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The geographical region encompassing the former country of Flanders contains two Belgian provinces, present-day Nord (France), and the southern part of Zeeland (Holland) known as Zeeuws-Vlaanderen ("Sealandic Flanders"). This area is very well known for flax, a useful flowering plant that grows wild throughout Europe, but is especially abundant in Flanders. Famous throughout history, flax was used by the ancient Egyptian and Roman civilizations to make paper and linen. Today it is still used to make linseed oil and printing ink.

The recipe for this cheese from Zeeuws-Vlaanderen dates back many centuries. Its name means "Flax Cheese", owing not to an ingredient but to the plant that dominates the local countryside. Still made in an old-fashioned manner, in the Middle Ages it was quite popular and always served at the annual oogstfeest (Flemish harvest festival). Similar to Gouda but richer, creamier and deeper yellow in color, Vlaskaas' purple rind distinguishes it from all other cheeses.

Gold medal winner at the 2004 World Championship Cheese Contest.

  • Made from pasteurized cow's milk.
  • We cut and wrap this item by hand.

Size: 7.5 ounces Item: 1741S
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Latest Customer Reviews for Beemster Vlaskaas
By Zobdingo
from Watertown, SD
on Jun 26, 2019
Perfect Pairing
Perfect pairing: 1. Vlaskaas 2. Vinta Crackers 3. Mission Fig 4. Starling Castle Gewurtztraminer
By YG
from WY
on Jan 24, 2019
Nice cheese
Similar to middle aged Gouda. An honest cheese, no surprises - WYSIWYG what you see is what you get. What can I say - I like Gouda.
By Lee in VA
from Alexandria. VA
on Jan 06, 2019
Terrific for snacks or melting
This is a wonderful cheese, a little nutty, great to melt on toast or eat as is with crackers.
By Chuck
from Chicago
on Dec 28, 2014
Beemester Valaskaas
First time I have tried it will buy again excellent cheese.
By Dorothy Hill
from Tarpon Springs, Florida
on May 22, 2014
Present to my grand daughter
I recently had this special cheese sent to my grand daughter for one of her graduation presents. She loved it, along with the wine and rice crackers. A different idea for sure, but think it was something that she might like instead of the usual gift for graduates. And she did. Thanks for the prompt delivery.
By Michael D. Walton
from Warner Robins, GA
on Apr 12, 2013
Shipping Problem
The order was ok except UPS held the shipment over 24 hours in Atlanta in 80F. The cheese almost spoiled.
By Anne
from Aurora, IL
on Sep 12, 2011
Lactose FREE! And tasty too!
I am VERY lactose-intolerant, and recently discovered Beemster Vlaskaas cheese. A man at a speciality cheese shop recommended it to me, and he was absolutely right! The cheese is quite delicious. The flavor is KIND OF like American cheese/Velveeta BUT... the cheese is a firmer texture and not as moist. Also it is just a TINY bit less sweet (so it can be used and enjoyed by people who are used to that kind of cheese without much adaptation). However, my pallet was quite delighted to enjoy cheese again without piles of pills. I had many pieces of this cheese over several days and had NO lactose issues whatsoever (and I am VERY sensitive to lactose). The Beemster brand website says that some of their other cheeses are also lactose-free. I look forward to trying them as well. Thank you, Beemster, for giving me back the wonderful taste of cheese!
By Steve
from Kingsburg, CA
on Aug 12, 2011
Great Cheese
This cheese is great when paired with a Zinfandel wine. Eat, drink, repeat...
By Joanna
from Russellville, Alabama
on Feb 04, 2011
Great taste and textture
I personally love this cheese and when it is around, that's the only cheese I want to eat. Have not tried it for anything except to snack on with a glass of red wine.... yummy!
By Joanna the Self Proclaimed Food Critic
from Alabama via California
on Mar 03, 2009
A new found treasure!
The taste and texture of this cheese is different from any other and very unique. There is an unexpected "crunch" due to what I believe is salt crystals in the cheese. I have read that it is NOT flaxseed as one would assume believe that is is associated with the flax harvest season.
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