Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing
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2.25/5 rDev -43.3%
This was a huge letdown for me. As an avid Mexican food fan, I was looking forward to something complex, flavorful, and spicy. The bottle design is intriguing and colorful. The initial nose is nice, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. The appearance was a little thin, with very little lacing and a weak head.
This was shared with a few mates at a tasting party. We all came to the same conclusion...it wasn't worth finishing our glasses. The remainder of the beer was poured down the sink. I rarely dispose of mediocre beer. But, I couldn't bring myself to finishing this one. Very disappointed.
04-22-2012 01:59:01 | More by GlassHalfFull
2.43/5 rDev -38.8%
22oz bottle poured into an Idle hands tulip.
A - Pours a deep brown/mahogany color with a short cap of fizzy off-white foam that falls off almost instantly fizzing away in manner resembling but not quite matching soda. Settles in to a somewhat odd muddy/hazy body that I can't quite describe, but gives a bit of an "off" appearance in the glass.
S - Lots of cinnamon up front, blending into a green and vegetal aroma of peppers, caramel, sugary sweetness, light sprinkle of cocoa, a touch of smokiness. Peppers seem a bit funny to me...so far, 2 for 2 - something in the appearance and aroma that seems a bit "off" that I can't quite put a finger on.
T - Quite sweet up front and loaded with ground cinnamon flavor. A fruity flavor reminiscent of berries quickly joins in with the cinnamon for a distinctly non-beer experience to start each sip. From there the flavors fall into some caramel and cocoa eventually finishing with some peppery flavors and a mild pepper warmth that lingers and grows after the swallow.
M - Thinnish medium body with a matching carbonation. Beer has a little life with a slightly foamy tingle forming in the mouth on each sip. Odd fruitiness that becomes more fruit punch/Hi-C/Hawaiian Punch like as I progress (slowly) thru the glass. Mild peppery burn into and past the finish.
O - This beer really isn't for me. This is just plain odd. The fruit punch aspect is disturbing, the cinnamon is overpowering and the peppers don't add much flavor, just heat/burn in the throat on the swallow. Maybe this is a bad bottle (I can only hope it is)...it was odd looking, smelling and tasting. Drainpour.
07-18-2012 11:34:06 | More by portia99
2.63/5 rDev -33.8%
Bottle to tulip.
A - Medium brown; very slightly translucent. A small amount of cream coloured head formed on the pour and immediately disappeared.
S - Roast, spice and spicy chillies. Not much chocolate at all in the nose.
T - Roast, chocolate and chillies with a bit of a kick. Some cinnamon is present in the finish. The chillies completely dominate and drown out the other elements of the beer. I couldn't get through more than a few sips of this one.
M - Light body. Moderate to high carbonation.
10-08-2012 13:34:30 | More by TheSevenDuffs
2.73/5 rDev -31.2%
Served in room temperature.
Appearance: Very dark brown, but not quite black. Pours a head like soda, it recedes immediately -- disappointing.
Aroma: Cocoa and chili, some malt in the background. The spices are evident, the beer not so much!
Taste: Strong and spicy, but where are the beer characteristics? There are no hops evident, and the malt is very mild and on the background. Chipotle is present as a hot spiciness, but not too strong. The cocoa is perhaps dominant, although not like in a chocolate stout. It's clear that they used cocoa. Cinnamon is also clearly there. Alcohol tastes through as well, although not as much as you might think for a beer of such a high ABV.
Mouthfeel: Pretty bland, carbonated like soda, light to medium body.
Overall: Disappointing. I was excited an curious about this beer, but it fails to deliver. It's only the second beer from the Lips of Faith series that I've tried, but they've both been below average (the other one was Biere de Mars). Surprising, as I really like New Belgium's other beers. Anyway, this beer just doesn't taste like beer. It seems like an experiment gone wrong. The spices are nice, but given the strong spices, you'd need an equally robust beer to support them.
04-29-2012 00:59:36 | More by Arborescence
2.78/5 rDev -30%
Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
A - Dark brown, with very minimal head that dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing.
S - Not getting a lot here - a little bit of spice, a little cinnamon, not much of the chocolate or cocoa.
T & M - Very thin. Don't get much of a taste at all until the aftertaste where I get a hint of what this beer is supposedly all about. Fair carbonation, but very lacking and a disappointment.
Overall - I might have gotten a bad bottle, but this beer didn't live up to expectations. Not even close. Surprised given all of the other high ratings here. I might try on another occasion, but doubtful.
03-26-2012 13:05:29 | More by StLThrash
2.8/5 rDev -29.5%
Looks like a stout, thick and black with quite a bit of action going on just after the pour. Frothy white head.
You can smell the chiles right oft.
Chocolate and chile but not peppery in the way I'd expect. The chocolate's pushed off in the details as the heat is up front. There's cinnamon but there's so much of an amalgamation here it's hard to point anything out. Seems muddled, never unravels--I wish there some something sweet here. No idea about hops on this one. Not really pushed to try it again.
Carbonated like a stout, feels sorta milky with a dry finish.
09-09-2012 23:48:52 | More by pants678
2.83/5 rDev -28.7%
Very colorful, Mariachi style graphics. Very fun look.
Sorry to say, but the pour is a murky brown pour that isn't appealing to the eye. Minimal head that fades quickly.
Smells strangely of Cocoa powder, molasses cookies, and a cold chicken sandwich! A bit confusing. Not unpleasant, just a little cold on the nose.
The taste is a swirling Uber-sweet flush of spice heat. Ayyyiiiiyyyiii. Man, that pungent sweet heat packs a wallop. I'm grabbing for a tortilla to knock back some of the heat. The heat doesn't dissapate but grows with each mouthful.
Found this a bit overwhelming. A snifter pour is a good serving size, anything else is masochism!
02-06-2012 02:10:54 | More by CasanovaCummins
2.88/5 rDev -27.5%
I had this on a recent visit to Todd English Pub in Las Vegas. I wasn't a huge fan of it. I found the atypical to beer elements to be too overpowering for the beer itself. I'm probably not the best person so listen to, as I see lots of good reviews but I could barely finish mine.
04-26-2012 19:49:53 | More by david18
Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
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