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Beer – #494 – Left Coast – Asylum

Asylum, Notes you never wrote, A Sum and a Summing up.

Drinking great beer brings the world together. “Vrede op aarde”

Left Coast Asylum Belgian-Style Tripel Ale is brewed by Left Coast Brewing Co. in the style that is of an Abbey Tripel  and they are in the exotic sounding San ClementeCalifornia  USA

This is a 650ml bottle (22fl oz) of beer that is 11% ABV, making it  5.63 standard drink units, and around 354 calories a serve, or about 600 for the bottle.

Asylum is in the style of a Belgian Tripel. It has a beautiful golden color. Its relatively light body is deceiving for a beer of its character.

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It has a sweet and spicy, complex fruity aroma and flavor derived from our distinct Belgian yeast strain.

Asylum finishes with a subtle, warming character to help you relax on any night. Asylum is an exceptionally smooth Belgian-style brew.

Drinking great beer brings the world together. “Vrede op aarde” (Peace on earth).

I’m already in a good place, so this should nudge me towards the drunk texting and random acts of kindness… or not.

Fruits and sweetness on the opening.  Pours caramel orange, and without a head, big aroma of what I thought was chewing gum and pepper, bit of a confusion and melange in this.

Less sugary sweet than I would have liked, and this also tends towards sour more then I I would enjoy. But a bunch of warmness in the middle and real decent length that, to me, finishes towards a peppery.

The alcohol takes a high note too, intruding on what should be more balanced. For me then, and I am after all the one who counts, this is a tad lopsided and uneven.

As it warms up it gets harsher in the alcohol astringent, which doesn’t really add to the enjoyment.  An uncomfortable beer then that doesn’t really hit any particular mark or level and becomes a bit wobblier as it warms up.

By now perhaps you get an idea that this is “a swing and a miss”

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing, for all things this isn’t a disaster, but it’s not a roaring success. Of course the charitable would suggest it’s a firm favourite at 11% which means you get to “Care factor low” pretty quickly, which isn’t a good thing, as the alcohol astringent gets harsher, and the dryness in the finish rises.

I’ll end by saying that I didn’t enjoy it, wouldn’t want you spend money on it, and despite its high alcohol level I’ve not finished in my happy place 😦

The double dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? Naaa, not like I should be enjoying a beer, especially a Belgium style which I like to think I like a lot.
  • Would I have another? Of course….. not, this is a shambles.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I don’t even want to finish the rest of the bottle. /sadface

On the Music machine time marches on, but in reverse, and I settled on an oldie .. Wings – at the speed of sound, this is the song “The note you never wrote” from an album of some enjoyment and merit for what it is.

At least I got to sing at my loudest and worst, and the cat sought asylum in another room.


Like other abbey ales, Tripels are strong, yeasty-malty beers. But they are also pale, and have a notable hop profile. Hop bitterness may be higher than a typical abbey ale, up to 35IBUs. But the finish is where the hops really shine, as tripels should finish fairly dry. Otherwise, maltiness is still essential to the style, and the assertive yeast note typical of all abbey ales will be more apparent in tripels, since they do not have the rich dark malts to distract the palate. Alcohol flavours feature more prominently in Tripels that in just about any other style.


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