Welcome to my Monday Cheese series.
There's a bit of a backlog, so I'll be posting several cheeses that
have struck me as tasty, interesting, or unusual. I'm no cheese
connoisseur, but I
do like a good cheese.
The first cheese comes from Langhendries Maitre Fromager in
downtown Brussels. Locally made by Hinkelspel, it's a soft blue cheese called Pas de Bleu.
This cheese really surprised me. It has
a very strong taste, even for a blue, and quite a bite. The lingering
aftertaste gets spicy toward the end. It's yellowish-white in color
with discernable chunks of blue. This cheese, as all the ones Hinkelspel makes, is made from raw, organic cow's milk and is non-pastuerized. If there's a stronger
blue cheese out there, I've yet to find it.