Shangrila | Birrificio Troll

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Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 10-02-2006

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of shelby415
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Listed on the "1001", I probably will not review this because I will not buy it again.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flashback #366

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Photo of FLima
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber brown color with a one finger head with short retention.
Aroma of anise, molasses, cinnamon, ginger and guaraná.
Similarly, flavor with notes of star anise, cinnamon, ginger, caramels, cardamom, mild banana, booze, coriander, overripe oranges, candi sugar, pineapple juice, white grapes and some English earthy hops. Dry and alcoholic aftertaste.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% is felt.
Very complex beer with lots of spices, but in my opinion it could have a better balance between them. Anise, ginger and cardamom are shadowing the others that could give a spicy feeling to it. Where are the Curry and pepper? This was not my Shangri-La once I am not a big fan of anise.

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Photo of Chugs13
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of matjack85
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of laituegonflable
1.94/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a reddish amber hue, clear body with white head, nothing particularly special. Looks fluid, and very pale for the style. Not great.

Smells very phenolic, with a herbal hop aroma but an overwhelming whiff of booze as well. Slight diacetyl-ish character coming through midway, maybe just a touch too much sweetness there. Bit metallic on the back. I'm afraid it's actually unpleasant.

Malty sweet all over the palate, with some slight fruity notes upfront, raisiny sweetness. From the midpoint on it's all big booze notes though, which also dries up the potentially pleasant opening notes. Just too big. Needs so much more body here to combat the strength in the flavour. Basically all the flavour and complexity of flavour is swallowed up and sapped out by the booze.

No real texture at all either. A shame.

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Photo of ADZA
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got my growler filled with this at Cellarbrations and pours a very dark non see through amber hue which leaves a two finger wispy head and a rim of lacing,the smell is caramel,banannas,raisins and boozy alcohol i dont smell much of the curry or spice,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and once again abit of a let down as not full bodied as had hoped and on taste i get strong sweet toffee malts along with caramel,warming alcohol,raisins,sweet apricots and finished with the sweet candied malts once again and overall after the reading the spiel on what this brew had added to it i was quite interested but i dont really get the strong spice or curry as promised and unfortunately i would not revisit this cheers.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a small, fading head.
Noes shows sweet caramel, over-ripe bananas, faint unidentifiable spices, may some garlic.
Some sweet malt transfers through as a flavour, whilst the spices remain in the background, although they are a little more pronounced than in the aroma. some alcohol shows through, along with a metallic note.
Carbonation is a bit excessive.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Local Taphouse for their Italian SpecTapular.

Pours a pale amber hue, quite clear with a very light and rather insipid body. Head forms a thin ring of off-white. No lace. Overall, it looks pretty damn disappointing.

Nose is similarly disappointing. Instead of the heady array of Himalayan spices I was promised, we get weakly fermented apple cider with a touch of cinnamon as almost a throw-away afterthought. Very light on, as well, giving very little up at all.

Spicy characters on the front of the palate at least, again focussing mainly on a slightly sweet cinnamon character, that builds to a pasty cinnamon-sugar dosage on the finish. Some phenols come in mid palate to do something I don't know what. There's not a lot here for them to meld with or clash against.

Feel is light, but with a tingle from the spice.

Overall, no, it's not a bad beer, per se, but it sure is pretty dull given when it promises.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, kinda straw brown body, cloudy, lightish tan head, thin.

Nose is a bit odd. Kinda metal tang.

Taste has coriander, and some spice; anise is there I guess, the rest (I had to read the bottle) are hard to pin down as well. Overall impression is Belgian golden ale. Faintly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light with faint carbonation.

Interesting, but the spices aren't present enough to be compelling.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of akorsak
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pin at Farmers' Cabinet. Shangrila aged in sherry barrels that held JW Lees Harvest Ale.

A: The ale pours with a thick and pulpy look, ample sediment hazing over the ale and giving it a reddish-brown color. No head.

S: Vanilla, sherry strength and wood. Mild sourness follows. The base Shangrila beer has a very unique spice profile that, unfortunately, doesn't come through very well. Instead, it is swallowed up by the sherry barrel notes.

T: On the initial serve, the vanilla and wood are strong, fortified by the sherry. A very mild sourness follows but hardly enough to look at the ale as a sour. Instead, the wood dominates. As in the nose, the underlying ale tends to disappear, lost behind the sweet sherry notes. Easily the most complex of the offerings, not to mention a very rare find.

M: The mouthfeel picks up thick barleywine, sweet vanilla and fortified sherry. The complexity is admirable, a true sipping beer.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter body than expected for a dark ale and has a two-finger head that dies slow. Really hoppy and bitter aroma with a load of spices; corriander, pepper, clove...not too great w/ spices but there are some in this beer. A light-to-medium body that can even be described as slightly creamy. Tastes seem to vary from tart and citric fruits with some dryness from yeast and bread malt as well as some sweetness from caramel and hint of tropical fruit and/or grape and cherry. Beer is OK balanced but it seems to get caught up on the malts and the fruit flavors are a little bit bland and then the ABV kinda bleeds into the finish. An OK beer but just slightly misses the mark.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage/g.housen Tasting earlier today. Bottle looks different than picture with a crimson red label with Sharngila in script diagonally across it.

Hazy tawny with off-white head. Nose is of tired caramel (some oxidation?) and Christmas baking spices. Reminds me of a (good) fruitcake. or spice cookie. Palate is wide and sweet like apple cider - nice spices but nothing is overpowering nor taking the limelight. Curry comes out in a subtle way. Tastes like Christmas cookies in an amber ale.

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Photo of cpanossian
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting a sour beer after my first smell - reminded me of Flanders sours. But first tastes were a big surprise - not sour at all. Rich savory ale, with hints of apricot and curry, like Southern Comfort with carbonation and some head. After mellowing in my glass for a short while, further smells reminded me of a nice sherry from souther Spain. This is a fine sipping ale to go along with a meal or nice cheeses.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For some reason, Bobby bought this at the Pizza Port Carlsbad bottle shop and I ridiculed him relentlessly for how awful this beer was going to be. Of course, I was forced to endure a nice healthy pour. Thanks...

A: The pour is a dark orange-amber color with a short lived off-white head.

S: A strange nose on this beer. Quite sweet with notes of corn, salt, and spices. A bit of anise and candi sugar, too.

T: The flavor is quite odd. It is highly sweet, but there is a different sort of spice flavor in there that I can't quite describe, likely from the curry spices.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation, but it's not quite enough to make up for the syrupy nature of the beer.

D: I'll admit, this was not horrible at all, but it was far too sweet. And the (seemingly) curry flavor was a bit too much for me.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours amber with very little head but good clarity. Smells of apricot, mango, and spice. The taste is similar, with tropical fruit, especially mango and passion fruit, and some more spice. A bit overcarbonated, but overall a pleasant enough quaff. I wouldn't pay what they charge for a bottle, but finding it on tap was nice.

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Photo of stcules
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber, ruby edges. A beige foam, beautiful. Good appearance.
In the smell a lot of spices, and a bit of alcohol.
In the taste malt, tending to caramel, and a bit too much alcohol again. Again spices, yes, but more subdued.
Having had this beer in other occasion, we can remember a more smoothness in the mouth, less alcohol, and a lot of good spiciness, very pleasant and characterized.

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Photo of malmquna
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Went to Torino to find this at Eataly, an amazing grocery store with a small restaurant in every section (steaks at the butcher, fish where appropriate, tasty bar food in the beer and wine section).

Beautiful copper to chestnut color, ever so slightly cloudy. Solid off-white head that lingers as a thin cover over the beer and along the glass.

Smells of bourbon or cognac, some banana esters, sweet like candi sugar. The flavor agrees, and immediately meets you with some sweetness, those banana esters again, all over an amber malt base. The flavor may tend a little too much toward estery and boozy.

This beer is quite effervescent, and that leads to a good mouthfeel with the combination of malt, sweet, and bubbles. Quite drinkable, but likely better with food.

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Shangrila from Birrificio Troll
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 40 ratings