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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
Ranking:
#2,578
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
306
pDev:
11.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
220
Gots:
65
Trade:
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Ratings: 306 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big surprise. This is a genuinely tasty and "real" chocolate brew. Not "fake/synthetic" chocolate like so many others.

Pours a nice brown with a think khaki head.

Big, rich and pure chocolate nose with flavor profile to that follows nose. Sweet chocolate character with a nice mouthfeel that is medium bodied and inviting to flavors of rich sweet chocolate with undertones of cherry chocolate cordial.

Nice fresh chocolate finish with light bitter character. Nice.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this was a bit of a weird one, not totally lost on me, but definitely a unique brew that takes some pondering to figure out. a belgian quad with a load of chocolate in it. its a great idea, but the beer to me tastes a little cheap and forced, its weirdly perfumy, like the chocolate shouldt be this aromatic, it also smells and tastes like cherry coke to me, with a nice fruity sweet malt base and a syrupy texture, hints of cocoa and food chemicals, its good, but its strange and new, and maybe too flavored. i could see some oak really mellowing this out, but i think it also needs to ferment down a bit more, strong as it already is, there is just so much sweetness on the back end of this, even for the style. i also think the belgian yeast element is a little under developed, or else lost to the chocolate and almost floral fruitiness in here. id like a little more spice from it and a little more breakdown of these sugars. good carbonation and it feels like a belgian to me, with a lightness even though its huge. cool brew, id love the wood aged version i think, but this seems overdone to me. maybe just my tastes though, as it looks like people really dig this...

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Quad poured out as a very dark brown color. There is a nice creamy looking head on top. The retention is moderate, some very light scattered lacing. The smell of the beer is sweet with a beautiful chocolate aroma in the mix. The taste of the beer has some cocoa flavors with the dark fruits and bready yeast. There is also a slight sourness in there also that fades into a creamy chocolate sweetness. The mouthfeel of the beer has a good carbonation with a medium body. Overall I thought this was really impressive. The balance in the flavor is really good. The chocolate comes and goes nicely leaving the base flavors on the tongue. Very happy I got to try this.

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Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 bottling

Appearance: Pours coffee brown with a modest head; very leggy, with dots of lacing streaming down

Smell: Ovaltine, vanilla and brown sugar

Taste: Ovaltine forward, with brown sugar and vanilla flavors developing; hints of dark fruit and Belgian yeast emerge, through the middle, but the finish is much like the start

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit one dimensional and hard to think of as a Quad, frankly; not bad for an after dinner drink but awfully sweet for anything else

Thanks, millerbuffoon, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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 zeff80
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
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 mothman
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bsuedekum and dfclav for this one, and DrEntropy for cracking his.

Almost no head fizzy very dark molasses brown color.

Nose has tons of chocolate as expected, milk, dark, bit of bakers' choc, hint of cocoa nibs and cocoa powder even, then slight Belgian dark fruits, caramel, molsses, some light ale like malt aromas, and somewhat like a lighter chocolate ale.

Taste is lighter than expected, tons of chocolate though, more like a chocolate ale than stout or quad. Milk chocolate, hint of dark as well. Belgian yeast fruit and Belgian dark ale flavors, vanilla, a bit of molasses, no roast, booze is hidden well. Slightly creamy as well with a nice malty flavor. Dry finish, not sticky or syrupy like I expected, a dry bittersweet chocolate with a long chocolate finish, and a slight bit of brandy soaked raisins.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, thinner than I expected though, decent carb.

Overall nice, very drinkable with great chocolate flavors, no super bitter roasty or estery flavors, and not overpowering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mikeyv35 for sharing a bottle of this at the Rosso release. Thanks goes out to coryking for getting me a bottle as well; that'll get shared at a tasting soon. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a medium brown with short off-white head that sticks around for a bit before falling to a thin collar. Not too much lacing. The nose is fairly light with some nice notes of chocolate and a bit of dark fruits in the background. Very nice. The taste really explodes off of the base the nose had going. It's just as described: a very nice quad with layers of chocolate over the top. The chocolate character is really dominant, and the quad underneath is spot on as well. Nice mix of dark fruits, raisins, and semi-sweet malt. A bit of brown sugar as well. Mouthfeel is very, very smooth and doesn't reveal the 10.5% at all. Overall, a very solid beer and its acclaim is well-deserved.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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 atlbravsrno1
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

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Box Of Chocolate from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 306 ratings
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