So has anyone brewed this beer and which recipe did you try #1 or #2 or another one? How did it turn out?
I did get a chance to try a bottle of Westvleteren 12 with a date of 21.11.21 on the cap. I got it for Judging at a competition (my first time). When the judging was finished they let you choose a number, my number was 12. I opened it at thanksgiving for all to sample, it get great reviews.
Wish I had more bottles to keep around for that One very special occasion and some for just hording.
Can I ask you a question: Have you ever worked with one of the Trappist yeasts before?
I've brewed with them many times with both temperature control and no temperature control and one of the things I've been thinking about lately is to recommend that those who are not familiar with them try an extract batch with them first, especially with a recipe that has a large portion of Candi Syrup anyway.
These beers are primarily yeast driven and if you get them to a point where you have a handle on how the yeast reacts, adding nuance and complexity from an all grain version is a logical leap and chances are you are all grain brewing anyway. You get a super simple extract beer in the fermenter and you can adjust your all grain version based on the yeast derived flavors from the extract batch.