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Founders Sweet Repute | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
One-hundred percent barrel aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels and bourbon barrels over the course of sixteen months, then blended using carefully calculated ratios for the ultimate final product.

Added by JohnnieNepal on 11-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
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4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9.4 oz or 750ml bottle has a label that reminds me of the last Backstage release. A beautiful cartoon woman with long red hair gracefully blowing in the wind. A pretty decent label. Nothing special. Just usual founders style. Now to what's inside.. Poured into a large stemmed tulip. A bit of a more pronounced tulip shape than I'm used to. Still beautiful though.

A - wow.. Very slow moving head on the pour. I actually didn't think it would get the mass it did. A shade of new ivory white in color and very thick and creamy leaving nice lace. Dark golden colored body is just as Founders claims it to be. "A bright warm russet"

S - lots of bourbon goodness up front. Vanilla and sweet toasted coconut to start followed quickly by a soft caramel and buttery sweet maple syrup. The faintest of orangey fruit in the back end of the nose, but this is a bourbon flavored gem. A hint of oak in the background.The fairest of wheat in the background and the butterscotch increases as this one warms.

T - very sweet flavors all over. Some may even think this is too sweet. Not me. I love the bourbon notes moving to every inch of the palate. Bourbon notes at their finest. Butterscotch candy, vanilla and caramel with lighter notes of toasted coconut, sugar, and a shot of maple syrup. Burnt oak quickly follows and the alcohol character is present in the flavor. The finish does display some wheat/grain notes before dipping back into the sweet butterscotch, vanilla and maple syrup notes.

M - full bodied and creamy. Thick and massive mouthfeel. Smooth and top notch texture. Alcohol is noticed and can pack a punch. Overall a lovely mouthfeel fit for a king. I mean we aren't drinking Sweet Repute as a session ale are we? No, it gives us exactly what we want.

O - Sweet Repute is a lovely offering. It's just damn good. I can't remember the last time I was this blown away by a new beer I've never had. Founders do things with Barrel aged beers most others only dream of and Sweet Repute falls right in with the family of Founders barrel aged ales. It's a tragic shame its so limited and a 1 time thing. This may be my all time favorite ale I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. It's just so sweet and bourbon like! Stunning example and take on a wheatwine. A real heartache at the thought its just a 1 time release.

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4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a honey tinged golden with a thinner white head atop,maple really stands out in the nose along with mild toasted oak and like others have noted a bit of butterscotch,quite warming.Maple,vanilla and toast flavors at the onset with some brown sugar and sweet alcohol lingering in the finish,at no point does it become cloying.A big sipper but packed with flavor,you can tell all the time and effort that was put into this.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark amber beer with light copper hue, good clarity and a few small floating particles. The head is thin but long lasting made of creamy, compact off-white bubbles.

S: Lots of alcohol with strong oak aromas bringing mostly cinnamon with some of that green oak character. There is some clear bourbon notes a touch of cherries with a medium wheat and malt sweetness.

T: There is a medium-strong malt sweetness with some wheat flavors and a moderately-light caramel character. There is a medium hops bitterness that gives a balance that is still fairly sweet. Some fresh stone fruit flavors blend in but its the oak and bourbon flavors that take center stage in this flavor profile. Much like the nose the oak imparts flavors of cinnamon, oak with a hint of vanilla all blended with flavors from the bourbon like banana and caramel along with a slight booziness. The finish is long and sweet with the maple becoming much clear in the aftertaste.

M: A creamy, medium-full bodied beer with medium level of carbonation. There is a medium amount of alcohol warmth but not solventy.

O: A very warming, after dinner dessert sort of a beer that has a lot of oak and bourbon flavors on top of a wheat focused barleywine base.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of barhoc11
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Murky and hazy, nothing special about its appearance but this was my first wheatwine

S: Smells pretty sweet and oaked

T: Very sweet taste at first, this is something I could see being good with a dessert

M: Very good mouthfeel, coats your tongue without being too hot

O: This is a great beer but not something I would craze. I can see how some may love this due to it being sweeter than your typical barleywine or imperial stout

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of henryclay_
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mikejonze
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of sculls65
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet and boozy with the barrels adding maple, vanilla, bourbon and coconut, making it one to enjoy over the course of an evening. Wish I had more.

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Orangish with decent white head and light lacing.

Smell: Oak, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, caramel and maple syrup.

Taste: Very Bourbon forward, with oak, vanilla, coconut, maple syrup and booze. Some light caramel and toffee, like a Barleywine, but not as forceful. While the beer is certainly sweet, the finish is more biting, with oak, vanilla and burnt syrup.

Feel: Silky smooth fairly and creamy. Not as thick as I expected. Dries up a little on the finish, making this much easier to sip than expected.

Overall: Nice to have another great Backstage beer from Founders, after some relatively weak ones over the course of the last year and a half. Not quite as good as Nemesis 2009, but still damn good.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light amber hued with significant haziness. Just a faint trace of white head is barely present on a tiny portion of the top. Brussels lacing. Intense aroma of very sweet pale wheat and apple pastry. Mouth is thick and sticky. The taste is initially loads of sweet pale wheat and the intensity of the sweetness of the bourbon and maple syrup seems to build in the fade.

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Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
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