Whole Hog Raspberry Saison - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 19.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: cokes on 07-28-2010

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 33
Photo of bismarksays
4.12/5  rDev +28%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a side note I gave my girlfriend some of the Bell's Cherry Stout from #8 and she loved it.

Powering onto Blind Beer #9. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter.

a - Pours a murky orange-yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of candy, sweet fruit, bananas, floral hops, spices, fruity malts, earthy notes. Smells pretty good, though no real idea what this one is. Reminds me of maybe a very sweet tripel?

t - Tastes of sweet fruit, fruity malts, floral hops and earthy amlts, yeast, spices, bananas, and light alcohol. Again, very nice but itneresting; still not sure what it is.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink.

o - Overall not really sure what this one is. Reminds me of a sweet tripel maybe? Either way I enjoyed this one and it is definitely the most interesting beer I've had in this BIF so far.

And the beer is...Whole Hog Raspberry Saison. I was way off on this one, though after the fact I can see some light raspberry juice and saison like notes. Looks like I liked this one more than most people, and my girlfriend enjoyed it too. Thanks for another interesting beer Kyle!

Photo of cdkrenz
3.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Slight haze in a golden orange body having a rather significant amount of rapidly rising bubbles. The head is off-white and started at about two inches. It has since retreated to a quarter inch where is seems to plateau.

S - Orange, tangerine, slight malt and a hint of wheat field.

T - In the beginning there's a nice balance between the fruit flavor and the malt. As the flavors transition the raspberry taste takes control. However, it doesn't overwhelm at any point. This is a nice, light flavored fruit brew that has a great taste for summer, (and autumn) sampling.

M - Coarse and abrasive for the majority of each pull. Once down, a thick layer of brew seems to be left coating the interior of my mouth.

~ I like this beer. It is nice to see a beer brewed with fruit that isn't overwhelmingly fruity. Especially one I can drink out at a backyard BBQ, or while hanging out at the sandbar while drifting on the boat. I definitely recommend this beer as a strong fruit beer, as far as a saison, not as much.

Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of schoolboy
3.82/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this more as a fruit beer than a saison. I am just a luke warm fan of Stevens Point, but this one is pretty OK.

It has the usual saison grassy flavor with a bit more regular hops and all of it tempered by a nice fruit flavor. The aroma is a nice fresh blend of things including the fruit.

The aftertaste has a solid booze going on, but again, with fruit under it. I won't go looking for this, but it was an interesting taste.

Photo of mporter249
3.78/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of drizzam
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy light orange in color topped with a half finger off white head. The head recedes quickly and leaves only minimal lacing.

S - The aroma is kind of a sweet smell, I guess it could be characterized as an artificial raspberry smell. This is followed by yeast and a peppery spice aroma.

T & M - The raspberry is certainly more prevalent in the taste than it is in the nose, and it is followed up by that peppery spice toward the end. This is all balanced out by an understated maltiness. Cluster and Willamette hops? Not finding them here...they must have been used in moderation. Thin bodied with moderate carbonation. The carbonation gives it a coarse mouthfeel. The 7.2% ABV is actually very well masked.

D - This is easy to drink, but I'm not seeing this as a Saison...more of a fruit beer I think. A good brew for a hot day in the Summer sun, but I would probably buy something else to fill my cooler. Worth a try.

Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Chaney
3.44/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle sent to me by BeerFMAndy. Thanks Andy!

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Poured a very, very saturated cloudy orange color with only a wisp of a head to speak of. Looks like a saison.

S: Pretty gnarly actually. The raspberry component seemed fake and the Belgian yeast strain dominated just about everything.

T: Much better than the nose. I got raspberry juice in there through and through and the Belgiany quality was more on the backburner than I thought it was going to be. Good.

M: This one would have benefited greatly from an over-the-top, kick-ass carbonation component. Those bubbles would have cut through the saturated sweet component and then some.

O: I'm a huge saison fan. I this one deserves a bit more credit than it's getting on here, but not by much.

Photo of gatornation
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Seru1
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- Very light Amber in color, a weak thin white head.

Smell- Strong Raspberry and cream aroma's with sort of green scents around the edges.

Taste- Big Sour Flavor, the raspberry note is very light and almost not there. Belgian Yeast flavor dominates with bits of honey.

Mouthfeel- The flavor really nice and big it fills out and really gives a lingering finish.

Drinkability- Nice beer but so very sour I really couldn't have more than one.

Photo of jampics2
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a snifter. 

This beer doesn' really look like a saison, let alone a beer with raspberries.  It's orange with just a touch of red and relatively clear. A small ring of head is all that remains after just a few moments. Film covers the beer. No lace is left behind. For a fruit beer it may be ok but a saison should have more head and cloudiness.   

The beer smells of raspberry and cider, with some yeast - but mostly fruit and booze. Cherry as well.  The raspberry isn't very prominent or pleasant, but the beer is decent smelling overall. But the elements of a saison - yeast, herbs, spices - are mostly missing.

The primary components of the taste are a sweet raspberry and booze. Raspberry is OK, it reminds me of Abita Purple Haze but kicked up a notch.  There is a bit of sweetness in the  finish. Touch of herbal hops, and maybe a bit of spice and yeast, but it's pretty off the mark for a saison.  

A crisp, medium body is a bit too carbonated. The beer's finish is raspberry and booze.   It's kinda artificial and misses its self proclaimed category almost entirely, but the beer is relatively pleasant.  I wouldn't seek this one out, but would try it one more time if I'm ever in Wisconsin.    

Photo of WJVII
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an elongated pilsner glass this brew is a dirty orange color with an off white head that settles to nothing leaving a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is faint of some sweet fruits, plum, apple, and a little spice. The taste is a nice balance of malts and a little fruit, not so much tart raspberry, but a little sweeter cherry and a nice caramel touch. Some banana is noticeable in the after taste as well as some yeast. The body is a little grimy and leaves a coating in my mouth. All in all worth a try but not sure for the price I would do a six-pack.

Photo of barczar
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy copper with pink highlights and a frothy cream head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving sticky lacing.

Sweet bubblegum and raspberry form the initial aroma. Floral notes and a hint of yeast funk emerge.

Flavor reveals more depth of raspberry, slightly sweet, but becoming dry, somewhat medicinal, and a touch peppery at the finish. Malt sweetness is somewhat overwhelming.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation, and significant alcohol warmth.

A bit too sweet and underattenuated, and the medicinal character is offputting. Good initial raspberry flavor, but a little hot, as well. Not a fan of the bubblegum.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From tasting notes... Poured from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter.

A) Light amber, fairly bright. There was not much head, and what was there settled to a collar. No lacing.

S) The malt sweetness was like butterscotch. There was a little spice, and of course some raspberry aroma. There was not much hop presence in the aroma.

T) A bit of yeast, malt sweetness. Raspberry and light spices. A little alcohol, but I found it to be fairly well hidden. Okay balance of flavors.

M) A medium/light bodied brew, that to me, really lacked an enjoyable mouthfeel. This felt flat, which was unexpected. Not sure of the bottling date. It went down alright.

O) This was a pretty average beer. I didn't find it near repulsive, but I can't imagine a scenario where I'll be drinking it again.

Photo of Suds
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden color with a little haze and a white head, the beer is pretty average looking. Lots of raspberry aroma, along with some pale malt and flowery sweetness. The taste is intensely sweet...too sweet, actually. There is a bit of bitterness, and a touch of citric crispness. Earthy and a little bitter in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel. I wouldn't call this a saison, but the beer is a reasonably drinkable.

Photo of avalon07
3.04/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of iadler
3.02/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of thecarster1
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a snifter, half inch head fades quickly to a wispy layer and ring around the glass, hazy honey color.

s- tart raspberry, peppery, saison nose, slight lemon, some grain.

t- raspberry is here for sure, slight tartness, all the usual saison flavors are here, the raspberry was so intense in the beginning but fades on the backend, a bit of sweet alcohol.

m- smooth, slight prickle.

d- okay, this is just an average one though, i had higher hopes but this fades and isn't as flavorful as i would have liked.

Photo of tapman
2.97/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slightly cloudy peach colored body with a smaller than average head for the style.

Aromas of bubblegum and juicy fruit gum, some subdued herbal hops, banana, some sweet maltose that is just less than biscuity. Strangely not really any raspberry. Smells pretty good, though.

Ugh, cough syrup raspberry flavor dominates the brew. A little hop spicy/bitter characteristics and some softness from some yeast being left in the brew, but the 'refreshing tartness' is more of a medicinal bitterness and the touch of raspberry just tastes super fake.

Very crisp and spicy. Goes well with the style. Perhaps a little too crisp.

This would be a good beer if not for the raspberry flavoring, or maybe it wouldn't and that is why they added it. Looks, smells, feels good, but tastes like Robitusin.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.81/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful cloudy bright orange yellow with a thick off white 2 finger head. Smells of raspberries and Belgium yeast. Aroma is lighter than I expected. First sip is super sweet to the point of being too sweet. As it warms some tartness appears but still too sweet for my taste. There’s candy notes and a banana flavor here too, but it is old banana. Each sip I keep thinking too damn sweet. Not enough yeast to think this will get more tart, sour, or better over time. Disappointed. Best part about this beer is the cool green cap featuring a black and pink pig.

Photo of Duff27
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Inch white head on top of a mid to darker golden saison. Nice lacing and decent head retention.

S- Fruity although I can't pick out raspberries specifically.

T- Overly sweet with raspberries. Some spices. A little booze.

M- Not a lot of carbonation, kind of syrupy actually.

D/O- Pretty one dimensional in the taste. I feel if it would have been carbonated more it would have helped a lot. This would be a good one to split...the second half of my tulip was hard to drink.

Photo of mynie
2.67/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tepid pour. Maybe I shouldn't have tried to put it in a pint glass, but I don't think it'd look any better in a chalice. Dull orange yellow, no head.

Smells like a decent saison, though maybe unbalanced and a little weak. White pepper, weeds, and a tiny bit of alcohol burn.

Tastes not *bad*, really, but it's a mess. Like a medium strength saison up front, with big nodes of pepper with a tiny bit of medicinal offness. This is followed up by astringent alcohol and a little hint of raspberries. Meh.

I'm thinking this is aged, and age ain't treated it all that well. The folks at Point are usually pretty competent, though, so I'll try this again if I ever see it fresh.

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Whole Hog Raspberry Saison from Stevens Point Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.