Beemster Goat Premium Dutch cheese
- melpy Jan 17, 2013 10:30 AM
Since I was reading about how the cheese board needed a little love I thought I would post about a cheese Inhave bought several times when I have had the opportunity. In Williamsburg and Lancaster I have run across cheese shops that sell Beemster Dutch cheese. We had had the goat which is aged four months and is best categorized as a firm cheese with a smooth texture and light tang in the finish of the cheese. We have eaten it exclusively as an eating cheese but have been with surprised at the delicate but complex taste. We felt is was better with a lighter wine or a white. Highly recommended!
Beemster also has another aged gouda that is marketed as Beemster XO - hands down my favorite and go to party cheese (especially since you can sporadically find it at Costco for $6.99 a lb!!!!! - buy 2 chunks you won't regret it). It has the nutty, caramel notes associated with an aged gouda but a pleasant moisture level that makes this really easy to eat and eat and eat. Grating a bit of this cheese on a veggie dish is great. This cheese will go well with ales, porters and sweet, lighter whiskeys like Crown Royal or a light port such as Whiskers Blake (BevMo)
Beemster XO (a cow's milk gouda) is an excellent cheese. People should be aware that, at 26 months of aging, it is much more intense than Beemster's goat cheese, which is aged only four months.
There are also sheep's milk goudas, which I like even better than the ones made with goat's milk. One that has been spectacularly successful in the US is Ewephoria. It was developed specifically for the American market by a cheese importer in Seattle and a Dutch cheesemaker. Ewephoria has been described as the closest that cheese can come to candy. I think that is an exaggeration, but there's no denying that it is a little sweeter than most cheeses, while still having some of the butterscotch and caramel aromas and flavors that are characteristic of aged goudas. It's a highly seductive cheese.
Last week I picked up both the Beemster X-O and the Beemster Extra Aged Goat at my local cheese shop. I really enjoy Beemster products. Their Vlaskaas is also exceptional, and I enjoy the Extra Aged Goat more than their regular goat, but even the regular goat is fantastic.