Founders Sweet Repute
Founders Sweet Repute is an American Wheatwine and is the latest addition to the Backstage Series. Aged in bourbon barrels and maple syrup bourbon barrels for sixteen months, then blended to create the final product. This is the Wheatwine I’ve been looking for since being introduced to the style a few years ago! All of the elements of this beer are amazing. It pours a beautiful golden color with excellent lacing. The aroma is sweet and inviting; getting notes of bourbon, pineapple and marshmallows. I can hardly wait to take a sip. This is a fantastic but very sweet beer, there is enough complexity and quality to make that a non-issue for me. Lee really hit the nail on the head when he blurted out pineapple upside down cake. That is what it tastes like, pineapple upside down cake topped with bourbon and little maple syrup. Maybe a few marshmallows thrown in there as well. Just a little too much alcohol heat in my opinion, but that is really the only “flaw” I can find. This is a perfect dessert beer, but would also pair quite amazingly with breakfast or brunch! At 12.6% ABV you can certainly age this, just keep in mind that while the booziness might fade it will probably get sweeter as well.