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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.55%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by champ103 on 12-07-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
180
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
30.03%
 
 
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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 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 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 ExaltedNecrosis
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a murky burnt orange / ruby with a finger of off white head.

S - Smells sweet and tart, like berries, with some Belgian funkiness.

T - I get sweet and tart raspberry, apricot, cherry, and Belgian yeast. This is a great flavor combo!

M - Sticky sweet, the body is thin-moderate, and the carbonation is moderate.

O - An interesting brew with a great fruity flavor profile. I really enjoyed this.

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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 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 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 schoolboy
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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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 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 wingman14
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange with no real head just a thin brown covering that fades quickly. The smell is sweet, fruity, with a hint of alcohol and malt. Taste is almost a weak barleywiine, not so much biere de grade, and as you sip a bit more malt like characters come out. The beer isn't as sweet as the smell would indicate, starts with the fruit and barleywine characteristics and finishes with the malt characters. A solid medium mouthfeel, borders on going heavy, but a smooth beer the flavor isn't overpowering. Overall a good beer, nothing amazing but still tasty. Not a typical for the style, but good nonetheless.

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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 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 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 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 DavoleBomb
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Hazed orange plum color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is average, but not lacing is left.

3.5 S: Earthy foremost, grainy, toasted malts, nutty, and perhaps slightly herbal. It smells good, but it's just too damn faint.

4.0 T: Taste is more aggressive and I'm thrilled about that. Super grainy, toasty, nutty with a light caramel. Fairly dry. Nonspecific earthiness. Tasty and well balanced.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Just faintly creamy. Decent here.

3.5 D: This is a very tasty beer, but the taste could you some more power and the nose could use a lot. Still, I enjoyed this much.

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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 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 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 brewskifan55
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hop City, Birmingham

A: A hazy burnt orange with an off-white, one-finger head that lingered. Decent lacing.

S: Light malts and fruity esters (apple and pear). Some spicy notes.

T: Smooth, sweet, light. Follows nose with those peppery spices added. A slight hop bitterness towards the finish. A good smooth example of the style. No complaints.

M: Medium with light to medium carbonation.

O: Could've been a bit more robust, but overall, a decent bier de garde.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of toasted malt and some fruit.

Tastes of the toasted malt coupled with some sweetness and fruit. Malts lead off with notes of caramel, toffee, and toasted bread with moderate sweetness. This gives way to some cherries and a bit of apple. Some herbal notes come next and round everything out. Finishes with a little bit of lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with an underwhelming amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid biere de garde.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a brownish amber about the color of strong iced tea with a nice off white head this thick and settles at a moderate rate

The nose is sweet malt with a slight sour tinge not much in the way of complexity.

The taste is decent with some sour notes that are subtle, peppery hops and sweet malt. Also lacking in complexity.

The mouthfeel is a tad bit on the watery side.

Overall a drinkable beer, but not a remarkable beer.

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Photo of JMad
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of gwalt
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours in a hazy amber with a tint of ruby

Aroma: Grainy, sweet malt, little to no hop aroma

Mouthfeel: Full, thick mouth feel with lingering sweetness

Taste: flavors like caramel and toffee, slight hops but the type are undeterminable

I didn't really get those farmhouse flavors I would expect from this style. This beer is just a bit under attenuated for my palette. I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again. I think it is great that breweries make the effort to brew beers like this. Maltier beers tend not to fly off the shelf like the "latest IPA."

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