Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Frangelic Mountain BrownFounders Frangelic Mountain Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bashiba on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,189
Reviews:
300
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
13.89%
 
 
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Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes.
A: Brilliant chestnut under a 2” persistent lightly tan tinted white foam collar that clings to the side of the glass.
S: this has a very rich Frangelico or hazelnut liquor nose with some coffee and chocolate.
T: Nutella in a glass.
F: Creamy medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: The concept sounds cloying but it surpisingly works quite well.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nrs207
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice brown color with hints of dark red. Nice off white head, about a finger.

S - Smell has a hint of a brown ale, but if I close my eyes it's like I'm smelling hazelnut iced coffee with cream. And with this beer, that's what I want. Awesome smell.

T - Much along the lines of the smell. Not quite as awesome, but still basically a hazelnut coffee with cream. Nicely sweet with some toasted malt to remind you it's a beer. Really well done.

M - Pretty smooth, creamy. Not quite perfect so a 4.5. The drinkability is insane on this one. No hint whatsoever of 9%.

O - For a brown ale brewed with hazelnut coffee, I can't imagine it being much better. Maybe if they brewed it with hazelnuts and coffee it might taste even better and more natural, but I'm not going to nitpick too much. Gets a slight knock on the artificial flavors, but it's still the best brown ale I've had.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MeisterSmudge!

Clear dark brown when held up to the light with a moderately sized light brown head that lasts for a short while before fading to a thin film on the top of the beer, eventually leaving the glass spotted with stick. Appropriate and pretty brown ale.

The aroma is the hallmark of this beer and easily the best aroma I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying in any brown ale. The base beer has nice components of brown bread malt and caramel, but the coffee and hazelnut character really shine through, especially at warmer temperatures. Incredibly nice.

The flavor follows the aroma, but isn't quite as spectacular. The base brown ale is complemented nicely by coffee and hazelnut flavors, though they do appear to become a little stale and artificial, respectively, as the beer comes fully to temperature. That being said, this is a really flavorful beer, highlighting the additional components nicely, while still remaining remarkably drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. One of the more full bodies I've experienced in a brown ale.

(Keeping in mind that this is a brown ale) I really, really enjoyed this. It lived up to and exceeded my high expectations.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThickNStout
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8oz pour, on tap at Founders Fest. Fresh brewed. Served in a plastic Founders cup. High class!

Pours deep brown with 1.5 finger tan head. A sort of golden brown around the edges. Nice lacing- even on the plastic cup. 

Terrific hazelnut coffee nose! Just insane how freakin good it smells. I can't stop sniffing. 

Taste really delivers on that hazelnut coffee nose. Hazelnuts and coffee dominate with cocoa, caramel, mild charred malt and brown suger. No trace of alcohol, just coffee and hazelnut goodness. 

Medium light bodied with just enough carbonation to keep the flavors active for a long zesty aftertaste. 

Outstanding! I'm having trouble finding a store in Atlanta that will start any kind of waiting list for next month's bottle release so it was awesome to try this at the brewery. Definately worth a shot if you get the opportunity. 

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Photo of jaasen64
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased today! Poured into Jackie O's snifter

A- Pours a slightly translucent very dark slightly reddish brown, about a quarter finger of slightly yellowish beige colored head that dissipates rather quickly, about average carbonation. Leaves spotty lacing.

S- Smells like a very freshly brewed batch of sweet hazlenut coffee with hints of vanilla, caramel, and some malts. Definitely very aromatic and very pleasant smelling. If you love the smell of coffee you will absolutely love the smell of this beer. I'd have to say it's one of the better smelling beers I've encountered, especially when it comes to coffee flavored beers.

T- Hazlenut coffee, vanilla, caramel, not too sweet but just sweet enough. Not bitter at all, has a lightly sweet, creamy coffee aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, slightly creamy, average carbonation, goes down very easily.

O- This is without a doubt one of the best brown ales I've had, and definitely not a dissapointment to live up to the other Founder's Backstage beers. It had an absolutely amazing coffee aroma and a well balanced simple hazlenut coffee taste that had just the right sweetness and feel to it. If you like coffee there is no way you will not like this beer. I highly recommend trying it, wish they brewed this year round.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Founders Backstage Series.
Bottle kept in fridge, poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a pretty clear dark brown color, with hints of orange and red when held up to the light. It has 2 fingers of light tan head that stayed around for a little while, and does not leave much of any lacing on the glass.

S- Hazelnut coffee up front. Very nutty, malty smelling beer here. Smells pretty good to me.

T- Pretty tasty. Lots of hazelnut coffee, minus the bitter taste of cold coffee. It's mixed with plenty of sweet flavors of caramel, and toffee. Nice malty, toasty base beer with added benefits of rich, nutty hazelnut coffee.

M- Nice and creamy full bodied. Moderate amount of carbonation. Seems spot on.

O- I'm impressed. I think that this beer deserves a higher score that it is receiving. But then again I like dark roasted coffee. Hazelnut coffee, while not my favorite coffee is still pretty 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 peabody
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really nice slightly hazy brown with one finger of brown suds. The submersed bubbles take up 1/3 of the pour then quickly rise to the top and make the wonderful suds. Lacing is present but not that much.
Smell is brownies , wonderful rich warming right out of the oven brownies. MMM Some malt and sugars with just a slight yeast also make their way up your nose. The burn is the alcohol but not a deterent.
Taste is a really sweet sugar charred malt. Some grape skin is barely there as well as a quick flavor of coffee. I would assume this has a calorie or two. No alcohol is detectable though.
Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky with the aftertaste of mocha coffee with a nice big brownie.
Overall this one is a tad sweet for my tastes but still just a great brown ale. If you like brownies then this is the one.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ML bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is a ruddy brown color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with a couple inches of beige head.

S - It smells like hazelnut coffee.

T - The hazelnut is huge. It does have a slightly bitter coffee finish.

M - Moderate.

O - I think this is a great beer. It has huge flavor and is delicious. I think some people want to compare this flavor profile to an imperial coffee stout which it is not. It is a fantastic brown ale.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown with copper highlights, moderate tan lacing, decent retention. Hazelnut right upfront on the nose, notes of clean, french pressed medium roast coffee, brown sugar, vanilla and cream round out the nose. Hazelnut hits the tongue first, big and strong but milds out until the medium roast coffee with light cocoa notes hits, some mor enutty qualities, vanilla and brown sugar join the mix. Full side of medium, creamy and smooth. Fantastic nose and flavor, maybe a bit too much for some to enjoy as I did.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of intovert2438
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of TheBrewo
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a dark nut brown brew into our CB’s Signature Series chalices. It pours from the bottle syrupy, with little splash despite some height. When held to light it shows ruby flecks. It holds a one and a half finger head of light brown bubbles. This shows good retention, as it recedes down into a thick ring around the edges of the glass, and spots of lacing along the walls. There is a thick haze, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears mild. The nose is huge with that artificial hazelnut coffee. This adds both bite and creamy sweetness. There is an equal deepness to the malts, and it is hard to pick any coffee malts away from the full bean inclusions. Otherwise, the malts show a big roast, with chocolate and warming woodiness. Booze is equally as warming, appearing with an almost buttery, bourbon quality. Our first impression is that it is obviously very nutty, but it is very nicely blended. As we sip, sweet hazelnut flavoring mixes with deeply roasted raw coffee and vanilla beans. There is additional sweetness of cream and light lactic sourness, much like an actual cup of café au lait. The middle peaks with cooling French vanilla flavoring, sweeter hazelnut, lighter coffee, and a bit of alcohol working its way in. This is where the blend is the best, right at the top of the swallow. The finish shows more lactic sourness, more bittering coffee bite, and watered hazelnut. There is final sweetness of buttercream, fried brown sugar, light diacetyls, and roasty chocolate malts. The aftertaste breathes of a boatload of hazelnut, dark cherry sweetness, booze, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and more steely coffee bean. With warmth comes a sweeter grassy hop vibe, as it rumbles back from the stomach. The body is full and syrupy, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives a sticky, sugary coating to the lips and hard palate before the booze and coffee dryness suck the moisture from the mouth. There is great froth, cream, slurp, smack, and pop, especially with a swirl around the mouth. The abv is up there, and the beer is nicely warming, but the beer drinks easily. You sip though, as you hate to see it go.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the sweet, nutty, and well balanced hazelnut, along with the gloriously slurpable feel. Honestly, at first it smelled light a cheap gas station coffee counter, but as it warmed and as we sipped, the hazelnut really popped with the roast and sweetness of the malts. The flavors were deep and complexly unified. The feel is syrupy and sticky with sweetness, and makes you want to smack your lips. With each sip there is a huge frothiness and slurp that makes you want to keep coming back for more. This is an exemplary beer for the style, and another home-run for Founders.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders Brewing
Frangelic Mountain Brown Ale

LOOK: Brownish color, fine clarity. Soapy head leaving heady lace.

SMELL: Hazlenut coffee and vanilla. Hints of roasted malt. Has a candied nuts smell that is super inviting.

TASTE: Nutty, vanilla cream, mild coffee and roasted malts. Very mild bitterness and finishes a bit on the sweet side. There is no trace of the 9% abv.

FEEL: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Coffee and Hazlenut flavors linger in the finish.

OVERALL: A really tasty brew from Founders. Big Hazlenut flavor and a bit of vanilla. I think this is a delicious brown ale, one well worth revisiting.

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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 aasher
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Frangelic Mountain brown pours a medium bodied taupe brown in color with a really nice and creamy, one finger beige head. The nose isn't as over the top as I expected. It smells a lot like An imperial Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, but with coffee added. The coffee is light and the hazelnut is pretty dominant in the nose. It smells like iced coffee. It's nice nonetheless. The flavors are really well integrated. It really does taste like an iced coffee. Dark malts, light chocolate, chilled coffee, and hazelnut creamer dominate. It is really smooth and the lighter body serves this one well. I like it a lot. It's not the most complex beer in the world but t has really nice flavor, great drinkability and they accomplished what they were going for. This is a must try for coffee lovers. Founders just made a brown ale interesting *head explodes*

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Photo of vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Stellar looking beer. Whipped cream cap of khaki colored head with excellent lace and nice retention. Crystal clear, bronze brown body.

S - Great; thick roast grains, toasted hazelnut, toffee, nutmeg, burnt toast.

T - Caramel, cappuccino, fresh nutmeg, hazel nut, burnt toast, tapioca, tiramisu.

M - Thick, creamy and full bodied with an almost stout-like feel.

O - A amazing brown ale. Outrageous flavor and a great mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable at 9%.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in June 2012. Pours lightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big hazelnut, caramel, chocolate, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, coffee, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and hazelnut coffee notes; with big strength. Taste of hazelnut, caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of hazelnut, chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, light coffee, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt notes with the hazelnut coffee; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alchocol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial brown ale! All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malts with the hazelnut coffee; and very smooth to sip on for 9%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nova009
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A- pours a clear mahogany with a slight red tint around the edges, almost a soda appearance, a very small cream colored head appears and quickly dissipates to a ring, a nice ring of lace left around the glass

S- dark roasted malt, toffee, dark roasted coffee, espresso, the hazelnut really comes through on the end, very nice, really excited to taste this one

T- wow, really impressed on this one, roasted malt, very strong hazelnut coffee flavor, sweet vanilla, really tasty

M- medium-light body, not unlike an actual cup of coffee, smooth and creamy, medium carbonation

O- very easy drinking beer, extremely tasty, I'm sad I only had the opportunity to grab one bottle, also a dangerous beer considering it's 9% ABV and the alcohol is barely noticable

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Photo of eclipse54
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle of the recent release. Drank from a DFH signature glass.

A - 4.0 - Pours a deep brown color with dark ruby hues throughout the body, giving it an almost blood red glow. A centimeter or so of off-white head lingers for a bit before subsiding to a pillowy mass in the center of the glass and a light around the edges. Scattered patches of bubbles serve as lacing.

S - 4.5 - The aroma is of hazelnut, roasted almond, English toffee, caramel, cashews, and various other nuts. A nice amount of freshly roasted coffee comes through as well, as does a faint amount of vanilla.

T - 4.5 - Hazelnut, caramel, roasted coffee, almond, and other nuts push right out in the flavors. Theres a bit more coffee here than in the nose, but it’s not overpowering at all. Toffee and vanilla are there, and some faint raisin and dried date come out towards the end. Theres some brown and cane sugar flavors, but no ethanol.

M - 4.0 - Mouthfeel is thinner than anticipated, which is actually quite nice. I was afraid this one would leave the palate a sugary, resinous mess, but it finishes relatively cleanly with only a bit of the nutty flavors lingering. The finish isn’t necessarily sticky, but it’s somewhat dry.

O - 4.0 - While the nose is dominated by the nutty aromas and hazelnut, they’re much more integrated in the body and the coffee is allowed to come through a bit more (as are some of the other more subtle ingredients). This would make one great evening sipper by a fireplace, or a great breakfast accompaniment.

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Photo of rudzud
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this with a friend yesterday. Poured into my dogfish tulip.

A - Pours a deep mahogany crystal clear pour with a light soft mocha head that faded to a light halo and cloud.

S - Delicious. Just freaking delicious. Like a ferrero rocher chocolate ball. HUGE hazelnut with faint chocolate.

T - Big roasted malts, chocolate, and hazelnut. Yeah, sooo much hazelnut and coffee with this. Its incredible how much nuttyness is coming through.

M - Mouthfeel is good, nice and creamy.

O - Overall this beer was awesome. Delivered excellently on the hazelnut.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Part of a sampler at Founders.

Appearance: A dark brown color. Holy hell! NOT expected. Nice head and great lacing. Very nice looking brown ale.

Smell: A bit sweet. Slight roast? Quite a big amount of nuttiness. Reeks of quality before even taking a sip.

Taste: Best brown ale I've had. I've generally not been all that impressed with the style in the past, but this worked for me. Quite well, in fact. A nice sweetness with the nutty character in this beer really impressed me. Not your boring, ordinary brown ale -- this one's crafted about as well as a brown ale could be, as far as I'm concerned. For that reason, my overall rating is higher than any other rating (aside from appearance).

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Photo of dowen17
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with red highlights in the light. Two finger head that drops to one finger and stays.

On the nose is sweet malts, hazelnut, coffee, and sugar. I also pick up some bitter dark chocolates on the end. The more I smell the more flavors I pick up in the nose. Very nice.

Taste mirrors the nose exactly. Sweet hazelnut, bitter coffee and chocolates, sweet roasted malts. This is a really really good brown beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich. Good carbonation. Really nice.

This is a great beer. Would definitely drink again if I can get my hands on another. Really really good.

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