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Box Of Chocolate - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 227
Gots: 53 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%

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

jrallen34, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of bs870621345
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%

Pours black with a tan head. Little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like chocolate. There is a hint of dark fruit but the chocolate smells amazing.

Taste is chocolate on the surface. There is really nothing quad like until the end. On the end there is dark fruit as well as an alcohol burn but its really just a chocolate beer.

Mouthfeel is full and light carbonation.

Overall it's really a chocolate beer, and not really a quad. The quad elements are very muted by the overdone chocolate flavors.

bs870621345, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

oline73, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%

(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.

trappistlover, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%

541st Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

Thanks to JeepCop for this one

App- Coming out of bottle was a darker crimson with a two finger quick receding head. No legs, no cling. As it settles a nice dark cola or darker whisky color.

Smell- Chocolate syrup, hot fudge, dark chocolate. Call it what you will. It was just one dimensional to me.

Taste- Very simple flavors of chocolate and some light malts. A bit lighter than I was hoping but still pretty tasty. The raisiny dark fruits are gone to me. Its again one dimentional where the syrupy chocolate take over.

Mouth- medium to light bodied with a fairly high carb level. The main chocolate note remains. Pretty fizzy really.

Drink- So low bottle count, high buzz. Nice flavors but I wasnt blown away. Its good but a unique take on a classic style.

FosterJM, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Thanks to bsuedekum for sending me this one!

Pours a murky super dark brown with a 1 inch beige head that fades to an oily cap. No lacing with this beer. Smells of chocolate covered dark fruits (raisins), chocolate syrup, and chocolate taffy. Taste is pretty much the same with dark fruits in chocolate, chocolate syrup, and cocoa powder. The chocolate smells and tastes are a bit fake smelling for the most part even though the bottle says "brewed with natural chocolate flavor". Not too impressed with that aspect of the beer. Mouthfeel is a bit thin with a decent level of carbonation. Overall, this is fairly good but not as great as I was expecting it to be based on the hype. However, I know there was a low bottle count on this one so I feel lucky that I got to try it.

UCLABrewN84, May 28, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

Appearance
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.

Aroma
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.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
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.

Overall
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.

MbpBugeye, May 23, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev +1%

Bottle into a La Chouffe tulip; sampled at the B3 Rosso release.

A: Hazy dark brown body with a fine layer of tan foam. Great retention and sticky lace. Quite nice.

S: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Light fruit, dark cacao, and malty sweetness. Lovely.

T: Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, prunes, dark fruit, and booze. Pretty darn good, but not quite as enjoyable as the nose.

M: Medium body, high carbonation provides lively, fine effervescence. Great.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, but found the interplay of chocolate adjunct and traditional quad flavors to be a bit disjointed at times. I'm really glad I got to try it, and would definitely enjoy having it again. Great chocolate beer.

Cheers!

woosterbill, May 19, 2011
Photo of KeefD
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

KeefD, May 18, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%

How this beer gets the high scores is beyond me. This just isn't my interpretation of the style.

Black with a dark brown head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a gorgeous quad. The nose smelly like Hershey's Chocolate Syrup with some milk chocolate added. Belgian yeast character is present, mildly at that, with a little bit of spice. Apart from that, I smell chocolate, chocolate and some chocolate. The palate opens thin and chocolatey, while paradoxically tasting rather syrupy at the same time. Not very complex, there's chocolate and tootsie roll here. Sweet, this beer is light in body and has a noticeable caramel character. Not much yeast expression on the palate either. Not very complex, but moderately delicious, in small quantities.

DefenCorps, May 18, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%

Bottle opened by Thorpe the other day. Thanks! Beer is brown with a tan head and some lacing. Carbonation appears low.

This beer smells like chocolate, like tootsie rolls, that sort of chocolate. I'm less excited about this now but will power on.

This beer is sweet like milk chocolate but has that artificial chocolate flavor all over it. I don't know if it is artificial chocolate or not but it tastes like milk chocolate and a tootsie roll the entire time. It has a wet finish and no aftertaste at least. It is super sweet and not my favorite.

drabmuh, May 16, 2011
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.1/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

BearsOnAcid, May 16, 2011
Photo of MarkIntihar
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured at a small tasting hosted by clintonpuckett!

A - Pours a deep brown with a finger of tan head and decent retention. An excellent looking beer!

S - Slight hint of chocolate but the Belgian style really comes through in the smell with a very floral aroma. Also picking up hints of dark fruits, perhaps figs.

T - Taste is more chocolate than the smell would suggest. Chocolate dominated with hints of the dark fruits from the aroma. Finishes with a more traditional Belgian taste, again with floral hints. The chocolate presence is more of a bitter dark than a milky sweet.

M - Very carbonated, to the point that it almost stings on the way down. Not the greatest beer to let swish around the mouth.

O - Overall a very good beer. Taste is excellent, smell is very good, with the one downfall being the mouthfeel. An interesting beer for sure, and I'm glad to have tried it!

MarkIntihar, May 16, 2011
Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
2.48/5  rDev -39.7%

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.

6DaysBottomOcean, May 15, 2011
Photo of Dmwesthoff
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%

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.

Dmwesthoff, May 12, 2011
Photo of nhindian
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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!

nhindian, May 11, 2011
Photo of HosP
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%

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!

HosP, May 10, 2011
Photo of Rampage1
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Appearance: This pours a beautiful dark cocoa brown with a light tan colored head. Nice little head formed and decent carbonation.

Smell: The biggest smell I get right from the start is a big,bold chocolate smell. Nice roasted malt smell with slight dark fruits like raisins and ripe figs.

Taste: The taste is awesome right out of the gate-just got done watching the Kentucky Derby. The dominate feature of this Quad is chocolate and should be going by the name. I seconding get some good malt flavors and burnt sugar. Nicely sweet and just a slight bit of chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This is nice and creamy and right on the money for a quad. Not thin but not thick light a stout at all either.Nice amount of carbonation to balance everything out.

Overall: This is at the top for me when it comes to quads for sure. I would love to score this one again. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Its a nice change of pace from all the imperial stouts and IPA's that I drink. Look forward to it again.

Rampage1, May 07, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

Mora2000, May 07, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

AlCaponeJunior, May 05, 2011
Photo of alcstradamus
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

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

alcstradamus, May 05, 2011
Photo of birchstick
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

birchstick, May 02, 2011
Photo of Mavajo
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

Mavajo, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

gford217, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of godfathermg57
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

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!

godfathermg57, Apr 24, 2011
Box Of Chocolate from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
91 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.