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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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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

02-25-2012 18:24:46 | More by duceswild
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shanblur

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with some reddish highlights. Minimal head quickly fades leaving sparse lacing. S - Strong aromas of cinnamon and chiles with some dark fruit and a hint of chocolate. T - Flavors of cinnamon and other spices. Nice chile flavor throughout which lingers. Minimal hops presence. M - A little thin with a generous carbonation. A nice smelling and tasting beer. Perhaps more body and less carbonation. Definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 16:29:21 | More by shanblur
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

2.5/5  rDev -37%

02-25-2012 03:12:35 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-25-2012 03:03:30 | More by kspongeworthy
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

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

22oz bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO, $9. Into a NB Globe.

A: Cola colored with a light tan head, about an inch that fades to a small cap leaving behind some nice small clumps of lacing. Completely transparent, no haze at all. Nice looking beer.

S: Lots of chocolate and cinnamon, reminds me of that Nestle Abuelita drink we could get in the dorms in college. Some bakers chocolate and a touch of spicy chile peppers. Not bad.

T: Awesome flavors all the way around, chocolate, cinnamon and just a bit of chipotle smoke/ancho chiles. Chile flavors linger on the tongue for a long time. Really a nice, not overly vegetal pepper flavor. Definitely on the sweet side of the spectrum, but the spice and little bit of chile heat make this incredibly tasty.

M: Thin in the body, medium carbonation, and warming from both the 9% and from the chili peppers in here.

O: Really a nice beer, and definitely exceeded my expectations. Tons of great flavors from cinnamon and bakers chocolate to the nice subtle, lingering chile pepper flavors. Really enjoyed this, just wish I would've grabbed another bomber.

Well done NB, and 1st beer back since the crash!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:19:02 | More by pokesbeerdude
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Iowacraft

Iowa

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-25-2012 01:35:42 | More by Iowacraft
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-24-2012 19:34:04 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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therope

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-21-2012 20:56:48 | More by therope
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this, Richard.

The pour is almost mahogany in color with a khaki colored head. A really enjoyable spice aroma. Lots of cinnamon and peppers (though to a lesser degree). The chocolate is pronounced and gives a nice sweetness. Some serious raisin and plum character, too. Pleasantly sweet in terms of the flavor. Lots of chocolate and fruit notes with a sweet bready quality. Good spice and pepper flavor with a subtle earthiness. Really well done all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 17:24:29 | More by womencantsail
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gford217

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours a

Smelll is full of cocoa powder and cinnamon, very sweet but with a light chile kick. Also some vanilla and an interesting underlying sugary sweetness. Very unique nose.

The taste is peppery up front with lots of sugar underneath - vanilla and cocoa adding to the complexity. The finish is a mix of ancho chile burn and cinnamon sweetness.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated and lively on the palate with the peppers mixing well with the sweetness.

I have to say, this is one of the best of the Lips of Faith series. Complex, spicy, drinkable and, most of all, extremely tasty. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 04:40:09 | More by gford217
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jtruty

Texas

5/5  rDev +25.9%

02-21-2012 00:51:15 | More by jtruty
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assman79

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-20-2012 22:11:34 | More by assman79
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afksports

New York

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've got to say, I really wish New Belgium would return to bottle-conditioning La Folie!

That out of the way, Cocoa Mole is a great addition to the Lips of Faith series. Dark brown with minimal head and a medium to thin body, it presents an actually drinkable dark beer. Clocking in at 9% alcohol, it's a surprisingly big brew compared to the feel of it on the palate. Further, it's downright drinkable. Half a bomber went down easy as a dessert beer.

It could also be paired with chocolates for more decadence. The aroma is primarily dark Mexican chocolate (stone-ground for true classiness), and the taste leads with that while the mole spice hits in the back of the palate and the finish. Leaves you wanting more, leaves you warm, covers the alcohol, and is balanced enough that it's not overly powerful and not underwhelming.

It basically does everything right. I'd put this one up there with Eric's Ale and Le Terroir as a healthy and fun surprise from New Belgium in their Lips of Faith series of releases. I'll be picking up more before they're gone!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 15:38:01 | More by afksports
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted this at the local Whole Foods and couldn't resist picking up a bottle!

A: Pours a deep burgundy, topped an off white head that seemed rather quick to dissipate.

S: A beautiful chocolate scent and the full-on aromatic bouquet of what must be the selection of peppers. The bottle describes a scent of cinnamon, and I suppose that would be notable. It's a fantastic scent, either way.

T: The flavour is very similar to the aroma... a complex spiciness, blended beautifully with a creamy chocolate taste, with an added touch of vanilla. Very nice balance, and a nice little bite with the spicy burn on the finish.... just right.

M + D: This is a delicious beer, with a very fine-tuned balance that makes it a pleasure to drink. The body has a smooth creaminess that complements the flavours quite nicely, and the spicy finish rounds that out very well. This is certainly a beer I will be returning to.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 03:50:07 | More by Proteus93
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wattershed

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-20-2012 01:32:28 | More by wattershed
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really wonderful beer. I'm not a huge fan of chile beers since so many of them are unbalanced, with heat and not much else. This one is dubbed as a mole, and I have to say, it truly does taste like a mole. You get a nicely balanced melange of flavors, with some nice ancho chile, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, and some black pepper, along with some moderate malty sweetness. The nose is more cinnamon and chile with a hint of sweetness. The spice level is just right- to start with, it's a warming roasty heat, rather than a sharp, biting spice. Using the right kind of chiles helps. Here there are ancho, guajillo, and chipotle, so you get a warm, fruity, smokiness with moderate heat, not the sort of bright fruity heat of habaneros or the sharp herbalness and spice if jalapenos or birds eyes. The rounded fruitiness and roasty notes here blend very well with the other flavors and presents a lovely, integrated whole with the heat slowly building to a pleasant tingling, and the spice and vanilla notes echoing in the background after the base has been built by the chocolate and malt. The best Lips of Faith offering I've had in a while. Very nice indeed.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:00:47 | More by Georgiabeer
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optimaul

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-19-2012 19:40:29 | More by optimaul
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tlazaroff

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer defiantly smells strange, though, I don't think it's bad. I defiantly get this sweet sorta cocoa aroma coming off of it, but I also get something that I can only describe as "meaty" as well. Overall the beer's aroma is sweet, the meatiness comes from the chillies, I'm sure.

Cocoa Mole pours a really deep rusty brown color with red highlights - it is also perfectly clear. The head is off white and nice and foamy and looks like it will stick around for a little while.

When tasting Cocoa Mole, my first reaction was to conjure Keanu Reeves and say "Whoa." There is this impact of wonderful chocolate at first, i mean it tastes exactly like a chocolate bar. Then, in the finish there is this slight burn that I get at the back of my throat that lingers into the aftertaste. I was right, the beer smells infected, but it tastes perfectly good. In the aftertaste, you can defiantly taste the chipotle and ancho chiles doing their work. It's not unpleasant, just enough heat to let you know that they were part of making this beer. Quite a surprising taste, pleasing too.

Mouthfeel on this one is nice, carbonation is right there at a moderate level and the body is right on the boarder of medium/full, leaning more towards medium. All in all this is a great beer! The alcohol is WELL hidden within the mixture of chocolate and chile. Drinkability would seem high because the alcohol isn't present, but the flavor is so potent that I can't imagine anyone wanting to slam these down. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 16:14:39 | More by tlazaroff
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dugly2ugly

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

02-19-2012 13:18:01 | More by dugly2ugly
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presently, this is the #1 Chile Beer here on BA by a country mile. As a matter of fact, I don't see any catching up to it for a long time.

Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: This poured much darker than I was expecting: Imagine the darkest, burnt brown you can imagine without the beer being black. The head started out at about a finger, but then settled into a bunch of mocha colored clumps.

S: Wow.... This is VERY different!: Sort of a cross between spiced pulled pork and cinnamon apples. Have you ever been to IKEA? You know that distinct smell of furniture and Swedish snack bar, right? That is this brew in a nutshell.

T: I still got cinnamon apples, wood, cocoa, and more Mexican weirdness. The aftertaste I got more pine wood than anything. Still, the IKEA comparison is absolutely the perfect one to my mind. Maybe instead of pork (like I got on the nose), the brewer(s) at New Belgium were actually thinking Swedish meatballs. lol

M: I just burped a moment ago and it actually burned my throat. This brew is also spicy in the "hot" sense, which makes it multidimensional to my mind. The lacing was substantial and the cinnamon apple component lingered in a rather divine way.

O: This was one of the most memorable beers I've tasted in the last year or so. No flaws and not a trace of booze detected. I WILL try this beer again in the future... many more times.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:47:41 | More by Chaney
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma has an overtone of cinnamon, plus fruity and cocoa notes and hints of malt and cloves. It pours a dark, warm, slightly hazy brown with a decent light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor has a malty core and cinnamon, earthy, chocolate and - whoa! - hot spice notes. Smooth texture is a little creamy and fairly fizzy with needle-like stabs from the hot pepper and a powdery hint. A distinctive and unique brew that is most worthy if you like variety in your beers!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 18:06:41 | More by Cyberkedi
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larryi86

Delaware

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

22 oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe

A- Dark brown with a two finger off-white head. When it is held up to the light it is a deep ruby red.

S- Cinnamon! Cocoa, peppers, spices. Well balanced, reminds be of a sweet breakfast and a spicy dinner.

T- Follows that nose, again well balanced, nice heat from the peppers in the finish, 9% ABV is not noticeable at all.

M- Medium body, smooth, creamy.

O- This is a great beer that I find easy to drink, but I could see how the pepper heat could be a turn-off for some. I would compare this to something like a chocolate covered jalapeno, but not as hot. This has a great kick from the peppers but the taste is not driven by the peppers. Definitely will stock up on this.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 22:51:10 | More by larryi86
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I2uss

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-17-2012 21:47:49 | More by I2uss
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

02-17-2012 14:58:03 | More by ohtheguilt
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pixieskid

Germany

5/5  rDev +25.9%

02-17-2012 04:21:31 | More by pixieskid
Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
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