Le Mort Vivant - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.55% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: champ103 on 12-07-2011

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Ratings: 171 | Reviews: 44
Photo of Pegasus
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy orange-brown in color, with a small, dense white head, which slowly fades to a scattering on the surface. Thin, broken lacing lines the glass walls.

Aroma: Caramel dominates the aroma, there are mild notes of sweet apple as well.

Taste: Begins with caramel and tea-like notes, these carry throughout the taste. Mild apple rind is notable later in the taste. Later in the taste there are some complex earthy flavors from the yeast, which bring the taste to a lingering close. The early high ABV (6.55%) is not in evidence.

Mouth fee: Smooth, soft feel, full, with almost no carbonation to note.

Drinkability/notes: Disappointing, compared to other examples of the style. Oro De Calabaza and Scratchin' Hippo from Adelbert's are far better. I had high hopes for Le Mort Vivant after trying the quite good Walloon Saison.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a brownish amber about the color of strong iced tea with a nice off white head this thick and settles at a moderate rate

The nose is sweet malt with a slight sour tinge not much in the way of complexity.

The taste is decent with some sour notes that are subtle, peppery hops and sweet malt. Also lacking in complexity.

The mouthfeel is a tad bit on the watery side.

Overall a drinkable beer, but not a remarkable beer.

Photo of Uanof
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: orange brownish in color, cloudy, no head whatsoever, thin lacin on top.

S: faint aroma of caramel and malts.

T: flavor is very weak, nothing really stands out.

M: medium bodied and a refreshing malty background.

O: nothing to look for in here, next.

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a murky burnt orange / ruby with a finger of off white head.

S - Smells sweet and tart, like berries, with some Belgian funkiness.

T - I get sweet and tart raspberry, apricot, cherry, and Belgian yeast. This is a great flavor combo!

M - Sticky sweet, the body is thin-moderate, and the carbonation is moderate.

O - An interesting brew with a great fruity flavor profile. I really enjoyed this.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hop City, Birmingham

A: A hazy burnt orange with an off-white, one-finger head that lingered. Decent lacing.

S: Light malts and fruity esters (apple and pear). Some spicy notes.

T: Smooth, sweet, light. Follows nose with those peppery spices added. A slight hop bitterness towards the finish. A good smooth example of the style. No complaints.

M: Medium with light to medium carbonation.

O: Could've been a bit more robust, but overall, a decent bier de garde.

Photo of stephens101
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours burnt orange with brown hues. A thin layer of tan froth fizzes and pops away quickly, but this means very little, so let's move along because the aroma is promising.

Smell is pleasant with notes of plum, wild berries, Belgian yeast, tea leaves and sugar. Tastes grainy with fruity notes (raspberry, plum) and tea. Nondescript and directionless. We're running out of time here folks.

Has a weak, watery body with an unappealing sourness at the end. If you're looking for redemption at this point you're not gonna find it.

Riding the fine line between drain pour and latent redemption that is never realized resides a beer that should probably throw in the towel before it finds itself falling off the ledge of no return for good.

Photo of lsiberian
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-This beer display a cloudy darkish red amber with a strong foamy head that fades quickly on the pour. Specs of hops can be visibly seen in the pour.

S- It has an nice light apple crisp like smell that is a little weaker than I'd personally like.

T-Light simple slow building hop finish that doesn't do much for my tongue

M-A nice stingy refreshing starter quickly shifts as it moves through the mouth to the back. Being a summer seasonal in Texas this is definitely it's strong point.

O-This beer has a nice appearance with a light smell, taste and mouthfeel that leaves the drinker refreshed without the overwhelming flavors some beers are known for.

Photo of bmwats
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a footed tulip.

A: Amber-orange hue. Pours about a 2 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly. Slight peak and valley lacing.

S: Nuts, cola, bubble gum, and a little hop.

T: Woody malt. With a slight bitterness and a slight hop.

M: Not light, but not full... no real aftertaste either.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is decent. Interesting hue, nice head, no real lacing. Nose is nutty with some strange sweet notes. Woody malt flavor with a slight bitterness and hop. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

Photo of vcoggins
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - Hazy brown pour. Half a finger off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Not a strong aroma on this one. Some malts and bready yeast smell. Slight hint of pepper and spice. Small earthy hops smell as well.

T - Follows the nose. Sweet maltiness with bready qualities. Peppery spice in there as well.

M - Thin to medium body. Light on the carbonation.

O - Overall this is a nice drinkable beer. Not the top of the line up for Southern Star but a quality beer.

Photo of Brenden
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A deep, pretty heavily hazed copper color, Le Mort Vivant (Death Lives?) develops a soft, spritzy off-white head to about half a finger. It fades pretty quickly. What's left is a foam that clings to the edges of the glass. Just a little spotting sticks to the glass here and there.
I have to let it warm, since I get little to nothing at first. It is there, though, and it comes out when I let it sit for awhile. IT still isn't too potent, but I get a malt backbone with a bit of sweetness to it and a very light touch of funk. I detect a bit of graininess as well. A touch of hops may be detectable, but it's honestly just too light to figure much out from for some time. Eventually, it's mostly fruity esters and earthiness with a must, likely from yeast.
The flavor is surprisingly strong given the nose. It's malt-forward but with some citrus and floral hops, a light bitterness but plenty for the style. The fruity esters are strong but don't go unpleasantly sour, for time, and just a slight touch at the end. Yeast character is moderate and unoffensive. There's just a hint of alcohol in the flavor sneaking out at the end. There's a good bit of earthy mustiness throughout.
The body is light but with a particular thickness to it. It's got a crispness that leads to a creamy, mouth-filling smoothness.

Photo of facundoCNB
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

a cloudy amber with a heavy layer of sediment that just seems to be hanging out on top of my glass. 2 fingers of detergent-like head causing some serious lacing. smells of malt, lager yeast.. basically this smells like yeungling... exactly like it. i have honestly never pinpointed anything down this exact. the taste is a bit funky.. almost like i hard boiled an egg and tried to drink it or someone tried to fart in my mouth. taste 2 is a bit of the same.. a subtle bitterness and a sour-ish malt profile but not sour enough to be a sour ale. just weird tasting. not really enjoying this. medium body but refreshing. moderate carbonation.

2.75 seems high for an overall. it tastes like the shit beer we drink here in nj.. you know, when we're 16. i'm a grown ass alcoholic now! c'mon! no really though, this is pretty awful... tastes pretty much like a "ok that's the best they had on tap at the dive, but i'd still rather drink rolling rocks in bottles"

Photo of WesM63
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip

A: Pours a amber orangish color with a 2finger white head. Minimal lacing and retention.

S: Bready, dark fruits, some alcohol and maybe some malt sweetness.

T: Close to the nose. Bready, dark fruits but takes a twist towards the end. You are hit with some malt sweetness that changes it. Fairly dry.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall not a bad beer. Reminds me of a Belgian style strong/quad but much lighter. Easy drinking. Interesting take on the season, i'd give it a try if you enjoy the style.

Photo of ONUMello
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy copper color with a generous 1.5 finger head
S: Lots of roasted malt, lots of sweetness and a hint of florals. I agree with NoLeafClover that it's very reminiscent of Belgian-styled aromas.
T: Quite malty, sweetness from both fruit & caramel. Not a ton of complexity.
M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation but a thin/short finish.
O: I think a little more hops could have brought a lot more to this. It goes down easy, but I would have enjoyed more complexity.

Photo of gwalt
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours in a hazy amber with a tint of ruby

Aroma: Grainy, sweet malt, little to no hop aroma

Mouthfeel: Full, thick mouth feel with lingering sweetness

Taste: flavors like caramel and toffee, slight hops but the type are undeterminable

I didn't really get those farmhouse flavors I would expect from this style. This beer is just a bit under attenuated for my palette. I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again. I think it is great that breweries make the effort to brew beers like this. Maltier beers tend not to fly off the shelf like the "latest IPA."

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can opened on 8.7.12

A - Pours a clear, orange-red with a small light tan head that hangs around for a bit then fades.

S - Sweet malts, candy.

T - Sweet fruits and malt, very candy-like.

D - Ok carbonation with a lighter body. A sweet finish.

O - Sweet and candy-like.

Photo of wingman14
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange with no real head just a thin brown covering that fades quickly. The smell is sweet, fruity, with a hint of alcohol and malt. Taste is almost a weak barleywiine, not so much biere de grade, and as you sip a bit more malt like characters come out. The beer isn't as sweet as the smell would indicate, starts with the fruit and barleywine characteristics and finishes with the malt characters. A solid medium mouthfeel, borders on going heavy, but a smooth beer the flavor isn't overpowering. Overall a good beer, nothing amazing but still tasty. Not a typical for the style, but good nonetheless.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into DFH Signature glass. Green Southern Star Seasonal can with a sticker indicating the type.

A - Pours a cloudy ruby-amber color with very little head. The laser etching in the bottom of the glass creates a whirlwind carbonation display on the surface.

S - Smells of plum, pear, and raisins. Belgian yeast contributes banana and biscuit aromas. No funk and the smell is probably closer to a typical dubbel than Biere de Garde.

T - Flavors are sweet and bready. Has a molasses character that I don't enjoy. Fruits are of the darker variety, especially plum. Pretty musty. Not my favorite.

M - Medium bodied with light-mid carbonation.

O - I didn't really like this one. Too sticky and sweet for the style with no real balance. Glad I tried it, but not disappointed I don't have it regularly available to me.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Hazed orange plum color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is average, but not lacing is left.

3.5 S: Earthy foremost, grainy, toasted malts, nutty, and perhaps slightly herbal. It smells good, but it's just too damn faint.

4.0 T: Taste is more aggressive and I'm thrilled about that. Super grainy, toasty, nutty with a light caramel. Fairly dry. Nonspecific earthiness. Tasty and well balanced.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Just faintly creamy. Decent here.

3.5 D: This is a very tasty beer, but the taste could you some more power and the nose could use a lot. Still, I enjoyed this much.

Photo of ByMySword
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer contains a near perfect reddish color. The head unfortunately dissipated very quickly.

Smell: The smell was very prominent and was reminiscent of many red ales and lagers. There is definitely a fruity hint that is very common in reds.

Taste: This beer has a very prominent taste that is common in most reds. Hops and a fruity taste dominate this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer is has a very good mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good reddish beer. My only complaint is that the flavor wasn't stronger. Southern Star is usually known for having a kick and this one, while great, didn't possess as much of a kick as the Pine Belt Ale and the Buried Hatchet. Other than that, good contribution to the line up from the Conroe brewery.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to kevin123 for this can...

A: Pours a thin murky brown with hues or reds throughout. There is very little head, but what does appear is a thin bubbly off-white foam. It doesn't look very appealing.

S: The nose is sweet candied fruit. Plums/raisins, cherries, and apricots. There is also a bit of spice in the nose, and something that reminds me of apple juice. Yup, apple juice, not cider. Definitely some yeasty characteristics in this as well.

T: The first hit is a whole lot of nothing. I don't get really much of anything up front. I get a bit of plum and yeast in the middle but not a whole lot. The finish brings on the sugary bits and really mild spice.

M: Light bodied beer. This beer is thin. Really thin. There isn't a whole lot going on here. It starts out without much flavor and finish really mild. There is a bit of lingering fruit, yeast, and spice.

O: I'm not a fan of this beer. It's really thin, and the flavors are all over the place. I'm not sure how many other biere de gardes I've had before, but I just can;t imagine that this is a good example of the style.

Photo of Reaper16
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. can served into a nonic pint glass

The can appears to be a generic "seasonal" design, with snowflakes and sunflowers and autnumn leaves. There's a sticker applied to the can that reads "LeMort Vivant," distinguishing this beer from other seasonal beers by Southern Star with the same can. That sort of cost-cutting does not inspire confidence.

Pours a coppery amber color, not unlike that of many amber ales. It's translucent enough to see through, and to see the active jets of carbonation rise up. Not much head on this beer; maybe half a finger at the most. The foam is a milky off-white color.

There's a buttery sort of piecrust aroma right upfront. Malty but also not heavy. The yeast is throwing off some interesting aromas to complicate that ambery base. I pick up on some kind of handsoap-esque botanical component -- I want to say lilac and chamomile. Maybe a touch of banana too, as the beer warms. There's a creaminess (for lack of a better word) to this aroma that, combined with the piecrust and botanical aromas, makes this beer smell like a candle. I feel like this beer's aroma is mimicing a candle that you can go into a Hallmark store and find in one of those heavy glass containers with the heavier glass lids.

This is heavyheavyheavy on the amber malts flavor. The flavor isn't as buttery as the aroma indicated, instead leaning more towards the breadcrust type flavor usually found in amber ales. There's a trace amount of hop flavor like oranges and grass. The yeast is more subtle than I figured it'd be too; there's a vanilla dishsoap flavor that brightens up the malts and makes for a creamier flavor. There's nothing particulary intriguing or even refined about this beer's flavor. It's pretty drinkable and it's light. But not exciting.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, maybe shading towards the lighter side of medium. It's smooth for sure, and as a result (well, combined with the flavor) makes for a beer that feels creamier than it actually is. The mouthfeel absolutely works well with the beer's flavor profile.

Overall, this is pretty average effort at the style. It's decent, drinkable stuff. But I'm not going to seek it out at inflated "seasonal" pricing.

Photo of suspect
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to miikezombie for the hookup.

A: Hazy burnt orange/dirty brown color. Aggressive glug-glug pour leads to a 1 finger fizzy head that disappears as fast as soda foam. Little to no lacing.

S: Not a ton to it, some malts, some hop bitterness. A zesty, crispy smell is present as well.

T: Follows the nose, pretty simple beer. Malts, bready yeast and some hop bitterness. A slight touch of caramel.

M: Relatively thin although not terribly so. Ample carbonation, semi-crisp finish.

O: An easy drinking, good shot at a biere de garde "frenchy" beer from Texas.

Photo of schoolboy
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have no idea what I am drinking. It has almost no head. The same goes for the aroma - it's just a faint malty smell. It's not extremely yeasty, but it is a bit.

The taste is pleasant. It is also unusual - unlike anything. I am not sure if I ever had this style before - maybe once. I would buy it again. I am no sure if it is a good value. IT seems to keep well in the can.

Photo of JMad
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark copper with a thin off white head that quickly vanished. The smell reminds me of fresh peaches, with some caramel malt, a hint of apples and spice. It tastes sweet and bready with a hint of green apple and caramel. It's medium bodied and smooth with very low carbonation. I thought this beer was good all around but could definitely improve in some areas.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange tinted ruby red with a finger of off-white head that fades into a wisp.

Strong fruity esters, some caramel malt along with a bready/cracker presence.

Starts off with some sweet caramel bready malts. Some fruity esters appear similar to the aroma. Finishes slightly spicy and sweet.

Medium and somewhat cloying mouthfeel with lowish carbonation.

Fairly bland. The sweetness dialed up a bit without anything to balance them out.

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Le Mort Vivant from Southern Star Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.