Thursday, March 30, 2017

March 30th, 2017 - Instinctus Bestialis Gruit

Good afternoon and hails!  The Meista here today pairing "Instinctus Bestialis" by Norwegian black metal legends Gorgoroth and a Gruit Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale Brewed with Herbs from Proper Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Gorgoroth
  • Title: "Instinctus Bestialis"
  • Recorded: September through December 2013 at Monolith Studio
  • Release date: June 8th, 2015 (9th studio album by Gorgoroth)
  • Record company: Soulseller Records
  • Production: Infernus and Asklund
  • Album cover art: Jan Glans
  • Personnel: Asklund (drums), Atterigner (vocals), Bøddel (bass), and Infernus (guitars)
  • Guest musicians: Chris Cannella (lead guitar on track 5), Henrik "Typhos" Ekeroth (lead guitar on track 6), and Fábio Zperandio (lead guitar on track 5)
  • Musical style: Black metal
  • Sound: Primal, aggressive, and very complex, the sound on "Instinctus Bestialis" is both insanely powerful as well as mesmerizing!
  • Major themes: The occult, evil, Satanism, death, darkness, revenge, anti-religion, etc.
  • Notes: Sadly, bassist Bøddel (Frank Watkins) died from cancer on October 18, 2015.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Radix Malorum"
  2. "Dionysian Rite"
  3. "Ad Omnipotens Aeterne Diabolus"
  4. "Come Night"
  5. "Burn In His Light"
  6. "Rage"
  7. "Kala Brahman"
  8. "Awakening"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Proper Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Gruit Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale Brewed with Herbs
  • Style: Gruit / Abbey Ale
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • Ingredients: Yarrow, sweet gale, and Labrador tea
  • Pour: It pours a very cloudy (almost opaque) dark amber with a very thin beige head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring and sparse lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is herbal, floral, and sweet.  There are aromas of bitter and sweet roots, black tea, mountain flowers, and honey.
  • Taste: The taste is bitter and herbal with sweet and boozy notes lingering as well.  There are notes of licorice, herbal tea, sweet honey, and homemade booze.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with low carbonation the mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat thick, and somewhat bitter with a slightly dry, sweet, and boozy finish.
Overall pairing: The old-world charm and paganistic flavors and aromas the Gruit from Proper Brewing evokes is perfect for the Norwegian black metal brilliance of Gorgoroth's heavy-hitting and infernal "Instinctus Bestialis"!!

Skål!!  HAILS!!

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