Essex Street / Fromagerie l’ Amuse- ‘Brabander Goat Gouda’ (Netherlands, 8oz)
"This goat’s milk aged gouda is seductively smooth and has a slight overtone of brown butter in the finish.." read more
Touted by its producer, the great Dutch affineur Betty Koster, as the vanilla milkshake of the cheese, this goat’s milk aged gouda is seductively smooth and has a slight overtone of brown butter in the finish. Lean, easygoing and sweet, the cheesemaker calls this goat’s milk gouda, “the vanilla milkshake of cheeses.” We also get notes of brown butter. Pair it with something really minerally and dry.
- Martin Johnson, Cheesemonger
Goat milk is not typically used for producing aged cheeses, or Goudas of any age. But when the affineur is the preeminent Gouda maturer in the world, anything is possible. Betty lets Brabander rest at temperatures higher than normal, which elicits savory notes and a slight gaminess that are not commonly found in Gouda. The extra aging on the Black Betty wheels lend a crunchier, more butterscotchy flavor to the cheese, which sings with a perfect caramel crunch.