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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Frangelic Mountain BrownFounders Frangelic Mountain Brown

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very good

1,084 Ratings
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Ratings: 1084
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%

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 SHODriver


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a deep brown with ruby edges with a small off white head that quickly fades to a collar into a snifter
S: some brown sugar, hazelnut coffee and some lightly roasted malt
T: hazelnuts and coffee up front and throughout the drink, lightly roasted malt struggles to make its presence felt and there's a bit of caramelly sweetness at times. swallow is more hazelnut coffee and a bit more caramel
M: medium in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation. decent finish
O: the hazelnut coffee kinda dominates the beer. I wish it would have played less of a leading role. Not a bad beer but it's almost like drinking watered down coffee. Interesting beer though

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 04:41:11 | More by SHODriver
Photo of Shhhhhhh


4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

its a dangerous combination beer and coffee. well hazelnut coffee. its is one of my favorites. me and my mom drink it all the time i got her hook but it will be soon gone. : ( but overall tasty tasty tasty!! go out and find u some. or ask nicely lol well have a good one

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 23:44:01 | More by Shhhhhhh
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle at a recent tasting, reviewed from notes.

So here's the thing about this beer. If you like sweet hazelnut, you're laughing. If not, you are out of luck. Simple as that. Let's press on.

Pours a nice chestnut hue, a bit hazy, with a sturdy crown of foam that holds its own quite well.

This brew has an unmistakable nose of sweet hazelnut, coffee and chocolate. In fact, I would go so far to say as this brew smells like a fresh batch of hazelnut roasted coffee. For me, this is a blessing, but for a few others at the tasting, this was a bit of a curse.

Taste is quite similar - vanilla, hazelnut coffee, with sweet brown sugar and a roasted malt. Cream, caramel and other sweet goodies in the mix. A very tasty brown, but the sweetness does get to you after a while. Medium to thicker bodied, very drinkable.

I liked this brew a great deal because I'm a sucker for hazelnut anything. Would be an excellent after dinner brew to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 22:55:23 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of alexgash


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

Garnet-tinged chestnut brown. Clear. Finger and a half of thick, creamy, light khaki head. Great lacing. Lots of hazelnut on the nose. The label does not lie. The hazelnut blends in nicely with some roasted coffee. Also some caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Nice.

Roasted coffee up front (city plus roast). Brown sugar and caramel malt sweetness follow on its heels. Kind of mocha-y, but with lots of hazelnuts! They come on strong in the latter half of the palate. Sweetness stays throughout with added complexity of rummy fruit and even a little bitter orange peel. Finishes with lots of lingering brown sugar, coffee bitterness, and, of course, hazelnuts. Medium bodied with a slick feel. An interesting, well-made beer, but not one I would drink very often.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 19:27:10 | More by alexgash
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

4.69/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Chestnut brown with some ruby tinged highlights. A decently thick head that disappears very quickly. Leaves some nice thick lacing and a nice thick coating of oily legs dripping down.

S- Big notes of vanilla and toasted hazelnuts. Marshmallows, sweet latte, bitter chocolate, medium roasted coffee, crumb cake, angelfood cake with brown sugar/maple frosting. This gets so amazing as it warms up. Unlike anything I've ever drank or smelled. Extremely unique.

T- I really wish I woulda taken this out of the fridge an hour or so before I poured it. This one would be perfect going from the cellar to the glass. Tastes like a perfect cup vanilla hazelnut coffee. Little hints of cocoa, cream, and brown sugar. Very nutty, semi-sweet, and completely delicious.

M- Way thicker than I expected for a coffee beer. WOW! Really glides down your tongue. Sticky with brown sugar, hazelnut candy, mocha, marshmallow. One of the best Brown Ale's I've ever had.

O- This one has to be in my top five Brown Ales. Tons of flavor and body. I could smell this all damn day! I wish they'd get rid of FBS and make this every year.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 02:21:27 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown with copper highlights, moderate tan lacing, decent retention. Hazelnut right upfront on the nose, notes of clean, french pressed medium roast coffee, brown sugar, vanilla and cream round out the nose. Hazelnut hits the tongue first, big and strong but milds out until the medium roast coffee with light cocoa notes hits, some mor enutty qualities, vanilla and brown sugar join the mix. Full side of medium, creamy and smooth. Fantastic nose and flavor, maybe a bit too much for some to enjoy as I did.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2013 15:30:08 | More by rfgetz
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

POured from bottle into tulip at lazy boy, white plains, ny. Pours a syrupy brown with a cloudy haze and a bit of off whote foam. Great coffee, sweet malt, nutty aroma...really nice. Super smooth sweet nutty malty glavor with a nice dose of fresh coffee. So easy to drink and just lots of flavor; its very nutty meets coffee...
I cant believe the reviews on this arent better. A really great brew for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 20:31:13 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of beerdrifter


4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! Beautiful clear mahogany pour with a one finger off-white head with minimal retention and nice lacing. The nose is huge and totally dominated by the hazelnut coffee along with hints of brown sugar, maple, butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla. The taste follows suit with the hazelnut once again the star. Also getting hints of maple, vanilla, mocha, molasses, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy and smooth as silk with moderate carbonation and a bit of a syrupy finish. Overall, this was better than I had expected. I didn't get the artificial hazelnut or coffee creamer feel that others did. I'm not a big fan of hazelnut, but thought this was rather tasty, albeit a tad bit too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 22:22:52 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A nice light brown color, transparent. A nice light fluffy off white head at the top that takes a while to go away, the lacing is present as well as you drink this oune.

S: Hazelnut all over this nose, with slight hints of brown sugar, some sweet bread and caramel and chocolate on the tail end.

T: This is just like the nose, hazelnut is all over the place, and the other notes accompany it as well, very balanced.

M: Medium bodied very smooth, not a lot of carbonation maybe mid level.

O: I love hazelnut anything so this brew was pretty darn good, I enjoyed it but I think something was missing But I still cant figure it out, overall not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 18:57:47 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of nlmartin


3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

People seem to love this beer or hate it. I split this bottle and a chocolate bar with my wife. The beer was chilled and served in a tulip.

A- The body of the beer is chestnut brown with mahogany high lights. A thick 1.5 inch head light tan in appearance crest the beer. Nice head retention and loads of sticky lacing marking the beers passage.

S- This beer delivers a lightly roasted coffe aroma. The coffee aroma supports a pleasing cocoa and hazelnut aroma.

T- The flavors of the beer deliver cocoa, medium roasted coffee that keeps the beers sweetness in check. This beer is about coffee loving. The hazelnuts are present in a syrupy sort of way. Not too shabby but wanted a more natural hazelnut flavor.

M- The body of the beer is medium and moderately carbonated. A slightly acidic finish from the coffee noted. No alcohol heat noted.

O- I really dig the coffee and overall maltyness of this beer. A nice treat to drink one and definately done.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 01:52:57 | More by nlmartin
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Writing a review from memory, but since Hads count for realsies now, even a bad review from memory is better than nothing. On tap at Prohibition Pig a while back.

A - Deep brown with a tan head.

S - Massive coffee and hazelnut aromas, really attractive. Throw in some cocoa, too.

T - Follows the nose, it's like a fresh cuppa hazelnut coffee.

M - Medium-full body that goes will with the rest of the beer.

O - Overall a great specialty brown ale, with a tasty combination of coffee and hazelnut.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2013 02:13:52 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of ryan1788a5


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Deep brown on the pour with burnt sienna highlights. Good clarity. The sand colored head settles pretty quickly, and even swirling of the glass won't revive it. Small, spotty lacing.

S: Huge aroma of freshly brewed coffee. It's uncanny, actually. This smells just like a freshly brewed cup of hazelnut coffee. Fruity notes of raspberry underneath. Toast with jam. Hazelnut chocolate. Slightly woody. A highly aromatic and memorable nose.

T: The dominant coffee taste comes as no surprise. Freshly brewed hazelnut coffee with rich earthy and nutty tastes. Light acidity. Creamy hazelnut chocolate. Hints of underlying raspberry fruitiness, sharp hop interjection reminiscent of orange marmalade. Strong, eternal finish of rich hazelnut coffee.

M: Thick body, full, rich, and creamy. Chewy. Slight scrubbing carbonation. Well-hidden alcohol warmth. Sinfully smooth. A luscious, decadent, and dessert-like mouthfeel.

O: Coffee, coffee, coffee. A fairly straightforward beer by Founder's standards, but they do it damn well. The coffee flavors are bold, rich, and authentic. The body/mouthfeel supports the strong flavors at work and even adds to the decadence. A stellar brew, and one of the most memorable coffee beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 02:03:49 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of AlexFields


3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells sweet and mainly of hazelnut, even the coffee notes are restrained compared to the hazelnut.

Taste is pretty similar, very sweet, lots of hazelnut, some subtle coffee.

This is a good beer, not amazing but perfectly drinkable. I don't see why everyone has been shitting on this beer so much.


Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 22:47:36 | More by AlexFields
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 750 bottle
Glass: snifter
From: Tippins Market in Ann Arbor
Price: $15

Appearance: a slightly reddish brown. almost opaque. a fingers worth of head that quickly fades to a slight side lacing

smell: nutty, coffee, some creaminess

Taste: hazelnut coffee, milk sugar, not much else as i have trouble picking subtleties with coffee. a pretty sweet taste overall

Mouthfeel: light, which is weird for something that tastes a little like coffee. creamy as well. feels very pleasant

overall: it looks and feels good but not my type of beer. i must say it is the best coffee tasting beer i have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 06:57:08 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of sevenarts

New York

3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear ruby/cola brown color, modest off-white head with not much retention and a little lacing.

S: Lots of hazelnut, as promised. Nutty and sweet, with a bit of vanilla and subtle roasted malts beneath the creamy nuttiness.

T/M: Well, it is what it's supposed to be, heavy on the sweet hazelnut. That hazelnut coffee creamer flavor dominates, with a heavy milky sweetness to every sip. The initial sweetness and nuttiness is eventually joined by a roasted malt flavor, adding just a touch of much-needed bitterness to this syrupy brew, but never enough to truly offset the sweet hazelnut. Mouthfeel is medium, tending towards light and thin.

O: I'm not sure what I expected, but this is way too sweet and one-dimensional for me, especially since I've got a whole bomber sitting here. It definitely should have been in 20 oz. bottles, but even then it's just not a successful experiment. I like sweet beers generally, but this is too much with not enough extra character to balance it.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 23:04:00 | More by sevenarts
Photo of themind

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 15:49:55 | More by themind
Photo of GrindFatherBob

New York

4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served into a 12oz bullet glass at Tap and Mallet during the Founders vs. Goose Island tap takeover.

The pour was a nice clear mahogany, with a light beige 1 1/2-2" creamy head that stuck around til the end of the glass. Smelled of hazelnut coffee, caramel, toffee, ice cream, just a wonderful nose that I could appreciate for hours. Taste was much of the same, everything integrated near perfectly with a super creamy, full mouthfeel. I think that the nitro treatment really completes this beer, takes away any acrid, harsh coffee tinge and smooths out the whole experience. A must try if you see it on nitro.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-21-2013 01:21:44 | More by GrindFatherBob
Photo of elNopalero


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Might possibly have been the last bottle on the shelves in Kalamazoo.

This pours a nice amber roast brown color with light foam. There’s an aroma of hazelnut coffee... Exactly like hazelnut coffee with a pleasing mild roast character. Have this for your morning cuppa joe! The flavor has a great hazelnut flavor and this amazing finish that’s definitely hazelnut. I found this really good and with no sense of the 9% ABV on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 22:03:02 | More by elNopalero
Photo of mhksuccess


4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour from a 22 oz bottle into a glass and it pours nice color
there is not much head no sediment
anyway the smell get you as it overpowering amounts of coffee and hints of vanilla
you can smell from 2 feet away from glass
and the taste is very similar ton of coffee vanilla hint of nuttiness
was smooth pretty easy drinking for 9%
very sweet almost like a desert or some hazlenut drink from starbucks
overall i rate this a solid brew for the style i have had it twice and would get it on an occasional basis but if never tried and dont mind that it is super sweet i would recommend

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 17:53:54 | More by mhksuccess
Photo of tectactoe


3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, dark brown with copper overtones and very slight ruby highlights here and there. Low carbonation on the pour yields nearly no head, just a small, off-white ring that clings to the circumference of the glass. Aroma is heavy hazelnut coffee; creamy, sweet, and sugary with more faint hints of cocoa and roasted malt. It tastes almost exactly like you'd expect from the nose - iced hazelnut coffee, loaded with sweet cream and sugar. Very dense and full of hazelnut flavor, as well as a lingering cocoa powder essence that gets stronger with time. As the beer warms up, the bittersweet coffee ground flavors start to come out, but nevertheless, it is the sweetness that dominates here. Heavy hazelnut and roasted malt aftertaste, very little (if any) hop profile to be found in this one. Medium body, maybe even a little on the thin side, and a bit thinner than anticipated. Could have used a bit more carbonation as well.

Overall, not disappointed like others said I would be. Then again, I love hazelnut coffee. And that's what they were out to achieve, right? It doesn't taste much like a beer, but it certainly has a distinguishable and fairly scrumptious taste, albeit maybe a bit too sweet to enjoy on a regular basis (aside from the fact that it's hard to get your hands on anyway). Can definitely say I was pleasantly surprised, and far from being let down. I'd have this again if it weren't for the high price tag and low availability.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 03:10:33 | More by tectactoe
Photo of KFBR392


3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown color with almost no head. Minimal lacing on the glass and enjoyed out of a goblet shaped glass.

Smell: Toffee, Hazelnut, and molasses. Very bright, bursts out of the bottle and really dominates the experience of drinking this beer.

Taste: An incredibly bright hazelnut front. After the hazelnut thins out a more regular brown ale presence sets in. The aftertaste is a little lacking as nothing really sticks around to make this an overly memorable beer.

Mouthfeel: A light caramelized layering covers the palette, a slight sticky molasses presence can be found here.

Overall: A great bottle to split with someone, and really have a unique experience drinking. I like that Founders has really tried to something unique with this beer and it certainly is different then any other coffee/brown ale I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 05:20:21 | More by KFBR392
Photo of KAP1356


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Smokin' Joe's Saloon in the Southside of Pittsburgh. Poured into a pint glass...

A - Pours a murky, light brown color that reminds me of a lighter coffee. Slight off-white head forms and recedes quite quickly.

S - The aroma starts off with a big hit of nutty, hazelnut coffee. Aromas of vanilla and toffee come next along with some chocolate, caramel, butterscotch aromas.

T - The taste starts like the nose with some bitter hazelnut coffee. Vanilla and rich toffee, milk chocloate, and slight roast come next. Theres a slight roast that comes as the beer warms.

M - Smooth, medium bodied beer that at times can be a bit light. Medium carbonation that is quite crisp and a little sharp in the finish.

O - While I liked it, I feel that the hazelnut came across a bit more artificial than I would've liked. Nice flavors overall, but surprised this made it into the Backstage Series.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 20:30:17 | More by KAP1356
Photo of Thorpe429


4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Rick’s. Served in a Founders tulip. Nose is incredible. Hazelnut and a bit of coffee. Very smooth. Flavor scales it back a bit, but could use more body. Quite tasty

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 03:13:21 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark copper, brown with a 1" off-white head. Big spotting and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- got a big pepper aroma at first and then some sweet hazelnut.

T- sweet peppers again with the hazelnut taking over in the middle.

M- medium body and carbonation. Smooth, slick feel.

O- why I get the pepper I don't know, but the hazelnut does take over. Different but would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 03:14:30 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of sjones5045

New Jersey

4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of bomber for the third time in little less than a year of aging. Pours a thinner head but honestly, the color and look are an after thought after you get the first whiff of a very strong hazel nut smell. Honestly one of the strongest most pleasant smelling beers I've experienced.

Taste...absolutely delicious. In comparison to the nut brown class it ranks at the top. More specifically, in comparison to other hazelnut brown ales it still is head and shoulders the best. I did read other reviews that knocked the "artificial hazelnut taste". Two responses to that, first, don't care if artificial or not, it's a strong taste that would make a fantastic dessert beer, or a sipper just relaxing in the winter. And secondly, how often has anyone had a natural hazelnut taste? Not really sure if I've ever tried natural hazelnut to compare but until I do know this works just fine for me. The only downside would be for someone that doesn't like a sweeter type of beer or hazelnut, since there is a ton of it present in this beer.

Overall, Founders continues to dominate the darker beer space. They have perfected this style of beer with this offering. Only wish this was a consistent release. If and when they release this again, I'll be among the first in line to buy. If you can still find this, grab it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 20:39:16 | More by sjones5045
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,084 ratings.