Brouwers ‘t Verzet are a relatively small brewery that found their home in the town of Anzegem in the Belgian province of West Flanders, a bit over a half our drive south west of Ghent.
For some reason I regard them as one of Belgium’s newer breweries, but given they’ve been around since 2011 I need to change this assessment. Noted for being new age, even a little anti-establishment, they are known for making a range of beers which don’t really adhere to the traditional Belgian style guidelines. It is probably one of the things that most attracts me to trying their beers.
They describe Unwanted Tattoo as a soft IPA with fresh ginger. I love ginger – in food as well as beer – so I was looking forward to this beer the first time I tasted it some time ago. The base beer is indeed a soft mouthfeel. I guess IPA might be the closest style to pin, but there isn’t a lot of hop bitterness nor any great fruity character.
It is well balanced with the gentle malty body supporting the earthy hops and gentle spicing, and giving the ginger space to shine. Of course I’d like more ginger, though it is obviously there it is held in check with the other attributes.