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Founders Sweet Repute - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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914 Ratings
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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 101
Gots: 318 | FT: 71
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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Ratings: 914 | Reviews: 125 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

BradtheGreat7, Dec 28, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

oberon, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

DanGeo, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -4.3%

tectactoe, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

MadScientist, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

tbryan5, Apr 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

SanFranJake, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

sabitu, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of thetommo
4/5  rDev -4.3%

thetommo, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

warnerry, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of barhoc11
3.76/5  rDev -10%
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

barhoc11, May 08, 2014
Photo of Shagator
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Shagator, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

JakerLou, Dec 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

mikejonze, Feb 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

fenlop54, May 12, 2014
Photo of BrandonDZ
4/5  rDev -4.3%

BrandonDZ, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

bsp77, Dec 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

MNMike, Dec 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Janeinma, May 19, 2014
Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Franziskaner, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Janis_Hoplin, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a big Founders CBS glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy peach like amber orange. Lots of bubbles and a decent one finger of off white head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet, fruity, toasty, and fairly boozy wheat driven aroma with big hints of whiskey barrel. Upfront barrel presence with hints of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, maple syrup, oak, and wood. Sweet bready wheat and toasty malt with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, grains, yeast, butterscotch, and nuts. Sweet fruit hints of mango, orange, grapefruit, and peach. Hints of sugar and honey add more sweetness. Some subtle earthy hops in the background. Light hints of pepper and clove like spice. A pretty interesting and good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very sweet and bready wheat driven taste with big notes of bourbon whiskey and maple syrup. Big barrel presence upfront with notes of bourbon whiskey, maple syrup, vanilla, oak chips, and wood. Bready presence of wheat and toasted malt with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, butterscotch, yeast, grains, straw, and nuts. Sweet fruity notes of mango, peach, orange, and slight grapefruit. More sweetness from some notes of candied sugar and honey. Light taste of pepper like spice. Hops are fairly subtle. Overall a pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty chewy and syrupy. Sweet but actually has a fairly drying finish. Some alcohol heat is felt but its still pretty smooth considering its 12.6.

Overall: A very good twist on a wheatwine brew. Big bourbon and maple syrup presence with some nice wheat and toasty caramel malt.

MattyG85, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Cynic-ale, Aug 24, 2014
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Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 914 ratings.