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Founders Sweet Repute - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 114
Gots: 323 | FT: 72
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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Missed out on bottles of this, but fortunately, it was tapped at Bier Station as part of a Midwest tap takeover to celebrate their first anniversary of being open. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a hazy glowing cinnamon stick orange with a coppery hue. Head is bone white and relatively small--about half finger--and dissipates rather quickly, leaving a thin rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass and spotty but noticeable silky lacing. A gentle swirl coaxes out just a mild fizzle of carbonation.

Smell - At first it's hard to get much off the smell. The chill seems to have dulled it a little bit. After time, it begins to open up, with notes of oak, maple syrup, alcohol and some fainter vanilla. I also get notes of grain that give the impression of buckwheat and honey.

Taste - Like the aroma, it leaves a little to be desired until it warms up. At first, it is very astringent and hot with alcohol, almost like sweet brandy or rum. As it warms, vanilla, tannins, maple syrup and wood become more dominant, imparting a sticky bun-like sweetness. The taste lingers across my tongue long after the liquid is gone.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and viscous, with the liquid clinging to my mouth. Carbonation is low, but still provides enough tingle to counter the slightly cloying element.

Overall, a tasty and completely out-of-the-box offering on a style that seems to be gaining in popularity. Not my favorite wheat wine ever, but one I'm certainly glad to have tried and hopefully only an early sign of things to come from the style.

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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!

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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.

Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.