I’m starting with an Asian Pear or two. A few thin slices of Abruzzese, then into the cheeses. While we wait for the cheese to come up to room temperature, let’s get to the beer.
Tonight I’m re-visiting “The Gnome” with a bottle of spiced Belgian golden ale; the fine La Chouffe. I’ve had this beer before, and while these light ales are not my usual first choice, this is definately the best of the breed, and a better accompaniment to the cheeses at hand than, say, the Mc Chouffe bitter or Houblon Chouffe I.P.A. that were also tempting me.
Taleggio is out first cheese of the night. Ah, a sip of beautiful light ale, touched with spice, followed by a nibble of tangy, salty cheese. Also on the plate, warming and softening even more quickly, is the other cheese: Cypress Grove’s Humboldt Fog. This second cheese appears more intimidating, but is creamier, with a sweeter nose; a dessert cheese, if you will.
Almost through that first glass of La Chouffe; 8% beer sneaks up fast, and soon I’ll be mellowarm and happy at the end of the day. 🙂