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Founders Sweet Repute - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 100
Gots: 321 | FT: 72
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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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

JoeMans, Dec 30, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a becker pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Glowing toffee colored body with golden highlights. There was snow white foam but it settled to a ring very quickly.Some spotty and random lacing on the glass.

Wow! Incredibly delectable and bourbon-bombed nose! Let's see: notes of marshmallow, melted caramel, vanilla frosting, some honey drenched dark fruits, and that heavy bourbon! Oak and vanilla with a little bit of heat throughout the sniff. That is rich and strong!

Thankfully, the palate is more of the same. The smokey and sweet bourbon rides throughout the drink, but does not get hot in the finish, as strong as bourbon can get without becoming overwhelming. The sweet notes are again vanilla, caramel, honey, and a touch of date, like the richest pound cake imaginable made into a beer.

Sweet Repute is medium bodied, slightly dry, and has an easy, long lasting sweet and bourbon-y finish.

This is an incredibly sweet wheat wine with wonderful bourbon notes on the nose and palate. Thankfully, these notes do not become overly warm. It is hard to see how aging this beer would add anything to it. Even pushing 13% ABV, letting these bourbon flavors mellow will only detract from the experience. Sip this dessert beer now, and enjoy!

Pintofbrown, Dec 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

JakerLou, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

jroberts8811, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

6thstreetbrewpub, Dec 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Dannynoonan123, Dec 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jaxon53, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on-tap, Vintner on xmess eve

Just because something is "extreme" does not mean it is good - this a sweet mess of a beer. Maple bourbon barrels are a fun novelty and who doesn't love a good wheatwine, but my god this is a diabetic's nightmare. I really think Founders needs to dial it back with trying to push everything over the top and just make a great wheatwine. There are some fun things going on here - maple, vanilla, booze, and candy. In the end, just one dimensional and entirely too sweet.

dirtylou, Dec 29, 2013
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

KevinGordon, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

mrebeka, Dec 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Jimmys, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of maximum12
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a couple of tips from fellow beer lovers, I managed to snag a bottle of this brew from one of my favorite series. Haters, away! 750 ML bottle poured properly by my 11 year old daughter.

Beer pours a hazed orange with a series of floaties, some of which are big enough to be measured. Nose is a parody of sweetness, maple, vanilla, probably some maltiness in there, barrel. Had this on tap & it was more armotic then; but, hey.

Sweet Repute immediately brings me to my happy place, or one of them, at least. Billowing clouds of maple crash into a lovely stroke of bourbon & barrel. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, & an almost cognac-flavor litter the mid-palate with pleasure & more happy. Alcohol shows but doesn't detract or stick its face anywhere untoward. Oakiness dries out the end & all of the components mix into an impression of sincere maple goodness. Mouthfeel is thicker than a Florida day in July, & much less sweaty. Drinkable? Until my face smooshes against the monitor. I think I'd enjoy that.

The Backstage Series has had spectacular swings & that's what you want from a wild series, misses & all. This doesn't miss. It crushes a hanging curve. Excellent beer.

maximum12, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

derkfromwi, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

NastyNate11, Dec 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

BreakfastStout, Dec 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9.4 oz or 750ml bottle has a label that reminds me of the last Backstage release. A beautiful cartoon woman with long red hair gracefully blowing in the wind. A pretty decent label. Nothing special. Just usual founders style. Now to what's inside.. Poured into a large stemmed tulip. A bit of a more pronounced tulip shape than I'm used to. Still beautiful though.

A - wow.. Very slow moving head on the pour. I actually didn't think it would get the mass it did. A shade of new ivory white in color and very thick and creamy leaving nice lace. Dark golden colored body is just as Founders claims it to be. "A bright warm russet"

S - lots of bourbon goodness up front. Vanilla and sweet toasted coconut to start followed quickly by a soft caramel and buttery sweet maple syrup. The faintest of orangey fruit in the back end of the nose, but this is a bourbon flavored gem. A hint of oak in the background.The fairest of wheat in the background and the butterscotch increases as this one warms.

T - very sweet flavors all over. Some may even think this is too sweet. Not me. I love the bourbon notes moving to every inch of the palate. Bourbon notes at their finest. Butterscotch candy, vanilla and caramel with lighter notes of toasted coconut, sugar, and a shot of maple syrup. Burnt oak quickly follows and the alcohol character is present in the flavor. The finish does display some wheat/grain notes before dipping back into the sweet butterscotch, vanilla and maple syrup notes.

M - full bodied and creamy. Thick and massive mouthfeel. Smooth and top notch texture. Alcohol is noticed and can pack a punch. Overall a lovely mouthfeel fit for a king. I mean we aren't drinking Sweet Repute as a session ale are we? No, it gives us exactly what we want.

O - Sweet Repute is a lovely offering. It's just damn good. I can't remember the last time I was this blown away by a new beer I've never had. Founders do things with Barrel aged beers most others only dream of and Sweet Repute falls right in with the family of Founders barrel aged ales. It's a tragic shame its so limited and a 1 time thing. This may be my all time favorite ale I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. It's just so sweet and bourbon like! Stunning example and take on a wheatwine. A real heartache at the thought its just a 1 time release.

BradtheGreat7, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

sisterthelonious, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

mportnoy, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Jordy777, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

midlifec, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

steamboatbrewer, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jbck109, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

MarkyMOD, Dec 28, 2013
Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.