Whole Hog Raspberry Saison | Stevens Point Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
pointbeer.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cokes on 07-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
76
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.12
pDev:
20.83%
 
 
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2
Gots:
2
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of mothman
1.11/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bottle at the bar poured into a pint shaped glass.

Pours a finger of white bead. Fades down fast. Color is a dark slightly hazed autumn gold. Very dark for a saison.

Aroma/Taste (combining these because I couldn't stomach much of this beer): Raspberry smirnoff/ smirnoff ice malt beverage flavors. Maybe some bacardi razz. Very little saison flavors. A bit of spice and some malt, but this stuff is awful. It is more like drinking a mixed drink than a beer... a terrible mixed drink at that.

Mouthfeel: Boozy and hot. Medium bodied with a fine amount of carbonation. Ends with an aftertaste of taking similar to taking a shot.

Overall, this was one of the worst beers I have ever tasted in my life. I would rather drink a bmc product. This beer was just awful.

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1.5/5  rDev -51.9%

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2/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of iRun2Beer
2.01/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Holland
2.2/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: golden, slightly cloudy, with no head at all

S: vomit mixed with spice and a hint of raspberry...okay, not much vomit, but it's not a great smell. Alcohol and acid and spice sum it up.

T: tastes like an average saison with raspberry flavoring. A bit salty, plus the tastes don't mix too well. Too much alcohol flavor.

M: plenty of carbonation but the body is too thick for a saison, so the carbonation can't shine

O: why would I ever get this? It doesn't even sound good. Just glad I only bought a single 12 ounce.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.28/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed brass color with a thin white head.

S - fruity pebbles cereal.

T - odd fruity taste with a bland alcoholic finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - I could only get halfway through this one before I had enough.

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Photo of mactrail
2.33/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wierd, artificial tasting concoction.

Nice head and appearance. Lots of aroma, just not sure what it is. Beery flavor overwhelmed by an odd unnatural flavor like marischino cherry. Bitter but without any actual hop flavor I can identify. Aftertaste burns with that same bitterness and a strong peculiar taste reminiscent of rose water. To add to the strange experience, my teeth and mouth feel coated with something like glycerine.

Maybe there is a hint of Belgian yeast here, but it's a total mess. Fortunately I can dump the rest of it and open something else to kill the taste.

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Photo of cmwilliq
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of cokes
2.56/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.56/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle purchased on a whim. drank from my duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a glowing golden orange colored body with a small eggshell colored head on top. the head takes it time falling and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice is raspberries. they dont exactly smell fresh, but the dont really smell artificial either. weird. i also get malted wheat and some orangey/citric notes.

T- i get more malted wheat and coriander/clove than anything else. this seems out of place in a saison. the raspberry comes through with decent force, but its weird and medicinal. not really my thing at all.

M- the carbonation level is very high. the weird medicinal is palate coating which causes a lingering aftertaste. ugh.

D- nope. i dont think ill be able to struggle through more than one of these in a very long while. definitely not more than one in a sitting. i guess im going to try to force the remainder of this four pack on my in-laws.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
2.56/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a hazy light gold with a thin white head. Bottle conditioned. Belgian spice in the aroma with banana and some raspberry. Raspberry syrupy flavor. Kind of medicinal like cough syrup. Aroma is better than flavor. More banana, seems like they used a hefe yeast instead of Belgian yeast. I didn't have high expectations from this beer, based on my previous experience with this brewery. I'm glad that I only bought one.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of mynie
2.67/5  rDev -14.4%
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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Photo of Savan
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Duff27
2.78/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.81/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of tapman
2.97/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of thecarster1
3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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Whole Hog Raspberry Saison from Stevens Point Brewery
3.12 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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