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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

276 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 276
Hads: 1,001
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 25.56%
Wants: 122
Gots: 201 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Chile Beer | 9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish-purple with hints of ruby red. Medium-small, off-white head that disappears quickly. Scent is immediately packed with chile and bell-pepper. Sweet chocolate and dark malts as well. Taste is VERY interesting. A lot of different spices...cinnamon, cumin, black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Very nice chile flavor with a good amount of spicy heat. As the beer warms and the more sips I take, the more heat I get. Finishes with sweet cinnamon and cocoa. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and spicy. Drinkability is fairly high if you can handle the heat. Overall, this is a very good chile beer.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color. Lots of carbonation. This nearly looks like cola in a glass, just not quite as fizzy.

Sweet aroma. Lots of cinnamon.

Flavor is sweet up front, followed by lots of cinnamon and a slight chocolate touch. A mild pepper heat is noticed in my throat at the finish. The cinnamon leaves this beer pretty tasty in my opinion.

That carbonation I mentioned earlier all but leaves the glass entirely by them time I'm halfway through.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a russet garnet color with a short lived finger of light tan head. Some light lacing.

S- this smells awesome. Sweet malts blend with spice, savory pepper, and subtle smokiness from the chipotle. There's also toasty characteristics and cocoa on the finish with a hint of cinnamon.

T- the cocoa and sweet toasty malt fleshes out in the beginning. Spice and cinnamon blends in the middle. Finishes with pepper flesh, subtle smoke and pepper seed heat on the finish.

MF- rich full mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- good drinkability if your a fan of peppers. If not it might not be for you. This would be one hell of a food beer.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A stimulating peppery brew with a rather sweet edge.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Screen printed bottle with imagery of the Mexican Day of the Death, banner-flags, skeletons holding the name of the brew. Side paragraph notes main ingredients, and intent. Shows 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Brown to dark brown pour, small bubbly head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Malt, cinnamon, chocolate, hint of peppery spice...

T - Malty sense, with plenty of chocolate, peppers emerge but never overwhelm going back to the sweetness. Cinnamon and sugar, woven back into what at points almost feels like a crumbled cinnamon-sugar cake.

M - Medium to medium-light body with medium carbonation, and a nice long spicy finish, not too hot at all but pretty prominent, and balanced nicely by the hefty sweetness if one is into that edge. Alcohol is very well integrated and offers a hefty if smooth ride.

O - A nicely stimulating brew, something not that rounded in its rhythm but nothing off-putting.

Notes: Nice and pleasing brew. It does not deserve the praise it gets in some quarters but it is well worth the try.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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 dejrrma
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12-21-2011. $6.99 at Jax Package Store. Poured into a pint glass.

a- pours a lively reddish, purple-ish color, with about a half inch of white fluffy head that dissipates into a thick ring around the glass.

s- delicious. cinnamon powder, cocoa powder and chocolate, chilies, light hops, grass. best part of the beer.

t- cocoa, cinnamon, and chocolate right from the beginning, it's got a hoppy bite on the tongue with a nice spiciness that lingers. it has a subtle warmth as it goes down. the chilie becomes more present as i drink more of it. but overall, the sweetness overpowers the spices. a little too sweet.

m- medium body, but it taste's syrupy. it's got a good, crisp carbonation that helps it out. alcohol is not noticeable.

o- glad i tried this one. unique beer at a great price.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy tan head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Oh yeah, the peppers are in this. Big peppery vegetal nose that works so well. Layers of cocoa powder and milk chocolate. Caramel and roastiness underneath. Just as advertised.

4.0 T: Pepper flavor is the dominant flavor. The heat is minor and mainly manifests as a subtle afterburn. Again lots of chocolate and cocoa powder. Caramel with a light apple fruitiness. Well done.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a warming finish.

4.0 D: I really love chile beers. This is a market that needs expanded. This is a good one.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared at a tasting. Poured into snifter.

A: Pours a clear burnt amber color with a finger of head that slowly faded into good collar that left soapy lace.
S: I get notes of cinnamon and chilies. The nose is spicy in both the hot way and chili way.
T: Spicy like the nose with flavors of chipotle and cocoa. This does taste a bit like mole actually. There is a little bit of pepper heat in the finish. The chilies add an interesting complexity.
M: Thin, low carbonation, greasy mouthfeel. Could use more bubbles.
O: Very interesting and unique beer. I thought it worked well but there’s no way I could drink a whole bottle of this.

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Photo of Phelps
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter at Papago.

The color of a dark cherry — deep purple-brown, yet surprisingly clear. Half a finger of fuzzy tan head fizzles away after a while to nothing.

Cinnamon sticks, milk, mexican chocolate and a touch of peppers in the nose. It's like a spicy, chocolate horchata. Some tangy fruit in the background — orange, maybe?

An enticing flavor, with lots of chocolate. Peppers arrive in the form of heat in the back of the throat. A little vanilla, dark chocolate, cinnamon, some fruity tang. A blast of oak at the swallow blends with the other flavors. All the while, chile heat lingers.

Medium-light body, pinching medium carbonation, a tiny but of watery fizz. Peppery heat builds and builds, but never gets intolerable.

Cocoa Mole is one of the most unique beers I’ve tried in a while. Very interesting, and pretty tasty.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Blue Moon in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a New Belgium goblet glass.

Pours a dark, murky brown body, one finger offwhite head, fair retention, thin collar, no lacing. Smells of cinnamon and cocoa, a bit of espresso and vegetal pepper. Has a reasonable Huna-like smell actually, very pleasant. Flavour is not quite so complex, fair bit of cinnamon, cocoa, with a mild bit of heat. A bit of chocolate, minimal roast in the middle. Mouthfeel is thinner bodied, not quite so substantial, decent carbonation, finish is a mild-moderate peppery heat that sticks with you for a while. Overall, a decent Mexican style stout, but the body is a bit thin and it lacks the complexity and intensity of its contemporaries such as Abraxas, Hunahpu's, Mexican Cake et al.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured dark brown in color with a thin, bubbly head to it. Decent lacing as I drank it.

The Cinnamon is the first thing I notice in the aroma. I get some of the spicy peppers, but isn't really in your face peppery. A good amount of malty, caramel, brown sugar flavors help keep it pretty smooth. Just a hint of chocolate is there. Pretty nice aroma to it, it's very flavorful but everything comes together well.

The taste shows more of the cinnamon spice and malty sweetness to it up front. The finish is where the spicy peppers really start to come out. The peppers bring a little heat to them, but not an overpowering hotness. The flavor profile really compliments the peppers well and it feels pretty smooth for a pepper beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a very good beer, they really managed to bring all the flavors together in it. I don't typically think peppers work that well in beer, but in this one they did. A lot of bold flavors and ingredients in it, but they came together very well. I really liked the uniqueness to it as well. Very well done beer overall.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Utter blackness, with a sweet looking light tannish head, resting above.

Aroma: soft, sweet, and cinnamon-y. Love it.

Taste: Smooth, rich, and spice, with cinnamon first, and then, blam, the pepper comes. A fierce first hit, then mellow, …next sip, again, sweet cinnamon, hot pepper. A swift 2-step, a spicy tango. Chocolate malt lurks below, provides sufficient support, and delivers deliciousness. Pepper heat coasts smoothly overhead. Everything is in the pocket, here, everything is right on and groovy.

The peppers never really burn, just scorch a little. Taste lingers on the palate enough to make you remember it was there, and urge you into another sip and gulp.
And now, they all come together, the chocolate, the cinnamon, the hot spicy peppers, all at once. I'm halfway through the glass and the symphony is striking louder and stronger inside the mouth.

Damn, this is interesting. Better than any chili pepper beer I've ever had, and better than most chocolate beers I've known. An interesting drinking experience that doesn't over-do it in any way, just keeps everything together, balanced, and drinkable. Mmm, chocolate comes back, keeping pace with pepper heat. Yum. Another hit from the Lips of Faith.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, the latest special release from this brewery to make it north of the 49th.

This beer pours a clear, rather dark red-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fairly bubbly beige head, which leaves a wall of natural land-bridge lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of grainy, bready caramel malt, green chili peppers, dry, chalky cocoa, spicy cinnamon, a soft mineral flintiness, faint dark orchard fruit, demarara sugar, and a whiff of wet smoke. The taste is bready, somewhat crackery caramel malt, a further toffee/sponge cake sweetness, a more laid-back green pepper spiciness, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of milky coffee, sugar in the raw, ethereal cinnamon, damp char, and a very subtle earthy, leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite low, even on the typically forgiving froth-o-meter, the body an adequate middleweight, and actually smooth, the chilies having a say, but they're as gentle as can be, which engenders a certain airy creaminess to boot. It finishes off-dry, and duly balanced between the spicy duad and complex malt.

I'm sure I've had molé at some point in my south of the border (again, the one along the 49th parallel) Mexican restaurant forays over the years, but my impression of it is more academic than anything. Anyways, Cocoa Molé does well by the textbook, and the tastebuds - spicy, but not too much, y'know, the heat deftly countered by a cocoa-driven malt sweetness. The only real question is that of the whereabouts of the 18-proof booze - I'll have to get back to y'all on that one.

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Photo of Philousa
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, ruby when held up to the light, clear. One inch head that dissipates very quickly to next to nothing. Interesting spices in the aroma. Cinnamon and cardamom most prevalent. A little heat over a dark brown ale malt bill. Thin chocolate taste fades quickly to cinnamon and other spices I can't pin down. Heat sticks to the roof of the mouth and throat. It's a warming feeling, not too hot. Unlike most beers with heat, I seem to enjoy the spiciness in this one. Hides ABV well. Medium feel, dry finish due to the heat.

Despite my inclination to dislike this beer, I kinda like it. This is a salsa beer, but in the best way. I actually like heat in a beer! It's not overpowering, but it's there. Take a hint Ballast Point, be more subtle! Not something I'd like more than a couple times a year, this is definitely a good beer and worth trying. Now if we can get New Belgium to make horchata...

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cherry mahogany raisin color - looks more like the color of many barleywines. Carbonation is gentle but only because this was poured in a Duvel glass. This is a really odd pour because it has nice bubbly foam as it hits the glass but sounds like you're pouring a soft drink with lots of bubbles and dies down equally as quick with nothing left behind, not even a lacing ring.

S - Chile peppers, cocoa powder, and light smoke.

T - Toasted caramel malt hit the tip of the tongue immediately followed closely with dry cocoa powder and warm chile peppers. There's some dark fruit buried way down there also with some cinnamon as well. Leaves a lingering blend of light cinnamon and cocoa with a warm and light burn in the back of the throat.

M - Heavy medium body to heavy body, rich and creamy texture, and light carbonation.

O - This beer is a unique one with an odd combination that works. Something tells me I'll have all hell to pay tomorrow after it works through my system. (!!!) Looks like a glass of dead beer that's been sitting out all night, which is a downer, but not a deal killer. As the beer sat in the glass the chile burn faded somewhat.

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Photo of Sam_Sorrells
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very unique beer with an interesting translucent brownish red hue. The nose is full of cinnamon and a hint of mace. The mouth feel was thin and dry. The flavor and finish make it a perfect desert beer.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light to medium brown body with a very faint strand of bubbles around the rim.

S- Some hazelnut, cocoa, chocolate malt and a hint of pepper.

T- Faint malt and chocolate taste up front, with heat coming through at the end.

M- Surprisingly light bodied and very drinkable.

O- Interesting and different, drinkable and worth a try.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Enjoying in the comforts of home. Pours a crystal clear dark ruby brown color with no particulates. One finger light grey-tan head that dissipates quickly.

Nose: Cinnamon, cocoa, bread, honey, graham cracker, caramel. Smells almost exactly like a Cinnabon.

Taste: Sweet, with notes of cinnamon, clove, caramel, and cocoa. Light pepper bitterness that reveals a nice solid but manageable chile heat.

Sweetness fades to spices which fade to light bitterness which becomes chile spice. Very complex and fairly well-balanced trip of a beer. Never had anything like this. It's rather approachable, and the residual heat makes me want to cool my mouth down with another sip! Would never drink this on a regular basis but it's a fun spiced beer that is decently well put together.

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Photo of sommersb
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 01-30-2012
Freshness: Bottled 12-21-2011
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: New Belgium globe glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Color is a dark brown, like chestnut, with good clarity. Head is tan and a couple of fingers high. Lacing and head retention are fair.

Aromas are of chili peppers and chocolate, with some caramel and malty sweetness. Cinnamon and other spice aromas make for a complex nose.

Taste is both spicy and sweet, with milk chocolate up front and then some chili heat in the back. I also get some cinnamon flavor. Has a nice alcohol warming effect.

Smooth mouthfeel on a medium body. The finish is slightly sweet with some heat from the chilies.

Overall I though this was a very good chili beer, but not as good as some other chocolate chili beers I've had such as the Reunion and Vixen.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown amber glass shows clarity, struggles to hold even the hint of a halo. Looks pretty lifeless.

Smell: Not much here, a mild cinnamon with a light malt sweetness.

Taste: The cinnamon and clove are heavy and upfront, pretty much overwhelming all other flavors. A little chile heavy slowly fades after the shallow, actually burns a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, light prickly carbonation actually makes it a bit fizzy, long oily finish.

Overall: Was thinking more of a Chocolate Stout when I approached this, but this is very much a Chile beer. Hot peppers with a little cocoa powder to add depth, but no sweetness to cut the burn. Very spice driven, unusual flavor profile, thin; but glad to have a little diversity.

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Photo of rtaps
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to UCLABrewN84 for opening this one

pours a dark brown with a khaki head with minimal retention.

plesant aroma here spicy, cinnamon and chipotle with coco like coffee

spice flavor allspice/nutmeg and a cinnamon hotness to it. with coco blended together well

light bodied and carbonated leaving the mouth dry

overall it was a very well made chile beer. the spice was there but didnt steal the show and didnt make it unenjoyable

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Dark body.

S- Spicy cinnamon.

T- Spicy and cinnamon, a bit of chocolate.

F- good, smooth carbonation.

O- Great Chile beer! Balanced spice.

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Photo of richj1970
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with dense two finger white head. Lasting retention and plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Light roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Aroma of a basic porter. Faint spices become more apparent as it warmed.

T: Cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light chilies. The spices complement the chocolate nicely.

M: Medium body and fairly carbonated. A touch thin for my tastes.

O: A little disappointing aromas, but tasty brew. Easy drinking.

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Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade poured into a dogfish head chalice.

A - Pours a crystal clear dark brown hue with a quarter inch blanket that left light lacing.

S - Aromas of light chocolate and chili. Appealing.

T - Taste is really nice with lots of chocolate and chili with nice barrel notes resulting in good vanilla and coconut flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is not bad for a chili beer, would benefit from more carbonation though.

O - Overall this beer wasn't that bad but really could use a boost of appearance and aroma.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown/blackish body (bad lighting where I had it) with one finger head that goes quick on top of a spicy, chili esque aroma though not too dominant as the chocolate is real strong in the aroma as well. Taste is mostly chocolate and chili but I found a good balance as the beer is a sweet heat, in other words the chilis don't just add a little spice to the chocolate and the chocolate isn't overpowered and letting the beer get too "hot". Chewey, bready, fuller bodied, some minor fruit notes that I can't really placed. Overall, just a really good beer.

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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.