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Box Of Chocolate - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 225
Gots: 54 | FT: 4
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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:
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.

(Beer added by: jmvecchio1 on 02-13-2011)
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paxchristi

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Serving type: growler

12-31-2011 17:02:20 | More by paxchristi
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mikeyv35

New York

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 17:10:32 | More by mikeyv35
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

11-07-2012 19:07:04 | More by rudylaw
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Beezee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

02-19-2012 05:25:23 | More by Beezee
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ewright

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-08-2012 16:49:15 | More by ewright
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 23:33:39 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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csiewert

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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Duffmanohyeah02

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-08-2012 22:19:54 | More by Duffmanohyeah02
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Compton25

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

05-10-2013 03:34:48 | More by Compton25
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

12-23-2012 23:17:03 | More by thebouch01
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Exiled

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

11-25-2011 01:43:11 | More by Exiled
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drmcleod10

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-10-2014 05:56:12 | More by drmcleod10
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arkansastroy

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-13-2012 05:37:25 | More by arkansastroy
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

11-22-2011 11:57:06 | More by bsuedekum
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CoryK

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

12-09-2013 05:00:58 | More by CoryK
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lakersfan16

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-11-2012 05:39:53 | More by lakersfan16
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Madjr

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-26-2012 19:38:06 | More by Madjr
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-04-2012 15:13:17 | More by GehenHerzog
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

06-17-2012 17:46:34 | More by whallgren
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

04-15-2013 19:25:08 | More by imperialking
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DrLaFollette

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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mdfb79

New York

4.48/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 18:21:20 | More by mdfb79
Box Of Chocolate from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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