Box Of Chocolate - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 269
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 6.65%
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 homebrew311
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the Central PA crew for this one!

A: pours a dark brown with a thin head, ruby highlights, overall nice appearance

S: sweet malty notes up front, chocolate is present but in no way dominating. Touches of milk chocolate come through beneath the malts.

T: well the nose was apparently hiding the chocolate, because on first sip, this one has in your face chocolate. Notes of milk chocolate (think: Hershey bar), slight sweetness in the middle and some dark fruits on the finish

MF: medium body, medium carbonation

O: well there was a little debate among the tasting group about whether or not this brew qualifies as a Quad, and none of us could pick up identifiable Belgian characteristics. This makes reviewing as such a little difficult. Either the chocolate is masking all Belgian qualities or this brewing is mislabeled. Either way, it is tasty and full of nice chocolate qualities and it blurs the line between dessert and beer. (951 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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 (758 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -3%
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 (661 characters)

Photo of KeefD
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to birchstick for this bottle! Pours out the darkest quad I've ever seen, dark brown, almost black, small head that was gone in a flash and no lacing. Looks lifeless after a minute or two. Big wafts of chocolate, mostly of the Tootsie Roll variety, with just a small touch of quad characteristics in the background, notably dark fruits and maybe some cherry. Smells great, as this thing is basically all chocolate. Taste is pretty damn similar to the nose. All chocolate. I'm losing the Belgian characteristics here as there's not much of the yeast coming into play. Again, the Tootsie Roll qualities come out once again, with just underlyng of dark fruit/raisin, and a touch of caramel. Alcohol isn't noticeable at first put comes out and is slighly hot when the beer warms. Creates some nice, chocolaty belches! Good, medium-full body, light(er) carbonation. A very nice chocolate beer. It really dominates everything, so if yours is the sweet tooth and the cocoa bean is your dark master (a la George Costanza), you'll love this as much as your Bosco. (1,061 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Who brought this? Can't remember. Anyway, thanks Bill or Cam.
From notes

A - Translucent red/black, small tan head.

S - plastic (darn), banana, lots of chocolate.

T - very chocolatey here..

M - smooth and thick

O (D) - an appropriately named beer for sure. Not sure if it fits the style (aka, this doesn't seem at all like a quad). But it's tasty. (352 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - A moderate tan foam settles to a thin collar, some wisps on top, and minimal lace. Transparent dark brown body with reddish highlights.

S - Chocolate, cocoa nibs, sugar, and more sugar. There may be a quad in here somewhere, but the Hershey's syrup flavor just obliterates everything any peripheral flavors.

T - Tastes like chocolate and maple syrup. Holy crap this is sweet - getting a sugar high from this beer. Pleasant in small quantities, but isn't much of a quad - no Belgian yeast character to be found. That being said, the alcohol is masked extremely well by the immense sugar and chocolate content.

M - Body is somewhat thin and undersized for 10.5%. The carbonation is odd, as it initially seems low but then somehow burns my upper lips and tongue. Some mild alcohol warmth, but nothing unexpected.

D - The flavor and aroma is nice, albeit lacking in subtly. Quadrupel seems like an odd choice for a base beer and can't seem to compete with the overwhelming chocolate - I'm not sure I'd even know it was a quad if tasted blind. Like anything intensely sweet, this is best consumed in small quantities. (1,201 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bsuedekum for this bottle, finally getting around to drinking it!

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black but with some hints of red in there. Has a small tan head. No lacing at all.

S: Smell is primarily dark chocolate with some cola, sweet malts and a bit of booze in there. Definitely a unique aroma, and the chocolate really smells great in here as it warms a bit.

T: Shockingly chocolate is most prominent here! However this doesn't blow me away quite like it did when I had a small taste of it a few months back. The chocolate has more of a bitter dark chocolate taste, as opposed to sweet candy chocolate that the smell indicated, that gives it a bit of roasty flavor. There are definitely some dark fruit flavors hiding in there as well.

M: Mouthfeel is light-to-medium bodied with decent carbonation. I honestly think this beer could do with a little more body.

O: It's an interesting beer, definitely worth trying and definitely something a little bit different, but it's not outstanding by any means. The chocolate quad could be very successful, and these guys are definitely on the right track, but I think you need a little stronger of a base beer to make this an overwhelming success. (1,214 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very interesting beer, I wouldn't call this a quad at all, but it is tasty for sure.

The beer pours a dark brown, but has a lighter brown to red shine on the sides, very little lacing or head. The smell and taste has a ton of milk chocolate to it, the flavor especially captures this in an insane way it's almost hard to believe. Some toasted malt and crystal malt dominate, also some nice roasted barley malt in the flavor.

The feel is a little thin for me, but it rolls over the palate nicely. Overall a solid beer, I bet girls who love chocolate would absolutely LOVE this beer. (595 characters)

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a trade with my buddy Andrew out in St Louis, Thanks man!

Poured a dark brown into an "Ales of the Revolution" tulip glass, tiny ring of tan colored head quickly fades. This quad smells A hell of a lot like tootsie rolls and cocoa powder. Taste Very sweet, rich chocolate flavors, some dark fruits, belgian yeast, and boozy underneath. This is one of the better chocolate beers I've had, I'm generally not a big fan of Belgian style quads but the play on this is exceptional. Would love to have another one of these. (525 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown that’s a bit watery, light tan head, ok ring... the aroma is outstanding, smells like a trappist quad mixed with Dr. Pepper and chocolate, additional notes of dark fruits, unique twist on a quad... the taste is not as successful, comes across a bit fake, summed up simply as chocolate soda, a little too carbonated, but drinkable incredibly so for something that is 10.5%, mostly chocolate... not up to the hype but very solid (447 characters)

Photo of nhindian
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner tulip. Bottle provided by rschne13, thanks Ryan!

A - Pours similar in color to other quads, perhaps a bit darker. The body is a murky brown, almost bordering on black. There's a two-finger, light tan head that has pretty good retention. There's some initial lacing, but it quickly dissolves and breaks apart.

S - It smells of sweet chocolate, almost like cocoa powder but more intense. The quad smells are here as well but a little subdued by the chocolate. I am getting some grapes and plums, as well as some alcohol heat as well. Not a whole lot going on here but what is here is promising.

T - Given the addition of chocolate, I was expecting this to be pretty damn sweet as typical quads have that candied sugar aspect to it, but it's not overly sweet at all, thankfully. At first the chocolate really hits you, giving an almost malted chocolate taste to it. To be honest, I didn't like this a whole lot at first as the chocolate quickly clashed with the normal quad tastes and it was a bit rough. As it warms, it definitely gets more palatable. The chocolate lasts throughout the whole taste, coating the plums, grapes, raisins, toffee, and slight butterscotch that all come through here. The finish has a bunch of phenols, Belgian yeast and bananas. It's a little strange at first, and I don't think it completely won me over in the end, but it is certainly interesting to say the least. The alcohol does come through in the finish, but it's not incredibly hot.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with high carbonation. A little bit too much carbonation here, but that's always better than not enough. Let this one sit and swirl a little and it'll be just right. The chocolate and fruit linger on the palate.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. Very unique offering from a relatively unknown brewery that gives a traditional style a modern twist. It's not bad at all but not life-changing either. If typical quads have you in a rut, seek this out and live a little! (2,034 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Chris. Thanks man!

The beer appears dark chestnut brown with a broken head of tan bubbles. The aroma offers a lot of chocolate scents, along with a rich, dark roasted malt. Definitely a huge chocolate presence. Not sure I would identify this as a quad, but hey, it's good stuff. Heavy chocolate presence throughout. Overall, this is ok, but not something I would regularly crave. Now that I have had it, overcoming the anticipation of never having had it, I would choose any of the standard Belgian examples of the style over this. Bonus points for chocolate deliciousness, but counteracted by lack of depth and complexity. (635 characters)

Photo of kkoz
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,426 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 04-14-2012
Freshness: 2011 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. bottle
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is a black and opaque color, with 3 fingers of creamy, tan head. Lacing and retention are minimal.

Aromas are of toasted grains, sweet chocolate and vanilla.

Taste is a big rush of chocolate -- rich and sweet. Also has caramel malt flavors. Not really any bitterness. I do get some alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is thick and full-bodied, with low levels of carbonation. Creamy with an aftertaste of sweet milk chocolate.

Overall this is probably the most chocolate-intense beer I've ever had. To me this tasted more like a chocolate or milk stout than a Belgian-style beer. Recommended if you like sweet and chocolate beers.

Thanks to StLThrash for this one! (790 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown color. Minimal head on the pour with weak retention.

Sweet chocolate and maple aroma with hints of sherry.

Rich malt character of maple syrup and smooth milk chocolate. Mild leafy hop. Sweet flavor overall.

Full bodied and well carbonated. Syrupy texture.

Overall, a good brew. Tastes like no quad I've ever had but that doesn't take away from the experience. (385 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just let me start here by saying that I have not that many choices on a daily basis, but Charleville is about the only one that I have access to their bombers every day. Of those bombers, this one I don't usually get, but I managed to get for this tasting, and I think this is the best one I've had yet from Charleville.

Not bad looking, decent head, some decent lacing, and an actually quite clear, but very dark brown with reddish hues.

Smell is nice, a good fruity and chocolate mix with a tinge of alcohol.

Taste is pretty damn chocolatey. Great cocoa, dark semi-sweet and milk chocolate mixture of flavors. Plenty of fruity flavors, and a nice caramel finish.

Body is a bit lacking, it's creamy carbonated but a bit light, almost like a light porter or English stout. Could be thicker.

Overall it's pretty damn fine stuff. Great stuff from Charleville, a brewery with a bright future no doubt. (905 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass

Thanks to hannydawg for bringing this to the packing party

This beer pours the murky dark brown that one could expect from most quads. The nose smells faintly of cocoa powder, respectfully of Belgian yeast, and there's not much more to it than that. Upon sipping...Holy crap this thing taste like chocolate syrup. That rich cocoa flavor is all you taste, and all you need to taste. It's really really good. This beer goes down easy and I could sip on it all day if that were possible. Overall this is a very good beer and one that I highly recommend you try just so your tastebuds can experience the same shock that mine did. (651 characters)

Photo of cwguy5
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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. (2,220 characters)

Photo of IMFletcher
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Quad? Seriously? I'm not arguing, I'm just saying this tastes nothing like any other quad I've encountered, and that's totally fine by me. I'd have thought porter or stout judging by the flavors, which are amazing. (216 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kier for this bottle in an early summer trade just before my trading break. 22 oz. bomber broken open to celebrate my six days of trading in beer for north-country lake water (filtered for beaver fever, of course). Split with my thirsty wife.

Pour is black-on-black, rock dull. Brief glimmer of life atop the brew settles into a silvery ring. Nose has a lot of interests. Heavy on the chocolate, but a plenty of leathery chaps, a shot of Coca Cola, not much Belgish in evidence.

Box of Chocolate only reveals its Belgian folk roots in the taste. Chocolate is, of course, ascendant, but it's a silky smooth, semi-sweet chocolate, the antagonist of a mouth-bending sugar bomb like Boulevard's Chocolate Ale. It allows the other components of the beer up for air. More Coca Cola, & an unlikely sprightly mouthfeel for a big bad quad. Yeast & a sweetness that must be the underlying quad wriggle around in the middle. Chocolate masters all on the finish & sticks around for the munchies. Really easy to slug.

Comes close to a one-note charlie, but the beauty of the chocolate is that it's not sickeningly sweet, & allows the base beer to surface for a breath or two. Excellent beer & a must for chocolate lovers. (1,224 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to boatshoes for this one. He dropped it off in person at a tasting we put together while he was in town. This has been a want for a little while. I love quads.

On the pour it’s visible that this beer has similar coloration to root beer. It collects much darker in my Duvel tulip, ultimately resting very near satin black. Its capped with a nice, decadent mocha colored head.

The smell is shockingly stupendous. There is lots of rich milk chocolate, fudge, nougat, toffee, cherry, raisin and nuts. It really does smell like assorted chocolates. Alcohol comes around and pushes a sweet, rum-raisin element.

The taste is very nice as well, but might not translate as well as the aroma. Thankfully this does still retain a significant bit of that good Belgian quad character, manifested with a sweet brown sugar raisin and figgy flavor. There is plenty of chocolate, especially in the aftertaste, but alcohol is pretty strong. The finish tastes like a chocolate malt milkshake.

High carbonation, but its not fluffy like a really good quad. Rather, it’s fairly prickly. The body is very, very fully weighted and has a nice creaminess to it.

This is a damn good beer. It seems to be built on a nice, rich and study base quad. I’d like to try the base beer as well. Box of Chocolates is a dense, rich sipper for the chocolate lover. (1,393 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown with ruby highlights and a big, long lasting, fluffy tannish head. Little lacing.

S - Cocoa up front, sweet caramel malts, and a bit of dark fruits. A bit bready, light alcohol. Rather nice.

F/M - Dark fruits, sweet malts and a ton of cocoa. A little medicinal, and a hint of licorice. Smooth and dry in the finish with a lingering licorice/cocoa flavor. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty damn good. I was expecting it to be more towards the Belgian style, as the cocoa dominates, but its still a tasty beer. Worthy of seeking out. Thanks Kyle! (591 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown/reddish pour with a huge dense light brown head. Retention is solid and lacing is excellent.

S: Whoa, box of chocolate indeed. Very milky with tons of chocolate as you might expect. Some nougat as well. Smells like a melted Three Musketeers or something.

T: Chocolate with chocolate and more chocolate on the side. Super smooth, super creamy, just pure chocolate silk in the mouth. Some nougat like tastes in there too. There is some fruitiness once it warms up, cherries maybe? Nice complimentary flavor. No booziness at all.

M: As mentioned above, this is one of the creamiest and silky smooth beers I've ever tried.

O: While it's listed as a quad, the chocolate really just overpowers everything. What else would you expect from the name though? The real standout here is the mouthfeel. It's just the right amount of heaviness and sweetness without being syrupy and cloying. It's a joy in each sip. (924 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (720 characters)

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