Whole Hog Raspberry Saison | Stevens Point Brewery

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Whole Hog Raspberry SaisonWhole Hog Raspberry Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cokes on 07-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
76
Avg:
3.12
pDev:
20.83%
 
 
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 76
Photo of jampics2
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
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.    

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Photo of drizzam
3.6/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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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 WJVII
3.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.87/5  rDev +24%
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.

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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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Whole Hog Raspberry Saison from Stevens Point Brewery
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