Box Of Chocolate - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 227
Gots: 61 | FT: 6
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Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jmvecchio1 on 02-13-2011

It's Difficult to express Love's nuances, much like the complexity of this Belgian style Chocolate Quad. You Might use a Box of Chocolate to express your love, we use it to demonstrate our passion for great beer.
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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malt. The chocolate is nearly overwhelming and really melds well with the dark fruit notes from the quadrupel. The flavor is more of the same. The chocolate tastes like malted milk balls, with some roasted malt and a little bit of raisins and figs mixed in. Thick mouthfeel and medium mouthfeel. Definitely a chocolate-heavy beer that somewhat surprisingly mixed well well with a traditional Belgian quad.

Photo of deebo
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a new joint in Arkansas. This is a straight up chocolate truffle. Sweet and chocolatey. Doesn't disappoint-hits the name straight on. Well done.

Photo of ehammond1
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2012)

(Aged for 1+ year)

Dark brown in body with a short near-white white head. Leaves the glass messy and oily. Pretty and appropriate for a chocolate quad, I'd have to assume.

My favorite aspect of this beer is its wonderful aroma. This smells just like mom's freshly baked brownies with the slightly crispy, just nearly-burnt edges--which happen to be my favorite part! There are some complementary dark fruit as well, especially as it warms, but I'm in love with the crispy, freshly-baked brownie aroma.

The flavor follows the aroma, with chocolate brownie and dark fruits combining quite nicely. Minimal yeast character, which is surprising for a quad where that aspect really has the opportunity to shine. Some brown sugar/candy sugar sweetness complements as well.

Medium to near fully body with low carbonation.

Very nice. This was a great surprise for me at a tasting full of incredible beers.

Photo of Mavajo
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark chestnut brown, near black body with a cream/tan head. I only got about a finger of head, but I did have an unnecessarily careful pour.

The nuances of the aroma and taste have been well covered by other reviews here -- essentially, this is a cocoa quad. All the requisite notes of a typical quad, laced throughout with lovely cocoa notes. I began it at just slightly cooler than cellar temps, but it opened up much more as it warmed to room temp. I strongly suggest allowing this one to warm up before drinking. This is obviously true of most beers, but particularly important with this one.

Mouthfeel is great. Thick, with just enough carbonation to keep it from being too sticky and cloying on the tongue. Probably could have used a bit more carbonation, but a fairly minor knock. All in all, still a very good mouthfeel.

Excellent quad. I've had most of the big boys (Westy, Rochefort, etc.), and this one drinks easier than any of them. Delicious and easy drinking.

Meets the hype, IMO. Although if you're not a quad fan, then I don't imagine this one will suddenly make you a believer. It's merely a very nice, well-made cocoa-infused twist on the style.

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Fayetteville, AR

Pours brown/mahogany with a pinky of tan head.

S: Dark fruit with carob

T: Rich milk chcolate with, some cherry & figgy notes, with a touch of candied plum up front & a bit of booze warmth. Chocolate & cherry blend nicely as this warms, along with more figgyness, plus a touch of dryness, accented by faint woody hops. Finishes with some woody dry notes, a touch of dark & milk chocolate

MF: Slight body, slighter carbonation with a touch of slickness. Gains some warmth & depth after it warms up

This is very well done, an interesting take on a Quad with artfully blended chocolate. This is one I'll buy again to cellar

Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
2.51/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was happy to open this given the excitement and reception it has gotten so far, but..

right off the bat after popping the cap we knew how this was going to go down. The aroma was a dead giveaway, fake chocolate, like hershey's syrup mixed with the left over candy from easter that no one wanted.

The pour wasnt so bad, but the aroma and subsequent taste were a cross between southern tier Chokolat and creme brule, gross. At no point did this resemble any type of belgian quad.
Cloying sweetness, chocolate syrup, and vanilla extract abound with little other flavors to mention. If the style of the beer was "chocolate syrup with belgian quad flavor added" i'd be more inclined to say they nailed this one, but thats not the case.

The good things this brew has going for it are a thick mouthfeel and very well hidden alcohol.

Overall this was a pretty big disappointment, im stunned at the reviews its gotten so far. This beer is quite simply not good.

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one during BASC! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and a floral note. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cream, and subtle roasted malt. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. The chocolate notes on this one dominated and took NO prisoners! I would not have guessed that it was a Quad based on the flavor and aroma notes going on here at all. It was really well put together and easy to drink. Would have loved to sit down to a whole bottle, but I will take what I can get for sure.

Photo of GRG1313
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big surprise. This is a genuinely tasty and "real" chocolate brew. Not "fake/synthetic" chocolate like so many others.

Pours a nice brown with a think khaki head.

Big, rich and pure chocolate nose with flavor profile to that follows nose. Sweet chocolate character with a nice mouthfeel that is medium bodied and inviting to flavors of rich sweet chocolate with undertones of cherry chocolate cordial.

Nice fresh chocolate finish with light bitter character. Nice.

Photo of trappistlover
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(sampled at Dak’s Memorial Day tasting. I think Dak broke this open!). Pour dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is all milk chocolate . The flavor follows suit with sweet chocolate and some tootsie roll. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Slightly bitter finish, but balanced. Pretty nice beer with nice chocolate flavor, but the hype machine is in full tilt for this one.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for sharing this first batch bottle.

Served in a tulip glass, it pours a tawny dark brown with some frothy foam on the surface that parts after a few minutes to a spiraling skim.

Bittersweet chocolate aroma, dry and nutty with lightly sweet traces. Flavors are similar, the chocolate is dry and bitter like dark chocolate, not overly sweet and one-dimensional like cocoa for example. Definitely some high quality chocolate involved here. The base Quad isn't easy to pin down, but lends some nutty sweetness and a hefty body.

Smooth feel, and full bodied but deceptively light considering the 10.5% abv. Overall a better chocolate beer than Boulevard's Chocolate Ale, for a comparable regional example.

Photo of Rutager
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Rodkin!

Appearance. Pours a very dark brown, close to black in the glass. Just a skim of khaki head on this one.

Smell. Caramel, dark fruits, sweet chocolate and a bit of vanilla.

Taste. Plump juicy raisins, caramel, cherry and vanilla, chocolate and a touch of almond.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of full bodied, low smooth carbonation.

Overall. A nice brew but with the name I was expecting more chocolate.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby/garnet color. Light tan, brownish head. Nice initial lace, but it will be short lived.

After the head has mostly dissipated and as the beer is still, there is a big Belgian chocolate aroma. It's rather rich and slightly sweet. When swirled, sharp Belgian yeast presents itself, along with big dark fruits and slightly nose hair-stinging alcohol. For a quad brewed with chocolate, I couldn't have thought of a better marriage than what I experience here.

While the liquid is still, it's very chocolaty and rich....and stirring really only changes the aroma noticeably. While there isn't much quad characters in the taste, I can't find negative things to say because it's really just so damn tasty with the rich chocolate.

Carbonation is low, low. Feel is medium to full, but despite the low carbonation, it never ceased to satisfy the palate.

What a wonderful brewing experiment. I hope this becomes a regular. It has great drinkability.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark brown color, mearly opaque with only the slightest bit of light on the bottom of the glass. Rich tan head of maybe an inch crept up along the sides and settled down nicely into a thin pillow like crown that broke up to nothing as the session wore on.

THe aroma was huge. Lots of chocolate, caramel, oak, hints of dark fruit and a touch of grain like smells. Lots of wood notes in here, had to be one of the oakiest aromas I have come across. Big flavor now as well. Lots of oak, vanilla, tons of chocolate but its soo well balanced with hints of raisins and a nice touch of light hops in the finish. One of the best feels I have come across as the carbonation was nearly spot on and the rich velvet like subtle feel was second to none.

Overall a wonderful beer that it was really a pleasure to get ahold of.

Photo of kkoz
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance & Aroma: The lighting was low, but it appeared to be a deep, dark, brown/black color with a very thick brown, creamy head on it. There was an obvious milk chocolate and cocoa aroma.

Taste & Feel: The big creamy head, gave it a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Up front, the flavor was sweet and milk chocolaty, tasting almost artificial at first. That was followed by a richer chocolate flavor with cocoa and dark chocolate flavors. In the finish, the dark chocolate flavors mixed with the high alcohol to provide a rich warmth. However, the aftertaste left only the milk chocolaty flavor in my mouth.

Food Pairing: The obvious food pairing for this beer would be something chocolaty. Since it’s very high in alcohol, I’d recommend going with something lighter, like a chocolate cake, which would complement the flavors and help to soak up some of this big beer.

Overall Impression: I’d love to find out how they get the chocolate flavor in this beer. On my first sip, it tasted a bit artificial, reminding me of the chocolate flavor in O’Fallon’s Cherry Chocolate beer, but after a couple of sips, I started to enjoy the rich and complex chocolate and cocoa flavors. Surprisingly, the beer really lived up to its name, with a complex mix of chocolate flavors that reminded me of a box of chocolates. While this isn’t an every day beer, it is a great dessert beer, that I’d recommend after a nice meal.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this, been looking forward to this for a while

Consumed 7/13/13

Appearance: Dark brown with some clarity around the edges - pours with a small, off-white head, fades to a small ring, not much of a cap - leaves some spotty lacing

Smell: More or less smells like a box of chocolate sprayed with some Belgian yeast - sweet, chocolate candies, with some powdery cocoa and some chocolate syrup - some Belgian yeast, with some candi sugar, spice, and banana - some quad-like characteristics, with plums, figs, raisins - straight-up powdered sugar as well - very, very sweet, hard to decide whether or not this is a serious concern

Taste: Chocolate, sugar, sugary chocolate, and some dark fruits - milk chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet cocoa, chocolate syrup, sugar - very sweet and very candy-like, which is too sweet, but I can't really complain considering the name of this beer (or maybe I still can) - dark fruits, like sweet raisins and figs - some hints of Belgian yeast, but mostly covered up by the chocolate candy

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, adequate carbonation, so sweet that I swear I can feel the sugar in the mouthfeel, it's like drinking root beer

Overall: Box of Diabetes! Help me Wilford Brimley!

I understand that this beer is supposed to be reminiscent of a box of chocolates, but seriously... This is pretty ridiculous. It's certainly unique, but I can't say it's exceptional. Brb insulin shot.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikeyv35 for sharing this one. A generous pour from a truly generous guy.

The pour yields the color of a quintessential quad. Deep dark brown with mahogany and burgundy highlights around the edges and throughout the body. Capped by a creamy head that doesn't last long, the lacing is solid for such a high octane brew.

The aroma is a standout aspect of this offering from Charleville. There are all the parts of the quad that one would expect -- cherries, raisins, toffee -- plus the added bonus of chocolate, and lots of it. Dark chocolate provides some bitterness that complements a milk chocolatey sweetness perfectly. The taste follows suit, though the compelling chocolate aromas seem to fade a bit from the complex profile of the beer once it is on the palate. The quad does come through more, with an intense fruit/toffee medley. The high alcohol content is never a factor, as it is masked by the fruits and chocolate that does remain. In the finish, a well balanced vanilla comes through to enhance the overall experience of this beer.

The body is medium to medium-heavy with a light carbonation that softens the consistency a bit and makes this a delight on the palate. A very solid offering, and I am surprised that this has flown under the radar as much as it has to this point. Get your hands on some. It will be worth it.

Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown that yields some red when the light hits it. There is a finger of tan head that leaves a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet mild chocolate. A bit roasty with some fruit hints as well.

Taste: Sweet with hints of dark fruit. There is a mild cherry taste. Lots of milk chocolate. A bit roasty with a bitter sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Nice chocolate flavor. There were more other flavors in the mix than I expected. Really good and I would love to have more.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

March 19, 2015

22 oz bomber, snifter

A – Very deep brown, nearing black. About a quarter-inch of tan head, bubbly, with moderate retention.

S – Definitely chocolate, and some darker pitted fruit, like plum or perhaps like currant. Chocolate is like cocoa nibs or powder. Also some estery components, pear or apple, perhaps from the alcohol. Hops are not apparent. Perhaps the lightest tinge of peppery, yeasty spice.

T – A bomb of chocolate, heavy on cocoa nibs, a bit of milky-dark, creamy flavor. A touch of vanilla. The fruitiness translates to the flavor, but is very low. No hop flavor. No spiciness like there is on the nose.

M – Medium to thin body, with moderate-low carbonation. Moderate levels of residual sweetness, with some mild bitterness on the finish. Not dry at all, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

O – The chocolate is well done, but not sure this beer meets the definition of a quad. Tasty, but ultimately not satisfying.

Photo of cwguy5
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown color, clear but barely able to see through; thin, tan head that faded to a ring

S - prune, raisin, chocolate

T - lots of chocolate! shocker! quad is noticeable only in the raisin/prune flavor profile present with a touch of spicy Belgian yeast; some alcohol at end

M - medium bodied with light but active, fine carbonation; warming alcohol and chocolate aftertaste

O - excellent taste. cool recipe. a bit too sweet for high drinkability but it's not supposed to be a session beer. would definitely try again if i had the chance.

Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of rlmartin from the release early this year so late 2011 or early 2012.

Pours out a dark, dark brown color with a fluffy medium size tan khaki head. As it recedes there is some decent spotty lacing left behind.

Aromas begin with a ton of baker's dark cocoa and more powdery milk cocoa (like Ovaltine powder almost). Artificial candy flavors, but not in a bad way; strong dark caramel and milk chocolate. Dare I say it smells like a Tootsie Roll, yes I dare, it smells exactly like a liquid Tootsie Roll candy.

The tastes follow the nose but much less candy/chocolate forward. Initially you get that same powdery cocoa and dark dark caramelized maltiness. As it warms you can appreciated and enjoy the extremely potent toasted/bready malt base that lies beneath the chocolate/candy flavors. As unique and enjoyable as the flavor profile is, it is fairly one noted with lots of toasted bready malt, dark candy maltiness and powdery milk cocoa. (What is ridiculous is that fact that I am drinking this almost at room temp now and there is still not a drop of alcohol flavor, which is always impressive and deserves high praise for any beer above 10%ABV.)

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. For a beer of this heft/ABV I would prefer a more solid/thick mouthfeel, but I guess it makes sense as it is a Quad so it probably has candy sugar to increase ABV but won't add mouthfeel/heft on your palate. The finish is fairly crisp and dry and I wish the flavors left more of an impact on your palate.

Overall I definitely enjoyed this beer but I can say I would have rather split it with a friend. The flavors don't change or develop as you consume and in the end this is more of a gimmick than a beer to be honest. It tastes delicious don't get me wrong, but it will never be confused with a world class Quad. All of the Belgian yeast flavors are completely masked by the cocoa/sweet dark caramel maltiness, so I have to deduct points there. Makes for the perfect after dinner drink but I didn't need to consume a whole 22oz by myself, 8-12 would have sufficed. Definitely glad I tried it and recommended for it's quality and unique flavor but don't break your back to track it down.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.11/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark muddy brown with a nice big tan head on it.

The aroma smelled like a bag of powdered hot cocoa mix. The taste reminded me of the same thing. A fairly sweet beer, definitely qualifies for dessert. Cocoa mix dominates and covers up any hint of a quad. If I'm picking apart the flavors well enough I would say the base beer was pretty mundane to begin with. Maybe some raisiny sweetness and dark acidic cherries appears. Reminds me of a hershey's syrup and belgian chocolate blend. The high ABV is masked pretty well by all of this.

I was expecting a better integration of fine chocolate with the dark caramelized fruit flavors of a belgian style quad. The concept seemed really interesting and I imagined it much differently. Instead this is like a sweet chocolate bomb from the lost recipe vault of Southern Tier.

Photo of aasher
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was courtesy of MordorMongo, thanks Scott!

This one pours a medium bodied dark cola brown in color with a light soapy, beige lacing. The nose is pretty bland. It's dark fruit with an ever so slight touch of chocolate malt. Blah. The flavors are similar. It's raisins, honey, figs, and a little bit of Ovaltine. It's ok. I don't know why it has this reputation. It's a quad with a small amount of chocolate. It's laughable this used to demand beers far superior to this. Meh, its average.

Edit: This beer was much better on draft when sampled at Bailey's Range in St. Louis at the beginning of 2014.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is...odd. I'm not even certain whether or not I like it that much.

Pours near black with a large head and spotty lacing.

Aroma is bleh. Light and somewhat metallic. A bit of powdered cocoa mix that helps redeem it.

The flavor carries over that powdered cocoa flavor which clashes a tad with the quad base, but with every sip it gets better. After half the glass is gone, I begin to notice the quad base more than the cocoa. Typical American quad flavor...lacking depth but a nice caramel and raisin sweetness.

The body is medium to medium/full and carbonation is appropriate.

Overall, I don't know whether this is one of the best American quads I have had or if it is nothing more than a solid attempt. My thoughts changed with every sip. Hmmm

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mikeyv35 for sharing a bottle of this at the Rosso release. Thanks goes out to coryking for getting me a bottle as well; that'll get shared at a tasting soon. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a medium brown with short off-white head that sticks around for a bit before falling to a thin collar. Not too much lacing. The nose is fairly light with some nice notes of chocolate and a bit of dark fruits in the background. Very nice. The taste really explodes off of the base the nose had going. It's just as described: a very nice quad with layers of chocolate over the top. The chocolate character is really dominant, and the quad underneath is spot on as well. Nice mix of dark fruits, raisins, and semi-sweet malt. A bit of brown sugar as well. Mouthfeel is very, very smooth and doesn't reveal the 10.5% at all. Overall, a very solid beer and its acclaim is well-deserved.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived from the tap a deep, dark brown with a creamy tan head.

This one packs a huge chocolate aroma and a light maltiness.

Tastes of chocolate milk, caramel malts, and a bit of Belgian yeast. The 10.5% alcohol was very well hidden.

Medium bodied and richly smooth with a light carbonation.

This was a nice take on the Belgian Quad. Smooth and easy to drink but too chocolatey to have more than one.

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Box Of Chocolate from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
91 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.