Le Mort Vivant - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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 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 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 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 rudzud
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as a freebie in a trade with LadyofMuchBeer. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a deep amber hue that's slightly hazy with a one finger white head that fades to leave a thin halo and cloud and very light lacing.

S - Aromas of dank hop leaves and an almost herbal weedy quality. Very faint fruit esters and alcohol.

T - Hmmm not too sure about this. Flavour is hard to pinpoint. More light fruit esters and soft carmely malts. Sweet yeast notes ...not too bad but not stellar either.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good alcohol hidden by light almost crisp carbonation. Slightly thin though.

O - Overall this beer is slightly above average. The qualities aren't bad...just kinda one note. Glad to try but something I wouldn't seek out again.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 wagenvolks
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Pours with a sluggish, off-white head that settles to nearly nothing within five minutes. Body is an attractive, deep amber hue with gold resin at the edges. Big fruits in the nose: browned apple flesh, grape skins, figs. Lots of yeasty, earthy funk-like qualities, too. Decent balance of hops in the background smell herbal.

The flavor of Vivant is anchored by a strong showing of specialty amber malts and fruity, Belgian yeast that lend it flavors of sweet bread and apple. Tingles on the top of the tongue with just enough hop bitterness to counteract the sweet stuff. Grain lingers in the finish with a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is crisp and light on the tongue despite the medium-full body. Overall, a decent beer, but probably not a repeat purchase for me...

Photo of HardTarget
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy brown glass has some orange edges. Hints of a dirty halo are all I get for head.

Smell: Ripe apricot esters, dusty hop leaves,

Taste: Fruity sweetness seems yeast driven and slightly Belgian and balances nicely with the leafy bitter background to come out perfectly balanced. A mild tea tannin gives another level of complexity.

Mouthfeel: A bit limp, but gives the impression of a heavier body than is actually there. Feels like a heavyweight, but like the taste, very middle of the road.

Overall: Most beers that hit that nice balance between the malt sweetness and the hop bitter do it by being very light handed with both. Vivant manages a nice, flavorful middle ground that gives you a fairly session-able tasty beer.
A little more carbonation would be nice though.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into Russian River pint glass. No canning information, or actually any style information is labeled on the packaging. Thanks to bentwookie for this one.

A: Pours a cloudy reddish amber. Basically no head, a white layer that ends up a ring around the edges. The swirl does produce some lacing bits.

S: I don't know what style this is at all. No hops on the nose. I am smelling sweet malts and some dark fruit. Raison and prunes, and maybe some apple.

T: I take it this is a winter seasonal. I get those spices and dark fruits. There is possibly clove, ginger, etc. it's very easy drinking, if it's a style or beer that your were into.

M: Medium bodied.

O: eh, it's ok. I enjoyed this in the mitts of a number of pales and IPAs, so it was a surprise to find out what style of beer that it was. My wife liked it, if that means anything. Haha.

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 pmarlowe
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bentwookie for this one. 12oz can to tulip glass.

A: Pours cloudy, golden/copper color with a ring of large white bubbles. Some retention but not much lacing.

S: Caramel, some fruit (red fruit, apple, grape), and honey.

T: Similar, with bread, and a light touch of sweet caramel. No hops or bitterness to speak of. A little residual sweetness.

M: Medium-light body and light carbonation, a little lighter than I would have expected.

O: A very easy drinker with some interesting and unexpected flavors.

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 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 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 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 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 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 indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - a nice dark shade of auburn in appearance with a rather thin head, yet one that lasts a long, long time. Soft looking, almost a bit hazy with some nice highlights when held upwards.

Aroma - biscuity and doughy, caramel, honey on brown bread, very sweet citrus, stewed grains and some hints of grape juice.

Taste - a malty, honey-kissed brew with some hints of caramel apples and oranges. Lots of depth to this beer. The layers of maltiness are apparent as are the subtle flavors from the yeast strain. A little dry in the finish with some sweetness left on the tongue.

Overall - very well done! A great beer for the colder months, even in Texas, as this is on the stronger and maltier side. I really love that Southern Star chose such a unique style to be their first canned seasonal and look forward to their future releases. Cheers!

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of toasted malt and some fruit.

Tastes of the toasted malt coupled with some sweetness and fruit. Malts lead off with notes of caramel, toffee, and toasted bread with moderate sweetness. This gives way to some cherries and a bit of apple. Some herbal notes come next and round everything out. Finishes with a little bit of lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with an underwhelming amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid biere de garde.

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Le Mort Vivant from Southern Star Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.