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Founders Sweet Repute - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 95
Gots: 302 | FT: 64
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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icehawk

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-24-2013 05:02:07 | More by icehawk
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oberon

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

12-24-2013 22:38:58 | More by oberon
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-05-2013 11:13:41 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.5%

02-21-2014 17:37:13 | More by tectactoe
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MadScientist

New York

3.98/5  rDev -5%

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.

12-05-2013 02:21:49 | More by MadScientist
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-01-2014 12:15:58 | More by tbryan5
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SanFranJake

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

02-16-2014 22:54:27 | More by SanFranJake
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sabitu

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-07-2013 02:04:42 | More by sabitu
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thetommo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%

12-14-2013 05:56:48 | More by thetommo
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

03-01-2014 03:09:55 | More by DaftPatrick
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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

02-25-2014 02:26:26 | More by warnerry
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barhoc11

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev -10.3%

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

05-08-2014 13:17:09 | More by barhoc11
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Shagator

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-31-2013 04:54:21 | More by Shagator
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-30-2013 01:51:59 | More by JakerLou
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-10-2014 15:35:06 | More by henryclay_
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mikejonze

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

02-10-2014 19:26:05 | More by mikejonze
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fenlop54

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

05-12-2014 20:41:40 | More by fenlop54
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BrandonDZ

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.5%

01-08-2014 04:16:00 | More by BrandonDZ
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

12-08-2013 05:04:45 | More by bsp77
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MNMike

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

12-26-2013 18:59:29 | More by MNMike
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

05-19-2014 02:24:34 | More by Janeinma
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

03-29-2014 20:44:52 | More by Franziskaner
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Janis_Hoplin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.5%

01-21-2014 22:26:53 | More by Janis_Hoplin
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

12-14-2013 08:18:05 | More by MattyG85
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jokermanboy

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

01-21-2014 02:33:17 | More by jokermanboy
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Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
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