Pont l’Eveque: Stinky and Satisfying
July 18, 2010
Pont l’Eveque is a semi-soft cheese from France. It is made from pasteurized cow’s milk. Pont l’Eveque is produced in small flat squares about the size of a cocktail napkin.
The interior of Pont l’Eveque resembles a sponge with many large holes. The interior is the color of vanilla pudding. It has a washed edible rind that is white with tints of orange. The rind has ridges and looks scored. This cheese is squishy to the touch.
Pont l’Eveque has a foul aroma when held to the nose. Its interior smells fecal, a bit like horse or dog droppings. It is a stinky cheese, but the odor is not so noxious that it deters eating.
Pont l’Eveque is creamy on the tongue, a bit like Port Salut or Camembert. It has a slightly sour flavor that is similar to Camembert but is a bit milder. Ben had a hard time pinpointing the flavor, calling it “bland, but weirder.” Its flavor is like mild sour milk.
We all liked Pont l’Eveque. It is a casual cheese that does not try to impress too much, yet is ultimately very satisfying. This cheese does not overwhelm the mouth and its creamy mouth feel is appealing. Both boys wanted me to purchase this cheese again–even though it smelled like poop–which gives a good indication of how much they liked this cheese. (For most of our tastings, the boys have said “maybe buy this again,” even for cheeses they liked). Pont l’Eveque is a great cheese for a picnic, appetizer plate or sharing with friends.