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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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1,114 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 54
Gots: 294 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another awesome gift from TheSevenDuffs.

Slightly hazy brown pour with ruby highlights. Two finger slightly creamy light beige head. Lacing is chunky.

Hazelnuts right up front, slight coffee, slight artificial aroma, like those coffee creamers. Toast and some brown sugar and vanilla.

Hazelnut coffee, brown sugar and vanilla. Sweet and creamy but not cloying. Roasted coffee aftertaste.

Medium body, creamy and a touch syrupy. Sticky on the lips.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 21:47:55 | More by korguy123
Photo of mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2012 15:26:21 | More by mdfb79
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4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-murky brown with a thin cream colored head

S-light scent of dark grains, pumpernickel, and hazelnut.

T-awesome thick taste of creamy hazelnut. Absolutely reminds me of hazelnut coffee. Great tasting in and out

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish.

O-it's pretty awesome but it's a bit of a novelty. It tastes so true to flavor and with any flaws that it almost doesn't even taste like a beer. It's good though. I recommend it but I won't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 19:52:28 | More by AdamBear
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4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Typical of a brown ale. Brownish Mahagony with a head that quickly wears out.

S: Nice Hazlenut Coffee, Light Malt, Some Toffee Hints. Light bread notes.

T:Really a good taste. The hazelnut coffee is the standout feature, follows by Toffee and nuts with a mild sweetness. Excellent.

M: This beer was a little to thin for my taste. Had the consistency of a New Castle which is fine if you are drink New Castle.

O:Go for it. I wouldn't make it something I would hunt for but if chance arises give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 17:21:09 | More by scottyg354
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New York

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this 5/24/13 despite it only being brewed once and over a year old.

The color is a cloudy brown, light white white head.

The aroma has hazelnut coffee, sweet caramel, and vanilla. It really pushes the suggestion of what it's to be, hazelnut coffee.

The flavor is at first just huge caramel. Then there's mostly caramel and big roast flavors that you wouldn't get from most brown ales. There's a light coffee flavor. The big roast flavor is huge and at 9% ABV this is a dangerous beer with the mouthfeel.

There is a slight bitter finish so the hops show, despite the age.

With comparison, this has a lot of similarities obviously with Rogue Hazelnut Brown, but with more coffee and a much bigger roasted malt. It's one of the best brown ales I've had. How wonderful tasting.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 05:38:57 | More by dar482
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4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour from a 22 oz bottle into a glass and it pours nice color
there is not much head no sediment
anyway the smell get you as it overpowering amounts of coffee and hints of vanilla
you can smell from 2 feet away from glass
and the taste is very similar ton of coffee vanilla hint of nuttiness
was smooth pretty easy drinking for 9%
very sweet almost like a desert or some hazlenut drink from starbucks
overall i rate this a solid brew for the style i have had it twice and would get it on an occasional basis but if never tried and dont mind that it is super sweet i would recommend

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 17:53:54 | More by mhksuccess
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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am not a fan of hazelnut, but like Founders, so I thought I'd give this a try. In a pint glass the beer was a medium brown color with a tan head. There was a little bit of lace

Hazelnut aroma. Coffee with cream. A little bit of caramel.

The hazelnut was even more on display in the taste. Still there was the coffee with cream and the caramel.

I thought the flavors worked well together, and actually enjoyed the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 22:45:14 | More by lordofthewiens
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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a chalice. This is a translucent caramel brown color and moderately fizzy. Smell is heavy on sugary hazelnut and light cocoa powder. Taste is dominated by very sweet hazelnut, with only minor background coffee and chocolate flavors. Extremely drinkable with only a very slight alcohol presence. Mouthfeel fairly thin. Very tasty, and worth trying if you can find one.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 01:29:44 | More by webmanspidey
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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes, drank on 6/28/12

Pours dark brown with reddish tinge SUPER thick off white light brown head. Smells overpoweringly like hazelnut coffee. Low carbonation. Taste exactly like it smells - super strong hazelnut coffee! Not a big hazelnut fan but here its great.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 03:47:02 | More by Beerlover
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-10-2013 21:10:25 | More by Shankopotamus
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

06-19-2013 22:58:00 | More by williamjbauer
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-06-2014 13:10:20 | More by richkrull
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-11-2014 23:49:27 | More by Reappropriated
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-12-2012 18:26:59 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-25-2013 11:14:05 | More by alamode
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

01-18-2014 14:55:08 | More by Griffith
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-03-2013 03:08:19 | More by ShawneeIrish
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the most recent Founders release which popped up in my local along side of this years Devil Dancer. Honestly, I was equally excited about both of these great brews.

Frangelic Mountain Brown pours to style: a rich, yet clear, dark brown with a light head that cascades from cappuccino-froth beige to oyster shell white/off-white. Body is a little less chewy than I like but, for a brown, it's pretty well done.

The bouquet on this beer is a delicious mix of hazelnut, light coffee roast, cream/vanilla and sweet malts. No discernible hop aroma or bitterness. Surprisingly, with such coffee in the nose, I'm shocked that there is little to no bitterness or harshness from the coffee in the flavor. Founders truly has a way of incorporating coffee in with their specialty beers. The whole experience of Frangelic is pretty perfect for the coffee and beer lover. Alcohol (high at 9%) is beautifully masked (maybe dangerously so) to a point that one could easily sip on this with a breakfast of Belgian waffles and hot maple syrup. Hell, I think I might try that this weekend.

All in all, if you have the means, pick this one up. You'll be glad you did.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 13:46:39 | More by seedsofchaos
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-04-2012 21:46:11 | More by GFish
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-22-2013 02:23:28 | More by AndrewKroll
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

01-15-2013 17:14:27 | More by Beergelden
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-10-2013 02:42:04 | More by erialbill
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-12-2012 15:22:36 | More by sammo
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-13-2012 02:15:36 | More by SpdKilz
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-16-2012 22:03:33 | More by theminutemen
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
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