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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Cocoa MoléLips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé

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BA SCORE
89
very good

605 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 15.11%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hopfacebrew on 01-20-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Murrhey

Montana

2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 03:14:13 | More by Murrhey
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dalahodson

California

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark Carmel flavors with a slight hop taste,the chilli blends nice with the other spices, Looks good in the glass. Went well with with spice food. Many beers at 9 o/o have an alcohol after taste, this was not evident in this brew. The nice thing about the brew is the chilli is not over powering just a light after taste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2012 22:01:33 | More by dalahodson
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DoubleJ

California

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't this sound a lot like "guacamole"? On-tap at New Belgium itself, on to the beer:

Going to the darker side, this chile beer is dark brown colored with stringy lace. At points, it looks like it's black. The nose is what I would expect from a Mexican hot chocolate; good doses of choocolate, chile peppers, and a light smokiness all complimenting each other and not overly dominate. If you're not a fan of spicy stuff, there may be a chance you like the beginging of how Cocoa Molé goes, with its sweet and rich hot chocolate-like flavor. But then you're on your own, as the spice starts to work in, and is especially most intense in the aftertaste. That said, I wouldn't say the spicy heat is over the top as it can be in some beers. The beer is medium bodied, and it's somewhat balanced considering what it is, which helps the beer get down.

I like this. Finding a good spicy beer on the open market is not something you come across everyday, so pick it up if you're into something new.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 16:44:15 | More by DoubleJ
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pants678

California

2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2012 23:48:52 | More by pants678
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FosterJM

California

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1469th Review on BA
Draft to Tulip
12oz

@Eureka!Burger, Claremont, CA

App- When poured was a solid mix of browns and reds. Had a good depth of color in the glass. Nice dense center and the color flowed outward. A small 1 finger off white creamy head fell to a nice bit of cling and lace.

Smell- Was a bit let down with the nose on this one. Didnt pop with anything outstanding or layered. A small malt backbone with maybe some chili spice notes. I'm gonna chalk this up to being cold, but even at last smells on bottom of pour wasnt very aromatic.

Taste- Its a nice beer. Has a good amount of balance between the savory malts and the spicy chili spices. I got a bit of the chocolate first and even a touch of some darker plum flavors. The spice is not over the top and actually quite pleasant from a drinking standpoint, vs. say a GFK or Crime and Punishment.

Mouth- Its a solid creamy medium bodied beer with a paired creamy silky prickly medium carbonation. Had a residual spice flavor. Not much cocoa.

Drink- A tasty spiced beer. Nicely balanced and well flavored. Not a fast drinker, but a nice sipping beer to say the least. I'd have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2012 14:35:06 | More by FosterJM
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denver10

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a brownish head. A sweet, cinnamon aroma paired with somecocoa, roasted malt and some pepper. First flavor to hit is a huge bomb of sweet cinnamon that teases of being too much but ends up being just right as it pairs with the cocoa, roasted malt and the heat of the peppers in the finish. A nice creamy medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 20:44:20 | More by denver10
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK, I had this beer twice. The first time i tried it, The bartenter (whom I wont name) said it tastes like licking an ash tray... So I tried it, and lo and behold, it... tasted like an awkward beer. (I've never had an ashtray before) The second time I tried it was to try and confirm the previous statement. I thought of green chilies and spices and... even tacos. It worked, and I liked it. This is a creative brew that I'll buy again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 03:40:44 | More by KVNBGRY
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap at the Frisco in Columbia, MD, this beer was a dark brown color like stained walnut wood. The one finger of khaki-colored head was only so-so but it did leave lacing in scattered streaks. The aroma was rather faint for what ended up being a highly flavorful brew. I smelled mostly caramel, chocolate and candi sugar. The flavors were outstanding. I tasted chocolate, fruity esters, toffee, Belgian candi sugar, light red pepper and spicy capsicum notes as well as a touch of bubblegum. Well balanced and not overly spicy while still managing to hide the 9% ALC very well. The mouthfeel was frothy, the body medium and the carbonation delicate. Delicious and complex, this one is well worth ones time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 14:17:03 | More by thekevlarkid
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czfreeman

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to see this one. I honestly didn't think it was going to be this good however.
Served on tap in a 10 oz NB goblet. Dark brown/black in appearance. Creamy white head, decent carbonation.
First smell...wow. This is great stuff. Heavy on the chocolate upfront, then an amazing depth of aromatics to follow. Cinnamon, chili in the back, it reminds me of the best pumpkin beers blended in with a nice cocoa touch, then all kicked up by the chili spice.
The flavor is more spicy than anticipated, but not overly so. Upfront cinnamon, squash, chili, cocoa, biscuit, all finishing with a lingering spice that welcomes another sip. All flavor remain in check, and perfect level of carbonation.
Drinkability is good, but not great. I find that my 10oz portion was enough, and I would not want more than that. I suggest drinking this beer with a glass of water as the spice/sugar/chocolate flavor needs to be broken up a bit. That being said, water or something to cool the palate is a must with spicy Mole, so in a way this beer really fits the tee well.
Very well done.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 21:49:27 | More by czfreeman
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Gobzilla

California

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and had a little head which left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was plenty of chocolate malts noticeable on the nose with some spice, some cocoa sweetness but mole pepper character to it as well.

T: I loved how it had good chocolate cocoa sweetness upfront and great mole pepper spiciness on the finish. It had various spices, and a slight syrupy sweet flavor to it.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, pepper spice, mole, and hot spicey finish.

O: this brew was very interesting and very tasty, I would love to have this beer again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 00:16:14 | More by Gobzilla
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 04:52:58 | More by feloniousmonk
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zander4dawin

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is completely wicked. There's a light pepper spice with a minimal warming sensation along with light chocolate and more prenounced cinnamon notes. An excellent sipper beer to be enjoyed slowly. The smell is wonderful too. I really hope this beer comes back one day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 23:41:26 | More by zander4dawin
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jayfro70

Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try this one for a while, but haven't been able to pull the trigger and grab a bottle off the shelf. But, when I saw it on tap tonight at Mekong in Richmond, VA, I knew I had to give it a shot. And I was not disappointed.

A- Very dark pour with no head.

S- Nice sweet smell with hints of cinnamon and chocolate. I can tell this one is going to be sweet.

T- So much complexity in this beer. I let my girlfriend taste it and watched her face go through at least 5 different expressions after she tasted it, so I knew it would be good. Hit me with a cocoa flavor at first with a hint of cinnamon. Sweet, but in a good way, and then a lingering spicy finish. Reminds me of a mexican chocolate.

M- Very smooth with a little bit of a tingling at the end as a result of the spiciness.

O- I was very satisfied with this beer and could easily see it becoming one of my favorites. Sweet, but not too sweet, and a nice spicy tingly finish. Oh, it's 9% ABV? who knew!

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2012 03:15:42 | More by jayfro70
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david18

New York

2.88/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2012 19:49:53 | More by david18
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Jadjunk

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Taco Mac Duluth. Reviewed from notes.

New Belgium Lips Of Faith Cocoa Mole

11oz pour $4.75

(Appearance) pours a solid black with an off-white tone head with an average retention. Not much else to report. Looks pretty decent by appearance. 3.5

(Smell) Obviously cocoa is a big part of the aroma but also included here is a bit of cream coffee bean and cinnamon sugar, making it a very pleasant beer to smell. It's quite well balanced. 4.5

(Taste) Taste is a bit mocha coffee and wraps up with a pepper taste on the finish. 4

(Mouthfeel) Mildly creamy. Low alcohol presence. Medium body. 4

(Overall) One of the best LOF creations I have had yet. Seek it out! 4

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 01:43:11 | More by Jadjunk
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kojevergas

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a stemgoblet at Beachwood BBQ's Seal Beach location. Cost was $6.50.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of good cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Vanila, cocoa, cream, and spices - maybe cinnamon. A mild strength aroma.

T: Cocoa, spices (cinnamon), caramelized dark malts, and a resurgence of spices towards the finish. A bit simple, without layering. Not real subtle or complex. Nicely balanced. Decently built. Not unique or special, but enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not enough cream. Near perfect thickness.

Dr: The vanilla is wonderful. Very drinkable - especially for the ABV (which is well hidden). I'd buy a bottle of it. Otherwise, it's not extraordinary. Give it a try if you like the style. Pricey.

B-

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 02:59:13 | More by kojevergas
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Ed-Hill

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My experience with chile beers is quite minimal, and I did not know New Belgium was producing this one until I saw it at a local pub last night and had it first thing. The beer poured nice and dark and had a nice head that dissipated soon. The aroma was fantastic, lots of roasted chocolate and spice came through as well as some cinnamon. The mouth feel was good, a little thin but not in a watery way, more of a pleasant lightness. The taste was absolutely excellent. Lots of roasted chocolate malt comes through (and I emphasize the roasted), as well as lots of chili. The flavor sticks around and some more hints of chilies come out in the aftertaste. And to top it all, the beer improved as it warmed a little. Definitely captures the mole character without any single element overpowering any other. An excellent surprise for a Tuesday evening.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2012 17:44:24 | More by Ed-Hill
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with fair head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive as well, showcasing chocolate brownie, light vanilla and a hint of coffee. Interestingly, while I really didn't pick up a lot of chile in the nose, on the palate, I really pick up considerable heat. The flavor profile replicates the nose otherwise, but I really enjoyed on added dimension of the chile flavor in this beer, and the heat that seems to come on strong in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied otherwise in this moderately sweet beer, with a long, sweet, spicey hot finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is pretty good.

Very interesting beer. I'd definitely order this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 13:50:46 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Phelps

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 22:11:34 | More by Phelps
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass at Billy Jack's in Harrisoburg, VA.

A - Pours an extremely dark amber color with a one finger nearly white head that dies quickly. Doesn't leave much lacing.

S - Smells like rich cocoa, apple-cinnamon, and spicy chile powder.

T - Intensely sweet and spicy with the same flavors that were in the nose. The hot pepper spice becomes more apparent as I drink. The aftertaste is similar to a brown sugar cinnamon pop-tart. This is not at all a bad thing.

M - A medium-thick body and great carbonation. Maybe a bit chalky; I almost feel like I can feel the fine-ground cinnamon on my tongue. A little spicy on the finish and the strong flavors hide the alcohol well.

O - I couldn't resist trying this beer when I saw it on draft because I love spice and this is the number one beer of the style on this site. The flavors and aroma are powerful, but never out of hand. The spices really come out as it warms. If I see this beer again, I will definitely get it. Very different from other beers, but suits my tastes well and the high ABV is hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 04:27:09 | More by NoLeafClover44
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A: Dark brown in the glass but a beautiful deep, brownish red when held up to light. A bit of lace and a bubbly ring of white foam around the edge. Foamy, quickly-fading off-white head when swirled around the glass.

S: Lightly roasted malt, cinnamon, fruity-holiday spice, chocolate. Awesome.

T: Fantastically unique. Fruity, malty, spicy. Complex yet simply delicious. Great stuff.

M: Smooth with tons of flavor. Easy to drink. Leaves a pleasant taste on the palate. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

O: An amazing beer. Great cold straight out of the tap or warm after some time sitting. The hype is real on this one. Easily the best Chile Beer I've had although it seems to fall into another style. New Belgium really knows how to brew these "Lips of Faith" beers. I would without hesitation order this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 00:50:31 | More by Gatch
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mscudder

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a fresh growler. Cheers to the local Craft Draught for carrying this rare brew!

A - Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Slight ruby gleam to it, overall nice looking brew.

S - Wow this is unique! Strong notes of cinnamon and some sweet cocoa. Little bit of spicy aroma coming from this one. Truly unique.

T - Complex flavors happening here. Starts with a strong bite of cinnamon and the spicy residue lasts throughout the duration of the flavors. In my opinion this is a tad overwhelming. There is also a smoked character that should be mentioned. It leaves the palette rather quickly, due to the spicy nature of the brew. It leaves a certain heat particularly at the end, which while nice, is not quite my forte. For the style, very impressive.

M - A medium body with perfect carbonation for the style (hell ya for the growler!). I feel the beer thins out as the spicy chiles take over. While I am not particularly familiar with this style, I feel this is a good example of how the mouth feel should be done.

O - Overall this is exceptional for the style. The ABV is masterfully hidden and one cannot dismiss the controlled complexity in this beer.

Serving type: growler

03-08-2012 06:30:14 | More by mscudder
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ccrida

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 01:31:17 | More by ccrida
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zeff80

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone, Columbia, MO

A - Poured a jet black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chilies and spice with a touch of roastiness.

T - It tasted of chocolate, toffee and roastiness. The spices from the chilies are mild but nice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good chilie beer. I really like the roastiness to balance the chilies.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 01:53:38 | More by zeff80
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4 oz pour at Bottle Revolution. Big thanks to Ted!

Looks very murky brown, kind of reminds me of Sugar Plum Brown from CCB. Small head.

Smell isnt much to look at. Didnt realy get much out of it.

The taste is, well, wow. Initially, cinnamon dominates all the way. But actually the cinnamon fades leaving hints of malt and a touch of peppers. The heat comes in the back end near the end of the beer.

Outside of the pepper heat, the body is light, and it feels like a brown ale plus peppers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 18:47:40 | More by VncentLIFE
Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.