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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Photo of chugalug06
2.92/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Funky looking two-tired head. Half is super bubbly and the top is super foamy. Brew is deep roasty brown color. Head lingers for sometime.. Great lacing.

Tons of hazlenut, not my favorite, but very well rounded. Coffee scents take a back seat to the hazlenut, a bit overwhelming.

Too much hazelnut for my liking.. Nice light carbonation, no bitterness, very dry. Hazelnut is distracting and I can't get many other flavors.

I've seen Founders to MUCH better.. I expected more, especially with the high price tag. Not recommended.

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Photo of oline73
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
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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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 Brutesling57
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of SFC21
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of jmbraxton
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep medium brown color with a smallish khaki head that doesn't survive very long. Smells of hazelnuts in spades. Chocolate coffee and caramel round out the aroma quite nicely. the flavor is a solid chocolatey brown ale with a heavy dose of hazelnuts and a hint of coffee. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a silky velvety mouthfeel. Very nice brown ale with a ton of hazelnut flavor. Never seems like its 9% very simple but very tasty.

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Photo of TheBishopco
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle sent from a trader in Chicago (thanks Will) poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Dark brown color, transparent ruby-red edges, slightly murky body, off-white head with decent lacing.

S: Tons of hazelnut coffee creamer, flavored coffee notes, hints of toffee and caramel, very sweet.

T: Pretty sweet from start to finish; hazelnut dominates, roasted coffee notes beneath that mixed with caramel, toffee, bready malts, coffee creamer, finishes with a flash of alcohol.

MF: Medium body, ample carbonation, with the hazelnut sweetness really dominating the palate.

O: There are flashes of brown ale characteristics in this one but the hazelnut coffee really dominates. Enjoyable, but very sweet. Make sure you share this one.

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Photo of claspada
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, brown color with a inch of tan head/foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

Aromas are crazy intense and strong of hazelnut, coffee, caramel and toffee. Smells super sweet, no hops, no alcohol, little malt just super hazelnut flavoring and lesser coffee.

The tastes follow the nose but are much less intense and actually kind of a letdown. The hazelnut flavor is once again the dominant flavor with complementary sweet caramel notes. Mild coffee-like bitterness into the finish emerge more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish was mostly sweet on the sweet side; a little lackluster here.

Overall it was a nice beer but a bit too sweet and one-noted flavor wise. Glad I split it with a friend because it would have been a bit cloying to attempt to finish the whole bottle solo. After a while all that hazelnut sweetness was simply too much. Not bad just a bit sweet and needs a bit ot tweaking if it is ever going to be re-brewed.

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

The pour is a hazy dark amber color with a khaki head. Nose is full of toasted nuts, sweet hazelnut, coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Sweet but still plenty of coffee to balance it out. Sweet on the palate as well. Hazelnuts, chocolate, and coffee dominate, but there is a nice caramel sweetness, some toasted malt, and a touch of vanilla. Nice and creamy on the palate as well.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Mahogany with red highlights. 1-2 fingers of head that dissipates slowly. Heavily aggressive carbonation and excellent clarity.

Holy hazelnut coffee! Nutella and rich espresso aromas. Caramelized brown sugar, fudge and chocolate truffle.

Hazelnut and espresso flavors through and through. Caramelized brown sugar, coffee grounds and hazelnut creamer. Hints of chocolate truffle, Nutella and some dry earthiness. A charred bitterness lingers on the tongue and in the throat.

Medium bodied, silky, smooth and dry.

The 9% abv is extremely deceptive. I expected a thicker, darker, more Stout-esque Imperial Brown Ale from Founders, however this is surprisingly welcoming. Definitely delivers on the hazelnut coffee.

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Photo of mkotsayfan
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep dark brown/black with a limited amount of light tan head. The aroma is outstanding - huge nutty coffee notes, along with some roasted malts. The taste has similar domination of the hazelnut coffee, along with some slight earthy notes that are typical of a brown ale. The mouthfeel has medium carbonation with a medium-light body. The body was a little thin, but the alcohol was well hidden.

Overall, a nice brown ale from Founders. Definitely worth a look if you like hazelnut coffee.

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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 andrewinski1
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is dark brown. There is a large off-white head.

The aroma is amazing. There is a great sweet coffee aroma. There is some hazelnut in there as well. Hints of Ovaltine are also noted.

The taste starts out with some nice toffee flavor and finishes with lots of coffee. This is mildly sweet.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This is full bodied. This is very enjoyable; Founders sure does know how to brew coffee beers.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of ncfranklin
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter. Bought on Alabama's first day of legalized large bottles!

A: Dark, muddy brown. Almost no head on this, just a bubbly tan ring around the outside of the glass. Obviously a very large beer.

S: Wow. Aroma is huge here. Hazelnut, coffee, brown sugar, very sweet smell.

T: Right after the nose. Hazelnut and coffee flavors are huge and every bit of this, maybe even some peanut butter like sweetness? Some syrupy notes in it as well. Overall, a big brown bomb of hazelnut and coffee with light bittering to keep it from being too overwhelming.

M: Chewy as one would expect. Slick in the mouth, with only a light carbonation tingle. It's a big beer with a big body, as one would expect.

O: Founders has an incredible take on bringing depth to a beer, and Frangelic fits that mold. Sweet, sugary, but complex in flavors. Hazelnut dominates, but subtly is there. Great ale.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared by jdiddy. Pours a beautiful mahogany color with a loose head that dissipates into a soapy skim with clustered dollops. Nose expresses a huge hazelnut and coffee presence. Taste follows nose; however, there is a distinct artificial sweetener character with a slightly bitter and lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a crisp, even carbonation. I can honestly say that 3-4 oz. was more than a sufficient pour. The artificial sweetener is just a bit too much in my opinion. If you plan on opening this, make sure you have some help.

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Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a fingers worth of tan head

S: Very strong nose of hazelnut coffee with a big malt sweetness and light earthiness. Amazing, especially if you enjoy the smell of coffee

T: Follows the nose with a wave of hazelnut coffee and some other nice nutty and earthy notes. Alcohol provides a very slight spiciness that goes great with the overall nuttiness of the beer

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and slightly creamy

O: Now this is a coffee lover's beer if I've ever tasted one. Would go great with a variety of cheeses because of the huge nutty character of the beer, plus it would help to cut the sweetness if you're not a big fan of sweet beers. Extremely glad that Founders bottled this beer, and I hope it leads to more of their draft-only offerings to be bottled as well. Very well done

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Photo of jnikkel
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of metalgdog
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of chimaylvr
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +1%

Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
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