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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé | New Belgium Brewing

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89
very good
276 Reviews
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3.99
pDev:
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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa MoléLips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by hopfacebrew on 01-20-2012

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Photo of Gatch
4.63/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an opaque dark red when you hold it up to the light rather than dark brown as I was expecting. It produced very little white foam, which lingered around the edges of the pint glass leaving the middle hollow, vacant.

Smelled like cinnamon sticks. I tasted no alcohol even though the brew is 9%. This definitely tastes like Mexican hot chocolate due to the presence of cinnamon on the palate. I do not think it tasted like mole, per se, but I can see how there is a connection (many Mexican chocolate stores in Oaxaca also produce mole). I did not notice the chile until I had been drinking for a few minutes when I felt the faint, yet pleasant, chile burn in my throat. It was a little numbing, like a pain killer.

I enjoyed this. It was unusual and complex. It had a chocolate flavor different than what may be found in a stout, and in that sense the brewers took creativity to a new level.

This was not just a beer, it was an experience.

I’ll have another.

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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 SHODriver
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep brown with a small off white head that is quick to disappear
S: Smells very sweet on the nose with a lot of chocolate aroma and a little bit of pepper and some cinnamon
T: very chocolatey on the palate with cinnamon as well followed on by some peppery flavor. Not a lot of heat but there is some there and it gets bigger as the drink continues Aftertaste is more earthy chocolcate flavor with a bit of pepper
M: smooth and delicate on the palate, adequate carbonation. Pretty solid mouthfeel
O: It's kind of like drinking a chocolate covered chili pepper with some cinnamon on the top. I'm not too into chile beers but this one is pretty tasty

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

XicanoBeerRun shared this one.

Pours a murky dark amber/intense blood red color. There’s thin lacing and a few bubbles on it.
It has a distinct spicy aroma. From first sniff you know there’s some heat and a kick to this!
The cinnamon dominates, along with some cardamom and chile spicing.

I am guessing there’s chile ancho, maybe some cayenne? It’s the kind of chiles I’d mix into a bitter Mexican chocolate to give it a kick.

It has an interesting flavor. Very pronounced, very definite finish. It’s spicy, and the chile gives it a lot of heat on the finish. I don’t get any familiar mole seasonings, aside from the chile and cinnamon, however. The name might be somewhat of a misnomer if that’s what you’re expecting. Should there be almonds? Peanuts? More chocolate? It’s not a stout, and there’s not a defining roastiness which would be expected from a mole-inspired beer in my mind, but that doesn’t mean this is a bad brew. On the contrary I felt this was an interesting beer that grew on me as I sipped.

Note: Guajillo and ancho chiles used, no cayenne. I wasn’t entirely off.

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Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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Photo of sjccmd
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark cola brown, nearly black. Red and amber highlights in the light. Small light tan head that fades quickly. Decent lacing though.

Cinnamon cookie aroma. Spices, vanilla, and graham cracker. Lots of earthy and sweet cocoa. Mexican hot chocolate with chiles in the background. Very sweet.

The taste almost mirrors the aroma but with dark fruits coming into play as well. Chiles still far in the background on the first sip, but heat begins to kick in with subsequent sips. It's quite sweet, but the peppers seem to keep it in check as if taking the place of hops...very interesting.

Pretty silky mouthfeel but with low carbonation. Could be better if there was more to deliver more of the flavors.

Very interesting beer. I'm a fan of this trend with chocolate beers that aren't stouts. You taste the actual chocolate more as opposed to roasted malts. The peppers don't seem to add much flavor, just heat, which isn't so exciting...still good though.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a garnet color with tight, quickly fading white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of cinnamon and chocolate with a bit of chiles.

Tastes of the spices upfront filled out by the chiles and chocolate. Cinnamon hits first and gives a slight spiciness. Also gives a bit of dryness. Cocoa comes in next with a bit of sweetness to counter the cinnamon. A bit of toasted bread and brown sugar come through as well. The meatiness from the chiles abounds and really adds depth. Ends in a slight spice that gives a pleasant warming.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed this more as it warmed up and the chiles really came through. Goes perfectly with green chile burgers.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had myself a fiesta with a glass stein. This chile beer has amazing bottle artwork.

Appearance- A decently hard pour results in about two-fingers of a hazelnut colored foam.

The cap is just cluster-bubbles, loads of the little guys. You can hear the head fizz and crackle as they pop, the head receding slowly all the while. It leaves behind a few sheets of soapy lace.

The body does not suggest chile beer, being a really dark, ruddy-brown affair. Thin shafts of ruby glance through the glass as it is held up to the light.

Smell- Bready malts are most apparent immediately. Some chipotle chilies do sneak out, but it blends to the point of obscurity with the cinnamon. It also gives the impression of being earthy, no doubt the result of the chilies.

I have to say though, it is a soft nose. I would have been more impressed with more spicy punch coming out of this one.

Taste- The chile flavor blends at the front of the drink with the mild impression of cinnamon. The bread malt backbone builds through the mid-drink and threatens to snuff out the chile flavor.

Luckily, this passes and the strong earthy, and even slightly hot sensation of the chilies grow in the finish, along with some cocoa taking root at the corners of the tongue. This finish is pretty wonderful.

Overall, the cinnamon and drop of cocoa gives the entire proceedings a kiss of sweetness, while the chilies do a salsa across the taste buds, with the bread malt holding this little party all together.

Mouth feel- A medium body beer that ends up feeling lighter than that thanks to the slickness with which it slides over the tongue. I suppose it could be a little creamier, but I will settle for the care taken to make sure this one didn't get over-carbonated.

Overall- This is quite the fun and intriguing drinking experience. I do enjoy when a chile beer comes together, and New Belgium does a fine job with COCOA MOLE. Sorry, it just feels right to put this one in all caps.

If anything, I would re-brew this one with even more chile flavor, and I would make sure that bouquet was really seeping out of the glass. The cinnamon and cocoa are just right in my opinion, now just make it even more fun with a bigger impression of chilies. Enjoy!

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Photo of mscudder
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a fresh growler. Cheers to the local Craft Draught for carrying this rare brew!

A - Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Slight ruby gleam to it, overall nice looking brew.

S - Wow this is unique! Strong notes of cinnamon and some sweet cocoa. Little bit of spicy aroma coming from this one. Truly unique.

T - Complex flavors happening here. Starts with a strong bite of cinnamon and the spicy residue lasts throughout the duration of the flavors. In my opinion this is a tad overwhelming. There is also a smoked character that should be mentioned. It leaves the palette rather quickly, due to the spicy nature of the brew. It leaves a certain heat particularly at the end, which while nice, is not quite my forte. For the style, very impressive.

M - A medium body with perfect carbonation for the style (hell ya for the growler!). I feel the beer thins out as the spicy chiles take over. While I am not particularly familiar with this style, I feel this is a good example of how the mouth feel should be done.

O - Overall this is exceptional for the style. The ABV is masterfully hidden and one cannot dismiss the controlled complexity in this beer.

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Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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

Poured the medium brown ale into a New Belgium Tulip glass. The little head on my pour dissapated quickly. The cinnamon & chocolate aroma was very forthcoming. The initial taste of cinnamon followed by the cocoa. While the beer was in it's cooler stage, I picked up a hint of the smokiness of the chipotle and a brief taste of the fresh guajilo chile taste with not much heat. the majority of the heat I got was from the cinnamon.

As the beer warmed, the cocoa notes became a bit more evident as did the heat from the chiles used. I picked up on more of the maltiness and less of the subtlies like the smoke flavors.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but ugly dark amber color topped with a somewhat frothy tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of chalky chocolate and cinnamon dominate the nose. First sip is just what the aroma predicted except with a tad less chocolate. There is a splash of some dark fruits present too but let there be no mistake the cinnamon and spice dominate the flavor. Mouthfeel is quite good as carbonation is spot on though the body falls easily on the thin side. The 9% ABV is super well hidden. Not bad…not great either.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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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 billab914
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured dark brown in color with a thin, bubbly head to it. Decent lacing as I drank it.

The Cinnamon is the first thing I notice in the aroma. I get some of the spicy peppers, but isn't really in your face peppery. A good amount of malty, caramel, brown sugar flavors help keep it pretty smooth. Just a hint of chocolate is there. Pretty nice aroma to it, it's very flavorful but everything comes together well.

The taste shows more of the cinnamon spice and malty sweetness to it up front. The finish is where the spicy peppers really start to come out. The peppers bring a little heat to them, but not an overpowering hotness. The flavor profile really compliments the peppers well and it feels pretty smooth for a pepper beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a very good beer, they really managed to bring all the flavors together in it. I don't typically think peppers work that well in beer, but in this one they did. A lot of bold flavors and ingredients in it, but they came together very well. I really liked the uniqueness to it as well. Very well done beer overall.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy tan head-- large and retained a bit, rich ruby body and awesome thick lace.

Rich nose, dry, dusty cocoa of sorts. Maybe some earth (I guess mole; I'm just not familiar enough to say for sure).

Full taste with lots of cocoa and pleasant, but not overbearing chile. Relatively light-bodied, but not watery. Not super rich, but lots of flavor without being too thick. Really fantastic-- on the same par with New Holland Mole Ocho, but in a different way. In fairness, it's a bit like powdered hot chocolate with cayenne, but in the best possible way, I promise.

Pretty standard, relatively bright, but not exceptional.

This is awesome and would pair well with pork, barbecue, etc. I may have to pick up some more of this...

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Photo of harrymel
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the third bomber I've had of this beer. It is exceptional.

Pours a cherry hued brown with little foam formation and no lace. The nose on this beer is insane, probably in my top five noses. cinnamon, cocoa, chili, sugar, coffee (just the slightest), grain, malt; these come together and honestly remind me of cinnamon toast crunch cereal - fucking awesome. Great cinnamon and cereal flavor with a good sharp burn at the rear of the palate. Really dig this beer. I'm worried about it's aging potential, so I'm drinking the shit out of it while I can. Medium bodied with prickly carb and an off dry finish. Really hope this becomes an annual release, they really hit it out of the park here.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 22 fl oz bomber into taster glass.

A: SRM is brown/light brown. Translucent. Head is tan, 1.5-2 in, puffy, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Heavy/medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Big coaco, chile, and spice notes. Not much hop.

T: Follows nose, with earthy/natural chile and spices, a touch of heat. Nice malt profile, which is just enough to balance the ingredients. Aftertaste is spice, coaco, and a bit of heat.

M: Medium body. Ingredients lend a lot of additional body to this beer. At it's base, it is a medium/light body brown, but the sheer force of coaco, chile, and spices take this beer up to the next level. Wet finish.

O: Quite interesting. Mosdef a winner. Awesome use of ingredients and the execution matched/exceeded the planning. Fantastic depth of flavor. Definitely a buy while it is still on shelves.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

bomber into long-stemmed tulip. cool when the new LOF come to

A: almost a dark ruby, but slightly closer to the chestnut brown side. pretty clear. brownish tints to a white bubbly head. retention is reasonable as is the lacing.

S: very unique aroma. cinnamon, hot chocolate mix, a little bit of chili powder.

T: chocolate, cinnamon. ancho chilies. a lot of malt must have been used to provide some kind of backbone for all of these spices, however, because of all these spices i cant really spicy finish.

M: mild/average amount of carbonation. medium/full body.

D: this is a very unique brew, however this one isnt for me. chilies and chocolate make for a lot of flavor that is a too much for me. glad i tried, but on to the next LOF for this guy.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of 01001111
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, coppery brown; black tea.

S: Heavy cinnamon, faint chocolate.

T: An initial cinnamon kick with a wash of chocolate. The heat from the chilies builds gradually and then suddenly dissipates, leaving behind a chocolate stout aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, characteristic of a brown ale.

O: The creativity works for this one. This is what I had expected from Dogfish Head's Theobroma. Where Dogfish Head approximated a recipe analyzed from clay pots, New Belgium instead delivered what may have been the common ideal of a beer brewed with cocoa, chillies, and other assorted spices. Nicely done; certainly worth revisiting.

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Photo of codsmith
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark brown with a slight green twinge. The head is very light tan and somewhat creamy that laces the glass nicely.

S: The smell is exceptional. There is a very nice cinnamon and slight fruit smell... almost like Apple Jacks cereal.

T: Taste is similar to smell, but some added spiciness. There is a large amount of sweetness that might need to be dialed back a bit, but still good flavor.

M: Med-to-heavy mouthfeel. Rather thick and chewy. Carbonation is right on for this beer.

O: The best beer from the Lips of Faith collection I've had. Maybe some added spiciness would improve it a little and cut down on the sweetness.

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Photo of shanblur
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with some reddish highlights. Minimal head quickly fades leaving sparse lacing. S - Strong aromas of cinnamon and chiles with some dark fruit and a hint of chocolate. T - Flavors of cinnamon and other spices. Nice chile flavor throughout which lingers. Minimal hops presence. M - A little thin with a generous carbonation. A nice smelling and tasting beer. Perhaps more body and less carbonation. Definitely recommend.

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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.