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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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Whole Foods.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has a little bit of toffee in it as well as some biscuit malt. There is also a little bit of orange and apple in the aroma.

The flavor is similar with a few additions. I get a lot of toffee and apple notes, as well as some yeast and spice notes. There is also some cherry in the flavor which is pretty nice.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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 BeardedRiker
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy all of Southern Star's beers and have always wanted to try another offering from them. It's rare to come across a Bière de Garde style so that makes this beer all the more interesting.

I poured this into my Duvel tulip glass. The beer is a brown and when held up to a light is a lovely deep orange that's not entirely transparent. The head gets about a finger and a half high, bubbly, and off-white that leaves no lacing and recedes pretty quickly.

The smell is nice. It's strong of biscuit and an apple sweetness. There's also some peach in there as well as caramel. There's just a tad amount of booze in there too. Hops tingle the nose just enough.

Up front is apple citrus and a bit of hop bitterness. Fruit and caramel sweetness mingles well with moderate yeasty, biscuity, and flower-like Belgiany goodness. Some pretty good flavors.

The body is on the lighter side of medium with medium carbonation that keeps the beer interesting. I wish it could have a bit more body to it but that's a minor quibble. Sweetness makes the beer slick, as it coats the mouth. On the tip of the tongue it is a bit dry. Drinkability is high.

Overall this is a decently tasty beer and one that's satisfyingly refreshing. I'd like to try this during a hot summer Texas day. I'm not too impressed but it's just fine as it is.

Photo of kyleelton
2.84/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Never had a biere de garde before.

Light head that dissipates quickly. Toasty-sweet smell. Not strong but evident. Not a lot of hops, but malty. I don't know what this style should taste like but the flavors seem a bit muted. I'm getting a feel for what I should be tasting but it's not really coming through. Mouthfeel is thin. I love everything else for Southern Star, but this one is a miss. Very drinkable, but it doesn't fit the style profile described.

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 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 EgadBananas
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JJFoodie for the can!

Pours a clear coppery bronze color, with a small tan head, dissipates quickly. Caramel, toasted malt aroma with a bit of nuttiness. Quite nice. Less toasted malty sweetness, with a bit of earth hops in there on the taste. Feels good, nice and creamy with a solid and satisfying medium body.

Overall, it's nice and pleasant. I could drink this often. It's not overly sweet and there's a nice drinkability to it.

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.

Photo of gtermi
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours a very nice copper amber body with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S: There really isn't much here to me. I am getting a little bit of spice and malt.

T: At first it is like a lager to me, but then it turns into a nice malt flavor that lingers for a long time.

M: This beer is smooth, but has a thick feeling when it goes down. There is a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the tongue and the throat too.

O: A pretty solid beer, but nothing really special. Does make a good beer for a hot day.

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 twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours a hazed copper color with a small cap of tan head. Not much for retention or lacing.

Nose shows an interesting melange of wet biscuits, candy apples, raked leaves and light floral hops. Interesting, the yeast seems to be doing alright here....I wouldnt call it funky, but farmhouse-esque is not out of the question.

Taste is lots of caramel malts, slightly sweet and reminds me a bit of the bombshell blonde as far as the breadiness and creamy body. There is a toasty aspect that is different and the yeast does not quite throw off enough esters to really shine as a farmhouse ale. More like a decadent Amber Ale with a touch of yeasty fruit. Not bad, it kinda grows on you after a couple tries...first can I had I was a bit disappointed, this particular sample is my 5th can over the past couple weeks and now I am thinking a couple more 4-pack purchases will be in my future.

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 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 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 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 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 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 womencantsail
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the gift, Bobby.

Pours an opaque brown color with a tall khaki colored head. Sort of watery and bland overall, but there is a mildly interesting aroma of fruit and yeast. Some bready malt is also present. Moderately sweet with a bit of toffee, bread, and caramel. Some yeast notes along with a bit of green apple. The flavor is fairly watery, too.

Photo of TenHornsProud
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with big, white, and fluffy head that lingers.

Smells of floral hops, bready malt, some lighter fruit from the yeast. Hard to describe really, light, floral, noble kind of smell with a malty front and yeast back.

Up front malt sweetness/bready character that is slightly fruity (apple) with a fruit, floral hop note in the middle, and a small fruit finish and lingering bread character. Not overtly complex...more subtle yet tasty.

Lighter body with low carbonation. Creamy in the end and not particularly dry. I'd almost like to see this with higher carbonation and a dryer finish.

This is a lighter, subtle, refreshing beer that is malty up front but has enough fruity/floral hop and yeast notes to keep things interesting.

Photo of champ103
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Petrol Station in Houston, TX.

A: Pours hazed dark orange/red color. A two finger white head with good retention forms. Some lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malts, bread, biscuit, a light graininess. Slight funk and fruity esters. Lingering citrus hops. All good, but a metallic twang sticks throughout that detracts just a bit for me.
T: Toasted malts, bread, biscuit again. A very light basement funk with some fruity esters. Banana and apples. Cooked grains and a prevelant metallic flavor
M/D: A medium body with lots of carbonation. Easy enough to drink. Though more of a one and done

This is Southern Stars newest seasonal. I think it is a late fall, early winter release. At first try I really enjoyed this, but after a few more tries this does not hit the mark. Good effort though.

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 sitarist
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing copper color with chunky floaters. One finger of off white head that falls fast leaving a ring, and island. Minimal lacing slides back down the glass.

I smell apples, toffee, cider, light spice, and a nice delicate hint of musty funk. A nice balance of sweet malty, fruity hop, and funky yeast aromas.

I taste pecan, hints of apple, light spice, chamomile flower tea.

It has a medium to light body with a weird finish. It has an astringent, numbing quality. Cant explain...

This beer has a lot of good qualities, but the mouthfeel has a lot to be desired.

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 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 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.

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