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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: 13
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 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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Photo of stephens101
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of Eddxii
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Asylum (I really want to know the story behind the chosen name) pours a vibrant gold color with a light nondescript head floating briefly on top. The aroma is sweetly bready, with notes of dried prune, black pepper, and clove. It’s a delightfully sharp and intriguing smell.

The first taste brings the same thought to my wife and me…something is unique here. Eventually we narrow it down to something in the spice. A brief who’s who of the spice cabinet and we narrow it down to basil. I’m not sure the flavor is the best fit for this style, but it definitely makes it interesting.

Asylum is medium-bodied, but full-flavored. Though I came across several reviews that describe a pear taste, I think it’s more apple. The aftertaste is sweet with the 11.8% lingering on momentarily…almost wine-like. Overall it’s a very good beer. It’s a tripel with a bite, surprisingly light and summery. One might say that it’s a very California take on a Belgian classic. Next time I’m in southern California I will definitely seek out their other styles.

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Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear medium gold color with a thin white soapy head that dissipates quickly but leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is a light honey and spice not mixed with a moderate biscuit malt.

T: A very sweet taste with a very light bready malt flavor. There is a hint of spice as well. Finishes dry and crisp.

M: A pleasantly smooth body with moderate carbonation on the tongue.

O: Tripels can break other way for me. I prefer mine to have a light bready malt flavor and this beer is exactly that. It is a nice light beer to sip and enjoy. It hides the 11% very well as you are never overpowered with an alcohol taste.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.26/5  rDev +23.5%
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.


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Photo of exodus1369
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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