Hello my metal and craft brew friends! Today I'm pairing "Resurrection" by one of my favorite New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) bands, Angel Witch and a Witches' Brew Golden Ale from Van Steenberge Brewery!
I actually paired this lovely brew a couple of years ago with Angel Witch's debut album, but I haven't been able to find it since.... so I'm reposting both the photo and the original write up of the Van Steenberge Brewery's Witches' Brew Golden Ale... enjoy! This brew "will put a spell on you" as the bottle states. Bottle conditioned, this blond triple has a lovely hoppiness perfectly balanced with an ester sweetness. But don't be fooled by the refreshing, bubbly sweetness of this ale. This is indeed worthy of a witches' coven coming in at 9.3% ABV. If you are not careful, the Witches' Brew Golden Ale of the black arts will sneak up on you! It pours a nice copper-amber with a frothy, thick, 2-finger head with sustained lacing. The flavor is full of tart sour apple notes, sweet malt, and a trace of banana along with slight bitterness from the hops. The Witches' Brew is medium bodied with strong carbonation and bit of a boozy, yet subtle bite. The Witches' Brew really pops with flavor, which makes for a very fitting pairing with the foot-stomping, fist-pumping good time of Angel Witch!
"Resurrection" is a somewhat rare compilation album by NWOBHM band Angel Witch. "Resurrection" was released and re-released (resurrected) several times. I've include the 3 different album cover versions in this pairing that I'm aware of currently. With leanings towards proto-thrash/speed metal and heavy influence from '70s English hard rock bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin, Angel Witch's sound is fast-paced, wonderfully unique, rough around the edges, and very melodic. Here's the amazing full track list:
Time to Die
Silent But Deadly
Twist of the Knife
Scrape the Well
Cheers and hails!!