Sweet Repute | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.60%

Availability: Rotating

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

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Photo of fosters9
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

750ml bottle poured into a snifter
Batch 1

A- pours a crystal clear amber color with a one-finger foamy white head that has good retention and eventually settles to a film floating on top

S- aroma is very citrus-forward up front, with notes of orange marmalade & fresh citrus zest. Some sweeter notes develop underneath, with notes of caramel, toffee & maple. Dried fig, molasses & oaky vanilla close it out

T- citrusy notes follow the nose with a sharp zesty note, along with that marmalade notes that is probably enhances by the sweetness of the maple. Mid-palate is sweet with notes of maple, caramel chews, fig & raisin. The finish gives some woody barrel character with a hint of vanilla, booze and more orange

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- this one has aged beautifully, nice citrusy notes, sweet maple and just enough barrel character, a nice sipper

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

Photo of brewandbbq
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2016.

Pours clear copper with a chill haze and an inch of white head. Minimal retention and some minor lacing. Booze, bourbon, and maple blast from the glass along with hints of vanilla and toffee. On the fuller side of medium bodied with a chewy, tacky, gummy, mouthfeel. Figgy malt laced with bourbon, maple syrup, and vanilla on the palate. Sweet and warming with plenty of toffee and alcohol. Finishes with a lingering sweetness and maple-spiked whiskey over caramels.

What a sipper and certainly a great winter warmer. Just too sweet for me though.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT, 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours a ruddy orange color and is hazy. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head that leaves little lacing.

The maple is quite apparent in the smell. I also get fig, date and molasses.

The taste is sweet and similar to the smell. I taste the fig, dates, and molasses, but it has an anise finish like a black jelly bean.

Syrupy and sticky mouthfeel

It is a little sweeter than I like my wheatwines, but it is high abv and bourbon barrel aged. I look forward to the new batch coming out to compare tasting notes. I assume fresher is better.

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

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

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jlabs
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 axf4129
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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