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Le Mort Vivant - Southern Star Brewing Company

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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.55% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 12-07-2011)
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: can

05-14-2012 21:08:16 | More by Reaper16
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-19-2014 04:27:09 | More by AtrumAnimus
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

06-28-2014 00:12:27 | More by kylehay2004
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Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

06-09-2014 18:12:07 | More by TX-Badger
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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-26-2014 21:52:50 | More by brybeck
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Texas

3/5  rDev -15.3%

05-11-2014 04:10:35 | More by beerforpresident
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Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-08-2014 01:03:47 | More by alex_hart
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Texas

4/5  rDev +13%

04-27-2014 02:35:19 | More by BryantForestry
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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Texas

4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

04-11-2014 19:35:51 | More by Leschber
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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-09-2014 14:35:47 | More by ToMakeEndsMeet
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Uanof

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-18-2014 08:26:29 | More by Uanof
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tpgraham

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.3%

03-16-2014 21:44:42 | More by tpgraham
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 19:29:33 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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Texas

3/5  rDev -15.3%

03-08-2014 22:34:36 | More by longmire
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Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-23-2014 01:04:20 | More by meigs3
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Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.61/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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jtoledo04

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-11-2014 18:27:36 | More by jtoledo04
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Le Mort Vivant from Southern Star Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.