Thank you for checking out this installment of Beer & Cheese Pairings. This week, I’ve chosen three delicious cheeses that have been imported from France. They each have their own strengths and should make for a fun pairing. Let’s jump right in.
Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker is a well balanced golden and hazy beer. It has hints of orange with a delightful yeasty finish. This is a strong beer, and should pair well with our three strong imported cheeses.
Mothais sur Feuille is a beautiful goat milk cheese from the Deux-Sevres region that is imported by Fromages. It is uniquely matured in a very humid cellar with no ventilation, unlike most goat cheeses that are ripened in drier and better-ventilated cellars. It is soft and delicate with a melt in your mouth quality. This cheese actually paired best with the beer. It really played off of the overall complexity, creating a nice flavor profile.
Domaine de Vallage is a pasteurized cow’s milk triple cream soft ripened cheese from Chevillon that is imported by Tony’s Fine Foods. It is densely creamy and smooth with a lightly salted flavor that ends in a sweet, butter-like finish. This was my favorite cheese of the night, but it was slightly overpowered by the beer.
Reblechon Prefere De Fromi is a delectable cows’ milk cheese from Haute-Savoie that is imported by World’s Best Cheeses. It's covered with a thick, velvety, brine-washed rind, and is aged at higher temperatures for optimal flavor development. It has a woodsy flavor with sweet milk notes and a yeasty finish. This pungent cheese was quite tasty, but overpowered the beer when paired.
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