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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

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1,137 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,137
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 55
Gots: 296 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

CaptDavyJones, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown color with a two finger off white head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has hazelnuts, coffee, and some caramel.

Very nice hazelnut, coffee, nut, and caramel flavor. It does say on the side of the bottle that there is artificially flavored hazelnut coffee, but who cares? I think this beer has a very nice taste to it.

Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. If there is a weakness to this beer, it is the feel, because I think this beer is a little too light bodied. As it is, this is still a very nice beer from Founders.

hardy008, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of josephwa
4/5  rDev +0.5%

josephwa, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of ystazi
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

ystazi, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of nlmartin
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

People seem to love this beer or hate it. I split this bottle and a chocolate bar with my wife. The beer was chilled and served in a tulip.

A- The body of the beer is chestnut brown with mahogany high lights. A thick 1.5 inch head light tan in appearance crest the beer. Nice head retention and loads of sticky lacing marking the beers passage.

S- This beer delivers a lightly roasted coffe aroma. The coffee aroma supports a pleasing cocoa and hazelnut aroma.

T- The flavors of the beer deliver cocoa, medium roasted coffee that keeps the beers sweetness in check. This beer is about coffee loving. The hazelnuts are present in a syrupy sort of way. Not too shabby but wanted a more natural hazelnut flavor.

M- The body of the beer is medium and moderately carbonated. A slightly acidic finish from the coffee noted. No alcohol heat noted.

O- I really dig the coffee and overall maltyness of this beer. A nice treat to drink one and definately done.

nlmartin, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +0.5%

nh2032, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Danny1217
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Danny1217, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of BeerHunter76
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

BeerHunter76, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of bsp77
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.

bsp77, Jul 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

sneaks2210, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
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

BEERMILER12, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
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.

TheBrewo, Sep 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of randylangford
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

randylangford, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of shand
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one's been a serious want of mine for a while - I love Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar far more than most people, so this should be right up my alley. The first thing I've learned from my love affair with Hazelnut Brown Nectar is the importance of a warmer serving temperature. So, I let this bad boy warm in the glass for quite some time. After the proper temperature is reached, the hazelnut coffee rules the nose, but there's some chocolate and roasted malt providing a supporting role. An absolutely sublime aroma. The taste isn't quite as great as the smell, but follows up on the hazelnut, coffee and roasted malts notes that the nose promises. The roasty brown ale base is more apparent here, along with a touch of chocolate to round everything out. The mouthfeel is relatively light for the ABV, with a prickly front and a smooth back. The drinkability is great.

Overall, Frangelic Mountain Brown is an excellent hazelnut brown. It's just a tasty beer on every front. Is it better than the Rogue Hazelnut Nut Brown? I really can't call it that easily - they're both fantastic beers and good in their own right. I think I like the Rogue just a little bit more, but that's one of my favorite beers ever, so it's tough to beat.

shand, Oct 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

TimoP, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of facundoCNB
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a nice burgundy/brown pour with 2 fingers of off-white head, nice lacing.
smells like hazelnut coffee, chocolate, roasted grains, molasses.. very nice sweet scents.

the taste is VERY sweet. mainly hazelnut flavor and chocolate fill your entire mouth. brown sugar, lightly roasted grains... this basically tastes like a cold hazelnut coffee with creme and sugar.. with that said, holy shit this is tasty!

medium body, nicely carbonated, creamy mouthfeel. a little light/watery, but the sweetness of the drink works well with it.

overall, a really damn good flavored brown ale. i don't know if it's honestly worth all the trouble in getting a bottle, but it IS good if you can get your hands on it.

facundoCNB, Sep 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

dvmin98, Oct 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

cadaugherty, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Lantern
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Lantern, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of brystmar
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!

brystmar, Jul 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

zekeman17, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
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.

jmarsh123, Jul 09, 2012
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,137 ratings.