This Maroilles-type soft cheese with a washed rind is made with thermized milk drawn from the cheese maker’s herd of cows. The herd is made up of crossed Québec and Brown Swiss cows that are fed dry hay, grains and herbs from the organic field. It is surface-ripened in brine for sixty days. Its reddish rind is covered with a moist white bloom. The cheese is dotted with little holes and has an ivory colour, while its texture is smooth and creamy. It has an aroma that evokes the farm and herbs, as well as a taste of herbs with hints of fresh farm milk that is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
The name Le Diable aux Vaches (the devil among the cows) was chosen in honour of the developing Du Diable mountain in the Hautes-Laurentides. The cows graze at the base of the mountain, which is why we can say that the devil is among the cows!
This cheese is available from the cheese maker, at specialty grocery stores and cheese shops as well as from some supermarkets.
Awards and distinctions
Le Diable aux Vaches won the special mention High Distinction at the 2013 Global Cheese Awards in the soft cheese with or without rind category.