Asylum (Left Coast Brewing)
Purchased at Taylor’s Market ($6.99/22 oz. bottle) and poured into goblet glasses.
Asylum is an especially high-alcohol Belgian tripel from San Clemente-based Left Coast Brewing, and it pours a pale gold with an immense, frothy white head and extremely agitated bubbles similar to champagne (it took 10-15 minutes for the head to dissipate). There are lovely tropical fruits on the nose (especially pineapple, coconut shavings, and guava), but it’s the muscular grains that dominate the first swallow, alongside juicy pineapple, coconut, and a unique pepper spice flavor. Hard alcohol comes in on the finish, along with chewy hops and a dry, cracker-like texture. This brew offers some really nice complexity and a few unexpected twists and turns.