Gouda Gris is a farmhouse gouda made at a small co-operative dairy in northern Holland. Milk is sourced from a single herd of Saanen goats only during the spring and summer months when the goats are pastured and there is no silage in their diet.
After the wheels are formed, cheeses are allowed to soak in a brine solution for twenty four hours. This hardens the outer surface and promotes the development of the rind. They are then packed up and transported to the Cher region of France to mature in natural caves at a temperature of between 51-54 degrees F. During this time, wheels are turned and occasionally brushed to control the development of mold.
After a maturation period of two years, the cheeses are released. At this point the interior paste is white and occasionally tinged with a hint of pink while the exterior rind is a gentle grey color - hence the name.
Flavors are earthy and nutty, with caramel notes and a sweet aroma.
Good pairings include dark beers such as stouts or white Loire wines.