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

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Added by bashiba on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,189 |  Reviews: 300
Photo of bozodogbreath
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.71/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up today, poured into a Founders pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color with an amber hue, finger width of off white head and slightly translucent. Smell is all coffee, hazelnut with out a doubt. One of the nicest smelling beers around. Taste again.. syrupy hazelnut, iced coffee, A touch of vanilla and caramel. Moderate body and Nice carbonation. This thing packs a hazelnut wallop and it's fantastic, I can't remember having a better brown ale

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Photo of Listers
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Lantern
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of imfrommichigan
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of SiRCRX
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Hopstout
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of jpro
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from CBX into an Old Rasputin shaped pint glass...

A: dark, reddish brown; light khaki, one-finger head; no lace.

S: hazelnut overload; hazelnut syrup; smells like a coffee drink; pretty crazy.

T: robust coffee taste and very hazelnut-rich; a touch of charry bitterness with some dry / earthy hops - pretty bitter from the coffee and hops; not much alcohol.

M: full-bodied; low-moderate carbonation.

O: a pretty big, roasty, nutty bomb; nice, but a bit too much for me.

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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of marshmeli
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of bookerandy
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours with little head with an instant aroma of sweet, a sign of what's to come. Carbonation is light. The beer is VERY sweet and just might be one of the sweetest beers I have had. I didn't really pick up any of the artificial sweetner taste that a lot of people are talking about in the BA forums. You do however get the hazelnut coffee taste in the beer 100%, mainly in the finish. It is like Founders took a solid brown ale and added some run of the mill Dunkin Donuts hazelnut flavored coffee to the beer. Overall I'd put it in a range of B+ to an A-. Can I see why people chase it? Yes. Would I prefer it over any of the Breakfast Stouts? Not really. Would I buy it again? Yes. Would I chase it or seek it in a trade? No. In all, it is a good beer and I see why it is popular, but it isn't stellar. Whew, I think I'm done.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of strangebrew321
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to my brother tenderbranson69 for sharing this beer with me, purchased at the Fridge in Lancaster enjoyed from a Tulip & snifter chilled a little below cellar temp.

The color is deep walnut body with ruby hue and translucent clarity with thick cap of light tan cream with tiny bead, lace clings in a wavy pattern on the glass. The smell is intensely hazelnut coffee with some mild oak and light cocoa odors with mild alcohol augmenting the scent with nutty malt esters. The feel is great with strong roasted and sweet malty up front with sweetness and slight tannin appearing mid taste but somewhat sweeter than the smell lets on with moderate carbonation.

The taste strikes me as a brownie with nuts with an accent of coffee and slight vanilla-like floral quality. the yeast gives a stone fruit tinge to the hazelnut tropical nutty taste with some coffee and cocoa malt flavor with light tinge of caramel and ripe banana in the finish with subtle coconut and toffee. The overall impression is this is a great beer, world class and so packed full of flavor, just incredible, smooth and seems a little stronger than labeled but it may just be the concentrated malt sweetness -a must try.

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Photo of hardy008
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of travMI13
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of kdmcguire10
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of thecheapies
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Frangelic Mountain Brown from a 750ml bottle into pint glass. Reddish-brown beer with a whole lot of light passing through it. I expected darker. The head is standstill two inches, no effing kidding. Dense, lumpy, and lacing all the way. Great look!

Breakfast coffee, hazelnut flavoring, nutty malts, toffee, and a peck of earthy hops.

Tastes like hazelnut coffee, alright. Not as sweet. Maybe a cup with one-and-a-half sugars. Still a lot of beef to the malts with some burnt sugars and toffee sweetness. Slight sizzle of earthy and almost citrusy flavors from some very careful hopping. Great coffee-forward brown ale. No alcohol. Ridiculous.

Silky smooth with some light carbonation. Very easy drinking. Next to no booze presence. Sickly hidden. Can't believe this pint glass pour is 9%. Just realized this now, actually. Nice feel in the mouth, anyway.

Top-notch brown ale. Founders Backstage Series is all about hiding the ABV. This one is extremely well-done. Good job again, Founders.

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Photo of 3Hops
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of kbnooshay
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous reddish brown color with a one finger width tan head that dissipated shortly after. Some nice spotty lacing developed. The aroma is a 100% hazelnut coffee knockout! There is a good dosage of coffee flavor in the taste but the hazelnut is still pretty strong. Theres a nice milk chocolate hint. Sweet and woody with some vanilla. Hops are light. Nutella aftertaste. Medium feel that is smooth and slick but with a nice tickle of carbonation. Pricey but I am glad i got to try one! Tasty.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a mug

A: pours a medium/dark amber color that is completely clear and has a very small amount of large carbonation bubbles working their way up to support the head, pours with three plus fingers of light mocha colored head that has very large creamy bubbles and lingers very nicely, leaves a ton of lacing
S: deep sugar notes and a very heavy hazelnut note that is very thick and almost syrupy
T: very nice taste, its deep on the hazelnut flavor, kind of has a chalky note to it, the beginning of the finish has a distinct sweetness to it like brown sugar, the rest of the finish has a nice alcohol note to it that is reminiscent of whiskey, leaves a lingering roasted hazelnut note in the back of the throat
M: gentle carbonation up front, drinks thinly but with a slightly chalky feel left on the palate
O: i find this one to very drinkable, perhaps to much on the hazelnut note but overall quite delicious and smooth drinking, everything ive come to expect from the founders big bottle series

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Photo of Pat316
4/5  rDev +1%

Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
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