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Le Mort Vivant - Southern Star Brewing Company

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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 174
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 6
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: champ103 on 12-07-2011

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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 174
Photo of jmarsh123
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of sitarist
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of gtermi
3.41/5  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.

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Photo of kyleelton
2.84/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
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...

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Photo of cloeren13
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with big, white, and fluffy head that lingers.

Smells of floral hops, bready malt, some lighter fruit from the yeast. Hard to describe really, light, floral, noble kind of smell with a malty front and yeast back.

Up front malt sweetness/bready character that is slightly fruity (apple) with a fruit, floral hop note in the middle, and a small fruit finish and lingering bread character. Not overtly complex...more subtle yet tasty.

Lighter body with low carbonation. Creamy in the end and not particularly dry. I'd almost like to see this with higher carbonation and a dryer finish.

This is a lighter, subtle, refreshing beer that is malty up front but has enough fruity/floral hop and yeast notes to keep things interesting.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This just came out today in cans and I was lucky enough to grab a 4-pack. Poured into my Southern Star Oktoberfest stein.

A- Dark copper color almost red with two fingers of off-white head.

S- Lots of nice biscuit & pretty much sums up the smell.

T- Biscuit, bread, a nice malty brew. Similar funk to other farmhouse styles. You can taste the 6-row barley they used making it true to style.

M- Very light and delicate. carbonation is just right.

O- Great new seasonal from Southern Star. It makes me want to try other brews from the Biere de Garde style. Definitely recommend picking this one up to try. The 6-row will also please most macro-only drinkers.

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Photo of champ103
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Le Mort Vivant from Southern Star Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.