Beemster Vlaskaas

The geographical region encompassing the former country of Flanders contains two Belgian provinces, present-day Nord (France), and the southern part of Zeeland (Holland) known as Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (“Sealandic Flanders”). This area is very well known for flax, a useful flowering plant that grows wild throughout Europe, but is especially abundant in Flanders. Famous throughout history, flax was used by the ancient Egyptian and Roman civilizations to make paper and linen. Today it is still used to make linseed oil and printing ink. The recipe for this cheese from Zeeuws-Vlaanderen dates back many centuries. Its name means “Flax Cheese”, owing not to an ingredient but to the plant that dominates the local countryside. Still made in an old-fashioned manner, in the Middle Ages it was quite popular and always served at the annual oogstfeest (Flemish harvest festival). Similar to Gouda but richer, creamier and deeper yellow in color, Vlaskaas’ purple rind distinguishes it from all other cheeses. Gold medal winner at the 2004 World Championship Cheese Contest. Made from pasteurized cow’s milk. We cut and wrap this item by hand.

Quick facts

  • Ships expedited in a reusable insulated cooler to ensure freshness
  • Award winning!
  • From an ancient recipe
  • Made according to old-fashioned, traditional methods
  • Similar to Gouda but richer and creamier

Top reviews


I love this cheese. It has a firm creamy cheddar type base, with both a touch of sweetness and a bite. It goes wonderfully with wine, particularly reds. A unique taste that is still fairly mellow; this is not something only a cheese expert would love, this will appeal to most people.
LayneAvon, MS

Amazing dutch cheese

While this cheese may not have the distinctive aged taste of say an Old Amsterdaam, this Vlaskaas is absolutely a dream. I purchased this cheese just to try something different and this cheese did not disappoint. Mellow enough for snacking, yet refined enough to serve with heartier more full bodied wines. You certainly do not need to be any kind of cheese expert to be able to enjoy a very satisfying cheese that doesnt taste ANYTHING like those tiny round wheels at most grocery stores.
LeanoraLaurel, NE

This is the the best cheese I’ve ever tasted……….

This is the best cheese I’ve ever tasted, rich and creamy. It’s best serve at room temperature.
AngelinaCrawfordsville, IN