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Asylum - Left Coast Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

237 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.95%
Wants: 9
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 02-04-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.17/5  rDev -38.7%
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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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 StonedTrippin
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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 mactrail
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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 tempest
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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 Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
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 chinchill
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
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 beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tall wine glass. Poured a medium-dark honey gold color, perhaps a bit darker than some others of the style, with a tall, fluffy, white head that had very good retention and average lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical for the style, yeasty, spicy and fruity. Actually I found this one to be a bit fruitier than typical, with a just a bit of a peach note. On the tongue, this was a fairly average take on the style. Which is a good thing, because this one of my favorite styles. The spice was was crisp without being sharp or harsh. The yeast was pleasantly tangy and there was a nice grain foundation.

The body was also average, perhaps even a bit thinner than typical. Drinkability was very good (as all but the worst examples are, at least for me). Overall, a nice brew. If you've never had a Tripel, this would be a decent first one with which to set a baseline. If you love the style, it's still worth your time. Grab a bottle if you see it.

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: attractive medium-golden hue with a light haze and moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam with decent retention and a nice lace on the glass. A good looking beer.

Smell: nice aroma of sweetish malt with apple and pear character, plus a light chalkiness. There's also a phenolic character in there which I don't love, but it's not strong enough to detract from the other good aromatic characteristics.

Taste: the phenolic character is much more forward in the flavor than in the aroma. It's not bad, per se, but it's not a characteristic I look for in a tripel.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a carbonation on the light side and a mild creaminess. Decent.

Overall: a decent tripel, although it employs a flavor that is not my favorite in the style.

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Asylum from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.