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Asylum | Left Coast Brewing Company

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3.51/5
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340 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States
leftcoastbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,166
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
340
pDev:
16.52%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
84
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 340 |  Reviews: 88
Reviews by SanDNigel:
Photo of SanDNigel
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
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 MFMB
2.05/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

So I gave this a pretty bad score so I figured I should include a review. It's pretty simple, I do not know how you can call this a triple but that alone doesn't garner a 2.05 rating. Plain and simple this beer was tough to swallow, horrible mouthfeel that coated your mouth and left a unpleasant motor oil like film on your teeth and mouth. Maybe I'm being harsh but it was very unpleasant and I like triples so I was extra disappointed. I also drank and reviewed their Voo Doo stout at the same sitting and it was a fair and good rating so it's nothing against Left Coast just this awful beer. Cheers

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Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ZacCary
4.49/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

You cannot go wrong with this Tripel! Very pleasing on the palate. And with its ABV, you can't complain! This would pair well with fruit and chocolate, especially around the holidays.

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Photo of kjyost
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of vegtam
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sparx1100
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Epicfail97081
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BeerTest
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spencerberus
4.63/5  rDev +31.9%
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.

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Photo of TheDogHouse
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bigfatbino
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of Jshrum78
2.37/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of sunsjammer
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a chalice from a 12 oz bottle. found the color to be dark golden with a slight head, no lacing. The nose was very sweet and boozy. The feel was a bit thin and to no surprise a boozy beer. I enjoyed this beer but, I think it was aiming for a high alcohol content which I personally gravitate to. This beer is better to pair with a meal. a very descent beer.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of JohnDon
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gatordaddy
2.57/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Booze not at all well hidden. Harsh mouthfeel. Not like a tripel.

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Photo of lmontgomery17
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of exodus1369
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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 thebooyakid
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of showell
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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...

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Photo of dconstandinesouthern
2.72/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit sweet for me

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Asylum from Left Coast Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 340 ratings