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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

809 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 102
Gots: 134 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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: 809 | Reviews: 251
Photo of atone315
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NCLorax
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of thecheapies
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lips of Faith Cocoa Mole bottled on 12/21/2011. From bottle to snifters.

Clear red-brown with good clarity. Not so big of a head, and it's all but gone now. Not sure what to expect from a chile beer, but this looks good enough for a decent score. 3.5

My girlfriend's right. There's a flaky pie crust like aroma with evident dried chile spice and dusty cinnamon. Very slight cocoa; a subtle, but featured, chile pepper vibe. Pecan pie, cinnamon, dried chiles, cocoa powder, graham cracker malts, and some residual burnt sugar sweetness. A bit of salty oyster cracker. 4.0

My girlfriend's right again. Tastes like baklava, with a slight chile afterburn. Flaky pie crust, cinnamon sugar doughnut, dusty backdraft chile rub heat, bittersweet cocoa powder, pecan nuttiness, and some teensy yeasty esters poking through the clouds. Not as spicy as Church Brew Works Mole Stout, but spicier than Rogue Chipotle Ale. The lingering burn on the finish would probably scale a '3' or a '4' at a reputable Thai restaurant. An impressive chile beer. 4.5

Very light on the carbonation, but the spice is enough to pique the buds. Body = medium. Decently drinkable for a chile beer, thanks to the baked pastry dough character. Not too sweet, not too crazy. 4.0

I love spicy foods. This beer is lovable for that reason. What I did NOT expect, however, was the baked goodies savory flavor. A guilty dessert without the multiple spoons of sugar. Probably the best chile beer I've had to date. 4.0

Photo of grittybrews
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown with a finger of off-white head. Doesn't look like much until it's held to the light and some intense ruby highlights show up. Mild aroma of chocolate, nutty malt, and a trace of smokey chili.

Moderate carbonation and a light, slightly thin mouthfeel. Spicy chili up front with cinnamon and light chocolate followed by a more smokey chili character on the finish.

Much lighter than expected; hardly any booze detected. Could have used a little more rich chocolate malt to balance the spice, although the cocoa really emerged as this beer warmed. Very nice!

Photo of RyanGustner
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly dark ruby-brown color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind just a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of chili pepper, cinnamon, roasted chocolate malts, with a bit of bread.

T - Starts off with some chili pepper with some heat and some roasted chocolate malts. Through the middle, more spices come through with some cinnamon and a bit more heat from the peppers. The finish is a mix of heat from the peppers with some chocolate and cinnamon.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with hot, spicy, and chocolatey finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very unique combination of flavors but everything really comes together nicely. I really like the head level on this one.

Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

4/7/2012

A: Light brown with a beige frothy head.

S: Big cinnamon and chipotle notes. Light cocoa character. Smells like Hunahpu's light.

T: Lightly spicy peppers with cinnamon. Cocoa blends with earthy notes. Strong chipotle profile. Spicy cocoa finish.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: An okay beer, definitely interesting, but I wouldn't drink more than four ounces of it.

Photo of leschkie
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of syrupjoe
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Enjoying in the comforts of home. Pours a crystal clear dark ruby brown color with no particulates. One finger light grey-tan head that dissipates quickly.

Nose: Cinnamon, cocoa, bread, honey, graham cracker, caramel. Smells almost exactly like a Cinnabon.

Taste: Sweet, with notes of cinnamon, clove, caramel, and cocoa. Light pepper bitterness that reveals a nice solid but manageable chile heat.

Sweetness fades to spices which fade to light bitterness which becomes chile spice. Very complex and fairly well-balanced trip of a beer. Never had anything like this. It's rather approachable, and the residual heat makes me want to cool my mouth down with another sip! Would never drink this on a regular basis but it's a fun spiced beer that is decently well put together.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/21/11. Poured into tulip. Deep amber brown. Slight head but sticky lacing. Smells of cinnamon, chocolate and spice.
Very interesting flavor. Taste of chocolate, cinnamon, toasted coconut, malts, and spice. The heat kinda kicks in after a few sips.
Overall, a great brew and in par with the LOF series. Best chile beer I ever had.

Photo of MarkyMOD
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of DrGonzoDDS
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of bhawk1
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of RescueKitty
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark mahogany with a thin tan head in a snifter. Very dark, but clear in the light. With the first taste I got a good deal more carbonation than I anticipated and some of the spices but not much cocoa. I think it was too cold. After letting it warm up a bit, wow, what a difference! The scent is cinnamon and splices with a little of the pepper. Cocoa is subtle and not overpowering and I don't taste the peppers until the finish. When they come through though, they really show up strong with a mild heat way in the back of the throat. Not hot so much, but definitely spicy. Surprisingly balanced. Some of the accohol taste comes through, but in a sweet, bourbon like way. Couldn't tell it haa a 9% ABV.

Overall, a pleasant experience. Different from other veggie beers I've had, but in a good way. Nicely done.

Photo of CoryR
2.25/5  rDev -43.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours opaque dark brown, with some purple highlights. A big dirty tan head forms from an aggressive pour, but it's gone in a flash, leaving no lacing and obviously no retention.

Smells mostly cinnamon and chocolate, and a touch of chili. That's what I was expecting.

While there is an undertone of malt, but cinnamon and spice overtake the beer. Chili on the finish makes this what it claims.

The beer is almost thin and flat. While good at masking the abv, it's makes for an unappealing feel. It has a bit of burn, but it's not serious, and that's from the chili.

A bit more cinnamon than I expected, but it's nice. The chili and chocolate are there, but it needs more body and carbonation. Other than that, quite an experience.

DOA

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Charley's Package (Marietta, GA). 8.99. Served in a Founders snifter. 

Pours a copper brown with 1 finger light tan head. A little lacing left on the sides of the glass. 

Smells of sweet chilies, mild cocoa and cinnamon. Very interesting and curiously inviting. 

Bittersweet cocoa and chilies. Brown sugar and cinnamon. More chilies in the aftertaste with only a hint of burn along with trace alcohol. 

Medium-thick bodied with relatively high carbonation. 

A unique take on chilies and chocolate. I've had many chocolate chili stouts but this is an entirely different approach. It's a well done chili beer that's worth a try. I think I'll be buying another soon. 

Photo of Beejay
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown black in color. When held to the light it takes on a cola color with perhaps a hint of ruby. The head is off white and creamy smooth.

S: Definitely a lot of cocoa powder in the aroma, as well as cinnamon. There is also a good bit of chili in there. There is almost a little bit of a chocolate coke smell going on. A very interesting brew indeed.

T: A bit more spicy than I would have thought. At first you get a little bit of a cocoa powder taste, followed by spicy peppers. The peppers almost taste a bit roasted, perhaps it is the dark malts.

M: Fairly light in body, the carbonation is fairly active. The finish is a little dry, and of course there is a spice note that gives it a little burn in the back of the throat.

O: Overall I think it is a fairly interesting brew. I like the cocoa nibs, but the chillies seem a little one note. Something new, but not something I would buy again. It would be interesting to cook with.

Photo of Ljoreilly
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of rhino54
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of greenbeer29
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of HardTarget
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown amber glass shows clarity, struggles to hold even the hint of a halo. Looks pretty lifeless.

Smell: Not much here, a mild cinnamon with a light malt sweetness.

Taste: The cinnamon and clove are heavy and upfront, pretty much overwhelming all other flavors. A little chile heavy slowly fades after the shallow, actually burns a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, light prickly carbonation actually makes it a bit fizzy, long oily finish.

Overall: Was thinking more of a Chocolate Stout when I approached this, but this is very much a Chile beer. Hot peppers with a little cocoa powder to add depth, but no sweetness to cut the burn. Very spice driven, unusual flavor profile, thin; but glad to have a little diversity.

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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
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