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


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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   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.

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Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2008
750 ml bottle from Knightly Spirits. Pours a caramel/amber color with 1.5 inches of tan head that reduces quickly. Spotty lacing. The nose is strong with grapefruit. Flavors are boozy with strong characteristics of bourbon, light fruits, subtle hops, spices, pepper, moldy shoes, and candi sugar. Bitter but well-rounded mouthfeel. There’s a helluva a lot of natural sediment floating around. By the end of the bottle, the brew resembles a clump of mud; looking almost solidified. Medium carbonation and body. Very interesting and complex.

hotstuff (5258) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Bottle. Medium sized fizzy beige head that mostly diminished, splotchy amounts of lacing, a lot of floaties, cloudy, visible carbonation, and an orange golden hue. The aromas that I detected were sweet, spicy, lightly hoppy, pepper, paprika, sugary, ginger, and coriander. The flavor was sweet, spicy, pepper, sugary, and some ginger. Tingly mouthfeel and medium bodied. I did not like the flavor of this beer as it was complex and a total mess IMO. This beer did not leave me wanting it again. Next!!

Petrucci914 (921) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Pours a cloudy brownish color. This became a drain pour. It tasted oxidized but my guess is that it’s just a shitty beer. I should have known better - waste of money.

Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Pours out a murky brownish-red color that appears like discharge from a waste water facility. Aroma is of light spice, oxidation and aforementioned waste water discharge. This beer survived only a few sips before my brother gave me the okay that I could dump this crud. Yuck!! Not sure if I got a bad bottle or not, but this was a complete drain pour.

Furseth (2165) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2008
Cask at Bir & Fud Rom/Italy: Hazy red colour, with a flat head. Aroma of fruits, citrus a bit viny too, and a sweet alcy ending. Flavor is almost the same, dominates of the fruits,caramel, and alcy mouth feeling. Thin to medium finish.

Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Bottle at tasting at Chris Fischer’s (from Liars Club) house. Pours with a deep amber-brown body topped by a medium thick head with a god amount of lacing. It’s sweet and malty with some floral notes. Medium to full bodied and warming.

Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2008
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of Ungstrup. Hazy, amber golden with tiny impurities and an off-white head. Sweet’n’sour caramel aroma. Quite full-bodied with sweetish caramel, fruit and yeast. Some alcohol in the finish. 220308

Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Pour is slightly orangey amber with a thin off white head and lots of carbonation...smell is yeasty and spicey...pepper, ginger, anise...very interesting, and slightly medicinal...taste is very herbal and vegetal bitter at first, turning sweet and pepper in the finish....interesting, but not really good...

FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2008
A moderate pour produces an almost four finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some delicate lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a full amber color, when held up to the light the beer shows a hazy, red tinged, orangish, light amber color. The aroma has a light sweetness to it, smells sort of rich and has an intriguing mix of aromatics that are not easily placed, but seem to be produced by a confluence of malt and spice aromatics. A deeper inspection yields aromas that make me think of pears, sweet melons, fresh baked bread, fenugreek, sour apples, perhaps a hint of woodiness and some definite anise there towards the end. The spicing is quite subtle in this beer, it is really hard to pick out and if I didn’t know about it I would definitely attribute the complexity of the nose to the yeast driven fermentation character. This has a really nice aroma to it, with soft, subtle notes that are fun to chase.

Sweet tasting up front, but the spices definitely kick in towards the finish. The spices are still not so noticeable as to be easily picked out; in fact after my first sip I can say it is spicy, but not what exactly it is that I am tasting. The up front sweetness accentuates flavors of sweet plums, cantaloupe, a touch of apple and some Anjou pear. The fruit / sweetness also seem to be accented by some of the spice components of this beer, though I would be hard pressed to say which ones. The spices add a sharpness / light astringency to the finish that mimics the effect of hop bitterness, but is certainly uniquely different. The beer has a certain heft to it that helps to carry the flavors, it is not heavy, nor is it light, but is about in line with a somewhat well attenuated Belgian beer of this strength; it has enough heft to it to keep it from being perfectly quaffable, but is still fairly drinkable. This was a fairly well carbonated brew as well, though not so much that I noticed it being excessive.

I am so unused to these spices being used in beer that I am having a hard time pulling out the specific spice flavors here, some of this is because the brewer used a restrained spicing here (at least at the age that this beer is now). A very tasty, interesting beer that I am quite enjoying a 750ml bottle of.

Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2008
Bottle. A hazy orange amber beer with a big tan head. The aroma and taste is of yeast, fruits and caramel malt, light alcoholic. Medium body with a sweet light alcoholic finish.

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