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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

268 Reviews
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Reviews: 268
Hads: 965
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 117
Gots: 188 | 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 Pintofbrown
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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! (2,238 characters)

Photo of mscudder
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,187 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of Mizorie
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.34/5  rDev +9%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,181 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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... (731 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of tsauce2
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (839 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (1,222 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone, Columbia, MO

A - Poured a jet black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chilies and spice with a touch of roastiness.

T - It tasted of chocolate, toffee and roastiness. The spices from the chilies are mild but nice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good chilie beer. I really like the roastiness to balance the chilies. (486 characters)

Photo of 01001111
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of codsmith
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of shanblur
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO, $9. Into a NB Globe.

A: Cola colored with a light tan head, about an inch that fades to a small cap leaving behind some nice small clumps of lacing. Completely transparent, no haze at all. Nice looking beer.

S: Lots of chocolate and cinnamon, reminds me of that Nestle Abuelita drink we could get in the dorms in college. Some bakers chocolate and a touch of spicy chile peppers. Not bad.

T: Awesome flavors all the way around, chocolate, cinnamon and just a bit of chipotle smoke/ancho chiles. Chile flavors linger on the tongue for a long time. Really a nice, not overly vegetal pepper flavor. Definitely on the sweet side of the spectrum, but the spice and little bit of chile heat make this incredibly tasty.

M: Thin in the body, medium carbonation, and warming from both the 9% and from the chili peppers in here.

O: Really a nice beer, and definitely exceeded my expectations. Tons of great flavors from cinnamon and bakers chocolate to the nice subtle, lingering chile pepper flavors. Really enjoyed this, just wish I would've grabbed another bomber.

Well done NB, and 1st beer back since the crash! (1,175 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this, Richard.

The pour is almost mahogany in color with a khaki colored head. A really enjoyable spice aroma. Lots of cinnamon and peppers (though to a lesser degree). The chocolate is pronounced and gives a nice sweetness. Some serious raisin and plum character, too. Pleasantly sweet in terms of the flavor. Lots of chocolate and fruit notes with a sweet bready quality. Good spice and pepper flavor with a subtle earthiness. Really well done all around. (477 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of afksports
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've got to say, I really wish New Belgium would return to bottle-conditioning La Folie!

That out of the way, Cocoa Mole is a great addition to the Lips of Faith series. Dark brown with minimal head and a medium to thin body, it presents an actually drinkable dark beer. Clocking in at 9% alcohol, it's a surprisingly big brew compared to the feel of it on the palate. Further, it's downright drinkable. Half a bomber went down easy as a dessert beer.

It could also be paired with chocolates for more decadence. The aroma is primarily dark Mexican chocolate (stone-ground for true classiness), and the taste leads with that while the mole spice hits in the back of the palate and the finish. Leaves you wanting more, leaves you warm, covers the alcohol, and is balanced enough that it's not overly powerful and not underwhelming.

It basically does everything right. I'd put this one up there with Eric's Ale and Le Terroir as a healthy and fun surprise from New Belgium in their Lips of Faith series of releases. I'll be picking up more before they're gone! (1,060 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted this at the local Whole Foods and couldn't resist picking up a bottle!

A: Pours a deep burgundy, topped an off white head that seemed rather quick to dissipate.

S: A beautiful chocolate scent and the full-on aromatic bouquet of what must be the selection of peppers. The bottle describes a scent of cinnamon, and I suppose that would be notable. It's a fantastic scent, either way.

T: The flavour is very similar to the aroma... a complex spiciness, blended beautifully with a creamy chocolate taste, with an added touch of vanilla. Very nice balance, and a nice little bite with the spicy burn on the finish.... just right.

M + D: This is a delicious beer, with a very fine-tuned balance that makes it a pleasure to drink. The body has a smooth creaminess that complements the flavours quite nicely, and the spicy finish rounds that out very well. This is certainly a beer I will be returning to. (912 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (1,162 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer defiantly smells strange, though, I don't think it's bad. I defiantly get this sweet sorta cocoa aroma coming off of it, but I also get something that I can only describe as "meaty" as well. Overall the beer's aroma is sweet, the meatiness comes from the chillies, I'm sure.

Cocoa Mole pours a really deep rusty brown color with red highlights - it is also perfectly clear. The head is off white and nice and foamy and looks like it will stick around for a little while.

When tasting Cocoa Mole, my first reaction was to conjure Keanu Reeves and say "Whoa." There is this impact of wonderful chocolate at first, i mean it tastes exactly like a chocolate bar. Then, in the finish there is this slight burn that I get at the back of my throat that lingers into the aftertaste. I was right, the beer smells infected, but it tastes perfectly good. In the aftertaste, you can defiantly taste the chipotle and ancho chiles doing their work. It's not unpleasant, just enough heat to let you know that they were part of making this beer. Quite a surprising taste, pleasing too.

Mouthfeel on this one is nice, carbonation is right there at a moderate level and the body is right on the boarder of medium/full, leaning more towards medium. All in all this is a great beer! The alcohol is WELL hidden within the mixture of chocolate and chile. Drinkability would seem high because the alcohol isn't present, but the flavor is so potent that I can't imagine anyone wanting to slam these down. Excellent beer. (1,509 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presently, this is the #1 Chile Beer here on BA by a country mile. As a matter of fact, I don't see any catching up to it for a long time.

Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: This poured much darker than I was expecting: Imagine the darkest, burnt brown you can imagine without the beer being black. The head started out at about a finger, but then settled into a bunch of mocha colored clumps.

S: Wow.... This is VERY different!: Sort of a cross between spiced pulled pork and cinnamon apples. Have you ever been to IKEA? You know that distinct smell of furniture and Swedish snack bar, right? That is this brew in a nutshell.

T: I still got cinnamon apples, wood, cocoa, and more Mexican weirdness. The aftertaste I got more pine wood than anything. Still, the IKEA comparison is absolutely the perfect one to my mind. Maybe instead of pork (like I got on the nose), the brewer(s) at New Belgium were actually thinking Swedish meatballs. lol

M: I just burped a moment ago and it actually burned my throat. This brew is also spicy in the "hot" sense, which makes it multidimensional to my mind. The lacing was substantial and the cinnamon apple component lingered in a rather divine way.

O: This was one of the most memorable beers I've tasted in the last year or so. No flaws and not a trace of booze detected. I WILL try this beer again in the future... many more times. (1,384 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.