Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown

Tasting: July 21, 2012
Style: Ale (Brown) Flavored with Hazelnut coffee

Frangelic Mountain Brown

Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown

Frangelico is a brand of hazelnut liquor produced in the Piedmont area of northern Italy. It’s named for a seventeenth-century hermit monk named Fra Angelico. You’d recognize the bottle. It’s shaped like a Franciscan friar. At one time, the bottle even went so far as to include the rope belt with the traditional three dangling knots. As far as I know, there isn’t an actual Frangelic Mountain. This brown ale from Founders doesn’t include Frangelico — but it does include hazelnut coffee. So, I assume the Frangelic name only “loosely” relates to the “trademarked” hazelnut liquor. I did find a slang definition for frangelic which means a girl that is both frisky and angelic. If the Frangelico trademark lawyers come calling, there’s the perfect defense.

This one is the fourth installment of Founders’ “Back Stage” series. This series has featured larger scale releases of their own brewpub favorites. The second release in the series was the legendary Canadian Breakfast Stout. This one checks in at a healthy 9% ABV. It’s a limited release, but from what I’ve found there isn’t overwhelming demand. Go to your better beer stores in the next week (I know Gary’s has about 10 bottles), they are probably holding a few bottles “in the back”.

Cola brown pour with a very still head. Aroma is just like a hazelnut coffee. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and smoothly carbonated. finishes with a coffee rather than a hop bitterness. Really tastes more like an Irish coffee than a beer – but is quite enjoyable. Alcohol is wonderfully concealed. This is really one to share as after half a bottle the flavor wears a little thin on you — but really a nice ale. I’ll put it at 90 points.

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