Épluche-Culotte | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

very good
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 Bighuge
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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 feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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 GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear golden. The head was white, large, and in charge. The head lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and spicy with maltiness and pepper, Belgian yeast and a slight lambic aroma.

The flavor was slightly sweet with a peppery spice, cinnamon, and clove flavors. Complex flavors which are well done. Alcohol is not present in the flavor.

The finish was dry and peppery and the longer it goes the more alcohol warmth is perceived. The body was medium, but the carbonation makes it feel like less.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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 fdrich29
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Stubbie1
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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 HiroProtagonist
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
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 ElGordo
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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 RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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 NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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 BierReise
3.89/5  rDev -6%
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 chaduvel
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange color, with a voluminous head, nice retention. Gorgeous. Smells strongly of Belgian yeasty esters and a very prominent pineapple aroma, yep pineapple. Pineapple on the palate as well balanced nicely with a touch of alcohol and full mouthfeel with more esters and a touch of sour. Pull down your panties abbey tripel, what a fantastic name for a beer! Great label too. A treasure from the last frontier.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle.

Some one beermail me the pronunciation of this beer phonetically.

This beer pours a burnt hazy amber. A nice big head that dissipates slowly. Great lacing throughout. Smells start with wheat, a musty peat moss, some dry hoppy fruit and a heavy dose of alcohol.

The flavors seem more complex than they are. A heavy wheat flavor. Some deep semi sweetened malts. A heavy dose of wheat and musty hay. There is plenty of fruit sweetness. Many spices like pepper, peppermint, clove and tea give this beer its flavors. All nicely put together.

The mouthfeel is quite special. A bold crisp feel with a nice refresing smooth ending. I highly recommend this tripel.

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Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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 mickeymac
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't much care about labels, but this one really catches the eye, as do many of Midnight Sun's labels. What's inside is even more interesting. Orangish-gold with a white head that disappears almost immediately, smells include apple/pear, a hint of pepper, and a bit of medicinal alcohol. A little tartness adds to the flavor, in addition to just a little hop bite. Although the alcohol taste is well-hidden, it is warming and might be more appropriate on a cold Alaskan evenings than one of our warm late summer evenings in southern California.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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 jcalabre
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Another one of those weirdo 22.oz. Midnight Sun Brewery (or should I say Brasserie du Soleil de Minuit) labels. A Reindeer with what appears to be a naked woman, although on closer examination (for research purposes) it looks more like one of those cheap blow up Dolls (err, so I am told). Described as a Belgian-Style Trippel Ale, and called “Épluche-culotte”, does this really mean “peeled-off panties”?

Appearance: WTF? This pours with an absolutely gigantic enormous white frothy crusty sponge-foam head. Barely is my Goblet 10% filled with fluid, the head is already racing over the edges. The head tastes of vanilla, & after a time it settles to a more manageable 2". I can now concentrate on the beer. It has a clear Amber body with light Copper hints. Hefty inherent carbonation.

Nose: A huge yeasty dollop of spicy hops, strong aromatic floral waves, deep fruity aromas and a light roasted malt wrapped in orange peel – all smack you in the face at the same time.

Tastes: Well, “Hell Yeah!!” as the saying goes. This is a Belgium-Style Trippel for sure, and a bloody strong one at that. Warming sweet introduction reinforces the 9% alcohol. The start is malts mixed a fruity warming alcoholic-orange liqueur. Fruity, middle mingles with a yeasty heavy power finish.

Mouthfeel: Massive, but smooth. Solid dominating character.

Drinkability: The 9% ABV lends this a mighty punch! It is certainly not a BBQ beer. Sipped and slowly enjoyed, even taking its strength into consideration, I found it a little heavy going to be honest.

Overall: An excellent attempt at the Trippel style, highly commended. It reminded me very much of Kasteel Tripel, but where the Kasteel has balance and Drinkability – the Épluche-culotte is a little stodgy and heavy going.

Cost me $6.49 for the 22oz Bomber, a bit steep for a regular purchase, but well worth keeping a couple for those cold nights.
Superb. More Belgium than Tin-Tin.

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Photo of beernut7
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
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 marc77
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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 Gusler
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
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 mattmaples
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Épluche-Culotte from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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