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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa MoléLips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé

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very good

270 Reviews

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 974
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 25.63%
Wants: 117
Gots: 197 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopfacebrew on 01-20-2012

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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 270 | Hads: 974
Reviews by chodinheaven:
Photo of chodinheaven
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby in color, almost opaque until you hold it up to the light. At that point, there's lots of visible carbonation feeding a 1.5 finger off-white and bubbly head. It disapates slowly and sticks around for the whole drink. Lots of things going on with the aroma, with an intoxicating and aromatic spiciness that is of cinnamon, chocolate, and caramel with a touch of some chile pepper in the background. The combination is very interesting, at times remeniscent of (don't laugh) dog food with a certain mustiness, but once you delve into the nose a bit more, the spices come out at full blast. A bit bready in the malt to serve as an under the radar backbone of the aroma.

Rich flavors come out in the taste, full of spices like some sort of holiday seasonal with cinnamon and sprucy notes in the front. A smooth chocolatey and caramel middle makes for the maltiness and smooth mouthfeel. In the back the most interesting part of this beer makes itself known pretty emphatically: a definite spicy heat that can only be from a pretty sturdy usage of hot chile peppers. While it is definitely a key and prominent aspect of this beer, it is by no means overwhelming. It accents the other flavors almost flawlessly, making for a cinnamon-like burn while playing off the chocoate and caramel malts. It is its own flavor and yet it remains a part of the overall picture as it works its way across the palate in reverse. Nothing is very subtle in this beer, but nothing is quite overpowering either, a nice balance to have in these off-the-wall types of beers. I'm definitely surprised at how much heat made its way through the beer, aided, I'm sure, by the high ABV which has to be accenting this heat and possibly magnifying it slightly. The aftertaste is probably my only problem with this beer, tasting a bit like old, overcooked vegetables, possibly the chiles? It lingers on a little too long for my liking, but does make me want to take another sip, if only to dispel of this weird taste. The mouthfeel is smooth until the end, where the heat makes you forget about the mouthfeel for a minute. Maybe wouldn't have hurt from a bit more of a cleansing carbonation bite or tingle? It might help in removing that lingering aftertaste.

Overall, I'm very satisfied with this beer. The fact that its so unique and interesting makes it easy to like for me, and I can get past the touch of heartburn the peppers are causing me. The drinkability is limited since the flavors are so unique but rich, but a perfect beer for sharing and examining its different attributes. Certainly not a beer for timid palates, but for those with a taste for the extreme and different, this is a perfect example. Definitely a conversation starter.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of timontheroad
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Kicked up a short half inch head that quickly faded to a thin bubbly film. Very dark brown color.
Smell: Lots of cinnamon and sweet chocolate up front, and a slight pepper and faint alcohol aromas in the background.
Taste: A lot less cinnamon in the taste, and the heat from the peppers has become more dominant. There's some subtle chocolate and vanilla flavors as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, almost thin feeling.
Overall: Not sure about this one, I'm not the biggest chili beer fan. It's OK, but not up on a par with my all time favorite chile beer, Stone Xocoveza. Not sure if I'd seek this out again.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the most interesting of the Lips of Faith beers I have had.Poured a deep mahogany brown with a thin tannish colored head atop.Smells of chocolate,vanilla bean,and cinnamon,to me like Mexican hot chocolate,really cool.A bunch of stuff going on on the palate with chocolate being predominant as well vanilla,cinnamon and chili comes into play at the back end providing a slow burn.A little light in the mouth but thats the only small drawback to the beer,it's the most interesting take on a chile beer I have had.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ddodger41
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jp7161
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Beaver13
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours dark reddiish brown with a smallish fizzy creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is awesome - sweet chocolate, cinnamon and chili spices (mole).

The flavor is sweet chocolate and cinnamon with a chili spice kick in the finish. There's a sublte vegetal note, that I don't recall in fresher samples. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, I really like this. It's a nice blend of chocolate, cinnamon and chili spice. It has good heat, but is not the standard chili beer.

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Photo of Ryno3031
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dditto2
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber.

LOOK: Deep mahogany hue, tight lacing

SMELL: Fresh chilies, raw cocoa, brown sugar, cinnamon, candied fruit

TASTE: Sweet maltiness within, creamy fullish body, full chili flavor, mild pepper heat, cinnamon, treacle, figgy, spicy throughout, reserved hoppiness, finishes spicy

This is a lovely brew, well rounded with a perfect balance of chili to cocoa to spice and still stays a beer.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and cocoa, with some light chili notes and some roasted malt. The flavor is a little more complex. There is a ton of milk chocolate and roasted green pepper notes, as well as some cream and some roasted malt. There is also a little bit of heat from the peppers. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice chocolate-chili beer, a style that has become more popular and I am always excited to try.

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Photo of Intrik
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark rich mahogany brown with hues of red through the light. Accurate two-finger head with some nice lingering head retention.

Smell - Bitter chocolates with a sweet lingering end. I can feel a slight nice from the peppers along with the chocolate. Makes my nose slightly tingley.

Taste - So damn interesting! Almost feels like a brown ale on the beginning taste with a kick of spice from all the peppers. I'm not green when it comes to spicy food so it doesn't really linger bunch, but a few quick sips and it will remind you that they did put some nice peppers in this beer. Chocolate calms it down and sweetens up the beer immediatly.

Overall - Interesting beer! I would love to grab another few of these for Cinco de Mayo.

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Photo of mikejonze
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of vee8al
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joshnovaski
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of gibgink
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Having had other "hot spiced" beer, this one stands out in my opinion. Pours a very dark brown, wtih the spices coming to the forefront of the smell. The taste brings some warming heat, but there is also a sweetness that is present. The heat of the spice lasts well into the next sip. Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of tylerbrowe
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with some light seeping through,but not much. A trace of khaki head surrounds the rim and forms an island the size of a quarter in the middle. I smell bakers chocolate and chili peppers. The taste closely mirrors the aroma with a Mexican hot chocolate theme (but ice cold). Initially you get the spicy chocolate and then there's a gentle but firm burning on your taste buds. There's a warming to your throat and a spicy chocolate aftertaste.

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Photo of cnagle28
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ehammond1
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Thanks for opening this one, UCLABrewN84!

Dark brown body without a lot of visible carbonation activity. The beer eventually leaves spots of lace down the glass.

An incredibly unique aroma: decidedly Mexican coffee/chipotle peppers/rich, dark, chocolate mole, with enough roast to round out any sharp edges. Comes together very nicely.

The flavor is interesting, unusual, and delicious. The cinnamon and earthy spices are at the forefront, with bitter Mexican chocolate and coffee elements as well, with pepper heat lingering on the back of the throat after every swallow. Quite a unique drinking experience.

I suppose my only complaint would be with the mouthfeel, though I'd be nitpicking. Though there wasn't a lot of visible carbonation, it seemed, if anything, too carbonated in the mouth.

A unique, interesting, awesome chile beer. I'd recommend drinking this one fresh, as the chiles are vibrant and flavorful, though not overpowering or truly spicy in a classic sense.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best enjoyed by January 29, 2017.

Appearance: Pours blackish brown with some hints of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of tan head that settles into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: Spicy and roasty dark malt driven aroma with big hints of peppers and chocolate. Big upfront scent of spices with some red chili peppers and cinnamon. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, smoke, biscuit, rye, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Also some dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, and cherry. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and roasty dark malt driven taste with lots of peppers and roasty chocolate. Big upfront taste of chili peppers along with some cinnamon. Dark roasted barley malt with roasty notes of dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, toast, biscuit, rye, and yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Dark fruit undertones of cherry, raisin, fig, and prune. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and fairly chewy. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: A very good take on a spiced Imperial Porter. Big taste of peppers that avoids becoming too hot. Good roasty malt notes.

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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
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