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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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89
very good

1,117 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 54
Gots: 295 | 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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kbnooshay

New York

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

Poured a gorgeous reddish brown color with a one finger width tan head that dissipated shortly after. Some nice spotty lacing developed. The aroma is a 100% hazelnut coffee knockout! There is a good dosage of coffee flavor in the taste but the hazelnut is still pretty strong. Theres a nice milk chocolate hint. Sweet and woody with some vanilla. Hops are light. Nutella aftertaste. Medium feel that is smooth and slick but with a nice tickle of carbonation. Pricey but I am glad i got to try one! Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 02:01:57 | More by kbnooshay
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a mug

A: pours a medium/dark amber color that is completely clear and has a very small amount of large carbonation bubbles working their way up to support the head, pours with three plus fingers of light mocha colored head that has very large creamy bubbles and lingers very nicely, leaves a ton of lacing
S: deep sugar notes and a very heavy hazelnut note that is very thick and almost syrupy
T: very nice taste, its deep on the hazelnut flavor, kind of has a chalky note to it, the beginning of the finish has a distinct sweetness to it like brown sugar, the rest of the finish has a nice alcohol note to it that is reminiscent of whiskey, leaves a lingering roasted hazelnut note in the back of the throat
M: gentle carbonation up front, drinks thinly but with a slightly chalky feel left on the palate
O: i find this one to very drinkable, perhaps to much on the hazelnut note but overall quite delicious and smooth drinking, everything ive come to expect from the founders big bottle series

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 00:44:19 | More by BigPlay1824
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Pat316

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-10-2012 23:35:00 | More by Pat316
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GennyCreamAle

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-10-2012 11:45:22 | More by GennyCreamAle
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Pours chestnut with 3 fingers of khaki head. Stays effervescent with good head retention & lacing

S: Big time hazel nut & some coffee

T: Follows the nose, some nuttyness & a touch of mocha up front. More hazel nut & coffee as this warms, some woody hops as well. Finishes with sweetness, nuttyness & a solid coffee backbone

MF: Creamy with medium body, thins out a touch as it warms

Drinks super easy, not the best robust brown, I've ever had, but nipping at their heels! Very interesting & worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 03:01:57 | More by russpowell
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-10-2012 02:59:36 | More by atone315
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tonyclifton36

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-10-2012 02:47:51 | More by tonyclifton36
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sunshineunicorn


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

350 mL bottle poured into a snifter glass

A: medium brown, translucent in the light. 1-finger tan head which dissipated quickly

S: my favorite part of this beer: sweet hazelnut coffee scent, very distinct and pungent. Reminds me of the emotion of smelling morning coffee before you've had a cup.

T: coffee-with-hazelnut-syrup presence, noticeably sweet overall. Not much alcohol taste, though it is 9%abv.. Initial hops kick fades to hazelnut syrup aftertaste, very rich.

M: very smooth, meduim-thin feel and dry finish, low carbonation.

O: very interesting brew, definitely a dessert beer IMO. Almost stout-like with the heavy coffee presence in smell/taste, but lighter ale characteristics in the mouthfeel and appearance. A very good drinking experience, though it was a little too syrupy- sweet for my personal taste. The smell alone is worth it though.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 00:43:26 | More by sunshineunicorn
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pauljunk

Virginia

5/5  rDev +25.6%

07-10-2012 00:38:55 | More by pauljunk
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neckbracesub

Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-09-2012 23:58:41 | More by neckbracesub
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sweatervest27

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-09-2012 23:26:59 | More by sweatervest27
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gpawned

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-09-2012 22:37:56 | More by gpawned
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a small white head fading into a wisp clinging to the side of the glass a bit.

They certainly nailed the intended aroma. Good roasted coffee along with some nuttiness. Smells a lot like the Cashew Mountain Brown with a little less sweetness.

Taste is similar. Roasted coffee bitterness with a hazelnut coffee creamer presence. Nutty and a little sweet. Finishes with coffee on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is my beef with this beer. A little too thin. I'd prefer a thicker viscous mouthfeel to support the nutty flavors. As is, it sometimes tastes like weak coffee.

Pretty solid beer although I wish there were a better mouthfeel. Not a ton of complexity beyond the coffee and hazelnut, but that's ok beccause those two flavors work well together. Drink these fresh. I have a feeling this one will be horribly bland once the coffee fades.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 21:06:36 | More by jmarsh123
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GORUM

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-09-2012 18:19:18 | More by GORUM
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Marti403

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

07-09-2012 17:10:21 | More by Marti403
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cashmier

New York

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

07-09-2012 13:15:02 | More by cashmier
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from The Wine Seller in Ann Arbor. Pours a deep brown color with a one finger off white head, looks pretty creamy. Aroma is a massive punch of hazelnut coffee, sweet, with some earthiness. Flavor follows suit, with a lightly creamy mouthfeel, big hazelnuts, and lots of easy drinking coffee. If I closed my eyes and sipped this I would think you gave me some iced coffee from Panera or something. Body is medium, with plenty of carbonation. Beautiful lingering hazelnut on the palate. I thought this was excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 12:21:34 | More by BMMillsy
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-09-2012 04:49:36 | More by kevgod
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-09-2012 04:42:31 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating. From first bottle release I know of.

A= Pours a deep thick looking brown color. I've heard people say this is black but it's for sure a brown color to me with a small half finger on head from my pour and a tiny bit of lacing on the glass and little retention on the head.

S= Hazelnut coffee for sure. A strong hazelnut aroma with a nice coffee roast to it. I would actually say that's about it for the smell. Smells like an iced hazelnut coffee. Not really much else.

T= The taste is again strong hazelnut coffee. A boat load of hazelnut with a little less of the coffee bitterness and flavor to follow. The brown ale backbone is there. I've read reviews that say they don't get brown ale in it. I find brown ales to be a sort of boring category. There's a little sweetness to this that I can attribute to the brown ale. What else do you really look for in a brown ale? A little malty sweetness and maybe a tiny bit of roast. This is exactly what I figured it would be which is some hazelnut coffee topping an underwhelming style.

M= A little high on the carbonation I think. Good carbonation for a brown ale but a little high for a coffee beer... Dunno where to put this.

O= This is pretty much what I thought it would be. A boring base beer with a great hazelnut coffee flavor on top of it. A solid brew but not really the most exciting thing in the world.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 04:00:00 | More by jjanega08
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jstewart1130

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-09-2012 03:24:15 | More by jstewart1130
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brystmar

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always excited to try a new Founders brew. Translucent brown body and medium head. Zero lace, poor retention on the head.

Pungent hazelnut extract aroma atop the coffee base. You know those little tubs of flavored coffee creamer? It smells exactly like the hazelnut flavor of those.

Hazelnut extract is front and center. There's a decent brown ale underneath all the artificial flavors here; really wish they'd foregone the nuts and left it as simply a coffee brown ale. Finishes with some boozy warmth at the end which feels out of place.

My least favorite Bakstage Series brew thus far. C'mon guys, I've got high expectations from Founders for a reason!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 02:50:17 | More by brystmar
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Lozanoa11

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

07-09-2012 02:44:13 | More by Lozanoa11
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chromemittenman

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of having roughly 20 servings on tap over the course of the Spring at Founders and have now had one of my bottles I scored locally in West Michigan.

This beer had some HUGE shoes to fill in the backstage series, Better Half and CBS are a tough act to follow....

I think this beer really lived up to the Founders tradition of excellent brews, smells as good as the best coffee house in America and the taste is INSANELY good. So smooth and flavorful, despite it being 100 when I opened the bottle, it was still so smooth and delicious. If they ever bottle Bourbon Barrel Sumatra Mountain Brown or Cashew Mountain Brown, take this beer and times it by 100 and you have those.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 02:21:20 | More by chromemittenman
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karatebartender

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-09-2012 01:50:36 | More by karatebartender
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
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