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Asylum - Left Coast Brewing Company

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75 Reviews
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Reviews: 75
Hads: 280
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: scottoale on 02-04-2009

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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 280
Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.37/5  rDev -2%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of Smalty
2.46/5  rDev -28.5%
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? (547 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of searsclone
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.21/5  rDev -35.8%
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. (1,976 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of showell
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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... (1,031 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of Bigfatbino
2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A = 3.5Translucent amber in the glass. Poured with a bout a ¾ inch head that had some lasting power. Low carbonation and medium sized bubble structure. Would have liked to see some more bubbles

S = 3.0Citrus, Hoppy, Spicy aromas and that strong scent I love from a good Tripel. Oddly enough, there was not much alcohol smell for a beer with such high ABV.

T =3.0 Way sweet on the palate. It took me off guard and I thought it was overpowering to the point of being a little off-putting. Lingering aftertaste of cloves. Perhaps it was from the whopping 11% ABV this one kicks in with. There is definite astringency of the alcohol that dominates every taste bud with the effect of masking the other pleasant effects.

M = 2.5not very bubbly on the tongue at all. Thick resins lingered on my tongue.

D= 3.0Definitely not a "ball game" or poker night beer. This has "food pairing" written all over it. I would not drink it in a session alone because of the sweetness factor and the ABV being so high. With this odd brew, I would choose a strong meat, perhaps braised mutton with aus jus or au poivre served over garlic sautéed spinach with Butternut squash (Duck would be a good choice also). The oils in the meat could tone down the sweetness and the garlic spinach would make a good palate cleanser, leaving the pleasant cloves aftertaste of the brew to enjoy. The carbohydrate in the squash would also help you be able to take this one without being sloshed in 15 minutes. This is a beer you take home with a specific plan and intent. (1,538 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-amber color with some isible carbonation. Head is more a film with some big white bubbles that stay a while.

Smell: Sweet (sugary?) fruits, maybe orange, and some yeast and spices. Not very distinct or strong.

Taste: The flavor here is quite bold; more than most tripels, but it seems to work alright here for some reason. Citrus, sugar, lighter fruits, spices, and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and pretty smooth. Good amount of carbonation to go with the stronger parts of the flavor.

Drinkability: Hits in on the first sip: this is a strong beer! Drink slow. A tad sweet too.

Seems to be a newer beer - first I'd seen it. Artwork on the bottle made it a definite buy. Taste-wise it seems to fit between a Tripel and a Belgian IPA, with more citrus-like flavors. Definitely a different and unique American take on the original, it is also a bit too sweet. Nevertheless, still an interesting beer. Certainly worth trying for those who enjoy Belgian beer, but I suggest splitting one with a friend: you might be wanting something else before the bottle's out. (1,146 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of dqderrick
2.59/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber at 55° and rising.

A - 4.5
Clear, not very carbonated.

S - 3.0
Smells grainy. I don't get much off the nose.

T - 2.0
Oh boy. This was tasted on 1/29/09 and I just didn't like it. I'd like to revisit it later.

MF - 3.0
Average is a good description. Just not good... after the taste, my after taste on tongue play was just not that great but not terrible.

D - 2.5
4oz taster was enough.

Was our sample too warm? Jeez. I'll chill it to 40°F next time. (470 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
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. (969 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of Greenfloyd
4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Asylum. Cool name. Cooler bottle art. None of which is as cool as the fact that it so closely follows the traditional Belgian triple style, with hints of American ingenuity...11% ingenuity at that...

So let's start with the color. Poured into a large tulip glass, the ivory head quickly disappeared into what can only be described as a true to form, "triple golden" hue. Yes. Triple golden. Look for it in a Crayola box in the near future. If you are a fan of triples, you know exactly what color I refer to. If not, you will after pouring this beer. Lovin it. The nose had hints of sweet malt, tart cherry and faint ripe melon. The taste was of malt intertwined with a sweet yet tart yin and yang kind of thing, followed by pear notes, ending with a warm, lingering finish. Very low hop presence. A clever way of hiding an 11% party starter/night ender. The mouth feel was fairly substantial, and for good reason, though I could drink more than one, if the fates would allow it...

Not unlike Anderson Valley's Brother David Triple, this high octane American interpretation hits the mark. It's always nice to see beers like this being produced, and even nicer to have it available nearby. Even with the higher ABV, this beer should still pair incredibly well with any dish using a pesto sauce (Thank you Garrett Oliver). Enjoy. (1,333 characters)

Photo of spencerberus
4.63/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice medium-pale reddish-gold color & very clear appearance, with beautiful, long-clinging lace despite the sparse head. Surprisingly bold and rich for such a light colored ale, what I imagine a Duvel reduction might taste like. After having half a glass, I was surprised to see the alcohol content (11% ABV), the same as the Urthel Quadrium I had very recently but not nearly as pronounced in the taste, despite the Urthel's substantially thicker texture & taste. A commanding but not overdone presence of sweetness & fruit, provided you like some sweetness & fruit, very refreshing with a smooth, solid finish that lingers lightly and long. At $5.29 for a 22oz. bottle, this is a great beer and a great value that I hope to enjoy again. (740 characters)

Photo of scottoale
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber with a full wrap around, 3 color silk-screened label and no freshness date. Poured into a Duvel tulip a brilliant amber-gold with pristene clarity and good carbonation. A lofty two-finger white floamy head sits on top and leaves a ton of intricate lace clinging to the glass...very nice.

The nose is fully sweet malts with some funky Belgian yeast, candi sugar and just more fruity sweetness. Pear, apple, sultanas, banana, yeasty funk...that's what this brew is made of. Not literally of course. Good flavor with it's 11% ABV burried deep within.

Nice light body with carbonation that compliments the brew and adds to it's complexity. The only thing holding back it's drinkability, is the sweetness does become a bit cloying towards the end. Other than that, it's quite authentic for this style...cheers. (830 characters)

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Asylum from Left Coast Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.