What do you get when you age a nearly 13% ABV wheat wine in maple syrup barrels for 16 months? Sweet Repute, of course! Founder’s winter of 2013 backstage series release is definitely a winner.
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Founders KBS goblet. Purchased in Attleboro, MA thanks Eric!
Appearance- Pours a bright orange, hazy body with some settling floating around, with a 1 finger white head that reduces slowly to leave thick lacing on the glass.
Smell- You definitely have to let this warm up to pick out the aromas. Straight out of the fridge, I don’t get much except a slight caramel-vanilla liqueur smell. Once warmed up to around cellar temperature, the maple starts to shine through, mixed with vanilla, toffee, a distinct spiciness, honey, and caramel. Pretty sweet aromas.
Taste- Same deal with the taste.. wait for it to warm up or you won’t get the full experience. I really started to enjoy this ~40 minutes after pouring it in the glass. Upfront a wheaty, bready flavor which is instantly taken over by sweet vanilla/maple, finished by wood, honey, and spicy notes.
Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy body, pretty rich. Lightly carbonated.
A well done wheatwine.. the maple was nice but could have showed a little more presence. Complex and tasty nonetheless. Worth a try.