This firm, lactose-free cheese is based on the St-Fidèle Swiss cheese; it is made in rounds, as was the tradition, and its rind is washed with a dark beer called La Vache Folle de Charlevoix. Under its brown-coloured rind, the cheese is strewn with round holes throughout. It is lactose-free and made entirely with pasteurized milk containing no modified milk ingredients. It is as tasty with an aperitif as it is with a desert and is also a great choice for raclette, because when heated, it releases a mild aroma of beer and a Swiss taste that can’t be beat.
The cheese became available in 2011. The beer bottle inspired the cheese maker, because pictured on the La Belle Brune label is a cute cow with a four-leaf clover necklace. The idea for the four-leaf clover was suggested by a young girl who found one while walking around the cheese maker’s property.
La Belle Brune de Charlevoix is available from the cheese maker and at some grocery stores.