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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

618 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 83
Gots: 61 | 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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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep garnet brown amber. One finger light brown head that slowly dissipates into a film and ring around the glas. Slight lacing. Aroma of Mexican chocolate, spicy and aromatic and very faint malt. Flavor is excellent, a blend of chocolate, cinnamon, and dark malt with the chili hotness slowly building up to a hot, spicy, roasty, sweet malt and chocolate finish. Wow. Medium bodied with constant carbonation. The flavor progression and balance of flavor element is very well done. The Mexican chocolate flavor is spot-on. This is the best chili beer I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 04:05:21 | More by LiquidAmber
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, ruby-tinged brown with a thin ring of off-white bubbles. Strong aroma of cinnamon and cocoa, with a hint of chile -- but really strong on the cinnamon. The Mexican chocolate combination of cinnamon and cocoa comes through strongly, followed by the sweet burn of chiles.

Despite the heavy flavor constituents and high ABV, this is a pretty light, easy drinking brew -- it actually leaves me wishing it drank a bit more like thick Mexican hot chocolate, but it's still delicious and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:35:53 | More by RockyTopHeel
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KnightRider

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.4%

03-05-2012 05:38:41 | More by KnightRider
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billab914

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured dark brown in color with a thin, bubbly head to it. Decent lacing as I drank it.

The Cinnamon is the first thing I notice in the aroma. I get some of the spicy peppers, but isn't really in your face peppery. A good amount of malty, caramel, brown sugar flavors help keep it pretty smooth. Just a hint of chocolate is there. Pretty nice aroma to it, it's very flavorful but everything comes together well.

The taste shows more of the cinnamon spice and malty sweetness to it up front. The finish is where the spicy peppers really start to come out. The peppers bring a little heat to them, but not an overpowering hotness. The flavor profile really compliments the peppers well and it feels pretty smooth for a pepper beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a very good beer, they really managed to bring all the flavors together in it. I don't typically think peppers work that well in beer, but in this one they did. A lot of bold flavors and ingredients in it, but they came together very well. I really liked the uniqueness to it as well. Very well done beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:55:48 | More by billab914
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy tan head-- large and retained a bit, rich ruby body and awesome thick lace.

Rich nose, dry, dusty cocoa of sorts. Maybe some earth (I guess mole; I'm just not familiar enough to say for sure).

Full taste with lots of cocoa and pleasant, but not overbearing chile. Relatively light-bodied, but not watery. Not super rich, but lots of flavor without being too thick. Really fantastic-- on the same par with New Holland Mole Ocho, but in a different way. In fairness, it's a bit like powdered hot chocolate with cayenne, but in the best possible way, I promise.

Pretty standard, relatively bright, but not exceptional.

This is awesome and would pair well with pork, barbecue, etc. I may have to pick up some more of this...

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:44:14 | More by zaphodchak
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tlh1005

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

03-03-2012 15:32:55 | More by tlh1005
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harrymel

Washington

4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the third bomber I've had of this beer. It is exceptional.

Pours a cherry hued brown with little foam formation and no lace. The nose on this beer is insane, probably in my top five noses. cinnamon, cocoa, chili, sugar, coffee (just the slightest), grain, malt; these come together and honestly remind me of cinnamon toast crunch cereal - fucking awesome. Great cinnamon and cereal flavor with a good sharp burn at the rear of the palate. Really dig this beer. I'm worried about it's aging potential, so I'm drinking the shit out of it while I can. Medium bodied with prickly carb and an off dry finish. Really hope this becomes an annual release, they really hit it out of the park here.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 07:56:16 | More by harrymel
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twelveinches

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-03-2012 07:02:31 | More by twelveinches
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-02-2012 18:13:55 | More by Texasfan549
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nycwinter

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

03-02-2012 16:44:24 | More by nycwinter
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MrHolland10

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-02-2012 01:02:33 | More by MrHolland10
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bthomas

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-01-2012 10:20:04 | More by bthomas
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tsauce2

Indiana

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

P: 22 fl oz bomber into taster glass.

A: SRM is brown/light brown. Translucent. Head is tan, 1.5-2 in, puffy, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Heavy/medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Big coaco, chile, and spice notes. Not much hop.

T: Follows nose, with earthy/natural chile and spices, a touch of heat. Nice malt profile, which is just enough to balance the ingredients. Aftertaste is spice, coaco, and a bit of heat.

M: Medium body. Ingredients lend a lot of additional body to this beer. At it's base, it is a medium/light body brown, but the sheer force of coaco, chile, and spices take this beer up to the next level. Wet finish.

O: Quite interesting. Mosdef a winner. Awesome use of ingredients and the execution matched/exceeded the planning. Fantastic depth of flavor. Definitely a buy while it is still on shelves.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 02:13:01 | More by tsauce2
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-29-2012 18:39:41 | More by kjkinsey
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BarrelAgedBarry

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +25.9%

02-29-2012 00:18:01 | More by BarrelAgedBarry
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Kirby


3/5  rDev -24.4%

02-28-2012 22:24:55 | More by Kirby
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-28-2012 20:53:32 | More by sholland119
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

bomber into long-stemmed tulip. cool when the new LOF come to

A: almost a dark ruby, but slightly closer to the chestnut brown side. pretty clear. brownish tints to a white bubbly head. retention is reasonable as is the lacing.

S: very unique aroma. cinnamon, hot chocolate mix, a little bit of chili powder.

T: chocolate, cinnamon. ancho chilies. a lot of malt must have been used to provide some kind of backbone for all of these spices, however, because of all these spices i cant really spicy finish.

M: mild/average amount of carbonation. medium/full body.

D: this is a very unique brew, however this one isnt for me. chilies and chocolate make for a lot of flavor that is a too much for me. glad i tried, but on to the next LOF for this guy.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 02:56:37 | More by Jimmys
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thorpette for grabbing this bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a SAVOR wine glass because my New Belgium globe goblet is packed. I'm glad I'll only be pulling these shenanigans for a few more days.

A: Pours a just-barely transparent dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades pretty quickly into a collar with some small bubbles. Just a few spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: The nose brings forward a pretty good dose of cinnamon and chocolate with a touch of spice in the background. The chile peppers are noticed, but in the background. The cinnamon an cocoa blend is quite nice.

T: What I just said about the chiles being in the background changes completely in the flavor, when they are front and center, which is unfortunate, as they really drown out the other aspects of the beer.

M: Light-medium body with good carbonation and quite a bit of lingering spice. The heat isn't overbearing at all, but it is disproportionate to the other characteristics of the beer.

O: Not a bad beer by any means, but I think this would have been much better as a chocolate and spice beer with a bit of chile pepper rather than a beer that ends up focusing far too heavily on the chile.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 02:54:56 | More by Thorpe429
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zeff80

Missouri

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

On tap at 44 Stone, Columbia, MO

A - Poured a jet black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chilies and spice with a touch of roastiness.

T - It tasted of chocolate, toffee and roastiness. The spices from the chilies are mild but nice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good chilie beer. I really like the roastiness to balance the chilies.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 01:53:38 | More by zeff80
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glaketek

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-27-2012 00:49:49 | More by glaketek
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YalovaIA

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-26-2012 16:23:08 | More by YalovaIA
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01001111

California

4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, coppery brown; black tea.

S: Heavy cinnamon, faint chocolate.

T: An initial cinnamon kick with a wash of chocolate. The heat from the chilies builds gradually and then suddenly dissipates, leaving behind a chocolate stout aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, characteristic of a brown ale.

O: The creativity works for this one. This is what I had expected from Dogfish Head's Theobroma. Where Dogfish Head approximated a recipe analyzed from clay pots, New Belgium instead delivered what may have been the common ideal of a beer brewed with cocoa, chillies, and other assorted spices. Nicely done; certainly worth revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 03:48:48 | More by 01001111
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codsmith

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark brown with a slight green twinge. The head is very light tan and somewhat creamy that laces the glass nicely.

S: The smell is exceptional. There is a very nice cinnamon and slight fruit smell... almost like Apple Jacks cereal.

T: Taste is similar to smell, but some added spiciness. There is a large amount of sweetness that might need to be dialed back a bit, but still good flavor.

M: Med-to-heavy mouthfeel. Rather thick and chewy. Carbonation is right on for this beer.

O: The best beer from the Lips of Faith collection I've had. Maybe some added spiciness would improve it a little and cut down on the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 21:57:18 | More by codsmith
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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-25-2012 21:56:19 | More by NickyDee21
Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.