When I visited the Modern Times Brewery, I was introduced to a style of beer I had not known to exist. Transit to Venus is a Grisette. A grisette is a combination of two styles: sour and funk.
The aroma of lemon is strong. The air of Saccharomyces and a Brettanomyces funk are felt upon the nose. Pilsner malt is sensed with the lemony body. Vienna spelt malt is noted as the sour wanes. An alcohol content of 5.4% is not recognizable because the sour and funk rule over your taste buds.
The taste of lemon is dominate from start to finish. The juicy lemon presence gives the beer the sour we experience. Saccharomyces adds a spice to the sour complexion.
The funk of Brettanomyces yeast is light. I had the pleasure of drinking Transit to Venus on tap and the funk is as funky as James Brown when the beer is fresh. It would seem the strength of the funk lessens when this brew is bottled.
Rye is tasted as the lemon starts to dissipate in your mouth. The rye characteristic is very apparent in the watery finish and as the finish dries. The balance between the rye, lemon, and funk is outstanding to harmonize together.
Grisette is an out of this world experience. I would not have learned about it if the bartender I was talking to had not recommended it to me. I make a point to write about beer that is bottled so people can find it outside the brewery itself. When I found this at La Bodega, I had to take the opportunity to write about this beer because it is a spectacular beer. This is a sour beer, so know that before you get into this because sours are an acquired taste. The funk is a wonderful accent to the sour. If you can find a Grisette at all, just give it a try. Modern Times' Transit to Venus is a lovely complex beer to start with for the Grisette style.
Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer.