Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cheese: Beemster Vlaskaas

I have previously done a post on Beemster Classic Aged Gouda, a premium Gouda cheese aged at least 18 months. Beemster Vlaskaas 
is a recipe recreated in 2004 for Vlaskaas cheese originally made once a year to celebrate the flax harvest. It accompanied a meal of thick porridge and buttered multigrain bread. 
Vlaskaas means flax cheese, not because it is an ingredient, but because it is a plant that is in the local countryside for which the harvest festival was celebrating. At the 2004 Wisconsin Cheese Makers Competition, which one website says is the most fierce cheese competition in the world, Vlaskaas won a gold medal in its category (the category was not stated) and took third place in the overall competition. It is distinguished by its purple wax outside coating. 
It is aged a minimum of 13 months and  is richer, creamier and deeper yellow in color than regular Gouda. 
It was very wet coming out of the package and did not have as strong a flavor as the Beemster Classic which is aged five months longer, but the flavor is very nice. Between the two, I prefer the Beemster Classic, but the Vlaskaas is very tasty and a great cheese. 


  1. I am from the Netherlands and i have tasted lots of different cheese but Beemster Vlaskaas is the best available cheese on the planet !

  2. Vlaskaas it such a great cheese. It's creamy richness makes for a great paring with wine. It's kind of hard to find, but I purchased some from and it was delicious.