Cocoa Molé | New Belgium Brewing

very good
277 Reviews
Cocoa MoléCocoa Molé

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of sbl556
3.04/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was really excited to try this as it pulled on my foodie heartstrings because I love experimenting with Molé sauces. That's pretty much the reason I got this as I've been underwhelmed by every other lips of faith i've tried...and I was pretty excited about those as well.

Bomber, poured into 20oz pint glass.

A- Dark brown pour with appealing tan head. Unforunately the head dissipates immediately with no lacing creating a really unappealing flat coke like appearance for the brew,

S- the highlight of the beer from what I can gather. Inviting Molé smell with cocoa and fresh chile scent being clear on the nose.

T- The Cocoa flavor hits upfront hard. It's clear that this is really cocoa and not chocolate which was refreshing, and the finish is a nice spice hit. these two flavors completely overpower everything else, save for a hint of cinnamon dark malts. the alchohol flavor, which was anticipated and I was looking forward to isn't even coming out by the bipolar flavor of this beer. While both are good flavors I enjoyed, this beer is screaming for more complexity that never develops.

M- nice feeling on the tongue and roof of the mouth that's essentially ruined by the soda like carbonation for me. the first thing that came to my mind is it felt like spicy dr. pepper going down my throat. I was not happy with the sensation.

O- There's a lot of promise in this beer. If it would have done what I anticipated it doing, namely had some head retention and developed more than a duopoly of flavors, it could have been very good. As it is, average to below average brew. Will not try again and I'll try to restrain myself the next time a LoF beer looks interesting.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.22/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle. Pours a dark cola brown with a small tan head that settles to a ring and leaves very little lacing. Aroma is rocoa, smoked chiles, vanilla, a bit of cinnamon, and a mineral note. The taste is sweet cocoa, cinnamon, some smoked pepper, and a bit of a mineral note. It finishes with some smoky pepper heat and a light bitterness. Light body. Low carbonation. This reminds me a little bit of Hunahpu's, but without the roastiness to balance the other flavors and without the amazing full, creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A stimulating peppery brew with a rather sweet edge.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Screen printed bottle with imagery of the Mexican Day of the Death, banner-flags, skeletons holding the name of the brew. Side paragraph notes main ingredients, and intent. Shows 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Brown to dark brown pour, small bubbly head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Malt, cinnamon, chocolate, hint of peppery spice...

T - Malty sense, with plenty of chocolate, peppers emerge but never overwhelm going back to the sweetness. Cinnamon and sugar, woven back into what at points almost feels like a crumbled cinnamon-sugar cake.

M - Medium to medium-light body with medium carbonation, and a nice long spicy finish, not too hot at all but pretty prominent, and balanced nicely by the hefty sweetness if one is into that edge. Alcohol is very well integrated and offers a hefty if smooth ride.

O - A nicely stimulating brew, something not that rounded in its rhythm but nothing off-putting.

Notes: Nice and pleasing brew. It does not deserve the praise it gets in some quarters but it is well worth the try.

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Photo of Arborescence
2.77/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of david18
2.85/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

This pours a dark brown with reddish hues, a 1 finger head of foam with plenty of lacing.

I get chiles, cinnamon, and chocolate in the smell...nice.

The taste starts off with some heat from the chiles, cocoa moves in to smooth things out, then back to the heat. My throat is feeling it right now. ;^)

A smooth medium body, likewise for the carbonation, this is quite tasty and would have been even better to sip on in the middle of Winter. Good stuff.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, off white head that quickly dissipated. No real lacing to speak of.

S: A sharp aroma of malt, chocolate, and chiles.

T: Tasted of chocolate and malt up front, with a very pronounced chile burn in the finish. This is a sneaky flavor. At first it seems a little thin, but as you go on it gets better and better. A formidable flavor.

M: An OK amount of carbonation with a fiery finish, courtesy of the chiles. Medium-bodied.

O: The chile beer style is not easy to get right, but I think New Belgium has done a good job with this beer.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Taco Mac Duluth. Reviewed from notes.

New Belgium Lips Of Faith Cocoa Mole

11oz pour $4.75

(Appearance) pours a solid black with an off-white tone head with an average retention. Not much else to report. Looks pretty decent by appearance. 3.5

(Smell) Obviously cocoa is a big part of the aroma but also included here is a bit of cream coffee bean and cinnamon sugar, making it a very pleasant beer to smell. It's quite well balanced. 4.5

(Taste) Taste is a bit mocha coffee and wraps up with a pepper taste on the finish. 4

(Mouthfeel) Mildly creamy. Low alcohol presence. Medium body. 4

(Overall) One of the best LOF creations I have had yet. Seek it out! 4

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Photo of GlassHalfFull
2.37/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a stemgoblet at Beachwood BBQ's Seal Beach location. Cost was $6.50.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of good cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Vanila, cocoa, cream, and spices - maybe cinnamon. A mild strength aroma.

T: Cocoa, spices (cinnamon), caramelized dark malts, and a resurgence of spices towards the finish. A bit simple, without layering. Not real subtle or complex. Nicely balanced. Decently built. Not unique or special, but enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not enough cream. Near perfect thickness.

Dr: The vanilla is wonderful. Very drinkable - especially for the ABV (which is well hidden). I'd buy a bottle of it. Otherwise, it's not extraordinary. Give it a try if you like the style. Pricey.


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Photo of queens1130
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown maple syrup in color. Light head that fades

Nose: cinnamon, nutmeg, & chocolate aroma

Taste: spiced nicely, has a light kick on the finish. Chocolate comes through as we as the cinnamon flavor

Mouthfeel: pretty average

Overall: digging the lightly spiced kick finish, would drink again!

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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 Beaver13
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours dark reddiish brown with a smallish fizzy creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is awesome - sweet chocolate, cinnamon and chili spices (mole).

The flavor is sweet chocolate and cinnamon with a chili spice kick in the finish. There's a sublte vegetal note, that I don't recall in fresher samples. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, I really like this. It's a nice blend of chocolate, cinnamon and chili spice. It has good heat, but is not the standard chili beer.

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Photo of dbossman
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a ruby tint; a one inch, quickly-dissipating head and decent lacing

S: Roasted peppers--poblano, jalapeno--and roasted chocolatey malts; fairly subdued but still roasty and spicy smelling and I'm excited--the peppers get stronger as this beer warms

T: Chocolate malts up front followed by the peppers and then it's back to chocolate and roasted malts and a touch of dark fruits and then it finishes with just a touch of pepper burn--sweet and spicy and nice (boozy, sugary, and caramel sweetness comes out in the finish--lots of caramel actually)

F: A tad thin but the oily and sticky residue from the peppers adds to the mouth feel

O: This is a nice, complex beer; it captures mole sauce but doesn't overpower or overwhelm, making it quite drinkable and the fact that the alcohol is well masked helps

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

Poured from the bottle, into a shaker pint glass.

A nice dark chestnut body hits on the pour, fairly clear and deep with some real nice ruby hues along the edges. Head provides a nice light tan caramel and uniform sense with a nice puck while settling also.

Nose hits with cayenne pepper, and a milk stout chocolate bent. Spiced mexicali chocolate and hot cocoa sense gives off a feeling this is more like hot chocolate. Interesting, kind of fun.

Palate brings all the nose together. Drying red cayenne sense in the palate, finishing with a nice mixed milk chocolate sweetness. Peppers hotness brings the feeling of a warm cocoa with the drink. Mouthfeel hits nicely coating very well with out a controlled boozy sense. Sweetness and hot dry spice is balanced nicely.

This may not be the most amazing beer by any stretch but it's quite fun and enjoyable, that I must say.

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Photo of craig220
4.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: 22oz bottle

A: Beautiful rich mahogany brown

S: Probably the best thing about this beer. Smells absolutely delicious like cinnamon and vanilla.

T: Tastes like cinnamon up front and afterwords has a hint of the peppers. Hides the high ABV quite well.

M: Smooth, yet slightly acidic with a little burn to it.

O: One of my new favorite beers I enjoyed it with some smoked salmon and was perfect together.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just got this in courtesy of scotchboy. Thanks a bunch buddy.

A: Looks like a very dark dopplebock for the base beer. A large zesty off white head fizzes up and then recedes.

S:Real slight hints of chili, slight raisin, and cinammon. Again it smells like a dopplebock, lots of rich dark malts- although it says ale. Chocolate comes through a bit.

T: This is in a class by itself, not a huge chili stout like Huna, not like drinking kerosene( ghost scorpion, ghost face killa). Rich chocolate malts, cinammon and a decent helping of caramel make up the base beer. A good chili pepper/cinammon warmth is present, not the accompanying vegetal flavor most have. Alcohol is hidden nicely. No hops to speak of.

M:It has a medium body. Slight heat in the throat, nothing crazy. The carbonation is fairly low for the amount of fizz this pour yielded.

O: It really excels in this class, real good chili beer. I may have thought this was gonna be a porter. I'm glad I tried it, but I'm just gonna ask for more biere de mars next time.

Thanks Daniel!

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Photo of aasher
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chile beer, whooo!

This beer poured a medium bodied chestnut brown with amber highlights and a one finger soapy off white head. The nose features slightly sweet dark malts, toffee, light chocolate, cinnamon, and finishes with a slight pepper spice. I would prefer more pepper in the nose but it's decent. The flavors consist of a lot of dark malty sweetness, cinnamon, nutmeg, light cocoa, with ever so slight peppery spice. It's a little sweet and because of the spice profile with chocolate, kind of reminds me of the Midnight Sun's chocolate pumpkin porter, yet with a peppery spice. It's ok, I just wish there was more pepper, like a lot more. It drinks lighter than it poured and lighter than it looked. It's ok, I expected more, especially with high reviews.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lips of Faith Cocoa Mole bottled on 12/21/2011. From bottle to snifters.

Clear red-brown with good clarity. Not so big of a head, and it's all but gone now. Not sure what to expect from a chile beer, but this looks good enough for a decent score. 3.5

My girlfriend's right. There's a flaky pie crust like aroma with evident dried chile spice and dusty cinnamon. Very slight cocoa; a subtle, but featured, chile pepper vibe. Pecan pie, cinnamon, dried chiles, cocoa powder, graham cracker malts, and some residual burnt sugar sweetness. A bit of salty oyster cracker. 4.0

My girlfriend's right again. Tastes like baklava, with a slight chile afterburn. Flaky pie crust, cinnamon sugar doughnut, dusty backdraft chile rub heat, bittersweet cocoa powder, pecan nuttiness, and some teensy yeasty esters poking through the clouds. Not as spicy as Church Brew Works Mole Stout, but spicier than Rogue Chipotle Ale. The lingering burn on the finish would probably scale a '3' or a '4' at a reputable Thai restaurant. An impressive chile beer. 4.5

Very light on the carbonation, but the spice is enough to pique the buds. Body = medium. Decently drinkable for a chile beer, thanks to the baked pastry dough character. Not too sweet, not too crazy. 4.0

I love spicy foods. This beer is lovable for that reason. What I did NOT expect, however, was the baked goodies savory flavor. A guilty dessert without the multiple spoons of sugar. Probably the best chile beer I've had to date. 4.0

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Photo of grittybrews
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown with a finger of off-white head. Doesn't look like much until it's held to the light and some intense ruby highlights show up. Mild aroma of chocolate, nutty malt, and a trace of smokey chili.

Moderate carbonation and a light, slightly thin mouthfeel. Spicy chili up front with cinnamon and light chocolate followed by a more smokey chili character on the finish.

Much lighter than expected; hardly any booze detected. Could have used a little more rich chocolate malt to balance the spice, although the cocoa really emerged as this beer warmed. Very nice!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly dark ruby-brown color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind just a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of chili pepper, cinnamon, roasted chocolate malts, with a bit of bread.

T - Starts off with some chili pepper with some heat and some roasted chocolate malts. Through the middle, more spices come through with some cinnamon and a bit more heat from the peppers. The finish is a mix of heat from the peppers with some chocolate and cinnamon.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with hot, spicy, and chocolatey finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very unique combination of flavors but everything really comes together nicely. I really like the head level on this one.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A: Light brown with a beige frothy head.

S: Big cinnamon and chipotle notes. Light cocoa character. Smells like Hunahpu's light.

T: Lightly spicy peppers with cinnamon. Cocoa blends with earthy notes. Strong chipotle profile. Spicy cocoa finish.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: An okay beer, definitely interesting, but I wouldn't drink more than four ounces of it.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Enjoying in the comforts of home. Pours a crystal clear dark ruby brown color with no particulates. One finger light grey-tan head that dissipates quickly.

Nose: Cinnamon, cocoa, bread, honey, graham cracker, caramel. Smells almost exactly like a Cinnabon.

Taste: Sweet, with notes of cinnamon, clove, caramel, and cocoa. Light pepper bitterness that reveals a nice solid but manageable chile heat.

Sweetness fades to spices which fade to light bitterness which becomes chile spice. Very complex and fairly well-balanced trip of a beer. Never had anything like this. It's rather approachable, and the residual heat makes me want to cool my mouth down with another sip! Would never drink this on a regular basis but it's a fun spiced beer that is decently well put together.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/21/11. Poured into tulip. Deep amber brown. Slight head but sticky lacing. Smells of cinnamon, chocolate and spice.
Very interesting flavor. Taste of chocolate, cinnamon, toasted coconut, malts, and spice. The heat kinda kicks in after a few sips.
Overall, a great brew and in par with the LOF series. Best chile beer I ever had.

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Photo of RescueKitty
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark mahogany with a thin tan head in a snifter. Very dark, but clear in the light. With the first taste I got a good deal more carbonation than I anticipated and some of the spices but not much cocoa. I think it was too cold. After letting it warm up a bit, wow, what a difference! The scent is cinnamon and splices with a little of the pepper. Cocoa is subtle and not overpowering and I don't taste the peppers until the finish. When they come through though, they really show up strong with a mild heat way in the back of the throat. Not hot so much, but definitely spicy. Surprisingly balanced. Some of the accohol taste comes through, but in a sweet, bourbon like way. Couldn't tell it haa a 9% ABV.

Overall, a pleasant experience. Different from other veggie beers I've had, but in a good way. Nicely done.

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