Marisol | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Madirish76
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ frontera's in the Chicago airport

The beer pours a clear golden yellow with a thin wispy white head that laces. The nose is relatively sweet, quite reminiscent of honey. The flavor is similar and it's a relatively neutral saison with a lot of sweetness forward (less yeast compared to the nose) followed by a subtle bitterness. It's very clean and drinks well with my meal, semi-dry finish. this is probably one of the best O'Hare airport beers, one which I wouldn't mind drinking again in the future...especially paired with a super spicy meal!

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.08/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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

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Photo of Etan
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half finger head n a hazy straw body. Spice, corriander, citrus hops and Belgian yeast in the aroma with the flavor also having an abundance of Belgian yeast, sweet citrus, honey and herbal hops. Light body and moderate carbonation. Almost more saison like. Hops are mild. Very drinkable but fairly different from other Belgian IPAs out there.

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Photo of birchstick
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of DCon
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid food pairing

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

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

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Frontera Grill in Chicago, IL. Poured into 12oz GI tulip

A: This pours a cloudy amber gold color. Quarter finger of bright white head. Fades quickly into a ring around the edges of the glass. Not a ton of lacing.

S: it's a golden colored wheat beer. You definitely get that spice from the Coriander, but also those fruit aromas from the tangerine etc.

T: I really liked this one. Maybe it was the pairing with the spicier Latin dishes we were eating, but I drank two of them and really enjoyed both. It was light and refreshing. Nicely balanced with the spice and fruit bill. No alcohol flavors at all.

M: To me it was a light bodied brew moving towards medium

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Photo of homebrew311
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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

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Photo of Treebs
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of jackhoog
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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Photo of EricCioe
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.35/5  rDev -13%
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.

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