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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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1,153 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,153
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 59
Gots: 296 | 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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2/5  rDev -49.7%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of starrdogg
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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1/5  rDev -74.9%

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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of nkeckhar
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big "Thank you!" to my dude Output01x for supplying me with this.

A slightly aggressive pour takes me to a finger and a half of foamy, tan head. Holding the beer up to the light, I can see that it is a deep mahogany brown. Head sticks around at a half finger for a while, taking its time dissipating. Lacing clings nicely to the glass.

Was not expecting the rich aromas from this beer. It smells like medium roasted, freshly ground coffee beans. Hazelnut is also apparent, like a hazelnut cappuccino.

Hazelnut cappuccino with brown ale is the flavor. Mainly malty, a little on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel on this beer is full bodied. It is a thick sipper that needs that carbonation to help it go down. Coupled with the coffee taste, it is perfect for this brew, but not what I should be drinking on a day where it is 85 or more outside.

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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,153 ratings.