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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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271 Reviews

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Reviews: 271
Hads: 985
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 25.56%
Wants: 119
Gots: 197 | 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 DesMoinesMike
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impulse buy from Hy-Vee Drugtown, their price was the highest I saw it at.

A super-dark, creamy beer with a moderate amount of dark foam. The aroma had bits of cocoa and toffee mixing in with a small amount of chille. The taste is where the spice comes out. The dark malty flavors appear first, them the chille starts to come out and gradually build as you drink to the point it is the dominant flavor. It's below jalapino for heat intensity. While it's good in small doses it was somewhat difficult to go through a whole bomber. Along with the cost it would be nice to have these available in regualr of half bottles.

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Photo of Amedlin18
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 release drank in Feb 2015. Sweet then spicy. I'm a sucker for peppery or smoky porters, Mexican food and spicy foods, so that is part of my affinity. Very smooth and as good as I remember it from the last release a few years ago.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
2.86/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

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Photo of pweis909
2.79/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Disappointing. While I got cinnamon and cocoa in the aroma, there was also something like artificial chemical flavor in there. Not that they used something artificial, buy maybe something got extracted in disproportionate concentration to other things and just tasted, well, worse than it smelled, and not very good. While the base beer is supposedly porter, this porter could have benefited from more body and sweetness. There was a cayenne pepper-like burn to the finish, and I think some sweetness would have helped. If you took away the spices, this would be a poor porter, IMO. My 9 bucks could have been better spent.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a love hate relationship with chile beers, I love hot and spicy things, but mixing them with beer has to be done right or they taste like crap. This one should be interesting.
Bottle poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A- Pours a deep brown with 1 finger of fizzy light brown head that fizzles away after a while.

S- Chocolate, roasted red chiles, cinnamon. Smells like somebody's cooking Chicken Mole.

T- Lots of chocolate up front with a faint hint of sweet roasted peppers. The heat from the peppers is very mild, and pleasant. The entire Mole sauce spice profile is there. Cinnamon is the one that stands out, but the spices round out the sweet from the chocolate, and the heat from the chilies very well.

M- Nice medium body. Low amount of carbonation.

O- Wow, really impressed with this one. New Belgium has made a chile beer right. The whole sweet / heat flavor profile is done well. Would buy this again.

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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bomber in a snifter during a bottle share. A truly unique porter. Poured a deep dark red brown with a creamy white head that dissipated after a couple of minutes. Nice lacing. Aromas of cinnamon, cocoa powder with hints of pepper spices. A little worried at the first sip that it might be awful. However, I am glad the aromas were misleading. Tastes of cocoa with a slight hint of roasted chilies. Cinnamon and vanilla. Rich dark roasted malts as well. The back end is mainly dark roasted malts with cocoa with the roasted chilies. Finishes both sweet and spicy. Great chile beer.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Glibber
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker color with mocha head. Minimal lacing. Very aromatic beer, with bitter chocolate, and some spice that I could not place. Had a decent alcohol bite, but the chocolate flavor was very apparent. I did not realize it was a chile beer until I started this reveiw. The gals I was with enjoyed this more than I did. I like the chocolate, but the alcohols at the back end were a little excessive- might have been the chile kick.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours opaque dark brown, with some purple highlights. A big dirty tan head forms from an aggressive pour, but it's gone in a flash, leaving no lacing and obviously no retention.

Smells mostly cinnamon and chocolate, and a touch of chili. That's what I was expecting.

While there is an undertone of malt, but cinnamon and spice overtake the beer. Chili on the finish makes this what it claims.

The beer is almost thin and flat. While good at masking the abv, it's makes for an unappealing feel. It has a bit of burn, but it's not serious, and that's from the chili.

A bit more cinnamon than I expected, but it's nice. The chili and chocolate are there, but it needs more body and carbonation. Other than that, quite an experience.


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Photo of Arborescence
2.77/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of mchegash
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5/5
Dark red-orange-brown. Slight transparent, but it's so dark you can't really see through except at the narrow parts of the glass. 1/2 finger of head on initial pour, dissipates down to a thin layer.

Smell - 3.25/5
Cinnamon, cocoa, maybe hints of alcohol and spiciness. Very earthy as well. Overall I didn't find the smell that pleasant.

Taste - 4/5
The chocolate/mole aspects come out much stronger in the taste than in the smell. The dominant taste is a the spicy cinnamon mixed with chocolate. I really like the cinnamon aspect of this beer. The cinnamon + chocolate + chilli spiciness really makes this taste like Molé (I think I've had molé before?). Overall, I don't know whether I love the taste, but I definitely respect it as a great example of a molé beer, perhaps the best example of this style I have tried.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied. Smooth, but quite spicy. This beer definitely leaves a spicy and tingly aftertaste on the back of your throat. Carbonation was light

Overall - 4/5
Overall I really liked this beer as a great example of a molé-style beer. Not something I would want

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Photo of cwguy5
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a Mother Earth globe with an aggressive pour.

A - clear, deep ruby/dark cherry color with one-finger, khaki head that settled quickly to a bubbly ring; only spotty lacing left on glass

S - ginger, cinnamon, squash, bran muffin, hint of peppers

T - big burst of squash-y pumpkin pie with light cocoa powder; pepper flavors start to form mid-way and become more present towards the finish; peppers are not spicy, but are clear

M - medium bodied with moderate, very fine carbonation; some mild bitterness along with a mild vegetable linger in the mouth; a warm, peppery sensation left in the back of the throat

O - fantastic and unique take on the chili beer. balanced between sweet/dry with obvious spice notes that are bright, without overpowering the beer. i am curious if the squash flavors that i am tasting comes from one of the peppers or if it is just the combination of all the ingredients. check this one out fo sho!

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, ruby-tinged brown with a thin ring of off-white bubbles. Strong aroma of cinnamon and cocoa, with a hint of chile -- but really strong on the cinnamon. The Mexican chocolate combination of cinnamon and cocoa comes through strongly, followed by the sweet burn of chiles.

Despite the heavy flavor constituents and high ABV, this is a pretty light, easy drinking brew -- it actually leaves me wishing it drank a bit more like thick Mexican hot chocolate, but it's still delicious and enjoyable.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Best enjoyed by January 19, 2017.

A: Dark brown body with a ruby tint. 1/2 finger of off-white head with average retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Strongly of mole sauce. Cinnamon and pepper. Earthy cocoa. Dark chocolate. Very faint smoke. Vanilla.

T: Sweet, chocolatey mole notes open with a noticeable capsaicin burn that develops quickly. The cocoa and peppers are bold. Roasted malts pop up, but remain mostly in the background and help fill out the flavor profile. Semi-dry finish with lingering mole and pepper heat in the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is light for 9% ABV, no doubt masked a bit by the peppers.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. Not quite as full on the palate as your typical porter, but not too much of a detractor.

O: This beer really nailed mole. Nice chocolate and pepper notes. Enjoyable amount of heat. Pretty unique for sure. Arguably the best LOF offering I've tasted.


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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Wine Source in Baltimore.
Bottled on 12/21/2011
22 oz. bottle
Label reads: "Say hola to a spiced up ale full of cocoa and ancho, guajillo, and chipotle peppers. But don't fear the heat, because plenty of caramel and chocolate malts bring a smooth, complex flavor. Scents of cinnamon when poured will have you saying 'ole for mole!'"

I had somewhat high expectations for this beer as my friend said that this was one of the best beers they have ever had in their life. Bold statement...

Pours a deep ruby chestnut color with excellent clarity. Tan head fizzes away at a moderately fast pace and leaves practically nothing on top. The body is very dark, deep dark brown with red highlights.

The aroma is exciting; definitely different than most beers. Chocolate is there with some spices. It has a creamy, "lactose" aroma to it. Smells sweet. If I didn't know there were peppers thrown in, I'm not sure I would be able to pull that aroma out. However, if you concentrate and when it is warm enough, you can get some of that pepper aroma.

Extremely flavorful beer! There is a burst of spicy pepper notes, cinnamon, ginger, clove, followed by a saccharin-sweet chocolate finish and a long, spicy heat from the peppers. This is one tasty beer! The one thing I would maybe change to improve upon would be that cocoa flavor. It truly is a bit too much and is oddly giving me the impression of artificial sweetener.

The beer is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. There is a lingering bite from the heat of the peppers.

Cocoa Mole is a "style bender" and a good one at that. Peppers, chocolate, spices...it's all mole, but could there be such a thing as Mole Beer? Overall, this would be a good food beer, otherwise it didn't do enough for me that I would drink it again on its own.

Pair it with something Mexican...mole (duh) burrito, peppered flank steak, churros.

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Photo of pants678
2.85/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

April 21, 2015

22 oz bomber, snifter

A – Medium to deep brown, very high clarity when held up to the light. A half inch of light tan bubbly head, low retention. Pours somewhat thin.

S – Sweet malt, with a cinnamon, horchata-like aroma leading the way. Chocolate and toffee malt aromas, with a very low impression of fruit. Perhaps some light, spicy hops, very low in the background.

T – Like Mexican hot chocolate, with cocoa/chocolate and cinnamon prominent, and then a warm, slightly biting peppery finish, like cayenne powder dancing down my throat. Sweet malt and a touch of earthy or spicy hops.

M – Fairly thin bodied, almost no heft to it, which is actually a plus as the lightness balances the intense flavors. Low carbonation, just slightly bubbly. Sweet up front, no real bitterness, then chile/pepper heat on the finish, strong.

O – One of the better chile/pepper beers I’ve sampled, as it really reads more as a spiced dessert than a “pepper beer.” Very well done.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Jay's in town, poured in pint glass and shared with SingingTheNews today on a rainy Saturday.

A: Autumn red brown, it's dark, but holding it to the light reveals its true color. One finger head that quickly fades, very light brown colored.

S: Cocoa, peppers, roasted malt that has a hint of sweetness to it, smoke, some cinnamon hints at the finish.

M: Thin, watery body.

T: Cinnamon, heat, peppers, spicy chili, chipotle, a hint of caramel at the finish

O: I really like this beer, after the first bomber I went and picked up another. Hope to see this again in the future. The complex flavors + the spicyness of the brew are a great combo.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of gibgink
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.22/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle. Pours a dark cola brown with a small tan head that settles to a ring and leaves very little lacing. Aroma is rocoa, smoked chiles, vanilla, a bit of cinnamon, and a mineral note. The taste is sweet cocoa, cinnamon, some smoked pepper, and a bit of a mineral note. It finishes with some smoky pepper heat and a light bitterness. Light body. Low carbonation. This reminds me a little bit of Hunahpu's, but without the roastiness to balance the other flavors and without the amazing full, creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on 12/21/12.

Appearance: Pours a dark somewhat hazy amber with a thin beige head. Very little retention. No lacing.

Aroma: Interesting. Cinnamon, spice, caramel, chocolate malt. Even some dark fruit thrown in there. Unique.

Taste: Shew. Where to start? Lots of spice up front. Cinnamon is very prominent. Chocolate malts. Dry powdered cocoa. Spicy chili and chipotle flavor on the back end. I think the cinnamon is little too strong though. Lots of interesting flavors. Definitely different.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Plenty of spice adds a little kick of heat (could also be the alcohol). Dry, and leaves an almost chalky feeling in your mouth, which makes you think of the powdered cocoa. Spicy kick on the finish.

Interesting offer from New Belgium. I enjoyed it for it's uniqueness and complexity but I think the cinnamon is a little too strong and that makes a bomber hard to finish. It's definitely the dominate flavor. Perhaps best suited sharing this one.

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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.