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Founders Sweet Repute - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Sweet ReputeFounders Sweet Repute

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BA SCORE
93
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840 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 840
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 85
Gots: 296 | FT: 63
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, brown sugar, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but fairly boozy.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 00:11:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

02-12-2014 12:47:50 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy dark golden yellow in color and has some fine particulates visible floating in suspension. It poured with a thin off white layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with hints of maple syrup.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of bourbon infused with maple syrup, although the bourbon flavors don't seem as strong compared to other barrel aged beers considering that the underlying beer is a wheatwine.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight hints of warming are present from the bourbon.
O: This is a really nice beer to sip and savor if you like bourbon, but its drinkability is a lot better compared to barrel aged barleywines and stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 12:20:57 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

12-12-2013 22:08:25 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

02-09-2014 15:15:15 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh my! If there's a fat 10 year old with a sweet tooth in me, then this decadent ale just brought him out!

With a hazy golden appearance, a cloud of caramel gazes over the beer with its yeasty film. Partly zesty and partly frothy, the beer's cottony foam caps the beer with semi-stern retention and trailing lace.

Cookie dough, butterscotch and marshmallow fluff leap out immediately- yep, we're still talkin' beer here. Complementary bready aromas are sweetly scented, much like angel food cake, Werther's Originals and candied bourbon glaze. An overall butter pecan cocoon wraps it all together in absolute mouthwatering fashion.

As its bready-sweet taste of pound cake layers on the tongue, its rich and buttery taste takes on all the caramel and candied flavors that were collected by the nose. As its creamy vanilla flavors wash over the middle, a taste of heavy whipping cream and marshmallows wrap things up heading into finish. Its malty-sweet final chapter leaves its story open well past its end as its sweet bourbon flavors linger, seemingly indefinitely.

Medium-full throughout, the beer's bready upstart transitions to confecionary textures of candy and then bourbon in finish. Accompanied with boozy and spicy warmth, the beer fades toward dryness very slowly and drifts effortlessly into a sweet aftertaste.

A single taste of Sweet Repute conjures up memories of Nemesis '09. Despite this higher alcohol content, its flavors and sweetness come together much better than that trial version of four years ago. This is what wheatwine is meant to be! ...or perhaps my naive and seductive forgivences of a ten year old has come out as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 18:49:46 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

01-20-2014 00:18:41 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

01-20-2014 00:20:29 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

01-18-2014 03:35:21 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2013 22:38:58 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well this was something I had hoped would come along for quite some time. The beer poured out as a vibrant orange with plenty of floaties in there too. The beer has a nice scattered lacing and head retention. The smell of the beer is obviously sweet, loaded with vanilla, bourbon and maple. Sweetness all around on the nose. There is subtle citrus on the nose too. The taste is loaded with maple, vanilla, bourbon, citrus, and god knows what else... It's so good. The mouthfeel is thick, syrupy and creamy. Subtle carbonation also. Overall I'm so happy this beer was released. Nemesis 09 blew my mind and this one is so damn close to that. Definitely worth it and definitely something I'll be looking to get more of.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 06:56:24 | More by Knapp85
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

12-26-2013 02:51:40 | More by largadeer
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

03-23-2014 23:20:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at Brass Rail in Campbelltown, 12oz pour in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

The color is golden with amber hues and thin white head with fine bead. The smell is very enticing with maple and bourbon aroma bringing a mild woody and vanilla blend of aroma with moderate alcohol scent. The feel is not shy about the strength, but pretty smooth and not exceptionally hot, mild sweetness with moderate carbonation balancing the malt body.

The taste is great, lots of wheat flavor with low breadiness and a good deal of barrel character with slight maple-like woody taste with the bourbon trailing the malt is sweet but not overly so with mostlly dry finish and warming in the back of the throat. Overall this is an improvement on the other wheatwine I tried that was a maple/bourbon aged offering Nemesis. I like this but it is definitely one to not take lightly as it is smooth for 12.6%

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2013 16:35:15 | More by Slatetank
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%

06-02-2014 22:49:53 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

03-27-2014 08:11:53 | More by SocalKicks
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mdfb79

New York

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 12/07/13 notes. Picked up a bottle of this from Top Hops and drank that night; poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a slightly murky hazy orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of maple syrup, sugar, caramel malts, bourbon, toasted malts, bready malts, oak, and light spice. Nice maple up front, pretty sweet.

t - Tastes of maple syrup, sweet bourbon, caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, oak, toasted malts, fruity malts, coconut, bready malts, and biscuits. Taste is sweeter than the nose with more maple and sweet bourbon, Really nice, not hot at all.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No heat and very smooth; very easy to drink. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall a very good beer; reminds me a lot of their Nemesis 2009, which is one of the best wheatwines I've ever had. Loads of maple and sweet bourbon to it and not hot at all; super smooth body. Like this one a lot, would love to have it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 18:58:55 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

04-12-2014 16:45:28 | More by mendvicdog
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.5%

01-05-2014 21:09:21 | More by XmnwildX12
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%

02-12-2014 19:25:50 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 05:08:27 | More by corby112
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-28-2013 05:09:40 | More by MarkyMOD
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-25-2013 05:45:30 | More by weeare138
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

01-27-2014 04:51:47 | More by oriolesfan4
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-26-2013 15:00:21 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 840 ratings.