Brewed by Birrificio Troll
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Vernante, Italy


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Shangrila was the first creation from Birrificio Troll. It is of dark amber color and has a persistent head and with its 8.5 alc./vol. it warms the palate and the heart. Shangrila is brewed using malt, English hops and a mixture of spices from the Himalayas: tandori (Blend of coriander, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, ginger, cardamom, saffron), curry, pepper, anise. Shangrila is a complex full bodied beer with exotic scents and an intense flavor. Shangrila is a perfect companion for meats of every type, especially ones grilled over charcoal. It also pairs very well with fine cheeses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear dark copper with a two finger lasting rocky light tan head that leaves good lacing. Heavy aroma of spices with the anise really sticking out, bubblegum, and caramel. Taste is the same as aroma with a hint of spicy peppery curry goodness. Medium mouthfeel with a mild to moderate amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6731) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2007
750. Thanks, Boboski! Pours slightly hazy, very luminescent medium amber with a thick moussy tan head that falls slowly to a thin film of mousse across the top of the beer. Red pitted tree fruit, licorice, and an intoxicating whirl of cooking spices all show up in the nose. The aromatics are really hard to piece apart, actually. Body’s on the light side of medium, not much carb. Fruity, slightly candy-like, and earthily spicy mid-palate. Somewhat bubble-gummy finish...not just your ordinary bubble gum, either, but that dry stuff ya get with Bazooka Joe that has the preservative powder in it. *That* kind of bubble gum on the finish. This is definitely a wild child.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2007
Cloudy dark caramel. Despite being a gusher upon opening, the head settles quickly into the shape of a small off-white ring. Spice-focused, anisey and strong curry flavours with soy and sesame toast nuances. Its base is clearly Belgian, you can tell as much from the upfront yeastiness than the growing fizz of medium to big sized bubbles. Finishes with oranges, more toast and obviously lots of spices. Chaotic.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2007 The look: Cloudy dark-orange body topped by an initially large but quickly dissipating white head.
The style: A ton of aggressive spices (way too much) on a Belgian foundation
The stuff: Smells like walking into an Indian restaurant. If there was yeasty flavours or some kind of malt character in there it was totally crushed by the exaggerated amount of spices. Light body. The aggressive carbonation just make the spices feel even more aggressive. Dry and dusty. This terrible beer was my own contribution at a tasting session where my friends brought exotic Japanese beers, Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter (ratebeer #1 beer) and Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon First Edition (ratebeer #13 beer). Ok… so… the worst the beer I bring the better the beers my friends bring to compensate… hmmm... ok then... To anyone reading, please beermail if you have 10 years old vintage Schoune or Barberie bottles.
The how: Tasting session at MartinT. Bottle from me :(
The conclusion: Never again

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 My Bottom Line:
Substanceless Indian curry spices are slowly overcome by fierce bubbling in this mildly fruity and somewhat frail strong ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the cloudy and dull amber.
-That spiciness isn’t as intense I had expected, which is a good thing, but there isn’t much else to support it I’m afraid. Addendum: a bottle aged a few more months reveals a lot more bubblegummy phenols and a lot less spice presence.
-That fruitiness is redolent of peaches, watermelon and oranges.
-There is some bitterness in the finish, but it is far from convincing.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (6660) - ITALY - SEP 4, 2007
ambrata buona schiuma persistente profumi tendenti al dolci in bocca ben bilanciata leggermente speziata

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009
Name: Shangri La
Date: April 02, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: muddy amber, fine white head
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with a very sharp spicey (cury) edge
Body: creamy body
Flavor: lots of spicy flavor, malty sweetness, great complexity, earthy balance
Overall: overall a huge spicy beer, the creamy body and the spices blend to make an enjoyable experience, a most unique beer
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4735) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2007
This was a fun and interesting beer. Pours cloudy orange with a small off-white head. The aroma has a weird blend of spices - anise, allspice, cinnamon and tangerine rind. Medium body with good crispness and some sharp prickly carbonation. The flavor starts with sweet toasty malt, anise, orange rind and a swirl of spice flavors with curry and garlic standing out. The finish has spicy pepper and such. These are a bunch of flavors that shouldn’t work together, but they hit the spot for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2007
A very licorice, cinnamon smell to the beer with a citrus smell to it also. Taste is very rind-like and sugary-caramel malt. I definitely taste the garlic too. Not to overwhelming in any aspect. Very crisp initially and the garlic really does work in the beer. Very decent and underrated for what it is.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Bottle. Nearly clear burnt orange with a large head. Aroma is exotic spices and pale malt. Spices I found most prominent were yellow curry, garlic and cumin, just to scratch the surface. I found it unpleasant. Maybe it’s an acquired taste, but I won’t be trying it again.
Have you ever been eating Indian food, and you bite into something that you aren’t sure you should eat, but you don’t want to look like a pig and spit it out? That’s this beer all over.

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