Thursday, October 26, 2023

October 26th, 2023 - The Abstract Reality of Bourbonade


Greetings headbangers and craft beer freaks!  Your drinking buddy the Meista here rocking the hell out with a pairing of "Abstract Reality", the wonderful EP by Florida speed/thrash metal band Nasty Savage and a bold and unique Bourbonade from Bob Magnale Artisans Brasseurs!  And this pairing goes out to my buddy Stéph Dèls.  Thanks very much for the beer, brother... à votre santé and hails!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Nasty Savage
  • Title: "Abstract Reality" 
  • Recorded: Late 1987 at Morrisound Recording Studio in Tampa, Florida 
  • Release date: January 29th, 1988 (1st official studio EP by Nasty Savage)
  • Record company: Metal Blade Records 
  • Production: Jim Morris 
  • Album cover art: Van Dercar 
  • Personnel: David Austin (guitars), Curtis Beeson (drums), Ben Meyer (guitars), Chris Moorhouse (bass), and Nasty Ronnie (vocals)
  • Musical style: Thrash metal, speed metal with elements of power metal
  • Sound: Combining traditional thrash/speed metal with a more progressive approach, "Abstract Reality" is an EP of complexity and depth.  Austin's writing and playing really stands out on this album.  Some of Nasty Savage's most potent riffing is found on this gem! 
  • Major themes: Reality, evil, deception, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Abstract Reality"
  2. "Unchained Angel"
  3. "Eromantic Vertigo"
  4. "You Snooze, You Lose"

 Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Bob Magnale Artisans Brasseurs (Acton Vale, Québec, Canada)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Bourbonade
  • Style: Lemon and Bourbon Strong Ale
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 6.5% 
  • Ingredients: Stong Ale brewed with lemon, bourbon, barley, wheat, and oats
  • Pour: The Bourbonade pours a very murky caramel-amber hue with a frothy and billowy, half finger, off-white head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving only trace lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, woody, and boozy.  There are aromas of lemon zest, lime, black tea, oak barrels, rich bourbon, and light caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Bourbonade follows the nose with tart citrusy, salty, earthy, oaky, and boozy flavors.  There are notes of lemon juice and zest, lime, light salt, woody oak, bitter black tea, and rich bourbon.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Bourbonade is slightly tart, crisp, yet smooth with a very dry, slightly bitter and boozy finish.

Overall pairing: The Bourbonade from Bob Magnale Artisans Brasseurs is a complex, tart, and very unique brew with lots of oaky bourbon, black tea, and citrus flavor, which makes it a great beer to throw back to the complex intensity of the riffs, vocals, and thunderous rhythm section of the mighty Nasty Savage!  'Nuff said! 

Make sure to check out my interviews with David Austin, Ron Galletti (aka Nasty Ronnie). and Ben Meyer here: 

Cheers and hails!!

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