Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Frangelic Mountain BrownFounders Frangelic Mountain Brown
BA SCORE
80%
Liked This Beer
3.99 w/ 1,189 ratings
Founders Frangelic Mountain BrownFounders Frangelic Mountain Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bashiba on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
300
Ratings:
1,189
Liked:
951
Avg:
3.99/5
pDev:
13.78%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
279
Trade:
17
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Ratings: 1,189 |  Reviews: 300
Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was not a big fan of this flavoured coffee beer experience. The infused hazelnut wafts aroma, very roasted taste and dry finish. Its all about this flavour and its not really a beer to me, I am OK with many of these coffee beers. Not this time. Doug's bottle.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly murky brown with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, coffee beans, and some very nice hazelnut aromas. Taste is much the same with a hazelnut coffee aftertaste. There is a slight roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I much prefer the smell over the taste on this one.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured out as a light murky brown colored beer... Might have been one of the first samples out of the keg. There wasn't much head on top or lacing at all on this one. The smell of the beer was loaded with Hazelnut and some other sugary aromas. The taste of the beer is a little malty upfront but quickly fades into a pure Hazelnut finish, no bitterness but sweet candy-like Hazelnut. The mouthfeel was decent, not overly carbonated and medium bodied. Overall I was glad I got to try it. I would probably enjoy a bottle of it around the holidays or something but other than that this one wouldn't be something I would seek out too often.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders love affair with coffee and nuts is on full display again. Call it their menage a trois. But with a lighter body and power than Cashew Mountain Brown, Frangelic pulls the flavors of hazelnut and coffee well within balance then allows the beer to become much more drinkable than it should.

Much like French pressed coffee, the bark-brown hue carries a muddled haze that repels light. Dainty head character slowly releases from the beer and caps the beer much like lightly tanned espresso creme.

The coffee theme continues in nose as nutty coffees rise first. Columbian bean aromatics seem oily and rich, and also carry a lot of chocolate, toast, and hazelnut character but not as roasty as espresso. Instead, the aromas are rich, delicate, buttery, and seductively sweet. Caramel, butterscotch, and maple syrup inform sweetness and makes the last sip as delightful as the first.

Lush flavors of Nutella, soft nutty and chocolaty coffees, medium toast, maple syrup, and butter waft the palate in sultry and savory succulence. Backed by the malty sweetness of caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, almond, and maple, the early taste of barley is balanced by coffee oils, mild woody hops, and earthy beans and nuts. The dialogue of malt, coffee, and nuts is focused, not allowing any impact from fruit esters or yeast spices to make any headway. It's a delicious beer that captures the essence of medium roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and hazelnut in their very best light and balance.

Surprisingly, the rich taste is housed in a carriage of milder-than-expected weight. The malt, chocolate, and nut flavors never translate to heft or viscosity. Instead an light velvety texture coats the mouth with a thin veil of sweetness and oil and elevates the notion of smoothness, roundness, and savory taste. Sweetness turns ever so bitter late and allows the malt textures to waiver slightly and signals the finish of cocoa powder, bitter coffee oils, and evaporative alcohol cooling. The nine percent alcohol hardly makes an impact, making this beer dangerously drinkable.

Frangelic Brown definately provides more body, flavor, nutty definition, strength, and succulence than is normal for any English brown ale style which makes it "imperial" but it's way too effortless and drinkable to compare to heavier porters or stouts. Its non-definable comparisons causes inquisition and intrigue on all fronts. Well done again Founders- this brown ale is worthy of its Backstage status.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown color with a rather modest head that fritters away rather quickly though it leaves a scattering of dots all around the glass

Smell: Hazelnut coffee, with undertones of toffee and vanilla

Taste : Hazelnut coffee with bitterness in the background from both the coffee and nutskin elements; in the middle, the vanilla and toffee sweetness builds but never becomes overwhelming; the finish is nicely balanced - not too sweet but filled with the flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: The ratings have built for this beer over time as I recall when I first bought the bottle the ratings were terrible; not sure whether the beer has developed that much since it was bottled but I rather enjoyed the beer though it is not something I would likely seek out again

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Photo of oline73
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Teresa's Next Door. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear reddish dark amber color. There is a half finger of off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: I'm getting freshly ground coffee. There are some nutty notes along with sweet toffee and some dark fruit.

Taste: The taste of this beer was amazingly smooth. Very smooth coffee notes with some dark chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit notes. The finish is full of the smooth coffee flavor. There is no real bite to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth tingles of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is incredibly smooth. The sweet toffee notes complimented the beer very well. I feel very fortunate to have run into this one on-tap.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - Smelled of hazelnut, coffee, caramel and toffee.

T - The hazelnut flavor is very strong and tasty. Sweet with caramel notes. Mild coffee-like bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Great tasting beer although I feel in has to be shared. After a while all that hazelnut sweetness was simply too much.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a medium size light brown foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of nutty liquor is quiet dominant with some overly sweet notes also identifiable. Tasted is dominated by the sweet fake nutty flavours with some overly sweet notes. Body is light with good carbonation. I didn’t appreciate the nutty liquor flavours and thought the beer was too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appropriately dark brown with a thin off-white head that retains well.

Smells like hazelnuts, toast, cream, and more hazelnuts. There's a bit of coffee, too, but hazelnut is dominant. It's rather sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.

The palate is toasty and slightly roasty with a ton of hazelnut. Creamy and full-bodied, sweet up front, coffee comes out more in the finish. Ends on a pleasantly dry note. This tastes exactly as advertised: convenience store hazelnut coffee in a strong brown ale. Pretty damn tasty stuff, if you ask me.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
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 mothman
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80% out of 100 with 1,189 ratings
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