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4 Peculiar Cheeses

Updated on January 24, 2014

1. Vieux Boulogne

Vieux Boulogne, a soft cheese from Northern France, is now officially the smelliest cheese in the world. Scientists at Bedfordshire used an “electronic nose” along with a panel of 19 people. The smell is due to the beer reacting with enzymes in the cheese. It’s so smelly, it’s smellier than Epoisses de Bourgogne, a cheese so smelly it’s banned from being taken on public transport in France.

It was also found that the age of the cheese had no correlation to its stink, but cow’s milk cheese was relatively stinkier than others. English Cheddar was found to be the least stinkiest cheese, followed by Parmesan. [s]

2. Juustoleipa

This Finnish cheese is known in English as “Finnish squeaky cheese” because of the way it squeaks against the teeth when eaten. And guess what it’s made from? Reindeer milk. Yup, Rudolph’s bodily fluid.

It can be dried and stored for several years, and heated over a fire to produce a pleasant smell. Yes, the opposite of Vieux Boulogne.

3. Brunost

Brunost, a Norwegian cheese, also known as “brown cheese”. Some say it tastes like a sweet-savoury, fudgey Caramac. Oh, and it catches fire quite well.

Apparently this cheese is wonderful in sandwiches, rolls, sauces, and, uh, waffles.

4. Sofia

This cheese is produced in Indiana, and is covered with vegetable ash and has an additional ash layer running horizontally through its middle. Sofia is also aged one week before being sold. It’s dense and creamy, the taste sharp and tangy.

This cheese looks something like a burnt marshmallow, but people say it’s delicious.

Which cheese is the most peculiar?

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    • Danida profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London

      @mecheshier, I want to try Brunost too -- it looks like one of the best one there! I'd have to say that Juustoleipa seems delicious though.

      @Eiddwen, thank you!!

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and useful.


    • mecheshier profile image


      7 years ago

      What a great Hub! And here I thought I knew all my cheeses. I must admit, I am not familiar with any on your list. :-)

      I love cheese. I will definitely have to give the Brunost a try. It sounds delicious.

      Thanks for the wonderful post. Voted up for interesting and awesome.

    • Danida profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London

      @VVanNess, there are thousands of different cheeses, I'll edit this hub to include an extra link with all of then.

      It's when they begin to deviate from the popular choices that they get crazy.

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      Victoria Van Ness 

      7 years ago from Fountain, CO

      We LOVE cheese at our house, but I didn't even realize that we had this many options at our disposal. Very informative article!! Nice job!

    • Danida profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London

      @Jodah, I agree! Some cheeses are delicious (I really love feta and cheddar of course) but there are some weird ones out there that I'd rather not try. I went to a carnival recently and there was a massive cheese stall with all these mouldy, cottony and stinky cheeses. I don't know how they eat them!

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      John Hansen 

      7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Interesting hub. I love cheese and think Brunost and Juustoleipa sound tasty, but I couldn't come at sofia. Just the look of it is enough to make it unappealing.


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