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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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Ratings: 1,151
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 59
Gots: 296 | FT: 24
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 ystazi
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Woodysbeard
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of tut2528
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pour is a deep brown, slight ruby tints at top and bottom of glass, nice 1 finger worth cream white head formation, thick bubbles, high carbonation, moderate lacing, leaves a nice thin film across the top of the glass

S: wow this is a big brown ale and extremely unique. Massive hazel nuts, deep sweet maple, coffee notes, and a nice creaminess and a touch of toffee

T: big hazel nut dominates the palate. There is a nice sweet maple backbone that holds this one together with ever slight touch of hops in the finish. Very creative, but it lacks complexity like many other brown ales.

M: medium bodied, hazel nut lingers throughout the beer. It fits for this brew quite nicely.

O: really think this one is extremely unique, and thought that the creativity in this one was great. Great smell, but the taste seems more one dimensional. Nice offering, worth trying.

Photo of sleuthdog
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tut2528 for opening this at our tasting
Poured into FFF tulip

Appearance: Poured a dark brown with mahogony red along the edges when held up to the light with a one finger size head that is an off white. Head does not stay around long. Leaves a collar along the edge.

Smell: Up first is the hazelnut with some coffee and molasses. Lots of cream notes like in a coffee creamer.

Taste: All hazelnut up front with not a ton else going on. I do get a backbone of sweetness throughout. Hazelnut sticks around in the mouth from sip to sip.

Mouthfeel: This brown ale is on the thin side but creamy at the same time. Do not detect any carbonation at all.

Overall: This is a solid brown ale but very straight forward and one dimensional. As I continue to sip the hazelnut really becomes too much. Good thing I'm sharing this with a couple friends.

Photo of julian89
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at work, looking forward to the next back stage series from Founders.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a slight reddish hue. A 1+inch off white cream head with excellent retention. A little lacing.

Smell: Strong sweet earthy hazelnut smell. Light tone of dark creamed coffee. Caramel and chocolate. No abrupt hop smell at all. Basically a smooth sweet brown ale.

Taste: Immediate nutty flavor. Lighter with other flavors. A little grain bitterness. Caramel as well. I was expecting more from a back stage series. The coffee taste seems like coffee that has been twice brewed.

Mouthfeel: Very light for a beer of this nature. Carbonation is there though. A thicker viscosity with medium carbonation would assist in balancing the grain and coffee bitterness.

Drinkability: Overall it's an excellent looking and smelling beer. It lacks a little character from what is expected of the usual Founders backstage series. Not up there with the greats... CBS, Blushing Monk, etc...

Photo of MystikCelt
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is chestnut brown with plenty of light passage. Thin white head forms and leaves partial layer on top. Nose is loaded with hazelnut quality which provides a nutty aroma along with some vanilla and bits of roasty coffee. Hazelnut dominates all facets of the aroma, not much malt base comes through. Taste is sweet and nutty with hints of light chocolate and mild roast. This really highlights nutty flavors well, regardless of its "artificial" status. Mouthfeel is pretty light with moderate carbonation. Overall, I enjoy this one. The hazelnut works well with the coffee and abv is not detectable. Quite tasty.

Photo of jrcmlc
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Gigantis
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A. Pours a little frothier than I expected with a very light head. The beer itself is a very pleasant light brown color. The abundant head lasted a while.
S. Coffee and hazelnut in good harmony. Aroma is lovely.
T. The taste is good but not as well-balanced as the smell, I thought. It's a lot of hazelnut, really. There is a nice peaty quality to it and the alcohol presence is about what you would want. Still, I was not blown away.
M. Not sticky or syrupy at all. Pretty light, actually. If it wasn't so damn expensive it would be very drinkable despite the higher alcohol content.
O. I don't usually like to judge brews based on the price but I would have expected more from this. All things being equal (and price-wise they are not), I prefer Founders Breakfast Stout to this.

Photo of DSlim71
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Oboogie
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of chugalug06
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Funky looking two-tired head. Half is super bubbly and the top is super foamy. Brew is deep roasty brown color. Head lingers for sometime.. Great lacing.

Tons of hazlenut, not my favorite, but very well rounded. Coffee scents take a back seat to the hazlenut, a bit overwhelming.

Too much hazelnut for my liking.. Nice light carbonation, no bitterness, very dry. Hazelnut is distracting and I can't get many other flavors.

I've seen Founders to MUCH better.. I expected more, especially with the high price tag. Not recommended.

Photo of oline73
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Teresa's Next Door. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear reddish dark amber color. There is a half finger of off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: I'm getting freshly ground coffee. There are some nutty notes along with sweet toffee and some dark fruit.

Taste: The taste of this beer was amazingly smooth. Very smooth coffee notes with some dark chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit notes. The finish is full of the smooth coffee flavor. There is no real bite to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth tingles of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is incredibly smooth. The sweet toffee notes complimented the beer very well. I feel very fortunate to have run into this one on-tap.

Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/07/12 notes. Ended up having 2 8oz. pours of this last night at Rattle n Hum in NYC at their Founders event.

a - Pours a medium nut brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, coffee, toffee, roasted malts, nuts, toasted malts, hazelnuts, and vanilla. As it warms up a ton more hazelnut comes out, as does espresso. Really an amazing mix of hazelnut coffee, vanilla, and caramel/toffee in the nose; just perfect. Probably the best smelling brown ale I've ever smelt.

t - Tastes of coffee, espresso, roasted malts, toasted malts, caramel malts, hazelnut, vanilla, tofee, light hops. Taste is still very good, but has less vanilla and caramel than the nose, and more coffee comes though. Very good, but not as good as the nose.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation evident. Easy to drink for 9% ABV, but the mouthfeel is a little too light/watery, which keeps it from being great.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot; one of the better brown ales I've had in a while. I didn't seek any bottles out since it was a brown ale but now wish I had, and am very glad I got to have it on tap. The nose is amazing; not sure how long that espresso/hazelnut will last so I'd drink it right now and it is drinking as good as it probably will. Would love to have it again.

Photo of Brutesling57
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of SFC21
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jmbraxton
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep medium brown color with a smallish khaki head that doesn't survive very long. Smells of hazelnuts in spades. Chocolate coffee and caramel round out the aroma quite nicely. the flavor is a solid chocolatey brown ale with a heavy dose of hazelnuts and a hint of coffee. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a silky velvety mouthfeel. Very nice brown ale with a ton of hazelnut flavor. Never seems like its 9% very simple but very tasty.

Photo of TheBishopco
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle sent from a trader in Chicago (thanks Will) poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Dark brown color, transparent ruby-red edges, slightly murky body, off-white head with decent lacing.

S: Tons of hazelnut coffee creamer, flavored coffee notes, hints of toffee and caramel, very sweet.

T: Pretty sweet from start to finish; hazelnut dominates, roasted coffee notes beneath that mixed with caramel, toffee, bready malts, coffee creamer, finishes with a flash of alcohol.

MF: Medium body, ample carbonation, with the hazelnut sweetness really dominating the palate.

O: There are flashes of brown ale characteristics in this one but the hazelnut coffee really dominates. Enjoyable, but very sweet. Make sure you share this one.

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, brown color with a inch of tan head/foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

Aromas are crazy intense and strong of hazelnut, coffee, caramel and toffee. Smells super sweet, no hops, no alcohol, little malt just super hazelnut flavoring and lesser coffee.

The tastes follow the nose but are much less intense and actually kind of a letdown. The hazelnut flavor is once again the dominant flavor with complementary sweet caramel notes. Mild coffee-like bitterness into the finish emerge more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish was mostly sweet on the sweet side; a little lackluster here.

Overall it was a nice beer but a bit too sweet and one-noted flavor wise. Glad I split it with a friend because it would have been a bit cloying to attempt to finish the whole bottle solo. After a while all that hazelnut sweetness was simply too much. Not bad just a bit sweet and needs a bit ot tweaking if it is ever going to be re-brewed.

Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a hazy dark amber color with a khaki head. Nose is full of toasted nuts, sweet hazelnut, coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Sweet but still plenty of coffee to balance it out. Sweet on the palate as well. Hazelnuts, chocolate, and coffee dominate, but there is a nice caramel sweetness, some toasted malt, and a touch of vanilla. Nice and creamy on the palate as well.

Photo of justintcoons
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Mahogany with red highlights. 1-2 fingers of head that dissipates slowly. Heavily aggressive carbonation and excellent clarity.

Holy hazelnut coffee! Nutella and rich espresso aromas. Caramelized brown sugar, fudge and chocolate truffle.

Hazelnut and espresso flavors through and through. Caramelized brown sugar, coffee grounds and hazelnut creamer. Hints of chocolate truffle, Nutella and some dry earthiness. A charred bitterness lingers on the tongue and in the throat.

Medium bodied, silky, smooth and dry.

The 9% abv is extremely deceptive. I expected a thicker, darker, more Stout-esque Imperial Brown Ale from Founders, however this is surprisingly welcoming. Definitely delivers on the hazelnut coffee.

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep dark brown/black with a limited amount of light tan head. The aroma is outstanding - huge nutty coffee notes, along with some roasted malts. The taste has similar domination of the hazelnut coffee, along with some slight earthy notes that are typical of a brown ale. The mouthfeel has medium carbonation with a medium-light body. The body was a little thin, but the alcohol was well hidden.

Overall, a nice brown ale from Founders. Definitely worth a look if you like hazelnut coffee.

Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,151 ratings.