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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: 1,145
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 56
Gots: 297 | FT: 25
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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

phishphorce, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of vandemonian
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Frangelic mountain brown is a sweet flavoursome brown ale with an amazing aroma and a great flavour.

A: Brown colour and a thin head that fades fast. 4

S: Sweet flavoursome malt. Some coffee and brown sugar flavours too. There are also notes of hazelnut. 4.5

T: Malty with strong coffee flavour and a slightly smoky finish. 4

M: Quite thin. 3.5

O: 4

vandemonian, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Momar42
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into cigar city snifter, split with a few very happy friends.
Had this beer several times from bottle and tap, figured I would review since I've only one bottle left :(.

A - deep dark brown with minimal head and no lacing. Fairly typical for a brown ale but looks nice. And trust me, you can smell this thing immediately

S - hazelnuts, coffee, hazelnuts, coffee. Lather, rinse, repeat. If either of things is NOT your thing, move on. Just an amazing nose. Only slight detractor would be a wish for a stronger variety of coffee. But overall one of the best smelling NON-IPA beers I've smelt in a long time.

T - taste is equal to the nose. Coffee and hazelnuts abound. There is a very solid brown ale base that is elevated by the other favors. I never tried the cashew variety but now I am reallly sorry I never got a chance. Truly impressive brown ale.

M - very light on the tongue considering all the flavor going on. Carbonation is just right and the creaminess never becomes cloying. Great.

O - FMB is a fantastic beer, brown ale and liquid beverage in general. Yes the price is high (though I paid $12.50 for my first two bottles), but the flavor and aroma are worth the price of admission. The only thing bad is trying to drink it slow enough to savor it much less review it. If ou can find it, drink it. You will not be sorry. Another homerun for Founders.

Momar42, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of n2185
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours brown with a finger of off-white head that fades into a soapy layer with a little lacing:

S: lots of creamy chocolate and coffee up front with smooth vanilla and some nutty notes. The hazlenut is fairly subtle. Smells very good.

T: similar to the aroma, creamy chocolate, sweet hazlenut coffee, and vanilla are prominent. There are also some roasted nut flavors.

M: medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer could be a little creamier.

O: a surprisingly good beer overall. I didn't expect much, but thankfully the hazlenut wasn't too strong and the coffee flavors were quite good.

n2185, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of jk3
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

jk3, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

enelson, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Pahn
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip into a Duvel tulip (split 4 ways).

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch offwhite head that dissipates quickly. Pours semi-opaque dark brown with light brown highlights. No lacing.

Smell: Heavy aroma of hazelnut coffee. Really in your face, but good. Lots of different coffee notes, and just a bit of the underlying brown ale.

Taste: Hazelnut coffee up front, leading some oily hop flavor then a big hit of bitterness and a dry finish, with a coffee-with-cream aftertaste. Nice malt flavor underlying the coffee, but coffee is the dominant flavor.

I've read people complaining about a nutrasweet kind of flavor, likely influenced by the "artificial flavored coffee" writing on the label. I'm pretty sure people are confusing the oily hop flavor (from hop varietals common in brown ales and porters and such) with such a medicinal / "artificial" taste. That, or the dryness is being perceived like that roof-of-the-mouth bitterness/carbonation/dryness in diet soda.

To me, tastes like a very good brown ale with overdone coffee. If you come in looking for hazelnut and coffee liqueur type flavors, you won't be disappointed.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Maybe a little over attenuated. Great creaminess.

Overall: Good beer, but the coffee flavor is a little much for me. Wish they bottled one of the other "Mountain Brown" treatments, like the cashew one.

Pahn, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of mtlasley
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frangelic pours a slightly off colored brown that becomes a deeply rich mahogany color when held to the light. A light beige one and a half finger head is comprised of large, soapy bubbles and take a small time disappearing. It's a deep looking brown ale but it's nothing to write home about.

Artificial hazelnut and malt are the first two things I get on the nose. Not too artificial smelling but definitely there. There's a slight alcohol on the background but it's very hidden. Hazelnut, coffee, malt, caramel and alcohol are about all I get from this beer. It's smells very sweet and slightly one dimensional, but not in a bad way. The nut scent stands out here and I'm sure that's what Founders was shooting for.

Hazelnut flavored coffee up front. What can I say? The malt follows and is very nutty and sweet. Lots of caramel flavors under coffee. The malt backbone here really reminds me of Fat Tire for some reason...
Very sweet and I see why some don't like it. I enjoy the sweetness though but I don't know about dropping $13 a bottle for this more than once.

Overall a medium thickness in the mouth. Thinner than a stout but thicker than the usual brown ale.

Overall, a great brown ale with an interesting showcase ingredient. I fail to find the "nasty" artificiality that some are getting and I find that the artificial hazelnut note works out well within the whole beer. The price and availability are the only limiting factors. While I'm delighted to have had a bottle, it's not something I'll chase down.

mtlasley, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of CMB2012
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

CMB2012, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of cates1tg
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

cates1tg, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of ImperialSnout
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

ImperialSnout, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of therope
4/5  rDev +0.5%

therope, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Powderhornphil
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Powderhornphil, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Brown120
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Brown120, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of rjl910953
5/5  rDev +25.6%

rjl910953, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of otto251068
4/5  rDev +0.5%

otto251068, Jul 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

JRod1969, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice dark brown color with some caramel edges. There is a nice cream colored head that forms to about 1/4 inch and is pretty dense but recedes quickly. (4.0)

Starts off with tons of hazelnut notes. These are quickly followed by some nice coffee notes. Some hazelnut liquor notes can be perceived as well. Slight sweetness from the hazelnuts with some mild caramel notes. The hazelnut notes are very very nice. (4.0)

Taste starts off with tons of hazelnut notes. Frangelico liquor all over. Sweet notes of hazelnuts and carmel mingle well and are complimented by some nice coffee bean notes. The ABV is well hidden but there is a slight burn. Nice caramel sweetness and and hazelnut flavored coffee creamer come to mind. Roasty malt notes throughout the middle of the brew are perceived as well as some nice fresh baked whole grain bread notes. Mouthfeel is nice and medium. Good for the style. Medium level of carbonation. (4.0) (4.0)

Founders really has been doing well with this series. this is probably not my favorite of the series but it is still good. A nice example of the ABA style with some interesting hazelnut notes to it. Well balanced and hidden ABV. (4.0)

JoEBoBpr, Jul 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

kennethkearns, Jul 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

TonyTalon, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into my CBS snifter. Dark brown in color with a thin, creamy head to it. Pretty good head retention to it.

the coffee really comes through in the aroma. The hazelnuts give it some roasted nutty flavors that I'm really liking. The sweeter, malty, brown ale flavors are a little overshadowed, but are very complimenting to the coffee flavors overall. Great aroma to it overall, the hazelnut coffee flavors were fantastic

The taste also shows a strong coffee presence. Up front it shows a little more of the traditional roasted coffee flavors, but the finish is where the nutty hazelnuts really shine. The malty sweetness of the base beer comes out in the finish as well and really mixes well with the hazelnut coffee flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little above average. Overall, I thought it was a great beer. I actually really like hazelnut coffee and drink it frequently so this beer was really something I was looking forward to. The malty sweetness and the hazelnut coffee complimented each other very well. One of the better coffee infused beers I've had in a while.

billab914, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of hopstermonster1
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful deep brown. It is packed with luscious sumatra coffee beans and reminds you of delicious smelling breakfast when it first hits your tongue. If any of you are afraid of the price of this beer, trust me...it is worth it. Founders does not disappoint! The flavor and depth of this beer is so nutty and extreme that it would convert the non-beer drinkers to reconsider drinking ale. I have always been a long time follower of Founders Brewery and will continue to be. Please try to locate this beer quickly. I have a feeling it will be difficult to find. If you enjoy hazelnuts and dark roasted coffee, this is cream of the croup. Enjoy!

hopstermonster1, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of beerman999999
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

beerman999999, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dull brown with a half-inch, off-white head. There is great initial head retention and creamy lacing that streaks down the sides. Tremendous carbonation pushes bold notes of hazelnut and coffee through the beer's dense, foamy head. When the rich hazelnut mixes with the sweet, malty brown ale base I'm reminded of iced coffee...that's a little heavy on the creamer. The body is a solid medium and drinks much like a Guinness...but with double the %abv. Smooth drinking beer, but it doesn't have the body of their stout/porters. This is a great brown ale, worth trying, but for $17/bottle it's not worth a repeat.

ThePorterSorter, Jul 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

MJGTi, Jul 14, 2012
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,145 ratings.