Sep 09

Vacherin Fribourgeois Crepi (Cheesy Lover #24)

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Cheese stats: Raw cow’s milk, semi-hard cheese from Switzerland, bought from KäseSwiss

10570This cheese has a dark, crumbly, dusty grey rind, and contrasting pale creamy yellow interior.

The inside of this cheese is BEEFY – a huge blast of umami dominates the taste initially; lots of bovrilly, marmiteish intenseness – it reminds me of beef broth. This fades into a creamy yoghurtyness as the cheese melts. (It melts surprisingly easily for a semi-hard cheese.) There’s a fruitiness skirting the edges of the beef; cheese-eating chum is reminded of sour green apples, and I am tasting a hint of pineapple and a smidge of grass. The impressively pitted rind tastes musty; undergrowth, compost bins and leaf mould. I really like it, but this might be an acquired taste. It comes partially wrapped in cloth (which I do not eat, not being a goat), so maybe this rind isn’t really meant for eating.

Conclusion: Really meaty! This is a pretty tasty cheese. It feels like a winter cheese; intense and hearty. I’d like to try melting it on top of French onion soup, or making it into warming cheese toast


  1. 1
    marna on 29 Sep 2009 #

    Of course I posted this just before lunchtime, and it gave me cheese-hunger and I had to go out and have a cheesy lunch.

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    A newly-registered but logged-out Katie on 29 Sep 2009 #

    Proof that cheese is a tasty yellow beef! The Mighty Boosh will be v pleased :)

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    marna on 29 Sep 2009 #

    Aha! And some blue cheeses taste rly quite baconish, and one tasted like smoked mackerel, which was a bit bonkers (yet strangely nommy). What cheeses taste like CHICKEN, though? I have not found one of those yet. (Also I can only slightly remember what chicken tastes like. It has never been top priority beast.)

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    A newly-registered but logged-out Katie on 30 Sep 2009 #

    Chicken-tasting cheese = COQfort obv :)

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