Original article published at TasteAtlas.

Gouda Holland is a semi-hard Dutch cheese that has been naturally matured. It is produced exclusively from cows’ milk from Dutch farms and it’s one of the most popular cheeses worldwide. The cheese is made in a flattened wheel shape and it’s flavorful and aromatic (mild, fruity, sweet, butterscotch flavors), depending on the stage of maturity. Young Gouda has a sweet, fruity taste, and as it ages it becomes deep yellow and firmer, almost granular. Its flavor is complex; from fruity notes to hints of cocoa and groundnut, which leave a rich and smooth feel in the mouth. It is typically used sliced in sandwiches, or cut into cubes and eaten as a snack. Young Gouda is great for sandwiches, snacks, and salads. Aged Gouda goes really well with strong pale beers like TripelDubbel or Trappist, while wine enthusiasts can pour themselves a glass of wine such as Pinot Noir or Barolo to accompany the cheese. The longer it is aged, the more of a caramel and butterscotch flavor and crunchy texture it gets. It holds a Protected Geographical Indications (PGI) status, meaning that the cheese is produced in Holland with traditional methods using the milk from Dutch cows. It contains a minimum of 48% fat content in dry matter.