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:
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!
Cheese: Marieke Golden
Where: Thorp, Wisconsin
Milk Type: cow(raw)
Shape: 20lb, 12×4 1/2″ wheel
Tasting notes: nutty, fruity, tangy; butter, ale
See Marieke’s reaction to making the finals: