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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Frangelic Mountain BrownFounders Frangelic Mountain Brown

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BA SCORE
90
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1,143 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,143
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 56
Gots: 298 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
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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Photo of mjohnson17
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into glass.

Appearance - pours a clear dark brown with a good 1+ inch of creamy head.

Smell - the smell really turned me off at first. It's a strong sweet smell but not in a good way. If one thing is a miss for this beer I would say its the smell.

Taste - quite good. After hearing mixed reviews I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It is sweet, but in a good way with chocolate and hazelnut flavors very upfront. Tastes a lot like liquified Nutella, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - for the stronger hazelnut/chocolate/dessert flavor you're expecting a heavier beer, but it stays true to the brown ale style. It's lighter in mouthfeel and smooth.

Overall - much better than I expected. The reviews thus far have been good but I've heard lots of negative feedback elsewhere. I thought it was a very good beer, it was just what you expect, a very tasty hazelnut flavored brown ale. I would definately drink this again, however not sure if I would actively seek it out. Overalls very pleased with the result. It's not CBS, but another solid Founders beer.

mjohnson17, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle chilled and poured into a Kate the Great tulip. Picked this up and chilled since purchase.

Appearance: Medium to dark brown with a slight beige head that recedes into nothing rather quickly.

Aroma: Big hazelnut flavored coffee notes upfront. Rather sweet with low bitterness considering the high amount of coffee. Pretty one dimensional.

Taste: Lots of the hazlenut coffee is coming through strong. Definitely on the sweeter end with just a touch of bitterness at the end. Not quite cloying but close and still one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with average carbonation.

Overall, an interesting brown ale with big hazlnet coffee flavors. The real downside of this beer is that it is one dimensional and borders on being cloyingly sweet. Not bad, but I doubt I would revisit for the price.

Gosox8787, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

duceswild, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was not a big fan of this flavoured coffee beer experience. The infused hazelnut wafts aroma, very roasted taste and dry finish. Its all about this flavour and its not really a beer to me, I am OK with many of these coffee beers. Not this time. Doug's bottle.

Sammy, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Whimpers
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Whimpers, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of will1256
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

will1256, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of bonez05404
4/5  rDev +0.5%

bonez05404, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of apocalypsezombie
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

apocalypsezombie, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of KevSal
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

KevSal, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of azdback
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small snifter. Dark brown color with just a bit lighter color highlights. Head is a very small finger of creamy white colored and thin in appearance. Lace doesn't look like it want to play tonight.

Smell is a fantastically sweet. This really smells like a cup of coffee with some hazelnut creamer. Some smokey and roasted beans. Quite nice.

Taste is almost exactly as it smells. Roasted coffee, sweet creamer, some char and a bit of alcohol. This is quite a huge and fantastic tasting brown.

Mouth is velvety and creamy. Body is balanced but full and the finish is long and very wet.

Overall I really enjoyed this offering from Michigan. By far the best Brown I have encountered. It does have a lot of help from the hazelnuts and roasted coffee. Thanks to McNuts for this.

azdback, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that quickly fade into a thin patchy layer. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: Very roasty with a huge blast of hazelnut and coffee. They ain't kidding around with the nut and coffee hints. Dark roasted malts with some hints of chocolate, caramel, toffee, cream, and vanilla. Also some big hints of brown sugar. Again the hazelnut is huge along with the coffee. Smells enticing.

Taste: Roasty and nutty like the smell indicates. Big taste of hazelnuts and coffee beans. Roasted malts with good notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, cream, and vanilla. A good amount of brown sugar and molasses. The hop presence is light but there is a somewhat noticeable bitterness in the background. A pretty sweet taste but far from overly syrupy. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat sticky. Finishes somewhat dry. Feels like a brown ale and not something imperial despite the high ABV. The alcohol is hidden pretty well considering that.

Overall: This came out pretty good to me. Hazelnut flavor is big but not overwhelming. A very good and interesting take on the brown ale style.

MattyG85, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of dasmusik
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

dasmusik, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Aschap
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Aschap, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Exiled, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of WesM63
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a large snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy darker brown with a tiny 1/2finger off white head. Minimal lacing and retention.

S: Smells of coffee, toffee,caramel, hazelnut and maybe some vanilla.

T: Hazelnut! Some caramel and toffee in the middle and finishs with an almost coffee bitterness. A tiny bit of alcohol burn as it travels down.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: While I thoroughly enjoy the flavors in this one, they overpower everything else and in some cases, not in a good way. One of the let downs for me is that it is artificially flavored. (IMO, that's not part of the craft beer scene) IMO, I would prefer a strong brown ale with all the hazelnut/coffee/toffee taking a backseat but still very present.

WesM63, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev +0.5%

ADTaber, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +0.5%

nh2032, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of ediaz
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

ediaz, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Satchboogie, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Eriktheipaman, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - Smelled of hazelnut, coffee, caramel and toffee.

T - The hazelnut flavor is very strong and tasty. Sweet with caramel notes. Mild coffee-like bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Great tasting beer although I feel in has to be shared. After a while all that hazelnut sweetness was simply too much.

zeff80, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

DarthGuitarHero, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Tamarack22
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Tamarack22, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of jrohrbacher
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jrohrbacher, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of joshtrich
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

joshtrich, Jul 19, 2012
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,143 ratings.