Beemster XO (or Extra-Old) is a rich Dutch Gouda with a distinctive, creamy orange paste.
It all starts with quality milk, sourced from the quiet, canal-lined pastures of North Holland. These unique tracts of land are known locally as polders, a centuries-old pasture that was once a coastal lagoon filled with mineral-rich seawater. The Beemster polder is located just miles from the North Sea and is over four centuries years old, ensuring the grazing cows have access to excellent fodder and in return produce a healthy, rich milk.
Matured for no less than twenty-sixth months, this aged gouda is enshrined in wax and naturally lactose-free. Despite its firm paste, the mouthfeel is surprisingly luscious and creamy, with deep, lingering flavours of butterscotch, whiskey & toasted pecan.
We love Beemster XO paired with a dark beer and a slice of fig cake. It also makes for an incredible grilled cheese!