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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

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89
very good

1,122 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,122
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 55
Gots: 294 | FT: 23
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bashiba on 03-18-2012)
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kbnooshay

New York

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured a gorgeous reddish brown color with a one finger width tan head that dissipated shortly after. Some nice spotty lacing developed. The aroma is a 100% hazelnut coffee knockout! There is a good dosage of coffee flavor in the taste but the hazelnut is still pretty strong. Theres a nice milk chocolate hint. Sweet and woody with some vanilla. Hops are light. Nutella aftertaste. Medium feel that is smooth and slick but with a nice tickle of carbonation. Pricey but I am glad i got to try one! Tasty.

07-11-2012 02:01:57 | More by kbnooshay
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Momar42

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Bottle into cigar city snifter, split with a few very happy friends.
Had this beer several times from bottle and tap, figured I would review since I've only one bottle left :(.

A - deep dark brown with minimal head and no lacing. Fairly typical for a brown ale but looks nice. And trust me, you can smell this thing immediately

S - hazelnuts, coffee, hazelnuts, coffee. Lather, rinse, repeat. If either of things is NOT your thing, move on. Just an amazing nose. Only slight detractor would be a wish for a stronger variety of coffee. But overall one of the best smelling NON-IPA beers I've smelt in a long time.

T - taste is equal to the nose. Coffee and hazelnuts abound. There is a very solid brown ale base that is elevated by the other favors. I never tried the cashew variety but now I am reallly sorry I never got a chance. Truly impressive brown ale.

M - very light on the tongue considering all the flavor going on. Carbonation is just right and the creaminess never becomes cloying. Great.

O - FMB is a fantastic beer, brown ale and liquid beverage in general. Yes the price is high (though I paid $12.50 for my first two bottles), but the flavor and aroma are worth the price of admission. The only thing bad is trying to drink it slow enough to savor it much less review it. If ou can find it, drink it. You will not be sorry. Another homerun for Founders.

07-16-2012 01:39:35 | More by Momar42
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Thanks to RoamingGnome for this one.

Served cellar temp in a Duvel tulip, split three ways with my father and sister

A - Pour is a light brown with lots of carbonation, a little bit of white head which dissipates rather quickly.

S - Smell is fantastic - intense coffee dominates the nose, with a good amount of chocolate malt following

T - Again, strong coffee taste up front, which dominates the beginning of the palate, followed by pretty intense hazelnut, and a hint of bitterness at the end.

M - mouthfeel is actually fairly thin, not too much carbonation, and a bit of lingering alcohol.

O - This is the most intense coffee smell and taste I've had in a beer. Not a bad thing, just a fact. I really enjoyed this, but I'm glad I split the bottle as that would have been a tall order to finish myself. On the verge of a dessert beer

07-30-2012 01:59:35 | More by ncketchum
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%

Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, hazelnut, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, vanilla, hazelnut, coffee, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. Wow! I have a few beers every year that really surprise me and this one is one of them. I really went into this one expecting just a good brew and nothing special. However, this one definitely brought the goods! Very huge well balanced aroma and the flavor also followed along. The hazelnut coffee aspect going on here was nothing short of excellent and pleasant. I could have easily crushed a growler of this given the opportunity. If you have not tried this, what the Hell are you waiting for!?

09-04-2012 10:51:43 | More by thagr81us
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themind

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%

Shared a bottle with a friend. This beer has strong hazelnut aroma and taste with a good mouth feel and great drinkability. Overall I must say that Founders hit the nail on the head. I could down an entire bottle of this stuff and reach for another. Just a quality offering from Founders.

Botom Line: See it? BUY IT!

01-22-2013 15:49:55 | More by themind
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%

Thanks so much to my brother tenderbranson69 for sharing this beer with me, purchased at the Fridge in Lancaster enjoyed from a Tulip & snifter chilled a little below cellar temp.

The color is deep walnut body with ruby hue and translucent clarity with thick cap of light tan cream with tiny bead, lace clings in a wavy pattern on the glass. The smell is intensely hazelnut coffee with some mild oak and light cocoa odors with mild alcohol augmenting the scent with nutty malt esters. The feel is great with strong roasted and sweet malty up front with sweetness and slight tannin appearing mid taste but somewhat sweeter than the smell lets on with moderate carbonation.

The taste strikes me as a brownie with nuts with an accent of coffee and slight vanilla-like floral quality. the yeast gives a stone fruit tinge to the hazelnut tropical nutty taste with some coffee and cocoa malt flavor with light tinge of caramel and ripe banana in the finish with subtle coconut and toffee. The overall impression is this is a great beer, world class and so packed full of flavor, just incredible, smooth and seems a little stronger than labeled but it may just be the concentrated malt sweetness -a must try.

07-12-2012 14:10:45 | More by Slatetank
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%

Semi transparent amber brown color with a thick and sticky cap of tan foam. Lots of sticky lace.

Very aromatic. Coffee dominates followed by the hazelnut. Some cream and vanilla to go with the roastiness.

Lots of roasted coffee beans with hazelnut, fresh cream and vanilla bean. Nice moderate malt sweetness with a long roasted coffee bean flavor. Very tasty.

The feel is fine. Very smooth and creamy, but the body may be a tad light for a beer of it's size. Doesn't detract from the overall beer though in my opinion.

Awesome coffee centered beer here. Nice flavor depth in a non-Imperial Stout beer. Allows the coffee to come through more. Really thing this is a great fourth beer in this series. Like always, Founders lives up to their quality brews.

07-14-2012 02:14:07 | More by jera1350
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AgentMunky

California

4.46/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Firestone Walker tasting glass.

A: Clear chestnut. Light head. Gorgeous.

S: Oh my goodness, it smells amazing. Rich coffee, hint of nuttiness, but so much coffee. Hint of dry bitterness. (Reminiscent of Wild Heaven Ode To Mercy.)

T/M/O: Rich, sweet, and Frangelico-y. Hazelnut liquer. Strong and chocolatey. The coffee is still present. This is incredible. It may be slightly faded, but still hugely flavorful. The finish is dry and nutty and lingering and reminiscent of almonds and coffee grounds. Hint of watery softness belied by the surprising 9% ABV. Drinkable and pleasant. Highly recommended. I'm really happy to have had an opportunity to sample this.

06-15-2014 04:52:37 | More by AgentMunky
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oline73

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +12.6%

I had this on-tap at Teresa's Next Door. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear reddish dark amber color. There is a half finger of off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: I'm getting freshly ground coffee. There are some nutty notes along with sweet toffee and some dark fruit.

Taste: The taste of this beer was amazingly smooth. Very smooth coffee notes with some dark chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit notes. The finish is full of the smooth coffee flavor. There is no real bite to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth tingles of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is incredibly smooth. The sweet toffee notes complimented the beer very well. I feel very fortunate to have run into this one on-tap.

08-08-2012 22:57:04 | More by oline73
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +12.6%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Great lacing.

S: A very strong coffee aroma with a nutty quality as well.

T: Tasted of hazelnuts, coffee, a bit of malt and a light amount of hops. Incredibly smooth and sweet tastin beer that's surprisingly balanced.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of of the better, more complex brown ales. Very drinkable.

06-21-2012 21:23:36 | More by avalon07
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.48/5  rDev +12.6%

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

L - very dark brown with a beige head that thinned out leaving spotty lacing behind.

S - hazelnut coffee, they hit the nail pretty much on the head here.

T - rich, roasted hazelnut coffee flavor from the sweet start right up to the bitter finish.

F - medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

O - very good beer provided you like the taste of hazelnut coffee which I do.

07-04-2012 02:31:51 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Joethebeerpro

Georgia

4.49/5  rDev +12.8%

Frangelic Mountain Brown is the quintessential taproom “one-off” beer: Founders’ brewers created the Mountain Brown series for their taproom in Grand Rapids in 2007. Frangelic Mountain Brown is the 16th iteration in the series of popular brown ales—and it likely won’t be the last. The singular characteristic of this beer comes from the use of hazelnut coffees in the brewing process. The beer has distinct aromatics with sweet and nutty flavors beautifully balanced. Founders is known for its beers made with coffee (i.e., the Breakfast Stout series), but this is both the brewery’s first brown ale and its first beer brewed with hazelnut coffees to be bottled. It clocks in at 9% ABV.
It's amazing with brownies!

04-11-2013 05:47:42 | More by Joethebeerpro
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Kjanisch7

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-15-2013 19:25:26 | More by Kjanisch7
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-01-2014 03:12:02 | More by DaftPatrick
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codysjb

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-17-2014 02:55:21 | More by codysjb
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rwilde

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

09-23-2012 17:05:44 | More by rwilde
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mocktm

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-28-2012 23:28:54 | More by mocktm
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king75

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-31-2012 01:33:34 | More by king75
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danp14

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-18-2012 15:46:05 | More by danp14
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RocPorterFanatic

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-28-2012 14:17:44 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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rhoadester69

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-25-2013 21:54:28 | More by rhoadester69
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kennethkearns

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-15-2012 02:12:02 | More by kennethkearns
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cates1tg

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-15-2012 17:05:25 | More by cates1tg
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Danielr26

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-18-2013 13:25:20 | More by Danielr26
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karatebartender

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-09-2012 01:50:36 | More by karatebartender
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,122 ratings.