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Asylum - Left Coast Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

166 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 13:00:33 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.17/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 22:33:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 18:05:36 | More by brentk56
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 18:56:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
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mactrail

California

4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 05:28:04 | More by mactrail
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 05:10:04 | More by tempest
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Billolick

New York

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 00:39:25 | More by Billolick
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Zorro

California

3.25/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 04:25:33 | More by Zorro
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 21:44:06 | More by weeare138
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 23:05:45 | More by smakawhat
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 05:07:44 | More by superspak
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beertunes

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 08:42:33 | More by beertunes
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flagmantho

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 05:15:11 | More by flagmantho
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 00:49:41 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.2/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 19:56:01 | More by ArrogantB
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srandycarter

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky bright honey, small head, leaves to bubbles along the ridge.

S - Mostly malt, a little hot smelling, some herbal sense.

T - Sweet malt and harsh alcohol meet head to head. Not necessarily pretty.

M - Not very balanced, in my opinion.

D - Not a bad beer to try, but definitely won't be seeking it.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 05:01:22 | More by srandycarter
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flexabull

California

3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull cloudy orange color with a small white head.

Smells a little sour up front, yeasty, spicy and with some hard candies.

Taste is on the sweet side up front, some lemon, cloves and spices. Finish is tart, dry, and with hints of warm alcohol. Comes off being a bit astringent.

Mouthfeel is good, full, smooth, and crisp, with nice body.

Overall, a so so Tripel. The 11% ABV doesn't show itself as much as I thought it would. Not a bad beer, but there are quite a few in the style that I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 03:15:07 | More by flexabull
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Happy to see some West Coast brewers continue to go Belgo and not just rely on their hop smack. Hazy golden with a froth- ing that provides a true lacing on the glass. Trademark Tripel nose of honey, ripe pear, peppery alcohol, cracker maltiness and a bit of medicinal phenols. Creamy with a light, smooth level of carbonation. Flavor spins its head around like a devil brew, meaning it walks the line of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale with a sweeter and more alcoholic base. Tropical fruit stomps around. Nutty yeast and a taste of Grape-Nuts in the semidry alcoholic finish. The narrow path of a Tripel is hard to trace—strip the style label from this beer and we’d be singing a different song. Regardless, a tasty sipper that speaks pink elephant.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 13:35:22 | More by BeerAdvocate
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden color with a touch of orange. Completely transparent, with tiny bubbles bolstering the white head. Okay retention here, nothing impressive in terms of size, and the lacing is a little weak.

Robust nose, quite sweet and fruity. A little citric but more of a yeasty fruit aroma, along with a good dose of candi sugar.

The flavor is similarly sweet; overly so in my book. The taste is very loud, with hints of citric fruit and apple being overwhelmed by candi sugar, brown sugar, and peppery spice and alcohol notes. Body is light overall, medium for style, while the carbonation seems to lack a little joie de vivre; it's not flat, it just doesn't explode on the tongue like a good tripel ought.

A lot of alcohol and overly sweet. Not a bad take for an American tripel - they've turned the volume up to 11.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 03:34:03 | More by BretSikkink
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arizcards

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 22:52:31 | More by arizcards
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 00:27:00 | More by brewandbbq
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HalfFull

California

3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a large wine glass from a 22 oz. bomber. Pours hazy golden orange with a half inch of nearly white head. Retention is relatively brief, dropping to a surface ring in a couple minutes.

Sweet and yeasty on the nose with just a slight malt depth. Yeast notes are light and not too complex, yet not really a distraction either. Light summer fruits peak through but are held in check by the simple overall feel. A good swirl brings some yeast back to the forefront.

Taste is slightly sweet yet not overwhelmingly so, which I had somehow anticipated. Light in body given the lack of character. Drink is average at best and in fact a bit of a challenge given the big ABV and alcohol presence. Flavor and texture/carbonation improve with some warming. Give this one a little time.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 04:31:17 | More by HalfFull
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magictrokini

California

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 22:51:21 | More by magictrokini
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a luminous golden color, translucent, with modest white head. Nose reminds me of a white wine with some light fruits, perhaps honey, but also alcohol & phenols. A lot of sweetness is present on the palate, again with fruit, and quite a bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. Not a great example of a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 03:17:01 | More by yemenmocha
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 00:06:52 | More by Fatehunter
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Asylum from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.