Limburger cheese originated in Limburg, Belgium. It is also made in the United States and Germany.
Limburger is a semisoft surface ripened cow's milk cheese notable for its strong, pungent aroma, which develops as the cheese ripens, and becomes very strong within a few weeks. The distinctive flavor, buttery and sweet, is not as strong as its odor.
Although originally a Belgium cheese, it has become essentially a German cheese since the 19th century. Today, the Halali brand, wrapped in gold foil like a slab of butter, comes from the German dairy giant Champignon, which also makes Cambozola. Limburger ages from two to three months before being offered for sale. It is a a washed-rind cow's milk cheese with a gold colored rind, which is washed with a mild brine solution, preventing many bacteria and molds from settling in on the cheese.