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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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1,160 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 59
Gots: 293 | 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:
Beer added by: bashiba on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch light tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's a good amount of lacing, too. I love the aroma of this brew, it smells like hazelnuts, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and some brown sugar. I think the coffee flavor is dominant at first, with the hazelnut, caramel, and vanilla flavors becoming stronger as the brew warms up more. Very tasty brew! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and has moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, if I had another bottle I'd drink it right now! Definitely recommended.

Photo of eclipse54
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle of the recent release. Drank from a DFH signature glass.

A - 4.0 - Pours a deep brown color with dark ruby hues throughout the body, giving it an almost blood red glow. A centimeter or so of off-white head lingers for a bit before subsiding to a pillowy mass in the center of the glass and a light around the edges. Scattered patches of bubbles serve as lacing.

S - 4.5 - The aroma is of hazelnut, roasted almond, English toffee, caramel, cashews, and various other nuts. A nice amount of freshly roasted coffee comes through as well, as does a faint amount of vanilla.

T - 4.5 - Hazelnut, caramel, roasted coffee, almond, and other nuts push right out in the flavors. Theres a bit more coffee here than in the nose, but it’s not overpowering at all. Toffee and vanilla are there, and some faint raisin and dried date come out towards the end. Theres some brown and cane sugar flavors, but no ethanol.

M - 4.0 - Mouthfeel is thinner than anticipated, which is actually quite nice. I was afraid this one would leave the palate a sugary, resinous mess, but it finishes relatively cleanly with only a bit of the nutty flavors lingering. The finish isn’t necessarily sticky, but it’s somewhat dry.

O - 4.0 - While the nose is dominated by the nutty aromas and hazelnut, they’re much more integrated in the body and the coffee is allowed to come through a bit more (as are some of the other more subtle ingredients). This would make one great evening sipper by a fireplace, or a great breakfast accompaniment.

Photo of markasparov
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Zeller12
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of seedsofchaos
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the most recent Founders release which popped up in my local along side of this years Devil Dancer. Honestly, I was equally excited about both of these great brews.

Frangelic Mountain Brown pours to style: a rich, yet clear, dark brown with a light head that cascades from cappuccino-froth beige to oyster shell white/off-white. Body is a little less chewy than I like but, for a brown, it's pretty well done.

The bouquet on this beer is a delicious mix of hazelnut, light coffee roast, cream/vanilla and sweet malts. No discernible hop aroma or bitterness. Surprisingly, with such coffee in the nose, I'm shocked that there is little to no bitterness or harshness from the coffee in the flavor. Founders truly has a way of incorporating coffee in with their specialty beers. The whole experience of Frangelic is pretty perfect for the coffee and beer lover. Alcohol (high at 9%) is beautifully masked (maybe dangerously so) to a point that one could easily sip on this with a breakfast of Belgian waffles and hot maple syrup. Hell, I think I might try that this weekend.

All in all, if you have the means, pick this one up. You'll be glad you did.

Photo of Heff19
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of leej08
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jjheinrichs
2/5  rDev -49.9%

Photo of JimDH
1.5/5  rDev -62.4%

Photo of ortie
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Jakers90
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of camil1mj
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of starrdogg
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin off. Smell is quite nice, kinda like coffee ice cream - a sweet coffee mixed with the maltiness of the base brown ale. Taste follows the nose, but it's not quite as impressive - a bit like a coffee milkshake. It's not overly sweet, but certainly not very bitter at all, and the slight spiciness of the brown ale base mixes nicely with the coffee. Unfortunately it's not quite as complex and interesting as I'd hoped - a bit too one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is another good beer from Founders, but I have high standards when it comes to them and this doesn't rise up to the level of their great ones. Still, a fun experiment, but a little too much artificial sweetness brings this down a notch.

Photo of pohldogg356
1/5  rDev -74.9%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am not a fan of hazelnut, but like Founders, so I thought I'd give this a try. In a pint glass the beer was a medium brown color with a tan head. There was a little bit of lace

Hazelnut aroma. Coffee with cream. A little bit of caramel.

The hazelnut was even more on display in the taste. Still there was the coffee with cream and the caramel.

I thought the flavors worked well together, and actually enjoyed the beer.

Photo of BeRanger
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of nkeckhar
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky, light brown.

S: Tons of hazelnut coffee scent. The scent was intoxicatingly good. I got a bit of vanilla as well.

T: Strong, almost overpowering hazelnut sweetness. A bit of the alcohol warmness at the end. I felt like what Vanilla is to Southern Tier's Creme Brulee - Hazelnut is to Frangelic Brown.

M: Smooth, nice

O: A bit one note - think CBS is on another tier, but enjoyed this one. I will not seek out another bottle though we all agreed that that hazelnut flavor may balance out in 6 months or a year

Photo of ant880
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders love affair with coffee and nuts is on full display again. Call it their menage a trois. But with a lighter body and power than Cashew Mountain Brown, Frangelic pulls the flavors of hazelnut and coffee well within balance then allows the beer to become much more drinkable than it should.

Much like French pressed coffee, the bark-brown hue carries a muddled haze that repels light. Dainty head character slowly releases from the beer and caps the beer much like lightly tanned espresso creme.

The coffee theme continues in nose as nutty coffees rise first. Columbian bean aromatics seem oily and rich, and also carry a lot of chocolate, toast, and hazelnut character but not as roasty as espresso. Instead, the aromas are rich, delicate, buttery, and seductively sweet. Caramel, butterscotch, and maple syrup inform sweetness and makes the last sip as delightful as the first.

Lush flavors of Nutella, soft nutty and chocolaty coffees, medium toast, maple syrup, and butter waft the palate in sultry and savory succulence. Backed by the malty sweetness of caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, almond, and maple, the early taste of barley is balanced by coffee oils, mild woody hops, and earthy beans and nuts. The dialogue of malt, coffee, and nuts is focused, not allowing any impact from fruit esters or yeast spices to make any headway. It's a delicious beer that captures the essence of medium roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and hazelnut in their very best light and balance.

Surprisingly, the rich taste is housed in a carriage of milder-than-expected weight. The malt, chocolate, and nut flavors never translate to heft or viscosity. Instead an light velvety texture coats the mouth with a thin veil of sweetness and oil and elevates the notion of smoothness, roundness, and savory taste. Sweetness turns ever so bitter late and allows the malt textures to waiver slightly and signals the finish of cocoa powder, bitter coffee oils, and evaporative alcohol cooling. The nine percent alcohol hardly makes an impact, making this beer dangerously drinkable.

Frangelic Brown definately provides more body, flavor, nutty definition, strength, and succulence than is normal for any English brown ale style which makes it "imperial" but it's way too effortless and drinkable to compare to heavier porters or stouts. Its non-definable comparisons causes inquisition and intrigue on all fronts. Well done again Founders- this brown ale is worthy of its Backstage status.

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, served in a snifter. Beer is brown, dark, hazy with a nice tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, decent retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, nutty, mild coffee, a little creamy.

Beer tastes like hazelnut coffee creamer, in a good way. The beer cuts through with a nice malt backbone and some mild bitterness sitting on top of that is a strong hazelnut / sweetness that win in the flavor department. It is good but really pushes the boundary of beer in my opinion. I'd probably have it again.

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of RandyKemka
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
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