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Cocoa Mole! Cerveza Para Cinco de Mayo!

The hubster brought home a surprise bomber the other night.  Something new, completely unique and amazingly good.  If you’re lucky enough to have access to New Belgium Brewing Company’s specialty beers, then bypass the Mexican beers this Cinco de Mayo and pick up a bottle of their Cocoa Mole.  Holy Mole, this beer is spiced just right with ancho, guajillo and chipotle peppers; cinnamon; and bittersweet cocoa.

If you’re not familiar with mole, it’s a heavy spiced Mexican sauce or rub that’s sweet, spicy, and full of delicious, fruity smoky lingering heat.  Imagine that in a beer and you’ve got Cocoa Mole -“Porter de Mexico”.  Introduced as part of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series, this beer is not for weak taste buds.  The spices permeate the beer without overwhelming.  You can taste every ingredient, yet the combination is brilliant, and like the sauce, the chilies and leave a sweet fruity lingering heat that blends perfectly with the spicy cinnamon and bittersweet chocolate.

For those of you who like stats with your beer reviews, here we go…

  • Medium bodied
  • Dark
  • Full Flavored
  • 9% ABV
  • IBU’s?  Target hops are used, but IBUs aren’t even listed – the spices pretty much replace the hops in this one.
  • Spices – Ancho, guajillo, and chipotle peppers, cinnamon, cocoa

If you’re thinking you’d rather cook with it than drink it, then hey, you’re not alone.  I can easily imagine cooking this down to a thick syrupy demi glacé and spooning it over mounds of tender roasted chicken or pork (Remember the beautiful food in the movie “Like Water for Chocolate”?) .  Or scoop some vanilla ice cream, pour Cocoa Mole over and top with chocolate syrup for a delicious beer ice cream float.  Yum!  Don’t believe me?  Check out New Belgium’s website for some creative Cocoa Mole recipes.

Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a good authentic mexican cerveza on Cinco de Mayo.  And in the heat of summer, a cold (yes, I said cold) Corona can be just the ticket (and it happens to be one of the few beers that encourages fruit).  But for a true Cinco de Mayo flavored filled cerveza experience, you’ve got to try Cocoa Mole.  At less than $10 a bottle, not only will you get a memorable beer experience, but you’ll also have a gorgeous artsy bottle that will melt down into one heck of a nice cheese plate (check out New Life for Old Beer Bottles) !

Happy Cinco de Mayo Everyone!  Viva la Mexico and Cheers Beers!

  1. May 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Love this idea!

  2. May 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Really enjoyed this beer, thinking a chocolate cake recipe using this would be great! Excellent post!

    • May 3, 2012 at 6:42 am

      Great idea! Or brownies – replace the water with the Cocoa Mole. There’s also a Cocoa Mole snicker doodle recipe on New Belgium’s site.

  3. May 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Lovely review! This sounds a bit like the Ballast Point Indra Kunindra (sp?) that I had this past winter. That was weird but wonderful!

  4. May 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Woohoo! Cheers, my friend!

  5. May 9, 2012 at 9:32 am

    What an interesting beer, i shall look out for it! but you know what it is like out here on the prairies! not a big choice! c

  6. May 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    This was a delicious beer and would work well for a Mole reduction sause on pork street tacos… perhaps I shall have to try this out. I’m blessed to live in Colorado, where I can easily find these delicious concoctions! Great post.

    • May 23, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Indeed! You are a lucky lady to be living in central beer USA. And a stone’s throw from GABF. It’s on my beer bucket list! Hope you stop by again soon!

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