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

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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Glouglouburp (5960) - 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

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (7746) - 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.

Bottles.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (5219) - ITALY - SEP 4, 2007
ambrata buona schiuma persistente profumi tendenti al dolci in bocca ben bilanciata leggermente speziata

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3904) - 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.

3.6
   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.

1.7
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a medium white head. Nice looking. Kind of a musty, funky malt aroma. You could tell there was ton of ingredients in this, and rom looking at the commercial description, I was right. Such a unique aroma, I cant even name anything by name. The flavor has a big malt and spice character to it as well. I get a very unique flavor, almost like a mild tomato flavor in there too. The other peppery spices were there as well. Really unique taste. I cant say that I really liked it, because it might have been a little wierd for me, but it was interesting to say the least.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4319) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Off-white conglomerate head leaves spot lacing as it recedes. Ginger, cumin and paprika aromas. Crisp and dry with upfront caramel and a lasting sweetly spiced finish. Makes me tired.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Cloudy, but Dimly Vibrant Apple Cider with White Head. Grapey, Dry Herbs and Woody Aroma. Medium Mouthfeel...Although Subtle Sweetness Pokes Through, Very Much a Dry Brew. Hints of Grape...Mostly Herbal Notes and Dried Fruit. Anise, Curry, Pepper and Woody Dryness Come Through the Most, but Very Nice Floral Qualities to this Brew. Some Nice Complexity... Overall a Very Interesting and Enjoyable Brew. Highly Recommend Eating Something Sweet Like Chocolate Alongside it.


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