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Founders Frangelic Mountain BrownFounders Frangelic Mountain Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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
Reviews:
300
Ratings:
1,184
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
27.78%
 
 
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Photo of AlexFields
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells sweet and mainly of hazelnut, even the coffee notes are restrained compared to the hazelnut.

Taste is pretty similar, very sweet, lots of hazelnut, some subtle coffee.

This is a good beer, not amazing but perfectly drinkable. I don't see why everyone has been shitting on this beer so much.

7.3/10

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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 smakawhat
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Pours out like a nice honey brown color, hitting the glass with deep mahogany brown and some cola like bubbles. Body color is dark but up to the light shows lots of red. Head is foamy and creamy with some retention, and a nice caramel and tan color. Scattered lacing.

Nose is really impressive. Milky coffee and a mild sweetness. Hints of nuts and vanilla also. Strong, but not overpowering. Smells more like coffee than beer, and lots of caramel action. Virtually caramel coffee.

Taste is interesting. Texture is more impressive, light bodied with a nice alcohol thickness and sugar character without a big sweetness. Sweetned milk and toast, melds with a very light body giving the sense of dumbed watered down Bailey's but I'll take it. Toasty malt seems to be hidden though. After some time a slightly sour tannic nut quality, not totally acrid, but it becomes noticeable after several sips.

Overall real interesting brown ale, but I am not going crazy for this. However, it's a great crafted brew what else would you expect from Founders.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, served in a snifter. Beer is brown, dark, hazy with a nice tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, decent retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, nutty, mild coffee, a little creamy.

Beer tastes like hazelnut coffee creamer, in a good way. The beer cuts through with a nice malt backbone and some mild bitterness sitting on top of that is a strong hazelnut / sweetness that win in the flavor department. It is good but really pushes the boundary of beer in my opinion. I'd probably have it again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a ruby-tinted, oak-brown coloring with a filmy, yellowish coating on the surface. Aromas of hazelnut and mocha, with a roasty sweet overall scent. Flavors are rich and roasted, with a slight char underlying backbone. Toffee sweetness highlights the mocha and hazelnut that was present on the nose, with a slight bitterness to the coffee-like flavors. Light, inconsistent lacing along the glass while you drink. The aftertaste is rich, roasted, and slightly bitter. The finish is smooth, but light enough to not be overpowering. The bitterness cleans the palate up a bit to allow for easy enough drinking, despite the increased ABV.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am trying a two year old bottle at Windber Hotel outside of J'town PA. The beer poured a a clear rich brown with thin to no head that is not lacing much. The scent is slightly sour and bready. Not getting much hazelnut, etc. The taste is smooth and the coffee and hazelnut come alive in the taste it is very nice! The mouthfeel is full body with subtle carbonation. Overall I am greatful for the chance to try it. Thanks to eric the bar keep.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
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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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 TheSevenDuffs
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Andrew for sharing this bottle.

A - Dark amber with a ring of white head.

S - Hazelnut coffee - plain and simple. Not much else going on here at all.

T - Hazelnut and coffee flavours completely overpower this beer. A slight bitterness in present in the finish but overall this is very sweet throughout.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - Glad I tried this at a tasting as there is no way I could have handled a bottle to myself. This is the first Founders offering that I have been disappointed with. Not a bad beer, but very one dimensional.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured dark brown in color with burgundy highlights and a good finger of head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of hazelnut coffee character upfront in the aroma with sweet chocolate notes, a little lactic milk qualities, nuttiness, vanilla and brown sugar.

T: Huge coffee flavor upfront on the palate alongside very nice hazelnut character, sweet milk chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla accents and hints of toffee.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, coffee bean, slightly astringent and silky finish.

O: I thought it was a pretty interesting beer all around a bit sweet but with great coffee hazelnut character and makes a great dessert beer. Good looking out on the bottle Todd

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Blue Dog

Frangelic Mountain Brown casts off a deep brown look almost like dirty pond water with a nice amount of firm mocha colored bubbles leaving a firm cap up top. The cap does not cling to the glass at all and eventually goes away.

The smell on this is fairly simple, hazelnut aroma seeps out and hits the nose buds. It's pretty much all you get through most of the temp flucs some brown malt appears with some caramel, toffee scent and sweet sugars. Not picking up on the 9% here. Founders sort of nailed the nose if this is what they were going for.

Taste wise, this is a big brown ale with no alcohol intrusion and a large amount of hazelnut and toffee thrown in the mix. Some grain and light plain coffee come through with a smidge of vanilla, but the hazelnut wins the race. It's not the most complex beer on the market, but it's a step up from some of the boring browns I've had over the past decade, Frangelic offers something different.

Feel is sturdy bodied with a build that is a bit larger than medium. Not super thick and not hot at all. The sweetness builds up after a while on the tounge and could get 'enough' over some time. Carb is subtle but there leaving a non dead beer with life.

Glad I had a portion of this. A 25oz bottle would of been a chore. I suspect that this could be used to some degree baking some fine cakes, or bread. I dug the simpleness of a big brown with a twist of hazelnut.

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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 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 John_M
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Dog durin their wealth of riches event.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive in this beer, as I pick up vanilla, light coffee and chocolate, and some frangelica liquer (which I guess is to be expected). The beer smells rich and sweet, but at least for me, I found that the combination of aromas really worked for me. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the beer also showcasing a roasty malt quality and light bitterness that I thought blended in well with the vanilla, mocha and frangelica. Mouthfeel was fairly full, with a long, roasty sweet finish. Alcohol was nicely integrated into the flavor profile, which I felt enhanced this beers drinkability.

Had this side by side with the Better Half, and found that I preferred this beer. It was bit less sweet and boozy than the BH, which probably explains why I preferred it. Clearly one of the best brown ales I've ever tasted.

Edit from 1/14. Sampled from bottle (alas, this beer is long since retired now), and this beer was every bit as good as I remembered at Blue Dog. The light bitterness is gone, but the beer remains a frangelica lover's dream. So rich and smooth, with a huge hazelnut presence. I guess it's not for everyone, but I really like this beer.

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

Let me begin by stating that I liked this beer, but I liked it in the way that I like a cup of artificially flavored hazelnut coffee at a gas station once in a while; it’s a cheap and trashy kind of fun but not something I’d want very often. I happen to love hazelnuts and nutella and that sort of thing so this one was cool for a one-shot deal but you better love that fake gas station hazelnut coffee if you want to enjoy this.

FMB pours a murky brownish amber with a sizeable head but weak retention and sparse lacing. The aroma is all hazelnut coffee, period. Maybe a little bit of roast and caramel. The flavor follows suit; hazelnut coffee in your face, lighter notes of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, maybe a touch of maple. Yeah, it’s pretty sweet. Alcohol is nearly undetectable.

Medium to slightly full bodied, moderate, smooth carbonation, nice enough feel that seems appropriate to the overall package. In closing I’m glad I got to try this, but I can see why it wasn’t a favorite amongst this brewery’s usually stellar offerings. Very much a one-trick pony, I’d say. Stay away if you don’t like that hazelnut coffee, I beseech thee!

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

From 750mL bottle to CBS snifter on 7/3/12
*From notes

A: Clean, cola brown in color. A big, straight pour yields a 1.75 finger tanned leather head. Solid retention. Decent lacing and collar follow.

S: If you like hazelnuts like I do, then this one's for you. Mounds of hazelnut reminds me my freshly brewed morning pot o' coffee. Killer, killer stuff. As it warms, hints of salted peanuts, maybe macadamia nuts reveal themselves.

T: Packed with nutty hazel (is that an actual thing?) The brown base allows the hazelnuts to shine, and the base beer takes a backseat - for the better. I get some mild light roast, and luckily it ain't too green. Maybe some milk chocolate chocolate chips toward the back? I like it. I like it a lot.

M: Above average but not outstanding. I mean it's a Brown. And though the ABV is big, it's not meant to be overly viscous I don't think.

O: After the (slight) letdown that was CBH, I wanna welcome back Founders Backstage Series. A really pleasant, easy going and flavorful Brown Ale, one I urge all of you to DRINK FRESH. DO NOT AGE THIS ONE - the hazelnuts will fade into mediocrity. Well done. I really, really hope this convinces Founders to FINALLY bottle their Cashew Mountain Brown!

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2012 vintage. into a FW teku glass.

dark, murky brown color with a slight head. the smell is very aromatic with roasty coffee and sweet caramel. hazelnuts are also still present. the taste has a bit of coffee, bit of sweetness...tastes kind of like an old school fountain drink. quite tasty. medium bodied, low carbonation. moderately drinkable.

overall pretty good! hard to drink a whole 750 alone but good once.

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Photo of dar482
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this 5/24/13 despite it only being brewed once and over a year old.

The color is a cloudy brown, light white white head.

The aroma has hazelnut coffee, sweet caramel, and vanilla. It really pushes the suggestion of what it's to be, hazelnut coffee.

The flavor is at first just huge caramel. Then there's mostly caramel and big roast flavors that you wouldn't get from most brown ales. There's a light coffee flavor. The big roast flavor is huge and at 9% ABV this is a dangerous beer with the mouthfeel.

There is a slight bitter finish so the hops show, despite the age.

With comparison, this has a lot of similarities obviously with Rogue Hazelnut Brown, but with more coffee and a much bigger roasted malt. It's one of the best brown ales I've had. How wonderful tasting.

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

A-Pours brown with crimson undertones. Head is minimal and recedes to a grouping of large bubbles. Mostly transparent. Body glows.

S-A mixture of sweetness and concentrated coffee. Very roasty. Hazelnut coffee and other assorted nuts. Vanilla and light hints of Nutella. Alcohol masked well.

T-Tastes very sweet but the roasted nutty coffee sets in and never lets go. Molasses and vanilla extract. Light mocha. Very, very roasty. Finishes with dried coffee bean flavor.

M-Lighter than the ABV would lead me to initially believe. Alcohol is mildly drying. Finishes with bitter coffee beans. Slightly syrupy and creamy.

O/D-A slight disappointment, but it is still a pretty cool beer. Plenty of coffee here. Maybe a tad too sweet for me but I was quite excited to try it.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep brown with half inch beige head that leaves spotty lacing.

Coffee, mocha, and hazelnuts, and roast malt dominate the aroma. The longer I smell it, the more it reminds me of extract.

Flavor is very coffee forward, lots of hazelnut, almost tastes like frangelico...imagine that. Notes of chocolate and roast malt.

Body is fairly syrupy, with minimal carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, a bit too roasty and nutty for a brown. Overpriced for what it is. Tasty, but not spectacular.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch light tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's a good amount of lacing, too. I love the aroma of this brew, it smells like hazelnuts, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and some brown sugar. I think the coffee flavor is dominant at first, with the hazelnut, caramel, and vanilla flavors becoming stronger as the brew warms up more. Very tasty brew! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and has moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, if I had another bottle I'd drink it right now! Definitely recommended.

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Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Great lacing.

S: A very strong coffee aroma with a nutty quality as well.

T: Tasted of hazelnuts, coffee, a bit of malt and a light amount of hops. Incredibly smooth and sweet tastin beer that's surprisingly balanced.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of of the better, more complex brown ales. Very drinkable.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottled poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a deep chestnut brown color. Some tan froth & lace.

(S)- A nice almond/hazelnut-like coffee liqueur smell to it. Bits of cocoa too.

(T)- Similar to the smell, but drier and not nearly as rich as expected.

(M)- It has a good carbonation level to it. Overall, its really just a basic brown ale with some fun flavors, but kinda falls apart at the finish. Much much thinner mouthfeel than expected considering how rich and decadent the aroma was.

(O)- Not bad, but a huge difference from how good this smells like. Not one of Founders' best.

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