The Cabricharme, or 'Charming Goat' is quite an unusual goat's cheese.
It is made in the Ardennes region eastern Belgium, in a small town called Maffe. It is made by a cooperative dairy/cheesemaker, but, they use the raw milk of a single goat herd, which contains a mix of breeds including Belgian Fawn, Nubian, and Saanen.
The Belgian cheesemakers firmly stamp their Belgian character on this cheese: they wash the cheese regularly in a strong beer (very typical of Belgian cheeses!), which provides the cheese with a bright orange, sticky and active rind, as well imparting a classic taste.
The interior paste is very soft and yielding — like a good bread dough — and is pungent, buttery, yeasty, meaty and slightly sweet, but without an overly strong 'taste of goat'.
The small size of the wheel also helps the cheese to age more quickly, and develop its strong flavours!