Was at the Richmond (near Berkelely/Albany) Costco today. They had put some cheese near the entrance, and the triple-creme Brie caught my eye. It, very, very surprisingly for a US-supermarket cheese, looked and felt ripe. It was ~$8/lb. The 'wedges' were substantial: all over 1lb, but I thought I'd give it a go.
Left it out on the counter when we got home and just had at it now after dinner: wow, this is hands down the best brie I've tasted in the US and one of the best I've ever had. It's easy to have bad brie, not just in America, but in the UK and France too, and not always because it's unripe. As such, I don't usually buy the cheese: I much prefer more 'robust' flavoured cheeses, but my daughter has a soft spot for it, so we do get it from time to time.
It was only when I got home that I realised the 'sell by' date is a week's hence: honestly, I think that's optimistic, given that the cheese we bought was at peak ripeness tonight.
Not only did the cheese ooze over the plate, it was smooth, creamy, but with a tang (and this is a cheese made with pasteurized milk no less). The soft, waxy rind was also delectable in its own way. Went very well with some savoury crackers we had lying around and some excellent grapes.
I had not seen this cheese at Costco before (although I confess I don't shop there too regularly), and I have no idea whether all of the cheeses are approaching their sell-by date: so this may be a limited-time deal (it wasn't discounted, for clarification), hence posting.
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