Coup D'Etat - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 9
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beertooth on 03-23-2010

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Ratings: 327 | Reviews: 52
Photo of scruffwhor
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up this bomber at my local Jewel Grocery store. I love how they've expanded their beer selection.

Clear, dull, copper copper. Very quick head and no residual foam. There's a few lazy pillars of bubbles.

Earthy, light hops, chalky dry smelling yeast. Mildly toasted, crisp crackers. maybe a little dry caramel.

Dry, but syrupy palate. Chalky, dry fruit yeast flavor. A little alcoholic heat. The finish is crackers, toasty, caramel, and faint grass.

Not a bad saison, but I probably won't buy this again.

Photo of jafaircloth
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz Bomber (drink by 3.05.13) into my Goose Isl. Imperial Pint Glass

A - Golden color think 1" foam head that faded.

S - Scents of Lemon, honey and spicy yeast esters.

T - Flavor is tart and sweet with a finish that tastes like Kolsch+Weiss.

M - Medium Mouth feel, dry and crisp, and finishes with mild tartness.

O - I think it plays a little heavy for a Saison, it's more of an Imperial Kolsch.
I did enjoy it and I'd buy it again if I was in the mood. But not if I was seeking
out a traditional French or Belgian Saison.

Photo of Braber
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours very solid white head that eventually dissipates to thin clinging foam. Nice bright straw color with good carbonation.

S: Solid notes of citrus and spice, a little peppery.

T: Great citrus and spice as in the nose but the taste leads to a subtle bit of funk. I'm thinking the warm ferm temps do this, no brett-like qualities. I'm picking up coriander direct and a little pepper from the yeast. Finishes nice and dry.

M: Light and airy, almost fluffy. Very nice for this style of beer.

D: I think this is a great representation of it's style. Could definitely do a couple of these on a hot summer day but it drinks well no matter what time of year.

Photo of Treebs
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber served in a FW tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden color with light amber hues. A frothy white head forms on the pour and recedes slowly to a thin cap. Thick sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Musty yeast, some slight peppery notes with some peach fuzz fruitiness. There are some bready malts as well.

T: Definite yeasty must up front with an odd peach sweetness to it. Tastes like some concentrated syrup that goes into a snow cone. It definitely doesn't give off pleasant flavors as it completely wipes out the yeast and would be even more sweet if it wasn't for the cracker malts that slightly cut it.

M: Medium bodied with a slight sticky quality to it. Medium carbonation with a drying finish.

O: The syrupy sweetness in the taste was definitely off-putting and it completely dominated the other flavor components. Not that balanced. Nice on the nose. but not taste.

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a hazed burnt orange amber color with two fingers of off white head. Decent head retention no lacing.

S- very subdued nose. Wheat notes with a peachy estery yeast character. Some subtle spice notes with a chaulky yeast. Almost a lager like quality.

T- super sweet peach syrup with spice notes up front. Chaulky dusty yeast in the middle with a grain flavor. Astringent booze on the finish. Unbalanced brew and much to sweet.

MF- syrupy mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.

D- a little cloying and disjointed not very drinkable.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good yellow-orange hue with great head and good lacing. Decent carbonation as well.

Smell: Standard hops and citrus. Lots of grapes as well. Very clean.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good flavors. This was a while ago, but I definitely remember that it hits on all the hop/citrus notes. It almost remembers me of an IPA, but his has very earthy clay notes as well.

Overall Drinkability: A very good beer with a great name.

Photo of homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into glass. Appearance is clear gold with minimal head present. No lacing present. The smell is fruity with plenty of yeast and familiar Belgian esters. Notes of lemon, black pepper, and bubblegum. Taste is somewhat sweet up front with cloves, bubblegum, peppercorn, and a spicy finish. A hair on the sweet side with a nice crisp finish. Carbonation is somewhat high and body is medium. Overall, this is a very drinkable Saison with a decent level of sweetness. Another solid brew from Revolution.

Photo of vic21234
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. First time for Revolution to distribute bottles at my local shop so I picked this up.

A- Pours a hazy yellow color. Not much head to speak of. Very cloudy, with lots of sediment floating around.

S- Aroma is overall sweet and tangy, smells like a fruity wheat ale to me.

T- Starts off very citrusy, leads to an overall sweet and fruity taste. A general spiciness lingers in each sip.

M- Light, nice carbonation a very easy drinking beer good for a nice summer day. Good balance of hop and spice.

My first try of anything Revolution. Overall not a bad beer. I definitely want to check out their brewpub.

Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Revolution brewpub.

A - Golden color with a lively foam. Some lacing is noted.

S - Scents of fresh lemon and grain.

T - Flavor is tangy and slightly sour. borders on the profile of a wild ale. Finishes with a wheat flavor.

M - Light feel, crisp, and finishes with mild tartness.

O - Overall solid saison and probably my favorite offering at Revolution.

Photo of Etan
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hopleaf. Served in a narrow tulip.

A: Golden orange with a decent white head.

S: Pale malt, apricot, big stone fruit esters and a bit of pepper.

T: Sweet pale malt, bitterness and peppery spiciness, phenolic, very estery and strong.

M: Medium-bodied.

O: Very estery and spicy, a bit too overbearing for the style but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a slinder tulip designed glass, a pint of Belgian authenticity resonates with the palate in a full fruity spicy balance with floral overtones and firm malt underpinnings.

The bright golden ale pours a little on the yellowish side with stray rays of light that penetrate the yeasty haze. The beer builds a frothy cap of white foam; a mix of big and bold froth continues to build upon a base of densely knit foam. Confident lace piles on the glass in very attractive fashion.

The bright and fruity aromas are on full display with pears, apples, oranges, lemons, apricots, and figs. Supported with a soft pillow of pilsner malt, the fruit flavors seem sprinkled with supple powdered sugar. This doughy brine of sweetness is balanced with a peppery note that triggers the olfactories with celery seed, dried orange peel, floral hops, musty hay, white pepper, and a dash of cumin.

The elegant fruit and earthy spice resonate with the palate as well with a balanced taste that starts with bready sweetness of sugar cookie. The confectionary elements develop into a estery and spicy mid palate of citrus, tropical, and domestic fruits let by apple, apricot, and pear. The sweetness and fruit flavors trail off heading into finish and allows for the growing intensity of spice to blend with hop flavor-turn-bitter of lemongrass and mild plastic to close the beer and linger in aftertaste.

Medium bodied, the carbonation tends to form a creamy and fuller impression rather than the champagney textures of true refermented Belgian varieties. Although the alcohol warmth, hop and spice dryness, and fading malt textures aid in overall dryness to finish, it still doesn't allow the beer to bounce off the tongue with the sprite prickle, drinkability, or refreshment of beers such as Saison du Pont or Fantome.

Pleasant enough to quench the thirst of the most die hard of Belgian saison drinkers, the beer does what American brewers to for these styles- deliver a cleaner and more simplified palate, offer creamy vs. dry carbonation, and under-attenuate for full flavor and weight without the whimsical complexities of true Belgium.

Photo of Sean9689
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rev Kedzie Grand Opening Party.

A - Pours a golden yellow-color, white head, sticky lacing.

S - Nose is spices, yeast, light pears, malty sweetness, fruity.

T - Lightly hopped with spices, yeast, sweet fruit, and hay. Perhaps hopped up a bit too much for my tastes, but this could be contributed to how fresh this batch is. Alcohol is detectible for 7.5% and perhaps a bit too much for this beer. Finish is funky yeast and a herbal/floral sweetness.

M - Light to medium body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A forgettable saison compared to stuff coming from Hill Farmstead here in the US and many others in Europe. There's too many other offerings from Rev that I enjoy more then this beer, so I'll just stick with those.

Photo of TSJ4000
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The difficult journey of creating an ancient Belgian style in American has conquered those at Revolution. The Coup D'Etat was a Saison to all those who have never..."Saison'ed" before. The yeast smell was the first set-off of cheese, stinky feet, and stale bread. Once these profiles entered my palate I was unable to get to the rest of the beer. Although the beer was drinkable, it had a viscous character that made it troubling on a hot day. Not the description you want to give to a Saison.

Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Decent and serviceable though not exceptional saison. This batch weighed in at 8.1%. It hits the style, apple flavour commingles with orange and grapefruit. Lacey, farmhouse aroma as compared to a peppery spicy saison aroma. Not too drinkable.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass at the Bad Apple.

Gotta have somethin' whilst awaiting a bacon/peanut butter burger, so why not a local saison? This stuff pours a cloudy sunset gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, lemon zest, light orange zest, clove, black pepper, and a twinge of what may or may not be some sort of melon back there... The taste brings in more of the same, with the spices taking a back seat to the citrus. Not much in the way of funk or real "saison-ness", but still not bad; kinda like a more-spicy-than-usual Belgian hefe... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, again, more of a Belgian take on a hefe than a saison in my eyes, but still pretty tasty. Now for that burger...

Photo of jeonseh
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at revolution; Comes in a tulip glass

A - Golden with a slight brown hint to it. Bit thick and hazy looking. Looks to have medium body

S - Fragrant lemon, lemongrass, Belgian yeast. Really a great smelling Saison

T - Lemon peel, slight Belgian esters, and bubble gum are the first flavors we get. As the beer goes on the lemon increases, and there is a slight grassy flavor that comes through. Very crisp and refreshing Saison. You definitely can't tell this is 8.1% as there is no alcohol available.

MF - Medium body to it. Lots of carbonation in it that goes great with the flavor profile. Very crisp and refreshing

O - Great Saison by revolution. This brings the fresh flavors of lemon while having a slight funk. Could imagine drinking this over and over again on a nice summer day

Photo of elNopalero
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes a saison is … just a saison. This was such a saison.

It poured a cloudy golden color. It has a rich, floral hop aroma. Flavor is sharply bitter up front followed by a long floral finish. The beer itself has a sweet floral character with some noticeable coriander and spices coming through as it warms.

Photo of mothman
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a white head. Color is a hazed sunset golden orange/yellow.

Aroma: Lots of yeast and spice. Bready. Some pepper. Belgiany. Cloves.

Taste: Lots of spices. It is very bready and yeasty. It tastes Belgian, but not very saison-like. Tastes more like a golden ale.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a lot of spice.

Overall, not a fan of this one. Too heavy of a body and not enough barnyard funk.

Photo of KDawg
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from tap at revolution. Poured into a tulip with a slightly hazy yellow/gold color and a nice head

Very good aromas of spice, lemon peels, and citrus notes. Well balanced, but lacking a bit of depth

Well balanced with a smooth medium feel. Flavorful with notes of citrus, spices and some navel oranges

This version is at 8.1% and it's not really noticeable. A more citrusy take on a saison. The feel is a bit lighter than I'd personally like, but this is a very good and enjoyable beer

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

This beer had so much potential the first time I tried it, but unfortunately I was let down. The flavors were muddy, and didn't go well together, and the high carbonation put a bite on my tongue rather than brightening the flavor. Then one day, talking shop with Brewmaster Jim C., he told me they had just recently upped the fermentation temp, and I should try it again. Wow.

This new beer was fantastic. It's cloudy orange/yellow appearance hinted at the wonderfully wheaty and yeasty flavor and body. Spice and citrus notes suddenly became perceivable, distinct, and enjoyable. The carbonic bite complimented the new flavor and aroma profile rather than hindering it. The only thing that didn't improve (the white lacing down the entirety of the tulip) didn't need to be improved upon in the first place. I'd love if there was a little more funk to this one, but if you think of it as a generic "Belgian" rather than a traditional saison, you'll enjoy the heck out of it.

Photo of Northsider
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fountainhead.

Appearance was cloudy yellow, small white head.

Smell was fruity and very wheaty, more like a wit beer.

Taste was very wheaty and citrusy.

Mouthfeel was perfectly smooth.

Overall an excellent beer. Though a bit high on my scale of abv, it was masked perfectly. Great saison style!

Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times - both a Revolution and at the Goose Island Belgian Beer Festival. Served in a pint-shaped taster glass at the latter.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin ring, leaving behind spotty lace and a wispy haze on top. Hazy dark golden body.

S - Stone fruits and yeast, with some spice and peppery character to it that is thankfully restrained. Some earthy hop character as well.

T - Taste is a bit more medicinal and less sweet. Mostly spicy yeast and bread, with a kiss of citrus, stone fruits, and pale malted grains.

M - Smooth texture, medium body, and sufficient heft for the ABV. Goes down quite easily with a lowish carbonation level. No obvious alcohol is present.

D - A solid beer that seems more like a Tripel of BSPA than a Saison in some ways. Still, I'd order this one again as a change of pace beer if I'd tried all of the new beers and old favorites already.

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at Revolution 7/12/11.

A: Served a hazy, pale-gold with two fingers of bright white meringue perched on top. Carbonation was ample and head retention and lace were plentiful.

S: Quite spicy and grassy. Was looking for a bit more citrus but wasn't disappointed with all the other things going on here.

T: See above. Belgian yeast and white pepper figure into the flavor pretty strongly. Light funkiness.

M: Starts off full and slightly sweet before turning dry and bitter during the middle and finish.

O: Kinda of a hybrid of a Saison and a BSPA. Whatever it is, it was very refreshing and wouldn't hesitate to order again.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very fruity and spicy. Nice tart green apple aroma with some yeastiness.

T - It tasted of green apples with some sweet caramel and spicy bitterness. It was really tasty.

M - It was very crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very clean, dry finish.

O - This is a really nice saison. I'm glad I brought this back from Chicago.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub; served in a tulip glass.

A: Straw-golden/yellow with a wimpy white head.

S: Very nice! Lots of bold funk and floral notes. Hops are also bursting out of the glass. Delightful!

T: Tongue follows nose. Hops are surprisingly present and the bubblegum and clove funk dominates. Very crisp, a bit wild.

D: Alcohol is hidden, but flavours are bold. This isn't something I would want to session, but it is great with a meal.

Overall: Another tasty treat from Revolution. This is one of those new hoppy saisons that are becoming popular. Buy it when there and pair it with one of the many delicious courses available.

Coup D'Etat from Revolution Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.