Founders Sweet Repute | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Sweet ReputeFounders Sweet Repute

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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gorgeously clear, golden amber color with hints of pink and ruby. The beer forms a small head that quickly works down into a scrim of off-white bubbles that are nearly tan. The bubbles cling to the glass and leave thin tendrils of lacing alongside pretty hefty alcoholic legs. In body, this beer is shockingly clear, especially given the barrel-aging, with some definite viscosity. The beer is bright and translucent in the light, with no floating particles and practically nothing in terms of haze. This beer looks like a lager!? On the nose, the booze and oak make themselves nicely present. Smooth oak and rich bourbon tango on the nose with touches of sticky maple syrup that are subtle, but also present. Coconut, toasted oak, stale bread, marshmallow, vanilla, and soft fusel alcohol waft across the nose along with just a hint of rubbing alcohol. There is even a light brininess to the nose, but oak and Buffalo Trace bourbon are the dominant notes on the nose. The smell is rich, but very subtle and doesn’t blend as nicely as I hoped. On the tongue, the beer tastes boozy sweet. An alcoholic heat tingles in the start of the sip and again as the beer flows down the throat. Sweet maple and wheat malt tango with tannic oak bitters and slight bready malt. The finish is rich booze and sweet malt. In flavor, the beer begins as vanilla, marshmallow and booze that then transitions into rich bourbon, much like (if not exactly the same as) the Buffalo Trace I drank last night. Touches of vanilla wafer, coconut, and praline also cross the palate. As it warms, caramel comes out along with maple syrup in the middle of the sip. The finish blends boozy bourbon with maple syrup and oak tannins, and is of a middling length, but leaves a long sweet booze feeling at the very back of the palate. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a touch of weight at the finish. This beer is oddly smooth and light for its ABV. Carbonation is soft, and the mouthfeel is pure velvet and light syrup with a touch of rough alcohol that prickles at the beginning of the sip. The aftertaste is of stale bread, light nail polish, and praline with licks of maple syrup. The mouth is left with a sticky coat of booze and spittle with a hot tingle of alcohol. Overall, this beer is very hot with the bourbon character. Bourbon is the predominant flavor, and I kind of wish there was more of the maple syrup and less of the bourbon. As is, it reminds me of Buffalo Trace, malty beer, and a touch of oaky maple blended together. This Sweet Repute is a little over a month older than its release date, and from what I have read, its stepped off on its sweetness. This is still a sweet beer, but that sweetness is blended with all of the other flavors of bourbon and just a touch of maple. I also feel like the hot alcohol is starting to come out a little more in this beer, which is odd. You need to like bourbon to really appreciate this. The beer is rich and complex, but not my favorite from Founder’s barrel aging program. This is a great beer, but Founders has done better for me, and the wheatwine character is practically nonexistent here.

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4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The appearance was a soft orange with nice lacing. The taste incorporates a maple oakiness with bourbon, wheat bread and butter. Not much hop bite at all. The alcohol is also hidden well. It's a really nice, soft, malty wheat wine that I spent an hour drinking. Founders has another winner here.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml split with friends. Thanks to my brother-in-law from bringing this one back from the source.

A: Pours a burnt golden with a frothy, greasy, off white head slowly faded into an oily bubbly film. Oily, greasy, spotty, lace was left down the glass as the head faded into a fuzzy, long lasting and well retained, collar.
S: Bourbon and sticky hop resin stand out alongside syrupy sweet notes of molasses and brown sugar. Perfumey notes, floral notes, raisin, a bready wheat backbone come through as well.
T: Creamy wheat and biscuit backbone with layers of toasted marshmallow, whiskey and vanilla oak. Hints of greasy white chocolate. Maple hits in the finish with a smooth woody notes that is just sweet enough to cancel out some of the boozy. Not cloying or syrupy. The finish is leafy with earthy and herbal hops, but is not overly bitter. There’s a good amount of fresh whiskey flavor and warming alcohol. Mild tobacco notes in aftertaste.
M: Full body, sticky slick and warm mouth, warming boozy alcohol, low smooth carbonation, very drinkable but definitely strong.
O: Very smooth and flavorful. Could use a few months of age but very drinkable and rich now. Layered flavors, and a great use of balancing molasses sweetness.

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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark orange copper color with a creamy thick lacing ring and gentle carbonation.

S - Maple/maple sugar, bourbon, light candy toffee, with significant alcohol effervescence.

T - Maple and bourbon dominate the palate with this beer, lots of alcohol warming and effervescence, vanilla, honey, sweet toffee, some lemon, and oak.

M - Thick and viscous with substantial warming on the way down, sticky.

O - It would have been nice to have an extra bottle of this to cellar and see where it goes, as of now, it's very bourbon/alcohol forward, borderline too much and definitely something to split with a friend!

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Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 1,108 ratings
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