Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

639 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 204
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hopfacebrew on 01-20-2012)
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of rhino54
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of greenbeer29
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown amber glass shows clarity, struggles to hold even the hint of a halo. Looks pretty lifeless.

Smell: Not much here, a mild cinnamon with a light malt sweetness.

Taste: The cinnamon and clove are heavy and upfront, pretty much overwhelming all other flavors. A little chile heavy slowly fades after the shallow, actually burns a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, light prickly carbonation actually makes it a bit fizzy, long oily finish.

Overall: Was thinking more of a Chocolate Stout when I approached this, but this is very much a Chile beer. Hot peppers with a little cocoa powder to add depth, but no sweetness to cut the burn. Very spice driven, unusual flavor profile, thin; but glad to have a little diversity.

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a fresh 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Almost no head, which dissipated quickly with no lacing. Even on a strong 2nd pour straight into the bottom, just a quick 2 finger head which dissipated to nothing in about 5 seconds. Looked like a flat coke.
S: Very nice and complex, you can smell the cinnamon, caramel malts and chocolate aromas.
T: Very interesting, I don't have a lot of chile beer experience, but this one is nice. Cinnamon is pretty dominant in the front of each sip, then you have a biscuity maple caramel malt base. Only on the finish do you get the ping of the chiles. Very cool. Not overpowering and the alcohol is well hidden.
M: This where it lost if for me. Very flat and thin in the mouth, almost no mouth carbonation. A better level of fermentation / carbonation and a little more body and this beer would be amazing.

I will probably try this once more to see if the other bottle is fresher. Interesting taste and aroma, but weak mouthfeel and appearance put me off.

Photo of ambruns1979
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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!

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JCanarecci
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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!

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 639 ratings.