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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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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:
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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Reviews: 271 | Hads: 985
Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with some light seeping through,but not much. A trace of khaki head surrounds the rim and forms an island the size of a quarter in the middle. I smell bakers chocolate and chili peppers. The taste closely mirrors the aroma with a Mexican hot chocolate theme (but ice cold). Initially you get the spicy chocolate and then there's a gentle but firm burning on your taste buds. There's a warming to your throat and a spicy chocolate aftertaste.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: Very light colored more of a brown ale almost can see completely through it head was small and pure white

S: Cinnamon some nuttiness caramel

T: very cinnamon and a little nutmeg and maybe a clove quality. As it warms the peppers start to come out more and a little heat

M: very thin

O: it's ok the taste is more like that cereal Cinnamon Toasted it's not bad the peppers in this beer are light not in your face. I can't pick up any chocolate. It's not a bad beer and it tastes much better than it's appearance but it's not amazing either. I will give it a little edge just because I love peppers in beer

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

I really enjoyed the 2012 (maybe 13?) batch of this beer. This time around, not as much. The older batch had real spicy character almost like a hint of habanero. The newer batch is not as good. Still very drinkable porter,

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Photo of pweis909
2.79/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Disappointing. While I got cinnamon and cocoa in the aroma, there was also something like artificial chemical flavor in there. Not that they used something artificial, buy maybe something got extracted in disproportionate concentration to other things and just tasted, well, worse than it smelled, and not very good. While the base beer is supposedly porter, this porter could have benefited from more body and sweetness. There was a cayenne pepper-like burn to the finish, and I think some sweetness would have helped. If you took away the spices, this would be a poor porter, IMO. My 9 bucks could have been better spent.

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Photo of Osseous
4.71/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into wine glass. No head whatsoever. Black color with a slight cola appearance. Smell was fantastic - dark chocolate, cinnamon, and white pepper. Taste was incredible and rich. Basically tasted like quality ibarra - bitter and sweet with a kick of spice (cinnamon, paprika, white pepper, ancho) towards the finish. Body was well carbonated, and the spice left a noticeable heat over time. Overall, a fascinating beer with flavors and characteristics that surprisingly work tremendously well together in this dark beer.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

April 21, 2015

22 oz bomber, snifter

A – Medium to deep brown, very high clarity when held up to the light. A half inch of light tan bubbly head, low retention. Pours somewhat thin.

S – Sweet malt, with a cinnamon, horchata-like aroma leading the way. Chocolate and toffee malt aromas, with a very low impression of fruit. Perhaps some light, spicy hops, very low in the background.

T – Like Mexican hot chocolate, with cocoa/chocolate and cinnamon prominent, and then a warm, slightly biting peppery finish, like cayenne powder dancing down my throat. Sweet malt and a touch of earthy or spicy hops.

M – Fairly thin bodied, almost no heft to it, which is actually a plus as the lightness balances the intense flavors. Low carbonation, just slightly bubbly. Sweet up front, no real bitterness, then chile/pepper heat on the finish, strong.

O – One of the better chile/pepper beers I’ve sampled, as it really reads more as a spiced dessert than a “pepper beer.” Very well done.

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

Tasting notes: Big cinnamon coffee nose. Chocolate pie and black pepper on the palate. Smooth and quite creamy. Chile heat spikes a little initially and builds a steady momentum over time. Slight plum-like fruitiness. Medium body with a tinge of booze apparent. Fairly nice robust porter base with a refined peppery spice. Recommended for chile beer afficionados.

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Photo of Sam_Sorrells
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very unique beer with an interesting translucent brownish red hue. The nose is full of cinnamon and a hint of mace. The mouth feel was thin and dry. The flavor and finish make it a perfect desert beer.

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Photo of bnes09
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber to brown color. Cream colored head with some lacing. Cocoa, roasted nuts and pepper aroma. Rich milk chocolate up front. Mild chile pepper spice. Dark fruit malt flavor. Hint of brown sugar. Medium body. Slight tingle on the lips. Can hardly tell it's 9% abv. Good stuff.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color. Lots of carbonation. This nearly looks like cola in a glass, just not quite as fizzy.

Sweet aroma. Lots of cinnamon.

Flavor is sweet up front, followed by lots of cinnamon and a slight chocolate touch. A mild pepper heat is noticed in my throat at the finish. The cinnamon leaves this beer pretty tasty in my opinion.

That carbonation I mentioned earlier all but leaves the glass entirely by them time I'm halfway through.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
2.92/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The beer poured somewhat opaque for a 9% abv porter. Light filters around the edges, adding a red hue to the beer.

Smell: I'm getting a vinous quality that is quickly overwhelmed by alcohol. A bit of dark chocolate and Chile heat comes through. Too much alcohol coming through.

Taste starts out with caramel. Sweetness is on the front end. Mid-palate a dark chocolate creeps in. It is pleasant, but unsubstantiated, as the beer is thin. It is like there is not enough substance to punch the flavor home.
The back end brings the heat in. Chile flavor and heat.

Mouth feel: this is the problem with this beer for me. It lacks substance and the thinness of the beer accentuates that.

Overall: I am big into large Chile stouts now, though I will not purchase this again. It is too thin and lacks flavor. The Chile and chocolate are there, as is a caramel sweetness in first sip. There is nothing to compliment these flavors, which bodes I'll for a larger (8% or so, and above) beer. It is too thin and their is no bold roasted dark grain flavor. Tasted more like a low IBU amber with chocolate and Chile flavors, which I would not of purchased.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy tan head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Oh yeah, the peppers are in this. Big peppery vegetal nose that works so well. Layers of cocoa powder and milk chocolate. Caramel and roastiness underneath. Just as advertised.

4.0 T: Pepper flavor is the dominant flavor. The heat is minor and mainly manifests as a subtle afterburn. Again lots of chocolate and cocoa powder. Caramel with a light apple fruitiness. Well done.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a warming finish.

4.0 D: I really love chile beers. This is a market that needs expanded. This is a good one.

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

The beer pours a decent creamy off white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is either an unusually light black or a dark brown.

The beer smell has strong Mexican chocolate notes with a very light chipotle pepper smell as well. The beer smell does not seem to have other notes since the cocoa and chocolate smells dominate the nose. Also, the cinnamon makes a strong appearance.

The beer taste is a bit different from the beer smell. The taste still has the strong cocoa note that is fairly sweet. The taste also has a Chipotle note and that the cinnamon note is fairly strong. The taste also has a light presentation of the roasted mats in the after taste but is pretty light to non-existent before then.

The beer is heavy bodied with biting carbonation. However, the beer also has a slight burn to it. It's not too hot but strong enough to add a little something to the beer.

Overall, a pretty decent chili beer with no regrets. I recommend sharing it with someone though because the cinnamon might get a little boring.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a tulip-shaped porter/stout glass.

Lovely pale-white head and lacing. I'm a bit surprised by the thinner body and nut brown color of the liquid on the pour. Seems a bit thinner than I was expecting. No biggie though. It still looks delicious.

Heavy cinnamon and cream on the nose. A bit of a floral bouquet that accentuates the spice. Subtler notes of chocolate and vanilla. It's a nice aroma, but mellow and despite my best efforts I can't help but compare it to other similarly spiced beers that are much more potent.

The flavor reminds me of a spicy cocoa. Cocoa obviously, but also cinnamon and spicy chile flavor of the red variety. Finishes with dark chocolate and vanilla. Pretty tasty although I feel it may be a bit spice heavy where I wish for more chocolate.

It's got a good bite that might be a bit much for some lightweights. The heavier-carbonation and lighter body can almost resemble a soda. It's enjoyable but leaves a bit too be desired as far as thickness and creaminess.

Good stuff. Between the two more widely available chile/chocolate/cinnamon brews, I give the advantage to Xocoveza, but I enjoy this plenty.

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Photo of RogerWolfe
4.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another Lips of Faith winner!! Beautiful dark color with a cinnamon pepper smell smell. Lots of south of the border chocolate taste up front that lingers and eventually turns into a slow burn of pepper. Absolutely amazing!!

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