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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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of chardlogic
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Straight hazelnuts! Vanilla extract, coffee roast, caramel, more hazelnut, slight chocolate

Taste: Hazelnut extract, light coffee but not much else going on in terms of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin, medium carbonation, light body.

Overall: Not a bad entry for the Backstage Series, albeit a weaker candidate than Better Half.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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

750 bottle served in a snifter.

pours a dark brown tone while yielding a finger and a half of frothy beige head; modest retention and lacing. nose is fantastic, offering tons of rich hazenut notes coupled with coffee and a hint of vanilla. very appealing, especially for a brown ale.

flavor delivers on the promise of the aroma with lots of hazelnut and coffee, but doesn't move in too many other directions from there. very tasty but no real wow factor... a bit thin with respect to mouthfeel; average carbonation.

overall i'm enjoying this one a lot; very nice brown ale. that said, doesn't exactly bedazzle the way you might hope/expect of a $15 one-off (from founders, no less). still, worth a try if the opportunity presents itself.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

5/5  rDev +25.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of robboyd
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice beer from Founders. Average looking pour with a fluffy white foam. Moderate lacing throughout consumption. It holds a really great nose with coffee, hazelnut, vanilla, burnt sugar, and a bit of booze. I thought it was delightful.

The taste is much the same as the nose, dominant by the hazelnut coffee. It's nicely sweet and reminds you that you're drinking beer. It had a fairly light mouthfeel but a strong sugary finish that I didn't particularly care for.

Overall, it was a good beer but at $15, it didn't blow me away. Not the best out of the backstage series but I'll continue to buy the backstage beers as I haven't been truly disappointed yet.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ShanePB
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle
Served into a tulip

A: Medium brown, mahogany colored body with some maroon hues in the light. Very bubbly light beige head forms and does stick around for some time. Thin retention ring with some splotchy lacing. Certainly lighter overall than expected for the style.

S: Lots of fresh coffee beans, hazelnuts, almonds and some dark roasted malts. Smells very inviting, a bit of cream and sugary sweetness in there as well.

T: Initially there's a lot of hazelnut flavor, along with the strong coffee component. The malts intertwined rather nicely and helped balance out what little sweetness was here. Nothing overboard but really almost a one-dimensional beer.

M: A lot thinner than expected, lower end of a medium body when a beer of this nature should be a bit more robust. No detection of the 9% ABV which was nice.

While this started out really great and flavorful, I quickly became bored with it. Perhaps 12 ounces was just enough, as I did finish it, but it didn't make me want more. I didn't get the overt fake sugary sweetness like a lot of people are saying at all. A nice beer with plenty of hazelnut and coffee, just a bit boring in the end.

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2.56/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a few bottles of this in anticipation of a great experience. I expected very good things from this experiment. Sadly, it was a huge disappointment.

A - Looks great poured into my Russian River pint glass. Nice toasty brown color, and an impressive 2 finger ivory head that stuck around a while, though lacing was minimal. Very attractive.

S - Eh. Some hazelnut and coffee with a bit of toasted malt in the background, but not a ton of aroma from this one.

T - After the aroma, I was less sure about this. The taste was just awful. It tasted like someone took a large-ish brown ale and added too much artificial hazelnut syrup to it. The flavors were sharply different on the tongue and didn't meld together well at all. I tried drinking some colder to see if that would help, but it was the same thing. Not much in the way of coffee flavor. I would have dinged the flavor even more, but there is a sense on the back end that there's a pretty good brown ale under all those artificial hazelnuts. I got through 1/3 of the bottle before I was left with no choice but to drainpour.

M - Decent feel, carbonation felt right, and it was a bit sticky, which is to be expected from a big brown.

O - I'm a bit hastier about my drainpours than most probably are, but this is not a good beer. The artificial flavoring creates a sharp contrast between the hazelnut and brown ale flavors, where they should meld together. The base beer is almost completely drowned out by the hazelnut. I'm hoping 6 months or a year dulls the edges on this one, but this one is almost undrinkable right now.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Frangelic mountain brown is a sweet flavoursome brown ale with an amazing aroma and a great flavour.

A: Brown colour and a thin head that fades fast. 4

S: Sweet flavoursome malt. Some coffee and brown sugar flavours too. There are also notes of hazelnut. 4.5

T: Malty with strong coffee flavour and a slightly smoky finish. 4

M: Quite thin. 3.5

O: 4

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Photo of Momar42
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into cigar city snifter, split with a few very happy friends.
Had this beer several times from bottle and tap, figured I would review since I've only one bottle left :(.

A - deep dark brown with minimal head and no lacing. Fairly typical for a brown ale but looks nice. And trust me, you can smell this thing immediately

S - hazelnuts, coffee, hazelnuts, coffee. Lather, rinse, repeat. If either of things is NOT your thing, move on. Just an amazing nose. Only slight detractor would be a wish for a stronger variety of coffee. But overall one of the best smelling NON-IPA beers I've smelt in a long time.

T - taste is equal to the nose. Coffee and hazelnuts abound. There is a very solid brown ale base that is elevated by the other favors. I never tried the cashew variety but now I am reallly sorry I never got a chance. Truly impressive brown ale.

M - very light on the tongue considering all the flavor going on. Carbonation is just right and the creaminess never becomes cloying. Great.

O - FMB is a fantastic beer, brown ale and liquid beverage in general. Yes the price is high (though I paid $12.50 for my first two bottles), but the flavor and aroma are worth the price of admission. The only thing bad is trying to drink it slow enough to savor it much less review it. If ou can find it, drink it. You will not be sorry. Another homerun for Founders.

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3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours brown with a finger of off-white head that fades into a soapy layer with a little lacing:

S: lots of creamy chocolate and coffee up front with smooth vanilla and some nutty notes. The hazlenut is fairly subtle. Smells very good.

T: similar to the aroma, creamy chocolate, sweet hazlenut coffee, and vanilla are prominent. There are also some roasted nut flavors.

M: medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer could be a little creamier.

O: a surprisingly good beer overall. I didn't expect much, but thankfully the hazlenut wasn't too strong and the coffee flavors were quite good.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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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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