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Le Mort Vivant - Southern Star Brewing Company

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81
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161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 5
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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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.

Photo of Reaper16
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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 suspect
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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 schoolboy
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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 aanakinskywalker
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of JMad
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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 BruceBruce
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
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 NeverSettle
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

Photo of truesolution
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of sitarist
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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.

Photo of kyleelton
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.

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Hack72
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jbdaves72
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of cpinto6
1.75/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of gawnphishin
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of pperez38
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Le Mort Vivant from Southern Star Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.