Founders Sweet Repute - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by n2185:
4.38/5 rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of frothy white head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.
S: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, maple syrup, caramel, and mead-like aromas dominate here with some sweet honey bread toward the finish.
T: Maple syrup, vanilla, and caramel dominate with oak and bourbon following strongly. The finish is sweet and bready with a little bitterness as well. There is only a light alcohol burn considering the abv.
M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet but avoids being watery.
O: A really enjoyable beer overall. Sweet, but delicious. I'd like a little more of the wheatwine characters to come through and a bit more carbonation, but that's about it.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2013 00:25:29 | More by n2185
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4.24/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I picked up a bottle of Founder's Sweet Repute a few months ago for around $20 at The Lager Mill. I'm a big fan of Wheatwine's so I really wanted to try this beer and I was pretty happy to be able to purchase a bottle, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.
A- The bottle looks nice, it got a nice look to it, but other than it being a Founder's Backstage series release I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a fairly hazy orange color that had a slight gold tint to it and it took on more of darker orange and amber color when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some great sheets of lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, the head and lacing were pretty good for a beer that's this strong and I really liked the color.
S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of sweetness that has a light maple syrup like aroma to it and it's followed by the barrel being the first to show up and imparts some nice, woody, oak, bourbon and a good amount of vanilla aromas that seem to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a sweet malt, toffee and caramel like aroma with a noticeable boozy aroma showing up towards the end. The aroma was very nice, it had that typical Wheatwine aroma and the barrel showed up nicely.
T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a high amount of sweetness that still retains that somewhat lighter maple syrup aspect and it's followed by the booze showing up first, it's very noticeable and a little strong at first, but it's not as warming as I expected to be and it's quickly followed by the barre; which imparts all those nice aspects that it did in the aroma and I would say the vanilla still sticks out the most. Up next comes some sweet malt flavors followed by some great, caramel and light toffee flavors with a great butterscotch like flavor that I really like and there's even a little more maple syrup like flavors blended in. On the finish there's a very low amount of medium bitterness with a nice maple syrup, butterscotch. sweet and vanilla like aftertaste. This beer had a very nice flavors, sure it was pretty sweet and boozy, but the flavors that accompanied it were great.
M- Fairly smooth, a little cloying, a little boozy, sticky, a little rich, on the lighter side of being full boded with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. I thought the mouthfeel was pretty good, it had all the aspects that I normally see in the style and worked well with this beer.
Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a very nice example of the style, Wheatwines can be pretty boozy and sweet as it is and this one was no exception, but neither aspect crossed my threshold and it was pretty much just what I would want from a strong barrel aged Wheatwine and I think those rare bourbon maple syrup barrels added a noticeable aspect to this beer that worked out nicely. This beer had fairly nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little rich, a little boozy, a little cloying and a little filling, but the flavor really kept me coming back for me and I sipped on this beer faster than I expect and If I really didn't have shit to do the next day I would think about taking on the whole bottle by myself, but as it stands now it makes for a good beer to share and sip on. What I liked the most about this beer was the taste, it was very nice, the flavors were really good and the barrel showed up just the right amount and the appearance was very good too. What I like the least about this beer was the the sweetness, it was almost on the border of being to sweet and if it was toned down just a little I think it would be perfect. I would for sure buy this beer again if I saw it, and I think it would cellar nicely for a couple years. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind a sweet and boozy sipping beer. All in all I was little impressed with this beer, I usually am pretty critical on sweet and boozy beers, but this one just barely kept itself from going over the top and the flavors that went along with it were very impressive. I would say that the aroma is pretty similar to New Holland's Pilgrims Dole, but when it came to the taste Sweet Repute was just more intense in every aspect and the maple bourbon barrel really added a nice touch to it and Sweet Repute is now my favorite Wheatwine. Great job guys, this was a pretty awesome beer and I'm glad that I had a chance to try it, keep up the great work and I hope you guys make this beer again.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 04:50:59 | More by StoutHunter
3.94/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).
Medium amber with a durable off-white head.
Fruity, hoppy, bourbon barrel aroma with pretty good balance. Boozy.
Flavor is also rather boozy, and sweet. Made a great first impression but then became less enticing.
O: a bit strong and boozy, but given this, nicely crafted.
Serving type: on-tap
03-03-2014 23:31:04 | More by chinchill
Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
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