Quick Overview :
Brabander is this month's Hero Cheese!
Sweet cream and toasted nuts; Creamy and dense with a smooth finish; Cotton candy notes and fudgy texture, like a Jersey Shore snack.
Country of Origin: Holland
Milk Type/Treatment: Pasteurized Goat
Rennet Type: Traditional
The Flavor Experience
Sweet and nutty flavors dominate up front, but are braced with a pleasant savoriness in the finish. Texturally dense, smooth and rich, not unlike fudge.
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. That is not to say that the expected sweetness and nuttiness are absent, they simply exist in harmony with other flavors in the spectrum.
Pair with Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, or a Stout or Porter, and always have a small bowl of Cinnful Cocoa Pecans on hand!