Asylum | Left Coast Brewing Company

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Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Marcoxx626
2.49/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look - beer is a hazy dark golden/copper color and has practically zero head when poured into a glass. You'll see no lacing with these beer either

Smell - Smells of bread, caramel and honey. If I had to choose one word to describe it I would say it smells "funky"

Taste - follows the taste, VERY sweet, and definitely too sweet even for a tripel. Also has a bit of a funky taste.

Feel - you can definitely feel the alcohol, although the beer itself feels pretty smooth. Very flat with almost no carbonation and the feel is honestly like a light cough syrup

Overall - Definitely not my favorite beer...especially for a tripel which is one of my favorite types. I'd go as far as saying that this is an abomination for a tripel. Has a weird funky taste, VERY flat, too sweet and can hardly taste any spices. I would definitely not buy this beer again and I honestly don't feel like finishing the glass as I'm sipping it right now. I can't believe they would call this a tripel and I almost feel cheated for it being labeled as one.

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Photo of Tinfang
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a chalice-style glass. Slightly murky reddish-gold with a thin head that dissapeared quickly, some lacing. No obvious best buy date. Printed label on bottle stated an ABV of 11.8%. One sip confirmed that.

Not at all true to style - excessive alcohol, no spice. It didn't taste bad, but it didn't remind me of any tripel or quad I ever had. I'm not familiar with this brewery - perhaps they used their signature yeast to make something it's not suited for.

If I had brewed this at home I'd be pleased with the result. As a commercial product it misses the mark. I would not buy this again given any more qualified choice. I would not hesitate to try other Left Coast brews, however.

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Photo of johlac66
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark gold with a thick slightly off-white head that dissipated quickly, leaving a curtain of lacing.
Mucho caramel fruit on the nose and palate. Some bread. Some spice.
Lower carbonation and mouthfeel. The 11% ABV comes through pretty well.
Not exactly true to style, apparently. Tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
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 MFMB
2.05/5  rDev -40.2%
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 stevoj
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Quite a stretch at calling this a tripel. Karmeliet will always be the benchmark. Lots of candy, caramel sweetness, darkish amber, minimal head. Aroma is also sugary sweet, tending towards Southern Comfort. Lots left lacking here....

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Photo of Auraan
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orange body, but lacks the thick, fluffy head of the style. Overall impression of appearance is of a decent, but botched tripel. Scents of caramel upfront and lesser malt aromas that are nutty and lightly bread-like, with esters giving aromas of apricot, pineapple and banana with light citrus in the background, orange-like in character, very light perfume-like alcohol in the background, contrary to stated style, phenols are very light and almost non-existent, though what is detectable is peppery. Overall this is a good aroma, but not at all a tripel. The esters on display are wrong for the style and the lack of phenols in any real capacity is certainly not on point for the style. The malt forward aroma is more in line with a Belgian Pale Ale, though the caramel is a bit too high for that style. Flavor begins richly malty with notes of caramel and restrained esters giving a candied orange flavor and light honey. This continues into a middle that continues sweet with notes of caramel and preserved orange meeting an addition of light toasted malt. Finish is medium-sweet with notes of caramel mingling with moderate notes of toasted malt and light alcohol and faint esters of orange and banana. Aftertaste begins sweet but gives way to notes of toasted malt and light peppery bitterness. Overall impression of flavor is of a very malt forward beer. It is not a tripel at all, lacking the full spiciness, fruitiness and complexity of that style and showcasing far too much malt. It is most like a Belgian Pale Ale, though with a doubled ABV from that style. Not bad, but not at all the flavor profile of the stated style. Mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky feel. No alcohol warmth despite the almost 12% ABV. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a strong British ale, not a tripel, a quad or any Belgian style with which I am familiar. Overall this is a beer with which I am quite conflicted. While it is not bad by any stretch, it does not fit the style of tripel, nor indeed any style with which I am familiar. It has aspects of Belgian Pale ales, yet has far too high an ABV and far too low a phenolic presence for that style, and it also has aspects of strong British ales, but lacks the full complement of flavors and aromas that define those style. It is certainly not a tripel as stated, or any of the other Abbey ales. What it seems to be is a Belgian yeast containing, high ABV, high gravity ale they defies classification to style. It is quite pleasant, but a tripel it is not.

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Photo of ZacCary
4.49/5  rDev +30.9%
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 ksimons
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-dark orange with a thin white layer of head

S-bready malt, caramel, light summer fruits

T-similar to the smell with large amounts of alcohol present

M-medium body, light to moderate carbonation

Overall not what I would describe as a Tripel at all

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.29/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle

Left Coast Brewing Asylum Tripel body is a little cloudy/hazy golden hue and atop sat just short of a 1-finger off-white head. The head reduced to a foamy collar in my tulip glass. The nose was sweet, spicy and a complex yeasty fruit aroma was also present. The flavor is similar to the nose, being sweet from the candy sugar, light fruit and spicy clove was noted. Mouth feel is high-medium with a good amount of fine carbonation. Somewhat slick and chewy with a alcohol warming character at the finish.

Asylum is my first brew from Left Coast and I am impressed. This is a good take on the Tripel style. Asylum is to the sweeter side of the Tripel style and I like that! The drinkability is only limited by its 11.8 abv.

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Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, caramel malt, alcohol, slight chocolate, hint of hop, hint of spice, and a slight grass. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Fits the style of Tripel. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, alcohol, slight yeast, hint of hop, hint of spice, and earthy malt. Overall, too malty, mostly alcohol besides the malt, not a well blended or complex example of a Tripel.

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Photo of pat61
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: A 22 oz. bottle fills a tulip glass with a brilliant golden amber liquid that produces a cream colored 2” persistent foam cap that slowly recedes to a thin film.
S: Has a spicy nose with traces of malt and Belgian yeast.
T: The palate starts with rich moderately sweet malt with hints of cardamom. Belgian yeast flavors of orange and peach emerge mid palate quickly followed with a moderate hop accent.
F: Very creamy with soft carbonation and a medium to medium full body.
O: The alcohol is big but the malt and Belgian yeasts hide enough of it to make this a very easy beer to drink. I have a wedge of Piave de Jardin to finish so this should be a very nice evening.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sister bought this one for me when she was in San Diego.

A - pale orange, slight haze, but low on carbonation with a minimal white head - 3.5

S - Low spice with orange and peach. - 3.75

T - The sweet ripeness with some orange, low spiciness, but with the crankiness of a saison. - 3

MF - Medium light body, semi-dry, with low carbonation. - 3.5

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Photo of JayQue
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad slow sipper, but if you are looking for a Tripel, this ain't it!!!! Pours a metallic orange color with good carbonation. Head retention is average and there is minimal lacing on the Chimay goblet. Aroma is strong but not that Tripel like. The predominant aroma is sweet white grapes, kind of cheap wine style. there is also some Belgian yeast and a heavy dose of alcohol. Taste is more of the same. Cheap white wine grapes, some nice Belgian yeast and some very un-hidden alcohol. Mouthfeel is rich with the yeast and sweetness, but there is some alcohol burn and a lack of the peppery spicing found in good Tripels. Not a bad warmer, but this is not even a middle of the road Tripel.

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Photo of SurferEric
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Very sweet, moderate carbonation. I simply couldn't get past the overwhelming alcoholic taste. Thank god it is an 11.0% or else I don't know if I would have gotten through the entire bottle, luckily its high alcohol content aids its drinkability as you put it away.

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Photo of chinchill
2.76/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From a 12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter.

Cloudy amber color like an unfiltered apple cider. Topped with a small white head that quickly recedes to a thin ring.

Oddly, the sweet aroma has a clear suggestion of apples, and is markedly fruity.

The flavor is way too sweet, with brown sugar, alcohol, caramel malts and spices. Off style and not appealing.

O: Drinkable but not very good, and an insult to Belgian brewers to include "Belgian-style" on the label. I'll now be inclined to avoid this brewery which may be pinning it's fortunes on the resemblance of "Left Coast" to the far superior brewers, Lost Coast and Left Hand.

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Photo of sprale
3/5  rDev -12.5%

The best beers are Belgian, even when they're not. One of the best porters I've had in an ale bottle in ages.

No, seriously. At first sip, I though it had gone bad. I pulled back, read the label to be sure I'd picked up the right bottle, then tried again. About halfway through the bottle, I overcame the cognitive dissonance and started to enjoy the drink, mislabeled as is were.

Yeah, the inmates are running the asylum. Who knows what you'll get...

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Photo of Bebespearls
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

First review as I am a newbie. Grabbed this not knowing it was a Tripel, being objective, not reading past the brewery and name. Expected strong and bitter and upon opening, got a whiff of fruit and I think, oats.

Pleasant to smell, but so far off from the only other Tripel I have tried, I felt it wasn't an honest attempt at the style.

First fruity-grainy sip almost consistent with melted butter, then a wave of alcohol. Potent, but uninteresting for a craft beer.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz Bottle with my FW Snifter glass
Noted on 06/19/2014

A: Dark caramel body with an orangey glow and some decent clarity. Thin layer of wispy paper white froth washes out to a ring hugging the glass wall. Little to no stick only some leggy runners really.

S: Smells of sweet golden malts that give off a husky graininess. I get some ripe yellow pear and apple fruit like esters along with a light dusting of Belgian yeast spices of coriander, clove, and dried banana peel. Alcohol is fairly strong and fusel like. A big beer no doubt.

T: This is a candy sweet malt overload. Cloyingly so with some grainy Pilsner surfacing out of the sweet fruity malts. Again the yeast is understated with subtle coriander, clove, and banana bubblegum. There is an oddly sharp bite of earthy hop bitterness there and a big warming alcohol spice finish. Improving as I make my way through the 22oz but still barely passable. Really not much depth to this.

M: Syrupy thick with medium full body and a lower amount of carbonation. Slight dryness to it and a higher amount of warming alcohol on the finish. Sticky feel overall.

D: A real insulin shocker. Just over the top with the malt sugars and boozy alcohol. Not much else to this. Admittedly so this gets a little better as the thing warms up and the ABV starts to run its course. But I could not possibly recommend this for a Tripel.

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Photo of Radome
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Had it on tap at the Perch in Chandler, AZ on 29 Jun 2014.

A - Deep golden to orange color. Clear. The head is white and forms a thin sheet, along with a thick ring around the glass. Thick lacing.

S - Aroma of sweet, bready malt and alcohol dominate everything. There is a faint vegetal note that reminds me of iced tea out of a restaurant dispenser that hasn't been cleaned properly.

T - Far too sweet. Not much malt in flavors. There are plenty of honey and sugar-like notes. Some fruit from yeast. Cloyingly sweet finish.

M - Full body. Creamy carbonation. Huge, boozy alcohol presence. Hops bitterness is not noticeable.

O - Unbelievably sweet and cloying. I can't believe this is what the brewer intended this beer to taste like. Maybe this batch had unusually poor attenuation? This is not like any tripel I've ever had. Only a hummingbird could enjoy this sugar and booze bomb.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
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 reebtaerG
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10oz pour into a Mad Elf tulip glass at Libations

A-hazy amber color with a thin white head

S-nice aromas of citrus, spice and vanilla

T-taste of the same as the smell with honey and caramel noted can definitely taste the alcohol

M-well balance with good carbonation

O-preety well done tripel, I decided to have another

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Photo of brurevu
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From my tasting notes: This was a great Tripel that kicked everything off with the signature Belgian yeast aroma and substantial off-white head. The Asylum was a big impressive Tripel with hints of sweet candi sugar, malt, and even a bit of vanilla. It was a bit on the sweet side, but I was really enjoying this one and it went down fast and smooth.

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Photo of RandomExile
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: cloudy orange-amber, no appreciable head in a snifter, glass is too small to really show lacing but in a larger glass it would probably be a fine lattice
S: sweet, candy, bread
T: candy, sugar, herbs, malt, the 11% alcohol pokes through with some astringency
M: light, syrupy
O: one really has to be looking for an astringent spiced candy. I found it too sweet, bordering on cloying, and heavy-handed.

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Photo of Noboatfred
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was simply a great beer. The flavor was smooth, and sort of sweet. The sweetness was not over powering. There was a light malt flavor.

The pour left a small head, that did not hold very long. Surprisingly this brew did not allow the strong alcohol level overpower the flavor.

I am new to Triples, and this was a good entry in my book.

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