In mid-July, my first stop on arriving in Fort Collins was to stop at the Sunday morning farmers market. I discovered MouCo’s booth and tried samples of the Camembert and ColoRouge cow’s milk cheese. The rounds of cheese were on $5, less than prices in grocers I was told. I bought a young ColoRouge to take home with me.
After seven more weeks of aging in the refrigerator, the ColoRouge was shared with some friends and we enjoyed it immensely. Described as a “smeared” cheese on MouCo’s website, I’d categorize it as a washed rind style cheese. We agreed that it could be a “gateway” washed rind cheese for those frightened by the pungent aroma of Epoisses and its kin. At this stage, ColoRouge wasn’t stinky at all and the center paste had softened and started to develop some creaminess in texture but had not hit the oozy stage yet. Relatively mild in taste and scent, yet very luscious with the buttery flavor of rich cream, moderate salting, and a mushroom-y aftertaste.
The box for the cheese is coded with suggested dates for enjoying the cheese at the stage you prefer. This round was forecast to hit full maturity three weeks later. I’ll have to get my hands on another one to age longer.
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1401 Duff Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80524