Saturday, May 4, 2013

May 4th, 2013 - Blessed Are The Sick Monks

Good evening metal heads and booze hounds!  The Meista here with another pairing for you... tonight I'm going with death metal gods, Morbid Angel and their 1991 masterpiece, "Blessed Are The Sick" and a Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort.  (This pairing was actually completed and written several weeks back, but I forgot to post it!  Oops!)

With a nod to classical, symphonic compositions, Morbid Angel's sophomore "Blessed Are The Sick" is an overall slower and "doomier" album than their first outing, however it is still very much an aggressive, unapologetic death metal album and contains some insanely fast riffs and brutal lyrics from band leader and guitarist Trey Azagthoth.  Complex compositions and a technically furious delivery categorize much of Morbid Angel's songs.  Tracks like "Fall From Grace," "Doomsday Celebration," "Blessed Are The Sick/Leading The Rats," "Unholy Blasphemies," and "Abominations" are poignant, monstrously aggressive, and demand your attention.   Pete Sandoval's machine-gun drumming is unreal and David Vincent's bass work and lead vocals are in perfect syncopation to Azagtoth's and Richard Brunelle's fierce guitars.   This is a must, must, must for any true death metal fan... a masterful and intriguing tour de force.. a true game-changer!

A powerful album deserves a powerful ale!  And why not pairing a little "devil" music with some Trappist monks?  :)  Brasserie de Rochefort's Trappistes Rochefort 10 is a powerfully delicious, perfectly balanced, and a completely engaging Belgian Trappist Ale. This may very well be my favorite Trappist ale.  It pours a Tootsie Roll, opaque brown with a creamy, mocha head.  The nose is sweet and spicy with an abundance of dark fruit esters: fig, date, prune, and raisin along with cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and a hint of vanilla.  Like the nose, the flavor is rich and complex.  Notes of dark fruits, toasted toffee, spice, vanilla, bourbon or rum, and cocoa.  Medium-bodied, the Rochefort 10 is incredibly smooth and somewhat syrupy on the tongue.  Coming in at 11.3% ABV, this is a big boy with some bite (which is perfect for the aggression of "Blessed Are The Sick"!), but the sweetness masks the booziness perfectly.  Such a wonderfully flavorful, complex, and multi-layered ale... great for an evening of head-banging and fist raising!!

Raise those glasses and devil horns high my brethren!!  Hails... cheers!!

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