Fromager d’ Affinois Blue: An Entry-Level Blue Cheese

September 17, 2010

We have gone all summer without a dip into blue cheese, so it was time for an introduction to the blues.  We have shied away from blue cheese since our Monte Enebro tasting (both kids detested this cheese and Jacob went so far as to simulate death).  Fromager d’Affinois Blue offered just the right introduction to blue cheese: a luscious creamy texture with immediate appeal and just a sprinkling of blue.

Fromager d'Affinois Blue

Fromager d’Affinois Blue is a soft cheese from France that is made with pasteurized cow’s milk.  The interior cheese paste is butter yellow with specks of gray-blue.  The exterior rind is white and light tan.  The cheese has a vegetal odor like broccoli.

This cheese is soft, sticky and spreadable with a finger.  It has a texture and consistency similar to buttercream icing.

Fromager d’Affinois Blue has a nice combination of buttery sweet and tangy blue flavors.  The cheese also has a slightly ashy or smoky flavor from the blue.  The blue flavor is not as dominant in this cheese as it is in a Gorgonzola or Point Reyes Blue and it doesn’t have the clean saltiness of those cheeses.  The blue flavor is much lighter in Fromage d’Affinois Blue and it balances well with the buttery sweetness of the cheese.  Fromager d’Affinois Blue is super creamy and has excellent mouth feel.

At our tasting, Jacob rejected this cheese and its blue flavors (but this cheese didn’t kill him like Monte Enebro).  Ben really liked this cheese and suggested we purchase it again.

Fromager d’Affinois Blue is a relatively light blue and it has such a lovely texture that it makes the perfect introductory blue cheese.  This cheese held up beautifully out of refrigeration.  Fromager d’Affinois Blue would make a nice cheese for a party or a communal cheese plate.

Notes on purchasing:  Our sample of Fromager d’Affinois Blue was purchased at Country Cheese Co. (San Francisco).

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