Box Of Chocolate - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 269
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 6.65%
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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 Dmwesthoff
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is really hard to find a "good" chocolate beer in my opinion. This one is not too bitter or too sweet. I really appreciate the fact that they consulted a chocolateer while developing this beer. It has a great nose and look when poored. I was also fortunate enough to try it on draft at the St. Louis Microfest last weekend, and enjoyed it even more on tap. I highly recommend this beer to anyone looking for a chocolate beer unlike most others. (447 characters)

Photo of HosP
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Traded with tlbarsh for this treat. Huge props to him for being an awesome trader here! Shared in snifters.

A- Pours nice deep brown, almost black in color. Light comes through around the edges to lighten it up. Thin head on top of light brown color.

S- Very rich smell. Chocolate notes throughout. Reminds me of a candy aroma. Dark fruit hints mix well to give an amazing smell.

T- Wasn't sure how the taste would live up to the nose, but it did. Dark fruits come through at first. Pretty subtle but gives it a great start. Chocolate flavors mix nicely to round everything out. Very good flavors here!

M- Medium body, a little on the thin side. Creamy mouthfeel with the aftertaste being of milk chocolate.

O- Great beer we have here. Would easily drink this again, if we had one, it would be open. Big thanks to Tyler for hooking this beer up! (851 characters)

Photo of swoopdog
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Blackish chocolately brown with just a touch of khaki hot milk chocolate colored head. Sticky lacing that coats the inside of the glass with tight brown bubbles. Very little carbonation or alcohol legs to speak of.

S - Wow off the first whiff you get an incredible aroma of dark chocolate those quad characteristics of figs, raisins and prunes. There is also some roasted malts with a hint of those bourbon notes from the heavy ABV on this. Delicious smelling!

T - Dark Chocolate (duh) right at the front of the tongue then getting some of those sweet syrupy brown sugar taste like you would expect for the style. Also lots of dark fruits like those mentioned above. There is also some thicker malts and some toasted nuances at the end of the tongue giving this some body without making it to sweet or thick

M - Very sweet but not cloying or hot with a medium body and just a bit of carbonation adding a bit of tongue tingle to the middle of the mouth. There is some effervescence but not enough to give this anything but easy and smooth drinkability.

O - I am a big fan of chocolate beer and a big fan of quads I was unsure about this one before I tried it and now I think chocolate and this style are perfect for each other. The sweetness lends to the tame qualities giving this unique mouthfeel without being overpowering or "hot" there is something silky about this beer and I dig it. There is a high drinkability here despite the style and I think that might be a bit dangerous. I love this and will be cellaring a few more of these to see just how much like Hershey's syrup this can get like. This is the first beer from Charleville I have enjoyed this much and look forward to more. (1,697 characters)

Photo of fear025
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Tons of sweet, delicious chocolate aroma on this one. There's some malt in there too, but I don't smell any Belgian aromatics.

Appearance:Black and opaque. Nice amount of tan head that doesn't stick around very long. Amazing lacing.

Taste:The flavor does taste like a Belgian quad on the foretaste. It has the spicy notes that I expect from a Belgian. There is chocolate in there, but it's actually pretty mild. The midtaste has some great sweet malt and caramel notes. In the aftertaste, the chocolate really shines through.

Mouthfeel:Amazingly thick body on this one, very creamy. The low to medium carbonation fits well with the style. There's some alcohol heat on the back end.

Drinkability:This is a fantastic spin on a Belgian Quad. The chocolate could easily overwhelm a beer like this, but the backbone of the beer still makes itself known. (858 characters)

Photo of deebo
4.63/5  rDev +14%
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. (154 characters)

Photo of paxchristi
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From growler poured on 12/30/2011 from Charleville tasting room.

Appearance: Pours a deep chocolate brown with about 1-2 fingers of velvety smooth/creamy, khaki head. Very dark but does not look like a stout.

Nose: Pretty big nose-- pretty impressive too. Big, silky chocolate notes upfront backed by a fairly big Quad (though, wish it were a bit bigger). Vanilla, milk chocolates, butter cream, wood... dark fruits give it the potential for some cordial cherry appeal. Hints of brown sugar and a big chocolate cake on the end. CH-YEAH!

Taste: Taste justifies the nose. Upfront is a big creamy and malty chocolate backed by a dark fruit Quad. i think the difference between this beer being masterclass and being the excellent beer that it is is that the Quad needs to be a bit more accentuated. The Quad is there, and its pretty good, but if you don't have the palate for quads, it can seem to be a one-hit wonder. Ends with a slight hop bitterness that is reminiscent of a bitter chocolate finish. Unbelievable that this is 10.5ABV, because i taste none of it.

Overall: Charleville is one of the small breweries i root for the most. i sat down with Panda (one of their brewers) and we talked for a while about BoC-- and he claims that BoC is not perfect yet, but has plans to perfect it. This is one of the most original beers i've had in a while. its not a novelty beer contrary to popular belief...its an original American take on a Belgian Quad that is one step away from masterclass- and may already be.

GO CHArLEViLLE! (1,533 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 03/27/2011
Type: 22oz. Bottle
(50 cases produced - 600 bottles)
Vintage: 2011
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a beautiful deep mahoghany brown in color w/ a 1 finger bubbly tan head, that left medium lacing that remained on the glass. Aromas of dark fruits, milk chocolate, roasted baker's chocolate, and vanilla. This beer tasted as I had anticipated, milk chocolate covered dark fruits(plums, figs, and raisins), finishing w/ baker's chocolate and mild hop bitterness. Medium bodied and lush due to appropriate carbonation. Easy drinking quad due to the 10.50% ABV being completely hidden by the chocolate and malts. Also, despite the rich flavors and sweetness did not become cloying due to good bitter hop balance.

Overall, this was an absolute treat to drink! Fantastic flavors and the beer is everything Charleville said it would be. With the superb taste, rotating production, and low 600 bottle production, I expect this under the radar beer to start drawing some attention. (994 characters)

Photo of Ungertaker
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Tootsie roll with burgundy hues where the light passes through. A creamy white head adorns the top and leaves a lacing with each tip of my Delirium snifter.

S- caramel, almond, and vanilla accompany the primary chocolate scent.

T- Chocolate dominance! Other flavors, such as nougat, vanilla, and sweet bread are underlying.

M- creamy with a less than chewy texture. Carbonation is definitely present, but not dominant.

O- The only word I can think of to describe this is decadence. This was an absolute treat. Thanks to Blake (bsuedekum) for this unbelievably great beer! (578 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (1,347 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of Beerisheaven
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked one of these open after trading for a number of bottles of these from some new great BA trading partners for me,UHRHAN and hooliganlife. Thanks mates!

A - Pretty classic quad in that it pours a beautiful brown. Quick head disappears and leaves some nice lacing throughout the experience.

S - Combines the best of classic quad and chocolate. You get the smell of prunes, figs, fruit as expected but the whiff of good chocolate is a nice mix as it layers on top of the aforementioned.

T - If you are looking for a great beer for dessert or Valentines Day, this one would be hard to beat. For me, the chocolate dominates, but you can taste the figs and prunes underneath. Sweet with Belgian candy sugar rounds out a truly exceptional offering.

M - Very nice, not too thick or thin.

O - I am glad that I picked this one up and that I have a couple of additional bottles to drink. I don't think that they are going to last long. This is a really good beer, although some might find the chocolate too one dimensional. Given what they were looking to do, this one is exceptional. Go get this one, you will enjoy it. (1,122 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 06/09/12 notes. Big thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one; was a big Want of mine.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of Hershey syrup, licorice, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and tootsie rolls. Definitely a sweet smelling chocolatey beer, but I loved it.

t - Tastes of Hershey syrup, sweet chocolate malts, roasted malts, sweet vanilla. Like sweet liquid chocolate.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is super smooth and very easy to drink. Does not feel like 10.5% ABV at all.

o - Overall I thought this was an amazing beer; exactly what I was hoping it would be. I think the cloest thing I've had to this is Southern Tier's Choklat, which I also love. Definitely not for everyone but if you like very sweet chocolate and ST's Choklat, you'll love this one. Would love to have it again. (894 characters)

Photo of Yagman3000
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into an Orval goblet from w bomber generously shared by fellow BA Cosmicevan.

Appears a beautiful dark brown. No black at all. A gentle planet of foam lays on top.

Smells of sweet candy grape and rich milk chocolate. No real bitterness. I'm excited to move on! :)

Tastes delicious. Super milk chocolatey. Not too dark or burnt at all. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel is very nice but I'm surprised at how less than
heavy it is.

For a quad I imagined a bit of a thicker and boozier experience. I really enjoyed this beer and would gladly drink it again. (577 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of Mavajo
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (1,181 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Deschutes Snifter glass.

Thanks to jimixr for the bottle in a trade.

A - Dark cola brown with a one-finger dark tan head. lacing left on the glass.

S - Major chocolate scents, coffee, and some slight booze tones.

T - Chocolate through and through with slight coffee and bourbon flavors underneath.

D - Medium carbonation, A touch of bitterness in the middle.

O - Very nice. Very true to it's name. (430 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Quad poured out as a very dark brown color. There is a nice creamy looking head on top. The retention is moderate, some very light scattered lacing. The smell of the beer is sweet with a beautiful chocolate aroma in the mix. The taste of the beer has some cocoa flavors with the dark fruits and bready yeast. There is also a slight sourness in there also that fades into a creamy chocolate sweetness. The mouthfeel of the beer has a good carbonation with a medium body. Overall I thought this was really impressive. The balance in the flavor is really good. The chocolate comes and goes nicely leaving the base flavors on the tongue. Very happy I got to try this. (668 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Third time with this beer, and I certainly didn't remember it being this good!

Good looking pour: dark brown body, fizzy tan head. Aroma is pure milk chocolate. Delicious chocolates of all types inside this bottle; the quad base turns out to be a perfect choice. Fruity, creamy, decadent. A terrific creation that every beer geek should try. (342 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to birchstick for this 22oz bottle.

Pours a dark murky mahogany that is really close to black in the glass underneath a tight creamy head that refuses to go away.

Aroma is fantastic with an initial milk chocolate aroma with roasted malts mixed together with candi sugar and dark fruits, especially raisins and plums.

I actually think the taste is even better than the aroma. It's a perfect mix of the milk chocolate, roasted chocolate malts and all the core parts of a great quad. So it's got some fruity esters from the Belgian yeast, booze-soaked overripe fruits and candi sugar. Finish is sweet and boozy with maybe a little bit of tart cherries.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little lighter carbonation than I normally get in a quad but I think it compliments the flavors well.

This is a fantastic beer and I really like what the chocolate brings to the table. One of the most unique quads I've ever had. (932 characters)

Photo of godfathermg57
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pitch black with little light and a nice head that quickly dissipated

S: Smells like cocoa and malt

T: Glorious cocoa taste with mixed with malt and hints of dates and plums from the quadrupel part of the beer.

M: Thicker than I thought it would be when i looked at it and compliments the flavor perfectly.

O: A bit hard to drink through a whole bomber, so more of a dessert beer, but a great dessert beer at that. Hope they brew this one again! (480 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours dark brown body with a light tan head.

S - Smells like fresh baked brownies... OMG. Just a symphony of chocolate.

T - I've had a lot of "chocolate" beers and this has got to fit the profile to a T. Sweet, a bit of caramel and of so chocolatey.

M - A bit thin on the body with a lower carbonation for the style.

O - Seems like a dessert beer and man it delivers. (378 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark brown almost black color with a nice white one finger head that lingers around for a while

S - smells of spicy dark fruits and cherries with some caramelized brown sugar. On top of this is, of course, is the nice milk chocolate with subtle undertones of vanilla. I could go on smelling this all day but there is beer to drink...

T - starts off with spicy, dark fruits (although not as strongly as the nose would suggest). There are hints of cherry and vanilla in this as well. Has a chocolaty, tootsie-pop fudge and light cocoa powder on the finish; also very subtle tobacco leaf and cola. The flavors blend together really nicely and it is hard to separate them but the chocolate is definitely the most dominant flavor.

M - very smooth but a little thin for the abv but goes down nicely

D - Interesting take on a quad. The name Box of Chocolate is very appropriate for this beer as chocolate is the main theme with the quad characteristics playing more of a supporting role; I was expecting it to be the other way around. Really good stuff from Charleville. (1,080 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very deep brown, pretty much black in color, with a small, 1 finger head. Head is frothy and creamy looking and retains a little while. Lacing is pretty good.

S- Dark fruits and chocolate are the dominant scents in this beer. The chocolate flavors are semisweet in nature and fairly strong.

T- Starts off with some strong dark fruit flavors that remind me somewhat of raspberries. Then the chocolate takes over almost the entirety of the flavor until the end. Chocolate goes from sweet and creamy to more of a chocolate truffle flavor that borders on more fruity. The truffle flavor is the lingering taste after the drink ends.

M- Thick and creamy and borderline decadent to drink. The alcohol is undetectable through the strong chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable, this beer is a real treat as far as feel goes.

Overall, this beer lives up to its name. From the smell to the taste, right down to the quad base flavors combining with the chocolate to create a truffle flavor, this beer is slightly sweet and very rich. (1,069 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bsuedekum for sending this one my way. Shared with Yagman3000.

a - opened the bottle and filled my la trappe chalice. beer looked very stout-like. nothing remotely quad about it (except the glass i poured it into). no creamy head, no purple color...brown, nay...black. thin head that was gone instantly. perhaps this was labeled wrong? rootbeer was suggested and pretty spot on. pretty, yes...quad, not so much. although when i think about some of the american quads...maybe it is in line with the american version on looks?

s - fresh chocolate. milk chocolate...not chocolate powder. cherry. dark fruits. very nice smell. deep chocolate.

t - as advertised. i have now drank the hershey beer. i mean, c'mon hershey's you should be all over this recipe. fantastically delicious...but do not drink if you are not a fan of MILK chocolate.

m - surprisingly light. smooth. really easy to drink. silky.

o - overall...i don't know if you can call this a quad. you can definitely call it unique and really tasty. as a hardcore quad fan, i feel somewhat torn giving it such high marks since it is a novelty quad, but as a beer fan who cannot ignore my taste buds, this is worthy beer. chocolate milk as a beer, who would've thunk it? (1,239 characters)

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