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Le Mort Vivant - Southern Star Brewing Company

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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 42
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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sitarist

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-27-2012 02:05:35 | More by sitarist
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gtermi

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 03:41:34 | More by gtermi
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kyleelton

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: can

03-18-2012 01:18:52 | More by kyleelton
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jheezee

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

03-16-2012 20:15:53 | More by jheezee
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Hack72

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

03-12-2012 06:29:51 | More by Hack72
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jbdaves72

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

03-12-2012 03:47:59 | More by jbdaves72
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cpinto6

Georgia

1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

03-09-2012 07:10:24 | More by cpinto6
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gawnphishin

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.3%

03-09-2012 03:10:24 | More by gawnphishin
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pperez38

California

3/5  rDev -15.3%

02-22-2012 05:46:27 | More by pperez38
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womencantsail

California

3.2/5  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.

Serving type: can

02-20-2012 05:44:00 | More by womencantsail
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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -15.3%

02-16-2012 02:12:27 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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ChaseTheAce

Texas

4/5  rDev +13%

02-15-2012 05:06:55 | More by ChaseTheAce
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bulldogg007

Texas

1/5  rDev -71.8%

02-11-2012 18:01:00 | More by bulldogg007
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BeardedRiker

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: can

02-10-2012 09:15:13 | More by BeardedRiker
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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...

Serving type: can

02-09-2012 02:44:42 | More by wagenvolks
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Fitzmke

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.3%

02-08-2012 23:09:06 | More by Fitzmke
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DimeBox

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

02-07-2012 14:36:50 | More by DimeBox
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cloeren13

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack of this seasonal at a local HEB. 12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy copper with little to no retention or lacing.

S- Light aroma with nothing overwhelming, hints of caramel, hops, yeast, and some fruit (mainly apple and orange).

T- Identical to the aroma, hints of a caramel, spice, and lingering fruit in the end.

M- Brisk medium body with light carbonation.

O- Easy drink, has an enjoyable character to it with the unique combination of flavors. Favors more of the fall side to its fall/winter seasonal category. Another great can by Southern Star.

Serving type: can

02-02-2012 14:49:21 | More by cloeren13
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: can

02-02-2012 13:51:19 | More by inlimbo77
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: can

01-25-2012 07:10:52 | More by pmarlowe
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13%
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!

Serving type: can

01-19-2012 01:22:58 | More by indiapaleale
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-17-2012 22:51:57 | More by DaveHack
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4/5  rDev +13%

01-17-2012 22:13:02 | More by kspongeworthy
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canadianghetto

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-17-2012 19:43:41 | More by canadianghetto
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Spec's, and poured into a Stella glass. It's a cloudy amber-red color with a finger or so of white head. Good looking beer!

The aroma is earthy, malty and floral.

I like this one a good bit, it's a good follow through on the aroma with a malty base underneath some more delicate floral and funky flavors.

Nice body to it, easy to drink and very refreshing despite the complex flavors.

Very nice beer, glad to have another good one out of the region.

Serving type: can

01-16-2012 02:18:13 | More by theboozecruise
Le Mort Vivant from Southern Star Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.