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 claytong
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for the share. Served in an Eclipse tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin ring, with a few specks of lace. Dark brown body, with some semi-transparency to it.

S - Lots of hazelnut and coffee, with some brown ale notes. Just a lot of nuts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Potent and delicious.

T - Nice coffee, biscotti, hazelnuts, milk chocolate. Reminds me of coffee crisp. Not quite as nice as the aroma, but quite good nonetheless.

M - Smooth texture, medium body, dry finish, pleasant carbonation. Perhaps a bit light for 9%, but otherwise pretty solid for the style.

D - Really easy to drink for 9% - would never have guessed there was that much booze in here. Not sure why there's hate on this one, as it's a really excellent brown ale that delivers exactly what it promises.

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Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of wells9uk
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Jsmitty1967
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of tlazaroff
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The roasted, slightly bitter aroma of hazelnut coffee is unmistakable in this brew. I also get a somewhat doughy kinda freshly baking bread/roll aroma as well. It smells wonderful, and I crave more already.

Perfectly clear, light brown / dark tan in color. The head is light tan and laces quite beautifully as you sip this beer to the depths of the glass.

Frangelic Mountain has an incredible taste, hazelnuts, coffee, toffee, caramel, even chocolate fudge. It reminds me of being in the candy store in Sarasota, FL that sells all these things and home makes them freshly that day. Incredibly clean flavors, nothing is muddled. This is the perfect brown ale.

Crisp, clean carbonation with a moderatebody. It drinks smoothly but shouldn't be drunk hastily. Every sip leaves me wanting more, and to never finish this bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of nrbw23
1.61/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice brown colored head. Quite a bit of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Head has ok retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Quite a bit of hazelnut and a stale coffe smell. Nothing else jumps out at me. Dominanted by these two.

T- Wow this is just plain brutal and aweful. This brew tasted more like a Coffeemate creamer than a beer. Hazelnut dominants this brew.

M- Pretty thin and quite a bit of carbonation.

O- Wow this is not a very good brew by any means. I very rarely drain pour a brew, but this one met my kitchen sink. I tried to enjoy this one at several different temperatures, but it didn't matter.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a clear chestnut-colored body capped with an off-white head. Bubbles are small and fine, and they vanish quickly into a thick collar around the edges.

S: Yeah, hazelnut coffee for sure -- it has that artificial flavoring sting that I don't really care for, but I knew going in that this would be a flavored coffee based beer, so I am not surprised. Mild caramel and some other nutty notes, likely from the base beer.

T: This has a pronounced maple-like sweetness, a modest presence of caramel, and toasted nuts. Hazelnut is noticeable but it somehow doesn't dominate; I'm wondering if that's because the beer is fading or because it was brewed in balance. But I like the interplay. Too bad it's fairly sweet, an effect enhanced by the artificial hazelnut flavor.

M: Great carbonation; this is soft and velvety on the palate. It works very well for the body, which is on the lighter side of medium. It hides the ABV pretty well except for a light burn in the finish.

O: Good, but not great. It's interesting as a novelty, but I definitely won't seek this out again.

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3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, served at around 45F and allowed to warm in the glass.

Pours dark brown with red highlights and a one finger light brown head that recedes to a wispy cap and ring leaving some spotty lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet hazelnut coffee, some caramel, toffee, nutty malty notes. Hazelnut dominates. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is like the aroma, primarily sweet hazelnuts, some coffee, caramel, toffee, toasted malt notes, a touch of fruit underneath. Some alcohol on the finish, minimal hop bitterness. Pretty darned sweet overall. Sometimes artificial as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, oily, low to moderate carbonation.

Pretty one-dimensional as the hazelnut coffee totally dominates. Too sweet for me though, it may be a struggle to finish this bottle.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of tut2528
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pour is a deep brown, slight ruby tints at top and bottom of glass, nice 1 finger worth cream white head formation, thick bubbles, high carbonation, moderate lacing, leaves a nice thin film across the top of the glass

S: wow this is a big brown ale and extremely unique. Massive hazel nuts, deep sweet maple, coffee notes, and a nice creaminess and a touch of toffee

T: big hazel nut dominates the palate. There is a nice sweet maple backbone that holds this one together with ever slight touch of hops in the finish. Very creative, but it lacks complexity like many other brown ales.

M: medium bodied, hazel nut lingers throughout the beer. It fits for this brew quite nicely.

O: really think this one is extremely unique, and thought that the creativity in this one was great. Great smell, but the taste seems more one dimensional. Nice offering, worth trying.

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tut2528 for opening this at our tasting
Poured into FFF tulip

Appearance: Poured a dark brown with mahogony red along the edges when held up to the light with a one finger size head that is an off white. Head does not stay around long. Leaves a collar along the edge.

Smell: Up first is the hazelnut with some coffee and molasses. Lots of cream notes like in a coffee creamer.

Taste: All hazelnut up front with not a ton else going on. I do get a backbone of sweetness throughout. Hazelnut sticks around in the mouth from sip to sip.

Mouthfeel: This brown ale is on the thin side but creamy at the same time. Do not detect any carbonation at all.

Overall: This is a solid brown ale but very straight forward and one dimensional. As I continue to sip the hazelnut really becomes too much. Good thing I'm sharing this with a couple friends.

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Photo of julian89
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at work, looking forward to the next back stage series from Founders.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a slight reddish hue. A 1+inch off white cream head with excellent retention. A little lacing.

Smell: Strong sweet earthy hazelnut smell. Light tone of dark creamed coffee. Caramel and chocolate. No abrupt hop smell at all. Basically a smooth sweet brown ale.

Taste: Immediate nutty flavor. Lighter with other flavors. A little grain bitterness. Caramel as well. I was expecting more from a back stage series. The coffee taste seems like coffee that has been twice brewed.

Mouthfeel: Very light for a beer of this nature. Carbonation is there though. A thicker viscosity with medium carbonation would assist in balancing the grain and coffee bitterness.

Drinkability: Overall it's an excellent looking and smelling beer. It lacks a little character from what is expected of the usual Founders backstage series. Not up there with the greats... CBS, Blushing Monk, etc...

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of homebrew311
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is chestnut brown with plenty of light passage. Thin white head forms and leaves partial layer on top. Nose is loaded with hazelnut quality which provides a nutty aroma along with some vanilla and bits of roasty coffee. Hazelnut dominates all facets of the aroma, not much malt base comes through. Taste is sweet and nutty with hints of light chocolate and mild roast. This really highlights nutty flavors well, regardless of its "artificial" status. Mouthfeel is pretty light with moderate carbonation. Overall, I enjoy this one. The hazelnut works well with the coffee and abv is not detectable. Quite tasty.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Gigantis
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A. Pours a little frothier than I expected with a very light head. The beer itself is a very pleasant light brown color. The abundant head lasted a while.
S. Coffee and hazelnut in good harmony. Aroma is lovely.
T. The taste is good but not as well-balanced as the smell, I thought. It's a lot of hazelnut, really. There is a nice peaty quality to it and the alcohol presence is about what you would want. Still, I was not blown away.
M. Not sticky or syrupy at all. Pretty light, actually. If it wasn't so damn expensive it would be very drinkable despite the higher alcohol content.
O. I don't usually like to judge brews based on the price but I would have expected more from this. All things being equal (and price-wise they are not), I prefer Founders Breakfast Stout to this.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,189 ratings.
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