Founders Sweet Repute - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 975
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 108
Gots: 323 | FT: 70
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: JohnnieNepal on 11-18-2013)
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Part of a sample at Founders.

Appearance: A hazy golden brown color. No lacing or head to speak of within the sampler.

Smell: Bourbon. Vanilla. Some sort of fruit, but can't pick anything out in particular. Sweet. Maple syrup in there as well.

Taste/feel: Much like the smell... not so much fruitiness in the taste though. Smooth as can be. Mellowed out pretty much perfectly. Silky. Definite warmth throughout the mouth, but I don't taste the alcohol much, if at all. Maple syrup seems to add a nice feel to the beer. The barrel adds the bourbon character and vanilla while toning the beer down. Sweet is in the name, and it is indeed a sweet beer -- but the sweetest I'd have. Regardless, a bomber of this brew should be split at least three ways. Not so much because of the alcohol, but I feel like it'd be cloying/hard to enjoy after a certain point. This is byfar my favorite Wheatwine, though. Unlike others I've had by a longshot, and the barrels seem to work wonders with this.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: Clear body with tiny specks floating around in a sea of pale copper amber. Off white cap of airy head that settles to a bubbly ring along the edge.

A: Stout sweet bourbon, inside of a wheat bread bag left out in the sun, fresh coconut, orchard fruit, macaroon cookies, semi sweet maple glaze.

T/M: Werther's originals, pears, apples, coconut, pecans, maple glaze, earthy hops mellow out the sweet and compliment the bourbon profile. A touch of peppery spice and pears in the finish. A chewy mouthfeel with a delicate dose of carbonation and finishes smooth with a gently building dryness.

O: After much anticipation I can easily say this was an amazing brew. I had high hopes for this and it passed the grade in stellar fashion. Heavy hitting booze tamed by sweet glaze and earthy bitterness. What more could you ask for in a beer. The only downside is that this was my only bottle.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml split with hopswagger. Served in a Prairie Teku glass

A - Pours a copper/amber with chunky sediment suspended. Small white head vanishes forming a wispy cap.

S - Sweet and buttery whiskey aroma, doughy sweet rolls, grain, white corn, graham crackers, maple glaze, cotton candy, coconut grows as it warms. Honey graham cracker malt. Spicy butterscotch alcohol.

T - Sweet maple and whiskey upfront, peppery hops and spicy alcohol quickly come in creating a coarse and woody balance to the sweetness. The cookie dough malt is sweet and buttery with coconut and vanilla lightly grazing the edges. Candied pears come out as it warms. Finishes clean with vanilla and sweet maple/whiskey.

M - The wheat creates a thick and creamy body that is welcomed. Creamy whipped carbonation with a smooth, chewy, and full feel but the alcohol creates some sharpness. Very creamy but sharp at times.

One of the best smelling beers I've had the opportunity to sniff. It's sweet, buttery, creamy, savory whiskey filled beer with a full bodied and underlying wheat base. The alcohol is there but is mostly kept in check by the wheat malts. My first Wheat wine aged on barrels. This is worth seeking out.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. It was a quest searching for a bottle of Sweet Repute, which culminated in a bottle from Boyne City and another one from my parents for Christmas.

A - very good looking beer. It pours a beautiful, translucent orange from the bottle. Though this doesn't factor into the score, the color actually contrasts really well with the aquamarine label. Hardly any head on the forced pour, some lacing throughout. Impressive showing.

S - much bourbon on the nose, some maple syrup, sticky sweetness, some of the nicer characteristics of an English BW. I don't get much of the base beer here, just the barrel, but it's a damn good barrel. At the very end of the nose, there's a hint of watery fruit, something like banana or pear.

T - this is an interesting taste. It starts a ltitle cloying, bitter from the barrel and the alcohol. It melds into the sweeter flavors, honey, a touch of maple syrup, and only the slightest hint of whiskey, carrying through a base beer that remains very transient. The finish is good, but the impression left is somewhat lacking.

M - it starts, like I said, bittersweet, but transitions to pure sweetness at the end, nothing but barrel. The alcohol, as others have said, is nonexistent, making this alcohol bomb very drinkable.

O - the barrel is great here, but the base beer might as well be a pilsner or a lager of some kind, since it really gets dominated through the aging. I like this beer, maybe enough to pay another $20 for it. This is a good backstage release in an otherwise lackluster year.

EDIT: I had another bottle that had a little age on it (a month or two) and the flavors seemed to be more balanced. It was still extremely sweet, but the barrel didn't dominate the base like it did in the fresher bottle.

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Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 975 ratings.