2012 American Cheese Month 31 Cheeses in 31 Days Bonus Review: Marieke Gouda (Six year!)
Who: Holland’s Family Cheese
Where: Thorp, Wisconsin
Milk Type: cow, raw, farmstead
Texture: rock hard
Rind: polymer coated
Shape: 20lb wheel
Flavor: Butterscotch and caramel. Sweet and tangy
A couple of weeks back Marieke Penterman’s lovely Gouda was a one of this month’s features. Take a look back at that example then compare to the same cheese, aged five more years. The result is MILK CANDY.
On last week’s trip to Fromagination’s 5th birthday celebration in Madison I met the delightful Marieke Penterman. Her six year is the first cheese she made- then put back to age. At, technically, five years and 11 months, this is the oldest release ever of one of Marieke’s Goudas… and you’ll not find it generally available. It’s aged to the point it resembles a 3+ year parmigiano and is every bit as concentrated, tangy and delicious. It’s as if you made butterscotch through six years of dessication rather than cooking on the stove top.
The remnants after trying several pairings. The tawny port closely matched the nose and the flavors of the cheese but the cheese tended to accentuate the more medicinal/alcohol qualities of the port. The late-harvest grenache by contrast had a concentrated, jammy sweetness that complimented the cheese well initially but faded too quickly. The best pairing was a recent Claus Preisinger Blaufränkisch. Enough sweetness, soft tannins… kept the cheese the star while preserving the characteristics of the wine.
If you are anywhere near Fromagination in Madison, Wisconsin, call and see if they have any of this rare and delicious cheese available. Oh, and grab another chunk for me, will you?