Asylum - Left Coast Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 12
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.21/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Radiant tangerine orange with lemon zest accents and a light sprinkling of fine yeast. The ivory colored head is a mass of glassine bubbles that remains humped in the center and is beginning to lay down delicate sheets of sticky lace around the circumference of the glass. Unfortunately, neither head nor lace last very long.

The aroma is underpowered, though it is passably tripel-like. Oddly enough, it's becoming even more muted as the beer warms. Golden fruity and lightly spicy were my impressions when I had the opportunity to form them. Right about mid-bottle, fusel alcohol comes out to play, slashing the score even further.

Left Coast beer has never impressed me. Black Magic Stout is slightly above average, Hop Juice DIPA is considerably below average, and Torrey Pines IPA is an abomination. Asylum is at least as bad as the last of those. Maybe worse. This is not good beer.

First of all, why jack the ABV all the way up to 11.0% when you obviously have no skill in alcohol masking? One member of the flavor profile is kerosene, which acts as a fly in this less than delicious ointment. Actually, the beer does taste a little like ointment at that.

If blinded, I would have guessed 'Belgian-style tripel mixed with Euro strong lager, brewed by some crappy brewery in Romania or Bulgaria'. Seriously, do these guys taste their beer before bottling it? In addition to grain alcohol, we have a few slices of ripe pear and the suggestion of clove and white pepper.

Simply put, the body/mouthfeel is malt liquor-like. It's medium in heft, slightly sticky from the sugar, and is firm rather than creamy. The same lack of carbonation that failed head retention fails to add any sort of positive energy in the mouth.

Asylum Belgian-Style Tripel Ale might be the worst beer of this style that I've ever had the displeasure to drink. Anyone who thinks that this is what a tripel should taste like needs to be committed to the insane asylum. Shame on you Left Coast.

Photo of ArrogantB
2.22/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought this beer mostly because it was cheap, bad idea. It smelled grainy and nothing like a tripel. It tasted like a very oxidized barleywine that used Belgian yeast. The alcohol was unbearable. This was try a bad beer and I would not buy it again. It really does nit fit the style either.

Photo of Smalty
2.46/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer looked great. I poured it into my goblet and it was a beautiful amber orange with a great looking head. Smell was slightly sweet but it didn't really prepare me for the taste I was about to experience. The first sip made my pallet lurch forward. This beer is so sweet, that it's almost overwhelming. It was so sweet I didn't even bother trying to find other flavors. That was the hardest goblet of beer i've ever had to finish. Mouthfeel was so thick and stick. It felt like it coated every inch of my esophagus. What is this maple syrup?

Photo of Gatordaddy
2.57/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Booze not at all well hidden. Harsh mouthfeel. Not like a tripel.

Photo of dqderrick
2.59/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber at 55° and rising.

A - 4.5
Clear, not very carbonated.

S - 3.0
Smells grainy. I don't get much off the nose.

T - 2.0
Oh boy. This was tasted on 1/29/09 and I just didn't like it. I'd like to revisit it later.

MF - 3.0
Average is a good description. Just not good... after the taste, my after taste on tongue play was just not that great but not terrible.

D - 2.5
4oz taster was enough.

Was our sample too warm? Jeez. I'll chill it to 40°F next time.

Photo of lancecenter
2.66/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy orange color. Thick, white head with good retention. Good lacing.

S - Very strong alcohol, pepper, and phenols. Honey notes when swirled.

T - Citrus, sugar, phenols, and alcohol. Lots of alcohol. I feel like I can breathe fire. Way too earthy.

M - Very crisp. Seems to lose carbonation quickly.

O - I think one glass was enough.

Yup, tried another glass. Not impressed.

Photo of dconstandinesouthern
2.72/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit sweet for me

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 sansho
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Outlier with a review?
Like bottles are never bad?
Opinions cant have numbers only reviews?

Photo of SurferEric
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Very sweet, moderate carbonation. I simply couldn't get past the overwhelming alcoholic taste. Thank god it is an 11.0% or else I don't know if I would have gotten through the entire bottle, luckily its high alcohol content aids its drinkability as you put it away.

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 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 WYVYRN527
2.77/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a chalice from a 22 ounce bottle.

This beer pours a deep orange hue with a fluffy white head that settles quickly. Lacing and head retention are pretty mediocre. The beer smells like a Tripel. Banana and clove, with some bready, caramel malt. Taste threw me off a bit. Caramel and toast up front, with little hop character. Alcohol is strongly present in the taste as well. The finish is almost overly fruity, being tangy in a way. Mouthfeel is decent, a bit too syrupy overall. This is just not a beer that I enjoy as much as others of the same style. Unbalanced, and just not all that well put-together.

Photo of RandomExile
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: cloudy orange-amber, no appreciable head in a snifter, glass is too small to really show lacing but in a larger glass it would probably be a fine lattice
S: sweet, candy, bread
T: candy, sugar, herbs, malt, the 11% alcohol pokes through with some astringency
M: light, syrupy
O: one really has to be looking for an astringent spiced candy. I found it too sweet, bordering on cloying, and heavy-handed.

Photo of stephens101
2.84/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

One finger of thick, off-white head builds quickly at the end of a hard pour. The foamy sheet floats off quickly leaving a few bubbles haphazard across the top of the brew. Color is a shiny reddish-orange.

Aroma of sweet malts, apple juice and ripe grapes. Not getting much here so another nose dive catches a hint of spice. Working too hard, so moving on to other waters.

Tastes grainy and quite sweet up front followed by notes of apple, orange, grapefruit and cotton candy. Some allspice is noticed at the very end but is subdued by a spike of alcohol heat that never quite goes away. After a few drinks some fairly harsh medicinal and metallic notes begin to swell.

These are some choppy seas as we go down the hatch. As mentioned, the alcohol heat has a vendetta, and the other characters in this play are indignant as hell as they fight for top billing, only to end up as fodder for the chaos. A pleasant creamy middle is noticed popping it's head above the swelling tide, but is quickly drowned in the undertow.

The Tripel has always been one of my favorite styles, but this one does it no justice.

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 notchucknorris
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear copper color with a 1 finger cream colored head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: Fruity esters and a lot of earthy yeast. Not really getting much of a Belgian element here. Candi sugar and bread in the aroma as well.

T: This just doesn't do it for me. There are a decent amount of flavors in here, but they feel really disconnected and don't go together well at all. Pale malt and some hints of fruit in the background. Peach pit, faint mango, and a lingering bitterness throughout that reminds me a bit of aspirin. Didn't have much of a spiciness to it at all and the mouthfeel definitely felt off. I wouldn't get this again.

Photo of Radome
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Had it on tap at the Perch in Chandler, AZ on 29 Jun 2014.

A - Deep golden to orange color. Clear. The head is white and forms a thin sheet, along with a thick ring around the glass. Thick lacing.

S - Aroma of sweet, bready malt and alcohol dominate everything. There is a faint vegetal note that reminds me of iced tea out of a restaurant dispenser that hasn't been cleaned properly.

T - Far too sweet. Not much malt in flavors. There are plenty of honey and sugar-like notes. Some fruit from yeast. Cloyingly sweet finish.

M - Full body. Creamy carbonation. Huge, boozy alcohol presence. Hops bitterness is not noticeable.

O - Unbelievably sweet and cloying. I can't believe this is what the brewer intended this beer to taste like. Maybe this batch had unusually poor attenuation? This is not like any tripel I've ever had. Only a hummingbird could enjoy this sugar and booze bomb.

Photo of sprale
3/5  rDev -15%

The best beers are Belgian, even when they're not. One of the best porters I've had in an ale bottle in ages.

No, seriously. At first sip, I though it had gone bad. I pulled back, read the label to be sure I'd picked up the right bottle, then tried again. About halfway through the bottle, I overcame the cognitive dissonance and started to enjoy the drink, mislabeled as is were.

Yeah, the inmates are running the asylum. Who knows what you'll get...

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a deep orange with hardly any head. Aroma of sweet citrus fruits, yeast, melon rind, minerals, and light spices (clove). Flavor is initially sweet and tangy, with orange peel and citrus notes. Like drinking a glass of thick, pulpy, super tart OJ with a touch of vegetal notes. Certainly strong and a quite difficult to get through the whole glass. The 11% is definitely noted.

Photo of searsclone
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very clear and bubbly golden amber color.

Smells of fruit mostly, and alcohol

Taste is very sweet, it masks the alcohol well

Very creamy and smooth

I gave this beer a bit low on the drinkability because it is too sweet for my taste. The mouthfeel reminds me of a cream ale, and it has a high alcohol aftertaste. This beer makes me want to eat some pretzels or chips, something salty to offset the sweetness.

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 mithrascruor
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-amber color with some isible carbonation. Head is more a film with some big white bubbles that stay a while.

Smell: Sweet (sugary?) fruits, maybe orange, and some yeast and spices. Not very distinct or strong.

Taste: The flavor here is quite bold; more than most tripels, but it seems to work alright here for some reason. Citrus, sugar, lighter fruits, spices, and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and pretty smooth. Good amount of carbonation to go with the stronger parts of the flavor.

Drinkability: Hits in on the first sip: this is a strong beer! Drink slow. A tad sweet too.

Seems to be a newer beer - first I'd seen it. Artwork on the bottle made it a definite buy. Taste-wise it seems to fit between a Tripel and a Belgian IPA, with more citrus-like flavors. Definitely a different and unique American take on the original, it is also a bit too sweet. Nevertheless, still an interesting beer. Certainly worth trying for those who enjoy Belgian beer, but I suggest splitting one with a friend: you might be wanting something else before the bottle's out.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, amber body with a thin, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Honey and candi sugar lusciously coat a lightly biscuity maltiness. Supporting notes of alcohol-soaked fruits and light spice.

Taste: Sweet, lightly bready, lightly biscuity maltiness. Make that quite sweet, actually, with a definite candi sugar quality to it. A few drops each of Peach and Pear liqueur. Light spice hints from the Belgian yeast. Fruity, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability: The heavy sweetness coupled with the relatively low carbonation have this one bordering on being a cumbersome experience. Still though, for an American-born tripel, it's above average.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz Bottle with my FW Snifter glass
Noted on 06/19/2014

A: Dark caramel body with an orangey glow and some decent clarity. Thin layer of wispy paper white froth washes out to a ring hugging the glass wall. Little to no stick only some leggy runners really.

S: Smells of sweet golden malts that give off a husky graininess. I get some ripe yellow pear and apple fruit like esters along with a light dusting of Belgian yeast spices of coriander, clove, and dried banana peel. Alcohol is fairly strong and fusel like. A big beer no doubt.

T: This is a candy sweet malt overload. Cloyingly so with some grainy Pilsner surfacing out of the sweet fruity malts. Again the yeast is understated with subtle coriander, clove, and banana bubblegum. There is an oddly sharp bite of earthy hop bitterness there and a big warming alcohol spice finish. Improving as I make my way through the 22oz but still barely passable. Really not much depth to this.

M: Syrupy thick with medium full body and a lower amount of carbonation. Slight dryness to it and a higher amount of warming alcohol on the finish. Sticky feel overall.

D: A real insulin shocker. Just over the top with the malt sugars and boozy alcohol. Not much else to this. Admittedly so this gets a little better as the thing warms up and the ABV starts to run its course. But I could not possibly recommend this for a Tripel.

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