Founders to release Frangelic Mountain Brown

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  1. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Meyvn (1,017) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan
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    We have some exciting 2020-related news for you. Our first release in our 2020 Limited Series is a beer you (yes, you!) voted for. This beer had so many votes in the Mothership Series survey you filled out, we just had to put it in the lineup for everyone to enjoy.

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    Frangelic Mountain Brown
    We love a well-balanced brown ale. Especially a brown ale of the hazelnut coffee persuasion. Case in point: Frangelic Mountain Brown. Initially brewed and released in bottles in 2012, this deliciously sweet and nutty coffee brown ale quickly became a favorite amongst beer fans and inspired us to continue pushing the coffee and beer envelope. Turns out your new favorite coffee drink is a beer. 9% ABV.

    Frangelic Mountain Brown will start shipping December 2019 and be available through March 2020 on draft and in 4-pack bottles. Taproom release date is TBD.

    https://foundersbrewing.com/latest-news/2019/new-beer-release-frangelic-mountain-brown/
     
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  2. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,487) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I am far from being a hazelnut lover, but I'll try this beer on draft if I see it just to find out what the appeal is.
     
  3. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,792) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Love hazelnut so this will be on my radar for sure, next year is looking good already.
    Cheers
     
  4. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,827) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I hear ya!
     
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  5. DISKORD

    DISKORD Disciple (344) Feb 28, 2017 North Carolina

    Is this naturally or artificially flavored?
     
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  6. officerbill

    officerbill Disciple (347) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    In the video Jeremy says
     
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  7. DISKORD

    DISKORD Disciple (344) Feb 28, 2017 North Carolina

    Okay, but that doesn't answer my question.
     
  8. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (6,456) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    This probably doesn't answer your question either, but it was my understanding that the hazelnut flavor comes from Frangelico Liqueur.
     
  9. officerbill

    officerbill Disciple (347) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    Meaning that it's already in the coffee they're adding.
    He says ”Frangelico coffee” so I take that to mean coffee flavored with Frangelico.
     
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  10. DISKORD

    DISKORD Disciple (344) Feb 28, 2017 North Carolina

    Had no idea what Frangelico was. Had to look it up. Says naturally flavored on the label. Thank you both!

    http://frangelico.com/about
     
  11. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    @DISKORD @officerbill @John_M

    IIRC the brewer can not add something like a Liqueur or Spirits to the brewing process so they would have had to recreate the flavor profile of Frangelico during brewing using hazelnut coffee, probably along with some cocoa and vanilla to help with the Frangelico flavor profile. (Much as Boulevard did when they did their Rye on Rye X: Sazerac Cocktail a few years back. That one was intended to taste like the New Orleans Sazerac cocktail made with Sazerac Rye.)

    @jesskidden
     
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  12. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (6,456) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    It's been some time now since I've had a bottle, so definitely don't quote me on this, but I thought there was some mention of using frangelico in either the brewing or aging process

    Hopefully @jesskidden has better and more accurate information.
     
  13. micada

    micada Aspirant (238) Jul 13, 2015 New York
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    I’ll try almost anything by El Founderos, but really?

    People picked this over the Barrel Aged Imperial Stout which I was unlucky enough to not get?

    Lunacy. Sheer lunacy.
     
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  14. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    No mention on the Founders's 2012 web pages:

    https://foundersbrewing.com/latest-news/2012/frangelic-mountain-brown-is-our-next-backstage-release/

    https://foundersbrewing.com/backstage-series/frangelic-mountain-brown-2012/
     
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  15. stevepat

    stevepat Crusader (766) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I'm under the impression that the frangelico is used in producing the coffee, then the coffee is used in the beer. so maybe that degree of separation does it?
     
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  16. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (1,696) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    I love hazelnut coffee. Really looking forward to this.
     
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  17. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    That would be a very expensive way to make enough hazelnut coffee to flavor that much beer, especially when we can brew our own hazelnut coffee at home....

    Time for some documentation?
     
  18. stevepat

    stevepat Crusader (766) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    ya I would love to see what the actual process used is.
     
  19. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (274) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I'm definitely down. Underground was great and was one of my favorite beers of '19 and I like how this one has a lower ABV than that one did.
     
  20. officerbill

    officerbill Disciple (347) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    That's also my understanding.
    They may be using something like this
    http://www.bulkcoffeedirect.com/frangelico-coffee-p-105.html

    The company uses the Frangelico name & bottle on the page so it might be a licensed product
     
  21. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Might not even be that complicated. They use "Frangelic" in the name and on the bottle and it's a non-alcoholic beverage, so no licensing needed.

    Just use Mountain grown beans and hazelnuts and let things age on the crushed nuts....

    Not much else required.....

    But they clearly came close to the flavor profile of Frangelico for people to infer the use of the liqueur.... :slight_smile:
     
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  22. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (2,665) Dec 1, 2010 New York
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    I don’t have any links or documentation of support here but the first time this beer came out Whole Foods refused to sell because of artificial flavoring. Make of that what you will.
     
  23. JohnnyHopps

    JohnnyHopps Poo-Bah (2,135) Jun 15, 2010 Indiana
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    Having a pretty big nut allergy, I did research after the last release. I can’t remember the source, but was told it was artificial flavoring. So I tried the beer and it did not have an effect on me.
     
  24. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (2,665) Dec 1, 2010 New York
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    Oh yeah forgot to mention this thing is delicious artificial or no! Hits the spot in the way some fake ass hazelnut coffee does when the craving strikes. Sometimes I need that candy gas station concoction in my life!
     
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