Passendale cheese

Passendale cheese, named for Passendale, the village where it originated, is one of the best-known cheeses of Belgium. Regular Passendale cheese is produced in two versions, Classic and Prelude.[1] There is also a premium version, Passendale Bel Age.

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Other namesPasschendaele
Country of originBelgium
Region, townPassendale
RegionWest Flanders
Source of milkCows
Fat contentClassic: 29%, Prelude: 29,4%
Named afterPassendale
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Passendale Cheese resembles a loaf of bread, with a round shape, and a hard but edible brown rind with spots of white. Inside, the flesh is golden, dotted with small holes and very creamy. It has a firm and damp consistency, slightly sweet bouquet and mild flavor.


The Donck family of Passendale started producing cheeses in 1932 with the cooperation of many of the area's milk producers. After World War II, the family began producing milk, butter and yoghurt as well, and eventually relocated their business to a former brewery. In 1978, they launched "de Groot Hof–Grand’Ferme", a cheese inspired by local tradition. In 1980, it was renamed Passendale for export purposes. In 1991 the Comelco group, owner of the company making Passendale, was bought by the Dutch Campina company. The Bongrain group, which bought the company in 2007, has become the second-largest Belgian cheese producer.[2]

Types of PassendaleEdit

Classic and PreludeEdit

At the end of the ripening process, the rind of the Passendale Classic is brushed before it is packaged.

Passendale Bel AgeEdit

This special version of the cheese ripens for 6 months in the cellars of Cheesemaker Passendale, and has a more distinguished taste.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Belgische kazen (Belgian cheeses) (Dutch/French)
  2. ^ Passendale website, Op een dag scheen de zon... (One day, the sun shone...) Archived 2008-10-20 at the Wayback Machine (Dutch/French)
  3. ^ "De Oude Kaasmakerij (The Old Cheesemaker), glossary entry for Passendale". Archived from the original on November 1, 2008.

Coordinates: 50°53′46.21″N 3°2′11.19″E / 50.8961694°N 3.0364417°E / 50.8961694; 3.0364417