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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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1,117 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 54
Gots: 295 | FT: 22
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 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

New York

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.


Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:30:06 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of stxSS07


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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 00:07:33 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of Troville1990


4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-30-2012 05:49:23 | More by Troville1990
Photo of BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazelnut brown (how convenient), with slight head and decent lacing.

The aroma has to be the best thing about this beer. Hazelnut and coffee come through and both are very potent. This beer is beyond fragrant. One of my favorite smelling beers.

The taste is rich and the sweetness is quite controlled compared to most brown ales. The coffee comes through with quite a bit of influence, yet it's not aggressive in any way. Hazelnut is just behind it and it's somewhat foundational to the coffee and perhaps what warrants it being classified as a brown ale.
There's an excellent balance achieved between bitterness from the coffee and the sweetness that brown ales are known for.

The body is very creamy and smooth. It has a medium fullness and weight and the finish is slightly dry and sticky.

Overall, this was one of the less extreme backstage beers, but it was done quite tastefully and is perhaps my favorite example of a brown ale and one of the few brown ales that isn't too sweet for me.

The only limiting factor with this is that it seems to be much better when warm. Drinking this cold seems to be so-so while it shines when at room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 03:27:25 | More by BBP
Photo of ncketchum


4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoamingGnome for this one.

Served cellar temp in a Duvel tulip, split three ways with my father and sister

A - Pour is a light brown with lots of carbonation, a little bit of white head which dissipates rather quickly.

S - Smell is fantastic - intense coffee dominates the nose, with a good amount of chocolate malt following

T - Again, strong coffee taste up front, which dominates the beginning of the palate, followed by pretty intense hazelnut, and a hint of bitterness at the end.

M - mouthfeel is actually fairly thin, not too much carbonation, and a bit of lingering alcohol.

O - This is the most intense coffee smell and taste I've had in a beer. Not a bad thing, just a fact. I really enjoyed this, but I'm glad I split the bottle as that would have been a tall order to finish myself. On the verge of a dessert beer

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 01:59:35 | More by ncketchum
Photo of mdaschaf


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

Thanks to zipper8650 for this one!

A: Pours a deep brown color with a small off-white head, about one finger in height that reduces quickly leaving a very thin cap on top. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Very sweet and nutty. Lots of hazelnut, cream, caramel, coffee. Reminds of me a Dunkin Donuts Hazelnut coolata. Rather nice.

T: Again, very sweet and sugary. There is a heavy hazelnut flavor with some caramel and toffee. It reminds me again of a hazelnut coolata, but also of Baileys cream.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit on the creamy side.

O: Different for a brown ale and I am enjoying it. Certainly on the sweet side and surprisingly enjoyable, but definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 01:40:20 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of M1A2


3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-30-2012 00:59:58 | More by M1A2
Photo of cfrances33


3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought two weeks after the release on 7/3/12 and enjoyed the same night.

Pour: Deep brown with two fingers of foamy biscuit colored head. Dissipates to a ring and a light foam on top.

Smell: Hazelnuts with a little bit of booze.

Taste: Hazelnut coffee with an unmistakeable twinge of artificial sweetener. The abv of this one might help bring forth this unfavorable flavors. Coffee flavors are really nice, rest of the profile is mediocre at best. Blends much better as it warms, but still meh

Mouthfeel: Too light to support the flavors in the beer. If this were a stout, even not an imperial stout, it would be MUCH better suited to handle the flavors it boasts.

Overall: Really disappointing given the hype leading up to the release.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 22:05:42 | More by cfrances33
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-29-2012 20:52:56 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of JAHMUR


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-29-2012 18:49:43 | More by JAHMUR
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-29-2012 07:29:24 | More by iL0VEbeer
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,117 ratings.