Brebirousse d’Argental: A Stinky Sheep
October 3, 2010
At first blush, there is nothing attractive about Brebirousse d’Argental. It looks odd and has an awful aroma, but my kids loved this cheese.
This soft sheep’s milk cheese is produced in the Burgundy region of France. It is produced in a large flat square format. Brebirousse d’Argental has a washed rind that is colored burnt-orange and deeply groved.
Brebirousse d’Argental’s odor is not pleasant, but as stinky cheeses go, this one is relatively well-behaved. After the cheese is unwrapped, its odor doesn’t offend unless one holds the cheese near the nose. Its aroma has scents of leafy green vegetables, grass and daisy flowers.
The interior paste looks like vanilla pudding. It is rich, creamy and thick on the tongue. Brebirousse d’Argental tastes buttery and salty, with a little sweetness. It ends with a lingering saltiness and sourness. The rind adds a cooked cabbage flavor to the cheese and balances out the paste’s saltiness, however, we didn’t like the rind much and decided not to eat it.
Brebirousse d’Argental split our tasters along generational lines: the juvenile tasters liked this cheese and would love to see it on the table again, while the adults found this cheese just okay and not one to re-visit.
Purchase Notes: We purchased our Brebirousse d’Argental at Whole Foods (San Francisco).