Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Frangelic Mountain BrownFounders Frangelic Mountain Brown

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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 60
Gots: 289 | FT: 22
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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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Ratings: 1,169 | Reviews: 304
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. The pour is deep, dark mahogany with ruby-red tints and sports a nice finger of sandy-colored head that dissipates down to a nice lace. The nose is strong, almost pungent, with hazelnuts and coffee, so much so that I cannot detect much of the malt. I have heard grumblings from fellow BAs about the use of artificial flavorings, but I have to say this smells pretty good. I don't know if it smells like a beer, but it smells pretty good.

Medium-full body and a super-creamy feel. The flavor is sweet and luscious. Lots of hazelnuts, coffee, caramel, toffee, sweet cream, and just a touch of bitterness on the finish - just enough to remind you that it's a beer. There is not much booziness at all, just enough of an alcohol flavor to enhance the richness of the flavor, and there is a heavy hazelnut flavor left lingering in the mouth after you swallow. The richness and intensity of hazelnut flavor dampens the drinkability somewhat, but the taste is certainly appealing to me.

All in all, a very enjoyable beverage, but it's a bit on the sweet side and needs a little more bitterness to complement it, add complexity, and challenge my palate a bit more. More coffee and a little less hazelnut would do it. I would imagine a bourbon barrel-aged version of this would be quite something.

Photo of Smurf2055
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark red/brown with a finger off white head.

Smell is roasty nutty coffee, a bit sweeter.

Taste amazing nutty roast and creamy chocolate, more coffee on the finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

Remarkably rich and smooth, medium body. Fantastic. Would be curious to see how this aged.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber selfishly poured into a larger version of the Sam Adams perfect Pint glass. Liquid comes out the heartiest of hearty amber brown you can get without getting full on dark brown. Pretty hazy, lots of little particle chunks floating around in it. Tan colored creamy looking head, some different sized bubbles, but mostly very small. Some really nice lacing.

Smell is good, but pretty unique. Ridiculous amount of maltiness, basically it's own category. Toffee, brown sugar, with some type of combination of pale, chocolatey, buscuity malt. Then the aromas of a hazelnut coffee without any cream or sugar. Basically take a high malted brown ale and mix it with a cup of hazelnut coffee, that's your smell, no joke. Certainly not what I prefer all of my brown ales to smell like, but this is a pretty unique combination.

Taste is good, but too sweet to be as good as the smell. Again, the malt and sugar is very strong, not to the point of overwhelming, but extremely potent. There's again caramel and pale malts as well as hints of charred chocolate. However, everything takes a back seat to the heavy hazelnut coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied, so lighter than you'd expect for something with so much sweet flavor. Pretty smooth and a really good carbonation level. It's so sweet though you really have to think about it when you're drinking it. Pretty drinkable, but you really need to be in the mood for a coffee beer or something really sweet. I remember many people warning me that this would be a sugar bomb, especially when fresh which is why I aged it for awhile before drinking. This is beyond a sugar bomb, it's a sugar atom bomb.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Frangelic Mountain Brown pours a full brown color with ruby edges and a small tan tap that recedes to a cap around the edge.

Unfortunately, the aroma gives me a very synthetic hazelnut aroma above light coffee notes, caramel malts, and some cocoa.

The flavor is a bit better, but there is still a synthetic hazelnut feel. The hazelnut flavor goes on forever. A light cocoa powder sweetness starts out the sip, with bready malts, a bit of caramel, hazelnuts and coffee bringing up the rear. I am left with an oily, synthetic hazelnut flavor.

The body is on the fuller side of medium, with a creamy carbonation and an overall oily feel.

I expect better than synthetic flavors from Founders.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Scored this at the Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar in St. Louis. It set me back a bit, but I had missed it when it was released. It was served at cellar temperature. Very dark brown in appearance, but you can still see through it. Just a trace of foam on the top. Hazelnut coffee aroma is very strong and inviting. I also get a bit of black licorice. The flavor is an intense blast of hazelnut coffee. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky and heavy. Nicely done.

Photo of beagle75
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light brown color with a partial residue of loose light beige bubbles. Light scattered lacing remains on the glass.

S: Complimentary brown malt, toasted hazelnuts, and surprisingly fresh coffee are seamlessly joined in the nose. Intensity is very appropriate--resonant but not overpowering or cloying. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with mild malt that is very well-toasted. Coffee-derived depth develops after a few beats, progressing through the middle in a focused and clean fashion. Some acidity develops during the latter half of the profile, revving up when flavors should be easing into the finish. Lingering flavors represent all of those encountered thus far, with the added influence of a green-herbaceous thread and some associated. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic on the palate late, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This strong brown ale yields some traditional and attractive qualities, but it isn't quite able to reach the desired comfort level of what a high-gravity beer ideally should. There is nothing about it that suggests to the drinker to sip and savor.

Photo of dar482
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this 5/24/13 despite it only being brewed once and over a year old.

The color is a cloudy brown, light white white head.

The aroma has hazelnut coffee, sweet caramel, and vanilla. It really pushes the suggestion of what it's to be, hazelnut coffee.

The flavor is at first just huge caramel. Then there's mostly caramel and big roast flavors that you wouldn't get from most brown ales. There's a light coffee flavor. The big roast flavor is huge and at 9% ABV this is a dangerous beer with the mouthfeel.

There is a slight bitter finish so the hops show, despite the age.

With comparison, this has a lot of similarities obviously with Rogue Hazelnut Brown, but with more coffee and a much bigger roasted malt. It's one of the best brown ales I've had. How wonderful tasting.

Photo of scottfrie
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into large snifter. Thanks jbck109!

A: Pours a deep nutty caramel brown with a thin, bubbly, light tan head that faded into a thick collar leaving wisps of soapy lace down the glass.
S: Rich and sweet notes of hazelnut and buttery nuts dominate followed by light hints of light roasted coffee and roasted malt.
T: More buttery greasy nutty taste, hazelnut, light roast, milk chocolate, and a hint of raisin and vanilla.
The finish is slightly bitter with lingering flavors of hazelnuts and caramel, and the aftertaste is full of coffee, brown sugar and vanilla.
M: Full bodied, slick, greasy and smooth mouthfeel, with low carbonation.
O: I love that the hazelnut overpowers the coffee. A great example of hazelnut in beer. Very delicious, thanks Jay!

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown color with a rather modest head that fritters away rather quickly though it leaves a scattering of dots all around the glass

Smell: Hazelnut coffee, with undertones of toffee and vanilla

Taste : Hazelnut coffee with bitterness in the background from both the coffee and nutskin elements; in the middle, the vanilla and toffee sweetness builds but never becomes overwhelming; the finish is nicely balanced - not too sweet but filled with the flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: The ratings have built for this beer over time as I recall when I first bought the bottle the ratings were terrible; not sure whether the beer has developed that much since it was bottled but I rather enjoyed the beer though it is not something I would likely seek out again

Photo of CMUbrew
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from Fall 2012
750 mL bottle poured into a Founders snifter

A: Nut brown in color with ruby highlights. Looks quite oily.

S: Hazelnut coffee. It's that simple. If you're expecting anything else you're out of luck.

T: Most definitely hazelnut coffee. Thats about all I get. Coffee is slightly tannic. I would not consider the pure hazelnut coffee flavor that bad as that is what Founers was going for, although I would have liked it to be sweeter. Flavors became slightly less pleasing as the beer warmed although not terribly so.

M: Slick, oily, and slightly viscous.

O: This had potential to be a top favorite of mine in the brown ale style as well as beer in general. I love hazelnut coffee, but I needed this one to be sweeter (you won't hear too many people say that).

Photo of Joethebeerpro
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of SHODriver
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Photo of Shhhhhhh
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
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

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of nlmartin
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of greenmonstah
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of AlexFields
3.71/5  rDev -7%
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.


Photo of SportsandJorts
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.