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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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801 Ratings

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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 101
Gots: 130 | FT: 6
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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: 801 | Reviews: 250
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of dirtyskunk
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark clear amber with lovely head retention. Complex nose with nicely balanced cocoa, cinnamon spice, and dried chili. Sweet and smooth and full bodied but drinkable. Good platform for the interplay between chocolate and spice. Love the chili, I'm not usually a fan of chili beers but this is fantastic. I think they used dried chili which gives it a sort of sweet, grassy, almost herbal flavor up front and a slightly harsh heat in the back. Not too hot though, and the caramel and chocolate malts even it out. Obscenely drinkable for the style and for the ABV.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – A very dark but translucent brown. A very thin head, and little lacing.

Smell – Smells of chili, cocoa, and cinnamon.

Taste – This one actually has a surprising chili bite! But it’s tempered by a sweet cinnamon and cocoa flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, creamy, nice carbonation, a slight burn from the chili.

Drinkability – This is quite drinkable, in spite of the chili bite. The chili does an amazing job of covering the 9% abv; I never would have guessed it to be that high.

Photo of RickS95
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very, very dark brown but it's more clarified that I'd have guessed. There are some reddish tints within the brown. The head if a contrasting white, but it's fleeting and you're left with little in no time.

There's some depth just in the smell. Chocolate right off the bat, then some chile, and finally some spicy cinnamon. Very malty.

High spice. Chocolate and malts are there, but the cinnamon and the different chiles dominate.

Hot and on the edge of too hot, but it pulls up just shy. Sweetness is only there for a second before a little heat from the cinnamon is introduced, then as the beer works it way toward the throat, the heat from the chiles show up to warm the throat. As if that isn't enough, the alcohol makes an appearance deep in the finish.

A good beer. Not for everyone and those with an aversion to spice may want to pass, but it's relatively drinkable for being so high in ABV and so spicy.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of wceaton
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear reddish/brown color with about a half inch light tan head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet, it smells like chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, and some chile peppers. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like chocolate, chile peppers, cinnamon, caramel, and a little bit of coffee. There's a good lingering spicy finish, and the pepper flavor is much stronger in this brew than I expected it to be considering the aroma isn't very spicy. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and coating, but it also seems somewhat thin at times. Moderate carbonation. Overall I think it's a good, tasty brew that I would like to try again.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of rkarimi
3.82/5  rDev -4%

Photo of claspada
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear medium-dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades pretty quickly. Just a few spots of bubbly lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aromas begin quite cinnamon forward with some mild but increasingly intense chocolate. The spice/peppers are noticed, but in the background.

The tastes are quite spice forward, both cinnamon and chile pepper. The chocolate and toasted bready maltiness in the aroma is completely overpowered by the dualing over-spicing, which is unfortunate, as they really drown out the other aspects of the beer.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish has quite a bit of lingering spice. The heat isn't overbearing at all, but it is disproportionate to the other characteristics of the beer. Typical thin mouthfeel that is found with many of New Belgium's beer thanks to them filtering and not bottle-conditioning anymore

Overall this beer started okay but ended up completely falling flat for me. The spices overwhelm the flavor profile of the beer leaving it too cinnamon forward in the end (which says a lot because I love it, I put a crap-ton in in my oatmeal everyday). LOF series beers are quite hit or miss, you can guess where I feel this one falls.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jeffx
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Wine Source in Baltimore.
Bottled on 12/21/2011
22 oz. bottle
Label reads: "Say hola to a spiced up ale full of cocoa and ancho, guajillo, and chipotle peppers. But don't fear the heat, because plenty of caramel and chocolate malts bring a smooth, complex flavor. Scents of cinnamon when poured will have you saying 'ole for mole!'"

I had somewhat high expectations for this beer as my friend said that this was one of the best beers they have ever had in their life. Bold statement...

Pours a deep ruby chestnut color with excellent clarity. Tan head fizzes away at a moderately fast pace and leaves practically nothing on top. The body is very dark, deep dark brown with red highlights.

The aroma is exciting; definitely different than most beers. Chocolate is there with some spices. It has a creamy, "lactose" aroma to it. Smells sweet. If I didn't know there were peppers thrown in, I'm not sure I would be able to pull that aroma out. However, if you concentrate and when it is warm enough, you can get some of that pepper aroma.

Extremely flavorful beer! There is a burst of spicy pepper notes, cinnamon, ginger, clove, followed by a saccharin-sweet chocolate finish and a long, spicy heat from the peppers. This is one tasty beer! The one thing I would maybe change to improve upon would be that cocoa flavor. It truly is a bit too much and is oddly giving me the impression of artificial sweetener.

The beer is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. There is a lingering bite from the heat of the peppers.

Cocoa Mole is a "style bender" and a good one at that. Peppers, chocolate, spices...it's all mole, but could there be such a thing as Mole Beer? Overall, this would be a good food beer, otherwise it didn't do enough for me that I would drink it again on its own.

Pair it with something Mexican...mole (duh) burrito, peppered flank steak, churros.

Photo of Joel12
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Bobheed
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a muddy reddish brown with about a half finger of a tight eggshell head.

S: Has a nearly identical smell to Abuelita Authentic Mexican Chocolate. Lots of earthy spices and some pepper all engulfed in chocolate undertones

T: Follows the nose fairly well, but with more peanut butter. I'm greeted by intense cinnamon, chocolate, and peanut butter, then hit very hard with chiles. The heat fades quickly, but comes back in the aftertaste

M: Medium-thick body, very creamy, and has just the right amount of chile to give you a nice tingling sensation on the tongue

Overall this was pretty darn good. Chile beers aren't usually my kind of thing, but this one stands out above most to me. Would recommend to any chile beer fans or anyone who likes Mexican hot chocolate.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

22oz bottle split into two big snifters

Pours a dark dingy, cloudy brown with a small head and a fair amount of continuing carbonation. Smell is fruity, spicy and sweet. Some chocolate.

Taste is interesting. It keeps reminding me of something I can't quite identify. It's some spice that I can't name. My wife could tell me. Some chocolate, pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick. Overall, this is pretty good. I don't get much in the way of chili, though.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
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