Alright I will be the one to say it. HERESY!
I am not the biggest Belgian fan but do enjoy a patersbier or kolsch from time to time, and sure there is plenty of room for experimentation and creating a new personal style etc… that’s all part of the hobby/ trade etc… BUT I group this into the classics not to be messed with group.
IE: All Pils, Dunkel, Bock, Kolsch, Patersbier just to start. This particular group contains beers that shine because they are so simple in nature. You have very few to no adjunct grain, conservative hopping rates and the yeast is what makes the character of the beer what it is especially in the case of the kolsch/ patersbier.
The only time I have seen a commercial tweak of a classic is Konig Ludwig Dunkel which was considered “off” by others in the German brewing circles years ago because he dry hops his dunkel. But it is an awesome dark lager and still is true to style although with a slightly fresher hop aroma. But something such as coloring a kolsch seems like a gimmick some LHBS kid dreamed up just to make a kit. It “may” be good but it sounds like an overuse of a cara malt again whereas kolsch should be clean in character and I can only picture the malt whatever it is being used just “muddling” up a classic flavor profile.