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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

796 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 101
Gots: 129 | FT: 6
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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Ratings: 796 | Reviews: 248
Photo of oline73
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours an almost opaque dark amber/mahogany color with a half finger of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: This beer smells really good. Chocolate notes with cinnamon and some chile pepper. Sweet malt and some dark fruit.

Taste: Like the smell. This is a fairly sweet beer. I'm getting some chocolate along with some cinnamon. The finish is where the hot pepper hear shows up. The heat enhances the other flavors and doesn't overpower them.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the syrupy side of medium with tingly carbonation and a dry/chalky finish.

Overall: This is a really good beer. It promised mole and it keeps that promise. I would definitely have more given the chance.

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of stairwell2811bre
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of bmoriarty
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh, into a half pint tasting glass.

First off, this is my first time drinking a mole, so I don't have a standard to compare this to.

Pours a rich brown that looks reddish orange held up to the light. Initially a thick off-white head, about an inch, that faded slowly to a thin film that doesn't quite disappear. Very little lacing.

Peppers, spicy, and cinnamon dominate the nose, but the chocolate comes through as well, adding balance. First impression is of a very complex and unique beer.

Taste is almost a reverse of the smell - it starts with chocolate, then the heat follows. It's not quite a spicy hot, more of a warm glow, like chipotle and poblano peppers rather than cayenne or jalapeno. The cinnamon isn't obvious but is there, does a good job of tying everything the pepper and chocolate together.

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but nothing to really complain about.

Overall, it's interesting. Definitely a specialty beer, and it makes you crave a glass of water every few sips. But as your palate gets used to it, it's easier to drink. Very good, if also very unique (in my experiences).

Photo of Mattybz28
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jhands
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to see this one. I honestly didn't think it was going to be this good however.
Served on tap in a 10 oz NB goblet. Dark brown/black in appearance. Creamy white head, decent carbonation.
First smell...wow. This is great stuff. Heavy on the chocolate upfront, then an amazing depth of aromatics to follow. Cinnamon, chili in the back, it reminds me of the best pumpkin beers blended in with a nice cocoa touch, then all kicked up by the chili spice.
The flavor is more spicy than anticipated, but not overly so. Upfront cinnamon, squash, chili, cocoa, biscuit, all finishing with a lingering spice that welcomes another sip. All flavor remain in check, and perfect level of carbonation.
Drinkability is good, but not great. I find that my 10oz portion was enough, and I would not want more than that. I suggest drinking this beer with a glass of water as the spice/sugar/chocolate flavor needs to be broken up a bit. That being said, water or something to cool the palate is a must with spicy Mole, so in a way this beer really fits the tee well.
Very well done.

Photo of peabody
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out kinda redish amber like dark ice tea with very little suds. Some lacing around the glass.
Smell is kinda like red hots and carmel. No alcohol in the nose but there is a burning sensation.
Taste is sugar malt, burnt cinamon and red hots.
Don't know what mole taste like but this must be it. Very strong but good. No alcohol here either.
Mouthfeel is sticky and hot. There is some spice here that will burn the tongue. The hot stays with you for a while.
While I like different types of beers I don't think I would buy this again. Just not my cup of tea.

Photo of portia99
2.48/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

22oz bottle poured into an Idle hands tulip.

A - Pours a deep brown/mahogany color with a short cap of fizzy off-white foam that falls off almost instantly fizzing away in manner resembling but not quite matching soda. Settles in to a somewhat odd muddy/hazy body that I can't quite describe, but gives a bit of an "off" appearance in the glass.

S - Lots of cinnamon up front, blending into a green and vegetal aroma of peppers, caramel, sugary sweetness, light sprinkle of cocoa, a touch of smokiness. Peppers seem a bit funny to me...so far, 2 for 2 - something in the appearance and aroma that seems a bit "off" that I can't quite put a finger on.

T - Quite sweet up front and loaded with ground cinnamon flavor. A fruity flavor reminiscent of berries quickly joins in with the cinnamon for a distinctly non-beer experience to start each sip. From there the flavors fall into some caramel and cocoa eventually finishing with some peppery flavors and a mild pepper warmth that lingers and grows after the swallow.

M - Thinnish medium body with a matching carbonation. Beer has a little life with a slightly foamy tingle forming in the mouth on each sip. Odd fruitiness that becomes more fruit punch/Hi-C/Hawaiian Punch like as I progress (slowly) thru the glass. Mild peppery burn into and past the finish.

O - This beer really isn't for me. This is just plain odd. The fruit punch aspect is disturbing, the cinnamon is overpowering and the peppers don't add much flavor, just heat/burn in the throat on the swallow. Maybe this is a bad bottle (I can only hope it is)...it was odd looking, smelling and tasting. Drainpour.

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of lpotter
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of rocklibster
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of 3rdto1st
2/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of bkrbdan
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of kagent777
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased while in Denver back in February. Poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A darkish reddish brown with about a 1 finger head with larger off white bubbles. Even leaves a solid sheet of lace as I drink the beer down.

Smell: I said, "Ohh, that smells just like mole sauce from Red Iguana." My wife, who does not like beer at all, said, "It smells less like fizzy dirty water." Especially after it sits for a few minutes, the smell intensifies a little. Nailed it.

Taste: This has got to be one of the most original beers I have ever had. This one reminds me so much of mole negro sauce from the Mexican place near our home. It starts out with the cocoa, followed by some spices and then a little heat. The "burn" goes all the down the throat. The alcohol is well hidden for a 9.0 ABV beer. I cannot give it a five because I would not want to drink this everyday, but New Belgium really nailed this beer. Kudos for experimenting!

Mouthfeel: Body and carbonation are fine. Finish is long but not overwhelming.

Overall: A very tasty experiment. I really enjoyed this beer and will look for it again.

Photo of beerbrains
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Maegodfrey14
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Redglimmer
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of nickfl
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of off-white foam on top of a hazy, dark-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves only minor lace.

S - Coco powder, chili powder, and cinnamon with some toffee malts in the background. Smells like a spice cabinet.

T - Sweet malt with some caramel syrup flavor up front. Lots of spicy character comes out in the middle with notes of chocolate, clove, cinnamon, allspice, and myriad other spices. Finishes sweet with more spices, coco, and caramel.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Really interesting, this is unbalanced and weirdly milk chocolate like, but not undrinkable. It would best be described as similar to Mexican hot chocolate.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: almost no head on a hazy deep mahogany brown body.

S: cocoa, chicken broth, roasted malts, black peppers and light chili spice.

T: very complex and interesting with cocoa almost like home made chocolate milk with perfect degree of chili spice. the sweetness and spiciness is very well balanced.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this beer is very interesting and complex. It is actually really nicely balanced and unique in a good way.

Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of aszatkowski
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of AApparel
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Lob
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
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