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Exploring QC cheeses - looking for recos

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lemonslemonslemons Sep 6, 2009 06:51 AM

this week i had a lovely Grey Owl that was older/drier than normal, it was lovely and a worthy competitor to Valency. Also had a Riopelle, which was a fantastic triple creme!

What are some other stand out QC cheeses I should try?

I'd love to try more triple cremes - esp others with that strong mushroom essence. Also some interesting (not so salty, highly musty) blues. Is there a QC cheese that rivals the Humboldt Fog?

p.s. NOT a fan of raw sheep's milk cheese but if there's one that doesn't taste at all like sheep's milk, then maybe

  1. cherylmtl Sep 14, 2009 05:48 AM

    One of my newest cheese discoveries is Bouq'Emissaire, a Quebec raw milk chevre, much tangier than most I've had. I bought it at Hamel, but I'm assuming the other usual places carry it as well.

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      ouijenmange Sep 13, 2009 03:29 PM

      Hi. Would agree with everybody's recos so far. This week, I tried Le Fêtard, a firm cheese with La Maudite beer-washed rind, it was very nice. And today, at the new (very small, work in progress but hey, I still applaud) L'Appetit Fête 2-day foodie festival in Sainte-Rose, Laval, I tasted a feta cheese made by the Greek nuns at Le troupeau bénit in Lachute. It was dope (of the goat-sheep kind...). The sisters sell their cheeses in many places, one of which is Yannick Cheese Shop on Bernard, in Outremont. You might want to visit there. It's a very European-style cheese shop, brought me back to cheese-splurging expeditions in France, I LOOOVE it. Not cheap though and not all cheeses are Qc-made, so beware :)

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        Chocolatine Sep 13, 2009 05:30 PM

        Nice!! I'm so glad to know we can find the Troupeau bénit cheeses in town... I used to buy their delicious feta (and finger licking good barklava) at the Finnegan market in Hudson, but they haven't been present there this year. Their goat / sheep / mixed fetas are really unique, and keep for months in the fridge until first open.

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          hungryann Sep 13, 2009 07:55 PM

          Re: Troupeau Benit, I love all their cheeses and baked goods, especially their amygdalota (almond cookies). They also sell prepared trays of food. The moussaka and the lamb fricasse are excellent.

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            Chocolatine Sep 13, 2009 08:45 PM

            Hungryann: where do you find their products? :-)

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              hungryann Sep 14, 2009 01:43 PM

              At their monastery in Lachute. Whenever, we are in the area, we swing by and stock up.

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        minisma Sep 8, 2009 10:11 AM

        A really great find is the 1608 from Charlevoix. It was made to celebrate QC 400th, It's a raw cow milk, firm cheese and very tasty. Also love, Ciel de Charlevoix is a lightly vein blue, excellent. And I also like Alfred Le Fermier, washed rind farmer type cheese, Grey Owl ash rind goat milk. Love cheese.

        www.fromagesduquebec.qc.ca

        1. Chocolatine Sep 8, 2009 09:57 AM

          Chèvre Noir is also one of my favorites, especially the 3 year old if you can find it, but the 2 year old is also good. Delicious and quite unique, unlike any other goat cheddar I've had, with a rich and buttery taste.
          I also like the Allegretto and Gré des champs, other firm cheese options.

          In terms of blue cheese, try the Bleu d'Elizabeth or Rassembleu (less salty), both are excellent.
          A well aged Cap Rond is also a good pick (goat cheese), when it's creamy and runny in the center.

          For a trip back in history , you could try the Paillasson, a cheese from l'Isle d'Orléans which is said to be the first North American cheese, and that gets it's taste/name from the specific yeast present on the hay (=paille) the cheese is placed on. This was long gone until the recent years, when Laval University food scientists discovered the source of this taste and were able to recreate the making process. You need to quickly cook it , and just like halloumi it stays firm and doesn't melt. One disc makes a nice app for 2 people, with bread, apple slices or a small salad for example. It's found directly at l'ile d'Orléans but now also frozen in a few cheese shops now; I buy it at La fromagerie du marché Atwater.

          here's a good site to browse different QC cheeses:
          http://www.fromageduquebec.qc.ca/en/f...

          1. cherylmtl Sep 8, 2009 07:42 AM

            My current favourite is Alfred le Fermier, a firm cheese - not triple creme, but certainly one worth trying. In addition to Marche des Saveurs, I would recommend dropping by Hamel at JTM - they have an excellent selection of Quebec cheeses as well, can give you advice on what you might like based on what you tell them, and are willing to let you try pretty much anything.

            1. carswell Sep 7, 2009 03:45 PM

              My favourite Quebec cheese is probably Chèvre Noir, a goat's milk cheddar, especially the aged variety, which is sold wrapped in black wax.

              The recco for Pied-de-Vent, a semi-soft, mixed rind and slightly salty (salt-marsh grazing) cheese from the Magdalen Islands, is a good one. It's variable but when good, really good. Migneron de Charlevoix and La Sauvagine are similar semi-soft cheeses, both good.

              Two others I like are the firmer Victor et Berthold (especially the Réserve) and the Tomme d'Iberville.

              Not aware of any Humboldt Blue-like Quebec cheese, though the St-Benoit-du-Lac abbey makes a blue goat's milk cheese that I've not yet tried. Their cow's milk blue, Bleu Bénédictin, is OK in a Fourme d'Ambert kind of way. So far, blue cheeses don't appear to be Quebec's forte.

              Consider going to a decent cheese shop and sampling the wares. A good starting point would be the Marché des Saveurs du Québec at the Jean Talon Market. With one or two exceptions, all their many cheeses are made in Quebec. They're knowledgeable, friendly, generous with samples and less busy than the market's other cheesemongers, meaning you can take your time without having other customers breathing down your neck. While at the market, you might also want to drop by the Hamel store to pick up some of their Maroilles à la Maudite; they bring in young raw-milk Maroilles from France and ripen it in their cellar, washing it repeatedly with Maudite ale. Sounds like it might be right up your alley.

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                cricri7 Sep 7, 2009 05:34 PM

                I had forgotten about La sauvagine...it really is good!!!

                Tomme is also great...

                I have never tasted a Quebec cheese I did not like!

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                  Fritzy Sep 7, 2009 11:34 PM

                  Chevre Noir is one of my favorite cheeses too. And Carswell is right; Marche des Saveurs is a good place to sample -- they have the extra-aged Chevre Noir if you want to taste it (great to walk around the market with a little bag of it to munch with other edibles on offer.)

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                  cricri7 Sep 7, 2009 06:49 AM

                  I will make a couple of recommendations for you....these are some that I love:

                  Pied de vent...migneron....douanier

                  Those are 3 that I love but remember that Quebec cheeses are more expensive since the production is on a smaller scale.

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                    DonP Sep 7, 2009 03:29 PM

                    I thoroughly agree with the above post concerning Migneron. it is simply a wonderful cheese. Wish I could get it elsewhere, but its availability seems limited to QC.

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