- masculine A soft yellow, surface-ripened cows’ milk cheese with an orange-red rind from Alsace. It uses a lactic starter and has an open textured delicately flavoured paste with some cracks. It has a recorded history going back to the 7th century. The German variety is milder than the french. Traditionally served with Gewürztraminer and a bowl of cumin seeds. The French version has appellation d’origine status.