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Oct 29, 2009 11:34 AM

Strong, hard Quebec cheeses

Hello, looks like I'll be making a trip over to Montreal over the holidays this year and wanted to know if any of you could recommend some other local cheeses for me to try. I prefer harder cheeses, and really like strong ones such as a Mimolette extra-vielle, old Queso Manchego or maybe a nice Gruyere.

So far I've fallen for two Quebec cheeses: Chevre Noir and Alfred Le Fermier.

Hoping you local foodies can point me in the right direction.


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  1. As I was reading this, I was thinking, "I wonder if you'd like Chevre Noir..." then I got to the end. Doh! Sorry I don't have any recs, my mind is drawing a blank.

    1. La Tomme des Demoiselles
      Le Gré des Champs might like if you like Alfred Le Fermier. I am especially partial to the latter.

      1. Perhaps Fritz Kaiser's Miranda. It's a Gruyere-like cheese. And I've been a fan of Albert Perron's Cheddar for twenty-five years. It's quite easy to find the 4 year old.

        1. Also l'Hercule de Charlevoix as well as old raw-milk cheddars (Ile-aux Grues is commonly available and delicious)

          1. Go to the cheese monger at Atwater Market or check out the Marché des saveurs store at Jean-Talon Market. They'll give you advice and I know some of them will let you try a sliver before you buy.

            Jean-Talon Market
            7075 Avenue Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2S, CA