There is a misconception that all cheeses made from goat milk will be stinky, because of the pungent aroma and taste of the milk. But, as the research goes, most of the stinky cheeses are the ones made from cow's milk.
Cheese is a part of many recipes. There are many different and versatile cheeses that suit different dishes. All of them are classified either on the basis of their texture, taste, or the process of their making. They are commonly classified as fresh cheese (no rind), natural rind (wrinkled rind), soft white cheese (white fuzzy rind), semi-soft (orange-brownish rind), hard cheese (thick rind), blue cheese, and washed-rind (washed in a solution to attract bacteria). We are going to focus on the last ones because most of the stinky cheeses are washed-rind.
The below-given cheeses were tested by the Cranfield University with the help of an 'electronic nose' which is used to study the cheese odors. There were some human testers too. The Vieux Boulogne was confirmed as the Stinkiest cheese in 2004 and was later confirmed in 2007 again. Know more about this, and some other sticky cheeses.
The Stinkiest Cheeses
This is a French cheese which is made from unpasteurized and unpressed cow's milk. It is a washed-rind cheese which has a red-orange rind. It is the smelliest cheese in the world. The peculiar smell is created when it is washed in beer. The beer reacts with the milk enzymes, which produce different bacteria that give the smell. But, its taste is said to be better than the smell. It is best eaten when it is seven to nine weeks old. It is best served with a crisp bread and beer.
This is regarded as the second smelliest cheese and it also comes from France. This is also a washed rind cheese and has an orange-brown rind. Inside the rind, it is yellow in color and has a soft and creamy texture. It may smell like some marsh gas but the taste is still preferred by people who like strong flavors. It is best served with a French bread or a glass of red wine. In Normandy, it is also served with pears and apples.
Camembert de Normandie
This is a cheese made from unpasteurized cow's milk and is matured for 3 weeks. It is loved by people around the world for its soft and creamy texture. It comes from Normandy, France. It is quite similar to Brie but the first one has a thicker rind which makes it more pungent. The ammonia in the rind increases as the cheese ages. It actually smells like some chemical factory but nevertheless is loved by many and is one of the expensive cheeses. It is best served with bread and wine.
Époisses de Bourgogne
This cheese is also made from unpasteurized cow's milk and comes from France. It is normally in a circular shape and has an orange-brown rind. The pungent smell of this cheese is because it is washed in brandy. It has such a strong smell that it is totally banned from the public transportation vehicles in the whole France. But, don't let the smell stop you from having it, because it has a good taste (especially when it is not aged). It is best served with white wine and French bread like baguette.
This is another cheese made from cow's milk and comes from France. This is made from unpasteurized milk, washed in wine, and is then left to age in damp cellars. This is often called the "Monster Cheese" because of its horrible smell that can be very well compared with sweaty feet! It has an intense flavor so you better pair with a flavor that can overpower the strong flavor.
Brie de Meaux
This is not the usual Brie you get in the market. This is the original cheese which is made from raw cow's milk which is made in France. It is a creamy cheese which has a white crust (which is also supposed to be eaten). It boasts of some people drooling over it but better be careful if you have a sensitive nose. The smell gets more intense as the cheese is aged so grab it when it's young! It is best served with a dry sparkling wine.
This is a French cheese which is made from raw sheep's milk and is aged in caves. This is a blue cheese that has green distinctive molds, which give it the strong flavor. It has no rind. It was banned in countries like Australia and New Zealand till recently. The taste is said to be very strong and it also has a very pungent flavor. It is best served with a glass of Sauternes (sweet wine) or with fruits like pears.
This is a semi-soft cheese made from cow's milk in Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium. It is very well-known for its stinky smell. The smell comes from the bacteria Brevibacterium linens, which are the ones responsible for body odor, especially smelly feet. So, you can imagine the smell of it. The taste is also strong but is actually regarded as tasty. It is normally spread on rye bread and eaten.
This is a type of washed-rind cheese made from cow's milk, which comes from England. It has an orange to grey-colored rind but has a yellowish-white interior. It does stink but its name is acquired from the brand of pear cider, in which it is washed. If you have seen "Wallace & Gromit", you will know this cheese because it was used to awaken dead Wallace. It smells like dead flowers and hay. But, the smell is restricted to the rind so you can remove it and enjoy the soft and tasty cheese. It goes well with any bread or a dessert wine.
This might be one of the famous and most-wanted stinky cheeses. The Blue Stilton is different from White Stilton because of its strong smell and taste. It is a cow's milk cheese coming from England. The cheese may be found in a variety of textures, from hard and crumbly to soft. As the cheese ages, it becomes more soft and smelly. It is often eaten with celery and pears, but can also be added in other recipes. It can also go well with crackers and barley wine or port wine.
Some other examples of stinky cheeses include:
So, this was our list of some of the smelliest cheeses. If you belong to the group that says "the stinkier, the better", then you should try having these.