Selected and aged for us by Betty Koster at her cheese shop Fromagerie L’amuse in Holland. This Brabander Goat Gouda is made in the Brabant region of southern Holland from the pasteurized milk of Saanen goats. The wheels are aged for around six months before making their way to us. What’s interesting about the aging of these wheels is they’re done in a facility that has very little climate control. For a few days in the summer, they might turn on the controls to keep it cool, but otherwise the cheese is allowed to mature at whatever seasonal conditions happen to blow through. It helps the cheese surrender its moisture a bit faster and develop its flavors a little quicker than other cheeses.
But what really interests us is the flavor. It’s sweet with notes of caramel in its long finish as well as some bright notes and hints of grass and hay. It’s buttery and tastes fresh. Great for a cheese tray or for grilled cheese sandwiches. Cut in cubes and toss with fresh greens, toasted nuts and slices of apple. Delicious stuff.
I can't say enough great things about this cheese! It's as beautiful as it is delicious. This goat's milk cheese is a lovely porcelain color, like fine bone china and the flavor matches in it's delicate savoriness. The wheels we're currently cutting into were made in the 2013.