy finish, and medium-to-full bodied. Flavor lasts long on the tongue, richly rewarding. Very nice. Very, very nice....
oh, how I wish this wasn’t such a rare bottle to enjoy...if only I had a case or two at my diposal...alas! I’ll just have to savor this bomber slowly and soak it all in...lest I go overboard like the Alaskan Lady Godiva who graces the label, Lord love her!

Big thanks, again, to weefisheads!

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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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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 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 marc77
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light copper hue with a slight murk, topped by a beautifully thick, creamy porcelain white, stiff dense head that settles slowly. Sparse, rough lace remains. Ripe tropical fruity esters including mango, guava and kiwi along with a pronounced note of banana dominate the aroma. Mellow peppery alcohol and a perfumed, floral sweetness emerge as the beer breathes. Enticingly aromatic. Flavorwise, a nearly seemless initial extension of juicy tropical fruit is ensued by hints of bubblegum and understated banana. Trace clove phenol. Light hop bitterness allows candyish sweetness to accentuate the esters, lending an overall lightly sugar glazed fruit impression. Moderate in body, with ample residual dextrins and carbonation a touch lower than the norm faciltating a smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a raw, floral, Clover honey like sweetness yielding to mellow, pleasant ethanol warmth. A delicious and relatively clean tripel. Epluche-culotte is eerily similar to Unibroue Don de Dieu, albeit less peppery and with more body. Delicious.

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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 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 hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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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 Bighuge
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light orange/ deep golden appearance. Big ass snow white head with awesome staying power. Carbonation looks to be quite vigorous from the appearance. Nice, sweet, candy-like aroma. A little sour apple as well on the nose. The mouthfeel is airy and light. The beer kind of melts in your mouth ala cotton candy. Sweetness plays heavy in this tripel. Candy tones, belgian malts, bubblegum esters. All quite nice. There's also a little peppery character and yeastiness as well. All in all a solid array of flavors. This is a nice tripel. And it's about 16 months old according to the bottle.

Thank you Mr. Bum for the Tripel that I cannot pronounce, but would drink any day of the week.

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Photo of joe1510
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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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 tayner
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of Boto
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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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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Épluche-Culotte from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87.5% out of 100 with 72 ratings
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