Is Gouda cheese Smelly?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

Gouda cheese, when fresh and properly aged, has a distinct and pleasant aroma that can vary depending on the specific type and age of the cheese. However, when Gouda cheese goes bad or becomes spoiled, it can indeed develop a strong and unpleasant smell.

The smell of spoiled Gouda cheese is often described as pungent, foul, or even putrid. It can be quite overpowering and easily distinguishable from the natural aroma of fresh Gouda. This is primarily due to the growth of bacteria and mold on the cheese, which produce compounds that contribute to the offensive odor.

I have personally encountered the smell of spoiled Gouda cheese on a few occasions. On one particular instance, I had purchased a block of Gouda cheese and accidentally left it in the back of my refrigerator for much longer than intended. When I finally discovered it, the cheese had become covered in mold and emitted a strong, sour smell that filled the entire kitchen. It was unmistakably the sign of spoiled Gouda cheese.

It is important to note that not all types of Gouda cheese have the same level of aroma, even when fresh. Some younger Gouda cheeses may have a milder scent, while others, especially aged or smoked varieties, can have a more pronounced aroma. This natural cheese smell should not be confused with the foul odor of spoiled Gouda.

To determine if your Gouda cheese has gone bad, trust your sense of smell. If you detect a strong, unpleasant smell that is different from the typical Gouda aroma, it is likely an indication of spoilage. Other visual signs such as visible mold growth, discoloration, or sliminess can further confirm the deterioration of the cheese.

While Gouda cheese generally has a pleasant aroma, spoiled Gouda cheese emits a strong and unpleasant smell. Trust your nose and rely on your senses to identify if your Gouda cheese has gone bad. It is always better to err on the side of caution and discard any cheese that exhibits signs of spoilage to avoid any potential health risks.