The Pit & The Pendulum
SweetWater Brewing Company

The Pit & The PendulumThe Pit & The Pendulum
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American Wild Ale
3.9 | pDev: 8.97%
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
The Pit & The PendulumThe Pit & The Pendulum
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Photo of EMV
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly opaque golden pour with 1 finger if fizzy white head. Falls fast... modest rim of lacing.

S: Funk and fruit... peach and brett.

T.F: Follows the nose. Modestly tart at the outset without being overly sour. Great fruity peach and apricot. Complex with green apple, white grape, and funk/brett. A nice mix of sweet and tangy, and also picking up some Belgian yeast and spice. Fairly light bodied... high carbonation level. More complex green fruit and peach at the finish... a little sticky.

O: This is such a great beer I have a hard time believing that Sweetwater brewed it. Fantastic stuff and very drinkable. Wish I'd snagged a few more when they came out.

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Photo of mac31
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Peaches and cream. Cream is more of the mouthfeel. There is that clean sourness from the Brett. Soft sweetness correlates with sour backbone. They both run the length of the palate. Soft pucker sensation along with a subdued tartness. I really dig how this beer cleans up well for the next sip. The peaches are prevalent and welcomed. This was just a fun and easy beer to drink. The malt side made the beer is softer and more rounded out, especially for a sour. It's a fantastic beer to drink. Body is medium with some creaminess to it. Carbonation is light. This is a beer that would do well with both the novice and advanced sour fan. I wish I would have grabbed the 2016 vintage now.

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

Cloudy Orange with little head. Tart aroma with apricot. Flavor is vinegar sourness with stone fruit. Medium light body, with high carbonation. Overall pretty awesome.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Hazy dark orange color - somewhat peach color. 1 finger head that recedes quickly. Foam ring remains and a tiny bit of lace appears here and there.

SMELL: Not very aromatic. Some fruit - orange, peach, and a hint of Brett funk.

TASTE: Nice funk at first and a bit of a bite. Tart fruit come in, but they are pretty subtle. Some Belgian yeast and spice. Some astringency but not overpowering. Starts a bit sweet, but really moves towards the dry side half way through. Decent taste, but was hoping for more fruit, funk, and tartness.

FEEL: Medium bodied. Pretty much how it should be.

OVERALL: This is really good. Not as flavorful as I had hoped for. Not as fruity either. An easy drinking beer for 8.3%. Pretty happy with this one even though it seemed a bit light on flavor and Brett.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"The perfect balance of three divergences. Allowed to initialy flower with Belgian ale yeast, The Pit & The Pendulum was then incarcerated with Brett and freshly pureed peaches to intensify the trifecta of its persona." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Golden Ale brewed with peaches and Brettanomyces. Available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a pastel white color over a densely hazy amber body with abundant carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is moderate and patchy. 4

(Smell) Unmalted wheat, pilsner and lightly caramelized sugars form a rich, decadent malt body with a moderate sweetness, shallow undertones of Brettanomyces funk, no audible peach aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.25

(Taste) Wheat and pilsner malts with a light sweetness and moderate grain, lightly fermented fruit juice, mild Brettanomyces tanginess and funk. Fairly light funk and fruit juice flavor. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, softly creamy, smooth, mildly dry. Carbonation is light, generating a mild frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet and grainy over funky and tart. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A tasty simple Belgian Golden ale that doesn't really develop too well on the Brettanomyces side of things. Not a lot of peach fruit flavor either. Kind of a letdown for those hoping for a nicely tart Belgian style, but a decent ale otherwise. 3.5

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Peg’s snifter.

A: Hazy gold, with a one-finger white head that lasts nicely. Average level of visible carbonation.

S: Brettanomyces funk and barnyard with apricots and musty bready malts. Saison yeastiness with hints of black pepper as well.

T: Brett farmhouse, funk, saison yeast, and savory peaches. Bready malts, some horseblanket, and a light peach pie mix that shows up mostly near the end. Finishes quite dry, with some lingering funk and more peaches.

M: Medium body for style and the alcohol flavors are present but well-integrated. The carbonation sensation is on the high end but not obnoxious.

O: This was pretty good. I was hoping for some more peach character, but it took a backseat to the Brett and saison character. Such a hard balance to strike…others have erred more on the fruit dominance. Not bad, but I don’t think I’d be in a hurry to repeat it. I think aging would only bring out more Brett flavors.
Hmmm. OK - I just read the bottle label, which says “Belgian Ale”. I get no Belgian…well, maybe as it warms there’s a bit of fruity esters pulling through. But not much, and I’m writing that as I plow through the bottom of the bottle and its yeast dregs. Either way, it doesn’t much change my rating.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a unique beer here, with peaches and brett and a cool mix of hops, one of the only wild ales i have ever had from these guys, and also one of their best in my opinion. the peaches are really forward in nose and taste, i think perhaps the higher alcohol helps extract aroma and flavor from them, and maybe also preserve their freshness and potency in the beer a little bit. just a theory, but the stronger ones tend to have more real fruit character to them in my experience. the brett is a little new tasting though, a little dirty and stinky, weird, not dry and mature yet, like its not all the way done working, even though the beer is hardly sweet at all in the end. i could see this being incredible with a more evolved and nuance brett profile, but its a little bullish as it is, and lacks the depth i like, even though the beer is amazingly flavorful, its not as bretty in the traditional rustic sense as it might be. the fruit tastes fantastic, there is a little woodiness to it, a great freshness, and lively carbonation that makes it dangerously easy drinking for a strong ale. my favorite part is that its hoppy, a big dry hop i would think, as a lot of it is on the aromatic side of things, pungent citrus hops, other fruits too, maybe some citra and sorachi ace in here, very distinct and awesome with the peaches! its always one or the other, cool to have both in this instance. nice to see this kind of innovation from these guys, its been awhile since i have had any of their special releases. this is a treat that should get better with more time in the bottle (at least in terms of my commentary on the brett). well done.

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Photo of Dreizhen
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After falling in love with wild ales while living in Belgium, I was pleasantly surprised to return to my home of Atlanta and find a relatively novel offering from the home team. I think this beer is overpriced, sadly a hallmark of the style these days, but still worth a try.

The nose is fantastic and rich with peach and a touch of funk. Flavor drops off a notch in both regards, but still has enough complexity to keep me interested. Good tart finish. Solid bottle that I'd certainly drink more of at a decent price. Could also see this as a fun pairing with food.

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

First had from 25.4-oz. capped and corked bomber, laid by for several months, into snifter. This "Belgian-Style Ale with Peaches and Brettanomyces" is a bit disappointing in the relative (lack of) sourness, and also in the pointless reference to Poe, but not otherwise.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Murky peach color. One and a half fingers of creamy/frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and a good half finger ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Pleasant mix of peaches and funk. Funk is predominantly outdoorsy with rotting wood, wildflowers, and grass. Just a mild tart tanginess, probably mostly from the peaches. Mountain stream freshness, grainy malts, and a touch of peppery spiciness.

3.5 T: The taste features the main components of the nose - funk and peaches. The weird thing is, though, that I want more of each, but not both at once. The flavors seem to distract each other. Peach is the main fruit with lemon zest secondary and perhaps a touch of melon. Funk again is outdoorsy per above with earthiness.

3.75 M: Medium body. Carbonation is perhaps a touch aggressive, but reasonable. Nice spritziness to it that gives a tingly finish.

3.75 D: Pretty good brew. Though the flavors clash a bit, it's still tasty.

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Photo of teromous
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date that I can see.

Appearance: The body is a slightly hazy and light gold. Lots of visible carbonation under a very large fluffy white head that has very good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Slightly peppery and musty smelling.

Taste: It has a very strong dank herbal flavor up front. It has a touch of tartness on the edge of the tongue. The bottle says it is made with peaches. I don't really get a peach flavor out of the beer but inside that tart flavor there is a fruity quality. There is a lot of character to this beer which is nice but at times it lacks finesse when drinking.

Mouthfeel: The beer has good carbonation but I feel like this beer could be a bit drier. It lingers on the palate a bit too long.

Overall: This is a quality brett beer. It really has a lot of great character to it and it's bordering right at the edge of what I would consider an outstanding ale. While I did enjoy this beer I don't think I would buy more than a single bottle. It's interesting enough to try once. Fruit changes a lot in a beer but I really didn't get any peach at all. I would recommend it to people who want to try a funky brett that has a good earthy spiciness.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Hazy blond with no clarity, 1/2 a finger of head and no lacing.

S - Belgian yeast and peaches. Fantastic aroma

T - Very mild belgian influence, mild peaches. Tasty

F - Well carbonated and a lighter body.

O - I like this one a lot! I am going to cellar another one and try it again in a few years

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Photo of babaracas
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy light-medium orange with soapy white head that settles slowly to a thin ring. A few blobs of lace drift down the glass. Smell: sliced peaches, sugared dried apricot, mildly vinous, with a little spicy hopping and grainy back. A bit musty and very slightly acetic as it warms. Taste: mushy-ripe peach, grape and pear juice, snappy grain with a saltine back, herbal and spicy. Brett is fairly mild at this point, adding a little something extra to what is otherwise still a nice peach-ed Belgian strong pale.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Initial smell is very tart some peach lots of Brett farmhouse basement funk! Nothing I'd ever expect from a sweetwater beer!

Taste is peach malty sweetness lots of funk like the smell but not tart really at all kinda disappointing from the tart smell still really well made and enjoyable!

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Photo of tbryan5
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A decent wild ale from sweet water. Has a great hazy, orange juice like color. And a dirt, barnyard hay like aroma. A nice amount of funk and must. I have to say, this isn't a bad sour from the guys at sweetwater.

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Photo of brewfunk
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle

Hazy golden with white head

Smell is mild brett, maybe a touch of peach

Taste is much the same, some nice mustiness in there too. Enjoyable, if not mind blowing

Medium dry, maybe a touch watery

Good first foray into funky stuff from Sweetwater. Based on this, if they're putting a lot of resources into their barrel program, they may surprise people one day.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap.
A very large, frothy, white head covers the hazy, light Amber body.
Although I generally dislike Brett ales, the Brett treatment here is more conservative than many in both the nose and the flavor.
Fruity with a nice near medium tartness and mild bitterness.
Rather yeasty with hints of oranges and various tropical fruits.

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Photo of Pencible
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like musty funk and sweet peaches, with some spicy Belgian yeast and biscuit.
T: It tasted peaches and apricots, with musty funk and minerals and spicy Belgian yeast. It had a clean tart aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice sweet and sour brew, with good balance of fruit and funk in the scent and taste. The body was ok, and the finish was pretty sharp, so it was better to sip. Could age well, fresh is pretty good but not top tier.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured on draft for savannah craft beer week. first sip is heavy on the peaches, after that its all about the funk. delicious. sweetwater is in the process of starting a barrel program. means more brett and some sours hopefully soon!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by raveskdr. Thanks Chris.

Hazy yellowish orange body with a small white collar. Aromas of peach, brett, funk. Peach juice, mild brett character. Medium acetic character. Overall, pretty mediocre.

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Photo of BurtStL6
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful light color. Little head. Great sour taste and after taste, sadly lacks peachy flavor. Still a fantastic beer but I expected more peach coming from Georgia.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked a couple of these up the other day. I poured one of them from a corked and caged bomber.

Very muddle/hazy orange color.
Peach and Belgian smells.
I can taste the peach with yeast, and think it could be quite good with age. As everyone is saying, it just seems like the Brett needs quite a bit more time to make this beer what it could be.

Good direction and foundation. Looking forward to trying my other bottle in the future.

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big Brett funk upfront, with lactic sourness and a touch of grapefruit.

Flavor is fairly malt forward, with a decidedly bitter finish. There's a moderate peach sourness running throughout, but it gets muddied down in the bitter finish.

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Photo of HiWire
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I've had Belgians. I've consumed my share of Brett. Puréed Peaches don't do much for me. Maybe it's just me, but this beer didn't go enough in any direction to enjoy it.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Very hazy peach. Full off white head.
smell: Quite a nose on this guy. Tart peaches and strawberries. Some yeasty things happening from the Belgian parts.
taste: Ah...a letdown from the stellar nose. Nice peachy, yeasty taste but the Brett hasn't had time to do it's thing I guess. Gonna have to cellar one of these.

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The Pit & The Pendulum from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 109 ratings