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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

632 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 84
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
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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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Smallish biege head when poured vigorously into the glass. No lacing. Clear brown with ruby highlights when backlit.

Aroma of cinnamon and spicy chilies with cocoa and chocolate malt.

Taste is rum raisin with caramel and sweet chocolate. Cinnamon is assertive but not overdone. Sweet but countered by the chili heat and dark fruit. Complex brew that paired well with spicy fish tacos and beans.

Mouthfeel is smooth with medium body.

I was surprised to find that chili beers are a great change of pace. My favorite Mexican dish is chicken mole enchiladas so I really enjoyed this one. Hotter than Samual Adams chili bock but not nearly as hot as Sigda's from Coopersmiths. New Belgium concocted a recipe that incorporates a traditional Mexican flavor into an awesome ale. Well done!

312HopBomb, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

mhaugo, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of fijigus
4/5  rDev +0.8%

fijigus, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of JCanarecci
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

JCanarecci, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4/5  rDev +0.8%

GuisseppeFranco, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to VegasBeerMan for this bottle...

A: Pours a deep redish brown (the reds only shine through when held to a light). There is almost no head, just a thin off-white ring that hugs the edges of the glass. No lacing as it drinks.

S: This smells like Cinnamon Toast Crunch. No joke. It's like opening a box of cereal. It's sugary sweet and a touch spicy.

T: Much like the nose, it starts out sweet and sugary. But as it sits on the palate the spice starts to come through. There is a little heat at first, and by the time the beer is swallowed, the intensity of the spicy is magnified. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and chillies. As the heat increases there is still an underlying sweetness to balance it. However the finish is pure lingering heat.

M: Medium bodied beer. The flavors of this beer linger on the palate for quite awhile, especially the spice. It's hot, but I don;t find it overwhelming. I'm into chili beers.

O: This is like no other beer I've had before. The sweet and spicy work really well together. But if you are not a fan of spicy beers, then you should skip this one. I'm really enjoying it. I wish I had a few more bottles.

trxxpaxxs, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +0.8%

doucmehu, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Fitzmke
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Fitzmke, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with amber highlights; the head is modest and fades quickly, though it leaves a lot of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla, with undertones of chile; smells like a Molé sauce and, as the beer warms, the tingly heat from the chile becomes more apparent

Taste: Unlike the aroma, the chile element dominates the flavor profile, bringing a smoked aspect along with the chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla providiing undertones; after the swallow, the heat really builds and becomes disconcerting

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a burning sensation in the gullet

Overall: An interesting beer, no doubt, but I would greatly prefer the smoked chile flavors to be handled with greater subtlety

brentk56, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Zenk
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Zenk, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with copper edges in the light, revealing a good level of clarity. Topped with some light tan foam that deposits flecks around the edges.

Aroma has a Mexican hot chocolate impression of chocolate and cinnamon, there's an earthy hint of chiles, but not overt.

Taste is more chile forward, providing a tingle and mild heat that lingers on the palate into the aftertaste, balancing the front end chocolate sweetness. Medium bodied and creamy, well suited to the spicy chocolate flavors. Overall a pleasant and balanced beer that was easily shared. The chile heat is a little tame, especially in recent comparison to a similar local chile beer, End of Days from Pipeworks.

emerge077, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of John_M
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.

John_M, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of StLThrash
2.78/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A - Dark brown, with very minimal head that dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing.

S - Not getting a lot here - a little bit of spice, a little cinnamon, not much of the chocolate or cocoa.

T & M - Very thin. Don't get much of a taste at all until the aftertaste where I get a hint of what this beer is supposedly all about. Fair carbonation, but very lacking and a disappointment.

Overall - I might have gotten a bad bottle, but this beer didn't live up to expectations. Not even close. Surprised given all of the other high ratings here. I might try on another occasion, but doubtful.

StLThrash, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of dejrrma
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12-21-2011. $6.99 at Jax Package Store. Poured into a pint glass.

a- pours a lively reddish, purple-ish color, with about a half inch of white fluffy head that dissipates into a thick ring around the glass.

s- delicious. cinnamon powder, cocoa powder and chocolate, chilies, light hops, grass. best part of the beer.

t- cocoa, cinnamon, and chocolate right from the beginning, it's got a hoppy bite on the tongue with a nice spiciness that lingers. it has a subtle warmth as it goes down. the chilie becomes more present as i drink more of it. but overall, the sweetness overpowers the spices. a little too sweet.

m- medium body, but it taste's syrupy. it's got a good, crisp carbonation that helps it out. alcohol is not noticeable.

o- glad i tried this one. unique beer at a great price.

dejrrma, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Hophead101
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Hophead101, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of cwguy5
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a Mother Earth globe with an aggressive pour.

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

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

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

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

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

cwguy5, Mar 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

ineva, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Glibber
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Glibber, Mar 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

bump8628, Mar 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

dlello2, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Phelps
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter at Papago.

The color of a dark cherry — deep purple-brown, yet surprisingly clear. Half a finger of fuzzy tan head fizzles away after a while to nothing.

Cinnamon sticks, milk, mexican chocolate and a touch of peppers in the nose. It's like a spicy, chocolate horchata. Some tangy fruit in the background — orange, maybe?

An enticing flavor, with lots of chocolate. Peppers arrive in the form of heat in the back of the throat. A little vanilla, dark chocolate, cinnamon, some fruity tang. A blast of oak at the swallow blends with the other flavors. All the while, chile heat lingers.

Medium-light body, pinching medium carbonation, a tiny but of watery fizz. Peppery heat builds and builds, but never gets intolerable.

Cocoa Mole is one of the most unique beers I’ve tried in a while. Very interesting, and pretty tasty.

Phelps, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angelmonster for this one! Love the bottle art on it.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a very thin off-white head that has little retention, forming a ring on the top. Streaky, thin lacing forms.

S: The spices dominate here, it reminds me of churros, the fried Mexican dessert. Cinnamon sugar, a little cocoa, and faint peppers.

T: Some chocolate and caramel upfront, mixed with more cinnamon sugar in the middle. The peppers come out on the finish and give off a little bit of heat as the flavor lingers.

M: Medium bodied, rather smooth for a chili beer. Slight heat on the finish that lingers in the back of the throat.

O: Probably the best chili beer I have had to date. The level of heat is perfect and I really like the cinnamon aspect, it isn't muddled like other beers that use it.

mdaschaf, Mar 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

Alysa, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of jp7161
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

jp7161, Mar 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

CelticAleMan, Mar 21, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
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