Founders Sweet Repute | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Sweet ReputeFounders Sweet Repute
BA SCORE
90.4%
Liked This Beer
4.17 w/ 1,106 Ratings
Founders Sweet ReputeFounders Sweet Repute
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.60%

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.

Added by JohnnieNepal on 11-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
1,106
Liked:
1,000
Avg:
4.17/5
pDev:
11.27%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
298
Trade:
63
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Ratings: 1,106 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of Kurmaraja
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of calcnerd
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber brownish in color. Opaque in appearance. Vanilla, coconut, oak, earthy maple syrup, toffee and toasted malt. Dry finish. Medium bodied. Lower carb. Smooth. Nice boozy heat in the chest. Hint of bitterness. Drinking pretty well.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer has a nice clear orange Amber color that has a fairly vibrant hue such that it is glowing. The smell is very good with a sharp fresh grain smell and a sweet alcohol note. The GOP note seems to be fairly minty with a hint of fresh celery. A deeper exploration reveals a delicious malty and slightly sugary malt note. The taste has a more bitter note with a slight hint of mint and fresh celery. There is also a bit of alcohol sweetness to it. The maple syrup is light but still noticeable and ties the beer together.

The feel is good. It has a nice heavy body and a syrupy feel to it. There is a slight thin feel but it isn't much.

Overall, a really good beer that is way more drinkable than you would expect.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a one finger white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is vanilla, maple syrup, caramel and bourbon.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Vanilla, maple, and caramel upfront followed by a big hit of bourbon and oak. The finish has a lingering alcohol burn.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a sticky finish.

O - This is a big bad boozy wheatwine. The sweetness and barrell really shine. Definetly a sipper.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into teku appears clear copper with slightly yellowish stained head 2 fingers strong that fades leaving soapy lace.

Aroma of sweet caramel, maple, oak and vanilla with a bit of bourbon tingle. Slightly herbal even with more wood becoming pronounced as it warms up.

Taste is sweet and boozy. Sweet with vanilla, caramel and maple yet boozy with oak and herbal interplay. As it gets warmer it has a bit of a medicinal thing about it.

This is medium to fuller bodied with modest carbonation. I like it, its very reminiscent of their first take on nemisis back in 2009.

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Photo of pkalix
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fern22
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of whatname
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArtZan
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chizzlethespeez
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thebeers
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vibrant peach-tinted, dark orange color with a half finger of off-white head that leaves modest lacing. Big bourbon aroma, with a hint of maple, anise, vanilla, herbal hops and overripe fruit. Similar tasting up front, but even bigger, with a vanilla-bourbon-French-toast thing going, along with a pepperiness and herbal bitterness cutting through the sweetness and a very hot backend. Lush, creamy mouthfeel that's top notch. Nice dessert flavors without being overly sweet. This is great.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden-Amber color with good clarity. Head sputters out quickly. Thin traces of lacing.

S: Oak and sweet maple syrup and bourbon notes up front. Golden raisins. Bread pudding, runny caramel. Creme brûlée. Toast points. Dessert-like.

T: Creme brûlée, caramel, bread pudding, toast. Toffee and pecans. Golden raisin and some fig. Perhaps traces of some earthy hops. Maple syrup sets in middle to end. Lots of oaky barrel flavor picking up on the back end too. Barrel char. Bourbon packs a bit of heat, but it's almost welcome as it offsets the sweetness. Oaky barrel finish.

M: Thick body with some decent heft, but the wheat keeps it a little more lithe than it would be otherwise. A little syrupy in texture. Chewy. Light prickle of carbonation on the tongue. Deep whiskey warmth.

O: Age actually seems to have brought out more of the oak and barrel flavors. They definitely get the better of the finish, but also help swing the initial sweetness back into balance. A delicious and somewhat unique dessert sipper.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle, atleast 2 years old cannot find a bottled on date

L - Deep amber, with 1 finger of head and some clarity

S -Booze and bourbon

T- Sweet barleywine, boozy, bourbon, lots going on here. A total sipper. Tasty

F - Medium body an not much carbonation here after a few years

O - A boozy barleywine, bourbon aged. My head is spinning. Very good. Good night

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Photo of gopens44
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks unassuming enough. Modest fizzy beige head, clear orange, maybe yellow. Only after you look more closely do you see that refractive quality of alcohol.

Nose is primarily bourbon, as if there's anything else in there, it's getting overpowered.

Taste is just, bracingly sweet and notably hot at the same time. How to describe the actual flavour. Well, there's bourbon, and what, cane sugar? Finishes with a slight hint of fresh Cavendish (sp?) pipe tobacco.

Feel is somewhere between smooth and syrupy. In a lot of ways, this one is sorta similar to Samichlaus Classic.

This is good but it's gonna be a wicked chore to take care of.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As much as I love my hot, messy, boozy beers, this is disappointing work from Founders. Too hot, too messy, and too boozy. Reminds me of a blend of port and cognac with some weird Belgian quad-style spiciness. Oddly, bourbon is less noticeable than the other liquor flavors, but basically, it's like someone aged a strong ale in some crappy barrels of cheap booze and bottled it flat. Dark fruits come forward, but they're overripe and possibly fermented-tasting as well. Too much going on, too intense to make anything of it, and too thick and syrupy to give any respite. Probably needs another 2 or 3 years before I'll be able to make sense of this crazy brew, but I'd avoid it fresh if it ever came out again.

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Photo of peabody
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of red94tt
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdamSteve
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rspauldi
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ackeeper
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tim007007
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris-1911
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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