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Asylum - Left Coast Brewing Company

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78 Reviews

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 291
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 32.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 62 | 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 stevoj
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Quite a stretch at calling this a tripel. Karmeliet will always be the benchmark. Lots of candy, caramel sweetness, darkish amber, minimal head. Aroma is also sugary sweet, tending towards Southern Comfort. Lots left lacking here....

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Photo of Auraan
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orange body, but lacks the thick, fluffy head of the style. Overall impression of appearance is of a decent, but botched tripel. Scents of caramel upfront and lesser malt aromas that are nutty and lightly bread-like, with esters giving aromas of apricot, pineapple and banana with light citrus in the background, orange-like in character, very light perfume-like alcohol in the background, contrary to stated style, phenols are very light and almost non-existent, though what is detectable is peppery. Overall this is a good aroma, but not at all a tripel. The esters on display are wrong for the style and the lack of phenols in any real capacity is certainly not on point for the style. The malt forward aroma is more in line with a Belgian Pale Ale, though the caramel is a bit too high for that style. Flavor begins richly malty with notes of caramel and restrained esters giving a candied orange flavor and light honey. This continues into a middle that continues sweet with notes of caramel and preserved orange meeting an addition of light toasted malt. Finish is medium-sweet with notes of caramel mingling with moderate notes of toasted malt and light alcohol and faint esters of orange and banana. Aftertaste begins sweet but gives way to notes of toasted malt and light peppery bitterness. Overall impression of flavor is of a very malt forward beer. It is not a tripel at all, lacking the full spiciness, fruitiness and complexity of that style and showcasing far too much malt. It is most like a Belgian Pale Ale, though with a doubled ABV from that style. Not bad, but not at all the flavor profile of the stated style. Mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky feel. No alcohol warmth despite the almost 12% ABV. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a strong British ale, not a tripel, a quad or any Belgian style with which I am familiar. Overall this is a beer with which I am quite conflicted. While it is not bad by any stretch, it does not fit the style of tripel, nor indeed any style with which I am familiar. It has aspects of Belgian Pale ales, yet has far too high an ABV and far too low a phenolic presence for that style, and it also has aspects of strong British ales, but lacks the full complement of flavors and aromas that define those style. It is certainly not a tripel as stated, or any of the other Abbey ales. What it seems to be is a Belgian yeast containing, high ABV, high gravity ale they defies classification to style. It is quite pleasant, but a tripel it is not.

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Photo of ZacCary
4.49/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

You cannot go wrong with this Tripel! Very pleasing on the palate. And with its ABV, you can't complain! This would pair well with fruit and chocolate, especially around the holidays.

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Photo of ksimons
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-dark orange with a thin white layer of head

S-bready malt, caramel, light summer fruits

T-similar to the smell with large amounts of alcohol present

M-medium body, light to moderate carbonation

Overall not what I would describe as a Tripel at all

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.29/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, caramel malt, alcohol, slight chocolate, hint of hop, hint of spice, and a slight grass. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Fits the style of Tripel. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, alcohol, slight yeast, hint of hop, hint of spice, and earthy malt. Overall, too malty, mostly alcohol besides the malt, not a well blended or complex example of a Tripel.

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Photo of pat61
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sister bought this one for me when she was in San Diego.

A - pale orange, slight haze, but low on carbonation with a minimal white head - 3.5

S - Low spice with orange and peach. - 3.75

T - The sweet ripeness with some orange, low spiciness, but with the crankiness of a saison. - 3

MF - Medium light body, semi-dry, with low carbonation. - 3.5

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Photo of JayQue
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad slow sipper, but if you are looking for a Tripel, this ain't it!!!! Pours a metallic orange color with good carbonation. Head retention is average and there is minimal lacing on the Chimay goblet. Aroma is strong but not that Tripel like. The predominant aroma is sweet white grapes, kind of cheap wine style. there is also some Belgian yeast and a heavy dose of alcohol. Taste is more of the same. Cheap white wine grapes, some nice Belgian yeast and some very un-hidden alcohol. Mouthfeel is rich with the yeast and sweetness, but there is some alcohol burn and a lack of the peppery spicing found in good Tripels. Not a bad warmer, but this is not even a middle of the road Tripel.

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Photo of SurferEric
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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.

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Photo of chinchill
2.76/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of sprale
3/5  rDev -13%

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...

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Photo of Bebespearls
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

First review as I am a newbie. Grabbed this not knowing it was a Tripel, being objective, not reading past the brewery and name. Expected strong and bitter and upon opening, got a whiff of fruit and I think, oats.

Pleasant to smell, but so far off from the only other Tripel I have tried, I felt it wasn't an honest attempt at the style.

First fruity-grainy sip almost consistent with melted butter, then a wave of alcohol. Potent, but uninteresting for a craft beer.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.21/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of Radome
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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

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Photo of brurevu
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of RandomExile
2.83/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of Noboatfred
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: The liquid displays a brilliant burnished orange and a hard pour produces about an inch of foam; decent lacing but I would expect a Belgian style to be more impressive

Smell: Bready malts and candi sugar; fusel alcohol and a touch phenolic

Taste: Bready, at first, and then overly sweet as the candi sugar arrives; by mid-palate, there are a variety of stone fruit flavors and honeysuckle; after the swallow, the fusel alcohol, phenols, allspice and white pepper tones take over; metallic, in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; cloyingly sweet; moderate carbonation and plenty of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Rather a disappointment and more like a BSPA than a Tripel; lots of competing flavors, many of which are assertively off-putting; I could make a wise-crack about the name but I will refrain

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Photo of SanDNigel
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
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'

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Photo of C3likesbeer
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Asylum from Left Coast Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.