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Le Mort Vivant - Southern Star Brewing Company

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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.49%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

t0rin0, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Texasfan549, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

womencantsail, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

kylehay2004, Jun 28, 2014
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.

Mora2000, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

drummermattie02, Dec 12, 2011
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.

twiggamortis420, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of champ103
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

champ103, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Brenden
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
Photo of rudzud
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

rudzud, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
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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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Gagnonsux, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

cdwil, May 27, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

DavoleBomb, May 30, 2012
Photo of gtermi
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

gtermi, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of wagenvolks
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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...

wagenvolks, Feb 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

TX-Badger, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jheezee, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

duff247, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of JohnBender
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

JohnBender, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

trxxpaxxs, May 15, 2012
Photo of Jame515
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Jame515, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of HardTarget
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

HardTarget, Apr 02, 2012
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Le Mort Vivant from Southern Star Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.