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:
305
Reviews:
107
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
Wants:
222
Gots:
65
For Trade:
6
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Photo of jaminjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of aasher
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was courtesy of MordorMongo, thanks Scott!

This one pours a medium bodied dark cola brown in color with a light soapy, beige lacing. The nose is pretty bland. It's dark fruit with an ever so slight touch of chocolate malt. Blah. The flavors are similar. It's raisins, honey, figs, and a little bit of Ovaltine. It's ok. I don't know why it has this reputation. It's a quad with a small amount of chocolate. It's laughable this used to demand beers far superior to this. Meh, its average.

Edit: This beer was much better on draft when sampled at Bailey's Range in St. Louis at the beginning of 2014.

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Photo of ajs4bd
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of Jeffo
2.3/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle recently in an trade with bsuedekum. Thanks for hooking me up with this long-time want man.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, loose, fizzy, off-white head with lousy retention. The coke-like head quickly fizzes away to a slight wisp and ring. Clear bistre brown in color with lots of carbonation evident. A light wisp remains leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Head relaxed a little on the second pour, but overall, this is lack luster.

SMELL: Some dark chocolate and cocoa notes, as well as some spicy yeast and caramel aromas. Light dark fruits as well, but mostly cocoa on the nose. A little mute; not as impressive as hoped.

TASTE: Some caramel malts and spicy pepper flavors as well. A touch of dark fruits, raisins, and dark chocolate near the finish. Mild flavors and a little wattery, unfortunately. Mild yet lingering aftertaste with hints of dark chocolate, some dark fruits, spices, and a hint of bitterness from the cocoa. Still a little watery and unimpressive.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little watery on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Whatever.

OVERALL: This was lousy at best. Not off putting, just mute and boring. The chocolate component was mute and the base quad was pretty boring itself as well. I can't believe the high scores this one has received; I can only hope this most recent bottling is over the hill and it was much better fresh. Regardless, I was happy to finally give this one a shot, so cheers for all the hard work bsuedekum. Best to steer clear of this one at this point.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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 whallgren
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of rebelmusic
4/5  rDev -1%

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

Bottle at the May 2012 iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Well this is really chocolatey. Mainly tootsie rolls and chocolate syrup, but also a little like chocolate soda. Candied dark fruits make a minor appearance along with a bit of alcohol sharpness. Delicious in small servings.

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Photo of Domeshot14
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of KevSal
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of RWNewhouse
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of monitorpop
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of marine1975
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of surlytheduff
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Jakers90
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of sommersb
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of AndrewK
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of cwguy5
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of BillHilly
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Box Of Chocolate from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
4.04 out of 5 based on 305 ratings.
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