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Asylum - Left Coast Brewing Company

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80
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265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 12
Gots: 53 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 02-04-2009

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Ratings: 265 | Reviews: 78
Reviews by Bfarr:
Photo of Bfarr
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SanDNigel
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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'

Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pat61
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: A 22 oz. bottle fills a tulip glass with a brilliant golden amber liquid that produces a cream colored 2” persistent foam cap that slowly recedes to a thin film.
S: Has a spicy nose with traces of malt and Belgian yeast.
T: The palate starts with rich moderately sweet malt with hints of cardamom. Belgian yeast flavors of orange and peach emerge mid palate quickly followed with a moderate hop accent.
F: Very creamy with soft carbonation and a medium to medium full body.
O: The alcohol is big but the malt and Belgian yeasts hide enough of it to make this a very easy beer to drink. I have a wedge of Piave de Jardin to finish so this should be a very nice evening.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chinchill
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From a 12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter.

Cloudy amber color like an unfiltered apple cider. Topped with a small white head that quickly recedes to a thin ring.

Oddly, the sweet aroma has a clear suggestion of apples, and is markedly fruity.

The flavor is way too sweet, with brown sugar, alcohol, caramel malts and spices. Off style and not appealing.

O: Drinkable but not very good, and an insult to Belgian brewers to include "Belgian-style" on the label. I'll now be inclined to avoid this brewery which may be pinning it's fortunes on the resemblance of "Left Coast" to the far superior brewers, Lost Coast and Left Hand.

Photo of Noboatfred
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of C3likesbeer
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Bigfatbino
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A = 3.5Translucent amber in the glass. Poured with a bout a ¾ inch head that had some lasting power. Low carbonation and medium sized bubble structure. Would have liked to see some more bubbles

S = 3.0Citrus, Hoppy, Spicy aromas and that strong scent I love from a good Tripel. Oddly enough, there was not much alcohol smell for a beer with such high ABV.

T =3.0 Way sweet on the palate. It took me off guard and I thought it was overpowering to the point of being a little off-putting. Lingering aftertaste of cloves. Perhaps it was from the whopping 11% ABV this one kicks in with. There is definite astringency of the alcohol that dominates every taste bud with the effect of masking the other pleasant effects.

M = 2.5not very bubbly on the tongue at all. Thick resins lingered on my tongue.

D= 3.0Definitely not a "ball game" or poker night beer. This has "food pairing" written all over it. I would not drink it in a session alone because of the sweetness factor and the ABV being so high. With this odd brew, I would choose a strong meat, perhaps braised mutton with aus jus or au poivre served over garlic sautéed spinach with Butternut squash (Duck would be a good choice also). The oils in the meat could tone down the sweetness and the garlic spinach would make a good palate cleanser, leaving the pleasant cloves aftertaste of the brew to enjoy. The carbohydrate in the squash would also help you be able to take this one without being sloshed in 15 minutes. This is a beer you take home with a specific plan and intent.

Photo of Armand
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this years ago. SERVING TYPE: BOTTLE

A - Poured a dark orange, brown in color. Murky.

S/T - charcoal, tobacco, liquor, burnt coffee, very strong

M - Heavy. Something to share, but drank a whole bottle to myself, well I made the attempt to.

D - Went down hard. Something to sip on a nice cold winter.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice orange amber and clear body, with maybe a hint of red to it. Off white head makes about two to three fingers, but doesn't have much retention. A simple puck shows up with a little bit of lacing. Fairly nicely drawn brew here, particularly the body color.

Nose is quite spicy. Hints of peanut butter, and mixes of clove and brown like toasty spices. Sweetness is hidden a bit and a bit subdued. Fairly decent on the nose.

Palate hits with a good depth and malt body. Noticeably sweet, with some of the peanut butter action coming along in the mid palate that compliments this nicely. Some warmth but not horribly boozy. A little bit of Belgian sweetness seems more noticeable than the nose, and the spicy character continues on the aftertaste particularly. A good density to this, with some wine vinous character somewhat also with a hint of white grape.

Overall a pretty different tripel, but still quite tasty and enjoyable.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Draft, poured into a glass type that I'm not entirely sure what it was. Similar to a pokal, I guess.

A: Little to no head and I'll be terribly surprised if any lacing develops. Dainty yellow orange color body. There is hardly any visible carbonation. Where's my frothy never ending cap? Where's the relentless effervescence? While this brew is mildly attractive in it's own right, the Asylum is way off the mark in terms of tripel-like appearance.

S: The nose on the other hand does exhibit most aromas expected for the style. It's spicy, it's fruity, highlighting apple juice, pear and honey. All things considered the aroma is pretty decent, but not outstanding.

T: The taste follows the nose and is consistent in that it's lacking in real character. If I don't get any yeasty phenols, give me some spicy hops. If I don't get some tongue biting carbonation, at least give me a little alcoholic warmth. SOMETHING!

M: Again, below average. Dry finish.

D: After all that criticism, I would have to say that the drinkability is decent and it's score will reflect my honest opinion. Sure this isn't a premier tripel, but for what is is, it is not unpalatable by any means.

Photo of scottoale
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber with a full wrap around, 3 color silk-screened label and no freshness date. Poured into a Duvel tulip a brilliant amber-gold with pristene clarity and good carbonation. A lofty two-finger white floamy head sits on top and leaves a ton of intricate lace clinging to the glass...very nice.

The nose is fully sweet malts with some funky Belgian yeast, candi sugar and just more fruity sweetness. Pear, apple, sultanas, banana, yeasty funk...that's what this brew is made of. Not literally of course. Good flavor with it's 11% ABV burried deep within.

Nice light body with carbonation that compliments the brew and adds to it's complexity. The only thing holding back it's drinkability, is the sweetness does become a bit cloying towards the end. Other than that, it's quite authentic for this style...cheers.

Photo of megahurts4
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Coast Asylum

Appearance: dark orange, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: yeast, light citrus, and a faint hop.

Taste: yeast, thick malts, a slight orange peel citrus, and very faint hops.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick.

Overall:
This is a pretty good brew. The alcohol is well masked as it is over 11%. The yeast flavor is not overbearing either as suggested by the aroma.

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent gold with a creamy white cap that quickly fades into a tiny cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of ripe fruit, cracked grains, pineapple, pears, cracked pepper and herbs.
Taste is of the aromas with fruity flavors, brown sugar, and vanilla.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, syrupy, hot, and silky.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Candy orange in color with a 1/4 inch head that disappears rather quickly

Smell: Apples and peaches and some plums with maybe a bit of grapes on the nose with just a touch of Belgian yeast funk

Taste: Wow this is a fruit bomb. Its more of a candy fruitiness rather than a actually fruit note. Has a bit of spice to it and a touch of funky yeast

Mouthfeel: Medium body and ample carbonation and a bit dry

Overall: Not a bad "Belgian Style" beer bit it does lack that true Belgian feel to me. I would definitely recommend trying this one however.

Photo of Mike1jenn
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Nice smooth fruity full body taste..

Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sunset through smog orange colored clear beer with a yellowish off-white colored head.

Sweet and spicy smell, distinctly like mulled beer. Ginger and orange are prominent with a strong honeysuckle sweetness. Herbal hop scent with no real identity of its own, it is just an herbal note. Smells a great deal like a spice gumdrop.

Starts out sweet and spicy with a strong honeysuckle sweetness, it tastes just like the flower. Very sweet with some orange and lemon in the spice. The sweetness though is a bit annoying.

Mouthfeel is good.

Could be more drinkable by being a great deal less sweet. After about half a glass of this I am seriously considering a drain pour here, it is annoyingly sweet.

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Asylum from Left Coast Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.