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Marieke Golden

Introduced just last summer and inspired by the classic Dutch cheese of her homeland, this is Marieke Penterman’s “Golden”, 2012’s Best in Class at the World Championship Cheese Contest:

Marieke Golden 1

Firm, nutty, complex, concentrated, sweet… buttery, ale… and creamy. There is a pleasing meaty, chewiness to Marieke Golden. Brilliant with dried apricots that match bite-for-bite the tang and acidity of the cheese. A hefty wholegrain cracker and you’re set. Big flavors that will pair with equally big flavors. Would make an excellent quiche with caramelized onions or break from tradition and grate it over French Onion Soup!

Marieke Golden 2

I picked this up at Marieke’s farm in Thorp, WI on the way to visit Sartori. If you missed the journal of that visit, please click here! Past posts about Marieke.

Cheese: Marieke Golden

WHO: Holland Family Cheese

Where: Thorp, Wisconsin

Milk Type: cow(raw)

Texture: firm

Rind: poly

Shape: 20lb, 12×4 1/2″ wheel

Tasting notes: nutty, fruity, tangy; butter, ale

 

See Marieke’s reaction to making the finals:

 

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