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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

(view ratings)
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)
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2013 19:16:06 | More by clayrock81
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up one to two fingers' worth of head which is off-white with the slightest hint of a creamy beige. The body is incredibly interesting- maroon with hints of rose and purple which turns to a purplish rose when held up to the light. Translucent. Minor retention. Doesn't seem to be any lacing as of yet.

Nose- Mild cocoa, slightest hint of chiles (I might be able to drink this?). There are some fruity esters as well but I haven't pinned down the exact ones yet. Faint raisin maybe- mild grape is a better descriptor. Swirling reveals an aroma defined by chile. After some thought, raspberry seems to be the dominant fruit ester.

Taste- Rather thin to begin with. Then, a mild hit of peppers, followed by rounded cocoa. All of this is underlined by red grape and raisins. An aspect of Coca-Cola on the finish. Slight bitterness on the finish. Chile (which makes the tongue tingle) begins this while a mild cocoa bitterness ends it with the aforementioned fruit providing a constant for the flavor profile. Still a bit thin. Spicy for me means that this will spicy to almost no one. There's almost a rose/slight bubblegum to the esters. Some slight bitter chocolate appears on the finish. Dominant chocolate and some smoke would be perfect for this beer. Above average and I imagine it's solid for the style. Definitely has presence. Raspberry seems to the underlying ester that I couldn't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a proper amount of carbonation while the pepper makes your tongue tingle. Still a little thin though.

Drinkability- A little tough for me but I am not a good measuring stick. Four dollars for a 12 oz pour seems fair.

Overall- Above average to solid. Seems right for the style. I would suggest you try it if you're into chile beers but it might not be hot enough for you. Weaklings like myself should probably give it a pass.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2013 03:07:31 | More by artoolemomo
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nick_asian

Nevada

4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The bar I was at didn't have the best lighting, but it looked pretty dark with tannish head. Pretty good lacing going on as well.

S: A LOT of spicy cinnamon nutmeg going on here. Definitely picked up on the chocolate and some cacao. Good toast from the malts and a bit of carmel. Nice wood/smoke when settled.

T: Basically everything in the nose but a little bit of the wood/smoke is more present, but in a great balance.

M: Medium-full bodied. Very nice level of carbonation. Finish stays pretty much the same as you get in in the taste.

O: A great beer. I'll definitely be going back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2013 08:27:08 | More by nick_asian
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Barleys (SC)
Brown with a trace of red, dark and clear, with a moderate size but rather durable head.
The feel is a bit thin but otherwise good. I've upped my rating in recognition of the contrast between mouth burn (low) and GI warming (moderate-high) from the chili peppers.

The chilies are quite evident from start to finish and on into a lasting warming in my belly. A nice dose of cinnamon too, with everything in balance. That is, nothing so strong as to mask other ingredients, including a nice chocolate note. But be forewarned, this is one of the hottest (spicy) beers I've ever had. Much enjoyed and recommended. I hope to have this again, but would be hesitant to tackle a 22oz bomber by myself.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2013 16:52:04 | More by chinchill
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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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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.