Holy Mole`

Everything from the spice of the beer to the sugar skulls on the bottle represents the Mexican culture trapped in this bottle.//Photo: Jason Ruiz

Best known for Fat Tire amber ale and its bicycle- adorned logo, New Belgium Brewing has been a major player in the craft brew scene for over 20 years. In contrast to their standard lineup of brews, the company’s “Lips of Faith” series has for years showcased New Belgium’s daring use of ingredients ranging from prickly pears to cranberries. Cocoa Mole Ale, the newest addition to the series, stitches together the worlds of chocolate and chili peppers inside one truly complex beer.

 

Mole is a traditional Mexican dish that’s composed of a thick, pepper-based sauce. To achieve this, New Belgium utilized Ancho, Guajillo and Chipotle peppers to create both a slight, smoky texture to the beer as well as a faint heat note at the end of every drink. The cocoa and cinnamon  used in the brewing process provide an inviting, sweet aroma as well as a chocolaty balance to the spice of the peppers. Think Mexican hot chocolate meets enchiladas, in a good way!

 

 

Packed with cocoa and chilies, Cocoa Mole Ale is like a fiesta in a glass.//Photo: Jason Ruiz

 

At 9 percent alcohol, the peppers in Cocoa Mole Ale aren’t the only things providing a kick. Despite its high alcohol by volume and its dark, root-beer like appearance, this brew goes down smoother than expected. The flavor profile might suggest that it’s a dessert beer, but its too good to just have one.

 

If you can’t afford a vacation to Central Mexico, Cocoa Mole Ale can provide you the essence of the culture for the price of a pint glass. And, at 9 dollars for a 22-ounce bottle, it’s a lot more affordable. Cheers!

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~ by J. Ruiz on April 8, 2012.

5 Responses to “Holy Mole`”

  1. Thanks for the write up! Cocoa Mole has been a go to for me since the day it came out. Glad you enjoyed it…

  2. No problem. As long as New Belgium puts out tasty brews I’ll be more than happy to give them glowing reviews. Feel free to share my link!

  3. I’m drinking this right now. Totes surprised how much it tastes like mole sauce I’ve made in the past. This is one of those beers that tastes like food but still beer? If that makes sense. Anyhow, I’m liking it nonetheless!

    • I’m glad you were brave enough to trust my taste in beer. It really is good. I have another bottle in my fridge, just waiting for the right time to enjoy it. Maybe with some enchiladas.

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