At the beginning of each post I will briefly describe the highlighted cheese. Below the cheese description you will find the beer pairing suggestions. Most of the cheeses will have at least two detailed beer pairing suggestions and some will have three! The beer suggestions will include detailed descriptions of each pairing as well as detailed descriptions of the beer.
"Tomme" refers to semi-firm cheeses. So... Tomme de Savoie refers to a cheese from the Savoie region.
This beer pairs well with Tomme de Savoie for two reasons. First, the light caramelly sweetness and nutty malt profile resonates (amplifies) the sweet nutty "base" flavor of the cheese. This helps to balance out any tang or grassy flavors that are present in the cheese. The earthy hop flavors resonate with rind bringing out the woodsy notes and balancing some of the funk. If you are squeamish about eating the rind then skip that part and think of the earthy hop flavors in Bass as a liquid rind because many of the rind's flavors are present in the hop's flavor profile.
Other Examples: Redhook ESB, Fuller’s ESB, Youngs Ram Rod, Bass Pale Ale, Morland Old Speckled Hen, Anderson Valley Boont ESB
Serving Temp: 45°- 50°
Glassware: Pint Glass, mug
Aroma: Hop aroma can range from low to high but will likely have a sawdust-like or earthy floral spice of traditional UK hops. Moderate caramel malt aroma and/or noticeable fruity esters will likely be present.
Appearance: The beer will pour clear, deep gold to copper with an off-white head. Head size and density will vary depending on carbonation level – cask, nitro, force carbonated, etc.
Flavor: A pronounced bitterness will be balanced by a caramelly malt sweetness. As the beer moves across the palate nutty or biscuity flavors may surface and mix with fruity esters.
Mouthfeel: These beers are generally medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.
Food Pairings: Cuisine: English, fried, roasted. Cheese: buttery (Gouda, Havarti, Swiss) Earthy (Blue, Brie, Winnemere) nutty (Asiago, Fontina, Parmesan). Meat: Pork, Game.
HopHeadSaid: These beers are great to pair with foods because their nutty/biscuity flavors resonate with many types of food but especially cheeses. The earthy hop flavors also pair well with many cheeses and add a counterpoint to any residual sweetness or another layer interest that wasn’t there before. Their medium intensity (flavor, body, alcohol) means their flavors won’t overpower many entrée’s and they can hold their own against all but the most intense foods or desserts. In short – I guess I shoulda said this earlier- you can pair these beers with just about anything and not go wrong.
Below is Edouard Manet's "Bar at the Folies-Bergère" (1882). Please note that alongside the bottles of Champagne is an "alternative" beverage.
This pairing is for people who are NOT squeamish about eating funky rinds. First, the slightly sweet nuttiness from the cheese is a wonderful counterpoint to the slight burnt toast and dark chocolate flavors in the beer. However, this pairing comes to life when the funky rind mixes with the porter. An exciting new flavor (think old world, barnyard chocolate) EXPLODES when the earthy funk and roasty chocolate flavors mix together. The sharp funky edge is rounded off by the roasty malt but the old world, barnyard chocolate flavor that is created dominates ... until you swallow and start all over again.
Other Examples: Anchor Porter, Sierra Nevada Porter, Great Divide Saint Bridget’s Porter
Serving Temp: 50°- 55°
Glassware: Pint Glass, Mug
Aroma: Roasty aroma should be noticeable may be pronounced with coffee and/or chocolate undertones.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with garnet highlights with a fluffy tan head.
Flavor: Noticeable roasty malt flavors of strong coffee, dark chocolate or slightly burnt toast.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body that may finish drier because of roasty characters. Warming alcohol feeling may be present.
Food Pairings: Cuisine: barbecue, Mexican. Cheese: earthy. Dessert: chocolate. Meat: beef, smoked meat, grilled meat.
HopHeadSaid: Robust porters are really easy to pair with food. Their roasty notes resonate with grilled foods and their flavor intensities ensure they will hold their own in most pairings. Robust porters also pair well with many desserts. Their roasty flavors help balance sweeter desserts while their dark chocolate/coffee flavors resonate well with chocolate desserts.
Topics: Food Pairing, Beer Pairing, Cheese Pairing, Beer and Food, Beer and Cheese