Soumaintrain Berthaut - cow's milk sharp soft cheese - 14 oz/397 gr, France.
Soft ripened washed cheese. Made from pasteurized cow's milk.
Berthaut's Soumaintrain is made with cow's milk that has been thermalized, which is a heat treatment that stops short of pasteurization. Like Epoisses, Soumaintrain wheels are washed repeatedly with brine and marc as thay age, with the proportion of marc mounting progressively. After about eight weeks, the cheeses are ready for sale. They will have developed a tacky, caramel-colored rind, the result of bacteria that thrive on that salty, moist surface. Inside, the paste is ivory in color, semisoft and supple but not runny. For a washed-rind cheese, it is not a big stinker. It will come to room temperature on your counter without making you think something died in your kitchen. The flavor is meaty, beefy even and a little garlicky.