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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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1,123 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,123
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 55
Gots: 294 | FT: 23
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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4.23/5  rDev +6.3%

750ml bottle into a snifter. Bought on Alabama's first day of legalized large bottles!

A: Dark, muddy brown. Almost no head on this, just a bubbly tan ring around the outside of the glass. Obviously a very large beer.

S: Wow. Aroma is huge here. Hazelnut, coffee, brown sugar, very sweet smell.

T: Right after the nose. Hazelnut and coffee flavors are huge and every bit of this, maybe even some peanut butter like sweetness? Some syrupy notes in it as well. Overall, a big brown bomb of hazelnut and coffee with light bittering to keep it from being too overwhelming.

M: Chewy as one would expect. Slick in the mouth, with only a light carbonation tingle. It's a big beer with a big body, as one would expect.

O: Founders has an incredible take on bringing depth to a beer, and Frangelic fits that mold. Sweet, sugary, but complex in flavors. Hazelnut dominates, but subtly is there. Great ale.

08-06-2012 01:40:30 | More by ncfranklin
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

750ml bottle shared by jdiddy. Pours a beautiful mahogany color with a loose head that dissipates into a soapy skim with clustered dollops. Nose expresses a huge hazelnut and coffee presence. Taste follows nose; however, there is a distinct artificial sweetener character with a slightly bitter and lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a crisp, even carbonation. I can honestly say that 3-4 oz. was more than a sufficient pour. The artificial sweetener is just a bit too much in my opinion. If you plan on opening this, make sure you have some help.

08-06-2012 01:25:17 | More by Jwale73
Photo of PEIhop


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-06-2012 00:46:19 | More by PEIhop
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.18/5  rDev +5%

A: Pours a dark amber color with a fingers worth of tan head

S: Very strong nose of hazelnut coffee with a big malt sweetness and light earthiness. Amazing, especially if you enjoy the smell of coffee

T: Follows the nose with a wave of hazelnut coffee and some other nice nutty and earthy notes. Alcohol provides a very slight spiciness that goes great with the overall nuttiness of the beer

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and slightly creamy

O: Now this is a coffee lover's beer if I've ever tasted one. Would go great with a variety of cheeses because of the huge nutty character of the beer, plus it would help to cut the sweetness if you're not a big fan of sweet beers. Extremely glad that Founders bottled this beer, and I hope it leads to more of their draft-only offerings to be bottled as well. Very well done

08-06-2012 00:42:55 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of jnikkel


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

08-05-2012 23:42:46 | More by jnikkel
Photo of metalgdog

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-05-2012 22:44:32 | More by metalgdog
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-05-2012 20:18:07 | More by chimaylvr
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-05-2012 14:48:06 | More by patm1986
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-05-2012 05:54:35 | More by Crimsontider22
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

08-05-2012 02:44:15 | More by LambicKing
Photo of peabody


4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours out a really nice slightly hazy brown with one finger of brown suds. The submersed bubbles take up 1/3 of the pour then quickly rise to the top and make the wonderful suds. Lacing is present but not that much.
Smell is brownies , wonderful rich warming right out of the oven brownies. MMM Some malt and sugars with just a slight yeast also make their way up your nose. The burn is the alcohol but not a deterent.
Taste is a really sweet sugar charred malt. Some grape skin is barely there as well as a quick flavor of coffee. I would assume this has a calorie or two. No alcohol is detectable though.
Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky with the aftertaste of mocha coffee with a nice big brownie.
Overall this one is a tad sweet for my tastes but still just a great brown ale. If you like brownies then this is the one.

08-04-2012 21:59:03 | More by peabody
Photo of GFish


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-04-2012 21:46:11 | More by GFish
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

On-tap 7/28/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, chocolate, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste start is very sweet up front with strong flavors of maple, caramel and chocolate. The malt character is hearty and there’s a touch of an alcohol sting. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent stronger brown ale to drink for a while if you’re ok with the sweetness.

08-04-2012 19:38:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

08-04-2012 17:44:36 | More by infi
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottle opened on 7.31.12.

A - Pours a light carmel brown with a fluffy tan head. Large bubbles with good retention.

S - Strong coffee and roasted malts.

T - Milk chocolate, strong coffee, cream, and hazelnuts.

D - Good carbonation with slightly heavier finish from a medium body.

O - Creamy, coffee, and smooth.

08-04-2012 06:00:33 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of mfavoino


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Picked up a bottle in a trade form Holmes698. Thanks!

Poured on 8/3/12.

Appearance: Brown with an amber hue and one finger of foam that settled to a rim. Some spotty lace.

Smell: Lightly roasted malts, strong coffee scent, and a unique hazelnut aroma.

Taste: Sweet up front with a hazelnut emphasis. Coffee is not overwhelming, but it is a centerpiece of this beer. Light roasted malts and a minimal hop presence keep this one slick as it finishes. A little bit nutty as well.

Mouthfeel: On the light sid for this style with average carbonation. Just a bit of warming from the booze.

Overall: Didn't blow me away, but I can't say I didn't enjoy it. If you like coffee and hazelnut, give it a try.

08-04-2012 04:22:06 | More by mfavoino
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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

A: Pours a lighter than expected ruby/dark brown/amber. A n agressive pour yields a one finger tan head.
S: aroma is dominated by coffee and roasted notes. Smells sweet with slight booze. The hazelnut really stands out as well.
T: this bad boy is complex. Starts sweet with the hazelnut jumping out at the front but then slightly quelled byblack coffee, roasted notes. Toward the back, a bit of the booze kicks in, slightly astringent(my only complaint). Finishes slightly bittersweet, the only trace of hops I can really detect.
M: Medium carbonation, slick and thinner than expected. Dry finish with a boozy, bittersweet finish.
O: enjoyed this brew a lot. The complexities alone make it worth the purchase and at 9% abv I was surprised how quickly I made it through the bomber. This has so many characteristics of a stout, you need to remember its a brown and judge it accordingly. A fine brown indeed.

08-04-2012 03:50:58 | More by Infamous7100
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

08-04-2012 02:55:02 | More by tdmccarthy
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

08-03-2012 23:56:50 | More by gafferjohn
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

08-03-2012 20:08:30 | More by vande
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

08-03-2012 19:07:42 | More by ckobes
Photo of Jiatlas


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

08-03-2012 16:39:30 | More by Jiatlas
Photo of inlimbo77


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

750ml bottle. Released summer 2012.
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours a deep brownish amber. Not as dark as I was expecting on this one. Light tan finger of head. Sticky lacing bits after you swirl. Some alcohol feet are present. Good carbonation it appears.

S: Nose is tons of flavored roast coffee. Really dominates the whole thing. Hazelnut coffee.

T: Tons of coffee up front. Light roast hazelnut flavored coffee. Mid mouth is creamy malt backing. Maybe some bittering hops for the balance. Dry close on this one. Lots of roast. Nuttiness is there for sure.

M: It's a big medium. Thinner than I was expecting and/or wanted.

08-03-2012 15:57:20 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of ehammond1

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MeisterSmudge!

Clear dark brown when held up to the light with a moderately sized light brown head that lasts for a short while before fading to a thin film on the top of the beer, eventually leaving the glass spotted with stick. Appropriate and pretty brown ale.

The aroma is the hallmark of this beer and easily the best aroma I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying in any brown ale. The base beer has nice components of brown bread malt and caramel, but the coffee and hazelnut character really shine through, especially at warmer temperatures. Incredibly nice.

The flavor follows the aroma, but isn't quite as spectacular. The base brown ale is complemented nicely by coffee and hazelnut flavors, though they do appear to become a little stale and artificial, respectively, as the beer comes fully to temperature. That being said, this is a really flavorful beer, highlighting the additional components nicely, while still remaining remarkably drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. One of the more full bodies I've experienced in a brown ale.

(Keeping in mind that this is a brown ale) I really, really enjoyed this. It lived up to and exceeded my high expectations.

08-03-2012 03:28:27 | More by ehammond1
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-03-2012 00:47:39 | More by nas4atu
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
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