Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Frangelic Mountain BrownFounders Frangelic Mountain Brown
1,189 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of azdback
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small snifter. Dark brown color with just a bit lighter color highlights. Head is a very small finger of creamy white colored and thin in appearance. Lace doesn't look like it want to play tonight.

Smell is a fantastically sweet. This really smells like a cup of coffee with some hazelnut creamer. Some smokey and roasted beans. Quite nice.

Taste is almost exactly as it smells. Roasted coffee, sweet creamer, some char and a bit of alcohol. This is quite a huge and fantastic tasting brown.

Mouth is velvety and creamy. Body is balanced but full and the finish is long and very wet.

Overall I really enjoyed this offering from Michigan. By far the best Brown I have encountered. It does have a lot of help from the hazelnuts and roasted coffee. Thanks to McNuts for this.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that quickly fade into a thin patchy layer. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: Very roasty with a huge blast of hazelnut and coffee. They ain't kidding around with the nut and coffee hints. Dark roasted malts with some hints of chocolate, caramel, toffee, cream, and vanilla. Also some big hints of brown sugar. Again the hazelnut is huge along with the coffee. Smells enticing.

Taste: Roasty and nutty like the smell indicates. Big taste of hazelnuts and coffee beans. Roasted malts with good notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, cream, and vanilla. A good amount of brown sugar and molasses. The hop presence is light but there is a somewhat noticeable bitterness in the background. A pretty sweet taste but far from overly syrupy. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat sticky. Finishes somewhat dry. Feels like a brown ale and not something imperial despite the high ABV. The alcohol is hidden pretty well considering that.

Overall: This came out pretty good to me. Hazelnut flavor is big but not overwhelming. A very good and interesting take on the brown ale style.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WesM63
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a large snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy darker brown with a tiny 1/2finger off white head. Minimal lacing and retention.

S: Smells of coffee, toffee,caramel, hazelnut and maybe some vanilla.

T: Hazelnut! Some caramel and toffee in the middle and finishs with an almost coffee bitterness. A tiny bit of alcohol burn as it travels down.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: While I thoroughly enjoy the flavors in this one, they overpower everything else and in some cases, not in a good way. One of the let downs for me is that it is artificially flavored. (IMO, that's not part of the craft beer scene) IMO, I would prefer a strong brown ale with all the hazelnut/coffee/toffee taking a backseat but still very present.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pouts a deep copper amber brown with ruby highlights. Average pour produces a finger and a half of light khaki head. Solid retention.

S- Aroma starts out with a big hazelnut coffee creamer aroma with a light roast coffee note in the background. Toffee, toasty bread and molasses touch on the finish.

T- Holy hazelnut intensity hits the palate at first with a touch of light roast coffee in the back end. Malt has a nice presence with characteristics of toasty bread, toffee and caramel. A touch of booze and a lingering nutty hazelnut.

MF- rich incredibly smooth almost creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Even soft carbonation.

D- ok drinkability.

Overall a great tasting beer just really intense hazelnut. Couldn't do more than a glass at a time.

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3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into imperial nonic.

Looks thin... Even for a brown ale. Almost murky-looking coppery orange brown color with a small tan head. Weak retention. Hardly any spotty lacing.

Smells of hazlenut choclate and coffee. Smells very sweet.

The flavor starts sweet, is sweet in the middle, and even sweeter at the backend. Notes of chocolate, hazlenut, coffee, and a surprising amount of booziness.
At least this thing wasn't aged in those god-awful maple barrels-- that would make this hung ENTIRELY undrinkable.
As it is, I can't say I find it to be bad (I will admit I kind of wanted to not like this), but it is highly one dimensional, and way too boozy for a brown ale.
This is one of those beers I look at in the same way as fruit beers-- it is good for what it is... Not mind blowing. Not worth going crazy over-- but as for a one-trick-pony, this does it's little trick prett well... It just isn't good enough that I'd want to see it multiple times.

The body is thin. Coffee-like bitterness on the finish.

Overall-- meh. I've had better, I've had worse. I wouldn't punch my wife in the face for another bottle.

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2.86/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice mahogany color with a small off white head that dies off quick. Spotty lacing at best.

S: Coffee and hazelnuts for sure. Not roasted coffee, but almost stale coffee with some sweetener in it. Some vanilla. Not the best smelling for me at all. Smells a little too fake.

T: Sweet hazelnuts and artificial coffee flavoring. Not overly sweet at all, but lots of hazelnut flavor. The flavors seem like they could go well together, but I can't get over the artificial taste of the hazelnut coffee. Seems like there is a pretty decent brown ale underneath all this. Short finish.

M: Medium to lighter body. Average carbonation.

O: Drinkability isn't the best. ABV is hidden well, seems like this should be like 6-7%. I can see what they are going for, but this is pretty much a miss for me. Can't get over all the artificial flavors in this. First Founders beer that I have not been a big fan of. Can't win them all.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 1,189 ratings
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