Asylum - Left Coast Brewing Company

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271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 12
Gots: 56 | 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 C3likesbeer
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of stephens101
2.84/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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 flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Eddxii
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of megahurts4
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Overall:
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.

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

DOA

Photo of exodus1369
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of notchucknorris
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of Luchman
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark yellow in color that is close to clear, with a fluffy white head that dissipates eventually and spreads to the sides. No lacing.

S: Belgian spices, some fruity citrus esters, light pepper, light clove, and light banana.

T: Sweet orange esters come strong with the clove, pepper, and yeast. Other spices are there as well as the banana, but not over the top. Low spicy hops. I don’t taste the 11% anywhere.

M: Medium to thin body with medium carbonation. Ends kind of slick.

O: Not too bad. A little fruit forward and could use a little more malt and different spices to round it out.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of lancecenter
2.66/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Photo of Bfarr
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of vande
3.65/5  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!

Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Wetpaperbag
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
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
2.77/5  rDev -21.5%
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
3.5/5  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

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
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
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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 +13.3%
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
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Asylum from Left Coast Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.