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Good Goudas?

OCEllen Apr 10, 2013 12:54 PM

Particularly good goudas? Suggestions?

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  1. grampart RE: OCEllen Apr 10, 2013 01:02 PM

    I'm not big into Gouda (more a Leyden guy), but now and then I get a couple of Baby Goudas added to my iGourmet order. I notice they have a LOT of choices however and thought their list might be of interest to you. If you've never bought from them, be assured they are a top-notch company.

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      HillJ RE: grampart Apr 10, 2013 01:10 PM

      Is Leyden the cheese with cumin seeds?

      I like most of the Gouda cheese I've tasted; just not smoked Gouda. Most recently I bought 3 year aged Gouda from WF. Name escapes me but it was coated in black wax.

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        grampart RE: HillJ Apr 10, 2013 01:27 PM

        Yeah, I "discovered" it when, for a while, I couldn't get Norwegian Nokkelost. Now, I find I like it better.


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      thegforceny RE: OCEllen Apr 10, 2013 01:27 PM

      Aged gouda with butterscotch-like, crunchy tryrosine crystallization is my favorite cheese. Don't confuse it with the mass-produced, wax-covered, mild (or smoked) cheese your mom may have bought at the supermarket.


      Also take a look at Mimolette

      Less intense is the goat Ballerina and sheep Ewephoria.

      Lots of good suggestions here too:

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        Ruth Lafler RE: thegforceny Apr 10, 2013 04:27 PM

        Saenkanter, if you can find it.

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          fldhkybnva RE: thegforceny Jun 19, 2013 05:51 AM

          I love those crunchy crystals - I'm not sure the name but I buy the 5 year aged Gouda from Uniekass and it's filled with crystals.

        2. lunchbox RE: OCEllen Apr 10, 2013 02:00 PM

          I like the aged Dutch Goudas a great deal! I haven't run across a domestic gouda that develops the depth of Butterscotch Diadactyl nuttiness as a great 3, 5, or even 7 year!
          On the other hand, the Midwest abounds with amazing young-ish to middle aged goudas that are really complex and full of character- I hope to see them aged further!
          Current Faves:
          Fleur de Terre from Traders Point Creamery- Natural rind, organic grassfed milk- tangy, supple, earthy

          Frisian Farms Gouda- farmstead, super complex buttery grassy notes

          Feather Ridge from Ludwig Farmstead creamery- really a fontina, but tangy, nutty, almost meaty

          And my all time go-to domestic gouda: Emmi-Roth Kase VanGogh Gouda- creamy, caramelly, "if each slice of American Cheese were lovingly made by hand, it might taste this good" perfect for kids of all ages.

          1. DonShirer RE: OCEllen Apr 10, 2013 03:40 PM

            A 3-yr aged firm Gouda is on my list of favorites. A little less expensive, but good, is Beemster Classic Gouda, aged 18 months.
            They also make a very good Goat Gouda that becomes very complex as it ages.

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              cheeseplatesf RE: OCEllen Apr 10, 2013 10:44 PM

              My personal favorites:
              Beemster XO
              L'Amuse Gouda (not available everywhere)

              I used to sell a ton of a cheese called Parrano. It's billed as a gouda texture that has the taste and bite of Parm. I think it's alright but my friends and customers go CRAZY for it.

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                Ruth Lafler RE: cheeseplatesf Apr 11, 2013 10:06 AM

                Trader Joe's (among others) carries Parrano. It's another one of those "winner on a cheese plate" cheeses, i.e. a cheese that will please both the cheese-o-philes and the cheese neophytes.

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                  Steve Green RE: cheeseplatesf Apr 11, 2013 10:28 AM

                  With you on the Beemster XO. I also love Robusto, which is Parrano, only older. They're now calling it "Parrano Robusto" -- I guess UnieKaas is capitalizing on the name-recognition of Parrano.

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                    SP1 RE: cheeseplatesf Jun 26, 2013 10:28 AM

                    Beemster XO is my current favorite cheese.

                  2. Delucacheesemonger RE: OCEllen Apr 10, 2013 11:48 PM

                    To add to other's lists, Primadonna for those who like Van Gogh or other 1-2 year aged and the one year with cumin is awesome as well.

                    1. bumblecat RE: OCEllen Apr 11, 2013 10:18 AM

                      I'm quite fond of the Wegman's 5 year gouda.

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                        INDIANRIVERFL RE: OCEllen Apr 11, 2013 10:42 AM

                        Roth Kase of Monroe has wonderful goudas. But the creamery that pushed them off the pedestal for domestic gouda is Marieke of Thorpe Wisconsin. Emigrees from the Netherlands using raw milk from their own cows. Getting more and more expensive as they continue to win more and more prizes.

                        1. chefj RE: OCEllen Apr 16, 2013 12:43 PM

                          Midnight Moon from Cypress Grove is a very good Gouda made for them in Holland. It is dense and smooth with bits of crystallized Proteins hints of Caramel and Brown Butter.
                          Unfortunately Winchester Gouda is no longer made

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                            Delucacheesemonger RE: chefj Apr 16, 2013 01:47 PM

                            Just to add, Midnight Moon is a goat gouda.

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                              chefj RE: Delucacheesemonger Apr 16, 2013 02:33 PM

                              as are all Cypress Grove Cheeses

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                                Ruth Lafler RE: chefj Apr 16, 2013 03:59 PM

                                Not quite. Cypress Grove also makes a very good sheep's milk cheese called "Lamb Chopper."

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                                  HillJ RE: Ruth Lafler Apr 16, 2013 04:07 PM

                                  What a great name for a sheep's milk cheese. Cheeses do have some great names!

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                                    Ruth Lafler RE: HillJ Apr 16, 2013 04:24 PM

                                    One chowhound wit calls it "Lamb on a cycle"!

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                                      HillJ RE: Ruth Lafler Apr 16, 2013 04:24 PM

                                      Love it!

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                                    chefj RE: Ruth Lafler Apr 17, 2013 09:31 AM

                                    Oh yeah, I forgot that one! It is a bit of a one off for them, yes?

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                                      Ruth Lafler RE: chefj Apr 17, 2013 10:36 AM

                                      I guess so. Excellent cheese, though I guess I'm biased because I prefer sheep's milk cheeses to goat's milk cheeses (or for that matter, all other things being equal (i.e. style and quality of cheese), cow's milk cheeses).

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                                        chefj RE: Ruth Lafler Apr 17, 2013 02:14 PM

                                        Hell, I bet I'd like Camels Milk Cheese.

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                                          Ruth Lafler RE: chefj Apr 17, 2013 02:48 PM

                                          Might be good. I've had yak's milk cheese.

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                                            chefj RE: Ruth Lafler Apr 17, 2013 04:30 PM

                                            And??? Where you in Himalayas?

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                                              Ruth Lafler RE: chefj Apr 17, 2013 04:46 PM

                                              Nope. San Francisco: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/18478

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                                                Melanie Wong RE: Ruth Lafler Apr 17, 2013 07:16 PM

                                                The hardworking fairies of this Cheese Board moved some yak cheese threads to populate our new forum. More info here:


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                                  harryharry RE: Delucacheesemonger Apr 16, 2013 04:16 PM

                                  I love Midnight Moon - it's got a little of the sweetness of the aged gouda's and a little barnyardy goat taste - but it's still a pretty mild cheese.

                                  There is a cheese called Memoire - http://www.memoire.nl/eng/index.html , it is a black truffle gouda - and it's outstanding. If you taste it once you will want it again (and again...) - It's cheese crack!

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                                  fldhkybnva RE: chefj Jun 19, 2013 05:52 AM

                                  I am not a Goat cheese fan but this cheese is fantastic. I buy it every week now.

                                4. jpr54_1 RE: OCEllen May 1, 2013 04:32 AM

                                  thanx for all the links

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                                    HillJ RE: OCEllen Jun 19, 2013 03:11 PM

                                    I tried an apple smoked Gouda for the first time and actually liked it quite a bit. First time I've ever gone for a 2nd slice of smoked cheese.

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                                      fldhkybnva RE: HillJ Jun 22, 2013 11:08 PM

                                      I agree. I grabbed a local Applewood smoked baby raw milk Gouda tonight and it's great. I don't just snack on cheese much but I keep going back for more to nibble on.

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