YOU DID NOT SCREW UP- you made beer, and I'm pretty sure it's going to taste great.
I think you may have to extend out your fermentation, conditioning time. Higher the ABV the more time it takes to mellow out the tastes.
Be honest with your friends, just tell them it's a style that you kind of like, ABV is around 7%, and see if they like it. You just might convert some of them, there will always be some people dead set on one thing.
In Primary: Belgium Chimay clones.
In Secondary: Braggot, pale ale, end of the world white.
Conditioning: Mead, Cider, braggot, Belgium Wheat.
On Tap: Clones, Chimay Blue, Red, Porter, malted cider.
Bottles: Far, far, too many to list.