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Country of origin France
Region Vosges
Source of milk Cows
Texture firm

Le Brouère is a French cheese, originally from Lorraine. It is made by the dairy of the Bulgnéville hermitage in Vosges département. A typical round is about 43 centimetres (17 in) in diameter and weighs 12 kilograms (26 lb). It is shaped in wooden molds with patterns created by an artisan sculptor. Maturation time is 4 to 7 months. It is considered a variant of Gruyère.[1]

A wheel was placed into orbit on December 8, 2010, on board the SpaceX Dragon capsule in a tribute to Monty Python's cheese shop sketch.[2]


  1. ^ Ridgway, J., Weinzweig, A., & Hill, S. (2004). The cheese companion: The connoisseur's guide. Philadelphia, PA: Running Press
  2. ^ "SpaceX test rocket's payload: a wheel of cheese", Associated Press, 9 December 2010 (Retrieved 25 October 2016)