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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

268 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 268
Hads: 965
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 117
Gots: 188 | FT: 9
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: hopfacebrew on 01-20-2012

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Photo of Dope
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled 02/26/12

A: A nice dark amber/brown pour. Good-sized soda-like tan head. Very fizzy, fades fairly quickly. No real sign of lacing, maybe a dot here and there at best.

S: A bunch of cinnamon with some cocoa mixed in. A touch of vegetal chile pepper but barely there. There is however, some discernible heat from the chiles.

T: Up front there is some chile pepper flavor with some caramel. Turns into cinnamon and then the chile heat joins it. Cocoa strong in the middle but strongest in the finish where it almost stands alone briefly. Nice strong bite from the chile peppers in the middle and through the finish, but nothing obnoxious or overpowering. Goes quite nicely with the bitter cocoa and sweet caramel in fact. A bit of smoky heat lingers between sips (chipotle?). This is unbelievably good.

M: Medium bodied, decent carbonation seems to heighten the chile heat a bit.

O: This is one hell of a chile beer. Great combination of chile heat, bitter cocoa and caramel to sweeten it all up. Very drinkable and well balanced. Easily the best crafted chile beer I've had. By a long shot. (1,102 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Melbourne Bros. Stemmed Tulip
Tasted side by side with Chocolate Sombrero

A ~ Pours translucent cocoa brown with a red hue to it. Thin white head fizzles away quickly. We shined an LED through the beer & it a great Red color, with the light passing through, while chocolate sombrero was Opaque, & more of a mud color.

S ~ Cocoa Powder with an Oatmeal-like backbone...Cinnamon whispers through. Authentic Cocoa scents. Hints of Chile deep in the Nostrils.

T ~ Raw Cocoa, Cinnamon & Bold Chipotle smokiness with a lingering Guajillo & Ancho spiciness. Cinnamon reappears on the finish with slightly sweeter Chocolate notes.

M ~ No booze heat for the ABV. Tingly & Spicy with such a smooth & elegant expression of Chile peppers. Every Chile plays a note here, & you can really feel it on the palette.

D ~ Well Done! This really is one of the best Chile beers I have ever had. The expression of Chiles melds so well with the Cocoa & parallels the light cinnamon notes. Highly recommend. This outshined Chocolate Sombrero, & Clown Shoes is one of my favorite breweries. (1,071 characters)

Photo of kagent777
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased while in Denver back in February. Poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A darkish reddish brown with about a 1 finger head with larger off white bubbles. Even leaves a solid sheet of lace as I drink the beer down.

Smell: I said, "Ohh, that smells just like mole sauce from Red Iguana." My wife, who does not like beer at all, said, "It smells less like fizzy dirty water." Especially after it sits for a few minutes, the smell intensifies a little. Nailed it.

Taste: This has got to be one of the most original beers I have ever had. This one reminds me so much of mole negro sauce from the Mexican place near our home. It starts out with the cocoa, followed by some spices and then a little heat. The "burn" goes all the down the throat. The alcohol is well hidden for a 9.0 ABV beer. I cannot give it a five because I would not want to drink this everyday, but New Belgium really nailed this beer. Kudos for experimenting!

Mouthfeel: Body and carbonation are fine. Finish is long but not overwhelming.

Overall: A very tasty experiment. I really enjoyed this beer and will look for it again. (1,123 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Pours a deep ruby brown with sand colored two finger head of small bubbles, which fades quickly. Lacing is epic, completely ringing the glass with each sip taken.

S – Wow. Strong aroma. Getting Baker’s chocolate, cinnamon, chiles. This literally smells like a good mole sauce that I get at my favorite Mexican restaurant. Nice.

T – Follows the nose almost precisely. Chocolate flavor is more of the “semi-sweet cocoa” variety. Mild to medium heat from the chiles, especially after about half the bottle or so. Cinnamon flavor also stands out. Hints of black pepper, and pine nuts. Lurking underneath all this is just enough bitterness to remind you that you are drinking a beer. Finishes with lingering heat and mild alcohol burn. Overall flavor profile is rich. Tasty.

M – Big and chewy. Mild carbonation, which works well since there’s already so much tingling on the tongue already.

O – This beer truly delivers what’s advertised; a mole infused beer. Milder chocolate and more chile heat than other “chocolate chili beers” that seem all the rage lately. For those not familiar with mole, this one may be a little brash and “hot”. For those who enjoy mole like myself, I would say you might find this beer a treat. I’m getting this again. (1,323 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours a

Smelll is full of cocoa powder and cinnamon, very sweet but with a light chile kick. Also some vanilla and an interesting underlying sugary sweetness. Very unique nose.

The taste is peppery up front with lots of sugar underneath - vanilla and cocoa adding to the complexity. The finish is a mix of ancho chile burn and cinnamon sweetness.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated and lively on the palate with the peppers mixing well with the sweetness.

I have to say, this is one of the best of the Lips of Faith series. Complex, spicy, drinkable and, most of all, extremely tasty. Fantastic beer. (617 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent mouth feel. The chilies don't over the layers of flavor. Toffee, slight coffee, and mild chocolate comes in. The chilies give the perfect kick. (154 characters)

Photo of drewone
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12-21-2011. Poured into a tulip glass

Red brown cola color, small head, small bubbles, some lacing on glass.

Wonderful smell - like biting into a piece of Belgium chocolate with a subtle spicy note (definitely recalls Mexican hot chocolate). complex - Some roasted toasted layers too.

Hit first w/ chocolate taste up front (though less in comparison to the smell) - some herbal and roasty flavors layer in their as well. Fruity alcohol ending, with a small lingering spiciness that heats up. Great taste, some what sweet but balanced with heat.

A bit slick, perfect amount of carbonation, plays well off spices.

Quite enjoyable - esp as a after dinner valentines treat. Wouldn't drink it every day. Unique, better than other spiced beers that I've had. (768 characters)

Photo of Czequershuus
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a ta head. The aroma is very complex. It leads with cinnamon, followed by dark chocolate, banana bread, and cream. The flavor is well blended and balanced. It is neither sweet nor spicy. I get cayenne and bell pepper flavors, as well a rich sweet bread flavor, and a nice dark chocolate flavor in the background. The mouthfeel is thinnish, but if it were thicker it may be unpleasant. This is a really well done lips of faith release. (468 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the third bomber I've had of this beer. It is exceptional.

Pours a cherry hued brown with little foam formation and no lace. The nose on this beer is insane, probably in my top five noses. cinnamon, cocoa, chili, sugar, coffee (just the slightest), grain, malt; these come together and honestly remind me of cinnamon toast crunch cereal - fucking awesome. Great cinnamon and cereal flavor with a good sharp burn at the rear of the palate. Really dig this beer. I'm worried about it's aging potential, so I'm drinking the shit out of it while I can. Medium bodied with prickly carb and an off dry finish. Really hope this becomes an annual release, they really hit it out of the park here. (697 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks mike! enjoyed on 8/8

a - pours purple with thin bubbly head.

s - smells crazy. spices cinnamon pot pouri with some cocoa. lots of sweet nutmeg like candy. WILD and different.

t - mmm...tastes nice. chocolate with cinnamon. some spicy pepperiness. peppers.

m - prickly carbonation. the peppers and spicy heat. tickles my mouth. spicy heat that works.

o - extremely unique. spicy, cinnamon and chocolate. the peppers and heat really is a wild combo. for a chile beer, this one works! (493 characters)

Photo of dirtyskunk
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark clear amber with lovely head retention. Complex nose with nicely balanced cocoa, cinnamon spice, and dried chili. Sweet and smooth and full bodied but drinkable. Good platform for the interplay between chocolate and spice. Love the chili, I'm not usually a fan of chili beers but this is fantastic. I think they used dried chili which gives it a sort of sweet, grassy, almost herbal flavor up front and a slightly harsh heat in the back. Not too hot though, and the caramel and chocolate malts even it out. Obscenely drinkable for the style and for the ABV. (562 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe

A- Dark brown with a two finger off-white head. When it is held up to the light it is a deep ruby red.

S- Cinnamon! Cocoa, peppers, spices. Well balanced, reminds be of a sweet breakfast and a spicy dinner.

T- Follows that nose, again well balanced, nice heat from the peppers in the finish, 9% ABV is not noticeable at all.

M- Medium body, smooth, creamy.

O- This is a great beer that I find easy to drink, but I could see how the pepper heat could be a turn-off for some. I would compare this to something like a chocolate covered jalapeno, but not as hot. This has a great kick from the peppers but the taste is not driven by the peppers. Definitely will stock up on this. (725 characters)

Photo of Cyclone8
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is my first beer review - I love this beer so much that I had to weigh in! It is unique and delicious, one of the best that I've had. The pervasive flavors are cinnamon and chocolate, and there's a spiciness that gives you a gentle kick in the head between sips. I stocked up on it, the spicy/chocolate combo will go great with grilled food this summer. I have a few friends who "don't like beer", though they've enjoyed some of the things I've poured for them - this one will definitely be added to that playlist.
The Lips Of Faith series rarely disappoints, and this is another wonderful addition to their canon. (620 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color, with a half of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted dark bread and a touch of smoke, as well as aromas of dark chocolate and brown sugar. There are also tons of aromas of spices, such as cinnamon, cumin, chipotles in adobo, chili powder, and all-spice. Smells absolutely inviting and delicious!

Taste: Wow! This is a really, really tasty beer! Lots of bready, roasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and chocolate, brown sugar-like sweetness, spices of cinnamon, cumin, chipotles in adobo, chili powder, and all-spice. There’s a little nuttiness in there too. The chipotle and adobo hits you at the finish, right in the back of the throat, imparting a chili-like heat. Really, really, damn good flavors!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly effervescent, as there is only a touch of carbonation, which helps lift the chipotle and adobo flavors across the palate. With an ABV of 9%, there is only a slight hint of alcohol on the palate. The alcohol is really well masked.

Overall: This is an excellent, excellent beer! Lots of chocolate and spices, as well as some sweetness to counter all of the delicious chipotle and adobo. It’s one of the best Lips of Faith beers I’ve had from New Belgium. Highly recommended! (1,530 characters)

Photo of sittinggc
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Draft from teardrop glass.

Look: Very dark.
Smell: Cinnamon and spice...mmm, love me some cinnamon.
Taste: Delicious. Lots of chocolate and cinnamon. Also get plenty of spiciness on the back end.
Feel: No too thin, but would definitely improve if it was a little thicker.

Overall: I have to say this beer is really good. Will definitely purchase another pour or bottle if I have the opportunity. This beer is reminiscent of Mexican Cake, which I love...so this beer was a pleasant surprise. Definitely try this bad boy out if you can (538 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is a deep ruby brown color. The head dissipates so fast that I cannot tell you what color it was. No lacing. Smells of chocolate, peppers, and malts. The taste is complex. Sweet and hot up front -- chocolate and peppers. A strange sweetness interludes, and the burn of peppers finishes. Interesting and good. Mouthfeel is heavy.

Overall, just a celebration beer. Not something I will have often, but a nice sipper. (458 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really wonderful beer. I'm not a huge fan of chile beers since so many of them are unbalanced, with heat and not much else. This one is dubbed as a mole, and I have to say, it truly does taste like a mole. You get a nicely balanced melange of flavors, with some nice ancho chile, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, and some black pepper, along with some moderate malty sweetness. The nose is more cinnamon and chile with a hint of sweetness. The spice level is just right- to start with, it's a warming roasty heat, rather than a sharp, biting spice. Using the right kind of chiles helps. Here there are ancho, guajillo, and chipotle, so you get a warm, fruity, smokiness with moderate heat, not the sort of bright fruity heat of habaneros or the sharp herbalness and spice if jalapenos or birds eyes. The rounded fruitiness and roasty notes here blend very well with the other flavors and presents a lovely, integrated whole with the heat slowly building to a pleasant tingling, and the spice and vanilla notes echoing in the background after the base has been built by the chocolate and malt. The best Lips of Faith offering I've had in a while. Very nice indeed. (1,162 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Bailey's, served in a small nonic, Cocoa Mole is garnet with a small off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is spicy, cinnamon toast, fairly vibrant.

Taste is very complex. Big cinnamon toast crunch cereal vibe, kind bark, but with a nice heat on the back finish. This is by far the best example of this trend I've had.

Mouthfeel is dry, spicy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good for such a beer. I really like the sneakiness of the heat. The flavor is robust but not overwhelming. Dig it. (525 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly dark ruby-brown color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind just a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of chili pepper, cinnamon, roasted chocolate malts, with a bit of bread.

T - Starts off with some chili pepper with some heat and some roasted chocolate malts. Through the middle, more spices come through with some cinnamon and a bit more heat from the peppers. The finish is a mix of heat from the peppers with some chocolate and cinnamon.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with hot, spicy, and chocolatey finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very unique combination of flavors but everything really comes together nicely. I really like the head level on this one. (765 characters)

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. (1,310 characters)

Photo of Awolter
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. Had a great chocolate taste, with a small kick of chili peppers. It reminded me a lot of those "Firecracker" chocolate bars. (167 characters)

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. (309 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Props to the cool label art on this one... having this on taco night. Poured into NB snifter.

A: pours cola colored with slightly tan head, not much retention, good amount of lacing, decent clarity

S: nose is very unique, honestly it smells like horchata... tons of cinnamon and cream, notes of vanilla, a faint hint of cayenne, cocoa is there but serves as more a supporting role to the spices

T: the taste basically matches the smell spot on, smooth and creamy, cinnamon and sugar along with sweet cream, some roasted cocoa is in there as well, finishes with a zing of cinnamon.

MF: body is somewhat thin, moderate carbonation

O: for what it is, this is an extremely well executed beer. It captures the Mexican culture, not only in the cool label art, but also in the balance of flavors. I am a big fan of mole and have tried other mole inspired beers and have been disappointed (see New Holland Mole Ocho)... this one has great balance and really works with that sweet and spicy combo. Well done New Belgium. (1,017 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Ruby-brown color with a 2-finger white bubbly head that recedes very quickly with only a ring around the liquid’s edge that remains. No lacing. Lots of bubbles.

S - This smells terrific. Cinnamon is very apparent, as is the chocolate, with a subtle underlying chile pepper aroma. Smells sweet and spicy.

T - Follows the nose very well. Sweet cocoa and hot cinnamon show up first. As the chocolate fades and the cinnamon lingers, a smooth smokiness sets in. It ends with a great spicy finish from the chile peppers. As you take more sips, the spiciness builds and builds. Very nice.

F - Medium-bodied with nice carbonation, hot and tingling mouthfeel, and a dry and spicy finish. Cocoa, cinnamon, smoke, and spice linger for a while. A hot, but pleasant, throat warming and tingling sensation from the spice.

O - This was a very tasty and unique beer. New Belgium follows through on exactly what they advertised: an ale with cocoa and spices. I was a little skeptical from the appearance, as this basically had no head, but the rest of beer delivered. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more Lips of Faith beers and some different chile beers. (1,219 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy tan head-- large and retained a bit, rich ruby body and awesome thick lace.

Rich nose, dry, dusty cocoa of sorts. Maybe some earth (I guess mole; I'm just not familiar enough to say for sure).

Full taste with lots of cocoa and pleasant, but not overbearing chile. Relatively light-bodied, but not watery. Not super rich, but lots of flavor without being too thick. Really fantastic-- on the same par with New Holland Mole Ocho, but in a different way. In fairness, it's a bit like powdered hot chocolate with cayenne, but in the best possible way, I promise.

Pretty standard, relatively bright, but not exceptional.

This is awesome and would pair well with pork, barbecue, etc. I may have to pick up some more of this... (731 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.