Noyan is a semi-soft, washed rind cheese made from 100% pasteurized cow's milk by the monks at Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser in the Canadian province of Noyan, Quebec. It has a smooth pinkish to coppery orange rind and a cream-coloured, smooth and supple interior. There are small openings ("eyes") distributed throughout the paste. The cheese is surface-ripened for more than 6 weeks during which it develops flavours of fresh mushrooms, nuts and milk and a very slightly acidic aroma. As the cheese ripens, these flavours intensify and become more robust.
When young, Noyan is not too strong and can be used to add flavour to many types of sauces. As it matures, its enhanced flavours add quite bit of zing to quiches, soups and au gratin dishes. It also pairs deliciously with crusty bread or crackers and fruits such as apple or grapes.