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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa MoléLips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé

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271 Reviews

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Reviews: 271
Hads: 985
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 25.56%
Wants: 119
Gots: 197 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extremely dark brew; amongst the blackest I've ever seen. Nice head with good retention; little lacing.

Aroma leans heavily toward pumpkin spices (cinnamon and nutmeg), with chocolate and chile coming after. Intriguing, but a little artificial in presentation.

Flavor is a much better presentation overall. Chocolate malts and cocoa up front, immediately followed by cinnamon and chile. There's a very pleasant and noticeable heat, but never does it overpower. Lots of dry spice on the back-end (cinnamon in particular lingers).

Slick but overall kind of thin body; dry spicy finish; lingering chocolate on the aftertaste. Pepper heat lingers pleasantly.

This is an excellent spiced stout. It leans a little too heavily toward sweetness and cinnamon; I would like more of a strong base stout. Roasted malt is overwhelmed by sugar and spice. Tastes a little artificial in doses.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazing take on a chili beer... Loaded with interesting flavors and aromas... Cinnamon and chilis dominate in both departments... No booze at all... Scary drinkable... 32 oz growler fill is perfect... Delicious and different...

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Dark body.

S- Spicy cinnamon.

T- Spicy and cinnamon, a bit of chocolate.

F- good, smooth carbonation.

O- Great Chile beer! Balanced spice.

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Photo of Foxybrau
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An interesting beer, but not something I would pick up again. The nose is cinnamon, nothing subtle about it, and quite nice. Taste is a letdown in that whatever cocoa is there (and it's not much) is quickly overcome by the chile. It starts with the flavor found in the skin if dried chile and finishes with spice, again not subtle. It actually packs some heat. Body is a bit thin, and the alcohol too is covered up by pepper. Not too much enjoyable here for me.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Kicked up a short half inch head that quickly faded to a thin bubbly film. Very dark brown color.
Smell: Lots of cinnamon and sweet chocolate up front, and a slight pepper and faint alcohol aromas in the background.
Taste: A lot less cinnamon in the taste, and the heat from the peppers has become more dominant. There's some subtle chocolate and vanilla flavors as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, almost thin feeling.
Overall: Not sure about this one, I'm not the biggest chili beer fan. It's OK, but not up on a par with my all time favorite chile beer, Stone Xocoveza. Not sure if I'd seek this out again.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little thin and a clear but dark auburn brown. Head is shockingly white atop the dark brew, foamy and leaving some lacing. Nose has some spice to it, nutmeg or similar earthy spice, along with some chile atop a toasted to burnt bread smell. Initially I got almost nothing, warmth helped.

Taste is unsweetened cocoa or chocolate, a deep earthy (like what I magine mud tastes like) flavor. I've not had much mole, but I can see it tasting like this. The chili pepper is almost unnoticeable in a cold beer, but comes out with warmth and actually builds nicely sip after sip. The one downside is the beer feels watery to me, the flavors more robust than the feel.

This grew in me as I sipped it, but overall wasn't my cup of tea. I appreciated it and it intrigued me, though. My girlfriend liked it, so I can see having another glass at another time for a change of pace.

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Photo of hophugger
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer has a lot going on and I will do my best to review it to the best of my ability. Pours a deep brown color with minimal head and spotty lacing. Aroma hits you hard with scents of cinnamon, roses, and some weird, yet intriguing other aroma that I just cant figure out. Taste is very bold like the nose. Touches of wet cinnamon and allspice are definitely present and their is a slight burn that I would guess is a combination of the alcohol and the ancho, guajillo and chipotle peppers. The heat is not overbearing, but you tend to get more of it on the front end than the back. I am getting very little cocoa out of this. This beer is full of all kinds of mild to moderate spice and the mouthfeel is a little less than I would have expected after the first taste. Hard to tell how the balance is because of everything that is going on, but overall, this is the most unique beer I have had. A sipper, slow and steady, lol.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

New Blegium's Cocoa Mole, from their Lips of Faith series. Spiced chocolate porter brewed with cocoa, ancho, guajillo, and chipotle. 9% ABV.

A: About a finger on tan head. Slowly fades. Deep plum red in the light, black out of it. Grey and yellow in the dimple. Slight lacing and sheeting.

S: Mexican cocoa, up front. Slight caramel. Slight waxy pepper aroma, with a faint burn in the nose.

T/MF: Definite sweet and waxy pepper flavor, but not so piquant. Certainly hotter in the nose than on the palate. It does taste more like a mole sauce than a peppered chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate. The pepper flavor is a nice touch, with a subtle burn towards the back of the tongue. Reminds me of Trader Joe's Fireworks chocolate bar, but less spicy. Does have a lighter body, typical of a lagered porter. Would likely pair well with lighter Mexican cuisine, or perhaps dessert. Hmm, maybe that black cherry gelato in the freezer...

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a deep brown-mahogany color with a moderately thick head of two finger height. The brown tinted head has a moderate level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather strong of a milk chocolate flavor mixed with some spicy red pepper aromas. Along with these more dominant smells are some aromas of a caramel and smells of a dark fruit nature with the fruits being mainly of a raisin and plum smell. A strong aroma of cinnamon rounds out the smell creating a Mexican spiced milk chocolate bar aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a moderately sweeter chocolate flavor mixed with some lighter flavor of hot pepper. Upfront the sweetness is of a caramel and dark fruits, but these flavors later end up fading a bit as the taste moves on. While the sweeter flavors fade some, more pepper comes to the tongue and with this increase in pepper also comes some flavors of roasted malt and some stronger spice flavors of a cinnamon and a hit of coriander. In the end with the loss of sweet, the increase in the spice and heat, and with a little bit of a boozy taste hitting the tongue, one is left with a rather hot semi sweet Mexican spiced cocoa bar flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the rich cocoa mixed with the pepper it is a rather decent feel as it nicely accentuates the two all while not overwhelming the tongue with the spice or the richness of the taste.

Overall – An interesting one to try, but a little too peppery and spiced for my tastes. If you like chili spice and chocolate porters this may be for you, but if not you may not want to take this on.

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Photo of mchegash
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5/5
Dark red-orange-brown. Slight transparent, but it's so dark you can't really see through except at the narrow parts of the glass. 1/2 finger of head on initial pour, dissipates down to a thin layer.

Smell - 3.25/5
Cinnamon, cocoa, maybe hints of alcohol and spiciness. Very earthy as well. Overall I didn't find the smell that pleasant.

Taste - 4/5
The chocolate/mole aspects come out much stronger in the taste than in the smell. The dominant taste is a the spicy cinnamon mixed with chocolate. I really like the cinnamon aspect of this beer. The cinnamon + chocolate + chilli spiciness really makes this taste like Molé (I think I've had molé before?). Overall, I don't know whether I love the taste, but I definitely respect it as a great example of a molé beer, perhaps the best example of this style I have tried.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied. Smooth, but quite spicy. This beer definitely leaves a spicy and tingly aftertaste on the back of your throat. Carbonation was light

Overall - 4/5
Overall I really liked this beer as a great example of a molé-style beer. Not something I would want

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Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cola brown/black in color, with a short but sturdy cap of foam.
Aroma-Faint chili spice, toasted malt.
Taste-Cinnamon,chocolate malt, subtle chili pepper warmth, caramel. Subtle but complex lineup of flavors, easy drinking for the strength.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber, poured into a snifter at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Your standard porter, pouring dark brown verging on black, and forming a decent-sized tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate, and some more chocolate, this aroma is like walking into a Godiva store. Well, except for the part where there's plenty of peppery spice hanging around as well. So a Godiva store when they're actively making some red chile dark chocolates.

Taste: I give New Belgium props for developing a layered taste profile in this beer. It opens with a rush of dark and sweet chocolate, before that fades back a little to let lactose and deeply roasted grains come through. Peppery spice abounds, most notably chipotle though other tones are discernible, and the spiciness builds as the beer level in the glass recedes. New flavors emerge as it goes, as cinnamon, vanilla, and black pepper all make appearances.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full, almost more stout than porter (as if there's a meaningful distinction between the two, I know, I know).

Overall: A darned good pepper porter. Would repeat.

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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bomber in a snifter during a bottle share. A truly unique porter. Poured a deep dark red brown with a creamy white head that dissipated after a couple of minutes. Nice lacing. Aromas of cinnamon, cocoa powder with hints of pepper spices. A little worried at the first sip that it might be awful. However, I am glad the aromas were misleading. Tastes of cocoa with a slight hint of roasted chilies. Cinnamon and vanilla. Rich dark roasted malts as well. The back end is mainly dark roasted malts with cocoa with the roasted chilies. Finishes both sweet and spicy. Great chile beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear brown colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells sweet and mildly smoky fruity chile pepper scent. Chocolate and cinnamon scents.

Starts out sweet with a strong cinnamon and chocolate taste. Mild chest warming. Pepper heat is mild. Slight tobacco taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Interesting beer to try once, a bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bomber in a snifter. This most unique porter pours a dense dark brown with some red highlights to the sides and a moderate off white head that dissipates to a thin ring and nice lacing. Nose of cinnamon, cocoa powder, and a peppery spice note....the nose lies when it comes to the flavors. Wow! Sweet cocoa and dark chocolate get comfy with roasted chilies and cinnamon. Rich malts abound with pepper coming through on the back with both black and roasted chilies. Still maintains a solid porter characteristic finishing sweet and spicy with a smooth mouth feel. Excellent! Begs for a steak or some delicious Mexican or even Indian cuisine.


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Photo of BB1313
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours brown with light getting through; small off-white head that leaves little lacing and retention. The aromas are extremely faint and doesn't have a lot going on. Malts are there. Subtle chocolate notes with hints of spices, such as cinnamon. The spices are very faint in the nose, but come alive in the flavor department. The flavors are full of spices. Cinnamon and spicy peppers are vibrant. Black pepper is there. It's spicy, but definitely not over the top. The spice lingers in the finish. They nailed the heat aspect because it's enjoyable and doesn't diminish everything else that's going on. More cocoa malts. Some milk chocolate in the mix. Stays true to the porter style, but with a twist. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied; active carbonation. It's pretty smooth and easy drinking. It becomes even more enjoyable the more I drink it.

This is a unique brew. They nailed the spicy aspects. The spices aren't overwhelming, but they're clearly the star of the show. The flavors shine. I just wish it had a better nose. It's much better than my numeric score might indicate.

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Photo of carlitos92
1.65/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This was a drain pour for me.

Bottom line: overly sweet, and too much cocoa. The chile heat was actually fine, and in fact welcome after the Bosco/Dr. Pepper beginning of the beer.

I've had "mole" themed beers before and loved them. I've had stouts brewed on cocoa nibs and chiles, and several of them are among my favorites. Unfortunately, there is nothing nuanced about this one, and it's probably the final nail in the coffin for me when it comes to New Belgium.

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Photo of GregJ
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish dark brown. Smells of cinnamon, malty, capsaicin and hot chocolate. Tastes peppery, light heat in the throat, malty, milk chocolate and astringence. Medium light body. Chocolate malt and chili heat in the aftertaste.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tasting glass at the homebrew demonstration.

A: Dark brown with a tan half finger head that lingers. Thick lacing.

S: Cocoa dominates, but what's that heat in the background? Pepper and cinnamon stir in the mix.

T: I was really afraid of this one because of the "mole" aspect. But the heat isn't overpowering. In fact, it's nicely subdued over the rich cocoa flavoring. Add in the cinnamon and this LOF is a winner.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: I intend to get a bomber of this superb brew. A great dessert beer and one to share with friends.

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Photo of rickangabi
2.28/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Spicyness of peppers plays nicely into the warming 9% ABV of the beer. The beer is a bit thin for the variety of flavors presented. The nose reminisent of a spicy cinnamon cupcake. Overall the beer is on the sweet side. Cinnamon takes over the beer and the sweetness of the Ceylon (Mexican) cinnamon also plays into the sweetness of the beer.

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Photo of leaddog
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a nut brown with two fingers of bubbly tan head.

Smell - roasted malts, cocoa nibs, chilies, hint of coffee bean, light hint of caramel.

Taste - Starts off with the roasted malts followed by the cocoa nibs, hint of coffee bean, hint of caramel, and the brew finishes with a pleasant spiciness from the chilies. You get a smokiness from the chipotle peppers.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering heat from the chilies.

Overall - A well executed chili beer. The roasted malts and cocoa nibs act as a nice supporting cast to the bold smokiness and heat from the peppers. Worth a go if your seeking some heat in your brew.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent mouth feel. The chilies don't over the layers of flavor. Toffee, slight coffee, and mild chocolate comes in. The chilies give the perfect kick.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours deep brown with a frothy light tan head that settles and laces well.

S: Sweet spice, almost cinnamon sugar like, a little chocolate, and a touch of earthy roasted malt.

T: Spice up front, cinnamon and peppers, followed with roasted malt, milk chocolate, and more peppery spice on the finish, but not overwhelming by any means.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, nice warmth on the finish, but still quite smooth.

O: I'm happy to see this one back again. Well done spice, very cool (I would say unique but this seems to be the trend now) but well done none the less.

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Photo of sb3000
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I may be biased in this review. I had this brew GABF week in 2012 in NB's private tasting room. They served it with fresh, locally made Belgian waffles. (yes, the perfect pairing!) I got to meet many of their Brewers and spent most of a Friday sampling oddities along with Felix and Oscar from their oak foeders. The new release is still great! It pours a dark brown with red highlights. Great medium brown lacing. The aroma is chocolate, cinnamon, smoke and malt. The taste is very balanced and dry with a hint of vanilla. Very little heat. The chipotle peppers contribute smoke and the cinnamon punches up the round maltiness. Mouth feel is perfect, between a dry and oatmeal stout. There is a bread-like character to this beer. However, it doesn't scream Fat Tire yeast like some of their other brews like Ranger ect. Very little hop character. Bitterness seems to come more from the cinnamon than the hops. But my guess is it's hopped with low alpha english hops. The beer was out of production for several years. It tastes as good as I remember. I highly recommend it. I've attempted to recreate it on a home brew scale, but I always miss it slightly! Thank you, New Belgium, for bringing it back!

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Photo of richj1970
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with dense two finger white head. Lasting retention and plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Light roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Aroma of a basic porter. Faint spices become more apparent as it warmed.

T: Cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light chilies. The spices complement the chocolate nicely.

M: Medium body and fairly carbonated. A touch thin for my tastes.

O: A little disappointing aromas, but tasty brew. Easy drinking.

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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.