Box Of Chocolate | Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Missouri, United States
charlevillevineyard.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
303
Reviews:
106
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of HosP
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

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Photo of swoopdog
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of fear025
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of deebo
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of paxchristi
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of Jender
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried at hair of the dog in St. Louis. Nice chocolate flavor. Good balance with the higher alcohol content.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Box Of Chocolate from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
4.05 out of 5 based on 303 ratings.
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