Épluche-Culotte | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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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Photo of bjohnson
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
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...

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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 kkipple
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
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!

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Photo of khiasmus
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled second Week of December, Sampled October 2005
This beer is highly carbonated, it shows no respect and after pouring with a four finger thick, tan head promptly oozes over the top of my glass. The beer is a hazy orangish light amber color. The aroma is sharp, spicy and herbal, when I go in for a deeper smell, I get notes of higher alcohols, and what seems like a bit of Brett; lightly musty, horse blanket, and even some barnyard character. The head on this just won't quite, I think this might be infected, though if it is it might work with this style of beer.

The taste is spritzy and quite sweet up front with notes of orange peel. The finish is funky with a cotton mouth quality to it, notes of dandelion, ginger, hint of cardamom, some clove, lemons, ripe cheese, and a musty slightly moldy note. This beer is quite interesting, I am pretty sure that the Brett character was not intended by the brewer, but, as in the case of Fantome, it works here. The funky note is in the background, and adds to the complexity of the beer. Though this is starting to be a pattern with the beers I have had from here recently.

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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 Crosling
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of beernut7
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It has been a while since I have had a taste of Alaska and I was really looking forward to this one. Opened the bottle and poured a nice full glass of foam. Persistent SOB, the head took a while to calm down even with tricks. The aroma of sweet Belgian yeast mixed with hints of orange peel. Hazy deep golden-brown color. The initial flavor brings forth a heavy malt character with a good bit of yeasty blast. Extremely hefty and full-bodied, mellows out the further into the glass I delved. The finish hints of orange peel and vanilla. Complex and tasty, if a bit heavier than I was expecting.

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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 MuddyFeet
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't paying very good attention to my pour and created quite a bit of head. I let it go down, and let the beer breathe, which did a lot for the flavor. It was a light brown-orange in color. The aroma was of slight brown sugar and hints of rubbing alcohol. The flavor of the beer comes with a strong knock in the head of the alcohol content. After the initial shock, the brown sugar became apparent on the tongue. Spices also came through: nutmeg, cinnamon, and something a little more potent I cannot quite place. The mouthfeel and finish were at first quite pleasing, but halfway through the bottle it switch to a very dry finish, I think my tongue got was tiring of the beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -8%
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

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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 brewandbbq
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold/light orange with a full off white head.
Enticing Belgian aromatics and light spicing.
Hints of orange,clove,bubblegum.
Nice effervesence enhances the nose.
Dryish and mineral-like on the pallet-(not sure how old this bottle was).
Spritzy and somewhat bitter,lacking the soft, smoothness of the great trippels.
Yeasty character is minimal,cleanish for a Belgian,and alcohol well hidden.
Hints of spice well done, orange, maybe coriander, with a hint of cherries.
Not sure if this baby was bottle conditioned, maybe if it was, it would have stood the test of time better.

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Photo of BierReise
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy orange golden ale looking very belgian with what could possibly be described as the most angelical billowy thick creamy white head that I've ever seen an an ale. Aroma is fruity with spices and a hint of yeast. Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp with a medium body. Has a nice fruity malty flavor with notes of clove and berries. Nice version of the style.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark Medium Color. Large creamy head. Aroma is fruity, banana, clove and apricots and yeasty. A medium bodied Belgian triple. The head is enormous and creamy. Malty, fruity and a touch sweet. It very fruity with bananas, cloves, peaches, apricots, vanilla and apple flavors present. A touch of hop bite. Very flavorful. Very smooth. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Very cool artwork on the label.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to timmcd64 for getting me this one from Alaska!

Appearance: WOW, an incredibly thick and creamy (off)white head with amazing retention (it’s just not going away)!! The color is a hazy amber with orange and golden hues. The liquid itself has a fairly thin appearance (it slides easily up and down the sides of the glass). But, dammit, the head on this one is unbelievable!!

Aroma: A sweet, fruity malt aroma, with a noticeable whiff of alcohol. The overall aroma is pretty winey and citrusy.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very citrusy and yeasty, with a complex and fruity malt character. There are variety subtle tastes including banana, clove, citrusy orange peel, as well as something else I can’t put my finger on (vanilla, maybe). A noticable alcohol bite too. I can detect some very faint hop bitterness in the finish, though it is eclipsed by the sour citrus flavors. The mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied, but with surprisingly mellow carbonation (I expected carbonated fireworks judging from the head).

It case I haven’t made it clear, the head on this brew is incredible. But the beer is quite good all-around. The sour citrus flavors balance nicely with the sweet, fruity malt flavors. If you like triples, you really can’t afford to miss this one. The only reason this beer isn't more drinkable is because of the alcohol content. Highly recommended.

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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 BrewMaster
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a cloudy orange color and a lacy covering of foam. The aroma has hints of alcohol, sweet fruit, and tangy citrus. The flavor is rich with all kinds of fruit flavors. Most notably is a peach flavor accompanied by white grape, apple, corriander, and some sweet and tart flavor. Very smooth in the mouth and wuite drinkable. If you come across it, it is well worth trying.

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Photo of OldSock
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance and Presentation – 22 oz bomber from Marty’s dated 5th week of July, but without a year noted. I am drinking this out of my over-sized wine glass. It has a deep cloudy, golden color with cyclonic carbonation and a billowy, creamy white head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

Smell – A bit of spicy alcohol mixes with coriander in the nose. There is also a hint of grapes or wine. It’s certainly a potent aroma. I enjoy in the smell of alcohol here, many tripels lack this component.

Taste – The fusel alcohol is a bit too much for me here at first, but as I drink more it really grows on me. Similar to the smell, the zesty coriander is a main player and there is a significant winey character. In addition a citrus component that was not present in the smell reveals itself here. Good complex mixture of flavors, well done.

Mouthfeel – Medium mouthfeel with carbonation that is just over the top in my judgment.

Drinkability and Notes – Epluche-culotte is a solid tripel, but I would put it a notch bellow my favorites in the style. The alcohol flavor really gives the beer personality, but it also makes it laborious to drink. I am unsure if the wine character was in the beer from the start or if it is a factor of age and oxidation, Marty’s often has some old beer and this one has no year marked on it. This was my first beer from Midnight Sun, and if this is any indication I will enjoy the La Maitresse Du Moine that is in my fridge now.

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Photo of SargeC
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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Épluche-Culotte from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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