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Founders Sweet Repute - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,025
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 114
Gots: 322 | FT: 73
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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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Ratings: 1,025 | Reviews: 134
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +1%
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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4.19/5  rDev +0.5%

On-tap 3/23/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains vanilla, maple, caramelized malts, fruit, oak essence and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with strong flavors of maple, vanilla, caramel and butterscotch. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. There’s also not much hint of the high ABV. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, deceptively strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to sip on for a long time.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
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