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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 Wetpaperbag
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of WYVYRN527
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of Armand
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of July2Nov
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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 mrmanning
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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 flexabull
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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 ArrogantB
2.2/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

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 FeDUBBELFIST
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Draft, poured into a glass type that I'm not entirely sure what it was. Similar to a pokal, I guess.

A: Little to no head and I'll be terribly surprised if any lacing develops. Dainty yellow orange color body. There is hardly any visible carbonation. Where's my frothy never ending cap? Where's the relentless effervescence? While this brew is mildly attractive in it's own right, the Asylum is way off the mark in terms of tripel-like appearance.

S: The nose on the other hand does exhibit most aromas expected for the style. It's spicy, it's fruity, highlighting apple juice, pear and honey. All things considered the aroma is pretty decent, but not outstanding.

T: The taste follows the nose and is consistent in that it's lacking in real character. If I don't get any yeasty phenols, give me some spicy hops. If I don't get some tongue biting carbonation, at least give me a little alcoholic warmth. SOMETHING!

M: Again, below average. Dry finish.

D: After all that criticism, I would have to say that the drinkability is decent and it's score will reflect my honest opinion. Sure this isn't a premier tripel, but for what is is, it is not unpalatable by any means.

Photo of yesyouam
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Left Coast Asylum is a lively, hazy, amber ale with a lot of particles in it. It has a dense, waxy, off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. There is a warm, fruity aroma with notes of green apple, pear, hay and something spicy. It's pretty full bodied, very smooth and syrupy. There's a dry finish that leaves the mouth a little sticky. It has a very phenolic flavor. There are notes of tart apple and something earthy, like manure. It has sort of a Band-Aid aftertaste. I think this bottle may have been sitting around for a while.

Photo of srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Smalty
2.4/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer looked great. I poured it into my goblet and it was a beautiful amber orange with a great looking head. Smell was slightly sweet but it didn't really prepare me for the taste I was about to experience. The first sip made my pallet lurch forward. This beer is so sweet, that it's almost overwhelming. It was so sweet I didn't even bother trying to find other flavors. That was the hardest goblet of beer i've ever had to finish. Mouthfeel was so thick and stick. It felt like it coated every inch of my esophagus. What is this maple syrup?

Photo of MisterClean
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at total wine roseville, ca.

A - Poured orange with 1 finger of off-white head, which dissipated fast. Left no residual lacing.

S/T - Very bready, sugary sweet, some spicy hops, and light traces of tobacco and alcohol.

M - Moderate bodied, malt dominated, syrupy and sweet.

D - Not bad, but the appearance is less than desired and the mouthfeel was a little too sweet for my liking.

Photo of searsclone
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very clear and bubbly golden amber color.

Smells of fruit mostly, and alcohol

Taste is very sweet, it masks the alcohol well

Very creamy and smooth

I gave this beer a bit low on the drinkability because it is too sweet for my taste. The mouthfeel reminds me of a cream ale, and it has a high alcohol aftertaste. This beer makes me want to eat some pretzels or chips, something salty to offset the sweetness.

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 yemenmocha
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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 showell
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

You'll want to share this one with someone. A vigorous pour gave about a 2 inch white head that disipates in about 2 minutes. It's cloudy, a dark amber - almost orange color, that is rather pretty. It has a definite citrus smell, almost an orange, with overtones of cloves. On the first taste, I immediately knew I had a tripel. It reminded me of La Fin du Monde from Quebec Canada. That was the first impression. The next impression was that I could definitely tell the difference between the 9% alcohol in La Fin, and the 11% in Asylum. You can definitely taste the alcohol. After a while it's a bit overpowering. Cloves are definitely in the forefront, as is orange. I think that if the alcohol were a bit less overbearing, it would be a better beer. There's also just a tint of metallic flavor that comes through in the aftertaste. Still, it's a good beer, but when I'm going to pay $6.00 a tripel, I think I'll spend the extra couple for La Fin. It's good though. But seriously, share it with someone and sip, but carefully...

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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