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RATINGS: 397   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Frangelic Mountain Brown is the quintessential taproom “one-off” beer: Founders’ brewers created the Mountain Brown series for their taproom in Grand Rapids in 2007. Frangelic Mountain Brown is the 16th iteration in the series of popular brown ales—and it likely won’t be the last. The singular characteristic of this beer comes from the use of hazelnut coffees in the brewing process. The beer has distinct aromatics with sweet and nutty flavors beautifully balanced. Founders is known for its beers made with coffee (i.e., the Breakfast Stout series), but this is both the brewery’s first brown ale and its first beer brewed with hazelnut coffees to be bottled. It clocks in at 9% ABV.

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3.9
tmoreau (4632) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Shared bomber at Lunar Brewing Co.. Thanks, M.J.! Poured to snifters, and presented an orangy, walnut brown color, with light, off white head foam that reduced quickly to a ring & film, and left some dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was a pleasant aroma of smooth roastiness, sweet chocolate scent, coffee, and hazelnuttiness. Ditto on the flavor, with a medium hop bitterness, smooth maltiness, sweetness, and a body that was medium, but wished that it was a bit fuller, and maybe even a touch syrupy to make it an ultimate liqueur brew. Well hidden abv!

4.1
bootsjohn (72) - Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Quite an impressive brew. Smells amazing, tastes better than good, looks purty. Poured into weird tulip-esque glass. Translucent amber red brown. White head isn’t hanging around long, but leaves slight lacing. Smells like a hazelnut coffee bag minus any strong roast aromas. Vanilla, chocolate aromas are present, too. Tastes just like it smells. Literally. Only exception here is the slight toffee presence in the flavor. In the end, the body is manageable, the flavor is rich, and the beer is good. Win!

3.9
topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Pours brown like iced tea with a white head. Aroma is coffee, hazelnut, and vanilla. Flavor is sweet, caramel, vanilla, roasty hazelnut, a little coffee and earthy notes.

4.5
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2012
the glorious smell that gets me going every morning, coffee with hazlenut creamer. Simply tantilizing aroma. The flavor is equally pleasant in rich hazelnut coffee flavor. Sligh chocolate and woody notes round out this exceptional brew. Great mouthfeel, medium body, smooth, not so bitter finish. Founders really knows how to use coffee in a beer. Love it.

3.6
tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Interesting beer. The aroma is mellow coffee, hazelnuts, caramel. The appearance is brown, translucent, tinge of red, off-white head. The flavor is like the aroma, coffee, hazelnut, caramel, vanilla. The finish is sweet, then some roast, and pine and grapefruit. Medium in body, actually a little on the thin side. Decent overall, an unique and interesting experiment.

4.1
BAMF (78) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Pours a cloudy amber/brown with a small off white/light brown head. Smells distinctly hazelnut and coffee with a sweet and milky compliment. Creamy hazelnut coffee taste with milk and sugar ends abrubtly with a short burnt coffee aftertaste. Medium mouth feel and overall an excellent beer that is nothing short of what is expected from a brewery like Founders.

4
reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Pours a clear deep amber/chestnut with a medium tan head. Aroma has nice hazelnut...almost peanut butter!...nutty with coffee...smells like a coffee shop. Flavor is a nice base brown...roasty and nutty...great hazelnut, coffee and peanut butter notes. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice nutty lingering finish.

4
stevencon (525) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Reviewed from Notes at Drowland’s tasting - From Daknole - clear brown body, white head some lacing, spell in very fresh hazelnut coffee nutty, not very roasty or burnt. taste of coffee, toffe, medium body which suits well for the brown ale. not super heavy but very tasty. I think this is one that best consumed fresh.

3.2
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Hazelnut aroma is tempting and brown pour is thin but appealing. Taste is smooth and balanced with coffee on the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2012
This poured a murky lighter brown color with a beiege head. Aroma was in your face Nutella, lots of hazelnuts, and fresh ground coffee, and toasted malts there as well. Flavor was much the same but a litle toned down, mainly all coffee and nuts, the underlying base beer really doesn’t lend much to the added components but still overall a great dessert beer.


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