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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 271
Hads: 975
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 25.56%
Wants: 117
Gots: 198 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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 tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chocolate-forward. Big caramel flavor and sweetness. Light cinnamon notes. Spicy on the finish. The burn lingers in the back of the throat. Wonderful Chile Beer with a solid Porter baseline.

Fellow Aadvocates seem to have a misconception of this beer. New Belgium states that it is a "Spiced Chocolate Porter". THIS IS NOT CONSIDERED A STOUT.

Helpful Tips:
1)Research style guidelines, Porters & Stouts specifically, and then research the differences.
2)Research Ales vs Lagers.

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Photo of L0ne
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From backlog. 22oz bottle, April 2015.

Dark brown pour with a small amount of light penetration. Chocolate, mild roast, some cinnamon, some malty sweetness, lingering heat.

Definitely an "ale" as opposed to a stout or porter. Light to medium bodied, slick feel and carbonation more like a brown ale. Think this flavor combo would come across much better in a heavier bodied style such as a stout.

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Photo of sittinggc
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Draft from teardrop glass.

Look: Very dark.
Smell: Cinnamon and spice...mmm, love me some cinnamon.
Taste: Delicious. Lots of chocolate and cinnamon. Also get plenty of spiciness on the back end.
Feel: No too thin, but would definitely improve if it was a little thicker.

Overall: I have to say this beer is really good. Will definitely purchase another pour or bottle if I have the opportunity. This beer is reminiscent of Mexican Cake, which I love...so this beer was a pleasant surprise. Definitely try this bad boy out if you can

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Photo of Stevedore
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Blue Moon in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a New Belgium goblet glass.

Pours a dark, murky brown body, one finger offwhite head, fair retention, thin collar, no lacing. Smells of cinnamon and cocoa, a bit of espresso and vegetal pepper. Has a reasonable Huna-like smell actually, very pleasant. Flavour is not quite so complex, fair bit of cinnamon, cocoa, with a mild bit of heat. A bit of chocolate, minimal roast in the middle. Mouthfeel is thinner bodied, not quite so substantial, decent carbonation, finish is a mild-moderate peppery heat that sticks with you for a while. Overall, a decent Mexican style stout, but the body is a bit thin and it lacks the complexity and intensity of its contemporaries such as Abraxas, Hunahpu's, Mexican Cake et al.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into tulip 24/8/15

A clear brown cola looking liquid, glows maroon when held to the light, two fingers of tan foam makes some noise as it quickly falls leaving no lace

S coco powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, faint peppers, some hard to place fruit, and something I just can't place, a spiced chocolate?

T almost has a strange herbal aspect going on, the peppers come out a little more, still has some spice I can't place, maybe a little hazelnut as it warms

M a little thin for the strength and color, mild pepper and booze heat, creams up a little, slick on the palate, with a spicy lingering finish

O sweet and spicy, decent beer but I think it would work better with a darker malt in a thicker brew, worth a try though for sure especially if you like peppers

not a bed beer for this chilly Summer evening but considering the price I doubt I'd buy a second bottle

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a ta head. The aroma is very complex. It leads with cinnamon, followed by dark chocolate, banana bread, and cream. The flavor is well blended and balanced. It is neither sweet nor spicy. I get cayenne and bell pepper flavors, as well a rich sweet bread flavor, and a nice dark chocolate flavor in the background. The mouthfeel is thinnish, but if it were thicker it may be unpleasant. This is a really well done lips of faith release.

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Photo of benzalman
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Mostly tastes like a brown ale with a nice splash of heat at the end. Comes off a bit thin. Would love to see NBB re-work this into a stout with the same flavor profile.

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Photo of jwmxc
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Review on BA so here goes...

Bought a 22 oz bottle from a local liquor store in Nashville, poured into my Jolly Pumpkin snifter after refrigerating overnight. Best served by Jan 2017 on bottle, poured Aug 14th.

Awesome looking bottle, as well as idea for a beer. Foamy, creme colored head poured over the darker, amber colored porter. There's definitely a slight kick from the peppers, but it mixes well with the cocoa and reminds me a bit of a South American Guinness.

It smells great, strong and not anything like a lighter, cheaper ale. Feels like Cinco de Mayo with every sip. It was $11 for the 22oz bottle, so I probably won't be buying another bottle anytime soon, but it was definitely worth the experience. Cheers!

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at Hops on Birch in Flagstaff, AZ. Pours nearly black with a small head that fades into medium lacing. I spent quite a bit of time looking at this beer before tasting it because it looked so damn beautiful. Smelled of cocoa obviously as well as upfront chile notes as well as minimal roasted malts and hops. Taste was AMAZING. Chocolate flavor, chile flavor, and some coffee notes as well. The spices added to the beer made my lips burn but in a good way. I had to drink this one slowly because of how delicious it was. The feel was on the smoother side with a bit of an acidic bite but that didn't detract from the greatness. Overall this is the best beer I've ever had by New Belgium. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I only had a few sips of my husband's glass of Cocoa Mole beer, and I became instantly jealous that I hadn't ordered one either. It made my champagne cocktail just seem meh.

I've had other mole beers or chocolate-pepper beers, but this particular one has to be the best I've had. The cocoa flavor is dominant without being harsh or too malty. Then on the back end, you get a little bit of heat. But the beer is very smooth on the palate. As it warmed up, I started to taste some fruitier flavors - currants and raisins. The next time I see this beer on draft, I'm definitely going to get my own glass.

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Photo of Buck89
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Dark ruby brown with a small tan head that dissipated quickly. Lots of cinnamon and spices on the nose with some dark malt. Taste is initially a tad bitter followed by plum, caramel and chocolate. A nice sparkle of heat at the end and on the finish seems just right - prominent but not overpowering. Better with each sip as it warms.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Cocoa Mole pours a translucent black color with a small lacing tan head. There is a bold cinnamon aroma. The taste is big of the three peppers and packs a little heat, small smoked flavors and a hint of sweetness. Body is rather watery and light.

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Photo of Awolter
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. Had a great chocolate taste, with a small kick of chili peppers. It reminded me a lot of those "Firecracker" chocolate bars.

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Photo of Jasonpossible
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful flavor, the spiciness is only felt on the back of the throat about 2 seconds after swallowing and it's not overpowering at all. Incredible achievement for this style.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color, with a half of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted dark bread and a touch of smoke, as well as aromas of dark chocolate and brown sugar. There are also tons of aromas of spices, such as cinnamon, cumin, chipotles in adobo, chili powder, and all-spice. Smells absolutely inviting and delicious!

Taste: Wow! This is a really, really tasty beer! Lots of bready, roasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and chocolate, brown sugar-like sweetness, spices of cinnamon, cumin, chipotles in adobo, chili powder, and all-spice. There’s a little nuttiness in there too. The chipotle and adobo hits you at the finish, right in the back of the throat, imparting a chili-like heat. Really, really, damn good flavors!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly effervescent, as there is only a touch of carbonation, which helps lift the chipotle and adobo flavors across the palate. With an ABV of 9%, there is only a slight hint of alcohol on the palate. The alcohol is really well masked.

Overall: This is an excellent, excellent beer! Lots of chocolate and spices, as well as some sweetness to counter all of the delicious chipotle and adobo. It’s one of the best Lips of Faith beers I’ve had from New Belgium. Highly recommended!

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super cheap $10 Howler (32oz) from Michigan Beer Growler Company.

Appearance: It looks like a porter. I know the style says chile beer, but it seems to have a porter base. This is a ruby/brown color that looks filtered. There's modest lacing, and virtually no head. Looks decent.

Smell: I guess it's automatic when something has a cinnamon chocolate smell -- this seems festive. Chocolate and cinnamon throughout. There's maybe a faint chile aroma underneath, but it's mostly the former, with a little roastiness in there as well.

Taste/feel: Firstly, the feel is too thin for me at 9%... this just has the flavor and ABV of a beer I'd think would have a bigger body. The flavor is just like the smell, with chocolate, cinnamon, and roastiness. The finish has a slight peppery flavor and burn, which is great, since many pepper beers I've had tend to only have one or the other.

Very nice beer -- well balanced for the style, and a joy all-around. I'd be happier if this were thickened up a bit, but that may also detract some of the chile character... so I'm torn. As others have said, this really isn't as good as Xocoveza by "Stone", but I wasn't expecting it to be. All-in-all, Cocoa Mole is an interesting beer that warrants your attention.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best enjoyed by January 29, 2017.

Appearance: Pours blackish brown with some hints of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of tan head that settles into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: Spicy and roasty dark malt driven aroma with big hints of peppers and chocolate. Big upfront scent of spices with some red chili peppers and cinnamon. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, smoke, biscuit, rye, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Also some dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, and cherry. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and roasty dark malt driven taste with lots of peppers and roasty chocolate. Big upfront taste of chili peppers along with some cinnamon. Dark roasted barley malt with roasty notes of dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, toast, biscuit, rye, and yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Dark fruit undertones of cherry, raisin, fig, and prune. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and fairly chewy. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: A very good take on a spiced Imperial Porter. Big taste of peppers that avoids becoming too hot. Good roasty malt notes.

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Photo of Get_Lowell
2.73/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: Dark brown, decent lacing
Smell: Mildly fragrant, herbal, chocolate, spice.
Taste: Very spicy, cocoa flavor doesn't really come together. Spice eventually overwhelms the palate.
Feel: Moderate mouthfeel, heat builds quickly.
Overall: Drinking this beer wasn't enjoyable, I left it without finishing. I think the heat is overwhelming and the flavors are underwhelming.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of rich mahogany highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to slightly stronger aromas of cinnamon, chocolate/cocoa, and chiles. Lighter aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts which is quickly overtaken by the moderate to strong flavors of spiced cocoa - cinnamon, chocolate, and chiles. Light amounts of spiciness mixed with a light to moderate amount of upfront sweetness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of warming/heat from the chiles.

O: Very enjoyable with a moderate amount of complexity to the flavors and aromas. This beer has a great aroma and a pretty good flavor, one I would definitely get again. Approachable even for folks that do not enjoy a lot of heat/spiciness.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT, 6FL.OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

It pours dark brown in color with ruby highlights. The head is light tan in color leaving little lacing.

It smells like cinnamon and sweet cocoa.

It starts out really sweet with cocoa. Then the cinnamon comes in with a fury. I didn't even pick up any pepper until about halfway through the bottle. It is just awfully sweet.

Medium mouthfeel. It is not a thick as I prefer.

This is more of a dessert beer. It tastes like a cinnamon brownie. Less sweetness and more pepper would steer this towards my wheelhouse.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with some light seeping through,but not much. A trace of khaki head surrounds the rim and forms an island the size of a quarter in the middle. I smell bakers chocolate and chili peppers. The taste closely mirrors the aroma with a Mexican hot chocolate theme (but ice cold). Initially you get the spicy chocolate and then there's a gentle but firm burning on your taste buds. There's a warming to your throat and a spicy chocolate aftertaste.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: Very light colored more of a brown ale almost can see completely through it head was small and pure white

S: Cinnamon some nuttiness caramel

T: very cinnamon and a little nutmeg and maybe a clove quality. As it warms the peppers start to come out more and a little heat

M: very thin

O: it's ok the taste is more like that cereal Cinnamon Toasted it's not bad the peppers in this beer are light not in your face. I can't pick up any chocolate. It's not a bad beer and it tastes much better than it's appearance but it's not amazing either. I will give it a little edge just because I love peppers in beer

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Photo of andrewkkeenan
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed the 2012 (maybe 13?) batch of this beer. This time around, not as much. The older batch had real spicy character almost like a hint of habanero. The newer batch is not as good. Still very drinkable porter,

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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 Osseous
4.71/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into wine glass. No head whatsoever. Black color with a slight cola appearance. Smell was fantastic - dark chocolate, cinnamon, and white pepper. Taste was incredible and rich. Basically tasted like quality ibarra - bitter and sweet with a kick of spice (cinnamon, paprika, white pepper, ancho) towards the finish. Body was well carbonated, and the spice left a noticeable heat over time. Overall, a fascinating beer with flavors and characteristics that surprisingly work tremendously well together in this dark beer.

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