Asylum - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 275
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
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Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: scottoale on 02-04-2009

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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 275
Photo of spencerberus
4.63/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (740 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle

Left Coast Brewing Asylum Tripel body is a little cloudy/hazy golden hue and atop sat just short of a 1-finger off-white head. The head reduced to a foamy collar in my tulip glass. The nose was sweet, spicy and a complex yeasty fruit aroma was also present. The flavor is similar to the nose, being sweet from the candy sugar, light fruit and spicy clove was noted. Mouth feel is high-medium with a good amount of fine carbonation. Somewhat slick and chewy with a alcohol warming character at the finish.

Asylum is my first brew from Left Coast and I am impressed. This is a good take on the Tripel style. Asylum is to the sweeter side of the Tripel style and I like that! The drinkability is only limited by its 11.8 abv. (753 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.26/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DOA (540 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.23/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (381 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,101 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of Greenfloyd
4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,333 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (969 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (1,459 characters)

Photo of Noboatfred
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Fairly dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light creaming carbonation. Aromas of big apple, pear, grape, lemon, candi sugar, honey, bread, clove, light pepper, floral, herbal earthiness, and yeast esters. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spicy notes; without feeling too malty. Taste of pear, apple, grape, lemon, honey, candi sugar, bready grain, floral, clove, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, honey, candi sugar, bready grain, clove, light pepper, floral, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy flavors; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a moderately slick and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice tripel. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for 11.8%. Really enjoyed this one. (1,289 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spicy golden powerhouse.

Nice heady carbonation that lasts and looks nice in the tulip glass. Very fruity-spicy with a long raspy taste in the back of the mouth. Very hot with alcohol but think of a good scotch where the warmth is balanced by the interesting mix of flavors going down. Aroma of booze but nose filters the cinnamon and cloves hints. Sweet, but just part of the mix of flavors. Sharpness like pineapple and a whiff of the barn complete the complexity.

I was curious why so many people seemed to hate this. Must be the combination of sugary sweetness and serious Belgian funk. It's actually better as it warms a little. I can't find any flaws. It's just not a beer to gulp, and it changes as you sip. (716 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (984 characters)

Photo of scottoale
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of exodus1369
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer. Golden with a nice head on it. Nice touch of sweetness a bit on the alcohol side but at over 11% it is no wonder. Nice and strong as expected, the sweetness does shine threw. A bit of an apple or pear taste. A light after taste of nuttiness and of cores hop. Over all goes down nice just watch out or it will sneak up on you. (344 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10oz pour into a Mad Elf tulip glass at Libations

A-hazy amber color with a thin white head

S-nice aromas of citrus, spice and vanilla

T-taste of the same as the smell with honey and caramel noted can definitely taste the alcohol

M-well balance with good carbonation

O-preety well done tripel, I decided to have another (328 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at BevMo back in late April for $5.29.

Beer poured orange-amber with a smallish off white head. Nose is ripe light and dark fruit. Taste is very sweet, candi sugar, apple, plum. Mouthfeel is good, the belgian yeast gives this a nice smooth ride across the palate. Drinkability is good, amazingly there was no alcohol burn with the first sips. Nice effort and definitely worth a shot. (403 characters)

Photo of brurevu
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From my tasting notes: This was a great Tripel that kicked everything off with the signature Belgian yeast aroma and substantial off-white head. The Asylum was a big impressive Tripel with hints of sweet candi sugar, malt, and even a bit of vanilla. It was a bit on the sweet side, but I was really enjoying this one and it went down fast and smooth. (350 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at total wine roseville, ca.

A - Poured orange with 1 finger of off-white head, which dissipated fast. Left no residual lacing.

S/T - Very bready, sugary sweet, some spicy hops, and light traces of tobacco and alcohol.

M - Moderate bodied, malt dominated, syrupy and sweet.

D - Not bad, but the appearance is less than desired and the mouthfeel was a little too sweet for my liking. (396 characters)

Photo of showell
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

You'll want to share this one with someone. A vigorous pour gave about a 2 inch white head that disipates in about 2 minutes. It's cloudy, a dark amber - almost orange color, that is rather pretty. It has a definite citrus smell, almost an orange, with overtones of cloves. On the first taste, I immediately knew I had a tripel. It reminded me of La Fin du Monde from Quebec Canada. That was the first impression. The next impression was that I could definitely tell the difference between the 9% alcohol in La Fin, and the 11% in Asylum. You can definitely taste the alcohol. After a while it's a bit overpowering. Cloves are definitely in the forefront, as is orange. I think that if the alcohol were a bit less overbearing, it would be a better beer. There's also just a tint of metallic flavor that comes through in the aftertaste. Still, it's a good beer, but when I'm going to pay $6.00 a tripel, I think I'll spend the extra couple for La Fin. It's good though. But seriously, share it with someone and sip, but carefully... (1,031 characters)

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Asylum from Left Coast Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.