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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

629 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 202
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 chocosushi
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Melbourne Bros. Stemmed Tulip
Tasted side by side with Chocolate Sombrero

A ~ Pours translucent cocoa brown with a red hue to it. Thin white head fizzles away quickly. We shined an LED through the beer & it a great Red color, with the light passing through, while chocolate sombrero was Opaque, & more of a mud color.

S ~ Cocoa Powder with an Oatmeal-like backbone...Cinnamon whispers through. Authentic Cocoa scents. Hints of Chile deep in the Nostrils.

T ~ Raw Cocoa, Cinnamon & Bold Chipotle smokiness with a lingering Guajillo & Ancho spiciness. Cinnamon reappears on the finish with slightly sweeter Chocolate notes.

M ~ No booze heat for the ABV. Tingly & Spicy with such a smooth & elegant expression of Chile peppers. Every Chile plays a note here, & you can really feel it on the palette.

D ~ Well Done! This really is one of the best Chile beers I have ever had. The expression of Chiles melds so well with the Cocoa & parallels the light cinnamon notes. Highly recommend. This outshined Chocolate Sombrero, & Clown Shoes is one of my favorite breweries.

chocosushi, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer, this one. Dark brown pour, looks black/reddish in the glass. Head is white, which surprised me a bit. I assumed it would be tan or some darker color than white. In addition the head was small, maybe a fingernail. Lacing was non existent

Nice aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, and roasted malt. Cinnamon is quite strong, perhaps boosted a bit by the chili pepper.

Chocolate and cinnamon dominate. Hints of vanilla and caramel. It's a smooth taste albeit not very complex. Seems rich without the thickness. It is good

The feel is a touch thin. Carbonation is slight. The chili peppers give a bit of a burn on the end, very slight, but enough to notice and to break the richness of the flavors.

alcohol is well hidden

Mebuzzard, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass at Billy Jack's in Harrisoburg, VA.

A - Pours an extremely dark amber color with a one finger nearly white head that dies quickly. Doesn't leave much lacing.

S - Smells like rich cocoa, apple-cinnamon, and spicy chile powder.

T - Intensely sweet and spicy with the same flavors that were in the nose. The hot pepper spice becomes more apparent as I drink. The aftertaste is similar to a brown sugar cinnamon pop-tart. This is not at all a bad thing.

M - A medium-thick body and great carbonation. Maybe a bit chalky; I almost feel like I can feel the fine-ground cinnamon on my tongue. A little spicy on the finish and the strong flavors hide the alcohol well.

O - I couldn't resist trying this beer when I saw it on draft because I love spice and this is the number one beer of the style on this site. The flavors and aroma are powerful, but never out of hand. The spices really come out as it warms. If I see this beer again, I will definitely get it. Very different from other beers, but suits my tastes well and the high ABV is hidden.

NoLeafClover44, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber split into pint glasses.

A: Dark brown with shades of gold and amber, mostly transparent, light head and head lacing.

S: Prominent cinnamon and cocoa, spices, chilies, hint of heat with a nice smoke component.

T: Nice...a wave of sweetness on the palette, vanilla and caramel, milk chocolate, lots of cinnamon! Good heat from the chilies...the chipotle is there in really small doses.

MF: A bit oily, medium body with medium carbonation...the peppers do coat your mouth a little.

O: Really enjoyable and drinkable (surprisingly), the alcohol stays underneath and the adjuncts are really flavorful and not overwhelming. The base beer seems to be an lighter in body (though still 9% abv) and that makes this beer unique and drinkable.

Scotchboy, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impulse buy from Hy-Vee Drugtown, their price was the highest I saw it at.

A super-dark, creamy beer with a moderate amount of dark foam. The aroma had bits of cocoa and toffee mixing in with a small amount of chille. The taste is where the spice comes out. The dark malty flavors appear first, them the chille starts to come out and gradually build as you drink to the point it is the dominant flavor. It's below jalapino for heat intensity. While it's good in small doses it was somewhat difficult to go through a whole bomber. Along with the cost it would be nice to have these available in regualr of half bottles.

DesMoinesMike, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev +0.8%

cosmonick, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of TheTot
1.43/5  rDev -64%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a strange dark brown but see through like soda. Had a strange carbonation fizz that went away instantly leaving no head at all and no carbonation bubbles at all. The smell is of cinnamon and all spice, reminds me of an apple pie a lot. No cocoa smell at all. After a minor spillage incident we will get to the tasting. Very harsh on the tongue, and by that I mean the carbonation bubbles are very intense and unpleasant. Like the smell the taste is a lot like cinnamon and other spices but in an unflattering way. This might be my least favorite of the lips of faith series and may not be finishable. The mouthfeel is very light and unpleasant. I apologize for giving this beer such a bad review but I think there was a lot to be desired after drinking this beer.

TheTot, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of vkv822
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a dark brown, with amber-red hues and a foamy, bubbly off white head.

The aroma is of smokey chile, with a pleasant cocoa backing.

The taste is of cocoa and a touch of cinnamon upfront, and finishes with a pleasant, warming chile heat.

A full, creamy body with low carbonation.

A very nice beer, definitely brings some heat from the peppers but doesn't become too hot and maintains a nice balance with the cocoa.

vkv822, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Mollerina
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Mollerina, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Ommegang tulip.

A: Pours a surprisingly clear dark mahogany color with a two finger light tan color head of decent lacing.

S: Cinnamon, chiles, chocolate...and tomato juice? If I didn't know better, this is slightly reminiscent of a spiced bloody mary. Not completely offputting, but not quite what I want in a beer.

T: Thankfully much better than the smell. There's a noticeable spiciness, not just from the chiles, but from the cinnamon notes. In that regard, it reminds me of a winter warmer - even the malt backbone is very winter warmer-esque. It doesn't seem very hot at first, but after a while the peppery sensation will build in the back of your throat (and later on the tongue), albeit not overly so. The chocolate notes also increase as one progresses through the drink. This is a beer that improves significantly after several sips, so one shouldn't write this one off after the first swig. It reminds me exactly what a chocolate-spiced mole sauce would taste like, so mission accomplished, New Belgium.

M: Slightly coarse bodied, with a medium body and a slightly numbing finish. It works for what this beer is trying to accomplish. Average carbonation.

O: I love beer, and I love hot food, but I'm not so sure about combining the two. Still, it's a complex, interesting experiment that's well worth a shot. Good stuff.

ThisWangsChung, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

enelson, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared at a tasting. Poured into snifter.

A: Pours a clear burnt amber color with a finger of head that slowly faded into good collar that left soapy lace.
S: I get notes of cinnamon and chilies. The nose is spicy in both the hot way and chili way.
T: Spicy like the nose with flavors of chipotle and cocoa. This does taste a bit like mole actually. There is a little bit of pepper heat in the finish. The chilies add an interesting complexity.
M: Thin, low carbonation, greasy mouthfeel. Could use more bubbles.
O: Very interesting and unique beer. I thought it worked well but there’s no way I could drink a whole bottle of this.

scottfrie, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev +0.8%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of TheBishopco
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

TheBishopco, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Unchi
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Unchi, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of laymansbeerfan
5/5  rDev +25.9%

laymansbeerfan, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of strongaf
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

strongaf, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Gatch
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Gatch, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +0.8%

THECPJ, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

XicanoBeerRun, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

TempeBeerMan, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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

SHODriver, Mar 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

thegerm87, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of lizfig
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

lizfig, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Kornoms
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Kornoms, Mar 12, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.