Top 10 Stinkiest Cheeses in the World

September 18, 2020
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  1. courtney says:

    munster cheese dont smell bad. and its very tasty on lasagna.

    1. Sarah says:

      It’s Muenster made from unpasteurized milk. Cheeses made from unpasteurized milk are, for the most part, banned in the US because if the risk of listeria. The cheeses listed here are cheeses from Europe where raw milk cheeses aren’t banned.

  2. A-dog says:

    I’m french. Your article is basically BS. Number 4 (Epoisse) is waaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy stinkier than number 1 (Pont l-éveque).

    But, what can you expect from an article about food when it’s written by an American website ?

    1. Horacio Camacho says:

      Well, do you know about great BBQ food? Not really!

    2. Cayenne says:

      I’m American. I can tell you that French women smell even worse than their cheese.

      1. Jake says:

        Haha Nioce!

    3. Ganesh says:

      And why is camembert on the list. It hardly stinks.

    4. AZ says:

      It is the only cheese which I have ever returned–agreed! After removing the plastic I was overcome.

    5. bbb5yy says:

      Unfortunately, many such articles hide big level publicity. The tastes of the consumers are suppressed so that the insipid food produced industrially has no competition. That’s why European industrial products not natural or culinary) who are world’s finest and even come at a fraction pf a price, aren’t more present on the North American market or on those influenced by this type of presentation. It’s immoral, but it’s even more damaging to the environment. When you have to throw away 50% of the parts of the chicken that are normally eaten anywhere else it’s such a waste of resources…

    6. Jake says:

      You have to take French at their word on anything stinky.

  3. Etienne says:

    “Vieux lilles” rules them all

  4. B-dog says:

    Amen to that a-dog, currently eating an epoisse, nothing else smells this bad.

    1. Super-Dupont says:

      Well, the Vieux-Lille, Vieux Boulogne and Maroilles are labelled weapons of mass destruction by US FDA 😉

  5. muvee says:

    Try the Portuguese “Queijo Picante” and you will rethink this list.

  6. rob says:

    Regarding Camembert, neither sodium chloride nor succinic acid have odors… Sodium chloride is regular old table salt for that matter

    1. Super-Dupont says:

      Camembert isn’t even smelly unless you keep it 3 months in the fridge and by this time, it has past the eating date by far…

  7. Jjjack says:

    all bs … you guys really have to do your homework, all those cheeses in regard of smell
    are not even in the top 100. just to mention a few smelly ones Harzer Kaese, tilsitter, de vielle,

  8. Doc says:

    This article is so off base when it comes to “stinky” cheeses, that I don’t know what to say. It’s as though the author just listed 10 cheeses they think might smell bad based on the fact that they’re blue’s or famous. Camembert hardly has a smell and it’s among the mildest cheeses one can eat, for example.

    1. Asghar lilipoot says:

      If you have consumed the normal kind of camembert, you are right. But if you had a chance to bing some camembert du normandy tripple wrapped on a flight from paris to a location as near as 4 hours flight home, you would not be so brave to smell it. Its smell would probabely disgust anyone around you.

    2. Jake says:

      Truly depends on the the Camembert. Even store-bought camembert from Walmart usually has instructions to leave it in your fridge for up to 3 months for maximum flavor (and odor). I smelled a few in France that could make a freight train take a dirt road.

      1. Super-Dupont says:

        3 month in the fridge = Camembert is far past its shelf life!
        No sane French would eat it! But yeah, I know some being enough nuts to let the cheese simply rot… Let ANY cheese rotting for as long and be sure it’ll freaking stink!

        Ashgar : all Camembert are from Normandy, these are AOC cheeses, they’re all ‘normal kind’.

  9. ger says:

    i had some cheese last pm at a friends house and he said it was munster. all i can say is it smelled like sewage and tasted like garbage.

    1. Super-Dupont says:

      You never had Munster.
      Munster smells like feet and tastes great.

  10. John says:

    I think cheddar is the best cheese hands down and very cultured although somehow the aged one is best. Other cheeses dont care much although

  11. OhMe says:

    you know you’re full of sh*t when the oldest cheese is made from pasteurized milk

  12. a French person says:

    Camembert is not eaten with a spoon and it does not smell that bad. Roquefort does not stink either.

    1. Super-Dupont says:

      Our biological weapons are Vieux Lille, Vieux Boulogne, Epoisses, Maroilles, Munster etc.
      Camembert or Roquefort are very mild.

  13. Pumpelche says:

    L’éclat de nuit and – frankly – the one and only, ‘horrible’ “Rässer Appenzeller” cheese. A 1/4 fat cheese that has been riped over months and is my all time most smelly and ‘strongest’ cheese ever.

  14. John C says:

    Hands down Maroilles is the world’s stinkiest cheese… There’s even a movie about it….. I’m eating it now, but after my meal i’m having to throw away my refrigerator it smells so bad.

    1. Super-Dupont says:

      Nope: Maroilles is very powerful but…
      There is Vieux Lille : it’s a Maroilles that goes for 2×3 months of maceration in Brine. It’s like a grey-Maroilles.×600.jpg
      The Vieux Boulogne is really impressive too and was elected the world smelliest cheese by Brit researches :
      Epoisses is really serious too
      To be frank, Maroilles doesn’t makes the fridge smell so bad, unless you resist to eat it for 3 months but.. It’s so tasty you can’t resist 😉
      In France’s north, it’s common to butterbrot a baguette with Maroilles and do ‘mouillette’ in coffee.

  15. Gerard says:

    Of course the ‘Limburg’ cheese is not produced in Germany, but the Belgium and Holland. Both have a province ‘Limburg’.

  16. Brok says:

    Pfft. Well-aged farmer cheese is the best.

  17. Afrenchy says:

    The worst cheese is the “casgiu merzu” from Corse in France. <== you can find some details.
    No one can beat him.

  18. Dave Ninetynine says:

    One can tell from the beginning, and by the sheer ignorance on display, that this article was written by an American… By a person from a country that invented, and uses en mass, aerosolised cheese.

  19. Sarah says:

    These are all raw milk cheeses, which, for the most part, are illegal in the US. The US versions don’t smell bad because they’re made from pasturized milk.

    The most disgusting and one of the smelliest cheeses is definitely banned. It’s called Casu Marzu, a s
    Sardinian cheese that’s made with maggots and the cheese decays. Disgusting!

  20. Sarah says:

    The most disgusting and one of the smelliest cheeses is definitely banned. It’s called Casu Marzu, a s
    Sardinian cheese that’s made with maggots and the cheese decays. Disgusting!

    1. Gordon Brown says:

      Wow…… yuck. Is it worse than limburger cheese?

  21. Alison says:

    whoever wrote this does not know how to enjoy cheese. no cheese smells bad. cheese just smells, cheesy. the oozyness or ruggedness, all cheese have different taste as different looks and feel to the palette of our mouth. the smell also gives a sensation of delicacy. i have eaten most of the cheese from this list (except the napolean’s favourite one which i could not find or never had the luck to try) and they all melt in your mouth with a sharp sensation of ecstasy that comes at the end of finishing the bite, with or without bread, or in salad. these are grandiose feeling, it hits the top of the skull with an euphoria of orgasm. thats what these cheese feels like. a memorable orgasm.

    1. beigeLA says:

      Goodlord, and i thought i loved cheese!

      1. Jeanette says:

        Hahaha – good one!

    2. Olive T says:

      Yes!!! I 100℅ agree


  22. Jr says:

    El Salvador , Hard dry cheese has
    a potent faul stench that is used to
    kill all rodents in that country.

  23. Liv T says:

    I love all cheeses no matter how they smell

    Camembert smells amazing!


  24. Olive T says:

    I love all cheeses no matter how they smell

    Camembert smells amazing!


  25. K says:

    Never eat dairy that’s been pasteurized. It’s extremely damaged and your body cannot use it properly. Raw milk is not dangerous in the least, and any illness associated with it is a misunderstanding.

  26. Gordon Brown says:

    Guess everyone here has their own opinion. No surprises there.

  27. MrT says:

    If you do not mention Quargel cheese (Olomoucké tvarůžky) and Slovenian Mohant cheese, you clearly do not know your true stinkers.

  28. John says:

    There are several danish cheeses that are ay smellier than any of these eg Gamle ole, Svarta Sara, some Hacartis

  29. This article did nothing to persuade me to try any of these cheeses. Including the Camembert that I thought sounded really nice at the cheese place I bought it from.

  30. Paul Martin says:

    And what about good old runny stinky Cabrales from the village of that name in Asturias, northern Spain? The whole place reeks of it. NOT recommended to drive back to Barcelona with it in your car! My wife and I used to spend Xmas in my home town in England near where glorious Stilton is made, and we always bought some to bring home, but then spent 2-3 nights in a hotel in London – cheese outside on the window ledge!!! (And wrapped in several plastic bags in the suitcase!)

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