Marisol - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 11
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lstokes on 11-25-2010

A Belgian golden ale, brewed with wheat, spiced with tangerine zest, green coriander, and ugli fruit. Hazy golden color, spicy citrus aroma, creamy fruit flavor, medium body.
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Photo of jeonseh
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light hazy orange, with red tint. Small foam head

S - Floral up front with strawberry bubblegum and slight esters in the nose. Light lemon as well.

T - Lemon, light elder flower, grassy, strawberry, bubblegum, orange zest

MF - Light carbonation, creamy medium body that fills the mouth. Light spice lingers on the tongue in the finish

O - A nice fruity Saison that has a strawberry presence that you don't find too often. Not great but worth it if you can find it

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a hazy deep yellow body with a gentle carbonation and a sticky thick white foam that last a good bit.

S- The soft yeasty character has some bright fruity esters but is otherwise pretty clean.

T- The soft fruit flavor blends with pears and apricot notes and a yeast character that taste soapy as it warms. There is a dry cracker malt note underneath and a soft ginger spice note in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a soft prick of fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- There is a nice ginger note in the finish that combines with the fruity character making this beer subtle but easy to sip.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Wriggleyville. I like to try this style, as I often get something a little interesting. This was brewed with a Mexican celebrity chef. Very mild flavours, nondescript. A little fruit, a tad of spice. Cloudy body. Soft mouthfeel.Turn up the spice.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served on tap in a Collins glass. Looks very much like iced tea, especially with some fruit juice mixed in, specifically cranberry and orange.

Smell: Very faint smell of orange and some floral herbs. A bit too subdued.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Initially tastes like iced tea sweetened with pear. Then the orange juice comes into the play, which transitions nicely into a faint pine hop bite in the finish. Great balance and transition. Starts smooth with pear and finishes crisp with the pine.

Overall Drinkability: Another very impressive Belgian by Goose Island. Paired perfectly with an enormous porkchop and red cabbage with feta.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Chicago- pours a clear golden straw color, nice creamy 1.5 finger head, decent retention, nice delicate lacing. Good lookin.

Smells like a wit- wheat is the predominant scent, with overtones of tangerine peel and coriander.

Taste is consistent with smell- lots of round wheat flavor, - good amount of tangerine, a little coriander, finished sweet. A little yeast but not much.

Very drinkable of course- light body, light to moderate carbonation. This is pretty interesting- I don't usually like wits but this one is nice.

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dave for sharing this one fresh off the line.
Review from written notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pale orange, bright clarity, soapy white foam that steadily remains in place. Some spotty lacing clings to the inside of the glass.

Floral and mildly sweet aroma, honey and hibiscus, herbal also.

Simple flavors of honey malt sweetness, sweetly floral hibiscus, Belgian yeast lending some mild fruity notes. Light bodied, easy drinking, seems tailored to pair with food (makes sense as this is a Rick Bayless collaboration). It's good, though a bit plain and unexciting. You'd think there'd be some unusual latin spices going on with this, though it comes off more as a sweet Belgian Pale.

Photo of oline73
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a light golden amber with a half finger of off white heads that goes away very quickly.

Smell: Mild and crisp. Light malt along with some fruit. The spices along with the fruit smell a bit like ketchup.

Taste: Like an amped up wit beer. Definitely picking up some Belgian spice and the coriander. Some strong fruit notes show up in the middle of each sip. The finish is full of fruit and spice. There is a hint of ketchup here as well.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side of medium with aggressively tingly carbonation and a really dry finish.

Overall: The ketchup in the smell scared me. I enjoyed this beer more as it warmed and I sipped it. This would be a very nice food beer.

Photo of Etan
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a GI chalice at Clybourn.

A: Calm yellow-gold body with a nice white head.

S: Creamy BPA esters - cloves, wheat, sugary pale malt, lemon.

T: Mild unmalted wheat, slight strawberry, white cake, lemon, bright grain.

M: Creamy, light-bodied, crisp carbonation.

O: A nice, mild BPA. A bit light, but tasty.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a golden-yellow color with a big white head and some lacing on the way down. The nose carries some mild spice and citrus peel. Very light hop notes in the background. Flavor has spice and light malt plus some citrus and fruit. Body is light-medium with high carbonation. Pretty good, though nothing stands out all that much.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Got wind this was at the Firk, so I rushed over during my errands. It pours a mostly clear golden amber-straw topped by finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises light orange peel, light grapefruit, coriander, and a pinch of sour white grapes. The taste holds notes of orange zest, white grape, light peach, very light grapefruit peel, light pineapple, honey, and a pinch of nutmeg floating around in the background. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid, if generally uninspired wit. I guess I just had too high of hopes for this brew, but it's really just a technically solid wit, with nothing special going on.

Photo of Spider889
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Frontrera. This is a special collaboration beer between Rick Bayless and GI. Despite the rumors I believe that Frontrera is the only place to currently get this beer.

Arrived in a signature GI chalice, the type used for the Three Sisters and other Belgians. A slightly hazed golden wheat color with half a finger of white foam.

Smells really crisp and clean, very yeasty like a saison. Not too much special going on here though, a few hints of sage strike me once in a while.

The taste is the same. A clean and refreshing beer, but not overly unique or impressive. Some sage or thyme type flavors can be found... reminded me a little of Saison du BUFF. Supposedly this was brewed with tea - where the hell is it? I think some sort of tea flavor would be really pleasant in this beer. If this is brewed in multiple batches I recommend that GI increase the specialty ingredients next time. Brew a beer worthy of the awesomeness that is Rick Bayless!

Crisp carbonation, slick mouthfeel, with a clean finish. Very drinkable and paired very well with the Mexican food we were eating.

Overall nothing worth significant effort to seek out. I was happy to try this, but we were planning on eating at Frontrera well before I knew this beer was going to be there. To be honest, GI does so many damn Belgians they don't need to bother bottling this one despite the fervor a few have been generating about this recently.

Photo of EricCioe
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Frontera, two GI Belgian glasses with tamales and ceviche for appetizers.

This pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a large, tightly-bubbled three finger white head that leaves no lace on its slow way down. On the nose, there is that characteristic soft wheat character combining with bananaish yeast. There isn't a whole lot else going on despite all the extra ingredients in this one. In the mouth it's more of the same, the almost mushy, palate covering wheat mixing with a mushy banana that lingers around in a medium finish. The body is medium light, totally drinkable, but it lacks a forcefulness and comes out mushy.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but not the best of Goose's offerings in this category.

Photo of DCon
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Citizen Bar in Chicago, IL for $9.50. Tapped from the Black/Silver Goose Island Tap Handle into a 16oz Pint Glass. Ordered two back to back because of the availability of this brew! May never see this hit the St. Louis area.

Aroma- The aroma is very potent with tons of orange, zest, and hop. Malt is introduced towards the end of the smell and is musky and almost Belgian like. Fantastic!

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that has good retention. The body color is a deep copper color and is semi-hazy. Leaves tons of lacing behind.

Flavor- Very spicy and fruity from the start. Orange peel and sweet hops come in towards the middle of the drink. Medium-High Bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Light alcohol warming and has a good amount of spice once again.

Overall Impression- A nice "limited" brew from Goose Island! I'm not sure if I would order more then 2 of these because of the price... Well worth it though and suggest anyone who has the chance to enjoy this. Very complexed all around.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If traditional Belgian witbiers were to hit the gym and take on more tasks, this beer would be the likely result. With all the citrus and wheat goodness, Marisol weaves in more fruit and pepper character without hurting its superb drinkability.

And like those witbiers, the cloudy canary-yellow ale builds a tremendously creamy and airy white head with high retention and lace. There's really no difference in appearance from this than Hoegaarden white ale.

A burst of mouthwatering aromas are perfumy and citrusy and span the gammot of rose, honey, floral hops, oranges, lemons, corriander, and white pepper which tickles the nose. A brisk wheat scent allows for bread character to anchor the varying aromas.

Flavors work in revrese- first delivering a mild sweetness seemingly of confectioner's sugar, yeasty dough, and light bread. Backed by a clean lemony lactic tartness, the beer cleans up quickly allowing the taste of soft coriander, white pepper phenols, and oranges (zest and pulp). Throw in extra fruitiness, seemingly of apricot or mangos and we have a slight deviation from the norm.

Medium bodied with the weight of fruit and weight of bready malt impeding the high effervesence and making a rich impact on the mouth. But the acidity and carbonation soon wins out as they usher in a very crisp and refreshingly tart finish. Only a whisper of citrus and spice linger in aftertaste.

Modestly heftier than most normal witbiers, but the beer hold the balance, refreshment, and whimsical elements that make Marisol's influence so charming and playful.

Photo of zeledonia
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hackney's Printers Row in Chicago. 10 oz. pour into a snifter.

Pours a bright golden yellow, clear. Really nice color and light, glowing and buoyant. Brought to me with minimal head. Little visible crabonation. Decent lacing. Color carries it.

Smell is powerfully fruity. Sweet orange and a unique apricot-like smell, followed by honey. Rich, sweet, and really nice.

Taste is like the smell, but with the addition of a nice coriander spice pop. Still has the sweet orange and the rich pulpy fruit. This is delicious - the spice balances out the sweetness and really brings it all together.

Medium-bodied, a bit of sugary stickiness. A little light on the carbonation, but good. Finish is looong and sweet.

Drinks like a pumped-up witbier - heavy on the fruit, heavy on the spice, missing only the yeast. I really like it. Rich, sweet, fruity, and buoyant. A fantastic combination of flavors, and one that I wish I could get more often.

Photo of TubaManJack
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid food pairing

Appearance-
A medium golden tan hue with mild head retention. Very light carbonation. Nearly opaque towards the edges.

Smell-
Unfortunately its quite muted but comprises mostly of the Belgian yeast. The remainder is slightly floral even as it has warmed up.

Taste-
Subtle comprising of the standard Belgian yeast. The brightness is less than one would expect from a BPA and also a touch sweeter. I also am getting lime and citrus zest. The mouthfeel is also as subtle.

This beer was made to be paired with food and is only consistently served at Rick Bayless' restaurants and at his O'Hare locations. It pairs excellently with food and even copes well with the peppers and strong seasoning of the food. In this respect enjoy it with food and it's concept not just as a beer.

Photo of homebrew311
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy gold, soapy white head, nice lacing

S: floral character, funky Saison like yeast, lemon zest

T: lots of fruit, floral character, some hibiscus and orange

Mf: light body, moderate carbonation

O: decent balance, lots of citrus and Belgian character

Photo of jackhoog
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic at Girl & the Goat

A - Deep orange, pumpkin-esque color with a nice beige head. Looked appetizing, but I would've preferred a different serving glass. 4.0

S - Definite spice aromas. Reminded me of a glass of cider almost. 4.0

T - delicious and spicy, but not overly so. It had some citrus-y zest to it, but like the smell I kept getting spice and an almost cinnamon-y taste. 4.5

M - spot on for a wit. 4.0

O - It can go toe to toe with Goose Island's other bottled nicer high-brow beers like Matilda, Sofie, et al. I'd definitely order it again. 4.0

Photo of birchstick
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the wrigleyville locations after a cubs victory over the cards. Pours an orangish yellow with a small head. Nose is sweet fruits with coriander, citrus, grass, and bubblegum. Tatse us similar. Starts off with citrus that's fades to some fruity bubblegum yeast notes. Ends with more sweet fruit flavors and some bubblegum. Mouth is creamy and smooth. Overall this bus a a solid Belgian ale. Glad ingot the chance to try it on tap.

Photo of Sean9689
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Goose Invasion @ Small Bar Fullerton.

A - Pours a orange/yellow color, white head, thin ring.

S - Big spice character, floral/herbal notes. Pepper, orange peel, lemon zest, coriander. Very very light hops, almost not there, but just a touch.

T - Lots of floral notes, herbs & spices, orange peel, lemon zest.

M - Light, crisp, good carbonation, clean finish.

O - Nice summer beer to enjoy outside or to complement a light dish. A nice addition to the other Goose Belgian-style ales.

Photo of Madirish76
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much like everyone else, had it on tap at ORD. It was a nice way to say goodbye to Chicago enjoying two things uniquely from there. A torta from Rick Bayless and a beer from Goose Island. It was perfect for a hot day. Nice and refreshing with citrus notes and that Belgian spice.

Photo of Treebs
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at GI Wrigleyville. Served in a GI chalice.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a little deeper body and light yellow edges. A thin white head forms on the pour and dissipates to thin ring. Some splotch lace is left.

S: Very citrusy and zesty up front. Some sweet tangerine with some lemon zest, mild spicy yeast and some orange rind.

T: The peppery yeast is up front with a sweet zest of tangerine, lemon and orange. The finish is a of pale malt and some slight chalk.

M: Medium to light bodied with a light flavor and solid carbonation. The finish is fruity and dry.

O: A solid wit and I really like the flavors the zest of tangerine added. A must try if this style is your thing.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wide mouth "Matilda" glass at The Firkin, in Libertyville, IL

I went here with the family and the girlfriend to celebrate my birthday. I was truly happy to find this one off Rick Bayless Frontera colab beer on tap.

This beer may not have been a true witbier, but it had many delicious Belgian qualities to it. The appearance was a clear golden orange with a frothy white foam on it that would have stayed all day if so desired. The smell was an interesting melange of fruits. Most predominate of which I found to be a pineapple along with a touch of white grape and banana. After describing the aroma in fruit characteristics it doesn't do the smell justice. The first thoughts I had on this beer were that it had an mild herbal, but mostly floral aroma. The taste has it's own interesting fruits to it as well. There is a bit of tartness to it like that found in both raspberry and some citrus fruits. There is a undercurrent of banana flavor on the palate as well and some clove spiciness on the back end to go along with everything. The mouthfeel is really smooth and easy going. Overall this is one hell of a Belgian beer. I usually don't go for things as fruity as this, but knowing no fruit was added this is one impressive yeast strain that is going on in this beer. I truly enjoyed every bit of drinking this.

Photo of MasterSki
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Fizz Bar today for the Craft Day Afternoon. Served in stange-like taster glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin cap, and thicker collar, leaving behind no lace. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - Peppery Belgian yeast, light citrus peel, coriander, stone fruits and pale malts.

T - Taste's more like a Belgian pale or farmhouse ale than a witbier in some ways - there's none of the sweet malt character I expect. Most spicy, estery yeast, and grainy wheat.

M - Active pleasant carbonation, slightly grainy medium body, and a dry crisp finish. Quite good in this area.

D - A largely average Belgian pale ale that appears to have some wheat in it. I could easily finish a glass, but it's not interesting enough to return to throughout an evening. Goose makes better beers in this stylistic vein.

Photo of lstokes
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on-tap on the Frontera Grill--it's a special collaboration between Rick Bayless and Goose Island, designed to go with Mexican food, and it most surely does.

It's hazy orange with very little head and smells like a citrusy wheat beer. It tastes like orange zest, pepper, coriander, a little bit of tangerine/banana and a touch of toasted malts. Hops are almost non-existent, but that's perfect for this beer. Very light carbonation, and the beer is effervescent, almost champagne-like, subtle citrus, balanced with the pepper, makes a great accompaniment to the food here. I would come back for Marisol alone.

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Marisol from Goose Island Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.