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Whole Hog Raspberry Saison - Stevens Point Brewery

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75
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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 07-28-2010)
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
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3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7.2% ABV, 13925F on the neck.

A - A shallow haze forms over the goldenrod beer which is briefly topped with an effervescent white head. Fingers of lace reach up the glass but curl back to the ring of roam that's left on the top of the beer.

S - Stevens Point Whole Hog Raspberry Saison opens with a nice nose of bright yeast esters; spice abounds with layers of clay, white pepper, lemongrass, and bitter orange peel. Malt sweetness is aplenty, though vaguely reminiscent of malt extract, with sweet pilsner, caramel, and pale graininess creating a backbone. It's odd that through the rest of the nose, raspberry seems subdued, almost forgotten about with light tart fruit notes blowing a kiss on the finish.

T - Abundant sweetness washes over the tongue casting aside much of the aroma's nuances for a simple, up front malt character. Pilsner malt and caramel mix with what seems like plenty of Belgian blonde candi sugar. Light spice follows with, again, a kiss of sweet raspberry flavor on the back end.

M - Medium-full bodied, this saison has light carbonation for the style which doesn't help the fact it's already a beefy-feeling beer. Sweetness is big but not quite cloying and mildly balanced by dry spice and tart fruit notes for a moderately drinkable saison for the heft it hides.

O - The aroma of Stevens Point Whole Hog Raspberry Saison offers a nice look into the depth of character a saison can have but missed the mark regarding the aroma's transition to flavor which is heavily malty and sweet. To even things out, this beer could use a little more fresh raspberry and hop balance though lowering the malt bill to allow more yeast to shine through might be the acceptable approach. Flavorful nonetheless.

BeerFMAndy, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +32.4%

marvin213, Jul 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Golden32, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Undated 12 oz bottle poured into a Belgian snifter 7.2% ABV.

Pours slightly hazy, orange-amber with a hint of pink. It is briefly topped with a bone-colored; this soons dies away but some lacing still occurs. A coat of sediment is left on the bottom of the bottle.

This raspberry saison has a relatively refreshing, complex and fruity nose. There are notes of orange peel, pepper, raspberries and other red berries, caramel, and hops.

T: The taste starts quite sweet but this is partly balanced by some tartness and hop bitterness. Raspberries are evident in the flavor too, but this is also more yeasty and herbal than the aroma. Lightly spicy and moderately fruity.

M: Medium-light bodied, this saison has a bit too much astringent harshness.

O: moderately sweet, barely funky and quite fruity, this is a very drinkable and refreshing saison, but one that would probably not fair well with larger quantities than a single bottle or pint.

chinchill, Jul 31, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

cmwilliq, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of cokes
2.55/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Muddled mustard colored with a thick skim of white lace. There's not much to retain, but lacing is solid.
The aroma is doughy and sweet. And raspberries come out from the get-go. It smells nearly exactly like a doughnut filled with raspberry jam. A bunch of dough, some jellied fruit, all glazed with sugar. Yeah, it smells good in that sense, but nothing here indicates Saison, except for late clove and BubbleYum nuances (and those say Hefeweizen moreso than Saison).
That big white elephant/raspberry doughnut tromps through the mouth. It starts things off, and it's there on the finish. Luckily, it's not a horrendous flavor, even if it's far from my first choice in a beer. In between, there's a moment where the raspberry gets slightly tart and seedy, and vague notions of clover, cloves, bubblegum (a Point specialty) and honey. A touch of vastly overmatched, weedy hopping shows up late, to little avail, but any bit of balance and counter-weight is appreciated.
Medium-full bodied. Obese and sweet in the mouth. Though subtle, there are just enough tart/dry aspects to keep it from fully cloying. But it's very, very close to that threshold.
I was somewhat torn between listing this as a Saison or as a Fruit Beer. It's a fail as the former, and an almost-pass as the latter. The label says Saison, even if my tongue doesn't agree. I've listed it as such.

Come here only when the mood for liquid 8-hour old gas-station rasperry doughnuts hits. Look elsewhere for your Saison needs.

Update: After having another, these scores are generous. I've got one more, and I hope it goes away on its own.

cokes, Jul 28, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

dvmin98, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, glowing orange in the tulip glass. An ample cushion of creamy foam, it fades to a more compact level fairly quickly. Soapy foam leaves residual arcs of lace inside the glass. Halfway through, the head breaks apart into tiny bits.

First whiff throws off some banana, pear, and faint berry. Almost more Hefeweizen than Saison, but that's beside the point. It smells good.

The body is creamy and smooth, maybe a bit too slick, but soft like a Hefe too. The creaminess is the first thing I notice, then maltiness in the middle with an indistinct berry flavor to it. The fruit element comes off a bit syrupy, which is a little off putting. It has a vague tartness and an odd herbal/bubblegum aftertaste at times that leaves me shaking my head.

The taste needs tweaking, it's a little jarring as it is. The smooth body was an asset that helped the drinkability, but ultimately flavor is what we're after here.

emerge077, Aug 31, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jaydoc, Jan 25, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured an orangish-yellow with a fingerling of head, not strong lacing, decent carbonation

S-Smells sweet and malty, touch of rasperries, lemongrass, and pepper

T/M Clean crisp raspberry with citrus notes and then a touch of pepper in the finish, Balanced and smooth. A touch sticky, perhaps, but a good fruit beer

Overall- I had this beer before and was perplexed by the negative reviews. I had to try it again to see if my initial impressions were wrong. Nope. I feel some people judged it too harshly because it is not a "true" saison, but many of those people missed the point of this beer. It is a great FRUIT beer, sessionable, and exceptionally crafted.

bismarksays, Aug 17, 2011
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CWhite, Aug 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +9%

GratefulEdd, Apr 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-tap at Watershed.

A- Pours a light orange with a pink hue and two finger head that leaves no lacing.

S- Subtle belgian funk, clove, banana, raspberry, floral hops and biscuity malt

T- Belgian funk, clove, banana, raspberry, floral notes and some biscuity malt at the end. Fairly sweet for a saison.

M- High carbonation and medium body. The carbonation reminded me of seltzer water, way too much and which had a sharp mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

O- I like the idea of the Raspberry Saison, however, I thought this wasn't executed that well. Pretty sweet and the carbonation was just way too high to make it very drinkable.

iadler, Oct 07, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a transparent light orange toned gold with a small white cap. Small co2 bubbles slowly rise to the top. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of raspberry, cream, vanilla, grain, and clover honey.
Taste is of the aromas with a sweet, flavorful punch that lends itself to earthy, goaty, mushroom flavors atop a sweet raspberry custard.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, chewy, and semi-dry. This one actually grew on me as I drank it. I wasn't expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised with how different it was. I wouldn't call this a "saison" per se but it is a tasty brew.

weeare138, Apr 06, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

yankinwis, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of gatornation
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy golden yellow color with a nice collar and white ring..smell is raspberry and yeast with some clove and fruit like apples and pears..taste is fruit first apples and raspberry some yeast ,coriander, then some malt..raspberry are oh so subtle in this one it grows on you..mouth feel is light and fruity somewhat crisp fruit and malt continue ..this one is getting more drinkable as it warms..not a bad offering in a saison but you will have to like raspberry and other fruits..i liked it

gatornation, Aug 22, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ssimpson89, Mar 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

SadMachine, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

atone315, May 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +32.4%

core42, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
2.63/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1376th Review on BA
Bottle to Ithaca Tulip
12oz

No bottle date
Purchased from Total Wine, Las Vegas for 1.79

App- When this pours out its like a mix of honey and apple juice. Its a weird looking orange and yellows. A small 1/4" head forms thats was off white with no cling.

Smell- You get a bunch of the raspberry but smells too artificial. Has a small amount of the saison notes of wheat and spice but just off to me.

Taste- Its a saison with artificial raspberry. Wasnt the best, wasnt the worst. Had some nice flavors, a little thick and sweet but okay.

Mouth- A medium body with a thicker medium carbonation. Sweet raspberry artificial flavors.

Drink- It was less than 2. Just wont have it again.

FosterJM, Jul 06, 2012
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3.76/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden-red, cloudy. A thin head that dissipates quickly. Very inviting looking.

Smell: Berries, a little bit of the danky smell I'm starting to associate with saisons. Definitely sweet smelling, maybe a little caramel. Vaguely leafy and flowery. After I've drunk a little I swear I'm picking up on smokiness, too.

Taste: Ooh, this is interesting. Sweet, followed by a little muted...maybe some dankiness, then more sweet (but a different sweet, tending almost towards sickly-sweet, but not too far), and an almost smoky taste as it goes down. I'm not getting a ton of the raspberry, but I think it's just enough. I'm not usually a fan of saisons, so I'll credit the little raspberry with balancing it in a way I really like. A little watery at some points, but I'm not sure that detracts from it, in my taste. Other parts of the taste are intense enough that it's a little bit of a nice break. I don't think this is a new favorite, but I definitely find this to be an interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: A little bit of carbonation up front and then less, then more building as it sits. Light, a little watery, but not too much.

Overall: I like it. I don't love it, but it's pretty good. I don't think I'd order it out with friends, but it's nice to sit and enjoy.

mporter249, Jun 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9%

candcholt, Jun 09, 2013
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3.01/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown-yellow color and a dirty, cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: The raspberry is evident in the aroma, but not much else. A little bit of the saison funk, but not much.

T: Tasted of malt, the advertised raspberries, some yeast, and a little but of the aforementioned saison funk. There's simply not that much going on here. It's a thin brew that lets the fruit dominate its flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Kind of a weak effort here. It seems more like a failed experiment than anything else.

avalon07, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9%

RobinLee, Jul 28, 2013
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Whole Hog Raspberry Saison from Stevens Point Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.