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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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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
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

08-14-2012 16:22:10 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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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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3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Robust reddish-brown with thick light tan head and some lacing rings. Mostly dies down after a few.

Smell: Smells like flavored coffee, which makes me a little worried about the taste. Nevertheless, it smells great, with coffee and hazelnut. Sweet and nutty.

Taste: Tastes like Hazelnut Coffee. Big surprise. Nutty, roasty, and with a lingering, light bitterness (not sure if from the roast, coffee, nuttiness or hops). There is a very light sweetness at the finish as well, but not getting the artificial sweetener taste that some are complaining about. Actually the bitterness, while mild, is strangely astringent.

Feel: Lighter body than expected and maybe a little low in carbonation. Mostly dry finish. Smooth, but just oddly thin.

Overall: Not sure what to think here. It is not the pure deliciousness that I usually get from Founders, but it is also not the saccharine mess that some have described it as. Flavors are just a little one dimensional, and a little rough around the edges.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 21:09:38 | More by bsp77
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

09-03-2013 14:13:31 | More by dfhhead25
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-11-2013 04:36:43 | More by randylangford
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to CaptCleveland for this one...

A: Pours a deep brown that shows red hues when held up to the light. There is about one full finger of frothy khaki colored head. The foam fades fairly quickly, and there is almost no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet and stinging. It smells like jalapenos, caramel, coffee, toffee, and milk sugar. It's all over the place.

T: This beer is sweet to start with a nice caramel note. There is a bit of brown sugar as well. The beer gets hot and a bit bitter in the middle, with a mix of jalapenos and espresso. The finish is back to sweet with what I pick up as milk sugar.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet to start, hot and bitter in the middle, and finishes sweet and coating.

O: Decent beer, but it's not at all what I expected. I get almost no hazelnut, and a bunch of jalapenos even though this beer isn't brewed with them. I don't know. It's not bad, but it's not something I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 23:28:39 | More by trxxpaxxs
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

08-05-2012 02:44:15 | More by LambicKing
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4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a dark nut brown brew into our CB’s Signature Series chalices. It pours from the bottle syrupy, with little splash despite some height. When held to light it shows ruby flecks. It holds a one and a half finger head of light brown bubbles. This shows good retention, as it recedes down into a thick ring around the edges of the glass, and spots of lacing along the walls. There is a thick haze, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears mild. The nose is huge with that artificial hazelnut coffee. This adds both bite and creamy sweetness. There is an equal deepness to the malts, and it is hard to pick any coffee malts away from the full bean inclusions. Otherwise, the malts show a big roast, with chocolate and warming woodiness. Booze is equally as warming, appearing with an almost buttery, bourbon quality. Our first impression is that it is obviously very nutty, but it is very nicely blended. As we sip, sweet hazelnut flavoring mixes with deeply roasted raw coffee and vanilla beans. There is additional sweetness of cream and light lactic sourness, much like an actual cup of café au lait. The middle peaks with cooling French vanilla flavoring, sweeter hazelnut, lighter coffee, and a bit of alcohol working its way in. This is where the blend is the best, right at the top of the swallow. The finish shows more lactic sourness, more bittering coffee bite, and watered hazelnut. There is final sweetness of buttercream, fried brown sugar, light diacetyls, and roasty chocolate malts. The aftertaste breathes of a boatload of hazelnut, dark cherry sweetness, booze, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and more steely coffee bean. With warmth comes a sweeter grassy hop vibe, as it rumbles back from the stomach. The body is full and syrupy, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives a sticky, sugary coating to the lips and hard palate before the booze and coffee dryness suck the moisture from the mouth. There is great froth, cream, slurp, smack, and pop, especially with a swirl around the mouth. The abv is up there, and the beer is nicely warming, but the beer drinks easily. You sip though, as you hate to see it go.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the sweet, nutty, and well balanced hazelnut, along with the gloriously slurpable feel. Honestly, at first it smelled light a cheap gas station coffee counter, but as it warmed and as we sipped, the hazelnut really popped with the roast and sweetness of the malts. The flavors were deep and complexly unified. The feel is syrupy and sticky with sweetness, and makes you want to smack your lips. With each sip there is a huge frothiness and slurp that makes you want to keep coming back for more. This is an exemplary beer for the style, and another home-run for Founders.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 20:33:41 | More by TheBrewo
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-02-2012 22:32:20 | More by josephwa
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-19-2012 03:52:19 | More by jrohrbacher
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4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a fingers worth of tan head

S: Very strong nose of hazelnut coffee with a big malt sweetness and light earthiness. Amazing, especially if you enjoy the smell of coffee

T: Follows the nose with a wave of hazelnut coffee and some other nice nutty and earthy notes. Alcohol provides a very slight spiciness that goes great with the overall nuttiness of the beer

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and slightly creamy

O: Now this is a coffee lover's beer if I've ever tasted one. Would go great with a variety of cheeses because of the huge nutty character of the beer, plus it would help to cut the sweetness if you're not a big fan of sweet beers. Extremely glad that Founders bottled this beer, and I hope it leads to more of their draft-only offerings to be bottled as well. Very well done

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 00:42:55 | More by BEERMILER12
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-09-2012 23:58:41 | More by neckbracesub
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-02-2012 03:10:20 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark copper, brown with a 1" off-white head. Big spotting and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- got a big pepper aroma at first and then some sweet hazelnut.

T- sweet peppers again with the hazelnut taking over in the middle.

M- medium body and carbonation. Smooth, slick feel.

O- why I get the pepper I don't know, but the hazelnut does take over. Different but would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 03:14:30 | More by kawilliams81
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

08-11-2012 21:08:16 | More by ystazi
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

06-05-2013 01:21:14 | More by DeutschesBier
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-12-2012 17:13:23 | More by FreshmanPour77
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

12-26-2013 21:25:01 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-16-2012 00:57:15 | More by szmnnl99
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-09-2014 19:46:54 | More by bauermj
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

09-11-2012 23:20:36 | More by Localdrinklax
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

06-22-2014 00:37:37 | More by JMBSH
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

09-05-2012 02:03:32 | More by TimoP
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3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light brown color with a partial residue of loose light beige bubbles. Light scattered lacing remains on the glass.

S: Complimentary brown malt, toasted hazelnuts, and surprisingly fresh coffee are seamlessly joined in the nose. Intensity is very appropriate--resonant but not overpowering or cloying. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with mild malt that is very well-toasted. Coffee-derived depth develops after a few beats, progressing through the middle in a focused and clean fashion. Some acidity develops during the latter half of the profile, revving up when flavors should be easing into the finish. Lingering flavors represent all of those encountered thus far, with the added influence of a green-herbaceous thread and some associated. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic on the palate late, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This strong brown ale yields some traditional and attractive qualities, but it isn't quite able to reach the desired comfort level of what a high-gravity beer ideally should. There is nothing about it that suggests to the drinker to sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 02:59:21 | More by beagle75
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.