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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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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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up tonight at Bier Thirty.. Pours with a short lasting tannish head... the brew is perfectly clear deep walnut brown.... no real head or lacing..

Nose is big cinnamon and some lesser spices... brown sugar and a good depth of cocoa.... smokey elements that build with chili notes...

Wow.... this one straddles a fine line between a borderline masterpiece and a top rate shit show... not sure yet... Poured at cellar temp and the cinnamon comes screaming... Mexican cocoa with vanilla and then a wallop of chili.. chipotle is obvious... roasty poblano essence... cinnamon begins again and follows out with some chili heat.. the cocoa lingers on a very dry finish..

Very nice... no doubt...

3.5/4/4.5/4/3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 06:53:10 | More by JohnGalt1
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really wonderful beer. I'm not a huge fan of chile beers since so many of them are unbalanced, with heat and not much else. This one is dubbed as a mole, and I have to say, it truly does taste like a mole. You get a nicely balanced melange of flavors, with some nice ancho chile, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, and some black pepper, along with some moderate malty sweetness. The nose is more cinnamon and chile with a hint of sweetness. The spice level is just right- to start with, it's a warming roasty heat, rather than a sharp, biting spice. Using the right kind of chiles helps. Here there are ancho, guajillo, and chipotle, so you get a warm, fruity, smokiness with moderate heat, not the sort of bright fruity heat of habaneros or the sharp herbalness and spice if jalapenos or birds eyes. The rounded fruitiness and roasty notes here blend very well with the other flavors and presents a lovely, integrated whole with the heat slowly building to a pleasant tingling, and the spice and vanilla notes echoing in the background after the base has been built by the chocolate and malt. The best Lips of Faith offering I've had in a while. Very nice indeed.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:00:47 | More by Georgiabeer
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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Poured from the bottle, into a shaker pint glass.

A nice dark chestnut body hits on the pour, fairly clear and deep with some real nice ruby hues along the edges. Head provides a nice light tan caramel and uniform sense with a nice puck while settling also.

Nose hits with cayenne pepper, and a milk stout chocolate bent. Spiced mexicali chocolate and hot cocoa sense gives off a feeling this is more like hot chocolate. Interesting, kind of fun.

Palate brings all the nose together. Drying red cayenne sense in the palate, finishing with a nice mixed milk chocolate sweetness. Peppers hotness brings the feeling of a warm cocoa with the drink. Mouthfeel hits nicely coating very well with out a controlled boozy sense. Sweetness and hot dry spice is balanced nicely.

This may not be the most amazing beer by any stretch but it's quite fun and enjoyable, that I must say.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 03:01:39 | More by smakawhat
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HopHead84

California

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

4/7/2012

A: Light brown with a beige frothy head.

S: Big cinnamon and chipotle notes. Light cocoa character. Smells like Hunahpu's light.

T: Lightly spicy peppers with cinnamon. Cocoa blends with earthy notes. Strong chipotle profile. Spicy cocoa finish.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: An okay beer, definitely interesting, but I wouldn't drink more than four ounces of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 18:40:53 | More by HopHead84
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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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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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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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

Strong aroma has an overtone of cinnamon, plus fruity and cocoa notes and hints of malt and cloves. It pours a dark, warm, slightly hazy brown with a decent light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor has a malty core and cinnamon, earthy, chocolate and - whoa! - hot spice notes. Smooth texture is a little creamy and fairly fizzy with needle-like stabs from the hot pepper and a powdery hint. A distinctive and unique brew that is most worthy if you like variety in your beers!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 18:06:41 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, off white head that quickly dissipated. No real lacing to speak of.

S: A sharp aroma of malt, chocolate, and chiles.

T: Tasted of chocolate and malt up front, with a very pronounced chile burn in the finish. This is a sneaky flavor. At first it seems a little thin, but as you go on it gets better and better. A formidable flavor.

M: An OK amount of carbonation with a fiery finish, courtesy of the chiles. Medium-bodied.

O: The chile beer style is not easy to get right, but I think New Belgium has done a good job with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 12:18:59 | More by avalon07
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

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

This pours a dark brown with reddish hues, a 1 finger head of foam with plenty of lacing.

I get chiles, cinnamon, and chocolate in the smell...nice.

The taste starts off with some heat from the chiles, cocoa moves in to smooth things out, then back to the heat. My throat is feeling it right now. ;^)

A smooth medium body, likewise for the carbonation, this is quite tasty and would have been even better to sip on in the middle of Winter. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 23:21:48 | More by Bitterbill
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
9% ABV, Bottled on 12/21/2011

A - Nearing the bordering of blackness, Cocoa Molé is a deep Spanish oak in color that's topped, briefly, by a light khaki head. Thin, wispy lace decorates the glass.

S - Immediately unique, Cocoa Molé offers a menagerie of spices blended together very nicely. I can only pick out cinnamon from the mass. Dry cocoa compliments as dense caramel malt backs it all up. A swirl brings out hints of warming alcohol and spicy chilies. Hints of molasses peek out following a swirl.

T - Deep and complex, Cocoa Molé starts with inviting milk chocolate and caramel malt flavors that slowly shift to a dry cocoa and one-of-a-kind spice blend driven by cinnamon. The icing on the cake is the lingering chipotle pepper heat on the finish that balances the unique flavor of this beer without flaw.

M - Cocoa Molé has a tempting velvet smooth and soft opening that effortlessly and seamlessly transforms to a dry, spicy heat. At first I wanted a little more spice heat to it, then quickly changed my tune, reassuring myself the balance of this beer is perfect.

O - New Belgium has created one of the most unique and memorable beers I've had in quite a while. Cocoa Molé captures the essence of "chili beer" almost perfectly. There isn't much, if anything at all, I'd change about this beer. From it's adorable sugar skulls through the completely hidden alcohol punch and sneaky spice heat to the smooth, supple chocolaty body, Cocoa Molé is a dangerously drinkable beer capable of incapacitating the burliest of men.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 03:22:24 | More by BeerFMAndy
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear reddish/brown color with about a half inch light tan head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet, it smells like chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, and some chile peppers. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like chocolate, chile peppers, cinnamon, caramel, and a little bit of coffee. There's a good lingering spicy finish, and the pepper flavor is much stronger in this brew than I expected it to be considering the aroma isn't very spicy. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and coating, but it also seems somewhat thin at times. Moderate carbonation. Overall I think it's a good, tasty brew that I would like to try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 21:37:15 | More by bluejacket74
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gford217

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours a

Smelll is full of cocoa powder and cinnamon, very sweet but with a light chile kick. Also some vanilla and an interesting underlying sugary sweetness. Very unique nose.

The taste is peppery up front with lots of sugar underneath - vanilla and cocoa adding to the complexity. The finish is a mix of ancho chile burn and cinnamon sweetness.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated and lively on the palate with the peppers mixing well with the sweetness.

I have to say, this is one of the best of the Lips of Faith series. Complex, spicy, drinkable and, most of all, extremely tasty. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 04:40:09 | More by gford217
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep garnet brown amber. One finger light brown head that slowly dissipates into a film and ring around the glas. Slight lacing. Aroma of Mexican chocolate, spicy and aromatic and very faint malt. Flavor is excellent, a blend of chocolate, cinnamon, and dark malt with the chili hotness slowly building up to a hot, spicy, roasty, sweet malt and chocolate finish. Wow. Medium bodied with constant carbonation. The flavor progression and balance of flavor element is very well done. The Mexican chocolate flavor is spot-on. This is the best chili beer I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 04:05:21 | More by LiquidAmber
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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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blackie

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber, Nick's of Clinton

a: poured into a wide piraat chalice, a clear, deep mahogany brown in color, topped with a smattering of carbonation

s: caramel and chocolate malts form a base for notes of pure sweetened cocoa and roasted peppers - carries the smoky/sweet aroma representative of freshly toasted peppers - ancho, guajilo, and chipotle in this instance, mild cinnamon notes, mild to moderate spicy target hop aroma, it’s tough to pin down, but everything here comes together fantastically

m: lightly carbonated, medium-full with a sugar slickness

t: sweetened cocoa, caramel malts and some slight chocolate malts, and toasted peppers slip in together, smoky and dark sweet flavors with an enticing heat that builds past the finish to a strength relative to the time between sips, but never becomes hot - actually a bit of a tease, leaving me wanting more, it’s an interesting flavor set, but it doesn’t come together quite as well as on the nose, some alcohol on the back of the tongue, mild to moderate bitterness

o: a very interesting concept that i’d say was executed successfully, I’ve had decent pepper beers before, but in this case the play between pepper and chocolate adds an extra dimension of interest

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 03:10:53 | More by blackie
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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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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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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer, this one. Dark brown pour, looks black/reddish in the glass. Head is white, which surprised me a bit. I assumed it would be tan or some darker color than white. In addition the head was small, maybe a fingernail. Lacing was non existent

Nice aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, and roasted malt. Cinnamon is quite strong, perhaps boosted a bit by the chili pepper.

Chocolate and cinnamon dominate. Hints of vanilla and caramel. It's a smooth taste albeit not very complex. Seems rich without the thickness. It is good

The feel is a touch thin. Carbonation is slight. The chili peppers give a bit of a burn on the end, very slight, but enough to notice and to break the richness of the flavors.

alcohol is well hidden

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 07:47:25 | More by Mebuzzard
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tdm168

North Carolina

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

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest.

Poured a dark caramel-brown with little head. The nose is distinctly cocoa powder and cinnamon. The flavor is very intricate. At first cocoa dominates. As I took a few more sips the spices began to come through. There is some cinnamon and nutmeg as well as some cayenne pepper that leaves a tingly spice in the finish. Just like a good mole sauce, there are more intricacies here than one can explain. This is a medium bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated beer.

This is an intricate, complex beer. The flavors are unique and enjoyable. The ABV is big but it's still drinkable. If you enjoy cocoa and spices, you'll love this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 21:08:54 | More by tdm168
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

22oz bottle $8.49. Dark brown color with a minimal head, looks red up against the light. Smells pretty good like cinnamon mostly and a hint of cocoa. Tastes like cocoa, cinnamon, and has the slightest bit of heat from the peppers, spicy. The alcohol was pretty well hidden but maybe that is the peppers masking it. This was a pretty nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:10:55 | More by ArrogantB
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade poured into a dogfish head chalice.

A - Pours a crystal clear dark brown hue with a quarter inch blanket that left light lacing.

S - Aromas of light chocolate and chili. Appealing.

T - Taste is really nice with lots of chocolate and chili with nice barrel notes resulting in good vanilla and coconut flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is not bad for a chili beer, would benefit from more carbonation though.

O - Overall this beer wasn't that bad but really could use a boost of appearance and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 00:41:14 | More by rudzud
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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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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer as it combined some heat with some cocoa and cinnamon. Everything works in this experiment as the heat backed the stout like beer and the spices added some sweetness. The Mexican flavour aspect is unique and very cool. I would love to get a bottle and pair it with some Mexican food.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 02:31:26 | More by canucklehead
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ehammond1


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle

Thanks for opening this one, UCLABrewN84!

Dark brown body without a lot of visible carbonation activity. The beer eventually leaves spots of lace down the glass.

An incredibly unique aroma: decidedly Mexican coffee/chipotle peppers/rich, dark, chocolate mole, with enough roast to round out any sharp edges. Comes together very nicely.

The flavor is interesting, unusual, and delicious. The cinnamon and earthy spices are at the forefront, with bitter Mexican chocolate and coffee elements as well, with pepper heat lingering on the back of the throat after every swallow. Quite a unique drinking experience.

I suppose my only complaint would be with the mouthfeel, though I'd be nitpicking. Though there wasn't a lot of visible carbonation, it seemed, if anything, too carbonated in the mouth.

A unique, interesting, awesome chile beer. I'd recommend drinking this one fresh, as the chiles are vibrant and flavorful, though not overpowering or truly spicy in a classic sense.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:57:43 | More by ehammond1
Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.