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Asylum - Left Coast Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

204 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 6
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 02-04-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Bfarr:
Photo of Bfarr
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Cloudy golden amber with thin tan foamy head with okay retention. Yeasty sweet fruit and hints of spice. Peppery cherry and light alcohol tastes with notes of spice and light saltiness in the finish. Sharp astringent taste increases as the bottle goes on that was not noticeable at first. Slick, semi-dry feel and a lightly tacky linger.

Good, strong and pleasant flavor. Not terribly complex but enough to be interesting with a nice combination. Alcohol is well blended and warming. It really starts well but loses its character much like Sucker Punch did (a very easy theme centered pairing). However, the movie ended slightly better.

Bfarr, Sep 29, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%

as a belgian tripel, hell no. better as an american strong ale, but this thing is all malt, way to heavy for the style, simple, and lacking any real belgian yeast character. its also a booze bomb and shows all of its 11% abv all the way through. i was so impressed with their wedge black ipa, and was staring to think they had it figured out, but this is an abomination as a tripel. caramel colored, it looks too dark and grain heavy, and the first sip shows that. its too sweet, too coppery, and lacking the wheat and oat nuance we love in the well made belgian ones. the yeast also seems like a pretty unexciting high gravity strain, no belgian brightness of feel, no fruity esters, not even the ability to dry out all the fermentables. its way off stylistically, but never mind that, i dont even really like it, its so grain forward and dull, and coupled with all the booze, its tough to drink, especially in warm weather. i had to dump out the second half of the bomber, it just wasnt appealing. i tried to like this beer, and i keep trying to life left coast, but their successes have to work real hard to cover for misses like this. short of a waste of grain, but could be seen that way by a harsher critic.

StonedTrippin, May 28, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Happy to see some West Coast brewers continue to go Belgo and not just rely on their hop smack. Hazy golden with a froth- ing that provides a true lacing on the glass. Trademark Tripel nose of honey, ripe pear, peppery alcohol, cracker maltiness and a bit of medicinal phenols. Creamy with a light, smooth level of carbonation. Flavor spins its head around like a devil brew, meaning it walks the line of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale with a sweeter and more alcoholic base. Tropical fruit stomps around. Nutty yeast and a taste of Grape-Nuts in the semidry alcoholic finish. The narrow path of a Tripel is hard to trace—strip the style label from this beer and we’d be singing a different song. Regardless, a tasty sipper that speaks pink elephant.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of SanDNigel
2.84/5  rDev -20%

A- More orangey-goldey than other tripels I've had (but then again at 11.8% what do you expect)
S- Flat orange maltiness; without a certain fresh crispness I've come to expect from this style
T- Sooo much booze. Just doesn't represent what I was thinking when I saw 'Belgian Style Tripel Ale'. Touch of citrus (bitter orange rind) and clove, but dominated by booze.
M- Overbearing. Mouth coating. Small bubbles trying to guide themselves through the sludge.
I don't 'hate' it but it's not at all what I was expecting and it didn't strike me as 'great'

SanDNigel, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

generallee, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%

Bomber bottle w/o any indication of freshness. Pours medium amber (dark for a tripel), under a moderate medium khaki head (slight and again dark for a tripel) Leaves decent scattered lacing. Candied fruits in the nose foretells the continued sweetness to come. Fruity, minty and continued sweet, too sweet for me. This one has a hint of minty mouthwash, and that pretty much sums things up. Not gonna be able to finish the bomber, on a night when I really could have used an enjoyable and relaxing brew.

Billolick, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured clear gold with a frothy white head. Sticky lacing. Vinuous nose, white grapes, apples, and the requisite yeast-clove-banana of a trippel. Light, carbonated mouthfeel. Got a bit harsh at times. Flavorful, and again vinuous in flavor. There was the sweet clove and yeast esters up front, but quickly followed by a tangy apple taste. This built up as the beer warmed, with more white grapes coming along for the ride. I expected this to leave a crisp, dry finish, but it turned out to be long a kind of sour. I'm not saying this beer wasn't enjoyable, in fact it was very drinkable. The bite was just unexpected and took away from what could have been a very nice brew.

magictrokini, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, sweet, and bready Belgian style aroma with hints of fruit and sugar. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of funk, pepper, and clove. Sweet hints of candied sugars. Bready malt with hints of biscuit, grains, wheat, caramel, straw, and cracker. Fruit hints of orange peel, banana, apple, white grape, pineapple, and peach. Some honey like sweet hints as well. Subtle hops. Scent of alcohol comes through. A decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet and yeasty Belgian style taste with notes of bread, fruits, and sugar. Belgian style yeast along with notes of funk, peppers, and clove. Big sweet taste of candied sugar and a little note of honey. Bready malt profile with notes of grains, biscuit, caramel, wheat, cracker, and straw. Fruity notes of banana, orange, apple, grapes, pineapple, and peach. Some alcohol taste comes through. Hops are very subtle. A decent Belgian inspired taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat chewy, slick, and syrupy. Alcohol is felt but things are still fairly smooth overall.

Overall: A decent take on the Tripel style. Sweeter and more bready than typical for the style but it tastes nice.

MattyG85, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Garrettshu
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Garrettshu, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

ste5venla, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Noboatfred
4/5  rDev +12.7%

This was simply a great beer. The flavor was smooth, and sort of sweet. The sweetness was not over powering. There was a light malt flavor.

The pour left a small head, that did not hold very long. Surprisingly this brew did not allow the strong alcohol level overpower the flavor.

I am new to Triples, and this was a good entry in my book.

Noboatfred, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of KrittyKratz
4/5  rDev +12.7%

KrittyKratz, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of MeadGuyfromMD
4/5  rDev +12.7%

MeadGuyfromMD, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of hsus0225
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

hsus0225, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +7%

Ageing did this justice. Orange body with a little soapy head. A sipper, a little harsh and also a little syrupy,but better as it warmed. Caramel. Sweetish. Some hops in finish,complex. Mlat and yeast aromas. Still only passable for style but worth a try.

Sammy, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

Picked up a bomber for about $6.50 from Abe's Cold Beer. I figured at that price for a strong Belgian style, it was worth a try. The thing that stuck out immediately was the cider character that reminded me of Belgian fermented too warm or improperly stored. Otherwise, there's a pleasant spicy and caramel bready flavor that comes off like a stronger version of North Coast's Pranqster.

tempest, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
2.71/5  rDev -23.7%

Poured a thin head on a hazy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is overripe fruit, candy-like.
The taste is quite sweet overall with some pear and apple. Finishes with an alcohol warmth.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a very sweet tasting beer without any of the complexities and balance of a good tripel.

Fatehunter, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of burnzgtm
4/5  rDev +12.7%

burnzgtm, Jul 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

jwg782, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Glibber
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Glibber, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of dumptruck81
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

dumptruck81, May 28, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
3.3/5  rDev -7%

Poured into a large wine glass from a 22 oz. bomber. Pours hazy golden orange with a half inch of nearly white head. Retention is relatively brief, dropping to a surface ring in a couple minutes.

Sweet and yeasty on the nose with just a slight malt depth. Yeast notes are light and not too complex, yet not really a distraction either. Light summer fruits peak through but are held in check by the simple overall feel. A good swirl brings some yeast back to the forefront.

Taste is slightly sweet yet not overwhelmingly so, which I had somehow anticipated. Light in body given the lack of character. Drink is average at best and in fact a bit of a challenge given the big ABV and alcohol presence. Flavor and texture/carbonation improve with some warming. Give this one a little time.

HalfFull, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of rhino54
5/5  rDev +40.8%

rhino54, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of C3likesbeer
3.55/5  rDev 0%

First the disclaimer. I am from San Clemente so am a little biased. Having said that this is a solid Belgian Tripel Ale.

A- Golden yellow with a nice 1 finger head that leaves a nice lace.

S- Spicy liveliness with strong malts, yeast, fruit esters and allspice.

T - Nice malty and caramel sweetness with light carbonation. The alcohol definitely warms you and you can taste the malts after the finish. Definitely a different but good Tripel.

O - A solid Belgian Tripel Ale.

C3likesbeer, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of JKouza
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

JKouza, Dec 20, 2011
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Asylum from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.