Sorry Surfer, I forgot to keep you updated...
I brewed this right before the start of July and cracked my first at a neighbor's party this past weekend.
I candied my own sugar and brewed exactly as your recipe ordered. ... http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/ind...ke_Candi_Sugar
It was received with mixed results. I personally enjoyed it along with a friend who just returned from Belgium on military business. The women and a few men drank it but complained of the clove taste (DAMN YEAST). I still have a case left and I plan to enjoy them throughout the rest of the summer. I'd love to try this again but with the White Labs Trappist Yeast. Great recipe, wrong yeast.
Edit: I forgot to mention that I knew a guy that played for the Sabres that was from HB named John Blue.