This semi-soft cheese is made from pasteurized milk using artisanal methods. Being ripened for 45 days and washed with black beer gives its rind a brown, canvaslike colour and a supple texture that is shared by its honey-coloured interior. The cheese has a fresh butter aroma with a touch of hops. It has a mild, creamy taste with hints of hazelnut as well as a subtle aftertaste of beer.
This cheese’s name, Du-Charme, was chosen in honour of Jacques Ducharme, the cheesemaking consultant responsible its creation. As a consultant, Mr. Ducharme also contributed significantly to the start-up of the company when it was founded in 1996. Located in La Sarre in the Abitibi region, the Fromagerie la Vache à Maillotte is proud of the great collaboration between local businesses to make Du-Charme cheese, which was introduced in 2009. The black beer used to ripen the cheese is none other than Le Trèfle Noir sourced from the eponymous microbrewery Le Trèfle Noir in Rouyn-Noranda.
Du-Charme is available from the cheese maker, in specialty cheese shops and in some supermarkets.