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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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very good

1,126 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,126
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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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
Photo of nas4atu

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-03-2012 00:47:39 | More by nas4atu
Photo of CEDAMA


5/5  rDev +25.6%

08-02-2012 17:27:54 | More by CEDAMA
Photo of ferrettman687


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

08-02-2012 15:41:33 | More by ferrettman687
Photo of Rollzroyce21


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

08-02-2012 12:43:21 | More by Rollzroyce21
Photo of millertime416


4.18/5  rDev +5%

I really wanted to love this one...I really did, especially given all the negative reviews. This is the third bottle I've tried and I just can't get into it.

A: Good - reddish brown with a moderate amount of head.

S: The smell is simply amazing. I personally dislike hazelnut coffee, but I can't stop smelling this (probably why I've bought so many bottles). I almost recommend buying one just to sniff it.

T: This is the problem, the taste is not there. It tastes like a poor to average brown ale doused in hazelnut syrup. Its too bitter and too sweet. In all honesty it seems hard to classify as a beer - I second other reviewers who could see this as an offering from Starbucks.

M: Way too thin.

O: Founders I love you but I don't understand how this came to market. I'm in love with how this beer smells, but it may be because it smells like dessert. I just think this is a below average beer. I have 2 more in the cellar...maybe in the future I will become a believer!

Edit: maybe I was influenced was all the negative hype that follow the release or it's just the age, but I've had this a few more times now and have really come to enjoy it. Scores update to reflect, but not comments

08-02-2012 06:06:53 | More by millertime416
Photo of freduardo


4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

08-02-2012 04:46:29 | More by freduardo
Photo of jlkrekelberg


4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-02-2012 04:06:06 | More by jlkrekelberg
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-02-2012 03:10:20 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of Florida9


3.3/5  rDev -17.1%

A: Dark reddish brown in color. Dark, but still rather translucent. Clear. Forms a moderate sized head that reduces fairly quickly to a bunch of big bubbles. Eventually reduces down to a patchy surface coating. Light lacing.

S: Sweet aroma chock full of hazelnuts and hazelnut liqueur with a blend of lightly roasted coffee. Unsurprisingly, this one smells much the way Frangelico does.

T: Taste is rather sweet with notes of hazelnut, marzipan, coffee, and some light vanilla. Coffee flavor is pretty strong on the first half of the bottle, but seems to subside and give way to the strong hazelnut flavor. Unfortunately, the hazelnut is so strong it comes off as being artificial with a bit of a chemical aftertaste to it.

M: Medium bodied, but rather thin for the style. There is an artificial, chemically mouthfeel to this beer and it finishes with the astringency of cheap coffee.

O: This beer is a bit of a dichotomy. On the one hand, it is novel and the flavors seem to work. On the other, it is sweet, not at all subtle, and simply tastes artificial. As I was drinking it (and I should mention I was incapable of finishing the bottle), I felt as this was some sort of new Starbucks Frapucinno flavor that I should be serving it over ice with a straw instead of in a glass. But, in all honesty, if Starbucks sold this stuff, I couldn't see ever buying it from them either.

08-02-2012 01:50:42 | More by Florida9
Photo of ajaxivan


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

08-01-2012 23:37:51 | More by ajaxivan
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -42.2%

Thanks to brystmar for this bottle recently. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a ruby-tinted, transparent, milk-chocolate brown. Big hazelnut notes, sugar cookies, light ethanol. Crisp mouth with a decent amount of carbonation. Whoah! Holy cheap hazelnut creamer, Batman! Yowzas. This is sickeningly sweet. Whatever else characteristics I expected are all but drowned out. I can't get past the hazelnut on this one. I knew going into this, that that was the main player with this beer, but let's learn some subtlety, yeah? I need another beer to wash this flavor out. I wanted to try this since it came out, but this is not pleasant. The worst beer I have had from Founders. Pass.

08-01-2012 19:31:44 | More by Onenote81
Photo of lalaloveyou

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

08-01-2012 17:20:09 | More by lalaloveyou
Photo of rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-01-2012 16:27:45 | More by rpstevens
Photo of Warwick

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-01-2012 04:25:33 | More by Warwick
Photo of MDDMD


3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

A-clear medium brown color with a small off-white head and little lacing

S-hazelnuts, coffee,,chocolate, vanilla bean

T-coffee, chocolate, hints of vanilla, mild to moderate sweetness, hazelnut flavor a little on the artificial side

F-light to medium body with mild carbonation, a little on the thinner side

O-an interesting brown ale variation by Founders, would have higher marks if it had a little more body and creaminess and the hazelnut flavor didn't seem artificial

08-01-2012 02:14:21 | More by MDDMD
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.18/5  rDev +5%

consumed on 7/2, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally earlier today. enjoyed from my cbs snifter.

a - brew poured a crimson brown that when held to the light really ignited with the reddish highlights. A generous pour yielded two fingers plus of frothy cream colored head. as the foamy creamy head vanished, big bold streaks of lacing were left in the wake staining the glass with foam. rather attractive for a brown

s - WOW! that smells AWESOME! fresh hazelnut coffee. if you ever wondered what was missing from your brown ale, it is fresh hazelnut coffee. some of the brown ale malts are hiding in the background, but this is a beer you'd get at a gourmet coffee shop. smells divine!!!

t - taste is HUGE. this is hazelnuts baby! once i get over the coffee shock, i can pick out the brown ale flavors which are nice, but kind of typical. this one is all about the hazelnut coffee mix. it is a rather tasty beer...but if you aren't a fan of hazelnut coffee, head for zee hills as this will be a nightmare for you.

m - mouth is big and bold in rich flavors, but at the same time a bit watery in feel. i'd expect (and hopef for) a bit more creaminess to the body, but still good. the booziness is well hidden and only shows itself in the tingle in my mouth.

o - overall, in a word...INTENSE. in another word...HAZELNUT. sort of a one-trick pony, but VERY unique and different. the meld works, but perhaps i'm drinking this a bit too fresh if possible. i imagine that this will really come into it's own when the coffee dies down a bit, that being said, it is pretty bada$$ fresh, just intense.


08-01-2012 01:30:06 | More by cosmicevan
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-01-2012 00:16:58 | More by stxSS07
Photo of king75


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-31-2012 01:33:34 | More by king75
Photo of Shoo65


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-31-2012 01:11:51 | More by Shoo65
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-31-2012 00:51:56 | More by damngoode
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

A - Pours a deep amber/brown with a nice caramel colores half inch head that dissipates fairly quickly (no more than two minutes) leaving only behind a thin outer ring connecting the surface of the beer to moderate lacing. Retention was ok, looks slightly thin.

S - Smells fatnastic, lots of sweet hazelnut & chocolate with a nice roasty coffee aroma. Very simple but very very enticing. Smells incredibly good!

T - Took two consecutive sips and immediately and literally said "Oh my god this is delicious". Just as it smells, in that same order, very good. Coffee and hops combine for a nice but subtle roastyness. The hazelnut lingers nicely.

M - Actually fairly thick/chewy relative to my expectation after pouring, still medium bodied at most. Maybe just a touch too much carbonation. Very good overall

O - Pretty damn good, the aroma is just amazing IMO. Taste is also very good but not quite as sweet as the aroma would suggest. Not knocking it, very very tasty. The body of the beer kind of throws me but it keeps it very drinkable for a 9%. No indication of alcohol at all which is very surprising.

07-31-2012 00:44:51 | More by MacQ32
Photo of Christov


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-31-2012 00:13:34 | More by Christov
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

2012 Bomber poured into a tulip

A- Pours a very dark and murky hazelnut brown with some orange tines. It has a one finger off white/ light tan coloration. Some alcohol legs.

S- I get a lot of earthy hazelnut in this one and I mean a lot. There is also a fair share of coffee and mocha notes, maybe a little cocoa. A truly unique smelling beer.

T- The first thing I notice is all the coffee, mocha notes. The flavors are certainly strong but not the best coffee flavoring out there. I like the flavor but it tastes a bit too much like extract of some sort and has a cheap feel. There is also some chocolate notes and some nuttiness.

M- This beer has good carbonaiton. It has little to no alcohol presence surprisingly which makes this a dangerous brew. Mouthfeel is on the light side for what I would expect to be a massive beer, thankfully im drinking this by myself and wont have a problem. Leaves behind a nutty aftertaste.

O- A solid brew, a bit pricey. I have heard this is the worst of the backstage series so im disappointed this is the only one I have been able to try. However, if this is the worst then I have high expectations for the others.

07-31-2012 00:07:33 | More by TwelveOunces
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.