Founders Sweet Repute - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.79/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Missed out on bottles of this, but fortunately, it was tapped at Bier Station as part of a Midwest tap takeover to celebrate their first anniversary of being open. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.
Appearance - Body is a hazy glowing cinnamon stick orange with a coppery hue. Head is bone white and relatively small--about half finger--and dissipates rather quickly, leaving a thin rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass and spotty but noticeable silky lacing. A gentle swirl coaxes out just a mild fizzle of carbonation.
Smell - At first it's hard to get much off the smell. The chill seems to have dulled it a little bit. After time, it begins to open up, with notes of oak, maple syrup, alcohol and some fainter vanilla. I also get notes of grain that give the impression of buckwheat and honey.
Taste - Like the aroma, it leaves a little to be desired until it warms up. At first, it is very astringent and hot with alcohol, almost like sweet brandy or rum. As it warms, vanilla, tannins, maple syrup and wood become more dominant, imparting a sticky bun-like sweetness. The taste lingers across my tongue long after the liquid is gone.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and viscous, with the liquid clinging to my mouth. Carbonation is low, but still provides enough tingle to counter the slightly cloying element.
Overall, a tasty and completely out-of-the-box offering on a style that seems to be gaining in popularity. Not my favorite wheat wine ever, but one I'm certainly glad to have tried and hopefully only an early sign of things to come from the style.
Serving type: on-tap
12-31-2013 03:14:48 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
3.96/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Big thanks to Roger for this surprise bottle. Pours surprisingly light for a wheat wine with a clear bronze appearance and minimal head. This appearance becomes increasingly chunky as I refill my glass. Aroma is interesting. There is tons of brown sugar and maple as well as plenty of oak. Wheat comes through as well as does some light citric notes. The aroma is all over the map, definitely unique. The taste is surprisingly smooth considering its high abv and heavy malt presence. There is plenty of brown sugar like sweetness up front which melds with the maple syrup. The oak and maple bring on some deep earthy and wood tones towards the finish. Mouthfeel is big and thick, nearly getting into the realm of syrupy. Overall, this is surprisingly balanced and smooth considering how sweet the initial sip is. Very unique and definitely a step up from other recent backstage brews. Falls somewhere in the realm of Curmudgeons better half in terms of sweetness and maple character, but the wheat presence makes it a little less enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 18:57:36 | More by homebrew311
3.99/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
750mL bottle poured into a snifter.
(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.
(M)- It is quite sweet, though the maple and bourbon oak helps to add complexity. Minimal carbonation, but it fits this beer well. Overall, just very sweet.
(O)- Again, this is very sweet, but complex enough to keep your palate interested and not completely barraged by sugar.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 00:07:02 | More by sweemzander
Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
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