I don't drink a lot of sours so I really have to be in the mood for one and this limited edition raspberry and coffee mash from 71 Brewing caught my eye in one of Lidl's beer festivals. Conditioned on Scottish raspberries and freshly ground Burundian 'Red Bourbon' coffee beans, it sounded so weird that I just had to try it.
It's a beautiful ruby red jewel colour but it's completely headless so it looks like a glass of raspberry pop. It did produce a bit of foam at first but it disappeared mid-pour and, as it is unfiltered and unpasteurised, there is the possibility of a bit of sediment so it needs a careful pour.
There is no mistaking the aroma of fresh and juicy raspberries but it has a slight sour whiff that made me think of raspberry wine. The hit of raspberries in the first sip is lovely; it's a fruity, tarty and sour flavour which is followed by a hint of coffee. It's a very small hint though and I'm not sure I would have noticed it if I wasn't looking for it. Although it looks quite flat, it's surprisingly well carbonated with a thin and watery body.
It's definitely a sour, so I have to give 71 Brewing credit for producing what it says on the can. I just would have liked a bit more flavour as the raspberries take over but, because it's quite watery in body, it tastes quite weak after a few sips. I'm glad I tried it but Ale not Be Seeing You again.
Brewed by 71 Brewing, Dundee
My Untappd score: 3.25/5