Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing
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2.73/5 rDev -31.2%
Served in room temperature.
Appearance: Very dark brown, but not quite black. Pours a head like soda, it recedes immediately -- disappointing.
Aroma: Cocoa and chili, some malt in the background. The spices are evident, the beer not so much!
Taste: Strong and spicy, but where are the beer characteristics? There are no hops evident, and the malt is very mild and on the background. Chipotle is present as a hot spiciness, but not too strong. The cocoa is perhaps dominant, although not like in a chocolate stout. It's clear that they used cocoa. Cinnamon is also clearly there. Alcohol tastes through as well, although not as much as you might think for a beer of such a high ABV.
Mouthfeel: Pretty bland, carbonated like soda, light to medium body.
Overall: Disappointing. I was excited an curious about this beer, but it fails to deliver. It's only the second beer from the Lips of Faith series that I've tried, but they've both been below average (the other one was Biere de Mars). Surprising, as I really like New Belgium's other beers. Anyway, this beer just doesn't taste like beer. It seems like an experiment gone wrong. The spices are nice, but given the strong spices, you'd need an equally robust beer to support them.
04-29-2012 00:59:36 | More by Arborescence
2.78/5 rDev -30%
Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
A - Dark brown, with very minimal head that dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing.
S - Not getting a lot here - a little bit of spice, a little cinnamon, not much of the chocolate or cocoa.
T & M - Very thin. Don't get much of a taste at all until the aftertaste where I get a hint of what this beer is supposedly all about. Fair carbonation, but very lacking and a disappointment.
Overall - I might have gotten a bad bottle, but this beer didn't live up to expectations. Not even close. Surprised given all of the other high ratings here. I might try on another occasion, but doubtful.
03-26-2012 13:05:29 | More by StLThrash
2.8/5 rDev -29.5%
Looks like a stout, thick and black with quite a bit of action going on just after the pour. Frothy white head.
You can smell the chiles right oft.
Chocolate and chile but not peppery in the way I'd expect. The chocolate's pushed off in the details as the heat is up front. There's cinnamon but there's so much of an amalgamation here it's hard to point anything out. Seems muddled, never unravels--I wish there some something sweet here. No idea about hops on this one. Not really pushed to try it again.
Carbonated like a stout, feels sorta milky with a dry finish.
09-09-2012 23:48:52 | More by pants678
2.83/5 rDev -28.7%
Very colorful, Mariachi style graphics. Very fun look.
Sorry to say, but the pour is a murky brown pour that isn't appealing to the eye. Minimal head that fades quickly.
Smells strangely of Cocoa powder, molasses cookies, and a cold chicken sandwich! A bit confusing. Not unpleasant, just a little cold on the nose.
The taste is a swirling Uber-sweet flush of spice heat. Ayyyiiiiyyyiii. Man, that pungent sweet heat packs a wallop. I'm grabbing for a tortilla to knock back some of the heat. The heat doesn't dissapate but grows with each mouthful.
Found this a bit overwhelming. A snifter pour is a good serving size, anything else is masochism!
02-06-2012 02:10:54 | More by CasanovaCummins
2.88/5 rDev -27.5%
I had this on a recent visit to Todd English Pub in Las Vegas. I wasn't a huge fan of it. I found the atypical to beer elements to be too overpowering for the beer itself. I'm probably not the best person so listen to, as I see lots of good reviews but I could barely finish mine.
04-26-2012 19:49:53 | More by david18
2.9/5 rDev -27%
bottle to pint glass.
Quickly diminishing head. Translucent brown in appearance. Strong cinnamon and baking spice flavor with a little pumpkin and a hint of salt on the finish. I feel like it needs more of a bittering hop presence. decent beer if you split three ways, a half pint is all i need. should be released in the fall. it would make for a nice after dinner drink. Not my thing, but an unusual beer that i am glad to have tried.
10-23-2012 07:17:40 | More by BrutalSusan
2.93/5 rDev -26.2%
Poured on-tap in a taster at Haven Gastropub in Orange, Calif. Reviewed from notes.
A- Thin tan head. Little retention but laces quite well. Mahogany color with excellent clarity.
S- Cocoa and chili peppers, caramel. Nutty brown. Strange and spicy.
T- Extremely odd flavor. Spicy chilis and cocoa. Tastes musty and funky. Is actually somewhat spicy.
M- Very light feel with a strange dry, dusty flavor.
O- It's a weird beer. Not sure I would order it again.
12-01-2012 03:14:13 | More by Murrhey
2.94/5 rDev -25.9%
A: Pours a dark brown body, translucent when held to light. Fizzy light brown head. Disappears quickly with no lacing on the glass.
S: Strong cocoa flavor. Spicy pepper aromas. Sweet malt and cinnamon.
T: More pepper than anything. The sweet and spice conflict - not good. Some chocolate and cinnamon.
M: High carbonation. A little dry. Medium Body.
O: Appreciate what it's trying to be, but not my cup of tea.
03-16-2013 19:37:21 | More by Justin_Neff
Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
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