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Cloverleaf Fine Wine

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Cloverleaf Fine WineCloverleaf Fine Wine
BA SCORE
99
world-class

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

711 S Main St
Royal Oak, Michigan, 48067-2626
United States
phone: (248) 357-0400

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cloverleafro

Notes:
Monday - Wednesday: 10am - 8pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 10pm
Sunday: 12pm - 8pm

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Reviews by granger10:
Photo of granger10
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%

I got the chance to stop by this place after going to a wedding, which was scheduled the SAME DAY as the MBF. Well, atleast this store was good consolation for missing the fest. The place is small for a wine/beer store and the beer section is really small. But that doesn't really matter when the quality of beers were what they were. I don't think there was one "bad" beer there! There were numerous beers which I haven't ever seen before. I can't even list all the beers there that I can't find in GR b/c there were so many, even though the space is so limited. The best part was that I finally met a BA for the first time b/c Putnam was working there. His analysis of beers and knowledge is remarkable! Can't find better service than that. He told me that he basically just orders beers that he really likes which explains the immense quality. The prices were also very reasonable, better than anywhere I have seen. There was also some really nice Belgian glassware in the front of the store. This is a must stop if you are in the Detroit area.

More User Reviews:
Photo of aneymanowski
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Jas45678
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of hotsudge
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Copernicandream
3.41/5  rDev -25.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Overpriced, old IPAs, staff knowledge somewhat questionable (I'm sure they know their wine) but when I asked for "imperial stouts?" I was told "Oh yeah, of course, we have some great hoppy beers." Huh? My eyes glazed over and I stopped listening after that.

Drive the half mile down the road and go to Holiday Market, better selection, better price, more limited/specialty releases.

Photo of Bill235
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Stu_Grimson
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
4.82/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This place looks more like a wine shop than a beer store, so if I hadn't read about Cloverleaf on BA, I never would have known the store existed. (They do have a huge wine selection, I'm just not that much into wine.) It was surprising to see a large selection of craft beers, especially the local brews - I picked up 5 different Vivant brews, as well as some Keweenaw and a Rochester Milkshake Stout. All are available in singles, as the man (forgot his name already) told us, "If you don't like a particular beer, we don't want you having to give your brother-in-law a 5-pack of craft beer as a gift"...heh heh.

Customer service is great, knowlegeable while not being pushy. Selection is well organized. I'll be back next time I'm in the area.

Photo of FEUO
4.86/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Love this place.
The staff is extremely knowledgeable and honest but reminds you that their opinion is just that and that there is something for everyone. Talked with Terry a few times and has turned me on to some incredible brews and breweries (i.e. Lagunitas).
I can't say enough about them.
The wine selection is also an eclectic mix and they seem to be MORE informed about those than their beer. Everything they stock they've tasted and hand picked. Not as sure when it comes to the beer but they do like to do their homework.
They also have waitlists for limited releases. Had my name on a few but haven't made the cut as of yet. Expecting Bolt Cutter as I'm #2 this time.

Photo of BeRanger
4.86/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Cloverleaf is fantastic. Located off Main Street in Royal Oak, it's somewhat hard to find if you don't know about this little gem. (Thank Royal Oak's ridiculous city commission for not allowing a reasonably sized sign to be put on the side of the building)

The selection for wine is outstanding from what I've seen and heard however I'm a beer guy.

As for the beer, they seem to have anything and everything you could ever want at a reasonable price. Unlike some of "newcomers" to craft beers which try and price gouge you, Cloverleaf's staff is knowledge and been in the game long enough to set reasonable prices. All of their staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. If there is something that you'd like, they're more than willing to order it for you.

The only draw back I've noted is due to volumes of some of the larger stores such as Holiday market, they don't get in every single release from some Breweries such as Shorts or find themselves with smaller quantities of CBS/KBS, etc.

So if you're looking for a store with a great selection, knowledgeable staff and a reasonable price, look no further than Cloverleaf.

Photo of NitroGen
4.64/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

...that Cloverleaf is a 3 minute walk from the house that my daughter moved into to work in Royal Oak...#$@%$ PRICELESS.
A quick trip to Royal Oak from AZ to help my daughter get situated into her new house found me sprinting and dragging my wife by the hand to Cloverleaf on a Friday Morning.
The building was the power station for Royal Oak Street Cars decades ago..pretty cool if I do say so myself...even impressed my wife who does not like beer.
The sign on the building does not mention beer, just wine, but do not fret as once inside you go down the stairs and are greeted with a really nice display of their most recent beer arrivals. Saw a lot of wine bottles in the room on the left but was drawn to the coolers that they store ALL beers below 6. ABV. (Can I get an Amen?) A small room to the right of the coolers is for beers above 6,0 ABV. I found the beers to be a dazzling array of imported.. available in the MI market AND MI Craft beers on metal shelves. This is not a place to run in and grab a few six packs and run out, instead you build six packs, twelve packs ..etc a bottle at a time. This AZ beer geek was impressed with the cleanliness and attention to detail in everything.
Service: OFF THE CHARTS! While I was just buying just a mixed six for my stay Scott talked 'beer geek' with me, be still my heart, until my wife reminded me that not everyone wants to talk about beer all day long...have a sneaking suspicion that Scott was up to the task.
I found the selection to be GREAT and pricing to be VERY reasonable.
If you want to treat yourself take a trip to Cloverleaf as I found my visit(s) to be the highlight of my trip..just don't tell the family.. OK?
Guess where I will be headed next time I am in Royal Oak??

Photo of superjose
4.29/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Really cool place with a basement cellar type feel, you can tell they take pride in what they do. Everything is singles, most of which is on open shelves but there are several cooler doors for the lower alcohol beers (I wish the high % IPAs were in there too). They have a good selection of beers (especially for a place that seems to do most of their business in wine) organized by style. The staff seems very helpful, but I think they are more wine people then beer people which is understandable. A great place to go if your looking to try a bottle or two of a few different things but don't want to pick up a whole 4 or 6 pack.

Photo of J0E
4.29/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited this bottle shop for the first time this afternoon and was very impressed. I was greeted immediately. I noticed some Shorts anniversary wheat wine and asked the employee about it. He was very knowledgeable and even went back to look at the email he received regarding the release from the company.

You can build your own 6 pack; every bottle is priced individually. Prices are very reasonable, and sometimes are better than buying a full six at other shops. There are a few fridges in case you'll be drinking right away, other wise there are a ton of shelves. I'm not much of a wine guy, but I was told they have a great selection, and seem to have good prices.

Overall: fantastic service, great selection, and better than fair prices. Check it out if you're in the area.

Photo of tjohn2401
4.64/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I stopped by Cloverleaf a couple weeks ago on a Thursday evening and was instantly impressed. I was greeted as I entered the very cool basement by a friendly man who may well have been one of the owners. If he wasn't he certainly acted like it. He was incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. He spent at least 5 minutes explaining their layout and gave his opinion on a couple of beers I was curious about.

All the beer is sold as singles and they seem to be reasonably priced. Maybe $.10-15 more per bottle than a six pack would cost, but well worth it, in my opinion. It's a great way to try new things.

The selection was very good, too. Tons of great Michigan beers - Bell's, Founders, Short's, Dark Horse, etc. and also some smaller local breweries like mt. pleasant brewing, kuhnhenn and dragonmead.

This is definitely a place I'll visit again.

Photo of jrallen34
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%

Stopped by here after lunch at Lily's. The atmosphere is very cool, its in the basement of what looks like an apartment building, you take a few step down and walk into what looks like a cave. There is beer everywhere. As you walk into to your right is there older beer, then there are coolers that hold their sub 6% beer, then there are sections of beer based upon style. Awesomely, all beer is sold by the bottle so this place is a tickers dream. Heavy on Michigan beer with lots of local places I actually haven't heard of. Great selection of East coast beers too, some Belgian staples but nothing outlandish on that front. The service was pretty good. They were very friendly and semi knowledgeable about their stock, not exceedingly knowledgeable about beer in general.

I strongly recommend coming here if in town to pick up a few ticks.

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -12.1%

In a neat old building by the railroads tracks. The 2 gents in there were friendly, but I didn't really need or ask for much help. Good varied selection of many styles, though more of the "summer" styles. Appeared to be arranged by style which was nice, though a bit cramped. Prices seemed good. I was trying to find something that I couldn't get in GR or in North Carolina, but I left empty handed. This probably has to do with the time of year and what is available in the summer. Jolly Pumpkin, Belgians and Sours, none of which I particularly care for. Found more things of interest at Holiday Market.

Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev -12.1%

Another stop on the Michigan beer haul trip. Small little beer section, but they do have a lot for their selection in the space they use. Only singles here, so you have to pick and match yourself. Very friendly service upon our visit. I grabbed two bombers of the Stone 13th, and a Double Bastard Ale. As well as some Bells Hopslam. They had tons of Quebec beer from Unibroue and Dieu Du Ceil. Hell, they have more Quebec beer then what we can get here in Ontario. Lots of Michigan beers, Colorado and others. A nice little place, and the prices weren't to bad.

Photo of DrDoitchbig
4.1/5  rDev -9.9%

I can only reiterate what everyone else has been saying. They have an exceptional selection of properly stored beer. Everything is where it should be. The right stuff is in the cooler, the right stuff is out on the shelves. It's in a basement with the windows blocked out so there is no sunlight getting at these beers either. Not to mention the whole place has dim lighting including the coolers.

I can't remember the name of the gentleman I talked to, but he definitely knew his beer and made sure to inform me that there selection is going to continue growing and it will grow in all styles. They also don't focus on any particular style, they have everything here. It's probably a good thing that I live 30 minutes away from Royal Oak because I'd be spending way too much money at this place.

For anyone coming to this place from the outer suburbs that might not be used to Royal Oak's parking there is a lot of pay meters around that you could use. Or since I find paying for parking when I'm going to be in a place for 20 minutes is ridiculous (spoiled by the ample free parking in Novi) there is a bank and a strip mall across the street with quite a bit of free parking.

Also one more thing to note Cloverleaf is still cheaper than Holiday Market and I can almost guarantee the beer is fresher, but Cloverleaf has seemed to raise their prices. For example a Stone Smoked Porter has been $4.99 at Holiday, it used to be $3.99 at Cloverleaf and its currently $4.44. Still a better deal and a better atmosphere. I'd still choose Cloverleaf every time.

I bought a single 12oz Oaked Arrogant Bastard, which is great because I didn't want to shell out for a 6-pack at Holiday. I also picked up a St. Bernardus chalice for $3. All their glassware is $3.

11/22/10: I've come back to edit this review because I have realized that an A+ rating for Cloverleaf is being way too generous. Don't get me wrong it's definitely an above average beer shop and I've never been anywhere that takes better care of their beer.

But they just don't seem to keep up on the current trends. This is not the place to go if you are looking for new releases. They don't seem to have the clout to get any kind of volume and half of the people are more interested in the wine than when Backwoods Bastard is coming in. There is one guy that really seems to know his beer, the same one I referenced a year ago, the rest of the employees are hit or miss.

Photo of after5
5/5  rDev +9.9%

I stopped in here after looking over things here on BeerAdvocate.

GREAT selection of just about everything. Great Belgium, craft beer, imports, local beer.

My unique finds were Golden Carolos in 16oz, plus Langunitas (sic) Maximus. The local belgians were pretty good. The Dragonmeade Tripel held up rather well against the true trappist. The Orval priced at under $5 was rather interesting.

My great find was a nice small collection of beer glasses at modest prices.

They kept the right things in the cooler and the right things at room temp.

ALL the bottles were mix/match at very reasonable prices which was a shock for the type of inventory they carried. I got to try some things that I have avoided just because I did not want the whole 4/6 pack.

Scott was very attentive and sounds like they are in touch with their customer base.

I'll be heading back when I finish my last purchase.

Photo of tallmidget
5/5  rDev +9.9%

I'm going to lay out in 3 succinct points why this place is the best beer store in the area. I'm comparing this store to Holiday Market because they're the only local competition, there are many other good beer stores in the area; the only problem is that other stores that carry a lot of craft beer does not sell enough volume so you're stuck drinking not-so-fresh beer and your usual liquor store don't have the temperature/proper lighting of a cellar that makes the place so great for storing beer and wine.

1) Lowest markup on beer i've seen in the area. In the rare event that prices are 50 cents to a dollar cheaper at Holiday Market, let that be a warning to you that the beer has been sitting around for a while; beer has increased in price over due to the demand for hops and other ingredients. Do you see all the dust on the bottles at Holiday Market?

2) Everything is cellared/refrigerator properly with thought put into it. This means that the higher ABV beers that will benefit from aging are cellared and the lower ABV beer that are perishable are kept refrigerated which has almost no light to ruin the beer unlike the coolers Holiday Market.

3) Everything is sold in singles allowing you to try many beer styles without breaking the bank. While they are no Holiday Market in the variety department, you can rest assured that the thought put into the selection more than makes up for it.

The place is a bit hard to find. It is located directly across from the Royal Oak campus of Oakland Community College on Main Street and has a red neon sign that says "Fine Wine". The building looks a little nondescript but it is an old building, it is over 100 years old.

The store is mostly dominated by wine but has a respectable beer selection, about 180 beers. You aren't inundated with a superfluous selection of beer; many styles are represented. Most everything is lower priced at Cloverleaf than it is at Holiday Market; if it's not I would be weary of how long it has been sitting at Holiday Market. Glassware is extremely cheap; 2 dollars for every glass. I bought a Weihenstephaner Weizen glass and a La Fin Du Monde Tulip glass.

The people that run the store truly care about what they are selling; if they were in it to make money they would not be selling singles period. They care about people having the opportunity to try beers they normally wouldn't in the hopes that they will buy a six pack in the event that they do like a particular beer.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%

NB as an out-of-towner, I found this shop a little hard to find - the metal-on-brick sign isn't easily seen driving past, but your perseverance will be rewarded. (NB it's right next to the railroad track.) This is a great store. Built into the basement of a brick building (no idea what the stuff above it is...), it has a lovely "cellar" feel to it with racks and racks of wine, beer and some other "artisanal" odds and ends. Beer area is off to the side in the back, but is very well stocked with room (cellar?) temp. stock as well as some fridges. General rule is low ABV in the fridge, while high ABV ones sit on racks.

Selection isn't the biggest in town, but whatever they have you can grab singles of - major props there. Additionally, they're happy to order in anything not in stock that's available (presumably from their distributor), and break those packs down as well.

If I'm ever back in the Detroit area, this will definitely be my first stop.

Photo of SaucyA
4.55/5  rDev 0%

I had always wanted to go to Cloverleaf but Southfield is a quite a drive for me. I was pretty stoked to hear they moved to Royal Oak, as I finally can reap the benefits of their fine store.

I waited a month or so to post this review, because the first time I went in was their first day open, and no beer was even on the shelves. When I went in yesterday it was a different story.

Compared to most stores around the area, the actual stock of beer is a bit smaller, but the stock is actually well taken care of here. Most of the MI and Belgian greats are here, with a couple great surprises (like Cantillon and Fantome) in the mix.

I'm gonna echo the other reviewers and say the stand-out of Cloverleaf is the ability to buy any beer as a single. I as a beer-trader love this because it allows me to grab special extras without having to break the bank. I bought 10 brews and a Houblen Chouffe and paid less than $30 out the door for the whole thing. Not bad at all, I must say.

Service is great, and the people there are very personable.

All in all a great stop for the area, and between this and Holiday, I don't think I'll go anywhere else.

Photo of moshea
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%

The most special thing about Cloverleaf is the singles. All beers are only sold in singles and there is not a mark up as many places that sell singles tend to do. Selection is solid, with all the usual suspects, plus severarl that were new to me.

They are moving to Downtown Royal Oak in mid March of this year. I do not know the exact location, but they will be on Main street south of the railroad tracks. this will put them in direct competition with the Holiday Market. This will leave Downtown Royal Oak with 2 of the best beer stores in town and four very fine brew pubs.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%

Stopped by the Cloverleaf store during a holiday trip up to Detroit. After reading the BA reviews I thought I knew what to expect but I was still surprised by the variety of premium beers available only as singles. The beer was well-maintained on the shelves and in the coolers.

The store was small but packed with tons of wines and beers. I was offered help twice but really wanted to discover everything on my own. The selection is probably less that 200 beers but makes up for it with variety. There were Belgians galore with many I'd never heard of. Also represented were local favorites Bell's, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin and Darkhorse from Michigan. Nationally represented were DFH, Anchor, Stone, Ommegang and many more.

A great place to check out while you can. I'd heard they were moving and possibly not selling beer sometime in Spring 2008. Sad, indeed.

Photo of soupyman10
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%

As with a lot of places, this one was actually a wine store with a good selection of single bottles of beer, although you were not allowed to purchase actual six-packs (I bought a sixer of Founders Black Rye and ended up paying for each bottle individually). They do have a really helpful - if not the MOST knowledgeable - staff. Beer guy while I was there hung out and checked out all the beer with me. Selection is solid, although not amazing - Stone, Dogfish Head, Ommegang, Allagash. Prices are a touch less than Holiday Market (World Wide Stout was $8.50 rather than $10). A good singles shop.

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Cloverleaf Fine Wine in Royal Oak, MI
99 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.