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Founders Sweet Repute - Founders Brewing Company

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140 Reviews
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Reviews: 140
Hads: 1,074
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 31.26%
Wants: 116
Gots: 321 | FT: 70
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnnieNepal on 11-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Reviews: 140 | Hads: 1,074
Reviews by corby112:
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4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden amber color with golden copper edges and a two finger, pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention for the style and high ABV, taking a while to settle and coating the glass with streaks of soapy lacing on the way down. Looks great!

Intense yet inviting aroma with a strong barrel presence that's decently integrated into the wheat wine characteristics. Strong charred oak/toothpick character along with some toasted coconut, faint vanilla and prominent boozy sweetness. In addition to the bourbon there is a heavy dose of booze/ethanol. I'm not picking up much maple syrup but there's a decent amount of spirit without interfering with the prominent leathery malts and ester-y fruit notes. The barrel masks most of the wheat character but the Barleywine elements stand out in the nose with notes of leather, fig, raisin, caramel and toffee. Complex and well balanced aroma but it could use more maple and wheat beer character for my preference.

Chewy full body with prominent barrel flavors that remain nicely integrated into the flavors of the base beer. The maple that was missing in the aroma really stands out providing syrupy sweetness that compliments the oak barrel and boozy spirit. Subtle hints of bourbon along with dry, toasted oak and silky vanilla flavor. Has a lot of the flavor of a high end bourbon without any of the heat. There is plenty of boozy sweetness but nowhere near as much as the nose hinted at making this complex beer dangerously drinkable. Underneath, there is some nice wheat wine flavor with bready yeast, banana and faint light fruit notes followed by boozy sweetness, dark fruit and leathery malt. Overall, I was really impressed with the balance of this beer. There are some intensely flavorful barrel notes that provide multiple layers of complexity without completely obliterating the Wheatwine characteristics. Each sip reveals something different and the high ABV is excellently masked. Another great beer from Founders!

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of MadScientist
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of thetommo
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of barhoc11
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
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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Photo of Shagator
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Ryno3031
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of henryclay_
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of mikejonze
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of fenlop54
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of BrandonDZ
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of sculls65
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  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.

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Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
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