Saturday, February 15, 2014

February 15th, 2014 - White Ale For A Whitesnake

One more for ya my hard-rockin' metal brethren!  The Meista here pairing a Wasatch White Label Belgian-Style White Ale (a Witbier) from the Utah Brewers Cooperative (Wasatch and Squatters) with Whitesnake's 1987 self-title album, "Whitesnake"!  And this one is for the ladies!  ;) 

The Wasatch White Label Belgian-Style White Ale from the Utah Brewers Cooperative is a 6% ABV Witbier.  Witbiers (literally "white beer") are very pale and very cloudy Belgian-style wheat ales.  They are always spiced, usually with coriander, orange peel/zest, clove, and nutmeg.  The Wasatch White Label follows this formula.  It pours a very candied fruit yellow in a frosted glass with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly leaving only trace lacing.  The nose is a nice blend of Belgian yeast, wheat, and spices.  There are notes of coriander, baked French bread, and lemon zest.  There is a very prevalent creaminess to the mouthfeel, but it is still rather light in body.  The flavor is a nice blend of fruit ester and rich yeast.  There are notes of pear syrup, white grape, orange juice, clove, and nutmeg... and maybe a hint of white pepper.  The finish is clean, crisp, and somewhat dry like a chardonnay.  And those spices linger and dance on the tongue for a good long time.

"Whitesnake" is the eponymous 7th studio album by the blues-based, English hard rock group Whitesnake and was released in 1987.  By far the most commercially successful album by the band (partly due to their provocative music videos) and one of the biggest albums of the '80s, "Whitesnake" was a much heavier album than previous releases and more akin to the heavy metal of the day.  This was in part to the collaborative song writing between frontman and vocalist David Coverdale with lead guitarist John Sykes (of Tygers of Pan Tang and Thin Lizzy fame), who had a more aggressive approach to writing.  The rest of the very talented band was made up by Neil Murray on bass, the prolific Aynsley Dunbar on drums (who beat out 60 other drummers for the gig), and Adrian Vandenberg (guitar solo on "Here I Go Again).  Don Airey and Bill Cuomo also were credited as guest musician keyboardists.  (In a strange turn of events, Coverdale would fire and replace the entire band apart from Vandenberg prior to the release of the album... a huge mistake in my opinion!)  Anyway, the wonderful track list is a heavy metal hits dream: "Crying In The Rain", "Still Of The Night", "Here I Go Again", "Is This Love" "Give Me All Your Love" etc. The album included 2 songs re-recorded from the 1982 album "Saints And Sinners" ("Crying In The Rain" and "Here I Go Again").  Interesting enough, Coverdale and Sykes originally wrote the very successful hit track "Is This Love" for Tina Turner.  The musicianship, production, and delivery on this album is top-notch.  Sykes vibrato and Coverdale's vocal range are worth their weight in gold... and gold albums!!  "Crying In The Rain" still slays me with every listen now almost 30 years later!

Cheers... Op uw gezondheid!!  Raise those beer steins!!

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