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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé | New Belgium Brewing

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89
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277 Reviews
Lips Of Faith - Cocoa MoléLips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by hopfacebrew on 01-20-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
277
Ratings:
1,015
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
25.56%
 
 
Wants:
132
Gots:
200
For Trade:
7
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Photo of ehammond1
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle

Thanks for opening this one, UCLABrewN84!

Dark brown body without a lot of visible carbonation activity. The beer eventually leaves spots of lace down the glass.

An incredibly unique aroma: decidedly Mexican coffee/chipotle peppers/rich, dark, chocolate mole, with enough roast to round out any sharp edges. Comes together very nicely.

The flavor is interesting, unusual, and delicious. The cinnamon and earthy spices are at the forefront, with bitter Mexican chocolate and coffee elements as well, with pepper heat lingering on the back of the throat after every swallow. Quite a unique drinking experience.

I suppose my only complaint would be with the mouthfeel, though I'd be nitpicking. Though there wasn't a lot of visible carbonation, it seemed, if anything, too carbonated in the mouth.

A unique, interesting, awesome chile beer. I'd recommend drinking this one fresh, as the chiles are vibrant and flavorful, though not overpowering or truly spicy in a classic sense.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – A very dark but translucent brown. A very thin head, and little lacing.

Smell – Smells of chili, cocoa, and cinnamon.

Taste – This one actually has a surprising chili bite! But it’s tempered by a sweet cinnamon and cocoa flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, creamy, nice carbonation, a slight burn from the chili.

Drinkability – This is quite drinkable, in spite of the chili bite. The chili does an amazing job of covering the 9% abv; I never would have guessed it to be that high.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sensational and different! pours a brown ale color with some good bubbling. smells outrageous. tons of cocoa powder in the nose, bits of cinnamon, and some smoked pepper vibe, pablano maybe. flavor is so balanced. cocoa powder up front, not sweet at all. then comes a little heat, but not in your face, ancho the bottle says would account for that smokey thing. good caramel and chocolate malt sweetness and richness. pleasant mouthfeel, works with this beer. medium bodied to fuller bodied, and a mildly spicy booze laced finish, especially as it warms up here. the cocoa is what is memorable for me here, i like this one a whole lot. way above my expectations!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and cocoa, with some light chili notes and some roasted malt. The flavor is a little more complex. There is a ton of milk chocolate and roasted green pepper notes, as well as some cream and some roasted malt. There is also a little bit of heat from the peppers. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice chocolate-chili beer, a style that has become more popular and I am always excited to try.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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. 

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Photo of sjccmd
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark cola brown, nearly black. Red and amber highlights in the light. Small light tan head that fades quickly. Decent lacing though.

Cinnamon cookie aroma. Spices, vanilla, and graham cracker. Lots of earthy and sweet cocoa. Mexican hot chocolate with chiles in the background. Very sweet.

The taste almost mirrors the aroma but with dark fruits coming into play as well. Chiles still far in the background on the first sip, but heat begins to kick in with subsequent sips. It's quite sweet, but the peppers seem to keep it in check as if taking the place of hops...very interesting.

Pretty silky mouthfeel but with low carbonation. Could be better if there was more to deliver more of the flavors.

Very interesting beer. I'm a fan of this trend with chocolate beers that aren't stouts. You taste the actual chocolate more as opposed to roasted malts. The peppers don't seem to add much flavor, just heat, which isn't so exciting...still good though.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone, Columbia, MO

A - Poured a jet black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chilies and spice with a touch of roastiness.

T - It tasted of chocolate, toffee and roastiness. The spices from the chilies are mild but nice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good chilie beer. I really like the roastiness to balance the chilies.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO, $9. Into a NB Globe.

A: Cola colored with a light tan head, about an inch that fades to a small cap leaving behind some nice small clumps of lacing. Completely transparent, no haze at all. Nice looking beer.

S: Lots of chocolate and cinnamon, reminds me of that Nestle Abuelita drink we could get in the dorms in college. Some bakers chocolate and a touch of spicy chile peppers. Not bad.

T: Awesome flavors all the way around, chocolate, cinnamon and just a bit of chipotle smoke/ancho chiles. Chile flavors linger on the tongue for a long time. Really a nice, not overly vegetal pepper flavor. Definitely on the sweet side of the spectrum, but the spice and little bit of chile heat make this incredibly tasty.

M: Thin in the body, medium carbonation, and warming from both the 9% and from the chili peppers in here.

O: Really a nice beer, and definitely exceeded my expectations. Tons of great flavors from cinnamon and bakers chocolate to the nice subtle, lingering chile pepper flavors. Really enjoyed this, just wish I would've grabbed another bomber.

Well done NB, and 1st beer back since the crash!

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark brown with an off-white head that dissipated relatively quickly. Its appearance is somewhere between porter and a brown ale.

S-Smokey, cocoa, spicy, and malty

T-Much like the nose with cocoa and a hint of coffee up front and then some smokiness with a spicy finish as the chile burns the throat. Complex and delicious.

M-Seemed somewhat thin but I don't have much experience with this style but it was nice.

D-A friend of mine split a bomber with me and I felt like that was about as much as I could drink. Its complexity combined with its smokey and spiciness make this a sipper for me.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. The Lips of Faith series in my experience has been great. I recommend this.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and had a little head which left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was plenty of chocolate malts noticeable on the nose with some spice, some cocoa sweetness but mole pepper character to it as well.

T: I loved how it had good chocolate cocoa sweetness upfront and great mole pepper spiciness on the finish. It had various spices, and a slight syrupy sweet flavor to it.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, pepper spice, mole, and hot spicey finish.

O: this brew was very interesting and very tasty, I would love to have this beer again and again.

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Photo of duckrabbitfan
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at The Busy Bee Cafe in Raleigh, NC

pours a deep mahogany with offwhite/beige head, some lacing, looks sexy.

smells exactly as advertised. very enticing. chocolate is there but the spices are more dominating

same with the taste. it's a really nice, slow burn, and the spices are just right.

this is a really unique brew. so glad to have gotten it on tap. had it again in the bottle and there was an appreciable difference as far as the burn and the spices are concerned. i think everything would be a 1/2 point lower if i were reviewing the bottle. just fyi.

(additionally, just for the sake of information, i followed this up with a terrapin 2010 gamma ray, also on tap at the busy bee, and it was probably the best/most unique 1-2 punch i've had in some time, if not ever.)

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Photo of denver10
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a brownish head. A sweet, cinnamon aroma paired with somecocoa, roasted malt and some pepper. First flavor to hit is a huge bomb of sweet cinnamon that teases of being too much but ends up being just right as it pairs with the cocoa, roasted malt and the heat of the peppers in the finish. A nice creamy medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice brew.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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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 RockyTopHeel
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Ed-Hill
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Merkur
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Barleys (SC - 3/2013) and from a 22 oz bottle on Xmas 2015.

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 the warming in my beily. A nice dose of cinnamon too, with everything in balance. That is, nothing is so strong as to mask all of the other ingredients, including a nice chocolate note. But be forewarned, this is one of the hottest (spicy) beers I’ve ever had

Overall: Much enjoyed and recommended.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
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