Lauren Buzzeo

Tasting Director/Senior Editor

Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Rousillon. Reviews beers.

Tasting Director Lauren Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2006 as a tasting coordinator. Thanks to her father, she developed an interest in and love of wine at an early age, and her respect and adoration for all things vinous has remained strong ever since. Today, Lauren is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program, and currently reviews the wines of Languedoc-Roussillon and South Africa, as well as beers. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Lauren is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

  1. $4

Celebrator is an iconic doppelbock, regularly earning awards and accolades from competitions and journalists. It pours a dark mahogany color with flecks of rich amber when held up to the light. The bouquet immediately entices with seductive notes of toffee, caramel, toasted cinnamon-raisin bread, dried plum and fig, all laced with threads of molasses and sweet…

 — L.B.  (5/1/2015)
95
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Left Hand Polestar Pilsner

  1. $10

This is a stunning beer, with just about everything you’d look for and expect from a German-style Pilsener. It’s a clear, golden-yellow color with fine bubbles dancing up toward the fluffy white head. The bouquet is appropriately soft and nuanced, with delicate hints of fresh grain, bread, citrusy hops and grass. Those same notes follow through on the palate, but…

 — L.B.  (5/1/2015)
90
points

Full Sail Cascade Pilsner

  1. $8

After the success of Full Sail’s 26th anniversary selection, the brewery added the Cascade Pilsner recipe to their year-round lineup. A Northwest take on a European classic, it pours a beautiful bright-gold color, with a chunky white head that boasts excellent retention and leaves serious lacing behind with each sip. The hopderived aromas of citrus and pine are…

 — L.B.  (5/1/2015)
98
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Westmalle Tripel

  1. $6

Tripels don’t get more authentic than this classic Belgian brew. It’s immediately attractive, with a rich, golden color and a frothy off-white head that boasts excellent retention and leaves gorgeous lacing behind with each sip. The bouquet is vibrant and esthery, with forward notes of banana cream pie, apricot, baking spice and Turbinado sugar, all framed by an…

 — L.B.  (4/1/2015)
96
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Unibroue La Fin du Monde

  1. $10

Ignore the alarming name—la fin du monde means “the end of the world”—and consider this Canadian tripel a real eye-opener as to the beauty of the classic Belgian style. It pours a stunning, hazy gold color, with a creamy white head that hangs around for a while, leaving sticky lacing behind with each sip. The bouquet is forward, but elegant, with clean…

 — L.B.  (4/1/2015)
90
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Left Hand Brewing Co. St. Vrain Tripel Ale

  1. $15

This rich, full-bodied brew is loaded with dense aromas and flavors of candi sugar, baking spice, just-ripe plantain and Granny Smith. The palate is surprisingly light and bright, offering medium carbonation and a subtle bitterness that lifts the finish. The alcohol is well integrated and barely noticeable, making this a dangerously drinkable tripel that’s best…

 — L.B.  (4/1/2015)
89
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21st Amendment He Said

  1. $10

An interesting take on the style, this tripel is brewed with pumpkin, galangal and tarragon. The result is a unique experience that’s bursting with sweet spice and savory herb characteristics, like a pumpkin pie topped with herbed butter. Medium bodied and sweet, it’s balanced by medium carbonation, keeping the palate lifted and the finish fresh. Notes of pie spice…

 — L.B.  (4/1/2015)
88
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Mons Abbey Blonde d’Abbaye

  1. $11

An attractive and immediately accessible brew, this opens with light scents of firm stone fruit, digestive biscuit and fresh grass. The palate is dry and slightly dusty, with medium-plus carbonation and flavors of freshly crushed grain, husk and yeast. Yeasty accents develop on the finish, as lingering hints of white pepper and sweet spice unfold on the close.

 — L.B.  (4/1/2015)
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