Oude Beemster Gouda is produced by the CONO Cooperative in Beemster Polder, Northern Holland. The cheeses are made using pasteurised milk from Holstein-Fresian cows. The curd is coloured with a plant-based annatto, used since 16th century to give a rich golden hue which traditionally indicated that is was made with the richest milk.
L’Amuse collect this Gouda and age at their own facilities for 24 months. By that time, small amino acid crystals have developed giving the cheese a delectable crystalline crunch within a buttery and fudgy texture that melts in the mouth. Toasted flavours with hints of cocoa, salted caramel and spice harmonise in this sweet and tangy cheese. These flavours are well suited to be served with cured meats and pickles. Oude Beemster also melts well to be used for grilled cheese sandwiches or melted into a rich cheese sauce.