Brillat Savarin: Rich and Luxurious

September 29, 2010

Brillat Savarin is a sure-fire crowd pleaser.  It is a luscious cheese that feels decadent yet has a simple appearance that belies its luxuriousness.  This is a fantastic cheese.

Brillat Savarin is a triple cream, bloomy rind cheese from the Ile-de-France region of France.  It is made from pasteurized cow’s milk and additional cream to achieve a 75% fat content.  It comes to market young and in a small disc format that allows the cheese to continue ripening as it matures.

Brillat Savarin

Brillat Savarin looks like a petite cheese pie.  It has a thin yellow-white rind that shows lines and indentations from its cheese mold.  The interior paste is milky white and looks like whipped butter.  To the touch, the paste is very soft and wet.

Brillat Savarin has a sweet aroma that is wheaty and a bit like fresh bread.  The rind has a clean mushroom aroma.

The consistency of Brillat Savarin is extremely creamy.  The interior paste of our sample had a solid consistency similar to a chevre, yet the paste closer to the rind was more like thick yogurt.  This cheese was easily spreadable.

Brillat Savarin has a relatively mild flavor.  It is milky and pleasantly sour.  There is also a buttery sweetness to the cheese.  Its sour flavor lasts long on the tongue.  The rind has a distinct bloomy rind flavor that nicely balances the paste’s flavors.

This cheese was a no-brainer at my house.  My kids are partial to triple cream and double cream cheeses, so this was an easy sell.  Both juvenile tasters liked this cheese and would be pleased to see it again.

Although this cheese was much loved, it was messy.  Our sample was at a beautiful point of ripeness, yet it was sloppy on the plate and collapsed under knife pressure.  This is a cheese for a casual meal and would work better served in individual portions rather than placed on a communal plate.

Notes on purchasing:  We purchased Brillat Savarin at Whole Foods (San Francisco).  Our sample was a quarter wedge of a whole cheese and was pre-wrapped.

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