Saints & Sinners is a limited release from the Big Boss “Strange Cargo” series. As to be expected from a limited release, this brew has a few unique quirks that make it exciting. Sours are inherently funky, but this one in particular was brewed with corn grits from Yates Mill and matured in oak barrels. So with that I say, “Bring on the funk!”
This sour pours a transparent amber with a thin, lacy head that shines like a halo of foamy goodness. The aroma is an intense grape sourness with a mild, bready sweetness. There’s also an undertone of funk that you would associate with some kind of mold or fungus. Now… I know that you’re throwing on the brakes as soon as you see the term “mold” used to describe something that is intended for your consumption, but bear with me here!
The flavor is dominated by a sour grape tartness with aspects of unripe melon. This is followed by an ever so slight hint of oak that leads into an astringent finish. The body is extremely light as it was brewed with corn grits. This makes an excellent canvas for all the funk! If not for the amber ale appearance, this could pass for a nice white wine.
Saints & Sinners is a highly enjoyable sour ale that will stretch the limits of what you consider to be beer. Much like a fine wine, this beer would be an excellent accompaniment to a spread of pungent cheeses and charcuterie. For those of us balling on a budget, string cheese and beef jerky would work fine too.
If you can find this, buy it.
- Appearance: Clear Amber, Lacy Head
- Aroma: Sour Grapes, Bready Sweetness, Funky Mold/Fungus
- Flavor: Sour/Tart Grapes, Unripe Melon, Light Oak, Astringent Finish
- Mouthfeel: Light Body, Moderate Carbonation
- ABV: 5%
- Score: 87