The Pit & The Pendulum | SweetWater Brewing Company

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The Pit & The PendulumThe Pit & The Pendulum
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105 Ratings
The Pit & The PendulumThe Pit & The Pendulum

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jaydoc on 05-09-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Too much brett. Not enough peach.

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Photo of gehille
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of M_chav
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mac31
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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 ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -1.6%
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 HermitDan
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pure diacetyl and DHT.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cwd
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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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The Pit & The Pendulum

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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 nmann08
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of delgotit99
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ConradKenney
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brother_rebus
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

Terrible beer. Malted and heavy. Booze shows through. Totally unbecomming of a wild ale.

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Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +3.1%
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 Inglewood
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigGold
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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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The Pit & The Pendulum from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 105 ratings