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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

621 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 85
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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Mollerina


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-18-2012 01:31:01 | More by Mollerina
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:56:16 | More by ThisWangsChung
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enelson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-17-2012 22:41:08 | More by enelson
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scottfrie

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 19:33:09 | More by scottfrie
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-17-2012 05:26:05 | More by UltimateLivewire
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-16-2012 20:39:19 | More by TheBishopco
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Unchi

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-16-2012 14:38:50 | More by Unchi
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +25.9%

03-15-2012 19:05:18 | More by laymansbeerfan
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strongaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-15-2012 04:41:12 | More by strongaf
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Gatch

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 00:50:31 | More by Gatch
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-15-2012 00:13:02 | More by THECPJ
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XicanoBeerRun

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 17:52:49 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 04:22:03 | More by TempeBeerMan
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SHODriver

Louisiana

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

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 04:15:12 | More by SHODriver
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-13-2012 01:35:10 | More by thegerm87
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lizfig

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-12-2012 23:29:45 | More by lizfig
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Kornoms

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-12-2012 22:58:11 | More by Kornoms
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elNopalero

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

XicanoBeerRun shared this one.

Pours a murky dark amber/intense blood red color. There’s thin lacing and a few bubbles on it.
It has a distinct spicy aroma. From first sniff you know there’s some heat and a kick to this!
The cinnamon dominates, along with some cardamom and chile spicing.

I am guessing there’s chile ancho, maybe some cayenne? It’s the kind of chiles I’d mix into a bitter Mexican chocolate to give it a kick.

It has an interesting flavor. Very pronounced, very definite finish. It’s spicy, and the chile gives it a lot of heat on the finish. I don’t get any familiar mole seasonings, aside from the chile and cinnamon, however. The name might be somewhat of a misnomer if that’s what you’re expecting. Should there be almonds? Peanuts? More chocolate? It’s not a stout, and there’s not a defining roastiness which would be expected from a mole-inspired beer in my mind, but that doesn’t mean this is a bad brew. On the contrary I felt this was an interesting beer that grew on me as I sipped.

Note: Guajillo and ancho chiles used, no cayenne. I wasn’t entirely off.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 20:44:38 | More by elNopalero
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent brown tinged/orange witha thumb of tan head. Great lacing & average head rentention

S: Faint chiles & a bit dark fruit, a bit of cinnamon

T: Chiles, ciinnamon, a touch of boozey figs &cooca powder up front. Chile heat as this warms, a touch of jammy fig, plus apricot & cherry as this warms, then cinnamon, plus a bit of dryness. Finishes with chile heat, candied apricot & cinnamon

MF: Light/medium bodied with firm carbonation, some sweetness balances the heat fairly nicely

I enjoyed this, one of the better chile beers I've tried & one of the better Lips offerings I had as well

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 04:56:58 | More by russpowell
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sjccmd

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark cola brown, nearly black. Red and amber highlights in the light. Small light tan head that fades quickly. Decent lacing though.

Cinnamon cookie aroma. Spices, vanilla, and graham cracker. Lots of earthy and sweet cocoa. Mexican hot chocolate with chiles in the background. Very sweet.

The taste almost mirrors the aroma but with dark fruits coming into play as well. Chiles still far in the background on the first sip, but heat begins to kick in with subsequent sips. It's quite sweet, but the peppers seem to keep it in check as if taking the place of hops...very interesting.

Pretty silky mouthfeel but with low carbonation. Could be better if there was more to deliver more of the flavors.

Very interesting beer. I'm a fan of this trend with chocolate beers that aren't stouts. You taste the actual chocolate more as opposed to roasted malts. The peppers don't seem to add much flavor, just heat, which isn't so exciting...still good though.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 00:44:14 | More by sjccmd
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a garnet color with tight, quickly fading white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of cinnamon and chocolate with a bit of chiles.

Tastes of the spices upfront filled out by the chiles and chocolate. Cinnamon hits first and gives a slight spiciness. Also gives a bit of dryness. Cocoa comes in next with a bit of sweetness to counter the cinnamon. A bit of toasted bread and brown sugar come through as well. The meatiness from the chiles abounds and really adds depth. Ends in a slight spice that gives a pleasant warming.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed this more as it warmed up and the chiles really came through. Goes perfectly with green chile burgers.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 00:31:48 | More by ocelot2500
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EmilySanders


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-09-2012 18:27:53 | More by EmilySanders
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

03-09-2012 18:02:46 | More by dmorgan310
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 02:59:30 | More by Pintofbrown
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mscudder

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-08-2012 06:30:14 | More by mscudder
Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.