Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

261 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 261
Hads: 949
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 111
Gots: 180 | FT: 10
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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 MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a tulip.

A - Creamy tan foam settles to a thick collar, wispy partial cap, and a few splotches of lace. Transparent dark ruby body.

S - Tons of milky cocoa, biscuits, and toasty malts. There's some mild vegetal pepper and spice mixed in, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Taste is quite similar, with oodles of melted chocolate, toasty biscuits, and a mildly spicy and peppery finish. Alcohol is better-hidden here, and the cocoa elements dominate until the molé shows up a touch in the lingering aftertaste.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with pleasant lower carbonation, and some peppery heat and spice in the finish.

D - This was pretty enjoyable. There are probably a bazillion calories in here, but it tastes great and the alcohol is quite well-hidden. I imagine it'd be tough to drink a whole bomber by myself, but it's a nice beer for sharing. Delivers exactly as promised - would drink again. (951 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear dark crimson, with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet milk chocolate and chili powder, with some earthy caramel and copper hops and pumpernickel bread.
T: It tasted like sweet milk chocolate and spicy chili powder and earthy caramel, with some copper hops and pumpernickel bread. It had a clean sweet and spicy aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a very nicely balanced beer with great scent and taste. Decent body and smooth finish, so very easy to drink and enjoy. I loved the kick at the end - just enough to be serious but not overpowering. Probably best fresh. Recommended. (673 characters)

Photo of tsauce2
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (839 characters)

Photo of derkfromwi
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Half-finger just off-white head, dark red-brown color, no lacing

S: Dark chocolates, spices, cinnamon, good smells

T: Chocolates, peppers, and spices, some of my favorite flavors, this is awesome for me

M: Nice feel, smooth, medium-bodied, good carbonation, touch of heat from peppers, bit of earthiness

O: Very good stuff, not too hot, I liked this a lot, something different and tasty, need to get some more (416 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cinnamon and other spices and Mexican hot chocolate. Absolutely fantastic smelling. Taste is of cinnamon and other spices, cocoa powder, and some slight chile flavors. There is a slight warming in the back of the throat from the chili after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer taste wise but exceptional in the smell. (554 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.21/5  rDev +6%
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... (232 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of Ed-Hill
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My experience with chile beers is quite minimal, and I did not know New Belgium was producing this one until I saw it at a local pub last night and had it first thing. The beer poured nice and dark and had a nice head that dissipated soon. The aroma was fantastic, lots of roasted chocolate and spice came through as well as some cinnamon. The mouth feel was good, a little thin but not in a watery way, more of a pleasant lightness. The taste was absolutely excellent. Lots of roasted chocolate malt comes through (and I emphasize the roasted), as well as lots of chili. The flavor sticks around and some more hints of chilies come out in the aftertaste. And to top it all, the beer improved as it warmed a little. Definitely captures the mole character without any single element overpowering any other. An excellent surprise for a Tuesday evening. (850 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber split into pint glasses.

A: Dark brown with shades of gold and amber, mostly transparent, light head and head lacing.

S: Prominent cinnamon and cocoa, spices, chilies, hint of heat with a nice smoke component.

T: Nice...a wave of sweetness on the palette, vanilla and caramel, milk chocolate, lots of cinnamon! Good heat from the chilies...the chipotle is there in really small doses.

MF: A bit oily, medium body with medium carbonation...the peppers do coat your mouth a little.

O: Really enjoyable and drinkable (surprisingly), the alcohol stays underneath and the adjuncts are really flavorful and not overwhelming. The base beer seems to be an lighter in body (though still 9% abv) and that makes this beer unique and drinkable. (749 characters)

Photo of Merkur
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark brown with a fair amount of tan head that dissappears quickly.

Beer smells mainly of the chiles, with a slight cinnamon smells as well. Also present in some sweet chocolate.

Taste follows the nose. Starts off very sweet of chocolate before giving way to a nice cinamon flavor. Beer finishes with a slight chile burn on the back of your throat. Tastes just like a Texas Sheetcake. Very sweet and delicious.

Mouthfeel is nice, but a bit too carbonated.

Overall very unique taste. Yummy. (506 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown nearly opaque with some garnet red highlights. Forms a small half finger mocha head even after a vigorous pour. Poor retention that doesn't leave hint of lace on the glass.

Incredible nose! Sweet dark chocolate, very raw and earthy that melts into a deep caramel and crystal malt backbone. Very rich notes of brown sugar, raisins, plum, molasses and cinnamon. Maple finish with a breath of alcohol. One step from a sweetness overload but well done.

Chocolate malt in the forefront but not as complex here. The taste develops straight into a cinnamon like blast that escalates into a chili burn and peppery finish. Spiciness lingers on the finish with more gingerbread and spice. Very pleasant for a cold spring evening.

Alcohol very well hidden beneath the malts and spice. Chile burn mellows and warms though enhancing the sticky feel on the palate. Mellow carbonation and average body help the overall character.

A brilliant chile beer that really enhances the chile through the malt and spices. Feels like a winter warmer and a lighter take on a Belgian quad. Well crafted, I'm came away very satisfied with my purchase. (1,144 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of rich mahogany highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to slightly stronger aromas of cinnamon, chocolate/cocoa, and chiles. Lighter aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts which is quickly overtaken by the moderate to strong flavors of spiced cocoa - cinnamon, chocolate, and chiles. Light amounts of spiciness mixed with a light to moderate amount of upfront sweetness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of warming/heat from the chiles.

O: Very enjoyable with a moderate amount of complexity to the flavors and aromas. This beer has a great aroma and a pretty good flavor, one I would definitely get again. Approachable even for folks that do not enjoy a lot of heat/spiciness. (1,147 characters)

Photo of shanblur
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-dark reddish brown with a thin light tan head

S-mix of cocoa and chili pepper, it's really the flavor more so than the heat. smooth scent, almost creamy. medium to good strength

T-comes in with a decent mix of cocoa powder, cinnamon, and chili heat. the taste of cocoa is weak but noticeable. the heat is pretty apparent, loss of the pepper flavor though unfortunately. quality is mediocre. after-taste is mostly the heat.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-it's a pretty decent chili beer. I've had few beers that can make a good cocoa/chili blend, but this is pretty close! i think they could've had a strong cocoa flavor while keeping some aspect of pepper flavor, though i'm glad the pepper was in the nose. (735 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Best enjoyed by January 19, 2017.

A: Dark brown body with a ruby tint. 1/2 finger of off-white head with average retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Strongly of mole sauce. Cinnamon and pepper. Earthy cocoa. Dark chocolate. Very faint smoke. Vanilla.

T: Sweet, chocolatey mole notes open with a noticeable capsaicin burn that develops quickly. The cocoa and peppers are bold. Roasted malts pop up, but remain mostly in the background and help fill out the flavor profile. Semi-dry finish with lingering mole and pepper heat in the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is light for 9% ABV, no doubt masked a bit by the peppers.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. Not quite as full on the palate as your typical porter, but not too much of a detractor.

O: This beer really nailed mole. Nice chocolate and pepper notes. Enjoyable amount of heat. Pretty unique for sure. Arguably the best LOF offering I've tasted.

Prost! (1,018 characters)

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

A: Brownish red. Dark and ruddy. Head is big on first pour. It fades quickly. A lot of carbonation bubbles.

S: Whoa what great smells here. Sweet cinnamon. Pepper. Hints of nutmeg. Complex and inviting.

T: A bunch of sweetness on the front. No hoppiness but a lot of hot pepper notes as you continue. As the beer warms that pepper becomes more pronounced. Almost overwhelming. This is a change of pace beer for sure. Great pick for a special dinner or a celebratory night.

M: Light to medium. Dry on the finish as the beer warms.

O: Great stuff here. A lot going on and so much to savor. A fun one-off beer that is a great representation of this style. (659 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Dark brown, good head and lacing

Smell: Chiles, cocoa, dark fruit, cinnamon

Taste: Chiles, though not too much heat, cinnamon, cocoa, dark fruits, malts, brown sugar

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, full body

Overall: An excellent beer, not quite as good as Victory at Sea Mole, but still excellent. A little sweeter than I think it should have been but otherwise great (383 characters)

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

Off tap at the Frisco in Columbia, MD, this beer was a dark brown color like stained walnut wood. The one finger of khaki-colored head was only so-so but it did leave lacing in scattered streaks. The aroma was rather faint for what ended up being a highly flavorful brew. I smelled mostly caramel, chocolate and candi sugar. The flavors were outstanding. I tasted chocolate, fruity esters, toffee, Belgian candi sugar, light red pepper and spicy capsicum notes as well as a touch of bubblegum. Well balanced and not overly spicy while still managing to hide the 9% ALC very well. The mouthfeel was frothy, the body medium and the carbonation delicate. Delicious and complex, this one is well worth ones time. (708 characters)

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

A-dark brown, mostly clear, nice tan head
S-Ancho, chocolate, light yeast, vanilla
T-Cocoa, cinnamon, guajillos in throat, ancho on tongue
M-Killer body, spongy, great carb
O-Stoked. Well rounded. Very drinkable considering how high the abv is. Looking forward to seeing this age (279 characters)

Photo of Dmart1223
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one crazy interesting beer. It's the second chile beer I've tried, but by far the superior one.

It's a clear, dark (almost opaque) maple color with a cola-flavored head that quickly dissipates, probably due to the high ABV. It smells like cinnamon and bittersweet chocolate – kind of like Mexican hot chocolate if you've had it. It's very appealing.

The taste is complex and surprisingly drinkable. At the very front it's sweet, with the chocolate malts hitting right away. But as the beer sits in your mouth, you get more and more heat from the chipotle peppers.

This beer may very well ruin whatever meal you're eating it with, but it's an odd delicacy on its own. Sweet, spicy and smooth enough that you'll forget it's 9% ABV. (744 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: almost no head on a hazy deep mahogany brown body.

S: cocoa, chicken broth, roasted malts, black peppers and light chili spice.

T: very complex and interesting with cocoa almost like home made chocolate milk with perfect degree of chili spice. the sweetness and spiciness is very well balanced.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this beer is very interesting and complex. It is actually really nicely balanced and unique in a good way. (467 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,084 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Barleys (SC).
Brown with a trace of red; dark and clear, with a moderate size but rather durable head.

The feel is a bit thin but otherwise good.

The chilies are quite evident from start to finish and on into a lasting warming in my belly. A nice dose of cinnamon too, with everything in balance. That is, nothing so strong as to mask other ingredients, including a nice chocolate note. But be forewarned, this is one of the hottest (spicy) beers I've ever had. I've upped my rating in recognition of the contrast between mouth burn (low) and GI warming (moderate-high) from the chili peppers.

O: Much enjoyed and recommended. I hope to have this again, but would be hesitant to tackle a 22oz bomber by myself. (729 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of afksports
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
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! (1,060 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.