Asylum | Left Coast Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by scottoale on 02-04-2009

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Photo of Auraan
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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 paulish
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of firkingroovin
1.85/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of ZacCary
4.49/5  rDev +30.5%
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 Jshrum78
2.37/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Jgolian
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WhiskeeTango
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bluehende
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rw1992
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of CreightonSM
2.79/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of gwiedman1
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Honeybourne
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ksimons
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +24.7%
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 -0.3%
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 jooler
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IckyT2012
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm rating this as a barleywine because that's what it tastes like. far to sweet and thick to be a Belgian.

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Photo of thebooyakid
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skillz
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mmilyko
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dconstandinesouthern
2.72/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit sweet for me

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Photo of pat61
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
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 Epicfail97081
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rick778
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Asylum from Left Coast Brewing Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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