Review: Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc Fruits Rouges

I reviewed Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc a few times in the past, once back in 2011, and again in 2014 and I honestly haven't had any desire to review Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc Fruits Rouges because.. well, it's not that good. That said, my review of Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc was one of my top five posts of all time so far back in 2013.. oh how times have changed!

1664 Blanc Fruits Rouges is brewed with water, barley malt, wheat, sugar, glucose syrup, "flavour", elderberry juice from concentrate, raspberry juice from concentrate, acidity regulator, citric acid, hops, orange peel and coriander. 4.5% ABV

Appearance: This definitely has a fruit-based wheat ale appearance to it, with it having a dark pinkish-peach body with a hefty amount of cloudiness to it. There's a moderate amount of sediment at the bottom of the glass and the head is a moderate beige head that diminishes pretty quickly leaving behind a moderate amount of webby lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma: At first, it has a bit of a lake water sort of aroma that throws me off.. not really appetizing. Once I get past it, it has a fairly liberal amount of coriander, which is a bit surprising as it's the final ingredient listed on the beer. The beer has a bit of a wheaty cereal vibe, notes of raspberry and elderberry to give it a sweet fruitiness to it. The hops are surprisingly present to give it a bit of a piney/floral aroma at the end.

Taste: The elderberries are the very first thing that comes to mind for this beer, giving off a tart and somewhat bitter fruitiness to it. Following the elderberries, we get the raspberry juice to give it the fruitiness we expect to see from raspberries. There's a bit of sugar or syrup in the beer, a tad bit of yeastiness and a breadiness from the wheat. The hops don't really pop out this time around unfortunately. The aftertaste is a bit of breadiness, coriander and elderberry.

Overall Thoughts: I enjoyed this more than their regular Blanc, with there being a decent fruitiness that surprisingly doesn't really give off a fake extract-like taste to it which I've seen too many times in fruity wheat ales. Definitely the best Kronenbourg beer I've ever had but nothing special but better than expected.

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