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Asylum - Left Coast Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 39 | 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 hawkmage
3/5  rDev -15.7%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -15.7%

cdwil, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of JKouza
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

JKouza, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Candy orange in color with a 1/4 inch head that disappears rather quickly

Smell: Apples and peaches and some plums with maybe a bit of grapes on the nose with just a touch of Belgian yeast funk

Taste: Wow this is a fruit bomb. Its more of a candy fruitiness rather than a actually fruit note. Has a bit of spice to it and a touch of funky yeast

Mouthfeel: Medium body and ample carbonation and a bit dry

Overall: Not a bad "Belgian Style" beer bit it does lack that true Belgian feel to me. I would definitely recommend trying this one however.

DarthKostrizer, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of dankster
4/5  rDev +12.4%

dankster, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Dirtyrat91740
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Dirtyrat91740, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of rhino54
5/5  rDev +40.4%

rhino54, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of daant76
2/5  rDev -43.8%

daant76, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of DeezGunz14
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

DeezGunz14, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of ineva
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

ineva, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of KidRagnarok
4/5  rDev +12.4%

KidRagnarok, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of lancecenter
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

lancecenter, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden amber with thin tan foamy head with okay retention. Yeasty sweet fruit and hints of spice. Peppery cherry and light alcohol tastes with notes of spice and light saltiness in the finish. Sharp astringent taste increases as the bottle goes on that was not noticeable at first. Slick, semi-dry feel and a lightly tacky linger.

Good, strong and pleasant flavor. Not terribly complex but enough to be interesting with a nice combination. Alcohol is well blended and warming. It really starts well but loses its character much like Sucker Punch did (a very easy theme centered pairing). However, the movie ended slightly better.

Bfarr, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of vande
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For whatever reason, this beer generally reminded me of some of the Goose Island Belgians. Take it for what you will.. I thought it was pretty good.

Pours a nice hazy-golden color with a smell of sweetness to it...A fruit presence lead to a pleasant taste that holds hands with hints of nuttiness. Yum! Creamy medium bodied beer that is quite easy to sip, as was done last night by myself and two friends. Enjoyable!

vande, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

beertunes, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice golden color with good clingy lacing.

S- Smell is tasty, with fruity aromas, apples, cherries and dried grapes.

T- The taste is great, very fruity and spicy. The flavors meld well together. The high alcohol is not noticeable and very well hidden. I like this a lot.

M- Nice level of carbonation for the style. Feels good in the mouth.

O- I'd buy this again for sure.

Wetpaperbag, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

WYVYRN527, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Armand
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this years ago. SERVING TYPE: BOTTLE

A - Poured a dark orange, brown in color. Murky.

S/T - charcoal, tobacco, liquor, burnt coffee, very strong

M - Heavy. Something to share, but drank a whole bottle to myself, well I made the attempt to.

D - Went down hard. Something to sip on a nice cold winter.

Serving type: bottle

Armand, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of July2Nov
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Glowing, hazy, burnt orange in color with a decent amount of carbonation and a healthy amount of lacing around the edge.

Smell: Yeasty and sour apple like in scent immediately off the bat. Cloves are prominent.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Bold to begin, with a slightly smoke flavor. The Belgian yeast flavor is prominent with a bubble gum, overripe banana flavor and some cloves, but it tends to be very sweet, like syrup. Tends to have a medicinal taste with it. Can feel the heat of the higher alcohol in the background (and foreground too). The aftertaste is pure cloves and butter.

Overall: Well I tried it and wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be (thinking the label art got me...damn you marketing dept!). It just seemed off to me. I don't know maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it...give it a try and find out for yourself.

July2Nov, May 30, 2011
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A large, dense head leaves a tiny bit of lacing over a viscous copper brew.

S - Very sweet grain bill and a fair amount of banana and clove. At warm temperatures there is a hint of stewed squashes.

T - Sweet, banana, honey, oats, white pepper. At 11%, I can only even notice the abv at room temperature - even then it is relatively smooth, no harshness to it. The aftertaste has faint peppery hops and lingering banana. Long into the aftertaste there is still banana and a slight woodsy bitterness, perhaps a touch medicinal. All flavors considered... pretty damn good.

M - Smooth, thick, rather drying - kind of clings to your throat. Might be good as a cough syrup. This is where is hurts the most.

O - This is heavily underrated. It is sweet (which I'm sure most say is "cloying," but it is still outstanding! I had no difficulty finishing this. I'm honestly shocked by the other reviews. Perhaps Left coast has poor quality control. Or perhaps the moment people taste something sweet they assume it lacks anything else. I don't know for sure what goes through their heads, but I like this.

mrasskicktastic, May 15, 2011
Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

mactrail, May 12, 2011
Photo of mrmanning
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sample, thanks to Sammy for sharing his aged bottle. Deep straw with a white cap of sticky lacey froth. Lasting lace. Interesting nose is almost funky, cheesy, dusty with citrus fruits, candy, alcohol, mango. Sweet and high bitterness to match. Oily and thick mouthfeel with astringent and long fruity finish. Very good offering.

mrmanning, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Sammy, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of flexabull
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

flexabull, Apr 11, 2011
Asylum from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.