This Belgian cheese is semi-soft and has a nutty, well-finished flavor; the natural rind is bathed in Trappister beer giving it a sticky exterior all the while it's soaking in the flavor. The aroma is bold but, the taste of the cheese itself is mild as it retains the subtle hints of hops and malt. It appeals to the nose and the palate. Le Chimay a la Biere (Chimay with Trappister Beer) is made from scalded cow's milk and the unique process of maturing and soaking ranks this cheese exclusive and quite the authentic gourmet cheese.
Our gratitude goes to to a small group of monks who came to settle on the wild plateau of Scourmont Belgium, near Chimay, in the summer of 1850. A farm, brewery and dairy soon sprang up around the monastery to generate funds for their livelihood. Our cheese is a variation of the original recipe; one slight change is from the spring water soaking to the Chimay Trappister Beer bath.
Chimay is excellent on a cheese tray, with a crusty bread or crackers, slice and melt atop a sandwich and enjoy it with a strong (authentic Belgian) beer and you will have a great combination. If you prefer a wine may we suggest a berry based zinfandel.
We hand-cut and wrap this cheese in wedges of 8 ounces and 1 pound.
If you would like to buy the entire wheel of approx. 5 pounds, please contact us by email or phone.
Ingredients:pasteurized cow's milk, salt, animal rennet, lysozyme, annatto, hops, lactic culture.