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Le Mort Vivant | Southern Star Brewing Company

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Le Mort VivantLe Mort Vivant
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States
southernstarbrewing.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.55%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by champ103 on 12-07-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
180
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
30.03%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
17
For Trade:
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Reviews by facundoCNB:
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2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

a cloudy amber with a heavy layer of sediment that just seems to be hanging out on top of my glass. 2 fingers of detergent-like head causing some serious lacing. smells of malt, lager yeast.. basically this smells like yeungling... exactly like it. i have honestly never pinpointed anything down this exact. the taste is a bit funky.. almost like i hard boiled an egg and tried to drink it or someone tried to fart in my mouth. taste 2 is a bit of the same.. a subtle bitterness and a sour-ish malt profile but not sour enough to be a sour ale. just weird tasting. not really enjoying this. medium body but refreshing. moderate carbonation.

2.75 seems high for an overall. it tastes like the shit beer we drink here in nj.. you know, when we're 16. i'm a grown ass alcoholic now! c'mon! no really though, this is pretty awful... tastes pretty much like a "ok that's the best they had on tap at the dive, but i'd still rather drink rolling rocks in bottles"

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Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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 Dello
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of wo87810
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jeschaefer
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brenden
3.66/5  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.

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Photo of Djenx
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of hsus0225
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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 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 bconsidine
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jwg782
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of dgrauwiler
1/5  rDev -71.7%

Photo of shoky01
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of dumptruck81
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ejfreed
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of erushing
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ByMySword
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer contains a near perfect reddish color. The head unfortunately dissipated very quickly.

Smell: The smell was very prominent and was reminiscent of many red ales and lagers. There is definitely a fruity hint that is very common in reds.

Taste: This beer has a very prominent taste that is common in most reds. Hops and a fruity taste dominate this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer is has a very good mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good reddish beer. My only complaint is that the flavor wasn't stronger. Southern Star is usually known for having a kick and this one, while great, didn't possess as much of a kick as the Pine Belt Ale and the Buried Hatchet. Other than that, good contribution to the line up from the Conroe brewery.

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Photo of BruceBruce
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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Le Mort Vivant from Southern Star Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 180 ratings.
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