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Founders Sweet Repute - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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833 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 833
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 84
Gots: 295 | FT: 63
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.60% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: JohnnieNepal on 11-18-2013)
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 21:39:54 | More by BradtheGreat7
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(A)- Pours a clear mahogany amber color. Minimal white froth. Some sediment present.

(S)- Bits of coconut amidst sweet but rich malts. Great maple and bourbon barrel notes.

(T)- The combination of coconut, maple, bourbon, and rich malts gives this a strong resemblance to amaretto(hazelnut) liquor. Finishes with a zesty orange peel and brown sugar sweetness.

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Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 833 ratings.