So I had another fully realized post and now somehow it's gone.
The Lost Abbey Avant Garde Ale is good. I opened the bottle and declared, "This smells like beer!" It poured fairly true to this photo in terms of color. It smelled like I want all my beer to smell. Just plain good. It tasted of hops, bread and something mildly sweet. Other reviews named caramel but I'm not getting that.
Overall I think this one is a winner. I'm looking forward to visiting The Lost Abbey in person later this year. I promise a much better review at that point.