Sweet Repute
Founders Brewing Company

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From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
ABV:
12.6%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 11.3%
Ratings:
1,126
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Apr 03, 2022
Added:
Nov 18, 2013
Wants:
  139
Gots:
  287
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: 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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4.33 by hopley from Massachusetts on Apr 03, 2022
 
1.52 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Sep 01, 2021
 
3.14 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Aug 03, 2021
 
4.25 by BEER88 from Washington on Apr 12, 2020
 
4.51 by psumjl269 from Virginia on Oct 26, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Aged in bourbon barrels & bourbon maple syrup barrels. Drank within a month of release.

Murky dark orange hue.

Thick off-white head; strong lace.

Wood, cream soda, bourbon & a hint of caramel on the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Cream soda up front, caramel apple middle & an oak-y, bourbon finish.

Complex, but a bit too boozy & cloying. An interesting miss.

Oct 17, 2019
 
4.06 by mholdefer from Alabama on Jan 31, 2019
 
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jan 05, 2019
 
4 by heysuz from Indiana on Jan 05, 2019
 
4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on Oct 09, 2018
 
3.75 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Sep 09, 2018
 
4 by Spaten454 from Texas on Jul 21, 2018
 
3 by fosters9 from New York on Apr 16, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Treyliff from West Virginia

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

Mar 17, 2018
 
3.96 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Feb 16, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

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.

Feb 13, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by buschbeer from Ohio

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.

Feb 07, 2018
 
3.99 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan on Jan 20, 2018
 
4 by IBUBrew from Vermont on Dec 25, 2017
 
4.65 by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts on Dec 09, 2017
 
4.31 by Jlabs from New York on Oct 12, 2017
 
3.84 by Kurmaraja from California on Sep 05, 2017
 
4.25 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Jul 18, 2017
 
4.28 by axf4129 from Indiana on May 08, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

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.

Apr 10, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HattedClassic from Virginia

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.

Mar 31, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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.

Jan 28, 2017
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stakem from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 24, 2017
 
3.68 by pkalix from California on Jan 08, 2017
 
3.73 by whatname from Pennsylvania on Nov 18, 2016
 
4 by ArtZan from New Jersey on Oct 28, 2016
 
4.8 by Chizzlethespeez from Indiana on Oct 28, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 16, 2016
 
4.25 by Warren2621 from Indiana on Oct 13, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

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.

Sep 12, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BeerDawgs from Georgia

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

Aug 05, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by gopens44 from Virginia

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.

Jun 06, 2016
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3.16/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by jmasher85 from Maryland

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.

Apr 03, 2016
 
4.27 by peabody from Kentucky on Mar 28, 2016
 
4.25 by red94tt from Michigan on Mar 25, 2016
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