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Beemster X.O. Aged Gouda

Beemster

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A superb aged gouda.  The Beemster co-operative has been making and aging cheese for over a century in the Beemster municipality of the Netherlands.  The Beemster polder is 20 feet below sea-level, with an incredibly nutrient-rich earth and grasses that sustain the cows for most of the year. 

The co-op also works with Caring Dairy, a program that provides resources for farmers to maintain sustainability via appropriate energy use, healthy animals and a good economic return.   Aged for a minimum of 26 months, Beemster X.O. is a hard, dense cheese with intense flavors of butterscotch, smoky caramel and toasted almonds.  The texture is firm but maintains a butteriness that’s irresistible, as well as the signature crunch that’s found in a well-aged cheese.  For a new twist on a classic dessert, try shaving Beemster X.O. over a bowl of vanilla ice cream or a slice of apple pie.  Planning a hike or picnic?  Forget the trail mix and pack some aged gouda, fresh apples and a bar of dark chocolate. 

More Info

Producer
Beemster
Country
Netherlands
Region
North Holland
Size
Various
Milk Type
Cow
Pasteurization
Pasteurized
Rennet
Traditional
Texture
Semi-hard

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Elizabeth Harbuckle
Is it cheese or is it caramel?

This cheese is incredible, it tastes like delicious caramel. I wish you had it all year long!

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Theresa Nelson
A Family Favorite for Years

When we first tried Beemster (at the urging of Juliana Uruburu), our entire family fell in love with this delicious, complex cheese. For a nibbles while cooking dinner or as the best hiking/backpacking cheese ever, Beemster is the best. When our teenage daughter's friends discovered Beemster, they were hooked - and it was a kick to see these girls devour a big wedge while doing homework. It's a great cheese to offer to introduce people to new flavors, without going to far from the more standard cheeses.