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Le Mort Vivant - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Le Mort VivantLe Mort Vivant

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BA SCORE
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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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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.

jmarsh123, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of NeverSettle
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

NeverSettle, Apr 17, 2012
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 truesolution
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

truesolution, Apr 06, 2012
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
Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

duff247, Apr 01, 2012
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.

sitarist, Mar 27, 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 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.

kyleelton, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jheezee, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Hack72
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Hack72, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of jbdaves72
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jbdaves72, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of cpinto6
1.75/5  rDev -50.7%

cpinto6, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of gawnphishin
3/5  rDev -15.5%

gawnphishin, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of pperez38
3/5  rDev -15.5%

pperez38, Feb 22, 2012
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 Kkottonmouthkngz
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Kkottonmouthkngz, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of ChaseTheAce
4/5  rDev +12.7%

ChaseTheAce, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of bulldogg007
1/5  rDev -71.8%

bulldogg007, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of BeardedRiker
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
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
Photo of Fitzmke
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Fitzmke, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of DimeBox
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

DimeBox, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of cloeren13
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

cloeren13, Feb 02, 2012
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.

inlimbo77, Feb 02, 2012
Le Mort Vivant from Southern Star Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.