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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

617 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 83
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
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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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

11-22-2012 23:42:30 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Pours a clear dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cinnamon and other spices and Mexican hot chocolate. Absolutely fantastic smelling. Taste is of cinnamon and other spices, cocoa powder, and some slight chile flavors. There is a slight warming in the back of the throat from the chili after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer taste wise but exceptional in the smell.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:19:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thorpette for grabbing this bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a SAVOR wine glass because my New Belgium globe goblet is packed. I'm glad I'll only be pulling these shenanigans for a few more days.

A: Pours a just-barely transparent dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades pretty quickly into a collar with some small bubbles. Just a few spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: The nose brings forward a pretty good dose of cinnamon and chocolate with a touch of spice in the background. The chile peppers are noticed, but in the background. The cinnamon an cocoa blend is quite nice.

T: What I just said about the chiles being in the background changes completely in the flavor, when they are front and center, which is unfortunate, as they really drown out the other aspects of the beer.

M: Light-medium body with good carbonation and quite a bit of lingering spice. The heat isn't overbearing at all, but it is disproportionate to the other characteristics of the beer.

O: Not a bad beer by any means, but I think this would have been much better as a chocolate and spice beer with a bit of chile pepper rather than a beer that ends up focusing far too heavily on the chile.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 02:54:56 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with amber highlights; the head is modest and fades quickly, though it leaves a lot of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla, with undertones of chile; smells like a Molé sauce and, as the beer warms, the tingly heat from the chile becomes more apparent

Taste: Unlike the aroma, the chile element dominates the flavor profile, bringing a smoked aspect along with the chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla providiing undertones; after the swallow, the heat really builds and becomes disconcerting

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a burning sensation in the gullet

Overall: An interesting beer, no doubt, but I would greatly prefer the smoked chile flavors to be handled with greater subtlety

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 01:23:10 | More by brentk56
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this, Richard.

The pour is almost mahogany in color with a khaki colored head. A really enjoyable spice aroma. Lots of cinnamon and peppers (though to a lesser degree). The chocolate is pronounced and gives a nice sweetness. Some serious raisin and plum character, too. Pleasantly sweet in terms of the flavor. Lots of chocolate and fruit notes with a sweet bready quality. Good spice and pepper flavor with a subtle earthiness. Really well done all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 17:24:29 | More by womencantsail
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled on: 12/21/2011.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, amber-brown body with a medium-small, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Aromatic cinnamon powder is fairly large in the nose, but it is not entirely dominating the other notes smelling of semi-sweet chocolate, sugar encrusted bread, vanilla bean, and deseeded peppers.

Taste: Plenty of ground cinnamon scattered over caramel and chocolate maltiness with a fair degree of sweet. Pinch of vanilla sugar. Slightly roasty but there's also a sugary bready quality present. Follows through with an earthy, very slight vegetal taste from the chiles with the heat slowly accumulating across the tongue aided by the alcohol. Sweetish, cinnamon-laced, slightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Cocoa Mole is fairly good for a chile beer which can, if particularly one-note-ish (or even vaguely reminiscent of the nightmare-inducing Cave Creek Chili Beer), have a very limited appeal for me. So, again, good job, NB.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 04:50:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-29-2012 18:39:41 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-21-2013 20:27:35 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-10-2013 00:09:15 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-02-2012 18:13:55 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

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

This is the most interesting of the Lips of Faith beers I have had.Poured a deep mahogany brown with a thin tannish colored head atop.Smells of chocolate,vanilla bean,and cinnamon,to me like Mexican hot chocolate,really cool.A bunch of stuff going on on the palate with chocolate being predominant as well vanilla,cinnamon and chili comes into play at the back end providing a slow burn.A little light in the mouth but thats the only small drawback to the beer,it's the most interesting take on a chile beer I have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 21:23:27 | More by oberon
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: almost no head on a hazy deep mahogany brown body.

S: cocoa, chicken broth, roasted malts, black peppers and light chili spice.

T: very complex and interesting with cocoa almost like home made chocolate milk with perfect degree of chili spice. the sweetness and spiciness is very well balanced.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this beer is very interesting and complex. It is actually really nicely balanced and unique in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 03:02:35 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-13-2014 01:04:12 | More by Knapp85
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-02-2013 17:12:35 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with copper edges in the light, revealing a good level of clarity. Topped with some light tan foam that deposits flecks around the edges.

Aroma has a Mexican hot chocolate impression of chocolate and cinnamon, there's an earthy hint of chiles, but not overt.

Taste is more chile forward, providing a tingle and mild heat that lingers on the palate into the aftertaste, balancing the front end chocolate sweetness. Medium bodied and creamy, well suited to the spicy chocolate flavors. Overall a pleasant and balanced beer that was easily shared. The chile heat is a little tame, especially in recent comparison to a similar local chile beer, End of Days from Pipeworks.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 19:43:40 | More by emerge077
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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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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-06-2013 21:48:15 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-31-2013 03:41:45 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of off-white foam on top of a hazy, dark-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves only minor lace.

S - Coco powder, chili powder, and cinnamon with some toffee malts in the background. Smells like a spice cabinet.

T - Sweet malt with some caramel syrup flavor up front. Lots of spicy character comes out in the middle with notes of chocolate, clove, cinnamon, allspice, and myriad other spices. Finishes sweet with more spices, coco, and caramel.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Really interesting, this is unbalanced and weirdly milk chocolate like, but not undrinkable. It would best be described as similar to Mexican hot chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 03:04:36 | More by nickfl
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a tulip.

A - Creamy tan foam settles to a thick collar, wispy partial cap, and a few splotches of lace. Transparent dark ruby body.

S - Tons of milky cocoa, biscuits, and toasty malts. There's some mild vegetal pepper and spice mixed in, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Taste is quite similar, with oodles of melted chocolate, toasty biscuits, and a mildly spicy and peppery finish. Alcohol is better-hidden here, and the cocoa elements dominate until the molé shows up a touch in the lingering aftertaste.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with pleasant lower carbonation, and some peppery heat and spice in the finish.

D - This was pretty enjoyable. There are probably a bazillion calories in here, but it tastes great and the alcohol is quite well-hidden. I imagine it'd be tough to drink a whole bomber by myself, but it's a nice beer for sharing. Delivers exactly as promised - would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 18:10:42 | More by MasterSki
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber.

LOOK: Deep mahogany hue, tight lacing

SMELL: Fresh chilies, raw cocoa, brown sugar, cinnamon, candied fruit

TASTE: Sweet maltiness within, creamy fullish body, full chili flavor, mild pepper heat, cinnamon, treacle, figgy, spicy throughout, reserved hoppiness, finishes spicy

This is a lovely brew, well rounded with a perfect balance of chili to cocoa to spice and still stays a beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 05:02:12 | More by Jason
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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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drabmuh

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review this is the #1 Chile beer on the "Top Beers - Chile Beer" list. Beer poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a New Belgium globe glass, it is called planning ahead, look it up. Also at the time of this review, this is the #89 beer on the "Top Beers - New" list, the ever changing beer. This beer was very cinnamon forward and spicy on a dry finish, it was fine but 22 ounces of it was a lot.

Beer is brown and clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, low retention, low lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is mildly chili pepper and cinnamon, cinnamon wins.

Beer is light in body, dry on the finish, all of the chili flavor comes in the finish, it is mildly hot, the forward of the beer almost tastes like chai with a little clove and a lot of cinnamon flavors, it was fine but I won't have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 14:26:26 | More by drabmuh
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent brown tinged/orange witha thumb of tan head. Great lacing & average head rentention

S: Faint chiles & a bit dark fruit, a bit of cinnamon

T: Chiles, ciinnamon, a touch of boozey figs &cooca powder up front. Chile heat as this warms, a touch of jammy fig, plus apricot & cherry as this warms, then cinnamon, plus a bit of dryness. Finishes with chile heat, candied apricot & cinnamon

MF: Light/medium bodied with firm carbonation, some sweetness balances the heat fairly nicely

I enjoyed this, one of the better chile beers I've tried & one of the better Lips offerings I had as well

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 04:56:58 | More by russpowell
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The LoF series has been very hit or miss for me, and same with chile beers, so hopefully this is good. Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a light fizzy barely covering head that fades pretty quickly, just a touch of lacing, maybe due to the abv, or possibly the chile, not sure, over a mostly clear cola brown colored beer with some mahogany light coming through.

Nose is interesting and kinda weird, there is some chile in the background, ancho or poblano like chile with a nice green chile aroma but doesn't seem much heat (at least from the aroma), as well as a weird chocolate aroma, cocoa that seems ot have been aged a bit too long, light creamy melted cocoa. Then some light cinnamon and hint of a nutty spicy like cardamom almost but not quite, as well as a biscuity like crusty bread crumbs almost like the edges of a pie or coffee cake. Under all that is some malts, caramel, molasses, some sweet brown malts.

Taste starts like hot cinnamon cocoa, a candy drink almost. Plenty of powdered fake cocoa mix like having a Swiss Miss hot chocolate, but there is plenty of cinnamon in there as well. Then heat kicks in, again not a ton but plenty to let you know it's there, as well as a green chile the ancho mostly, and some hot chiles, chipotle in the middle. Other light spices, again hint of an earthy nutty root like spice I can't really label, and light Xmas like spices but barely. Then malts kick in, some caramel, light molasses and biscuit again, hint of toffee, fair sweetness and other toasty brown malts. Light pie crust again, and coffee cake crumbs. In all that is a hint of booze warmth but that's mostly drowned out by the pepper heat. Finish is sticky and a bit syrupy, long lingering sweet caramel, molasses, some hot cocoa powder mixed to a thicker feel, some lingering heat from the peppers. The heat mostly dissipates fairly quickly, pops in to say hello, then goes back down below.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, plenty of pepper heat but not overbearing, lighter carbonation.

Overall pretty good, I like the pepper heat, it's a nice level that you def know it's there but doesn't destroy the beer, and even a light pepper flavor which is nice. The malts are nice as well, caramel mocha molasses, toasty bread crumbs, coffee cake, etc. I wasn't a huge fan of the cocoa as it tasted more like Swiss Miss hot cocoa powder rather than cocoa nibs and dark chocolate kinda taste. The cinnamon and other spices are interesting and a nice addition but I wish the cinnamon in particular was a little toned down. The lack of carbonation is probably the only real gripe I have. However, those are nit picking as this was a pretty good beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 03:07:56 | More by jlindros
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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.