Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Frangelic Mountain BrownFounders Frangelic Mountain Brown

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bashiba on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of JDD419
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of cfh64
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Bendurgin
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy brown with a nice cap of light tan head. It settles quickly leaving some spotty lace.

This smells stupid good. Lots of nutty espresso in the aroma with hints of dark cocoa. Hazelnut with some nice dark malts. The pallet has the flavors one would expect from this. Hints of caramel and hazelnut with notes of espresso and bitter chocolate.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overall this one is pretty well done. It smells amazing for sure.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear ruby brown, two finger head, not much carbonation.

S-Lots of coffee (almost overbearing, but not there) some caramel as well.

T-Smooth coffee flavor, well balanced with nuts and caramel rounding out, great balance with good bitterness as well.

M-Medium bodied, creamy with some carbonation.

O-A wonderful beer, first of the Founders Backstage series I've tried, Founders know what they are doing.

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Photo of dar482
4.27/5  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.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A - Body is a slightly hazy almond skin brown color. Yields a finger of light tan head with decent retention. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Strong notes of rich, earthy coffee grounds and sweet caramel. Hazelnut has a strong presence as well. Lots of aromatic malt.

T - Malt and sweet hazelnut flavor from the get-go. A stronger, more bitter coffee flavor follows shortly thereafter. Just a touch of fruity acidity from the coffee. Hazelnuts, walnuts, chocolate. This is a rib-sticker of a beer. Very rich, sumptuous flavors all meld into a not-quite-overly-sweet hearty brown ale. Absolutely no hint of the 9% ABV. Drinks like a mild brown.

M - Medium to thick body. Fits with the big malt and hazelnut presence. This is an Autumn beer if I have ever had one. I think I'll be going back to buy at least 3 more to save up for the colder months ahead.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy mother of hazelnut coffee!!! Super bitter too and not sickening sweet like most of the new coffee beers. Founders does it right!

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Photo of Beerlover
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of korguy123
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Deep brown on the pour with burnt sienna highlights. Good clarity. The sand colored head settles pretty quickly, and even swirling of the glass won't revive it. Small, spotty lacing.

S: Huge aroma of freshly brewed coffee. It's uncanny, actually. This smells just like a freshly brewed cup of hazelnut coffee. Fruity notes of raspberry underneath. Toast with jam. Hazelnut chocolate. Slightly woody. A highly aromatic and memorable nose.

T: The dominant coffee taste comes as no surprise. Freshly brewed hazelnut coffee with rich earthy and nutty tastes. Light acidity. Creamy hazelnut chocolate. Hints of underlying raspberry fruitiness, sharp hop interjection reminiscent of orange marmalade. Strong, eternal finish of rich hazelnut coffee.

M: Thick body, full, rich, and creamy. Chewy. Slight scrubbing carbonation. Well-hidden alcohol warmth. Sinfully smooth. A luscious, decadent, and dessert-like mouthfeel.

O: Coffee, coffee, coffee. A fairly straightforward beer by Founder's standards, but they do it damn well. The coffee flavors are bold, rich, and authentic. The body/mouthfeel supports the strong flavors at work and even adds to the decadence. A stellar brew, and one of the most memorable coffee beers I've ever had.

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Photo of dowen17
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with red highlights in the light. Two finger head that drops to one finger and stays.

On the nose is sweet malts, hazelnut, coffee, and sugar. I also pick up some bitter dark chocolates on the end. The more I smell the more flavors I pick up in the nose. Very nice.

Taste mirrors the nose exactly. Sweet hazelnut, bitter coffee and chocolates, sweet roasted malts. This is a really really good brown beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich. Good carbonation. Really nice.

This is a great beer. Would definitely drink again if I can get my hands on another. Really really good.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Might possibly have been the last bottle on the shelves in Kalamazoo.

This pours a nice amber roast brown color with light foam. There’s an aroma of hazelnut coffee... Exactly like hazelnut coffee with a pleasing mild roast character. Have this for your morning cuppa joe! The flavor has a great hazelnut flavor and this amazing finish that’s definitely hazelnut. I found this really good and with no sense of the 9% ABV on it.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in June 2012. Pours lightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big hazelnut, caramel, chocolate, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, coffee, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and hazelnut coffee notes; with big strength. Taste of hazelnut, caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of hazelnut, chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, light coffee, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt notes with the hazelnut coffee; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alchocol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial brown ale! All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malts with the hazelnut coffee; and very smooth to sip on for 9%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nova009
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A- pours a clear mahogany with a slight red tint around the edges, almost a soda appearance, a very small cream colored head appears and quickly dissipates to a ring, a nice ring of lace left around the glass

S- dark roasted malt, toffee, dark roasted coffee, espresso, the hazelnut really comes through on the end, very nice, really excited to taste this one

T- wow, really impressed on this one, roasted malt, very strong hazelnut coffee flavor, sweet vanilla, really tasty

M- medium-light body, not unlike an actual cup of coffee, smooth and creamy, medium carbonation

O- very easy drinking beer, extremely tasty, I'm sad I only had the opportunity to grab one bottle, also a dangerous beer considering it's 9% ABV and the alcohol is barely noticable

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Photo of eclipse54
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle of the recent release. Drank from a DFH signature glass.

A - 4.0 - Pours a deep brown color with dark ruby hues throughout the body, giving it an almost blood red glow. A centimeter or so of off-white head lingers for a bit before subsiding to a pillowy mass in the center of the glass and a light around the edges. Scattered patches of bubbles serve as lacing.

S - 4.5 - The aroma is of hazelnut, roasted almond, English toffee, caramel, cashews, and various other nuts. A nice amount of freshly roasted coffee comes through as well, as does a faint amount of vanilla.

T - 4.5 - Hazelnut, caramel, roasted coffee, almond, and other nuts push right out in the flavors. Theres a bit more coffee here than in the nose, but it’s not overpowering at all. Toffee and vanilla are there, and some faint raisin and dried date come out towards the end. Theres some brown and cane sugar flavors, but no ethanol.

M - 4.0 - Mouthfeel is thinner than anticipated, which is actually quite nice. I was afraid this one would leave the palate a sugary, resinous mess, but it finishes relatively cleanly with only a bit of the nutty flavors lingering. The finish isn’t necessarily sticky, but it’s somewhat dry.

O - 4.0 - While the nose is dominated by the nutty aromas and hazelnut, they’re much more integrated in the body and the coffee is allowed to come through a bit more (as are some of the other more subtle ingredients). This would make one great evening sipper by a fireplace, or a great breakfast accompaniment.

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Photo of rudzud
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this with a friend yesterday. Poured into my dogfish tulip.

A - Pours a deep mahogany crystal clear pour with a light soft mocha head that faded to a light halo and cloud.

S - Delicious. Just freaking delicious. Like a ferrero rocher chocolate ball. HUGE hazelnut with faint chocolate.

T - Big roasted malts, chocolate, and hazelnut. Yeah, sooo much hazelnut and coffee with this. Its incredible how much nuttyness is coming through.

M - Mouthfeel is good, nice and creamy.

O - Overall this beer was awesome. Delivered excellently on the hazelnut.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Part of a sampler at Founders.

Appearance: A dark brown color. Holy hell! NOT expected. Nice head and great lacing. Very nice looking brown ale.

Smell: A bit sweet. Slight roast? Quite a big amount of nuttiness. Reeks of quality before even taking a sip.

Taste: Best brown ale I've had. I've generally not been all that impressed with the style in the past, but this worked for me. Quite well, in fact. A nice sweetness with the nutty character in this beer really impressed me. Not your boring, ordinary brown ale -- this one's crafted about as well as a brown ale could be, as far as I'm concerned. For that reason, my overall rating is higher than any other rating (aside from appearance).

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Photo of aasher
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Frangelic Mountain brown pours a medium bodied taupe brown in color with a really nice and creamy, one finger beige head. The nose isn't as over the top as I expected. It smells a lot like An imperial Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, but with coffee added. The coffee is light and the hazelnut is pretty dominant in the nose. It smells like iced coffee. It's nice nonetheless. The flavors are really well integrated. It really does taste like an iced coffee. Dark malts, light chocolate, chilled coffee, and hazelnut creamer dominate. It is really smooth and the lighter body serves this one well. I like it a lot. It's not the most complex beer in the world but t has really nice flavor, great drinkability and they accomplished what they were going for. This is a must try for coffee lovers. Founders just made a brown ale interesting *head explodes*

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Photo of vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Stellar looking beer. Whipped cream cap of khaki colored head with excellent lace and nice retention. Crystal clear, bronze brown body.

S - Great; thick roast grains, toasted hazelnut, toffee, nutmeg, burnt toast.

T - Caramel, cappuccino, fresh nutmeg, hazel nut, burnt toast, tapioca, tiramisu.

M - Thick, creamy and full bodied with an almost stout-like feel.

O - A amazing brown ale. Outrageous flavor and a great mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable at 9%.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders Brewing
Frangelic Mountain Brown Ale

LOOK: Brownish color, fine clarity. Soapy head leaving heady lace.

SMELL: Hazlenut coffee and vanilla. Hints of roasted malt. Has a candied nuts smell that is super inviting.

TASTE: Nutty, vanilla cream, mild coffee and roasted malts. Very mild bitterness and finishes a bit on the sweet side. There is no trace of the 9% abv.

FEEL: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Coffee and Hazlenut flavors linger in the finish.

OVERALL: A really tasty brew from Founders. Big Hazlenut flavor and a bit of vanilla. I think this is a delicious brown ale, one well worth revisiting.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
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