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:
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Added by champ103 on 12-07-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
180
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
15.01%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
17
For Trade:
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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of ONUMello
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy copper color with a generous 1.5 finger head
S: Lots of roasted malt, lots of sweetness and a hint of florals. I agree with NoLeafClover that it's very reminiscent of Belgian-styled aromas.
T: Quite malty, sweetness from both fruit & caramel. Not a ton of complexity.
M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation but a thin/short finish.
O: I think a little more hops could have brought a lot more to this. It goes down easy, but I would have enjoyed more complexity.

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Photo of thebouch01
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Pappadecker
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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 HuskyinPDX
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can opened on 8.7.12

A - Pours a clear, orange-red with a small light tan head that hangs around for a bit then fades.

S - Sweet malts, candy.

T - Sweet fruits and malt, very candy-like.

D - Ok carbonation with a lighter body. A sweet finish.

O - Sweet and candy-like.

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Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Djenx
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of OSUHopHead
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ret3
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into DFH Signature glass. Green Southern Star Seasonal can with a sticker indicating the type.

A - Pours a cloudy ruby-amber color with very little head. The laser etching in the bottom of the glass creates a whirlwind carbonation display on the surface.

S - Smells of plum, pear, and raisins. Belgian yeast contributes banana and biscuit aromas. No funk and the smell is probably closer to a typical dubbel than Biere de Garde.

T - Flavors are sweet and bready. Has a molasses character that I don't enjoy. Fruits are of the darker variety, especially plum. Pretty musty. Not my favorite.

M - Medium bodied with light-mid carbonation.

O - I didn't really like this one. Too sticky and sweet for the style with no real balance. Glad I tried it, but not disappointed I don't have it regularly available to me.

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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 kew
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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 trxxpaxxs
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of suspect
3.38/5  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.

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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 aanakinskywalker
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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