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Founders Sweet Repute - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,024
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 114
Gots: 323 | FT: 73
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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Ratings: 1,024 | Reviews: 134
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4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed both on tap and from the taproom.

A:Poured into a snifter in which the paper white head dissipated quickly leaving only a slick like residue on top of the liquid. Pours an almost golden body with a slight copper hue to it.

S: A lot of barrel character on the nose. A bit bourbon that surprisingly lacks an alcohol burn. You get some sweet taffy mixed in with a bit of fruit and lots of cream/marshmallow/caramel/etc. notes.

T: You get a blast of the barrels up front with huge amounts of charred oak and just a faint hint of the maple. To say this is sweet is quite an understatement as it's likely the sweetest beer I've ever had. After the bourbon barrel taste, you pick up quite a bit of vanilla and the huge malt presence is reminiscent of rock candy. Hop presence is very muted.

M: On tap, it's lighter in body. The bottle has quite a bit of carbonation to it. A very sticky mouthfeel as this one will leave you feeling like you just drank soda syrup...lots of sappy, viscous feelings.

O:Will be interesting to see where this goes. It's not quite hot right now but it could definitely use some time to develop as it's still very sweet. Still, an outstanding beer from Founders.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's
pours a deep golden/amber color with a good sized bubbly white head that persists forever leaving spotty lace on the way down. Aromas of dark caramel, vanilla, wood, nuts, a bit of spice and an odd but enticing pineapple coconut thing going on. The flavor is maple and dark sugars with a tart tropical fruit flavor with a spicy wheat edge and bits of vanilla, alcohol, and bourbon oak. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. I enjoyed sipping on the one for most of the afternoon. Its and odd but enticing brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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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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3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A- One finger egg shell white head dissipates to a thin frothy ring around the glass. The appearance is just like a unfiltered IPA. Allot of sediment. Color is golden brown.
S- The aroma is very mellow and minor. Slight hint of fruit but i could not distinguish what the fruit could be, very hard to pull any notes or characteristics out of the aroma. Slight maple, sugar, as it warms up get more rich sweet toffee notes.
T- The taste is more impressive then the aroma. The maple syrup is very present, especially in the backend. Really sweet, rich beer, toffee, slight vanilla comes out as it warms up.
M- Medium mouthfeel, dry on the palate. sticky finish.
O- Enjoyable. Have no desire to try it again, but definitely glad i got to try it once. Really liked the maple syrup taste, really shined in this beer.

Photo of N_Schleret
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber color. Pours a one finger white head. Light lacing. Almost looks like an IPA.
S: A fruit smell up front. Maple at the back end with very light bourbon.
T: Very sweet malty drink. Toffee, caramel, light honey and vanilla; kind of tastes like a marshmallow.
M: Medium on the palate. Sticky and bitter. Alcohol is noticeable, but a very drinkable beer.
O: A good Backstage beer. I wish I could pick out more of the bourbon. Extremely sweet and easy drinkability with the high ABV. As it warms up I pick out some of the bourbon favors.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.85/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of cjoc83
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours with a thick viscosity a hazy sunset amber color with a whole lot of sediment. Standard pour brings about a fingers worth of off white head that quickly recedes to a collar, which over the coarse of about 15 minutes dissolves completely.

S - Smell is quite sweet, the initial impression I got was of marshmallow. I also get some graham cracker, caramel, moderate bourbon (not too "in your face", meshes well with the base), vanilla pudding, and some slight astringent alcohol.

T - Definitely a big, sticky, sweet beer. The caramel/marshmallow sweetness hits the front of the tongue and doesn't quit, lingering after each sip. Thankfully the barrel character cuts in and provides some depth; bourbon, sweet tobacco, leather, vanilla, and oak all assert themselves prominently middle of the mouth and into the finish. I wasn't getting much maple character at first, but it really shines as it warms, mostly in the finish.

M - Sticky and full bodied with a low carbonation. Slight heat, but it's the sticky sweetness that really makes this gal a sipper.

O - If you don't like sweet beers, stay away from this one. If I had to describe it to a non-BA, I'd call it an alcoholic s'more, just without the chocolate. A lot of caramel, marshmallow and graham cracker, with well integrated barrel character, but just so damn sweet, it really hurts the brew. A nice beer but not worth $25 (I know, I overpaid for it).

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
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