Asylum - Left Coast Brewing Company
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4.63/5 rDev +30.4%
A nice medium-pale reddish-gold color & very clear appearance, with beautiful, long-clinging lace despite the sparse head. Surprisingly bold and rich for such a light colored ale, what I imagine a Duvel reduction might taste like. After having half a glass, I was surprised to see the alcohol content (11% ABV), the same as the Urthel Quadrium I had very recently but not nearly as pronounced in the taste, despite the Urthel's substantially thicker texture & taste. A commanding but not overdone presence of sweetness & fruit, provided you like some sweetness & fruit, very refreshing with a smooth, solid finish that lingers lightly and long. At $5.29 for a 22oz. bottle, this is a great beer and a great value that I hope to enjoy again.
02-18-2009 04:41:17 | More by spencerberus
4.28/5 rDev +20.6%
Pours almost clear gold, small dirty white head leaves a wall of lacing with lively bubbles, and no retention.
Smell is of fruity apples and sweet tart pears, sweet clove. Lightly yeasty and some clean dry malt.
Tastes lightly of biscuity malt, with some caramel and honey in the middle, with an apple cider sweet and tang on the finish.
Feels viscous, yet light and crisp. Plenty of bubbles make it almost fizzy, but easy to drink.
How is this 11.8%, the booze is well hidden. Plenty of flavor and complexity, just what to expect.
04-02-2012 03:01:26 | More by Drinkerofales
4.25/5 rDev +19.7%
A- Nice golden color with good clingy lacing.
S- Smell is tasty, with fruity aromas, apples, cherries and dried grapes.
T- The taste is great, very fruity and spicy. The flavors meld well together. The high alcohol is not noticeable and very well hidden. I like this a lot.
M- Nice level of carbonation for the style. Feels good in the mouth.
O- I'd buy this again for sure.
08-16-2011 03:37:23 | More by Wetpaperbag
4.18/5 rDev +17.7%
A - A large, dense head leaves a tiny bit of lacing over a viscous copper brew.
S - Very sweet grain bill and a fair amount of banana and clove. At warm temperatures there is a hint of stewed squashes.
T - Sweet, banana, honey, oats, white pepper. At 11%, I can only even notice the abv at room temperature - even then it is relatively smooth, no harshness to it. The aftertaste has faint peppery hops and lingering banana. Long into the aftertaste there is still banana and a slight woodsy bitterness, perhaps a touch medicinal. All flavors considered... pretty damn good.
M - Smooth, thick, rather drying - kind of clings to your throat. Might be good as a cough syrup. This is where is hurts the most.
O - This is heavily underrated. It is sweet (which I'm sure most say is "cloying," but it is still outstanding! I had no difficulty finishing this. I'm honestly shocked by the other reviews. Perhaps Left coast has poor quality control. Or perhaps the moment people taste something sweet they assume it lacks anything else. I don't know for sure what goes through their heads, but I like this.
05-15-2011 08:35:52 | More by mrasskicktastic
4.1/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
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.
06-08-2012 03:14:21 | More by megahurts4
4.1/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
04-25-2010 21:44:06 | More by weeare138
4.1/5 rDev +15.5%
The Asylum. Cool name. Cooler bottle art. None of which is as cool as the fact that it so closely follows the traditional Belgian triple style, with hints of American ingenuity...11% ingenuity at that...
So let's start with the color. Poured into a large tulip glass, the ivory head quickly disappeared into what can only be described as a true to form, "triple golden" hue. Yes. Triple golden. Look for it in a Crayola box in the near future. If you are a fan of triples, you know exactly what color I refer to. If not, you will after pouring this beer. Lovin it. The nose had hints of sweet malt, tart cherry and faint ripe melon. The taste was of malt intertwined with a sweet yet tart yin and yang kind of thing, followed by pear notes, ending with a warm, lingering finish. Very low hop presence. A clever way of hiding an 11% party starter/night ender. The mouth feel was fairly substantial, and for good reason, though I could drink more than one, if the fates would allow it...
Not unlike Anderson Valley's Brother David Triple, this high octane American interpretation hits the mark. It's always nice to see beers like this being produced, and even nicer to have it available nearby. Even with the higher ABV, this beer should still pair incredibly well with any dish using a pesto sauce (Thank you Garrett Oliver). Enjoy.
03-03-2009 06:30:14 | More by Greenfloyd
4.08/5 rDev +14.9%
22oz freshie from South Bay at 50 degrees.
Pours orangy gold and clear, with a half inch head of white froth that sunk quickly to a partial skim coat on the surface. A few streak and dots of lacework throughout the glass.
Aromatics lead off with orange blossom honey, light malt, clovey phenols, and marmalade. Sweetish and very fruity. Hard citrus candies and ripe malt. Lightly spicy with a peppery warmth.
On the light side of medium bodied with a crisp but borderline syrupy feel.
Shades of Grand Marnier, rum-drizzeled orange marmalade, and citrus spice start the palate. A building warmth steps up but stops short of a solvent-like peak. A trace of plump malt tries to step forward but is squashed by alcohol and sugared citrus.
Finishes a bit jammy with plenty of kick and residuals.
Whoa. An 11% Triple. This is a big one and I like it. Definately leaning in a Grand Cru direction. A bit on the sweet side and the carbonation is low for the style though.
03-06-2009 00:27:00 | More by brewandbbq
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.
09-20-2013 07:24:31 | More by MattyG85
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.
11-03-2013 00:07:12 | More by Noboatfred
Asylum from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.