Box Of Chocolate | Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

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.

Added by jmvecchio1 on 02-13-2011

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Photo of homebrew311
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of kkoz
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola brown, tan head, leaves slow to disk with heavy side ring. Not much cling.

S - Malty, melted chocolate.

T - The best part. This sucker tastes like a truffle without the sweet. So, fatty, chocolaty, delicious.

M - Balance ok. Not as good as hoped. A little to the sweet and under carbed for me. Still pretty tasty.

D - ABV pretty well hidden and I am a truffle FIEND! LOL.

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Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of chocolate, alcohol (liquor), sweet malt, roasted malt, and a hint of coffee. Fits the style of a Quadruple. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet chocolate, alcohol, slight roasted malt, and slight coffee. Overall, the alcohol is strong in aroma, but well blended in body.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into my stemless snifter (modified rocks glass) that I use for tasting scenarios.

This is NOT a quad. Call it a quad if you must-- but tell people not to expect a genuine quad with chocolate. This certainly isn't bad in any way, but it doesn't blow my mind.

The smell reminds me of chocolate liqueur candies-- cherry cordials with a boozy back. Not bad.

The body is medium with decent carbonation.

Overall, this drinks more like a chocolate porter... Certainly not unpleasant, but not worth the crazy hype!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap a Bailey's Chocolate Bar in St. Louis.

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left minimal sudsy lacing.

S - Smelled of chocolate - sweet milk chocolate. There were no dried fruit aromas that I associate with a quad.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate. If it were frozen I'd swear I was drinking a chocolate milk shake. There was no bitterness at all.

M - It was soft and creamy. A medium bodied ale with a very muted alcohol presence.

O - Did not live up to the hype. Just a sweet chocolate beer with no bitterness at all.

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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?

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Photo of starrdogg
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pour from a bottle in May or June of 2011. Thanks to rschne13 for sending me this.

Reddish brown color.

The nose is sweetness and chocolate and Belgian yeast, this one is definitely going to be sweet.

Flavor is very different from what I hoped for. I hoped this would be a tasty, rich quad with an added layer of sweetness and complexity from the chocolate. Dead wrong. This is just a chocolate beer. Yeah, chocolate is tasty, but this beer is very one dimensional. It barely qualifies as a quad. Yeah, you get that sweet candy sugar flavor that you find in Belgian quads, but all the complexity and richness of flavor is missing. It's just candy sugar + chocolate, then you're done. It tastes good I guess but it's disappointing.

This beer is chocolatey and enjoyable but, like just about every other American-brewed quad I've had, it lacks the complexity of good Belgian quads. Given the very limited bottle count of this beer, it's definitely not worth the trouble of tracking it down.

6.4/10

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty dark brown with a lot of off-white head. Its fairly pretty. On the nose there is tons of chocolate. Milk chocolate which is a bit weird but its pretty decent on the nose. No real belgian characteristics. The flavour profile is chocolate heavy. Tons of milky sweetness. Well carbonated. Overall very interesting and fairly tasty

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lancaster shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

It might suck to think you're getting this beer in a trade, only to find an actual box of chocolates come instead. Then again, tastiness will happen regardless... Anyway, this stuff pours a dark, murky black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, light Belgian yeast, vanilla, whipped cream, oats, and light walnut. The taste holds notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, very light mint, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, very light roasted malts, and clove. This stuff really lives up to its name tastewise, though the chocolate is extremely dominant, keeping most of the quad characteristics at bay. Damn tasty, though. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth-ish feel. Overall, a very nice brew. The only negative I can really come up with is the seeming lack of most of the quad character. Having that mix with the chocolatiness would create a ridiculous beer, I think. Still, this is some tasty stuff, lemme tell ya!

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Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle.

A: Deep dark mahogany. Forms a minimal tannish colored head that reduces down to just a ring around the glass.

S: Extremely muted at first, the aroma really doesn't start to show until it warms up a bit when it develops a nice chocolate nose.

T: Holy fucking chocolate. Milk chocolate to be specific and no shortage of it. Maybe some dark fruit as well. Very mild bitterness mixes with a sweet milkiness on the finish. While I can't say this beer tastes like an entire box of chocolates, it does come through as advertised with a very intense and unmistakable chocolate flavor.

M: On the heavier side of medium with a lower carbonation level.

O: A very nice drink, though I perceive this one to be more of a novelty beer than a complex sipper. Flavor profile is very one dimensional, but it does come through with the chocolate.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with Jason and company. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours black, tan head, thick collar, some whisps on top.

S - Dark fruit, chocolate, burnt sugars. The dark fruits are there but the chocolate takes over most of the nose. The burnt sugars are slight.

T - Tastes like "fake" chocolate, extract or something like that. Not a rich smooth chocolate note I attribute to a note of sweetness, but just "fake" is how I describe it, generic chocolate syrup? Notes of apples, slight dark fruit, but mostly fake chocolate syrup.

M - Too thin, light body, fizzy carbonation. The mouthfeel on this beer is no good. Too light, too fizzy. Needs to be full and smooth.

O - Decent, but really more of a letdown for how hyped this one was originally. I can get past the fake chocolate and lackluster mouthfeel to really say it deserves anything more then slightly above average.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of bs870621345
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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