This semi-soft surface-ripened cheese is made from pasteurized milk. Its rind is washed with high-fermentation beer (ale): the El Lapino by Mont-Laurier’s Microbrasserie du Lièvre, which has a fresh chili aroma and a gently spicy bitterness. This spicy beer washing works great with the line of Espelette pepper (a spice similar to cayenne pepper) that runs through the cheese’s centre. This tasty and unique cheese has a mild buttery aroma and a sweet and slightly spicy flavour.
Its name, La Barre du Jour, is an analogy between the line of Espelette pepper in the middle and the orange bar that appears in the sky before sunrise.
La Barre du Jour cheese is available from the cheese maker, in specialty grocery stores and cheese shops and in some supermarkets.