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Le Mort Vivant - Southern Star Brewing Company

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81
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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.21%
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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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

shoky01, Dec 26, 2011
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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.

Mora2000, Dec 30, 2011
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wo87810, Jun 25, 2012
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valkyre65, Apr 10, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Brenden, Apr 23, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Djenx, Jul 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

MrVonzipper, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

hsus0225, Mar 06, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

BeardedRiker, Feb 10, 2012
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2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

kyleelton, Mar 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jheezee, Mar 16, 2012
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1/5  rDev -71.8%

dgrauwiler, Nov 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

dumptruck81, Oct 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

ejfreed, Oct 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

BKotch, Jun 29, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

ByMySword, May 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

BruceBruce, Apr 28, 2012
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LadyOfMuchBeer, Dec 28, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

wingman14, Jul 07, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

EgadBananas, Jan 07, 2012
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Le Mort Vivant from Southern Star Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.