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Friday, July 27, 2012

Review 86: Founders Frangelic Mountain

Review 86
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown Ale: 9% abv

We’ve been trying some unique beers lately, and Founders rarely disappoints. This disappoints, but it only disappoints in the sense that there isn’t more left in the bottle. It is a winner, and it is worth getting before time runs out. Alright, since we’re running short on time tonight, we’ll make this one straight forward. I apologize to those who look forward to my witty commentary and interesting dialog. Oh well, you can live on. So here’s what we have out of this brown ale. It is a 9%er, so expect  some good flavor in this guy. 

The nose contains everything under the sun, including light coffee, caramel, strong hazelnut, buttery popcorn, chocolate, vanilla, mocha, wheat, fudge, anise, honey dew, good old fashion rice crispy treats, with earthy and creamy notes to boot. Forgive me for not being more graphic about this, but I’m just trying to get the facts out. 

The taste is fantastic, arriving with tart apple and orange flavor, with a balance of coffee and hazelnut, vanilla, caramel, mocha, molasses, orange, malt, earthiness, poppyseed muffins, nutmeg, and ginger. The finish is longer, with peanut butter, caramel, orange, coffee, molasses, malt, unripened banana, nutmeg and ginger all contributing to the finished product. We noted this beer as having a light flavor, but also being full bodied, with tartness on the arrival, and having a particularly excellent balance to it. Is it worth a try? Yes. Will you like it? You better. Next one will be better. 

Score: 9.5/10

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