Back in the store today, Beaufort is a hard, tangy cheese made from cow’s milk and is similar to Gruyère, and is frequently known as ‘the king of Gruyères’ .
It is produced in the area around Beaufort located high in the French Alps in the Savoy region of France. It is this high altitude that endows Beaufort with its unique flavour.
Beaufort is a giant cheese. A whole wheel weights over 36 kg but more generally 45 kg. Beaufort is richer and creamier than other mountain cheeses such as Gruyère, Comté or Emmental. Beaufort has a nice scent of milk, butter and honey. The supple paste has flowery and herbs aromas.
The best way to serve Beaufort is with smoked salmon. A good substitute to crackers would be Beaufort cheese cut in small squares. Like Gruyère, Beaufort melts well and is a very good choice for a cheese fondue or a hot sandwich.