Frangelic Mountain Brown
Founders Brewing Company

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #30
Ranked #4,555
4.07 | pDev: 13.02%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Frangelic Mountain BrownFrangelic Mountain Brown
Notes: We love a well-balanced brown ale. Especially a brown ale of the hazelnut coffee persuasion. Case in point: Frangelic Mountain Brown. Initially brewed and released in bottles in 2012, this deliciously sweet and nutty coffee brown ale quickly became a favorite amongst beer fans and inspired us to continue pushing the coffee and beer envelope. Turns out your new favorite coffee drink is a beer.
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Rogerlb from California

3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a slight head that quickly thins. Aroma is slight sweet coffee, no malt. (And no hazelnut-iness.)

Taste is predominantly the hazelnut/ frangelico. Marshmellow, then yesterday's coffee, some plum, some anise and Valentine's chocolate. Coffee underneath is bitter, dark unsweet chocolate, and bitterness. 36 IBU seems unnatural, and emphasized by that sh**ty coffee. Boozy without being hot.

Feels like it's a all a little too much (hey we did an adjunct!) and much less balanced than the Sumatra Mountain Brown, a much better coffee brown. Body is all right, man the frangelico just overpowers the rest of it.

Feb 04, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown. Completely opaque but still on the thin side in keeping with it being a brown ale. One to two finger head dissipates until just a thin layer of velvety foam covers the beer. That last thin layer lingers for a long time. The aroma is really where this one shines. The aroma is absolutely dominated by a bright hazelnut coffee aroma - wake up and smell the coffee indeed! I honestly don't get much else underneath that coffee aroma, even as it warms.

Taste follows the nose with a nice robust coffee note up front with notes of hazelnut coming through. This tastes like black coffee that was roasted with hazelnut rather than coffee with say hazelnut creamer in it - and for that reason I love it. It keeps it from getting overly sweet even though its got that hazelnut in it. Again, the flavor profile is really dominated by the coffee and hazelnut - with this being a brown ale, I suspect they were going for the dominant coffee flavor. That being said there are some more subtle notes of brown sugar, cinnamon and roasty notes (from the coffee not the malt) giving way to some mild bitterness on the back end. Feel is thin, even for a brown ale, but in that sense it just makes it even more coffee-like. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this is one of those beers that if you love coffee - its great - especially if you like your coffee black. But, if you don't like coffee, well there isn't much in this beer that is going to do it for you.

Oct 04, 2020
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bshefftz from California

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ick. I lke strong brown ales, but this was overburdened with face hazelnut coffee flavor. Didn't sit well as I drank it and didn't do much better with is the next morning. Founders is usually good with such things, but this didn't do it for me.

Sep 15, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/2/19

After being less than impressed with their underground mountain brown when I first had it, I’ve never really sought out anything else in this series. However, I am a sucker for hazelnut so I had to pick this up when I saw it

Pours a very dark brown with some particulate floating about and a small finger of off white head that quickly fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing

Wow, the hazelnut comes through hard in the aroma. Tons of rich hazelnut, vanilla, roasty coffee, chocolate malts, and a hint of dark dried fruits. I’m quite impressed so far

Up front on the sip, I get more of a roasted malt vibe than any adjuncts present, just solid brown ale with extra sweetness. These sweeter tendencies are dialed up on the swallow, with the hazelnut being dosed pretty hard along with coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a hint of peanut butter

Full bodied but still light enough to pound, the gentle carbonation helps this one go down very smooth and leaves behind a mostly dry and sweet finish

I’ll be damned, this was actually really good! Founders very rarely disappoints, so I probably shouldn’t have been avoiding this series for just one bad experience. Oh well, you live and you learn. Now I’m off to find the others

Sep 01, 2020
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle dated 12/9/2019 (no idea why it took so long to get here) poured into a DFH tulip. Thick light tan head over a mahogany body which dissipated to a surface skim and ring. Definitely smell the hazelnuts and light coffee. Hazelnuts are muted in the initial taste which has the characteristic brown ale slight bitterness but the hazelnuts linger on the palate along with the coffee and a chocolate taste. Mouthfeel is slightly rich for a brown ale but not at all off putting. This was a pleasant experience.

Aug 09, 2020
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

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

Four pack copped from Route 22 in Union. Pours a deep, nougat, viscous hue with ample frothing, head, and lacing. Ardent aroma replete with hints of molasses and butterscotch. Similar overall flavor profile. Highly recommended. Good stuff.

Jun 28, 2020
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with the bottling date printed on the back label. Served in a Teku..

Appearance: The one finger, tan colored head stays around for a while and leaves behind a lot of beautiful lacing that covers the entire glass. It's a deep, dark brown color.

Smell: It has a subtle, very aromatic hazelnut liqueur scent right away with some cocoa powder and a hint of light roasted coffee right after.

Taste: The hazelnut is not as pronounced on the palate like it is on the nose but it's definitely there and still beautiful. There's also some dark chocolate, brown sugar and an ever so slightly bitter light coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It's medium bodied, leaning towards robust but not quite there. Quite creamy and smooth with medium carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: Your enjoyment of this beer will hinge on your appreciation of the strong hazelnut presence. It's not offensive at all, on the contrary. But if you're not a fan, you won't like it as much. That said, this is just a fantastic beer that's surprisingly easy to drink.

May 21, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle it pours a clear chestnut brown color. A moderate creamy head displays good retention throughout.

The nose opens with notes of coffee, milk and dark chocolate. Rich aromas of nutty and biscuity malts hint at the fullness of taste to come. In addition, the caramel and toffee sweetness smells very inviting.

The taste opens with a milk chocolate, brown sugar and caramel sweetness amidst a full bodied and chewy biscuity and nutty malt backbone. Coffee like notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate and earthy hops add a bittersweet balance that is just sublime. Very smooth and fluffy mouthfeel throughout, thick like a stout and gently carbonated. The finish has a long, dry and espresso like roasty kick to it. Overall, a full bodied and complexly flavored brown ale that feels like an imperial stout, yet easier to drink due to the amazing way it masks the ABV.

Delicious beer that can be drunk in any context. The sweetness goes good with dessert, yet it is balanced enough to drink alone or with a meal. I’ll be getting some more!

May 17, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; cola brown with mahogany highlights; 1 finger finely pored tan head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: quite aromatic; strong hazelnut coffee with roasted grain in the background;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mild to moderate bitterness at then end;

M; medium bodied ;moderate carbonation; dry finish; smooth - hides the ABV well;

O: lost the base brown ale behind all the hazelnut coffee; having said that, I enjoyed this;

May 08, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12/2/19 bottle, so wondering if the coffee has faded. It’s still an interesting beer. Pours dark brown (but not black), slight amount of head and fizzy lacing. Smell of hazelnut overpowers the smell of coffee, which is minimal. Taste is much more balanced between those two flavors. On those three areas, this is more of a stout, but it definitely feels like an ale. Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and mouthwatering. Not the biggest fan of hazelnut or coffee ales, but this is enjoyable.

May 08, 2020
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.17/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Purchased a four pack at Dominion Wine & Beer. Bottled on 12/02/19 07382. Cracked open the my first one the same day.

A beautiful pour but that is where the love ended for me. Close your eyes and you would believe you were smelling a cup of hazelnut coffee. I have never been a hazelnut coffee guy and I’m still not. I could not drink the entire 12oz bottle. I love most Founder’s beers but not this one. Don't believe the "well-balanced brown ale" advertising. 3.00

A – Pours a clear reddish brown, but black and opaque in the glass. A one-finger cream colored semi-rocky head. Not much lacing. 3.75

S – Overwhelming aromas of hazelnut and then coffee. Sweet. 3.0

T – A nice malty brown ale with heavy hazelnut and coffee flavors. Not as overwhelming on the palate as on the nose, but still too much for me. Sweet coffee and lasting hazelnut on the palate. 3.25

MF – Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish – that coffee bitterness layered with I put a bit too much sugar in my coffee. The carbonation helps but not enough. 3.25

May 01, 2020
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Captain69 from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

had one of these at Paul's place in Kankakee, Illinois ( he has a great selection of beers and great food) one of those bees tastes great from the first sip , pours dark with firm head a little strong but smooth

went out and bought 2 4 packs - one to save and one to share with my friends

Apr 21, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark mahogany coloration with ruby highlights when held up to the light, and a medium, creamy head. Smells of lightly roasted and caramelly malt, but quite dominated by a hazelnut praliné note and lighter coffee aromas. Taste follows the nose, with a decent balance of lightly roasted, caramel malt and quite a dominant hazelnut praliné character that is somewhat chocolatey, as well as lighter coffee notes, which also bring a certain, light spiciness to this with hints of cinnamon and cardamon. Finishes bittersweet, with a light bitterness and loads of hazelnut praliné and lighter coffee lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and medium carbonation.

I'm drinking this at just over a year old and I'm sure that the coffee has faded somewhat, making the sweet'ish, chocolately, hazelnut praliné character really stand out, which really hovers on the edge of being too artificial for me, but not quite crossing over, thankfully being just kept in check by some roasted, bitter and spicy notes. It's a nice, interesting Brown Ale at the end of the day, but after having tasted both this and Underground Mountain Brown, I really think that I like the standard Sumatra Mountain Brown best.

Apr 16, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - dated 12.02.19 - poured into a 250ml stemmed wine taster at 46°F.

Pours a deep chestnut brown, sitting quite dark in the glass, but does let some light in to reveal mahogany and ruby highlights. Half a finger of weak tan foam quickly dissipates.

Nose: Hazelnut coffee. Tons of coffee, minimal roasted malt, and an explosion of sweet, nutty hazelnut. There's some malty caramel and brown sugar notes in the background, but this really does channel the aroma of your favourite hazelnut-chocolate spread. The coffee note is big and fresh, and this almost smells like a potent cup of hazelnut coffee. Not terribly complex, but extremely inviting.

Palate: On the palate, there's a lot more roast than the nose leads on. It really comes across more stout-like. There's some initial sweetness, moderate dark roast, which is accentuated by tons of roasty coffee, and a huge hazelnut flavour. Definitely tastes like someone pumped a shot of hazelnut flavouring in here. Some nuances of nutty malt, caramel, English toffee, brown sugar, and plenty of chocolate from the roast. Sweetness starts to level out towards the finish, with the moderate roast overtaking it, and then the coffee overtakes the roasted malt, and then the hazelnut overtakes the coffee, until this finishes semi-dry with a whole lot of hazelnut, and hints of coffee, cocoa, and malt.

Mouthfeel/Body: The ale is basically full-bodied, but not imperial stout rich and thick. For a brown ale, it's definitely full, but it's quite drinkable and goes down without resistance. Effervescence is fuzzy and fine.

Overall: Really nice execution of a hazelnut coffee imperial brown ale. Less hazelnut, and it wouldn't really deliver. More hazelnut, and it would be artificial tasting. In surprised just how hazelnut-forward this is, and I have trouble believing it could be done much better than this. You want a hazelnut coffee beer? This checks all the boxes. Very well done.

Apr 15, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled December 9th 2019. In the fridge the whole time. I had one in February....

Pours a dark brown with hues of red, great long lasting head of foam, great lacing.

The smell gives me loads of Hazelnuts, chocolate, toffee, coffee...very complex and has a nice sweetness overall.

Hazelnut, coffee, bitter chocolate, with more of an underlying sweetness than an in your face one. Lovely. No alcohol bite.

Smooth as silk, again no sign of the alcohol.

I love well brewed Brown Ales and this definitely qualifies.

Apr 10, 2020
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MercInc from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stout goblet at a measured 55 degrees. Nice dark brown color with a tan colored head. Sweet, with a definite hazelnut nose and flavor. Good malt balance. An enjoyable "Brown Ale" from start to finish. It's not a "Newcastle", but it's not trying to be. ABV of 9.0 is not noticeable. Very nice addition to the "Founders" family.

Apr 06, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Tastes of caramel malts, coffee and chocolate. Sweet with no bitterness. Good mouth feel.

Mar 29, 2020
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secondtooth from Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown, with amber highlights. A tan head gives way to a little head (which is better than none, right?).

Aroma: Sweet, roasty coffee and hazelnut goodness. Lovely.

Taste: Big nutty coffee taste, sweet but chewy. A wee heat at finish, but this is truly a coffee lovers beer. Loved it.

Mar 24, 2020
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Beaver13 from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled 12/2/19. Pours dark brown with a medium frothy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roast hazelnut, coffee and some chocolate.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt and lactose with a big roast hazelnut coffee finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, very nice but a bit on the sweet side for me.

Mar 24, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The two most important questions for me as I popped this baby open was 1) does the Frangelico flavor overwhelm the beer? and 2) how does this compare to the Sumatra variant?

First, Frangelico (hazelnut) is certainly present in the nose and flavor profile. Thankfully, it is not overwhelmingly sweet. But, I will say that it still detracts slightly from both the maltiness and the coffee flavor.

Second, I think that I slightly prefer the Sumatra variant - primarily because of the addition of the Frangelico adjunct.

Either way, it is yet another fine offering from Founders.

Mar 22, 2020
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps more coffee than beer but still a very nice experience. Strong hazelnut aroma and flavor but balanced with a sweet malty/roasty backbone. Grab some when you can.

Mar 21, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

De Labirratorium. En copa Teku. Jugando a Toki, y luego a Ori and the Blind Forest. Con queso Pok. Muy intenso perfil a avellanas. Agradable pero le bajaria su intensidad un poco para que se notase un cafe que apenas he logrado discernir

Mar 18, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Frangelic Mountain Brown is a great re-imaging of the base beer. Mountain Brown is such a balanced base beer and this rendition adds the classic hazelnut creamer overtones. The one that your parents would use in their coffee.

The beer is balanced and has a great sweetness. I appreciate Founders' approach on this one.


Mar 16, 2020
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic brown ale, and easily my favorite of the Mountain Browns. Sweet and full of hazelnut goodness, like the sweet, creamy filling of a Godiva chocolate. Nice, silky feel. Just enough of a coffee bite to keep the sweetness from being cloying. Will welcome this release back anytime.

Mar 06, 2020
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superwho24 from Arkansas

4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Thick brown appearance. Thick creamy head

Smell - Hazelnut, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Pancake, Cereal, Very mild coffee

Taste - Bitter, Toasty, Marshmallow

Feel - Thick, Hot Chocolate

Overall - Really really good

Mar 06, 2020
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